Social Media Policy and General Guidelines for the FSUSD Community

  • FSUSD recognizes the vital role that social media plays in communicating, collaborating and interacting with students, faculty, staff and the general public. We encourage you to use social media to connect with the Fairfield-Suisun community to foster a place for vibrant and thoughtful engagement.

    As a district committed to the highest standards of freedom of speech and expression, we encourage everyone to get involved and participate in social media.

    The following policies and community guidelines are meant to help all members of FSUSD engage with social media responsibly, whether it is in an official capacity or a personal one.

    Board Policy 1114: District-Sponsored Social Media

    Administrative Regulation 1114: District-Sponsored Social Media

8 Simple guidelines

  • The following guidelines apply to members of the FSUSD social media community, including, but not limited to, students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the greater community.

    Use these guidelines as you participate on FSUSD-hosted social networks or online in your official capacity tied to the district.

    • Be transparent. Be honest about who you are. Clearly identify yourself and fully disclose any affiliation you may have with FSUSD; this can be a simple reference in your bio or in an online statement. When referencing FSUSD online, make it clear that you’re sharing your personal opinion and are not communicating on behalf of the district. A simple example of a disclaimer is “I work for FSUSD. Thoughts shared here are my own.”

    • Protect personal information. For safety and security reasons, please refrain from posting any personal contact information (home and cellphone numbers, mailing or home addresses, personal email addresses, license plates, etc.) on social media sites, neither yours or someone else’s. Remember that everything you post on social media is public and can live on forever, but also could have severe impacts on privacy and safety.

    • Respect intellectual property laws. It is critical that you adhere to laws governing copyright and fair use of copyrighted material owned by others, including FSUSD’s own copyrights, trademarks and brands. Personal webpages and social media accounts (of faculty, staff or students) may not use FSUSD logos, or other site logos. In the spirit of sharing on social networks, it’s best to link to others’ work and give them the proper credit, rather than to reproduce it.

    • No endorsements. We encourage you to use social media to share information about your work at FSUSD. However, any advertising, solicitation or overtly favorable acknowledgments or endorsements of third-party products and services is not permitted from district accounts.

    • Stay on topic. Remember to stay on topic. It can be difficult and frustrating for users to find information and/or to meaningfully contribute to the discussion when there is too much additional commentary unrelated to the topic of the posting.

    • Inspire dialogue. We strive to create an online environment that is safe, welcoming, mutually respectful and inclusive, consistent with our Mission Statement. Civil and respectful dialogue promotes productive conversations with different ideas and points of view.

      You are free to discuss and disagree with others regarding topics relevant to the purpose of the social media platform, but please don’t use ethnic and racial slurs, hateful speech, personal attacks, abusive language, nudity or pornography. If participating on the FSUSD social media channels, be aware of our comment policy and our right to remove content that violates it.

    • Know the policies and procedures related to social media. FSUSD reserves the right to block or remove the content of any post that violates FSUSD Board policies. Please be aware of the following policies and administrative regulations.

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