Office of Development and Alumni Relations Social Media Terms of Use
Updated August 04, 2014

Photo source: 1974 Grinnell yearbook.

Our terms of use and privacy practices are developed consistent with the relevant communications policies of Grinnell College.

We Respect Your Right to Privacy
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) at Grinnell College respects your right to privacy. We are pleased to give you the opportunity to share information with the organization or with other people who use DAR social media. For the Forum site, you choose your privacy settings when you create or edit your Forum profile. We will do our best to protect your privacy using the best practices and technologies, while also counting on you to take steps to ensure your privacy and confidentiality, such as being careful about how you store your passwords, who you share your account information with, and how you use our social media. While we respect your right to privacy and do all that we can to protect it, we do not accept responsibility for events or factors beyond our control, and we do not claim any guarantee against a violation of your privacy by another party.

Inappropriate Behavior and Content
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations encourages users to interact with each other in a respectful and meaningful way in our social media. When posting, please keep in mind that your name appears with your comments and that your comments are publicly visible to visitors of the page. Grinnell College and DAR are not responsible for comments or postings made by social media users. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to screen and remove any content it deems inappropriate. This includes commercial content whose primary purpose is to sell a product, a service, or other such practices, as well as content that harasses, abuses, threatens, or in any other way violates the rights of others. We also reserve the right to remove posts containing any and all links.

The following are considered to be a direct violation of these guidelines and are considered inappropriate for our social media platforms:

  1. Slanderous comments about classmates, professors, staff, or the College. Personal attacks, put-downs, and obscenities.

  2. Solicitations for charitable gifts to organizations other than Grinnell College, unless prior approval of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations has been obtained. Although a core principal of the College is "service to others," we must ensure that our social media platforms are not overwhelmed with such efforts.

  3. Use of our social media platforms for commercial or proprietary work. Advertising is not welcome.

  4. Use of our social media platforms for political or other advocacy that might jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the College.

  5. Spam email.

Not For Sale
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations does not sell any information that the organization may acquire through its social media.


Further, by registering as a Forum member and/or using the Forum site or our other social media, you agree not to use any of the personal data provided by other people for monetary gain or fiduciary advancement or other personal gain. The data provided in our social media is for our social media-related activities and purposes only. Your noncompliance or violation of this provision will constitute basis for our acting to suspend or terminate your participation in our social media.

Forms

Forms on the Forum site and other social media make it easy for our constituents to request information, update their records, register for events, make gifts, and share information. We use the best encryption technology available to protect your information. 

Contests and Surveys

Information that you supply to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations via Forum or other social media we manage may be used in various ways. Any responses and comments from you to questions we ask you directly will help us improve the content and services we provide. Occasionally, too, in other social media, we might sponsor quizzes and contests that require you to share personal information if you'd like to be recognized as the winner of the quiz or contest. Deciding whether or not to participate is entirely up to you.

Hashtags

We may use hashtags created for contests, events, and campaigns, and the like.

The following disclaimer applies to all hashtags that we create for the purpose of collecting and sharing your images: By use of our hashtag(s), you give us access to any photos tagged. If we wish to use the tagged photos for another purpose (i.e., for material not specifically related to the intended contest, event, or campaign), we will ask for your permission. 

Please be aware that using a hashtag means that the content you share becomes displayed in social media, and as such, may become immediately and widely viewable by the general public, as others who see it may re-Tweet or re-post it. We are not responsible for the re-Tweeting or reposting of your shared content by others outside our office and the College.

General Browsing Information

We run analytics to track site usage. If you visit our site, we may collect your computer's IP address, browser type, and operating system; the date and time you access the site; the URL of the website from which you linked to forum.grinnell.edu; and the various Forum pages you visited.

We track these things in aggregate to help us understand what features of the site are most appealing to visitors. This information helps us improve the website for the people who visit it most often.

Email

Occasionally, we may use your email address to send you news or other information. If you do not want to receive this material, you may unsubscribe yourself from any electronic communication.

Spammers and Hackers. We are not responsible for protecting your email accounts and other personal Internet transactional pages from Internet spammers and hackers. Someone spamming or hacking your email and other online accounts is not related to information we host on Forum. The wide variety of email providers, computer software, and user behavior (e.g., how alumni use their computers; what web sites they visit; what software they download, etc.). We recommend that you use safe practices, such as routinely changing your email passwords, refraining from opening emails that appear to be spam or other forms of fraudulent activity such as phishing, and avoiding visits to Internet sites that are unsecure or that support illicit or illegal activity. 

 Links

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of web sites to which it links on Forum.

Legal Compliance

We will disclose information about you in response to a court order.

Facebook Policy

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Grinnell College encourages Facebook users to interact with each other in a respectful and meaningful way on the Grinnell College Alumni wall and within the comment threads of Grinnell College Alumni content. When posting to the Grinnell College Alumni Facebook page, please keep in mind that your name and photo appear next to your comments and are publicly visible to the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the page.

Grinnell College is not responsible for comments or wall postings made by visitors to the page and reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to screen and remove any content it deems inappropriate. This includes commercial content whose primary purpose is to sell a product, a service, or other such practices via the Grinnell College Alumni page, as well as content that harasses, abuses, threatens, or in any other way violates the rights of others. We also reserve the right to remove posts containing any and all links.

In addition, the Development and Alumni Relations office of Grinnell College upholds the Terms of Service standards administered by Facebook. Facebook encourages all users to utilize the "Report" links when they find abusive content. 
http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

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