Globe University is committed to providing an open and interactive online learning environment within all of its courses. This open and interactive learning environment provides several opportunities for communication among students and online instructors in discussion boards, emails, and chat rooms. We would like to see the online communication conducted in a professional, and courteous manner at all times, guided by common sense, collegiality, and basic rules of etiquette. Globe University expects students to be respectful at all times and to refrain from making inappropriate comments. The following guidelines should be followed by all online students whenever communicating online with instructors and/or classmates:

  • Be professional at all times. You are preparing yourself to be a career professional. Remember this as you communicate online.
  • Be considerate. The sending of spam mail to fellow classmates or instructors in not allowed.
  • Be respectful of other people. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.
  • Be calm. If you are upset or frustrated, keep this out of your communications with your fellow students or instructors. An angry or sarcastic comment does little to win respect or cooperation. Think about what you are going to say in an unemotional, professional manner. Provide adequate information when asking for help or assistance from your instructors or classmates.
  • Humor and sarcasm. Because there are no visual cues in distance education, humor and sarcasm are impossible to discern. Be very careful when interjecting humor and refrain from using any remarks that are sarcastic in nature.
  • Harassment and other offensive behavior. The online learning environment is no place to harass, threaten, or embarrass others. Comments that can be viewed, as offensive, sexist, or racially motivated will not be tolerated. It is never appropriate to put anyone down because of his or her age, race, religion, color, sex, or sexual preference.
  • Offensive material. Students may not post, transmit, promote, or distribute content that is racially, religiously, or ethnically offensive or is harmful, abusive, vulgar, sexually explicit, otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Copyrights and intellectual property. Students may not post, transmit, promote, or distribute content that know or could reasonably be expected to know is illegal, or content that violates copyright or other protected intellectual property rights.
  • Capital letters and bolding. In written communication, the use of capital letters and/or bolding is used for emphasis. In much of the corporate world, writing in all caps is considered yelling. Yelling is not tolerated in a residential classroom and, therefore, is not acceptable in any online communications with students.

These “netiquette” guidelines are to be followed at all times. Inappropriate use of the Intranet and the Blackboard system will NOT be tolerated and your instructor will take appropriate action.