Guideline for Use of Social Media

Guideline for Use of Social Media

This Social Media Guideline, based on the IT Policy and Transmission of Information Guideline, stipulates principles students, faculty and staff in the ICU community should follow when publishing information on the social media sites.

Definition of Social Media

Social media refers to Internet-based services by which individuals submit, or share information. Popular networks include LINE, Facebook, mixi, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Bulletin Board System (BBS), and blogs. They include sites with unlimited access for product reviews and comments.


Communicating on social media platforms through the Internet has become embedded in our daily lives. It is a convenient means for rapid, easy transmission of information, but unlimited access can cause unanticipated problems for submitters as well as their friends and organizations they are affiliated with. Caution should be taken in using these platforms.

We listed codes of behavior and actions to prevent problems that can result from misuse of social media.

(1) Awareness and responsibility

When using social media, please be aware that you are a member of the ICU community. Anything you submit can potentially harm the reputation and management of ICU. Be responsible for what you say. The Internet never forgets: anything you post will be almost impossible to delete. Anonymous postings can be traced back to a specific author.

Officially recognized university clubs or groups should also abide by this guideline when using social media. In operating the site, decide on the person responsible for management and notify the Student Affairs Group.

(2) Compliance with laws and regulations

When submitting messages on social media, you should comply with Japanese laws as well as the regulations in the country you are residing. You should also comply with the University Rules and Regulations.

(3) Respect for copyright and trademark, as well as a person's reputation and portrait rights

When posting messages using social media, do not violate others' rights by using copyrighted material without consent or damage one's reputation by defamation. Please note that uploading images and text on the Web, including anything on the University's Official Website, can infringe copyright unless it satisfies the conditions stipulated in Copyright Laws, etc.

(4) Respect for others

On social media sites, diverse opinion may exist based on different ways of thinking and culture. We should respect each other and refrain from attacking or creating trouble for others.
Videos and photos can go viral on the Web even if the original submitter did not intend for that to happen. This can lead to invasion of privacy. Please be careful.

(5) Confidentiality and confidential information

Do not publicize confidential information you acquire while working part-time or as interns on and off campus. Act responsibly with the information you are entrusted with.

(6) Post correct information

Always be sure to post correct information. Refrain from causing trouble for others by publishing inaccurate unconfirmed information. If something you posted wasn't true, be the first to correct the error.

(7) Be sincere

When you hurt someone unintentionally or invite misunderstanding through use of social media, be sure to deal with the situation sincerely.

(8)Prohibited acts

Always be sensible and responsible. You should NOT: