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Social media and other forms of online communication are powerful tools and can provide positive opportunities for learning, engaging, connecting and collaborating - when used responsibly.

There are many forms of social media and chances are, you use at least one of them, if not more.

Facebook is the most popular social media network followed by Instagram, Linkedin and Snapchat. The list goes on.

In fact, social media users in Australia are some of the most prolific in the world, with a total of around 60% of the country’s population an active user on Facebook, according to Social Media News – January 2018.

USC encourages the use of social media channels by students, staff and associates to connect with each other and its broader community.

The same standards of behaviour apply online as they do in ‘real life’ including University policies, laws and behavioural expectations such as respect, courtesy and professionalism. The same consequences apply for breaching them, including disciplinary processes.

Always be mindful of USC's Social Media Managerial Policy which emphasises the expectations of a safe, inclusive, diverse and supportive learning environment where students and staff of the University can expect to be treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of the communication channel.

Online etiquette
  • Adapt your writing style to suit your audience, and the platform.
  • Be as clear and concise as possible when contributing to a discussion. Choose the right words carefully to get your meaning across.
  • How you compose your content can reveal a lot about you – your professionalism, your communication skills, your personal image, and your attention to detail. Take advantage of the opportunity to stand out, for the right reasons!
  • Always think before you post. If in doubt, take some time out to consider your response and get a second opinion.
  • Respect others and their opinions though they may differ from yours.
  • Don’t engage in arguments. If you encounter rudeness or criticism don’t continue any further discussion.
  • Do not bring the University, staff or other students into disrepute via social media platforms.
  • Protect your privacy.
  • Never use discriminatory or offensive language (not even if intended to be humorous). The Student Conduct – Governing Policy applies.
  • If you believe you are being bullied, harassed or discriminated against via social media, you can address your concerns through the Student Grievance Resolution – Governing Policy and associated procedures.
  • University’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities and connections, including connections to internet networks and use of social media, is subject to the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources – Governing Policy, as well as relevant University policies and procedures relating to conduct.
Digital security

The internet has opened new opportunities – we can shop, bank, research, work and connect when and where we want to. But the online world also presents opportunities for criminals to steal money, information and identities.

Set aside some time to focus on these important but easy steps that you can take to stay safe online:

  • Be careful about how much personal information you share online
  • Create strong passwords and passphrases that are hard for others to guess
  • Keep your devices updated with the latest software
  • Regularly back-up your data
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious emails or messages and think before clicking on links or opening attachments.
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