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Social media

Social media is a good way to meet others or to hear about the latest news and developments. It is an excellent way to tell people about what you are doing and to hear what they are up to too. But social media also has its downsides: disinformation, trolling, disrespectful comments and even the misuse of data such as photos.

Every student and staff member of Leiden University is a kind of ambassador for the university. We therefore encourage them to use social media and, given our motto of Praesidium Libertatis, will defend their freedom of expression online. But with this freedom of expression comes responsibility: the responsibility, also online, to uphold the values of our academic community.

Eight tips for social media

Follow these tips to get the best out of social media.

  1. Be accurate, honest and decent
    Make sure you have your facts right and state your sources. If you are an academic, you are also one online, and this is how you will be treated. If you make a mistake, admit this openly and if necessary, offer your excuses.
  2. Respect your audience
    Think before posting anything online. Be respectful and courteous, in discussions too. Be open to different perspectives and opinions.
  3. Be proud of the university
    But never speak on behalf of the university. Do not use official logos on your private account.
  4. Be aware of liability and privacy
    Think about copyright. Do not share information about or photos of people without their permission. Do not post confidential information about Leiden University, its students, alumni or staff.
  5. Be aware of the relationship between your work and personal life
    If your profile mention where you work, you may then be seen as an employee of Leiden University, even in your free time.
  6. Be authentic
    Online is not a separate world, so be the same person online as off.
  7. Take a look around
    Look at how others (colleagues for instance) use social media. See what appeals to you and follow their example. Talk to your colleagues or fellow students about whether you want to share things that you discuss in your work or studies.
  8. Moderate your comments and timeline
    Look daily at the comments you receive and respond quickly. Keep life pleasant for yourself (and your followers) by curating your timeline: block or mute inappropriate accounts or trolls.

Leiden University also has a Code of Conduct for Social Media for its students and staff. Read it here

For questions about using social media, starting a corporate account, or to suggest content for one of the university or faculty social media channels or discuss the options, contact one of the following:

Faculty or unit

Questions/requests to:

SCM
(Leiden University accounts)

Twitter/LinkedIn: nieuwsredactie@leidenuniv.nl 

Facebook/Instagram: socialmedia@bb.leidenuniv.nl 

Archaeology Marten Jesse Pot
redactie@arch.leidenuniv.nl
ASCL Fenneken Veldkamp
f.veldkamp@asc.leidenuniv.nl
Governance & Global Affairs Benedicte Dobbinga
communicatie@fgga.leidenuniv.nl
Humanities

Jannet Harthoorn / Suzé Klok
webredactie@hum.leidenuniv.nl 

Medicine/LUMC socialmedia@lumc.nl
Honours Academy Floor Daemen
f.daemen@ha.leidenuniv.nl
Iclon communicatie@iclon.leidenuniv.nl
Law Floris van den Driesche
online@law.leidenuniv.nl 
Social Sciences

Sabrina Otterloo
s.a.otterloo@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

University Library Guus Jansen
a.j.janssen@library.leidenuniv.nl
Science Bryce Benda
news@science.leidenuniv.nl 
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