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Communications Office Services and Policies

Media Relations

Press releases, advisories and announcements
The Communications Office is responsible for creating press releases, media advisories, and other announcements. Press releases are submitted through UVA’s news office and posted on the UVA website in addition to the Law School website. Announcements of events may be posted on the Law School website and calendar and the UVA calendar.

Media Inquiries
The Communications Office fields inquiries from the media, ranging from reporters seeking contact with faculty to requests for photos. The Media Guide is a resource for reporters who want to contact professors who are expert in key areas. See also: Tips for Dealing with the Media (faculty/staff LawWeb password required)

Faculty Op-Eds
The Communications Office acts as a liaison with UVA to manage faculty op-eds or letters to the editor.

Faculty in the News/Alumni in the News/Law School in the News
The Law School Communications Office and the Foundation Communications Office collect items on faculty, alumni, and the Law School “in the news.” We collect submissions from any source, with appropriate verification. Alumni news items may be reprinted in UVA Lawyer, the Law School's alumni magazine.

Posters and Publicity/Conference Services

The Communications Office is responsible for publicity for major Law School–sponsored events. The office will consider requests from student organizations for posters or other services in cases of major conferences, such as the annual symposium sponsored by the Virginia Law & Business Review. Requests for emails, posters or other services must be made at least three weeks in advance of the event, and the event must be expected to attract at least 50 people. We recommend that students running conferences (needing items like programs) contact us a couple months in advance of the conference and review our information on Conference Services in advance of our first meeting.

Law School News

The Communications Office reports on Law School events and people in articles posted on the News portion of the website. These articles are often also used as press releases or linked from the UVA website. If you have a story idea you think the Communications Office should know about, contact us.

Email Announcements

Website

Communications manages the Law School website, in conjunction with Law ITC. Inquiries about the website, Web services/capabilities, or corrections, should be made to lawcomm@virginia.edu.

Several pages on the Law School website link to external sources, such as media sites that quote Law School faculty. Links to websites external to the University of Virginia should not be considered endorsement of those websites or any information contained therein.

Logo, Business Cards, Letterhead and Related Materials

Communications is responsible for managing Law School business cards, letterhead, and other materials using the Law School logo, although some individual orders are also conducted by other Law School staff.

Business Cards
Orders for business cards and other materials are filled about twice a year, before the start of a new semester. Orders for new staff and faculty may be placed at the time of hiring. Official business cards are available to staff and faculty only. Following the initial order of cards, orders for staff are charged to departments; orders for faculty are charged to stipends. The top price for 250 business cards with two colors is $70; however, if orders are grouped together, the price per box may decrease accordingly.

Letterhead and Paper
For letterhead, the Law School uses Neenah Environment PC 100% Recycled Natural paper. The blank paper may be ordered from a number of vendors. Office letterhead orders are charged to offices; personalized press-printed letterhead or other materials, such as note cards, are charged to faculty accounts. Electronic personalized and office letterhead, as well as a number of label and envelope formats, are available on LawWeb.

Student Use of Law School Logo and Related Materials
Students can order business cards with the Law School logo. Students also are allowed to use electronic materials with the Law School identity for official purposes. Excluded uses include solicitations for alumni donations, resumes, business cards, letters to employers, or other uses that could confuse the identity of the Law School with the identity of the author. Accepted uses include those for academic enrichment purposes: correspondence with conference participants, posters for academic-related Law School events, and journal solicitations for academic papers. Logo use on T-shirts and other paraphernalia is governed by the University of Virginia’s licensing agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company. If in doubt, contact the Communications Office. (Vendors may also contact the Collegiate Licensing Company: (770) 956-0520/www.clc.com)

Publications

The Communications Office works with a number of Law School departments to write, design, or work with vendors to produce brochures and catalogs. Alumni publications are produced by the Law School Foundation Communications Office.

Photos

Photos of the Law School, faculty or events may be available upon request. Contact Communications

The Communications Office periodically arranges photo shoots around the Law School, or portrait shoots with faculty. Faculty members who want a new photo should contact the Communications Office.

Video and Audio

The Communications Office sometimes records video or audio footage of events and people at the Law School. The footage is solely used for communications purposes, primarily on the Law School website and on YouTube. The Communications Office is unable to fulfill requests for copies of footage, except for what is provided on the website (or in the case of graduation, through external vendors).

When the Law School records an event, it seeks permission from videotaped or audiotaped participants before posting any audio or video footage on the website. This does not apply to “crowd scenes” — general footage shot around the school that may be used for purposes such as the video tour. If you have concerns about such footage, contact the Communications Office.

Social Media Policies

General Information

We encourage open discussion about the topics we post on social media but we do reserve the right to manage Facebook and other social media sites, and to remove posts that violate the following Code of Conduct or that are otherwise inconsistent with the mission and message of the University of Virginia School of Law.

Social Media User Terms and Conditions

Participants on our social media channels are permitted to share, post, comment, like, flag, tag, rate, upload videos and images, and converse with other participants and with content posted on these sites, consistent with these terms and conditions.

Code of Conduct

Comments and posts by participants should be relevant to the content posted. Participants are encouraged to stay on topic in a given thread and respect others who interact with the page.

Posts with the following content may be removed:

In certain situations, the poster, as well as the content, may be reported to authorities, depending on the nature of the content. Posts that refer to specific individuals or offices within the University community as part of a complaint, concern, or compliment will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the circumstances, at the discretion of page administrators, the post or comment may be removed.

The same content may be posted up to three times in a calendar month, whether by an individual or on behalf of an outside organization, or by multiple individuals. Posts beyond this restriction will be considered spam and will be flagged for removal.

Page administrators may review comments and posts on the page to address any issues or concerns. Users who have concerns about specific conduct can contact lawcomm@virginia.edu to report them.

The University of Virginia School of Law is not responsible for the content posted by participants on any of its pages, nor does its existence constitute endorsement of the content by the School of Law.

Participants understand that they are ultimately responsible for the content they post, and as such, understand legal issues may arise from the content they post, and that the University of Virginia School of School of Law is not responsible for those outcomes.

Disclaimer

The School of Law's social media channels do not provide legal advice and do not endorse any service obtained through information provided on these channels or any links to these channels.

Living in Charlottesville

Living in Charlottesville originated from a printed booklet made by Darden and Law School students to acquaint new students with the Charlottesville area (formerly known as "The Insider" and "Home Sweet C'ville"). Since the material was shifted to the website, it has become a school- and community-wide resource for information about Charlottesville.

The Law School is always looking for help updating the C’ville site, and sometimes hires students to do so. The site has led to sister sites at Curry and UVA's Graduate Guide.

To offer a tip or provide content to the site, contact lawcomm@virginia.edu.