Social Media Start-Up Kit
Office of Communications and Marketing
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Table of Contents
How to Get Started ................................................................................................................................... 1
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Social Media Policy .......................................................................... 3
I. Outcome Goal .................................................................................................................................... 3
II. Definitions ......................................................................................................................................... 3
III. Policy ............................................................................................................................................... 3
IV. Specific Information ......................................................................................................................... 4
A. Official University Web 2.0 Communications ............................................................................. 4
B. Guidelines for Faculty, Staff, and Students Representing UL Lafayette through
Social Media .............................................................................................................................. 5
C. Personal Use of Social Media .................................................................................................... 5
Best Practices ........................................................................................................................................... 6
Descriptions of Common Social Media Platforms ..................................................................................... 7
Social Media Request Form ...................................................................................................................... 8
Apply for a UL Lafayette Social Media Account .................................................................................... 9
Participation Guidelines .......................................................................................................................... 11
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How to Get Started
Are you interested in having a social media presence on behalf of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette? Are
you ready to lead a discussion online for your college, department, program, or organization? Read through the
information in this social media start-up kit and then fill out the social media request form located on page 8.
The Office of Communications and Marketing is here to support your social media efforts and steward the overall
online presence of the university. We have provided the following tools and resources to help you begin and
maintain a university-related social media account.
Thereʼs a science and a strategy to engaging audiences through social media. Accounts should be active
environments of two-way communication that reflect the universityʼs spirit, quality, and brand.
Before you dive into the deep sea of social media, think about these questions:
What do you want to accomplish with your social media account?
Facebook and Twitter require daily maintenance and steady engagement with others. These type of accounts
should only be created if you have a conversation to begin and the desire and means with which to maintain them
on a daily basis.
If you are trying to promote an event, start a discussion that has a limited lifespan, or share information about your
college, department, etc. to a mostly internal audience, then posting information on a website or as an
eNewsletter is a better choice.
You can always send news and announcements to the Office of Communications and Marketing via email at
socialmedia@louisiana.edu and we will gladly post your information on the universityʼs official accounts if
appropriate. You can also contact Aimee Bullinger if you have questions about your account or strategy and she
can provide you with the support you need.
Who are you trying to engage online?
Did you know that more than 50% of the adult population now uses social media or that Facebook has the largest
percentage of older users, with 37% of users being 45 years or older? Do you find it surprising that a higher
percentage of women than men use social media? Or that Twitter has the largest division of users with a
secondary education?
Each platform serves a different purpose too. Facebook is for building communities, while Twitter is for short,
quick exchanges of information.
To have an effective social media presence you have to know who your target audience iswhich determines
which platforms will best help you meet your goals. If you are unsure which platform or combination of platforms
you should use, contact socialmedia@louisiana.edu.
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What is your message?
Before you answer, stop and think for a moment. This is a trick question. Social media is about making
connections and engaging in conversation with others, not pushing a message. To be a good participant, you
must first be a good listener. Your online community will tell you what they want to hear from you.
Are you up for the challenge?
Social media takes time, strategy, and an outgoing personality. If you have been described as a people-person or
enjoy making connections and providing helpful information, you probably have what it takes. In any case, you will
need to have some personal or professional experience with social media before hosting an account on behalf of
UL Lafayette.
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University of Louisiana at Lafayette Social Media Policy
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY AND GUIDELINES
At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we recognize that social media is an increasingly important form of
communication for our institution, faculty and staff, students, community, and the world at large. Our goal is to use
social media as tools for UL Lafayette to inform and interact with its diverse audiences.
In order to utilize these new mediums effectively, the University has developed a social media policy to serve as a
guide for any faculty and staff operating an official social media account created to represent UL Lafayetteʼs
colleges, departments, programs, or offices.
I. Outcome Goal
To provide guidelines outlining how the University of Louisiana at Lafayette supports institutional communication
goals through social media mediums.
II. Definitions
A. Administrator: individual assigned the responsibility of maintaining, monitoring, and moderating a UL
Lafayette social media platform.
B. Moderator: individual assigned by Administrator and/or department to support the moderation of comments
and postings by internal and external users, including deleting comments and posting that do not meet the
criteria set forth in this policy.
