Netiquette Policy
Brooklyn Student Handbook
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While participating in classes online, students are expected to communicate with peers and instructors in accordance to the following netiquette guidelines and complying with standards set in LIU’s student handbook and code of conduct. 

Security and Privacy

To ensure safety, all students are reminded to follow these best practices:

  • Do not share your password with anyone.
  • Change your password on a frequent basis.
  • Remember to log out when using any device on campus.
  • Remember to close the browser when you are finished using the system.
  • Be careful with personal information (yours and other people’s).

General Communication Guidelines

When communicating with instructors online, follow these guidelines:

  • Treat instructor with respect in all forms of online communication
  • Address your instructor in polite form Doctor [lastname] or Professor [lastname]. If an instructor Prefers their first name, still use their proper title, ex. Doctor or Professor.
  • Use clear and concise language
  • Remember that all college level communication should have correct spelling and grammar.
  • Avoid slang terms such as “wassup?” and texting abbreviations such as “u” instead of “you”.
  • Use standard fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman and use a size 12 or 14 font.
  • Avoid using the caps lock feature, AS IT CAN BE INTERPRETTED AS YELLING.
  • Limit and possibly avoid the use of emoticons like 🙂
  • Be cautious when using humor or sarcasm as tone is sometimes lost in an email or discussion post and your message might be taken seriously or considered offensive.

When communicating with fellow students for formal class purposes, you should:

  • Treat your colleagues with respect in all forms of online communication
  • Use clear and concise language
  • Remember that all college level communication should have correct spelling and grammar.
  • Avoid slang terms such as “wassup?” and texting abbreviations such as “u” instead of “you”.
  • Use standard fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman and use a size 12 or 14 font.
  • Avoid using the caps lock feature, AS IT CAN BE INTERPRETTED AS YELLING.
  • Limit and possibly avoid the use of emoticons like 🙂
  • Be cautious when using humor or sarcasm as tone is sometimes lost in an email or discussion post and your message might be taken seriously or considered offensive.
  • Abide by LIU’s code of conduct

E-mail Guidelines

When you send an e-mail to your instructor, teaching assistant, or classmates, you should:

  • Use the Blackboard Learn “Inbox” tool for your course unless you have specific directions otherwise.
  • Send to the minimum number of necessary recipients. In other words, do not send e-mail to “all participants.”
  • Use a descriptive subject line.
  • Be concise and clear.
  • Use standard file formats for attachments (e.g. PDF, DOCX, XLSX), or confirm that the recipient can open the format you intend to send.
  • Sign your message with your name and return e-mail address.

When you reply to an e-mail, you should:

  • Use the Blackboard Learn “Inbox” tool for your course unless you have specific directions otherwise.
  • Reply to the minimum number of necessary recipients. In other words, do you really want everyone to receive your response when you click “reply all”?
  • Be judicious in forwarding information. Be sure that the original message author intended for the information to be passed along before you click the “forward” button. (See Privacy above.)
  • Be concise and clear.
  • Use standard file formats for attachments (e.g. PDF, DOCX, XLSX), or confirm that the recipient can open the format you intend to send.
  • Sign your message with your name and return e-mail address.

Discussion Guidelines

When posting in the Blackboard “Discussions” tool in e-learning, you should:

  • Make posts that are on topic and within the scope of the course material.
  • Review and edit your posts before submitting them in Blackboard. (It is recommended that you write drafts of posts in a word processing program and then copy and paste them into the “Discussions.”)
  • Be as brief as possible while still making a thorough comment.
  • Avoid plagiarism. Use your own words to analyze and synthesize ideas. Always give proper credit when referencing or quoting sources.
  • Read the messages in a thread before replying. Don’t make redundant posts. Add to the conversation with a original ideas.
  • Avoid short, generic replies such as, “I agree.” You should include why you agree and add to the previous point.
  • Be open to differing points of view.
  • Always be respectful of others’ opinions even when they differ from your own. When you disagree with someone, you should express your differing opinion in a respectful, non-critical way.
  • Do not make personal or insulting remarks.

Live Session Guidelines

When attending a live session in Zoom or via Adobe Connect, you should:

  • Enter the room a little early to have time to set up your audio and/or video.
  • Be prepared in advance based on the type of session.
  • Use a headset with earphones and microphone to mitigate feedback in the session.
  • Be prepared to adjust from video to audio-only or from multiple-speaker to single-speaker modes, if there are participants with lower bandwidth attending the session.
  • Be prepared to monitor “chat” as well as the main content of the session.
  • Be prepared to take turns and “share” the microphone.