While all ECU employees are welcome to participate in social media, we encourage everyone who participates in and contributes to online commentary to understand and follow these important guidelines. Our overall goal is simple: to participate online in a respectful, relevant way that protects our reputation and follows the letter and spirit of the law and East Carolina University (ECU) policy and regulations. The keys to success in social media are being honest about who you are, being thoughtful before you post, respecting the purpose of the community where you are posting and being aware of the content of your post.
These guidelines apply to ECU employees who create or contribute to the social media environment, including but not limited to:
Maintaining confidentiality of your patient and student interactions is critical in your field. Remember not to post or share information, including photographs about these interactions. Disclosing identity, embarrassing others, and/or breaching confidentiality could jeopardize your future career. Protecting student and patient information applies to you, too. There are stiff penalties for violating this confidentiality; take guidance from the faculty and professionals in your field and safeguard information and your reputation.
All users of university IT services are reminded that unauthorized downloading and sharing of music, video and software is a violation of Title 17, of the U.S. Copyright Act, Sections 504 and 505 and is punishable with civil and criminal penalties ranging from $750 to $250,000 and up to 10 years of imprisonment.
For more information concerning compliance with the Copyright Act, visit the U.S. Copyright Office Web site at www.copyright.gov and check out the FAQs. ECU resources are available at libguides.ecu.edu/copyright and ecu.edu/filesharing.
University employees who violate university computer use policies will be subject to disciplinary action as governed by policy.
Student violations are misconduct under the applicable student disciplinary code. Sanctions may include revocation of access privileges in addition to other sanctions available under the regular disciplinary procedures.
“The contents including all opinions and views expressed within this site, are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of anyone else, including other employees in my department or at ECU. ECU has not approved and is not responsible for the material contained at this site.”
What is E-Discovery?
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and NC State Rule of Civil Procedure govern the evidence discovery process for litigation in Federal, U.S. District and NC State Courts. Discovery is the term used for the initial phase of litigation where the parties in a dispute are required to provide each other relevant information and records, along with all other evidence related to the case. E-discovery specifies the preservation of all relevant electronic information.
To learn more about E-Discovery, see these sites: Cornell University Law School:
North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 1A Rules of Civil Procedure:
ECU Social Media Regulation: http://www.ecu.edu/PRR/08/10/02
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team—Staying Safe on Social Network Sites: