General Guidelines

Photo Guidelines – Photos posted on social media should be done so with the utmost care. Before posting a photo, ask permission from the individual(s) included and get a signed photo release form. If there is a minor in the picture, consult parents before posting, and have parent sign the photo release form. Photos must also be appropriate. Do not post any photos that would not be suitable for the College website. Examples of images that should be avoided included but are not limited to: nudity, graphic scenes, and medical and hospital patients. Give photo credit when using others’ photos.

Copyrighted Images – Keep in mind that many photos found on the Internet are protected by copyright and are illegal to post without the creator’s permission. To find content that is safe to use and not copyrighted, we suggest using UnsplashPexels, or  Creative Commons,  You can also find images that are safe for reuse from Google images and Flickr. Under Advanced Search, filter for images that are “free to reuse.”

Promotions – Do not use BCC’s name to promote or endorse any product, cause, or political party or candidate.

College’s Best Interest – Do not post sensitive or confidential information pertaining to Bronx Community College. Avoid discussing or speculating on Bronx Community College internal policy or operations. Similarly, please refrain from offering opinions on College topics or personalities that could be considered sensitive, confidential, or disparaging.

Do No Harm. Let your Internet social networking do no harm to BCC or to yourself whether you’re navigating those networks on the job or off.

Understand Your Personal Responsibility. BCC staff and faculty are personally responsible for the content they publish on blogs, wikis or any other form of user-generated content. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time— protect your privacy.

Comments – Remove comments and report if they are obscene, threatening, contains or advocates illegal activities, contains offensive language, or is an advertisement/endorsement of a product or political figure. Otherwise, if you do not want the comment on your page, “hiding” the comment is the best option. The commenter and their friends will still be able to see the comment.

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