Social Media

From the Mayo Clinic’s 12-word Social Media Policy:

  • Don’t Lie
  • Don’t Cheat
  • Don’t Steal
  • Don’t Pry
  • Can’t Delete
  • Don’t Reveal

Don’t lie: This is a good rule in general, but is particularly important online where nothing is transient and everything is searchable. It is also not permissible to demean or degrade any individual associated with the HSC on internet resources or represent self as another person, real or fictitious, as a means to circumvent this policy.

Don’t pry: Do not seek out personal health care data or potential protected health information as part of a social platform conversation. TTUHSC El Paso students are not allowed to post or discuss any such sensitive information on personal social networking sites, including photos of patients.

Don’t cheat: In social media, cutting corners is more likely to be discovered and exposed with negative consequences.

Can’t delete: It is important to remember that what you post online cannot be deleted. The most effective tool to address this is a strategic pause before you post.  Count to 3 and think:

  1. To whom am I posting? Who is my audience?
  2. Is this post appropriate? Would I say this to someone face-to-face? Would this be appropriate at my institution?
  3. Does my post add value to the ongoing conversation?

Don’t steal: Give credit where it is due and acknowledge those who inspired you or provided information you are passing along.  In Twitter it’s as simple as a retweet or a mention while in a blog you can share a link.

Don’t reveal: If the information is proprietary or confidential, don’t disclose it in social platforms. This also applies to educational material that belongs to the faculty of TTUHSC El Paso, including the logo, class material or information from your textbooks. Students should respect copyright, trademarks, and intellectual property rights. This includes putting this type of material in study guide or flashcards that are publicly available.

TTUHSC El Paso faculty and staff do not monitor online communities, however any behavior violating the code of conduct that comes to a university official’s attention will be treated like any other conduct violations.