The use of social media for individual expression and communication with others has greatly expanded
our ability to communicate. However, Kirtland employees are reminded that not all communication is
beneficial. Communications that would be harmful, illegal, or substantially inappropriate in any other public or quasi-public forum are equally so on social media. If you wouldn’t or shouldn’t express it face-to-face or in a general grouping, you may not want to do so on a medium which can be broadcast and observed worldwide, and preserved indefinitely. Conduct on social media that is in violation of law or
Kirtland policy may subject the posting employee to disciplinary action as provided under Board policy.
Employees are advised to consider the following points when posting on social media:
Express only your personal opinions. Do not represent yourself as a spokesperson for the college unless
specifically authorized to do so. Do not use Kirtland email addresses to register on social networks,
blogs, or other online tools utilized for personal use. If Kirtland, or activities of the college, or its
employees, students, board members or other related subjects are the topic of your post, make it clear
that the views being expressed are your own.
Do not present information online that may not be lawfully shared outside of the work environment.
The provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other statutes affecting disclosure of personal and confidential
information apply equally to social media as to any other forms of communication.
Harassment and Discrimination
Avoid posting statements, photographs, video, or audio that could reasonably be interpreted as
harassing, discriminatory, bullying, intimidating, threatening, retaliatory, or otherwise creating a hostile
The making or deliberate forwarding of false, defamatory, or libelous information may subject the
employee to legal action by the affected individuals, as well as disciplinary action by the college. Always
make reasonable effort to confirm the accuracy of potentially harmful information, and avoid posting if
Health and Safety
Any apparent violation of Public Health or MIOSHA Safety Standards on Kirtland facilities discovered on
social media will be investigated, and violators will be subject to discipline.
Conflict of Interest
Employees must not present themselves on social media in a manner which would compromise their
objectivity or integrity in carrying out their professional duties as Kirtland employees.
Retaliation is Prohibited
Kirtland prohibits taking negative action by any employee against any employee for reporting a possible
violation of this policy, or for cooperating in an investigation.
This policy does not prohibit employees from the free exercise of their right to express their own
opinions on matters of public policy, nor their right to express themselves on terms and conditions of
their employment. Kirtland prohibits any college employee or representative from adverse or
retaliatory action against any employee exercising these rights.
Any employee who retaliates against another employee for reporting, cooperating, or for exercising
their lawful rights of expression will be subject to disciplinary action.
First reading June 15, 2017
2 nd Reading July 20, 2017
Adopted July 20, 2017