Social Media Community Guidelines
These guidelines are in place to help create a safe environment on ‘The Open University’ social media channels – a place where comments and questions are encouraged. They apply to anyone who actively engages with The Open University on any of the official social media channels. We therefore ask that the guidelines presented below are followed accordingly. We occasionally hide or remove posts where the breach our community guidelines, as follows:
Like the OU, the page is open to everyone, and we want it to be a useful, interesting and safe space. We expect users to behave and communicate professionally and constructively. If there is disagreement, act with courtesy, kindness, respect and an open mind. All comments on The Open University social media accounts are moderated, in line with our community guidelines (above) and editorial policy (see below), including evenings and weekends. On rare occasions in moderating, inappropriate comments might temporarily be seen by others.
Breach of community guidelines
We reserve the right to:
The Open University believes in the right to express academic argument and opinion openly and freely as set out in the Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom. All members of our academic community, both students and staff, have freedom within the law to hold and express opinions, question established ideas, or present controversial points of view.
The OU is also committed to promoting its research output. Research can and does include a range of contentious issues on which individuals may argue a particular view, that others, both inside and outside the university, could disagree with. Any view that an individual takes on a particular issue is not the institutional or corporate view of the university.
Communications follow a standard process to continually highlight research from a wide range of OU academics on many subjects. This includes publishing the authors articles on our own websites and promoting on the core Open University social media accounts. The publication or promotion of academic work of a particular author is done without fear or favour.
If you need to contact us about anything you see here, or an issue that hasn’t been resolved, please send us a direct message via one of our social media channels or email firstname.lastname@example.org.