President launches ‘Guidelines of Ethics for IIUM Students in Using Social Media’

By Nik Nayly

GOMBAK, 29 September 2021: IIUM President, Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar has officially launched the ‘Guidelines of Ethics for IIUM Students in Using Social Media’ during the Ta’aruf Week Semester One, 2021/2022 which was held virtually via YouTube live on Tuesday. 

Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar highlights the issue on social media during this session. He emphasised the power of interconnectedness and urged the IIUM community to be connected to people around the world as it has been made easy by social media. 

“Knowing one another is not enough, it cannot create value, but when you are connected, you can exchange ideas and be in command of issues at any point in time,” he said. 

“This is the time to use your powerful devices to be connected. Connected to your lecturers, and lecturers to be well-connected to the students,” he added. 

However, the downsides of social media, as Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar stressed upon are, it can be detrimental and destructive to the development of one’s personality. One can be exposed to a culture that is not aligned with Islamic teachings, such as pornography.

“Not to mention the usage of abusive and offensive words when dealing with one another,” he added. 

The President hoped that IIUM students would not be involved in any negative preaches in social media, because as students in an Islamic university, IIUM students should be mindful of their own words, actions, and conducts in social media. 

The President said, “This is a very serious matter, and I would like to appeal to all my beloved IIUM students, let us use social media in a positive manner. We should care for and be connected to one another.” 

Additionally, the President pointed out that, especially to the student leaders of IIUM, they must be able to “open up their minds and understand real issues based on data and authentic sources and not based on emotion.”

During the launching of the ‘Guidelines of Ethics for IIUM Students in Using Social Media’ by the President of IIUM, there are seven ethics in using social media that need to be followed.

The seven ethical guidelines are as follows:

  1. Spread only genuine facts. Upon receiving news, IIUM students are advised to check such information to ensure that it comes from authentic sources to avoid the spread of fake news. 
  2. Maintain good manners. IIUM Students should observe their actions and attitudes in social media as it will reflect themselves personally. 
  3. Sharing content within Islamic values. Before sharing any content, it is important to ensure that what is being shared is aligned with Islamic values and does not contain any prohibited elements. 
  4. Use polite language. It is important to be polite and avoid using offensive words that might hurt other people and cause public outrage. 
  5. Posting content with good moral values. Any content that is being shared must come with the intention of benefiting others, promoting positive moral values and influencing others to practise good behaviour. 
  6. Maintain the good name of the University. If a student experiences any disputes with the University, it is best to settle any dispute internally to find a point of agreement. Students are advised to not throw out their anger on social media which can negatively affect the reputation of the University.
  7. Make a screening process of any uploaded images. IIUM students are advised to observe their aurah when posting any media on the internet. It is important to preserve the dignity of an internal party, including yourself.

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