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Social Media Community Guidelines for the Official WIU Facebook Page

Through our WIU "Official News" Facebook Page, our goal is to promote WIU, as well as provide the WIU community and those interested in WIU with a platform on which they can share content, ideas, and experiences, as well as ask questions and find helpful information. We try to provide accurate information and reasonable, transparent answers to questions and concerns. We encourage respectful dialogue, and we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines. We reserve the right to remove posts that don’t comply.

Be Respectful

Western Illinois University is committed to the civil, thoughtful discussion of opposing ideas. It is fine to voice a complaint or disagree with another post and/or comment, but please do so in a civil and constructive manner. Obscene comments; personal, name-calling oriented attacks; and defamatory comments about any person, group, organization, or belief will be removed.

Be Accurate

Please know your facts before you post. We reserve the right to correct or remove factual errors.

Focus on WIU, Don't Spam

Please keep your posts relevant to WIU and its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.Don’t use the WIU "Official News" Facebook Page to promote businesses, causes unrelated to WIU, or political candidates. We will remove all commercial or poltical advertisements. If you are part of the WIU community, please feel free to link to your WIU-affiliated event, group, etc.

Repeated posts of content of the same nature, those posts/comments that are deemed abusive or harassing in nature, and those posts/comments that can be considered libelous, will be removed and the user may be banned from posting on the WIU "Official News" Page.

Posts by WIU "Official News" Facebook Page administrators may include links to WIU-affiliated content; non-WIU affiliated content posted may be removed by the page administrators.

Protect Privacy

Your comments are visible to anyone who can view the Facebook page in a web browser (the page is open to all). Do not include your phone number, e-mail address, or other personal information in a post. For private or individual requests, send a message to DR-Shinberger@wiu.edu or TE-Koltzenburg@wiu.edu.

Posts by WIU "Official News" Facebook Page administrators will appear next to the official page icon. Other comments on the site do not necessarily reflect the opinions of WIU. You are legally responsible for the comments you post.

Your Commitment
By posting comments or links on the WIU "Official News" Facebook Page, you give WIU the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, and otherwise use your submission for any purpose in any form and via any media.

You also agree that you will not:

  • post content that infringes any third-party rights, including intellectual property, privacy, or publicity rights.
  • post unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, libelous, or hateful content, as determined by our sole discretion.
  • post content or material that would compromise another individual's safety, privacy or security.
  • post ads or solicitations of business.
  • post the same note more than once ("spam").
  • post chain letters or pyramid schemes.
  • impersonate another individual.
  • allow another individual or entity to use your identification for posting comments.


If you have any questions about the WIU "Official News" Facebook Page, please send a message to the site administrators at: DR-Shinberger@wiu.edu or TE-Koltzenburg@wiu.edu.