These guidelines have been established so that everyone can get the most out of authoring/commenting/networking on our core DMU systems like Blackboard and WordPress and also on non-DMU technologies used for University-related activities.
There is a particular focus on the use of online communication and collaboration.
- Posting: Do not flame in any context, e.g. in a posting or comment. Unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented, racist, or otherwise objectionable material is not acceptable. Please keep your postings and comments to a reasonable length for the material or activity at hand.
- Privacy: Never reveal personal information about yourself (for example: your telephone number, home address or email address). If you have helpful information to share, it should be relevant to the on-line task in-hand. Email addresses are required, for example, for commenting on blogs on the DMU Commons, and they will not be published/share.
- Copyright: You agree to post only those materials to which you have the copyright or other permission to distribute electronically. Do not violate, plagiarise, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights.
- Take-down: You may not post any defamatory or illegal material of any nature. This includes text, graphics, video, programs or audio. Posting a comment, message or image etc. with the intention of committing an illegal act is strictly prohibited. It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. If you feel that your copyright has been infringed please email the site owner.
- Licensing: the content on DMU sites like Blackboard is licensed under a DMU licence, whilst that on the DMU Commons is licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike license. Beyond DMU you need to check the licensing terms and conditions when you sign-up to a service.
- Blocking: Don’t cross-post comments to more than one thread or discussion or posting etc., or post off-topic messages or adverts for personal gain. This is classed as spamming. Impersonating someone else, or adopting an inappropriate username is unacceptable. Anyone who violates this policy may be blocked from contributing.
- All Rights Reserved: service operators may reserve the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments, postings etc.. They also have the right to block access to any one or group from commenting or from the entire blog. Check your rights and act accordingly.