Social Media Policy

RIAM Social Media Policy

Date of issue 4th August 2016

Social media have become important communication channels that express both personal and professional opinions. As a consequence, the expression of an individual’s personal or professional view and those of the Royal Irish Academy of Music as an institution can become entwined.

This policy aims to help clarify how best to use this means of communication. It applies to staff, students and visitors to the RIAM who have a professional involvement with the institution.

Social media are defined websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. They include but are not limited to forums and comment spaces on websites, social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, video and photo sharing websites such as Flickr and YouTube, blogs, and information sharing sites such as Wikipedia.

All information posted to social networking sites must adhere to the legislation in force at the time, which includes the following Acts:

i.    Copyright and Related Rights Acts 2000, 2004 and 2007
ii.  Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003
iii. The Child Trafficking and Pornography Acts 1998 and 2004
iv. Defamation Act 2009
v.  Equal Status Act 2000
vi. Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989

Directives for Social Media Users

  1. Do not post material that could reasonably be deemed threatening, harassing, illegal, obscene, defamatory or slanderous towards any individual or entity, or that impersonates any other person.
  2. Do not post information which is confidential to the RIAM.
  3. Do not infringe copyright and/or intellectual property. In particular, the RIAM obtains agreement from students to use their images for RIAM’s promotional material and this material is not permitted to be copied and used in other arenas.
  4. Do not use the RIAM name or logo without permission from management.
  5. Computers in the RIAM are reserved for study or work-related business.

The RIAM reserves the right to monitor, intercept and review, without further notice, the postings and activities of staff and students and alumni in connection with social media where there is reason to suspect that the directives are being breached or where deemed necessary by the RIAM for other legitimate reasons. If you find a breach of policy please report it to Kevin Kelleher, Data Protection Officer (

Breach of Policy
The RIAM reserves the right to remove, or require the removal of, any content which is deemed to be in breach of this policy. In the event that content is deemed to be potentially illegal, the RIAM will report such content to the appropriate authorities. Any actions taken by the institution with respect to RIAM staff and students will be may include (but are not restricted to) any of the following:

a. Disable a User and block access for that network, systems, communications devices or equipment
b. The initiation of the RIAM Disciplinary, Grievance and Mediation Policy for staff
c. The initiation of RIAM’s disciplinary procedures as found in the RIAM Code of Conduct for students.


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