Social Media Policy

Social media accounts may be added or closed with the approval of the Executive Committee. AChemS is currently associated with three active social media accounts: a Facebook Page (Association for Chemoreception Sciences), a Facebook Group (AChemS), and a Twitter account (@AchemsInfo). The Twitter account and the AChemS Facebook Page are under the direct control of the AChemS Executive Office and are used for official AChemS communication. On the other hand, the AChemS Facebook Group is an unofficial “Public Group” – It is a forum for informal interaction between AChemS members, but AChemS does not have control over any content posted there.

Official AChemS social media accounts will use AChemS’ contact information, not the personal information of staff. The Facebook Page uses a proxy individual profile “Chemo Reception,” since Facebook requires an “individual” profile to administer the Page.
The AChemS Secretary and Executive Office staff will have the ability to post to AChemS’ social media accounts, unless permission is given by the Secretary or Executive Office to another approved individual (such as a volunteer during the Annual Meeting).

AChemS will maintain a regular presence on social media, with the awareness that the frequency of posts may be cyclical. For example, social media is likely to be used more frequently prior to and during the Annual Meeting.

AChemS social media accounts will be used primarily to provide updates about AChemS events, and secondarily as an outreach tool to members and potential members.

The tone and language used in posts will be professional and informative.
AChemS may re-post, “Like,” or “Favorite” any posts that mention AChemS in a favorable light, or that are deemed to be of interest to the mission of AChemS, including its outreach.

AChemS Secretary or Executive Office is allowed to re-post items posted by the current Executive Committee without having to obtain approval for individual posts.

AChemS may also post about research or articles that cite members, with the approval of the referenced member and the approval of the Secretary.

AChemS staff will periodically monitor accounts that follow AChemS and remove spam accounts from its followers.

Spam posts or comments will be removed immediately upon being brought to staff’s attention.

Negative comments or posts will be reported to the Secretary, who will determine if they require the input of the Executive Committee, before being addressed. Generally, negative comments will not be deleted, but will be responded to in a manner that demonstrates AChemS’ commitment to constituent service/engagement.
AChemS will not post or re-post information related to:
  • Personal information about AChemS members
  • Non-public financial or operational information
  • Legal information
  • Scientific research, without the written consent of the author
  • Content that is generally known or thought to be controversial
  • Topics that fall outside the general mission of AChemS
  • Personal opinions
Photos of individuals taken by AChemS photographers at AChemS Annual Meetings are considered the property of AChemS and may be used in any AChemS publication, for example, social media accounts, the AChemS website, emails, newsletters, etc.

Images of the faces of U.S. minors under the age of 18 may not be posted without signed consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Individuals may request that a photo of them or their child/dependent be removed at any time.

Photographs from AChemS Annual Meeting poster or oral presentations may include posters or graphics as background images, but every effort will be made to not publish legible outcomes of scientific research.
Last revised: April 20, 2016