C. Social Media Platforms: Technology tools and online spaces for integrating and sharing user-generated
content in order to engage constituencies in conversations and allow them to participate in content and
community creation. Examples are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
D. Official UL Lafayette Social Media Account: Any social media account primarily intended to communicate
with external audiences. This includes accounts such as Facebook pages primarily meant for recruiting
students, pages for communicating with alumni, athletics news Twitter accounts, etc. Student clubs,
classroom accounts and internal administration pages are not considered “Official UL Lafayette Social
Media Accounts,” but must still adhere to the universityʼs code of conduct, best practices, and follow the
universityʼs graphic and style standards when using its official logos and name.
III. Policy
A. UL Lafayette offers support of institutional communication goals, as well as provides social computing
guidelines for UL Lafayette faculty, staff, and students engaging in online discourse and identifying
themselves with the university.
B. The Office of Communications and Marketing must approve all Official UL Lafayette Social Media
Accounts. To obtain approval, submit the Social Media Request Form available included in this toolkit.
This applies to all accounts created prior to the release of this policy.
C. UL Lafayette employees identified as Administrators of accounts are responsible for managing and
monitoring content of their officially recognized accounts.
D. Each Official Social Media Account must have as one of its administrators a representative from the
Office of Communication and Marketing. Although Communications and Marketing does not intend to
actively engage in maintaining these sites, this designation will enable the university to properly track
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pages and ensure that the account can continue to be accessed in the event of the unavailability or
departure of the university employee who has administrative management of the page.
E. All Official UL Lafayette Social Media Accounts must follow the universityʼs code of conduct, style guide,
graphics standards, and further the institutionʼs official communication strategy and branding platform.
F. This policy is not intended for internet activities that do not associate or identify a UL Lafayette faculty or
staff member, do not use louisiana.edu email addresses, or that do not discuss UL Lafayette and are
purely about personal matters.
IV. Specific Information
A. Official University Web 2.0 Communications
1. Because of the emerging nature of social media platforms these guidelines do not attempt to name
every current and emerging platform. Rather, they apply to those cited and any other online platform
available and emerging including social networking sites and sites with user-generated content.
Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
a. YouTube
b. Facebook
c. iTunes
d. LinkedIn
e. Twitter
f. Blogs
g. Social media content that is hosted internally and protected by UL Lafayette ID/Password
2. Institutional representation via online social media platforms can only be initiated and authorized
through the efforts of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Office of Communications and
Marketing. There can be no official UL Lafayette sites or pages on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
unless they are developed or authorized by Communications and Marketing. Any sites or pages
existing without prior authorization as required above will be subject to review when discovered and
may be amended or removed.
3. UL Lafayette official sites on social media platforms can have pages or content areas that are
assigned to colleges, departments, divisions, or programs. These policies apply to such pages, as
well as content maintained by UL Lafayette and Communications and Marketing.
4. Administrators, as named by their departments or departmentʼs leadership, are responsible for
posting and using content and maintaining compliance with UL Lafayetteʼs code of conduct, HIPAA
(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and policies related to Conflict of Interest,
Privacy, Security, Safety and Human Resources, and FERPA (Federal Education Records Protection
Act).
5. Administrators are responsible for monitoring and maintaining web content as follows:
a. Content is current and accurate.
b. Engaging in communications that are acceptable in the UL Lafayette workplace and respect
copyrights and disclosures. Proprietary financial, intellectual property, patient care or similar
sensitive or private content may not be revealed.
c. Gaining the expressed consent of all involved parties for the right to distribution or publication of
recordings, photos, images, video, text, slideshow presentations, artwork and advertisements
whether those rights are purchased or obtained without compensation.
d. Administrators are responsible for constantly monitoring postings and comments to social media
sites, and for deleting postings that do not adhere to our policies.
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6. As part of the account approval process, Administrators and Moderators acknowledge their
compliance with the Administrator/Moderator Terms and Agreement. These terms and agreement are
renewed annually and will be monitored by the Office of Communications and Marketing.
B. Guidelines for Faculty, Staff, and Students Representing UL Lafayette through
Social Media
1. Uphold the universityʼs mission and values. Always consider whether or not a message via social
media is supporting the universityʼs goals, programs, and overall brand.
2. Use good judgment about content and respect privacy laws, including FERPA. Confidential University
information should not be shared publicly on these social media channels.
3. Be an ambassador for UL Lafayette. Although you may not be speaking on behalf of the university,
you still represent it. Faculty and staff should strive to represent UL Lafayette in the best way at all
times.
4. Identify personal opinions as your own and not the universityʼs. You may not use the UL Lafayette
name to endorse political candidates (regardless of any connection to UL Lafayette) or promote
opinions, products, services, or causes that might contradict the universityʼs mission and values.
