ConnectYard Community Code

Respect the ConnectYard Community ConnectYard is proud to be a leader in the social media movement for furthering learning and improving the educational experience. The ConnectYard platform facilitates social learning, or the sharing of knowledge, through the open exchange of study materials, resources and aid by student and instructor communities from around the globe. With that said, ConnectYard expects its users to respect the tenets of academic honesty and integrity when using study materials or receiving study aid on ConnectYard. Student-users of ConnectYard must understand and abide by their respective schools's codes of academic integrity. We work diligently to prevent misuse, but ultimately, the choice to act with academic integrity is your own! So don't abuse the site. Every cool new community feature on ConnectYard involves a certain level of trust. We trust you to be responsible, and so do your instructors and classmates, so please keep this in mind as you use the site.

We Review Materials Flagged As Inappropriate Okay, this one is more about us than you. When a contributed material gets flagged as inappropriate, we review the material to determine whether it violates our Terms of Use - flagged materials are not automatically taken down by the system. If we remove your study material after reviewing it, you can assume that we removed it purposefully, and you should take our warning notification seriously. Take a deep breath, read our Terms of Use and try to see it from our perspective. If you find other study materials on ConnectYard with the same violations, please flag them so we can review them as well!

Don't Cross the Line We know that most of you will never and have never abused ConnectYard. We share your commitment to growing what is surely an exciting education community online. We take this opportunity, then, to highlight our commitment and your own. We require every member to commit to ConnectYard's Community Code.
ConnectYard will take swift action against anyone found misusing the community's site. We will ban users who cheat from the site permanently.
Here are some common-sense rules that will help you steer clear of trouble:

  • Respect copyright. Only upload study materials that you made or are authorized to use. This means don't upload exams, quizzes, notes, etc you didn't make or actually take without the necessary authorizations. For example, you may publish class notes to ConnectYard if (i) you wrote such notes yourself and (i) such notes are your unique individual interpretation, understanding and compilation of the class material. You may NOT publish class notes to ConnectYard if they are taken directly from your teacher's class material (e.g. handouts, verbatim transcriptions, PowerPoint slides) without such teacher's express permission.
  • Properly cite all third-party material that you incorporate into your own work by giving credit to the student or teacher who created the material. You must not only cite quotations of third-party material, but also any ideas taken from third-party material that you then incorporate into your work. We recommend that your citations conform to the MLA Style [http://www.andyspinks.com/mla/pdf/MLAguide.pdf] or Chicago Style http://library.osu.edu/sites/guides/chicago.pdf, as they pertain to online databases or websites.
  • There is zero tolerance for predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, invading privacy, or the revealing of other members' personal information. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from ConnectYard.
  • Everyone hates spam. Do not create misleading descriptions, tags, titles, etc. It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.

Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don't try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around them, just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created. Violations of the Terms of Use may result in a warning notification or termination of your account. If your account is terminated you are prohibited from creating any new accounts.

ConnectYard is for the Educational Community Remember that this is your community! Each and every user of ConnectYard makes the site what it is, so don't be afraid to dig in and get involved! As an open forum, we ask for suggestions. If you would like to offer ways on how we can improve the community, e-mail us at communitycode@connectyard.com. That's it! Thanks for reading!

-- The ConnectYard Team

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