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Important Policies

Social media usage at Vanderbilt is governed by the same policies that govern all other electronic communications. Read the policies below before engaging in any social media campaign as part of your official duties at Vanderbilt and if you use social media for personal purposes.

Advertising on behalf of external vendors is prohibited on Vanderbilt Web sites and social media presences (with the exception of Vanderbilt Athletics, through their media rights provider ISP).

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Social Media Policy and Guidelines: Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and staff must also read and follow this policy and these guidelines before creating a social media presence in which they engage in online discourse and identify themselves with VUMC.

Social media site policies: All social media sites have policies about how they will or will not use your content, what is and is not allowed, etc. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these policies before you launch your site.

If you have any questions about social media best practices, or need guidance when problems or issues of concern arise, contact University Web Communications at We are available to assist you with any social media concern, large or small.