Community Guidelines

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Please note these related pages: Notice and Takedown Policy and Web2.0: Guidelines for Staff and Students

Community Guidelines

These are the University of Lincoln Community Guidelines. They apply to both members of the University of Lincoln and to the general public. They cover your behaviour as a member of, or contributor to, the University of Lincoln community, in any forum, mailing list, wiki, web site or blog. They are in addition to the University Regulations and the ITC Acceptable Use Policy and do not replace any existing regulations. By using the University of Lincoln services, you implicitly and explicitly agree to uphold these guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact CERD.

Be Lawful. The university does not allow any illegal activities. Do not upload files or post messages that contain photos, music, software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, rights of privacy or publicity or any other applicable law unless you own or control those rights or have received all necessary consents. In addition to upholding these Community Guidelines, you are responsible for adhering to all local and national laws that pertain to your location. To read the university's legal notices, click here.

Be Respectful. The University community and its members treat one another with respect. Everyone can make a valuable contribution to the community. It's important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. We expect members of the university community to be respectful when dealing with other contributors as well as with people beyond the university community.

Be Relevant. Please make sure that your postings on blogs, wikis, newsgroups, etc. are relevant to the subject at hand. It is normal for some topics to drift from the stated subject. However, to ensure maximum benefit for everyone, we encourage you to keep your comments as close to the subject as possible.

Collaborate. Our community is about collaboration and working together. Collaboration reduces redundancy and improves the quality of our work through peer-review. You should aim to collaborate with other university members, as well as with members of the public who are interested in the work we do. Your work should be done transparently and wherever possible, you should contribute back to the community.

Disagreements. When you disagree, consult others. Disagreements happen all the time and the university community is no exception. The important goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to resolve them constructively.

Guard Your Privacy. We caution you against giving out personally identifiable information to strangers online, which may be used for illegal or harmful purposes. To read the university Privacy Statement, click here.

No Adverts or Spam. Our community was created to enhance the collaboration between university staff, students and other interested people, focusing specifically on education (i.e. research, teaching and learning). We ask that you refrain from posting unsolicited advertisements or using the university services to host advertising for third-parties or the marketing of university courses.

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