North Hennepin Community College uses a mobile app to supplement traditional student communication and engagement efforts. The guidelines outlined here are valid for all mobile app communications, postings and interactions that are produced by NHCC students.

The guidelines for the personal use of social media are not intended to and do not limit students rights to engage in protected communications, postings and interactions related to North Hennepin Community College.

• Mobile App: Mobile App is a native application that is built for specific mobile devices. The software and related content is downloaded to a device, but additional content may still be accessed via a network connection. The benefit of an app is to provide an alternative platform for NHCC students, staff and faculty to communicate and interact with each other.

Do No Harm
Let your mobile app social networking do no harm to North Hennepin Community College or to yourself:
• We do not use or allow comments that contain hate language;
• We do not allow offensive posts;
• We do not use or allow profanity, or placeholders of profanity, in posts or their equivalent;
• We encourage reasonable dialogue and civil discourse that offers a balanced perspective and multiple points of view;
• We do not allow language that disparages others based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sex, status as a veteran, or any other classifications protected by local, state, or federal law;
• We do not allow comments that are personal attacks on members of the NHCC community;
• We reserve the right to take down and report to relevant authorities posts that we deem hateful, inappropriate, threatening to oneself or others, or misleading;
• We reserve the right to take down and report to the relevant authority any posts that we deem are not relevant or useful.

Think Before You Post
You are personally responsible for the content you publish on the NHCC Mobile App. Your actions and statements have the ability not only to affect yourself, but also others at NHCC and the college as a whole. Please keep in mind that posts on the mobile app may be replicated quickly, be taken out of context and will remain public for an indeterminate amount of time. If the content of your message would not be acceptable for face-to-face conversation, over the telephone, or in another medium, it will not be acceptable for the mobile app. Ask yourself, would I want to see this published in the newspaper or posted on a billboard tomorrow or 10 years from now?

Be a Valued Member
If you join the NHCC Mobile App, make sure you are contributing valuable insights. Don’t hijack the discussion and redirect by posting self/organizational-promoting information. Self-promoting behavior is viewed negatively and can lead to you being banned from the mobile app.

Protect Your Identity
Don’t list your home address, telephone number and/or any other personal information on the mobile app.

Treat Others with Respect and Dignity
Do not post confidential or proprietary information about NHCC, its students, faculty, staff and/or administrators. Do not discuss a situation involving named or pictured North Hennepin Community College community members on the mobile app without their permission.

No Endorsements
Avoid engaging in behavior that could raise actual or apparent conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment on social networks. Do not endorse or promote any product, political party, candidate or cause. Those activities include, among others, using the Mobile App for personal gain (e.g., using Mobile App to enhance or endorse personal communications or personal social media profiles); using confidential or privileged information acquired in connection with the individual’s college-supported activities for personal gain (e.g., sharing non-public information through a university or personal social media profile); soliciting and/or accepting gratuities or gifts from other NHCC community members.

Escalate Serious Issues
If you identify issues related to health, safety, or security while using Mobile App, bring them to the attention of the appropriate resource within the College immediately. Information security issues should be addressed to (TBD). If you become aware of material online that prompts concerns about student health or safety or that someone in the NHCC community may present a danger to themselves or others, you should contact the (TBD).

Process for Removing Posts
If NHCC identifies a posting which may be deemed inappropriate, the posting will be removed and the individual who posted the inappropriate message will be contacted by an NHCC staff member with rationale on why the posting was removed. The posting will be reviewed and a decision will be rendered regarding whether or not it will be reposted or permanently removed.

North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) strives to provide a positive, welcoming atmosphere that supports teaching and learning. As members of the college community, all students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with norms of behavior as stated in this policy and MnSCU Board Policy and Procedure 3.6 and 3.6.1. Consistent with this purpose, intentional efforts are made to foster the personal, social, and ethical development of those students whose behavior is in conflict with NHCC expectations.