Electronic communications (e-mail, text messages, social networks, blogs, etc.) enjoy tremendous popularity in our society. Much of the communication between TCU staff, administration and students will be electronic. The informality and immediacy of electronic communications can, however, lead to content abuse. TCU neither sanctions nor censors individual expression of opinion in electronic communications, but TCU expects a certain level of etiquette and civility in these communications. Electronic communications must not:
contain profanity, obscenity or inappropriate jokes;
- harass, defame or intimidate others;
- misrepresent the identity of the sender; or
- be broadcast indiscriminately to a large number of recipients.
Use common sense when communicating electronically. A good rule of thumb is to assume that any message you send will be forwarded to someone you do not know. Never send confidential information electronically unless you use appropriate electronic security measures, such as encryption.
Users who make use of social networks, forums and other public sites do so voluntarily, with the understanding that they may encounter material they deem offensive. Use of University Computing Resources to post or display offensive materials on social networks and forums may subject you to discipline by TCU. Users who subscribe, post messages, or simply browse through such sites must abide by the rules governing each in addition to TCU’s policies.