Social Media Policy


Online communication through social media and networking is a recognized form of daily communication. The WVU Division of Physical Therapy has expectations for responsible and ethical behavior with this form of communication. These guidelines are intended to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients, fellow students, faculty and staff, clinical educators and WVU affiliated-facilities.

First and foremost, you are responsible for what you post. The content of your posting should always be respectful. You must comply with all clinical facility HIPAA policies and violation of such may not only result in legal action against you, but also will result in automatic failure of a clinical rotation. Absolutely no reference to patients, clinical sites, or clinical instructors is permitted, even if names are not given or you believe you have blinded the identifying information.

Plagiarism online applies. You should properly cite references and adhere to copyright protection laws. Social networking examples include but are not limited to:

  • Social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace
  • Video and photo sharing websites such as YouTube, Snapfish, Flickr
  • Microblogging sites such as Twitter
  • Weblogs and Online forums or discussion boards
  • Any other websites or online software applications that allow individual users to post or publish content on the internet

The WVU Division of Physical Therapy will have zero tolerance for any violation of our social media policy. Any violation is considered unprofessional and will be handled by the Academic and Professional  Standards Committee. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the Physical Therapy program. These guidelines are not stagnant and may change as new social networking tools emerge.