Student Guidelines

Students  and  Social  Media

Social  media  is  a  great  way  for  students  to  stay  connected.  The  following  guidelines  are designed  to  help  you  navigate  the  social web  at  San  Jacinto  College  and  your  personal  life.

Participate  and  Connect:

We can’t wait to hear from you!  If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask!  We'll find the answer or connect you with someone at the College who can help.  Do keep in mind that we do not have access to student records, so questions concerning financial aid, student accounts and academic advising are best left to the experts on campus.  We might ask you to contact us at socialmedia@sjcd.edu so that we can further assist you - some conversations are better left off our social media sites.

If you find yourself in disagreement with someone, and want to state a differing opinion, please do so in a respectful manner. However, if your comment includes profanity or attacks someone personally, it will be removed from our official College social media sites without warning. Language that is illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy, profane, libelous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to any person or entity, or otherwise injurious or objectionable is unacceptable and shall be removed.   Social media sites are not an appropriate place to talk negatively about classmates or instructors. If you have a situation you would like to report, please send an email to socialmedia@sjcd.edu. We will be happy to look into it. A good rule of thumb for all online communication is not to post it if you wouldn't want it on the front page of the newspaper.

Did we goof on a location, time, etc.?   Let us know and we'll get it corrected as soon as possible.  Thanks in advance!

Are you in charge of a student organization or know about a great event happening on one of the campuses? Shoot us an email at socialmedia@sjcd.edu with the information and we will share it on our social media sites. Or, you are more than welcome to share the details on those sites.

If you have great pictures from a campus event, please feel free to share them on our social media sites. Just let us know who, what, where and when.

Utilize social media to connect with friends, family and classmates.  Social media provides a great opportunity for you to connect and engage with the world around you.  Visit the social media directory online for a list of San Jacinto College’s social media sites, and join the ones that interest you the most. Let us know if you have any questions or what type of information you would like to see on our social media sites.

Be  careful  what  you  share:

Never give out personal information on social media sites such as social security numbers, G number, passwords, PIN numbers, account numbers, your address, or phone number. San Jacinto College will never request this type of information from you through a social media site.

You  cant  take  it  back:

Once you post something in social media, you can’t take it back. Always remember that social media sites are not necessarily “private.” Regardless of your privacy settings, anyone you are connected to might share something you have posted online. Before you post, remember that many employers, colleges, and universities are turning to social media sites to help determine admissions and employee selections. Each day there are more court cases utilizing social media sites as supporting evidence. So, please be careful what information you share online.

San Jacinto College does not monitor the personal social media sites of our students. However, we do monitor the College name (San Jacinto College) and variations of it online. Students may be subject to disciplinary action, as outlined in the San Jacinto College student handbook, based on information posted on social networking sites. San Jacinto College reserves the right to turn cases of serious incidents over to the proper authorities. Examples of this may include, but are not limited to, threats against the College, its students, or employees.

Classroom  Activities:

Please do not access social media sites during class times, unless instructed to do so by your professor. Limit your activity on social networking sites on public computers during times of high traffic; other students may need the machines to complete course work.

Social Media Monitoring

Does the College monitor my social media accounts?

No, not at all. We wouldn’t want to monitor your social media accounts even if we could. Your information is yours, and it’s private. We want to keep it that way. Becoming a fan of the College’s Facebook page does NOT mean that we can access your Facebook account.

However, we DO monitor the College’s name online – just like any major company monitors what’s being said about its brand. There are keyword search engines (we use Social Searcher and Topsy) that allow users to keyword search through any social media posts that are shared publicly. If your Facebook profile and Twitter profiles are set to be publicly shared they can appear in these searches.

We routinely monitor for the College name and variations on it, such as: • San Jacinto College • San Jac • SanJac • SJCC, SJCN, SJCS, etc.

We use this information to respond with assistance if we can, or to retweet tweets mentioning the College. Good or bad, we want to know what’s being said about the College. This information helps us tweak our services so that we can better assist our students.

In the event that a threat is made on a social network site concerning the College, we take this very seriously (as per our social media guidelines). Our students’ safety is our top priority. Threatening posts are taken seriously and passed on to the proper authorities so that the appropriate action can be taken.

Thanks for helping make the San Jac social media sites such a great resource for our students - former, current and future. Let us know if you have any questions or ideas. Contact us at socialmedia@sjcd.edu.