Student Agreement

Participation in your online class indicates tacit agreement to the following rules:

  1. Students may not share any names or other personal information, discussion board posts, or writing samples from other students without permission.

  2. Students may not share the teaching artist’s materials with others without their express permission, including giving others access by sharing their class website username and password.

  3. Students may not post copyright-protected works to the class website, even with attribution, without permission of the copyright holder.

  4. Students are free to link to stories, poems, essays, and other materials that are already online. However, students should exercise care in sharing links to assure that none of the websites have harmful content such as computer viruses.

  5. Students may not post threats of any kind. Threats will be reported to law enforcement officers and the writer will not be permitted to enroll in either face-to-face or online Loft classes or attend Loft events.

  6. Students may not post any chat or forum message that attacks or demeans another writer in the class based on that writer’s race, religion, disability, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or gender identity. Speech or writing that is deemed to be harassment will result in the writer being removed from the class with no refund. At the same time, writers are expected to be aware that the attitudes, opinions, and actions described in a creative work may be reflective of the characters, era, and setting depicted. Offensive language may be included to demonstrate a character’s point of view, their upbringing, or the times in which they live, and it should not be assumed that the attitudes, actions and beliefs depicted are those of the author. Students are not obligated to read and comment upon each others’ work if they find the work upsetting, and students are not obligated to participate in the forum when the work is reviewed.

  7. Harassment of any kind will result in the writer being removed from the class with no refund.

To help minimize frustrations and maximize your course experience, we also recommend that you:

  1. Take appropriate time to familiarize yourself with Moodle and with the class website, and practice using forums, chats, assignment drop box, and other online activities.

  2. Use Mozilla Firefox (www.firefox.com) or Google Chrome (www.google.com/chrome‎) as your web browser.

In addition to the student agreement, youth participants in online classes agree to the following rules and guidelines:

  1. Students in youth classes should take great care in sharing their own personal information, particularly contact information, with anyone in the class other than the teaching artist. 

  2. Posting your writing to a public forum can feel quite vulnerable, so please treat others as you would like to be treated.  

  3. Our classes are supportive environments where students may explore any territory, and we understand that teenagers may write about real-world issues. However, any writing with content that is potentially upsetting to other students (such as violence, sex, or insulting speech) should be submitted privately to the teaching artist before being shared with the class. 

  4. Teaching artists in youth classes may have additional rules at their discretion. 

  5. We are bound by law to report any interactions in the online environment that lead us to believe the youth intends to harm himself/herself or others. 

  6. Students may not post any chat or forum message that attacks or demeans another writer in the class based on that writer’s race, religion, disability, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or gender identity. Speech or writing that is deemed to be harassment will result in the writer being removed from the class with no refund. At the same time, writers are expected to be aware that the attitudes, opinions, and actions described in a creative work may be reflective of the characters, era, and setting depicted. Offensive language may be included to demonstrate a character’s point of view, their upbringing, or the times in which they live, and it should not be assumed that the attitudes, actions and beliefs depicted are those of the author. Students are not obligated to read and comment upon each others’ work if they find the work upsetting, and students are not obligated to participate in the forum when the work is reviewed.

Last modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 2:21 PM