Status and Details

Status and Details

This page contains information about the status, approval and a summary of the changes from the previous version of the document. Please note that the Unit Head listed on this page is the current owner of this policy and may not reflect the University position/staff member who owned this policy at the time of publication.

Media, Social Media and Public Commentary Policy

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Status Current Indicates if this version of the document is in effect (Current), yet to come into effect (Future), or expired (Historic).
Effective Date 2nd June 2016 This is the date on which this version of the document came into effect.
Review Date 2nd February 2017 The next review of this document is scheduled to commence on this date.
Approval Authority Vice-Chancellor and President The noted authority approved this is version of the document.
Approval Date 30th May 2016 This is the date on which this version of the document was approved by the authorised authority.
Expiry Date Not Applicable This is the date on which this version expires. It may still apply, conditionally, after this date.
Unit Head Yasmin Spencer
Director, Marketing
This is the officer generally responsible for day to day administrative matters.
Enquiries Contact Amanda Whibley
Manager, Media and Public Relations
General enquiries should be directed to the officer/area listed.

Summary of Changes from Previous Version

Some of the most significant changes include:

- Integrating the new policy to include traditional 'media', 'social media' and 'public commentary' to more accurately reflect today's modern, digital media landscape

- Emphasising the University's commitment to recognising, valuing and protecting academic and intellectual freedom

- Adding a section providing definitions of common terms and updates on the Executive structure and who speaks on behalf of the University

- Amending the sections relating to media or public comment by a staff member that may cause controversy or offence, making it more supportive

- Clarifying that the policy does not apply to the use of media or social media where there is no identifiable connection to the University

- Adding procedural sections relating to liaising with the media, approval of official social media sites, response to adverse postings on external websites, and media and social media support and training for staff.

Clauses Amended

Policy: All

Procedure: All

Guidelines: All