Social Networking Guidelines

The University recognises the value of working and learning on the Web, especially within the area of Social Media. This ‘open’ and visible nature of studying and sharing work online can connect you and your course to a wide network of people and a broad range of influences. There is the potential to get involved in interesting discussions, to build connections with your fellow students and with the world beyond your course. These guidelines and comments are designed to help you protect your work and your reputation as you make the most of Social Media here at Central Saint Martins.

  • You should apply the same standards of conduct online as you are expected to apply offline;
  • Before engaging with a particular social media on behalf of the University, do so personally to familiarise yourself and develop a good working knowledge
  • Breach of Copyright – You must not copy or publish material from the Internet without acknowledgement of the source of their data or information because this constitutes a breach of copyright as defined in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
  • Social networking platforms are in the public domain and it is not possible to be sure what is being viewed, shared or archived, even if material is posted on a closed profile or group. There can be no reasonable expectation that posts will remain private and will not be passed on to other people, intentionally or otherwise.  Material published online may have the potential to be available publicly, indefinitely. Therefore, you should not say anything that you would not be happy to say in a public gathering and you should not publish information which you would not be happy for anyone in the world to see.
  • Social networking has become a vital form of communication and most social networking sites can be accessed through University systems.
  • Students and staff will be responsible and personally liable for anything posted on social networking sites. UAL will not be responsible for any misuse of information in the public domain, including tweets, Instagram posts, Video posts or Facebook posts, which may be subject to the laws of libel.
  • If you are communicating through social networking sites, you must make it clear that any views expressed are your own views and not those of the University. This applies to both UAL students and staff.
  • Ensure that you regularly check the privacy settings on your social networking profile, as they can change.
  • Never disclose private information when social networking.
  • Students and staff must not access online or publish online any material that either discriminates against or encourages discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and political or religious beliefs, or material that could cause offence, constitute harassment or contravene polices relating to sex, race, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • The University recognises that some students may require access to material that may normally be defined as offensive as part of their study or research. If you are a student and wish to use images that may fall within this classification, please seek approval from your course tutor. Course tutors receiving these requests should log the request and provide details to the Director of College Administration. This means there will be a record in the event of any future investigation.
  • Your responsibility by enrolling as a student at UAL, you agreed to abide by the University’s IT regulations, including use of social media. Ignorance is no defence if things go wrong, so make sure you read the regulations. Please refer to the UAL Students IT Guide below:


Code of conduct:

Within the disciplinary regulations, there is also a code of conduct. This states that while you are a student here, you must act:

  • In accordance with all University regulations
  • Within the law
  • With respect for the dignity and rights of others, irrespective of their background
  • With respect for the property of others and the proper use of University facilities
  • With regard to the health and safety of others
  • With regard to the University’s good reputation
  • With honesty


What are the after effects of behaving irresponsibly online? If you do something negligent online, as well as damaging your own reputation and potentially harming others, you may be subject to formal disciplinary procedures and possibly lose your place at the University. The disciplinary code for students clearly sets out the behaviour we expect from our students.

They apply to all your activity, including on the internet and on social media sites. This includes using social media to defame the University, or in a way that could bring the University into disrepute. What counts as irresponsible?

Use your common sense. If it’s hurtful, defamatory, libellous or inappropriate in the physical world, it is online too. Irresponsible behaviour can include:

  • Making derogatory comments about individuals or organisations, even as a joke
  • Sharing confidential information about others • sharing sexually explicit, racist, homophobic or inflammatory material
  • Flaming or trolling – deliberately provoking arguments, or disruptive behaviour
  • Making allegations about others


There are two golden rules to follow.

  1. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face in a public place, don’t say it online.
  2. Don’t rely on privacy settings – anyone who can see your content can download it, copy it, take a screen shot and then share it publicly.


For further information please refer to the following links:


Get Safe Online

Social Media Terms and Conditions

Information Commissioners Office

Stay Safe Online


Relevant External Information

  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • The Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000
  • Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988
  • Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992
  • The Terrorism Act 2000

The Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security