Guidelines for Students Taking Online Classes
Netiquette (web etiquette) refers to an ethical code of conduct regarding communication while
using the internet. Netiquette involves respecting the privacy of others, not doing
anything online that will disturb or frustrate other people, and not abusing computing
resources at the college. The following netiquette guidelines are suggested practices
for success in your online learning environment at the Wenatchee Valley College district:
The use of college computer services for personal gain, or gain on behalf of other
individuals, not for profit organizations, or businesses is prohibited.
It is a good practice to compose your message in a word processing program so you
can check your spelling and grammar prior to sending. Avoid typing in all capital
letters, it is akin to shouting and is considered rude. A word or two in caps for
emphasis is fine.
Whether you are receiving or sending an e-mail, or participating in an online discussion,
it is important to be courteous and respectful of others. Keep personal beliefs, including
politics and religion out of classroom discussion unless the instructor has invited
When composing a message, ask yourself: “Would I say this to the person in a face-to-face
conversation?” Remember that the ease and speed of the internet makes it easy to say
something you may regret later. Please do your best to maintain a positive tone in
your messages and discussion posts.
Please avoid responding directly to personal attacks. You are advised to contact your
instructor, who will then take appropriate action.
If your message is short and to the point, people will be more likely to read it.
For example, please avoid sending an e-mail to the entire class, unless you feel that
everyone needs to read it.
Posting private information in the wrong location can have serious consequences. Remember
that divulging too much information could give those with bad intentions valuable
information they can use to harm you.
It may help to observe how people communicate with each other before you jump into
online discussions, join chat rooms, or post information on course Web space.