Social Media Guidelines

The Pace Center for Civic Engagement uses social media to promote the work of our programs, weekly service projects and student organizations as a way to foster a collaborative community of civically engaged students at Princeton.

The Pace Center has four main social media channels:

Facebook: @pacecenter, facebook.com/pacecenter
Twitter: @pace_princeton, twitter.com/pace_princeton
Instagram: @pace_princeton
YouTube: youtube.com/activecitizens

All four are managed by the Pace Center’s Communications Coordinator. Student leadership of four of our programs – Breakout Princeton, Community House, Pace Council for Civic Values and Student Volunteers Council – works with the Communications Coordinator to establish social media goals and strategy for each program at the start of the academic year. Student leaders may assist the Communications Coordinator with posting content where deemed appropriate by the Communications Coordinator.

Social Media Account Guidelines

To capitalize on the Pace Center’s growing following and allow for greater sharing and cross promotion between our many service opportunities, the Pace Center discourages students from establishing new program-level social media accounts

Weekly service projects and student organizations formally recognized by the Pace Center may establish their own social media accounts to attract new volunteers, share information and drive awareness. To do so, project or student organization leaders must meet with their staff adviser and connect with Communications Coordinator Gwen McNamara prior to setting up any accounts.

The Pace Center encourages students involved with the Pace Center to use their own personal social media channels to promote the civic engagement work and meaningful service they engage in with us. When using your personal social media account to promote work with the Pace Center, you not only represent yourself, but also the Pace Center and Princeton University. 

As such, all students and staff posting to social media around work with the Pace Center must adhere to University social media guidelines and must adhere to all applicable University policies for property, privacy and civility outlined in “Rights, Rules, Responsibilities” and the Princeton University Information Technology Policy, which sets forth the central policies governing all uses of the University’s information technology resources.

The Pace Center reserves the right to remove any posts or content it deems is in violation of University guidelines. 

Social Media Group Guidelines

The Pace Center encourages students to build community with their peers through service and civic engagement. Social media tools can be helpful in fostering group interaction and connection. But before you set something up, its important to consider your goals for doing so:

Are you simply looking to share information on a regular basis? Your Pace Center listserv may suffice for you to connect with your organization members or project volunteers. Other group text messaging tools, like GroupMe, offer ways to share information more in real-time.

Need something more robust to encourage your team members to get to know one another and share information, resources and ideas? A closed Facebook Group may be appropriate. Pace Center students and staff are permitted to create Facebook Groups and interact with one another in that environment. To create a closed Facebook group, you will need to:

  • Contact your staff adviser and Communications Coordinator Gwen McNamara to let them know you would like to set up a group.
  • Use your personal social media account to set up the group. The Pace Center recommends that you make your group a "closed" group to promote thoughtful oversight and responsible conversation and sharing. 
  • If you are a student, you must invite your Pace Center staff adviser or program director to be a member of the group. This is mandatory. Should your staff adviser or program director not be on Facebook, talk with Gwen McNamara about next steps. 
  • If you are a student, you must include the following disclaimer in the description of your group:
    •  The "name of your group here" is maintained by and for "members of your group here" for the purpose of "your purpose here." While this forum is not managed by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University, and does not represent the official views or policies of Princeton University or its Board of Trustees, we recognize that what we share reflects back on the Pace Center and the University. The Pace Center strongly suggests participants adhere to Princeton University social media guidelines found at socialmedia.princeton.edu. Questions or concerns may be shared with the Pace Center at pacemedia@princeton.edu

The Pace Center reserves the right to close any groups it deems is in violation of University guidelines. 

Important Links:

Princeton University guidelines
Princeton University rights, rules and responsibilities
Princeton University Information Technology Policy