As a comprehensive research university, Howard University (HowardU/Howard) recognizes the importance of participating in online conversations and activities. We encourage responsible and respectful online activity by students, faculty and staff and maintain a commitment to academic freedom on social media platforms.

We expect that the following university core values will govern the online choices Howard University communicators make:

Truth | Service | Leadership | Excellence

These guidelines, in conjunction with Howard University’s social media policy, are provided to outline how the above core values should be demonstrated in official communications in social media spaces. The guidelines apply to material that Howard departments, offices and related units publish on Howard-hosted websites and related Howard social media sites. Any questions about these Guidelines should be directed to the Office of University Communications or

All members of the Howard Community are encouraged to adhere to and stay up to date on the rules of engagement, policies and/or terms of service supplied by each individual platform (of which evolve and grow daily):