5. Follow university policies and editorial guidelines. While UL Lafayette does not regularly review
content posted to social media sites, be aware that all posted content is subject to review in
accordance with these policies and guidelines.
6. Familiarize yourself with and abide by the terms of service of any social media platform you are using.
7. Provide proper attribution when using or posting online material that includes direct or paraphrased
quotes, thoughts, ideas, photos, or videos. Include a link to the original material if available.
8. Track and utilize analytics diligently (either Facebookʼs own analytics or Google analytics) to gauge
the success and impact of your social media communications.
9. Consider carefully who you “follow” on Twitter accounts to avoid creating the impression that the
university endorses individuals, causes, or organizations that might contradict the universityʼs mission
and values.
10. Remember that on Facebook, official UL Lafayette pages should be “fan pages,” which users “like”
rather than “friend.”
11. Contact Communications and Marketing before responding if someone from the media or press
contacts faculty, staff, or students about posts made in online forums that relate to UL Lafayette in
any way.
12. Protect yourself. Remember that all content contributed on all platforms becomes immediately
searchable and can be immediately shared. This content immediately leaves the contributing
individual faculty/staff/students membersʼ control forever.
13. Report any potential or direct threats to the UL Lafayette Police Department immediately.
C. Personal Use of Social Media
The social media policy applies to personal activity and/or professional activity that is not part of official
UL Lafayette communication, and where you identify yourself as a UL Lafayette employee, either through
a bio, comments, or by using your louisiana.edu email address.
The following disclaimer should be added whenever you identify yourself as part of UL Lafayette while not
officially acting on behalf of the university:
The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.
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Best Practices
Think it through. Have your goals and purpose of participation defined before you start. Know how you will add
value. Make sure you're choosing the right social media platform.
Add value to the discussion. Social media at its best is an exchange of helpful or interesting information. In
order to be accepted in the community, bring content of value.
Be a good listener. Observe conversations before you engage. Listen to find out what people are talking about
and what they're interested in.
It's not a one-way conversation. Social media is not a place for you to talk without listening. Comment and
respond to the conversations around you. Engage with others.
Be relevant and accurate. This is one reason why you should listen before joining, and continue to listen. Be
sure your content and communications are relevant to those with whom you are engaging. Make sure your posts
are accurate.
Be yourself. Social media is all about transparency and connecting personally. Donʼt hide your identity or
affiliations. Show your personality.
Follow the rules. UL Lafayetteʼs code of conduct extends beyond the campus. Be familiar with and follow UL
Lafayette social media policies and guidelines.
Be respectful. Don't post material that is profane, libelous, obscene, threatening, abusive, harassing, hateful,
defamatory, or embarrassing to anyone.
Abide by the law. Don't post content that violates any state or federal laws. Get permission to use or reproduce
copyrighted content.
Use a disclaimer. If you participate in online media and you reveal your affiliation with UL Lafayette or your
content has something to do with your work here, state that your opinions are your own and do not represent the
views of the organization.
Donʼt be argumentative. These platforms allow for opinions and civil discussions, not rude and hateful
comments to spur arguments.
Your words are permanent. Everything you say or do online is likely to be stored forever, even if you delete it.
What you say can and will be used against you.
Use your best judgment. If you are unsure about your post, discuss content with your manager before
commenting.
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Descriptions of Common Social Media Platforms
Of course this is not an exhaustive list, just the most well-known.
Facebook: an online social utility that connects people and organizations with friends and others who work,
study, live, and engage around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, to share links, to share
photos and videos of themselves and their friends, and to learn more about people and organizations. UL
Lafayette Facebook accounts should be fan pages, not groups.
Twitter
: a micro-blogging and social utility service that allows its users to send and read messages known as
tweets, text-based posts of no more than 140 characters. People use twitter to share and view links, pictures,
videos, opinions, news, professional information, personal status and more.
LinkedIn: a business-oriented online social utility that allows users to strengthen and extend oneʼs existing
network of trusted contacts. People use LinkedIn to stay informed about contacts and their industry of interest.
YouTube:
!a video sharing website on which users can view, upload, and share videos and comments on otherʼs
videos. Each video clip is limited to 10 minutes.
Blog: an online site short for “web log” that allows an individual or group to share a running log of personal
insights, writings, events, news, and more.
