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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Social media guidelines

Use of social media can benefit your studies and enrich your personal and social life. But it is important that students are aware of potential challenges and risks.

Whether you are studying here at Madingley Hall, or online, we expect that you show respect at all times to other students, staff and people outside the University.

What is social media?

Social media are web-based platforms that allow you to communicate and network with others, and include:


  • Be safe online
    • Read and adhere to the respective social media platform’s terms and conditions and check their privacy policy before signing up.
    • Think about what personal details you provide and manage your privacy settings to take control of who can see your profile and what information is displayed publicly.
    • Use different passwords for different accounts.
  • Build networks
    • Follow influential people in your subject area like your tutor and fellow classmates.
    • Don’t be afraid to take part in discussions. Demonstrate your interest and engagement in your subject.
  • Always be respectful and courteous. Think before you post. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t say in public.


  • Don’t post anything that could be understood to be:
    • Bullying
    • Discriminatory
    • Harassing
    • Offensive
    • Threatening
    • Obscene
    • Defamatory

This includes making comments relating to sex, gender reassignment, race (including nationality), disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief or age.

This also includes commenting about individual/s working at the Institute in an offensive or defamatory way.

Don’t share copyrighted materials, such as ICE teaching materials, on your social media. Look for a © symbol. You can find more information about copyright here:


There is a variety of civil and criminal legislation that could apply to social media use that you should be aware of, including: