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Social Media

Our community values and promotes academic expression and responsible behavior.

The University of Maryland recognizes the tremendous opportunity and responsibility in using social media to connect directly with prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, partners, donors, media, and community members.

We believe transparency, respectful engagement and free expression are essential. The University counts the diversity and inclusiveness of its community among its greatest strengths, and our community reflects a diverse set of customs, values and viewpoints. We believe that we should take consideration when dealing with topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory. We are committed to protecting the privacy of members of our community.

UMD faculty and staff are cutting-edge experts in their fields, and we encourage broadly sharing research findings on social media. As a leading public research institution, we support the myriad voices and expert opinions of our faculty and fully respect freedom of speech and academic commentary. Academia is a place where we welcome and encourage civil debate over ideas and, as such, we also welcome healthy feedback and the diverse viewpoints of others.

Social Media Guidelines

These guidelines pertain to University of Maryland faculty, staff and students who are publishing and commenting on social media on behalf of a UMD-affiliated account. This does not apply to personal social networking accounts that are set up by individuals for personal use. For the purposes of this policy, "social media" refers to any platform for online publication and commentary, including, but not limited to, blogs, and social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Vine, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

View the full Social Media Guidelines

Social Media Best Practices

Social media can be overwhelming or take considerable time to manage. These best practices and resources will help you create and manage accounts, curate strong content, keep your account secure, and find websites and free tools to help manage social media accounts.

View Social Media Best Practices for campus communicators

For questions regarding these guidelines, social media platforms, or the University's social media strategy, please contact the University's Social Media Manager, Danielle Tarr, at


View presentations from the University of Maryland Social Media Conference