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Leagalese & Reporting Violations


Social media users acting on behalf of the university must adhere to all ODU policies related to electronic communications, identity standards, web guidelines, codes of conduct, privacy and security.

Old Dominion University reserves the right, but is not obligated, to remove comments that are racist, sexist, abusive, profane, violent, obscene, spam, that advocate illegal activity, contain falsehoods or are wildly off-topic, duplicate, or that libel, incite, threaten or make ad hominem attacks on ODU students, employees, guests or other individuals. We also do not permit messages selling products or promoting commercial, political or other ventures unless we deem them related to the university, its members or its operation.

In addition to requirements of the ODU social media policy, all content and posts are bound by the Terms and Community Guidelines for that service. Each social media platform has specific community guidelines outlining what is acceptable and appropriate for posting on each account. The University cannot report inappropriate usage and/or abuse of social media on behalf of students. However, students may report violations directly to the platform in question.

Please read below for ways to report violations and abuse.


If a student feels they have been treated inappropriately on Facebook, he or she can "block" the user by going to their "Settings," selecting "Blocking" and entering the users name under "Block Users." Students may also report a user by going to the user's Facebook profile and selecting "Report."

An offensive post may also be reported by going to the left-hand corner of the post in question and selecting "Report post."


To report an inappropriate post that does not follow Instagram's community guidelines, students should tap the [...] on the post and select "Report Inappropriate" they will then be prompted to follow the on-screen instructions.

To report a profile that is posting unsuitable posts, select the [...] then select "Report Inappropriate" or "Report for Spam," then follow on-screen instructions.


There are several options for reporting violations on Twitter. Students may report individual tweets, media or profiles that they find inappropriate. To report a tweet or media, click the "More icon" then select "Block" or "Report." To report a profile for a violation, click the "gear icon" and select "Block" or "Report."

ODU encourages users to tweet photos, comemnts, videos and links that are respectful and meaningful on ODU's Twitter feed and within ODU tweets. Posting and retweeting comments that include sensitive data, confidential information, profanity, attacks, threats, spamming of repeated comments or other inappropriate material are not appropriate and may be blocked from the page.

All officially recognized social media accounts will be given a disclaimer to post to the account declaring it as an official Old Dominion University social media account and include a link to ODU's social media policy.

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