Published Thursday, 26 September 2013
The university has warned people of the pitfalls of using social networks. (© Getty)
To reflect the growing use and influence social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter have on our lives the university has produced the guide ahead of the start of the new academic year.
Students are advised to avoid making any racist or homophobic comments and to consider "cleaning up their digital dirt" so as not to hamper their employment prospects.
The six-page leaflet advises them to remove any references to excessive alcohol use or drug abuse as well as extremist or intolerant views.
It also encourages students to remove nude pictures and references to membership of controversial or inappropriate groups.
As well as advising students to avoid making derogatory comments about employers during work placements it also carriers a warning about the dangers of mixing social networks with alcohol.
A spokesman for Queen's said the new guide was about educating student on how their digital actions could have an impact on their real lives.
He told UTV: "The guide isn't designed to warn people about using social media, it's more about education and providing advice and support.
"Some of our students have come into contact with offensive material and it is about helping them deal with it and on how to report it.
"Social media is such a great tool, the university uses it to communicate with its pupils and others.
"But many people don't realise that what they are putting out is available to anyone around the world."
We want students to have a good enjoyable experience at Queen's and receive a good degree which will give them a good setting on the career ladder.
Recently there have been cases of people losing jobs or facing criminal proceedings for material they have posted online.
The Queen's spokesman continued: "Especially if alcohol is involved a tweet sent out without thought can have long term consequences.
"Whereas if the same thing was said among friends in the pub it would be forgotten about in moments.
"Online it can be much harder to remove."
He added: "Our policies are reviewed on an annual basis and there are many things that play a role in our students' lives that are added every year.
"It is a full-time job keeping our policies and guidelines up to date given the changes that happen in the world.
"We don't want to overwhelm students, we just hope they read it and take it on board."
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