When using social media as a part of a class, faculty must seriously consider questions of student access and privacy, as well as the maintenance of professional and equitable relationships with all members of the class. Not all students in a class may have accounts with the particular social media platform the faculty member wishes to use; faculty should be sensitive to student concerns regarding the privacy of their personal data on some social networking sites. A student cannot be required to register with a non-university platform which collects personal data in order to participate in class activities or receive course information. Faculty are encouraged to use university-sponsored platforms for online discussion and interaction (e.g., Blackboard) wherever possible. Selective "friending" or "following" etc. of students who are currently enrolled in a faculty member's course outside of a dedicated course resource accessible to all students (even if initiated by the student) can produce the appearance of favoritism, and as such should be avoided.