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Comment Policy

Portland State employees who manage social media websites are encouraged to adopt the following policy regarding the type of commentary permitted on the institution's social media accounts. It is good practice to post the comment policy as part of your online community standards or "house rules." By doing so, you reserve the right as a page administrator to remove inappropriate comments that violate the policy. 

Comment Policy 

Portland State University supports forums for the free and open exchange of ideas and encourages the use of available comment fields when materials are posted by PSU on social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

PSU does not prescreen comments. Comments are submitted by individual website members, including PSU students, faculty and staff, and do not in any way reflect the opinions or policies of PSU.

The host website requires all users to comply with its terms of use and other policies governing use of the website. Comments that violate the host website's policies may be removed by the host website or by PSU at any time.  In addition, PSU reserves the right to remove any user-generated material for any of the following reasons:

  • The use of pornographic, obscene, defamatory, derogatory, inflammatory or otherwise inappropriate language
  • Disclosure of information that is confidential by law or regulation
  • Comments that promote or advocate illegal activity
  • Posts that violate copyrights or trademarks
  • Advertisement or promotion of commercial products services, entities or individuals
  • Endorsement or opposition of any individual campaigning for election to a political office or promoting or opposing any ballot proposal

PSU also reserves the right to terminate involvement by users who post such content.

All users, including social media page administrators, are subject to the terms of service of each social media site. In addition, references made to third-party content or websites do not indicate endorsement or responsibility on behalf of the university.

Response Flowchart

When in doubt about responding to a user-generated comment on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, University Communications has developed a response flowchart to help guide your course of action. This chart includes the following steps: Assessment, Evaluate, and Respond.