Top 7 things you need to know about using Social Media while studying at UNSW

Published: 6 September 2013

We all use social media but it does have its risks.  While enrolled at UNSW, there may be times where your social media can overlap with your obligations as a student.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Anytime you comment on an official university page, tag the university in your own messages or post or identify yourself as associated with UNSW e.g. in the About Me section of your facebook page - then you have obligations under the Student Code of Conduct.
  • It's fine to discuss your uni work but remember any plagiarism rules.  Yep, these also apply to social media. Displaying answers to assignments or offering money in exchange for help with your work is also a no-go.
  • You should never bully or harass someone – it is against the law.
  • It's never okay to make a racist or sexist comment, or to breach someone else's privacy (that includes uploading unauthorised photos).
  • Always treat others with respect; social media probably isn't the best place to have a slinging match with someone, especially if it crosses the line into slander.
  • Remember, private conversations aren't always private and they could be read for years to come, even by your future employer.
  • If you have a complaint, it's probably best to seek a different channel of communication than social media and actually get it resolved.

All in all, if you use your common sense you should be fine.  If you want to read more see UNSW Student Social Media Guidelines.