June 13, 2012
Quinnipiac Athletics and Social Media
New Media: Public media refers to technologies
used to communicate messages and whose mission is to serve or
engage a public. Public media domains include print outlets,
traditional broadcasts, and digital. When utilizing any
public media outlets, student-athletes are expected to conduct
themselves responsibly as members of their respective team, the
Athletics Department, the University and the community.
Social Networks: Social network sites such as
Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Blogs, and other new digital platforms
facilitate students communicating with other students.
Participation in such networks has both positive appeals but
potentially negative consequences. It is important that Quinnipiac
student-athletes be aware of these consequences and exercise
appropriate caution if they choose to participate.
Student-athletes are not restricted from using on-line social
network sites and digital platforms. However, users must
understand that any content they make public via on-line social
networks or digital platforms is expected to follow acceptable
social behaviors and also to comply with federal government, state
of Connecticut, Quinnipiac, NEC/ECAC, and NCAA.
Facebook and similar directories are hosted outside the Quinnipiac
server. Violations of university policy (e.g., harassing language,
university alcohol or drug policy violations, etc.) or evidence of
such violations in the content of on-line social networks or
digital platforms are subject to investigation and sanction under
the University’s Student Code of Conduct, and other
University and department policies. They are also subject to the
authority of law enforcement agencies.
It is the responsibility of the student athlete to be aware of
university regulations. Ignorance of these regulations does not
excuse student-athletes from compliance.
Guidelines for Student-Athletes
The following guidelines are intended to provide the framework
for student-athletes to conduct themselves safely and responsibly
in an on-line environment. As a student-athlete at
Quinnipiac University you should:
1. Be careful
with how much and what kind of identifying information you post on
on-line social network sites. Virtually anyone with an
edu e-mail address can access your page. It is
unwise to make available information such as full date of birth,
social security number, address, residence hall room number, phone
number, cell phone numbers, class schedules, bank account
information, or details about your daily routine. All can
facilitate identity theft or stalking. Facebook and other sites
provide numerous privacy settings for information contained in its
pages; use these settings to protect private information.
However, once posted, the information becomes the property of the
2. Your site is
available to potential current and future employers. You
should think about any information you post on Facebook, Twitter,
and any other digital media, or similar directories potentially
providing an image of you to a prospective employer. The
information posted is considered public information. Protect
yourself and your team by maintaining a self-image that you can be
proud of in years to come.
3. Understand that
freedom of speech is not unlimited. The on-line social
network sites are NOT a place where you can say and do
whatever you want without repercussions.
Prohibited Conduct Student-athletes are highly
visible representatives of the University and are expected to
uphold the values and responsibilities of the University while
meeting all requirements set forth by the NEC/ECAC, the NCAA,
Quinnipiac University, and the Quinnipiac University
intercollegiate athletics program. The Quinnipiac University
Department of Athletics prohibits malicious and reckless behavior
when utilizing public media outlets. It is important that
student-athletes recognize the power of public media domains and
the potentially negative image that they can portray about
student-athletes, coaches, the athletics program, and the
inappropriate activity or language in violation of the above
prohibitions, including civil authorities. Sanctions imposed by the
Director of Athletics may include, but are not limited to, the
-Written notification from the Director of Athletics or assignee
to the student-athlete outlining the policy and requiring
that the unacceptable content be removed or the social
-Suspension from all team activities (contests, practices,
-Indefinite suspension from the team.
-Dismissal from the team.
-Non-renewal of athletic grant-in-aid.
Student athletes receiving a computer through our loan program
as part of their athletic scholarship should only use this computer
resource for the purpose for which it was intended. Users
must not intentionally damage the system that is checked out to
them. Posting inappropriate content, emails, and images from
laptops provided by the University is prohibited.
Bottom line: YOU are accountable for your social media
presence. Understand that inappropriate postings can follow you for
life. Do not post anything that would embarrass Quinnipiac, your
team or your family. If you believe something you posted would
upset your parents, then know that it is going to upset the
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