The increased use of social media by health care providers, educators, learners, and administrators, combined with the ease of finding information online can blur personal and work identities, posing new considerations for professional conduct in the information age. Despite the availability of privacy settings, all content shared on social media sites must be presumed public and permanent as privacy settings are often easily circumvented and deleted content may remain in archives. This policy establishes standards of social media use at the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).
This policy applies to all SMPH learners, faculty, and staff using social media. It applies to all digital media platforms that are inherently social in nature or function and recognizes that such platforms will continually emerge and transform as technologies change.