Comment Policy

The University of South Florida maintains an official presence on eight social media sites: Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube. These accounts are produced, maintained, and monitored by the Office of University Communications and Marketing.

All users are welcome and encouraged to share content on USF social media pages. Remember that you are personally responsible for all content you post online, whether in a blog, on a social networking site, or in the comments section of an online news story.

Content posted by other users on USF social media pages does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the university. Links to content on other websites should not be construed as an endorsement of the organizations, entities, views or content contained therein. USF is not responsible for the content of those external websites.

By posting content to any USF social media page, users understand and acknowledge that this information is available to the public, and that other participants may use posted information beyond the control of USF. Users who do not wish to have information they have made available via these sites used, published, copied and/or reprinted, should not post on USF social media pages.

UCM regularly reviews content posted by other users to the official USF social media pages listed above. All users are expected to adhere to site-specific Terms of Use when posting content to an official USF social media page. UCM reserves the right, but is not obligated, to remove content from USF social media sites for any reason.

If you plan to share content on a USF social media page, observe the following guidelines. For a PDF of this comment policy, click here.

Stay on topic.
When commenting under an existing post, please keep comments on topic. However if you have a question about the University of South Florida, feel free to post it and UCM will try to answer it in a timely manner.

Observe confidentiality laws at all times.
Do not post confidential information about the University of South Florida, students, colleagues, patients, donors, vendors, etc. This includes name, address, telephone number, email address, etc. Follow applicable federal requirements such as FERPA and HIPAA, as well as NCAA regulations. Employees who share confidential information do so at the risk of disciplinary action or termination.

Do not post spam or advertisements.
Unauthorized commercial solicitations are not permitted on USF social media pages and will be removed. Users who continuously post unauthorized advertisements on USF social media pages will risk being banned from posting.

Observe fair use, copyright and disclosure laws.
Always give people credit for their work, and make sure you have the right to use content before you post it on social media sites.

Be truthful in your posts.
Never represent yourself or the University of South Florida in a false or misleading way. All statements must be true; all claims must be substantiated.

Do not bully or harass other users.
We welcome civilized dialogue on all issues. If you disagree with another user's opinion, please keep your comments respectful. Do not threaten, bully or harass other users. If you are a USF employee, you will be expected to adhere to all applicable USF policies and regulations. If you are a USF student, you will be expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. USF employees and students who violate these codes and policies do so at the risk of disciplinary action or termination.

Refrain from using hateful speech.
Be respectful of others. Do not attack other users based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

Do not use vulgar language or profanity.
UCM reserves the right to remove comments and posts that contain profanity.

Do not post content that contains graphic violence or pornography.
Several social media sites have a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and imposes limitations on the display of nudity and graphic violence. Refrain from posting such content on USF social media pages.