Community guidelines

All members of the OpenLab – SPS students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other community members – are responsible for making the OpenLab a friendly and welcoming place to learn, work, and share.

When working on the OpenLab:

  • Write in a friendly and professional way, make sure to respect other people’s views and beliefs, and consider how others may feel when they receive your communications. 
  • Remember that when you are working in a public space on the OpenLab, you are representing yourself to the college, potential employers, and anyone else who reads your work.
  • Think about what information you wish to share and how you want to identify yourself in public spaces on the OpenLab (such as your Profile), and respect the privacy of others.
  • Make sure your work is accessible for everyone. (More help about accessibility on the OpenLab  is coming soon).
  • Any content you post on the OpenLab should be yours, or properly credited.

Content that is abusive, discriminatory, harassing, or disruptive is unacceptable on the OpenLab.

  • Do not use racist, sexist, homophobic, or other bigoted language.
  • Do not use the OpenLab to harass anyone or do anything that is immoral, unethical, or illegal.

Due to University regulations, there are also some other restrictions.

  • We cannot allow direct commercial activity, like the buying and selling of textbooks, on any of the sites.
  • Because we are a state-funded, public institution, sites cannot endorse or support specific political candidates.

For more information and an explanation of your responsibility for your own activity on the OpenLab, please consult the OpenLab Terms of Use.

If you see something inappropriate, please reach out to us. Members of our community sometimes disagree with one another, but everyone here has a right to expect that they and their work will be treated respectfully, that any criticism will be thoughtful and constructive, and that they will be free from harassment on the OpenLab.

If you receive a message or see something that makes you uncomfortable, please let the OpenLab Team know via the contact form. We will work with everyone involved to come to a resolution. As a last resort, we will intervene to remove content. Repeated posting of inappropriate content may result in loss of access to the OpenLab. Again, please see the OpenLab Terms of Use for more information.

If you receive a message or see something that suggests someone is an immediate danger to themselves or others, call 911 and contact SPS public safety

This article is adapted from City Tech OpenLab Help, under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

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