10.2. Media and communications
The dissemination and communication of knowledge is an important part of the University’s mission.
Staff are encouraged to make public comment or expert comment in relation to their areas of professional expertise, and also to make private comment provided they do that on their own behalf and do not claim to represent the University.
All staff should take care when making public comment (which includes comments through the media, information posted online and through social media) to:
- be considerate of the best interests of the University as a whole
- be honest
- be accurate
- be respectful
- protect confidentialities and privacy.
All staff should:
- not make comments on behalf of the University except with express authorisation to do so
- if making comments in a particular capacity (for example as a delegate, representative or member of an organisation) clearly disclose that capacity and distinguish it from the University’s position
- if making comments personally, be honest about identity, any personal interests and affiliations and make it clear that views expressed are personal and not those of the University
- ensure expert comment is only made in relation to the staff member’s area of professional expertise
- use academic freedom and the other freedoms offered to our staff and students responsibly, honestly and with respect for the position, rights and freedoms of others.
The University may:
- check, filter, block and moderate comments and conversations published through University controlled channels and media and remove content that is in breach of applicable laws, codes and policies
- set 'house rules' with expectations for user conduct.