UW Medicine Compliance

Social Media Policy and Guidelines – COMP.303


This document includes UW Medicine’s policy limiting the use of social media in hospital and clinic spaces, institutional policies that apply to the use of social media and best practice guidelines for UW Medicine faculty, staff, trainees, students, volunteers and others who perform work for UW Medicine (hereafter referred to as workforce members). Social media includes text, images, audio and video communicated via such tools as:

  • Blogs and micro-blogs,
  • Social networks;
  • Professional networking sites
  • Profession-based social networks;
  • Video sharing;
  • Audio sharing;
  • Photo sharing;
  • Social bookmarking;
  • Public comment sections on webpages (such as those for online news sites);
  • User created web pages; and
  • Any other internet-based social media application similar in purpose or function to those applications described above.

To ensure your awareness of the most comprehensive and current list of social networking platforms and sites, visit the following website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites.

Please consult your entity-specific social media policies in addition to this document.
Policy PDF

Policy Statement: Limiting Use of Social Media in Hospital and Clinic Spaces
Guidelines: Social Networking Guidelines
Summary of Other Relevant University of Washington (UW) and UW Medicine Policies
Additional Reading