Civility and Harassment

Civility and Harassment: As members of an intellectual community, we must work to treat each other respect, allowing all students, faculty and staff to operate in a climate of mutual respect. This applies equally to an online course. More information on the specific rules that govern student behavior is available at the website for the Office of Student Conduct:

This course covers events and figures of historical and religious significance to many communities. Our purpose is not to identify with any particular faith or perspective, but instead to understand and discuss these views with respect.

Along the same lines, students should interact with each other and the instructor appropriately.

Here are some general guidelines, taken from a previously used Southeast Online guide for "Netiquette"

-Be polite and respectful – It is sometimes tempting to say things you wouldn’t say in person because online is more anonymous, but remember there are real people reading and responding to your messages.

-Be tolerant of other views – Keep in mind that you will encounter views and backgrounds that are different from your own.

-Remember there are real people on the other end of your message. When reacting to someone else’s response, address the issue, not the person.

-Be careful when using sarcasm or humor – Without seeing face-to-face expressions or hearing the tone in your voice, people may take your humor personally and you never know who might be offended by your remarks. Keep in mind that your online communication does not show your emotions. Be sure you word your responses carefully.

-Double check to whom you're sending email. It can be embarrassing when an email that you meant for one person ends up being read by others. It goes without saying that you will want to avoid this mistake.

-Using all capital letters in email is equivalent to SHOUTING. Avoid it whenever possible.


Remember what Aristotle said 2,300 years ago:  "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able entertain a thought without accepting it."  As a University it is our business to entertain and examine ideas.  Our goal is to accept good ideas and reject bad ideas.