SOAR Online Rules


Rules

· DO use the computers for research on school projects or to connect with other students in a positive manner.

· DON'T search for illegal, crude, rude, crass and inappropriate things.

· DON'T harass other students through blogs.

· DON'T plagiarize or download anything illegally.

1. I will never post any information more personal than my Thinker name nor will I post pictures of myself or others (family, students or staff in my school or enrichment program).

2. I will respect the public nature of online information, and in doing so, I will respect the wishes of my fellow students for keeping their information (full name, compromising stories, etc.) private.

3. I will not plagiarize, instead I will expand on others' ideas and give credit where it is due.

4. I will use language appropriate for school.

5. I will not insult my fellow students or their work.

6. I will only post pieces that I am comfortable with everyone seeing; other pieces I will keep as drafts.

7. I will not be afraid to express my ideas, while not making derogatory remarks.

8. I will use constructive/productive/purposeful criticism, supporting any idea, comment, or critique I have with evidence.

9. I will take all online content creation seriously, posting only things that are meaningful and taking my time when I create.

10. I will try to spell everything correctly.

11. I will not use my public writing (blog posts, comments, discussion topics, wiki edits) as a chat room, instead, I will save IM language for private conversations.

12. I will not bully others in my blog posts or in my comments.

13. I will never access another student's account in order to pose as them.

14. I will take responsibility for anything blogged in my name.

15. I will not provoke other students in my blog posts or comments.

16. I will only post photos which are school appropriate and either in the creative commons or correctly cited.

17. I will not spam (including, but not limited to meaningless messages, mass messages, and repetitive messages)

18. I will only post comments on posts that I have fully read, rather than just skimmed.

19. If I find an inappropriate site or image I will hit the back key and contact an adult.

20. I will not enter a chat room.

Infractions of these rules will lead to the following consequences in order of severity and number of offense:

1. Letter of apology to those offended by the infraction (individual students or SOAR community), warning by facilitator, and editing or deletion of offending post/comment.

2. Letter of apology to those offended by the infraction (individual students or SOAR community), temporary loss of access/privileges (duration of quarter), editing or deletion of offending post/comment.

3. Permanent loss of access/priviledges.