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Flickr:!a photo sharing website on which users can view, upload, and share photos. Popular place for storing
photos that are linked to from blogs and other social media utilities.
Foursquare: lets your friends know where you are and for you to know where they are. You can also collect
points, prizes and "badges."
MySpace: Because of security issues, the university does not encourage MySpace accounts.
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Social Media Request Form
Read the terms and fill out the following application to request an official university social media account. You
will then be contacted by Aimee Bullinger to review your application.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Social Media Administrator/Moderator Terms and Agreement
1. Each Administrator/Moderator is familiar with, and agrees to comply with the University of Louisiana at
Lafayetteʼs social media policy and guidelines as well as the terms listed in this agreement.
2. To prevent stagnant conversation, social media content is refreshed at least weekly.
3. To utilize social media efficiently, all social media platforms should have a specific purpose and topics should
be relevant to the mission of UL Lafayette and its brand platform.
4. All comments are moderated. Comments that are obscene, defamatory, profane, libelous, threatening,
harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to another person or any other person or entity are not approved.
Promotions and events serving alcohol are prohibited. Administrator/Moderator agrees to take all reasonably
possible steps to prevent and eliminate non-approved comments and understand that it may be necessary to
discontinue the use of the social media if such comments cannot be eliminated or prevented.
5. Social media participation guidelines are posted or linked to on all external UL Lafayette sites.
6. Any threats to harm a person or oneʼs self are immediately addressed by notifying the UL Lafayette Police
Department (contact information below).
If a comment violates any law or University of Louisiana at Lafayette policy, it is forwarded to the
appropriate contact from the following list:
Privacy/Ethics/Legal
Christine Brasher, Director of Operational Review
EEO Compliance Officer
Email: cbrasher@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.1394
UL Lafayette Police Department
Joey Sturm, Chief of Police
Email: ulpolice@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-6449
Employee Issue
Charlene Hamilton, Human Resources Manager
Email: personnel@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-6251
Risk Management
Joey Pons, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Email: safetyman@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-5357
Information Security
Charles Broome, Information Technology
Security Officer
Email: charles.broome@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-1597
If you see comments that require attention and are unsure who to contact, email
socialmedia@louisiana.edu.
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Apply for a UL Lafayette Social Media Account
* Fill out a separate application for each social media platform you wish to pursue.
Administratorʼs Name:
Experience with social media:
Contact information:
Phone:
Email:
Office Address:
I agree to the terms listed in the Social Media Administrator/Moderator Terms and Agreement.!
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Moderatorʼs Name:
Experience with social media:
Contact information:
Phone:
Email:
Office Address:
I agree to the terms listed in the Social Media Administrator/Moderator Terms and Agreement.
Which UL Lafayette college, department, office, program, or organization will this account represent?
What is its main function on campus? In the community?
What goals do you wish to accomplish through use of social media?
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List your target audiences, beginning with your primary audience.
Which social media platform are you requesting?
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
YouTube
Google+
iTunes
Blog
Other (please specify):
How will using this particular social media platform help you meet your goals?
List at least 3 milestonessuch as number of followers, number of shares, level of engagementfor
your social media account with expected delivery dates.
What is your plan of action for engaging the online community with this account?
Submit Form
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Participation Guidelines
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Be sure to link to these guidelines on the info or bio area of the platform you use.
Use this URL: louisiana.edu/socialmediaguidelines
Thank you for participating in social media networks with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. We invite
comments on UL Lafayette-sponsored social networks because we believe that open conversation must occur to
change the future of education and create lasting connections between our institution, our students, our faculty
and staff, our community, and the world at large.
We encourage open, honest, and authentic conversation. We ask that you treat others with respect, even if
disagreements occur. Remember that these are public communities and all information you share is published for
the world to see.
Please do not post material that could be considered an infringement on the rights of others. UL Lafayette
reserves the right to delete postings, or block users, that it deems to be slanderous, obscene, soliciting, or
threatening.
If you are an employee of UL Lafayette, please remember that all laws and UL Lafayette policies apply. We
suggest that you take time to refresh your understanding of UL Lafayette polices.
UL Lafayette has no control over the policies and practices of these third-party social media sites. Once you leave
louisiana.edu or any of its related sites you are subject to the policies of those third-party sites.
By participating with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Office of Communications and Marketing in
social networking communities, you agree to indemnify UL Lafayette against any damages, losses, liabilities,
judgments, costs or expenses arising out of a claim by a third party relating to any posts you have made.
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