Dal Mobile rules and regulations
(updated August 31, 2020)
Dalhousie University respects your privacy and personal information. The information you provide is used only for the purpose of engaging with the Dal Mobile app and is not shared outside of the university.
We welcome diverse opinions, open dialogue, and comments from our community, and ask that users be respectful of others.
We reserve the right to remove:
- posts that solicit, spam or promote endeavours unrelated to Dalhousie
- posts that include threats, profanity, spam, or other abusive commentary
- racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory content
- content flagged as inappropriate by other members of the community
Everyone at Dalhousie is expected to treat others with dignity and respect. All university policies apply when using the Dal Mobile app, including the Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Posts out of compliance with these conditions will be removed and reported to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Student Affairs. Disciplinary action may be taken if users of the Dal Mobile app do not follow this community expectation. We also reserve the right to remove, mute, and/or block users who are deemed to be breaking our community guidelines.
Students are encouraged to report instances related to misconduct and issues of safety through the university’s established reporting mechanisms rather than posting in the app.
(updated September 15, 2020)
A community of respect and inclusion
Dal Mobile is an official Dalhousie University app, and the conversation on it belongs to all members of the Dal community. This is an inclusive space for all users, and we expect participants to keep conversations respectful and appropriate. We are a diverse university community with differing views and ideas. Dal Mobile encourages civil and respectful discourse. Not everyone will think the way you think, or share the same opinions, so if you disagree with an idea, be respectful in your interactions with other members.
Please keep in mind this is not your personal feed. It is an official university channel. We encourage students to use their personal channels for non-university discussion.
To ensure the dialogue on Dal Mobile remains relevant and engaging for all users, moderators will apply the following principles when reviewing your posts and comments.
We know that “student life” topics can be broad, but we ask that users keep posts relevant to your university experience. Ask yourself:
- Is my post relevant/useful/helpful to my peers and other members of the Dalhousie community?
- Am I comfortable if professors/faculty see this? (Yes, your profs—and possibly deans—are on Dal Mobile.)
Dal Mobile reserves its right to remove, mute and/or block users who are deemed to be breaking our community guidelines. We reserve the right to remove posts/comments, at our discretion, that:
- are vulgar, inappropriate, defamatory, disrespectful, indecent, hateful, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, or otherwise degrading, defamatory, or discriminatory
- encourage or suggest illegal activity, or are unlawful in any way
- incite violence, either to one’s self or to others
- promote alcohol or substances abuse
- solicit, spam, or promote endeavours unrelated to Dalhousie
- include threats, profanity, spam, slurs, or other abusive commentary
- degrade any race, religion, gender, age, or abilities
- are menacing, harassing, or infringe upon any person’s right to safe use of the app
All university policies apply when using the Dal Mobile app, including the Acceptable Use policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Posts out of compliance with these conditions will be removed and will be reported to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Student Affairs. Disciplinary action may be taken if users of the Dal Mobile app do not follow this community expectation.
Dal Mobile is a community space and should not be treated like your personal social feed. We want you to connect with one another and be active contributors in the Dal Mobile community, but please be considerate of other community members and make a conscious effort not to dilute the Student Feed by posting too much (spamming) or posting content that is irrelevant to the broader community. Frequency and relevance of posts are subject to the moderators’ discretion. We suggest moving ongoing conversations or interactions to your personal channels or conducting them in a private message or custom group within the app.
We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks on other Dal Mobile users, moderators, or general members of the Dalhousie University community, and persistent trolling will not be tolerated. Dal Mobile is a professional space for civil discussion relevant to your university experience.
Do not post photos and names of other students if they do not provide consent for you to do so. Please respect the privacy of others. Reported posts will be removed.
We acknowledge constructive criticism toward Dalhousie University, its services, policies and performance, and hope we can advance the community and our services as a result of constructive feedback; however, moderators will remove false representations of the university including posts about individual faculty or staff members. For the sake of robust debate, Dal Mobile moderators will distinguish between constructive, focused debate and propaganda or smear tactics.
We understand that people may feel strongly about issues discussed on Dal Mobile, but we may remove content that others might find offensive or threatening. Please be respectful of the opinions and beliefs of others.
We reserve the right to redirect or curtail conversations that descend into repetitive flame-wars based on personal opinion or generalizations. We encourage you to discuss issues you are passionate about, but we do ask users to find ways of sharing views that do not feel alienating or threatening to others.
The general Dal Mobile community serves as a form of moderation. Any member of the community may report a post as inappropriate. If a post receives four flags by community members, it will automatically be removed from the feed. If you feel you have had a post flagged inappropriately or unfairly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If a user is deemed to have flagged a post because of disingenuous motives, disciplinary measures may be taken against them.
Queries or comments about moderation may be removed. If you feel your post has been removed unfairly, either by Dal Mobile moderators or by the community, the moderation team may review deleted posts (please send to email@example.com); however, clearly abusive posts removed by moderators will not be subject to review and posts asking, ‘why was my post deleted?’ will not be deliberated.
We ask that users maintain a measured tone and do not shout. Comments submitted in ALL-CAPS, or similar, may be removed, depending on context. Also be aware that you may be misunderstood, so try to be clear. Expect that people may understand your post differently than you intended. Tone of voice (sarcasm, humour and so on) doesn’t always translate well online, so err on the side of caution.
If you spot something problematic on Dal Mobile, please report as inappropriate or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us create an inclusive space for all Dal citizens.
We will evolve these standards, as necessary, in order to ensure a respectful and inclusive community for our students. You may not be directly contacted if your post has been removed. We also reserve the right to reject posts that direct readers to third-party websites.
Know your audience
Ensure your posts and comments are relevant to the university community.
Everything is public
Nothing is private when posting or commenting on a public feed, and you are not anonymous on Dal Mobile. Your profs are on the app, too! Don’t say something you might regret later. Also, the information you share on Dal Mobile may be captured, stored, accessed, and potentially disclosed and used inappropriately by others, so be mindful of what you post.
Your comments are your own
Any comments or opinions shared on Dal Mobile are your own and do not express the views of Dalhousie University or its employees.
Use your own original content
All content posted by users on Dal Mobile must comply with copyright rules and intellectual property rights.
Updates to the guidelines
Dal Mobile reserves the right to amend these Guidelines at any time without prior notice.
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Guidelines or any other matter regarding Dal Mobile, please email email@example.com
If you choose to disregard the community guidelines
Two strikes, you’re muted
Subsequent warnings will result in automatic muting of the user account for at least 30 days and the student’s conduct will be escalated to the review committee for block/ban consideration and potential escalation to the VPSA Office.
Zero tolerance cases
More severe cases (e.g. harassment/discrimination that violates the Student Code of Conduct) may warrant a permanent ban and escalation to the VPSA Office. In such an event, the user’s account will be muted until the escalation review process is completed.