Golden Grizzlies Compliance

Recreation and Athletics Center, Room 201
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2587

Social Media

Student-athletes are subject to the Online Posting Policy, which is reproduced below:

As a student-athlete at Oakland University, you are a representative of Oakland Athletics and our mission and core values. At no point should you jeopardize our beliefs of Excellence, Service, Respect, Accountability, Discovery and Integrity. While posting on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media networks, please make sure those posts represent these core values.

As a participant in intercollegiate athletics, please be advised that temporary or permanent suspension may be invoked for any online communication, (Facebook, MySpace, blogs, message boards, web shots, or other public online journals, Instant Messages, and profiles) photos, groups, or other content (including all postings) which violate the conditions of the Oakland University Student Code of Conduct, the Oakland University Student-Athlete Code of Conduct Policy or the Oakland University Student-Athlete Controlled Substance Abuse Policy. This includes, but is not limited to, depictions of underage or excessive alcohol use, illegal drug use, hazing, unethical conduct as well as any other behavior/ depictions deemed inappropriate by the discretion of the Director of Athletics or designee.

Each team must identify at least one coach or administrator who is responsible for having access to, regularly monitoring the content of, and/or receiving reports about team members’ social networking sites and postings (Team Monitor). The athletic department also reserves the right to have other staff members access, monitor, and/or receive reports about student-athletes’ social networking sites and postings, or to contract with an outside vendor or vendors to do so. At no time will the athletic department require student-athletes to provide their passwords to the Team Monitor or outside vendor(s) or to allow the Team Monitor or vendor(s) to otherwise access their accounts as an account owner.

Please Keep in mind:
  • There is no such thing as “delete” on the Internet, so please—think before you post.
  • Always remember what may seem funny to you, does not seem funny to your coach/sport administrator or potential employer.
  • You serve as a role model to the rest of the Oakland community. Carry yourself with respect at all times and remember you are representing the athletic department, your team and your family at all times. Remain on your game!
How to be the best:
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated. Practice the Golden Rule at all times.
  • Be yourself. Use social media to brand yourself -- pick four or five words that best describe who you want to be and communicate those effectively each day.
  • Choose your surroundings carefully and remember that when ‘friends’ post photos of you at a party, even if you are not engaged in drinking, partying, etc., you should untag yourself and keep ‘propaganda’ off your Facebook and Twitter pages. Don’t be guilty by association.
  • You have much more to lose than most college students.
  • Add value. Make sure your posts really add to the conversation. If it promotes Oakland Athletics’ goals and values, supports your teammates, improves or helps you as a student- athlete, then you are adding value.
  • Support other programs. Interaction through social media, especially on the OUGrizzlies pages via Facebook and Twitter will assist with fan interaction and get more and more fans in the stands. Cross-sport communications is vital for us to carry the message to others.
Don’t even think about it:
  • Talking about ANY information regarding prospective student-athletes will result in an NCAA violation.
  • Any postings on current student-athletes cannot include confidential information including, but not limited to, medical conditions, disciplinary matters, conduct issues, drug testing results, or academic information.
  • Responding to an offensive or negative post by a fan or friend will get you nowhere. There is no winner in that game.
  • Be mindful of who you accept as a friend. Just because they look good in a picture doesn’t mean they have good intentions for your information. If you don’t know them, don’t friend them.