Information for Students
Protect Your Reputation
Privacy and security settings exist for a reason: Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks. They are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online experience in a positive way. When you're logged into Facebook, for example, look in the Settings menu (indicated by a gear icon) for privacy settings, or the Privacy Shortcuts menu (indicated by a closed padlock). Familiarize yourself with the privacy settings for whatever social networks you use.
Once posted, always posted: Protect your reputation on social networks. Recent research found that 70% of job recruiters rejected candidates based on information they found online.
Your online reputation can be a good thing: Recent research also found that recruiters respond to a strong, positive personal brand online. So show your smarts, thoughtfulness, and mastery of the environment.
Know and manage who sees your personal information: Use tools to manage the information you share with friends in different groups or even have multiple online pages. If you're trying to create a public persona as a blogger or expert, create an open profile or a "fan" page that encourages broad participation and limits personal information. Use your personal profile to keep your real friends (the ones you know and trust) more synched up with your daily life.
Be honest if you're uncomfortable: If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think is inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you've posted makes him or her uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much the world knows about them -- respect those differences. Post only about others as you would have them post about you.
Know what action to take: If someone is harassing or threatening you, remove them from your friends list, block them, and report them to the site administrator.
Protect Your Devices and Data
You are responsible for the security of your computing devices—smartphones, tablets, computers. See Protect Personal Devices & Data for information to help you protect your devices and your data, as well as tips for protecting yourself online.
One of the most important ways you can protect your computer is to use anti-virus software.
Hard drive failure, malware, data corruption; all of these things can lead to lost data. Protect your important files by making sure you regularly back up.
The University and You: Your Electronic Rights and Responsibilities
What Can I Expect?
The University will:
- protect your intellectual and academic freedoms.
- protect your privacy, as required by federal and state laws.
- provide information technology (IT) services in the most efficient, reliable, and secure manner.
- investigate violations of Information Technology Policies at the University of Michigan - keeping concern for your safety paramount - and take action when required.
What Do I Need To Do?
- Read and abide by U-M's Responsible Use of Technology Resources.
- Use a good password, don't share it with anyone, and change it often. The security the University provides is only as good as your password.
- Don't spam.
- Don't reply to spam; just delete it.
- Don't use university electronic resources for commercial purposes, such as running a business.
- Respect the privacy and rights of others.
- Respect the legal protection provided by copyright and licensing agreements.