Code of Conduct

Charter of Good Conduct

General behaviour

  • Behave towards others in the same way you would have them behave towards you.
  • Learn how to participate and share; help others who ask for help whenever you are able to do so. Community and individual participation enriches life on the island for all.
  • Be sensible in your choice of avatar. By default, select a human avatar; robots, furries, and other anthropomorphic avatars will be tolerated but are not encouraged. Do NOT select over-large avatars, ‘monster’ avatars, or any other avatars that others may feel intimidating or offensive.
  • Appropriate dress is required on the university islands at all times. Nudity or inappropriate dress of any kind will lead to immediate expulsion.
  • Neither advertising nor vending is accepted on the island. This includes wearing “pay me” HUDS.
  • No motorised vehicles (cars, motorbikes, helicopters, airplanes, etc) may be used anywhere on the island. Bicycles, rollerblades, skates, and other person-powered forms of locomotion are banned in all buildings, are generally discouraged, but will be tolerated on public walkways when they are not a nuisance to others.
  • No weapons (guns, swords, light sabres, etc) will be tolerated anywhere on the island.

Speaking

  • When speaking with others, consider carefully what you say and how you say it. Remember: courtesy and mutual respect are prerequisites for taking part in, and sustaining, meaningful dialogue.  The same rules of courtesy that apply to real life apply here: one says “hello”, “hi”, “goodbye”, “bye”, “thank you”, etc.
  • Do not use upper-case letters unless absolutely necessary. THESE CONVEY THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU ARE SHOUTING and lessen your chances of eliciting a friendly response.
  • Writing, more so than speaking, can be a source of misunderstanding and incomprehension. If a particular topic or discussion angers of distresses you, take a deep and thoughtful breath (or take a coffee break) rather than responding aggressively or in an overly emotional manner. On-line communication tends to amplify conflict and tensions can increase because of the physical absence of the person you are conversing with.
  • Offensive and aggressive language, harassment, insults, provocative reference to any subject likely to cause offence, and comments of a racist, pornographic, or sexist nature, will not be tolerated on the island and may lead to the expulsion of the offender.

Behaviour off-island

  • Remember that, wherever you travel within Second Life, you are ambassadors for Kingston University (as others will clearly see when they look, in your profile, at the groups to which you belong): always behave in a manner that reflects well on the university. In general, all the above rules for behaviour in LearningWorks or the Knowledge Zone also apply in the rest of SL.
  • When traveling elsewhere within SL, keep in mind you are likely to be communicating with people from all over the world. Show consideration for the fact that those with whom you speak may not be native speakers of English, and think before using slang and regional expressions.

Your lecturers in Second Life

  • Do not blame lecturers for the behavior of the participants.
  • Do not blame lecturers if they do not answer all your questions: nothing obliges them to do so.
  • In the case of any offence of a serious nature, measures will be taken by the administrators of the island.

Finally, a serious warning about bad behaviour.  Students who behave in an inappropriate manner on the university islands will be issued with a verbal warning; those who do not heed the warning will be ejected.  Students who persistently misbehave may find their access to the island suspended.  By entering the island you are presumed to agree with all of the above.

If you are yourself victim of abusive behaviour, please look at the following:

» Community: Incident Management Report
» Guide to Filing an Abuse Report