Guidelines for Posting Targeted Announcements in Inside F&M

Franklin & Marshall’s Inside F&M Web portal has a feature that allows approved campus administrative and academic units to send “targeted announcements” to students and College employees.

Inside F&M replaced MyDiplomat in December 2012 as the College’s internal portal for managing information and business operations for the campus community as part of Project BOOST, and the targeted announcements are one of the many ways faculty, students and professional staff can more easily receive notices that are timely and intended specifically for their group.

The targeted announcements are short messages that are displayed in the top section of Inside F&M’s home tab.

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Types of announcements

The following are the types of announcements that may be posted in this section:

  • Reminders about official dates and deadlines. Examples include: HR open enrollment deadlines, deadlines for withdrawing from courses, Hackman Scholars Program application deadlines, due dates for senior grades, etc.
  • Announcements about service interruptions. Examples include: a system down for maintenance, parking lot closed for repair, siren testing, campus cashier window closing early, etc.
  • Weather-related announcements.

Target Audiences

The system allows users posting announcements to specify the intended audience for a given announcement, so that it can be displayed for that audience only. For example, an announcement intended for students would only be displayed for students, and faculty or staff would not see this announcement on their Inside F&M home tab.

Currently, there are three defined audience groups:

  1. students
  2. faculty
  3. professional staff

Over the course of this semester, additional groups will be added, such as academic department coordinators, students by class, students by College Houses, etc.

Who can post a targeted announcement?

Any office or department that currently makes notifications about College operations (via email or other means) that fall within the “types of announcements” listed above may post a targeted announcement in Inside F&M.

If your office has an announcement to post, please submit your message via the form below: