University Policy for Non-University Online Communities

Background

Students, faculty and staff may use are a variety of online communication tools such as Facebook and MySpace to keep in touch with friends and classmates and meet new people. These sites provide many alternatives for communications among groups, friends, and relatives. The University neither endorses nor prohibits the use of such services. However, the University does urge you to use extreme caution when posting personal information online. Sharing too much information can lead to problems like stalking, harassment, and identity theft.

Recommendations

  • Use care when posting information about yourself on the web. Sharing information such as your address, telephone number, class schedule, birthday, DU ID, etc. can put you at risk. Never, ever post your Social Security Number or DU ID to any website, including sites within DU, such as the Portfolio.
  • Do not post pictures or stories that depict or describe illegal activity such as underage drinking or illegal drugs. You don't know who is looking at your site.
  • Do not post items that may be embarrassing or inappropriate. Remember, potential employers may be looking at your site.
  • Protect your site with a password that contains a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation characters. Do not use the same password as the one you use to access accounts at the University of Denver. Do not share the password with anyone else.
  • Many sites have several privacy settings. Choose the privacy setting best for you.
  • Read the terms and conditions of use for the websites you are using. Many websites including Facebook retain ownership of any information you post on your profile and can use that information any way they want.

The University wants you to know and understand safe posting.