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GUIDELINES

Concordia's social media activities help further the university's mission to enrich the world's wealth of knowledge and bridge communities. Concordia's commitment to engagement translates into opportunities to build and strengthen relationships based on ongoing dialogue and mutual respect.

What is social media?


Social media is the creation and exchange of user-generated content with interactive dialogue that takes on various forms. Examples of the differing types of social networking sites include:

  • Facebook and Twitter which are primarily used for personal and recreational discussion
  • LinkedIn for professional networking
  • Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr for photo sharing
  • YouTube and Vimeo for video sharing
  • Blogs for online self-publishing
  • Wikipedia for collaborative documentation

After Google, social media sites are the most visited on both the web and mobile devices. Social media is not a trend but represents a shift in how people communicate with one another. People no longer want to be talked at but rather, they want organizations to listen and be responsive and provide opportunities for engagement. This new and ever-changing landscape presents both challenges and opportunities for communicators.

Online behaviour


How you behave online could affect your studies and/or profession. Take the time to explore Concordia's existing policies, as well as guidelines and basic principles that govern the usage of social media either on behalf of the university (in the workplace) or for personal reasons. The policies can also be found in Concordia.ca under Terms.


Academic code of conduct

Concordia University places the principle of academic integrity, that is, honesty, responsibility and fairness in all aspects of academic life as one of its highest values. This understanding of academic integrity directs our conduct in all academic matters, especially to the submission of work for academic evaluation and to student-professor and student-staff relationships. Instructors, students and administrators are expected to be honest and responsible in their academic conduct and fair in their assessment of academic matters. The university community strives to provide a teaching and learning environment in which academic integrity is reflected in the student’s dealings with faculty and staff and in their academic work and processes, where instructors foster academic integrity with their students, in their review of students’ academic work, and in their exercise of academic processes, and where administrators promote academic integrity in initiating and implementing academic regulations and processes. Academic integrity is anchored in the shared responsibility of all members of the community. Instructors are responsible for clearly communicating course requirements and students are responsible for knowing and following such requirements. The Academic Code of Conduct sets out for students, instructors and administrators both the process and the expectations involved when a charge of academic misconduct occurs. The regulations are presented within the context of an academic community which seeks to support student learning at Concordia University.


Code of Rights and Responsibilities

1. The Code of Rights and Responsibilities (“the Code”) has, as its grounding principles, the values of civility, equity, respect, non-discrimination and an appreciation of diversity as manifested within Concordia University (“the University”) and within society-atlarge.

Rights promoted and protected by the Code

2. All Members of the University, as defined in Section III of the Code, may reasonably expect to pursue their work, studies and other activities related to University life in a safe and civil environment. As such, neither the University nor any of its Members shall condone any conduct which adversely affects the University or any of its Members.

3. All Members have the freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression; freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association, the whole subject to the limits recognized by law and University policies and procedures.


Policy on Copyright Compliance

PREAMBLE
As in all Canadian universities, members of the Concordia community are users of copyrighted materials and, as such, are subject to copyright legislation. The necessity of complying with the Copyright Act is not open to question. In addition to any legal responsibility, however, it can be argued that the ethical obligation to respect intellectual property rights is greater in an academic community than elsewhere. The University is thus unconditionally committed to full compliance with the Copyright Act.

PURPOSE
This Policy deals with the responsible use of copyrighted materials by members of the University. Its objective is to ensure copyright compliance in accordance with federal legislation, thus protecting the rights of creators and the interests of the University’s faculty members, staff and students.

SCOPE
This Policy applies to all members of the University (faculty, staff and students).


Act respecting access to documents and the protection of personal information

PURPOSE
In our society, extensive records are kept by several levels of Government and public agencies. The administrators of municipalities, hospitals, educational institutions, public security, health insurance plans, public pension funds, social security, and so on, are, because of the nature of their duties and services, in possession of detailed information concerning many individuals. Public bodies also hold various documents of a more public nature, pertaining to the many areas of the administration of the institution, and more generally, to the relationships between “government” and citizens: such as statutes, regulations, guidelines, policy documents, reports, plans, proposals, agreements, official documents embodying administrative decisions, etc. The Act was designed to promote "transparency" or openness of public administration and to ensure that all Personal Information concerning individual citizens held within the records of the public bodies would be protected from illegitimate use and access. 


Policy on the use of concordia university’s name, logo and related insignia, and the governance of its visual character and digital presence

PREAMBLE
Concordia University has a vested interest in the protection and regulation of its name as well as its logo and/or related insignia (shield, wordmark and icon), which taken as a whole create the University’s signature. It is also in the University’s best interests to present a consistent visual character that reflects its identity both in print and digital forms. As such, guidelines and verification systems are required to ensure that the University builds a uniform and recognizable presence within the community through both the appropriate display of these symbols and a consistent interpretation of its character in all visual communications.

SCOPE
This policy applies to internal and external representations, whether printed, electronic or digital, which make use of Concordia University’s name, logo and/or related insignia and the University’s image as a whole.

PURPOSE
The purposes of this policy are a) to provide the framework for the regulation of the quality and uniformity of the University’s image in both internal and external representations; and b) to ensure that parties who have received permission to use the University’s name, logo and/or related insig


Social media policies, terms and conditions

Be sure to familiarize yourself with these sites' respective policies as well:


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