NETIQUETTE GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
Netiquette or “net etiquette” refers to an ethical code of conduct regarding communication while using the Internet. Good netiquette involves respecting the privacy of others, not doing anything online that will disturb or frustrate other people, and not abusing computing resources at the college. The following netiquette guidelines are suggested practice for success in your online learning environment at the Wenatchee Valley College district.
1. Hardware and software usage: The use of college computer services for personal gain, or gain on behalf of other individuals, not for profit organizations, or businesses is prohibited.
2. Use correct spelling and grammar rules: It is a good practice to compose your message in a word processing program so you can check your spelling and grammar prior to sending. Avoid typing in all capital letters, it is akin to shouting and is considered rude. A word or two in caps for emphasis is fine.
3. Be respectful of others: Whether you are receiving or sending an e-mail, or participating in an online discussion, it is important to be courteous and respectful of others. Keep personal beliefs, including politics and religion out of classroom discussion unless the instructor has invited such contribution.
4. Maintain a positive tone: When composing a message, ask yourself: “Would I say this to the person face-to-face?” Remember that the ease and speed of the Internet makes it easy to say something you may regret later.
5. Don’t respond to personal attacks: Contact your instructor for action and referral.
6. Be brief and respectful of others' time: If your message is short and to the point, people will be more likely to read it. Avoid sending an e-mail to the entire class, unless you feel that everyone needs to read it.
7. Keep personal information private: Posting private information in the wrong location can have serious consequences. Remember that divulging too much information could give those with bad intentions valuable information they can use to harm you.
8. If you are new to online learning: It may help to observe how people communicate with each other before you jump into online discussions, join chat rooms, or post information on course Web space.