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Netiquette Guidelines for Online Student

What is Netiquette?

Netiquette refers to the social expectations and behavior norms for online interactions and communications. In the online learning environment, we should follow common social standards. Developing awareness of netiquette will help you succeed in online communication activities (emails, discussion forums, chat, etc.) and to get the most out of your online courses.     

General Netiquette Rules

  • Be friendly and civil with each other
  • Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes
  • Avoid abbreviation
  • Avoid “text messaging” language (examples; LOL, NP, TY, emoji's, etc…)
  • Respect others’ privacy and your own (be careful of personal or confidential information)
  • Stay on topic, and write clearly and concisely
  • Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything publicly 

Netiquette for Discussion Board                   

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  • Read other’s posts before making your own
  • Post early in a thoughtful manner
  • Post relevant information and contribute to a civilized debate
  • Refer to others’ posts when replying
  • Cite information correctly

To learn more about citing information correctly, please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) by clicking on the following link;                

Netiquette for Email

  • Use clear and specific subject lines ( include the class information, section #, class assignment, etc.)
  • Include a proper greeting and closing
  • Be professional
  • Don’t forward or copy another’s email without permission                                                     

Civil Rights 

As you interact with other people in the online environment, please remember that "The University of Southern Indiana embraces and celebrates the many differences that exist among the members of a dynamic, intellectual and inclusive community and strives to maintain an environment that respects differences and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone. Any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, will not be tolerated." Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, University Handbook (2017)

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