Be civil online, USM tells students and faculty

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is reminding its students and faculty to be civil when using social media.

Starting this Saturday, the university plans six days of activities to bring attention to how online behavior can affect people’s reputations.

Rebecca Woodrick, the university’s director of equal employment and affirmative action, says people need to remember that what they post online can quickly spread beyond their own circle of friends.

She also says in a university news release that social media users need to understand how communications in cyberspace can be misunderstood or misused.