This Acceptable Use Policy applies to all users of The Dental Business Academy websites, in particular students participating in our discussion groups.
This Acceptable Use Policy is intended to help create an atmosphere in which freedom of speech is balanced by self-discipline and a mature attitude to discussion. We encourage all students to join our discussions and it would therefore be very surprising if exchanges did not occasionally become a little heated!
By virtue of your participation in our discussions, you are deemed to have agreed to abide by the rules. Although the tutor or administrator cannot take responsibility for monitoring every message that is sent to the website, we must reserve the right to remove items submitted from anyone who violates or repeatedly ignores these rules.
To ensure that contributions stay legal and inclusive, it is important to establish some clear ground rules.
The following is forbidden:
- Insulting, threatening or provoking language.
- Inciting hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality or sexuality or other personal characteristics.
- Swearing, using hate-speech or making obscene or vulgar comments.
- Libel, condoning illegal activity, contempt of court, and breach of copyright.
- Spamming, i.e., adding the same comment repeatedly or across different groups.
- Impersonating or falsely claiming to represent a person or organisation.
- Posting in a language other than English.
- Invading people’s privacy.
- Posting off-topic comments.
1. Personal Identification
All messages sent to a discussion must include your full name. Do not represent yourself as another person. Anonymous contributions will not be accepted.
2. Use of Language
Messages should not be malicious or designed to offend. In particular, the use of swear-words or undue profanity is discouraged. By participating in any discussion, you undertake to indemnify us and our employees and subcontractors against any liability arising from any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement published by you on this site and against all damages, losses, claims and costs (including, without limitation, fines and expenses arising out of or incurred in conducting or defending any proceedings) arising from any such actionable statements.
3. Conduct of Discussion
Your message should be within the scope of the subject under discussion. If you make a contribution that is inappropriate to the subject under discussion, you may be directed by the tutor not to raise the matter further or to raise it within a separate discussion group.
Reference should not be made to the personality of other participants in a discussion nor should attacks be made on an individual’s character unless the person concerned has already chosen to bring his or her personality into the issue under discussion.
One to one arguments, disagreements and disputes of a personal nature must be conducted through private email and not through public discussion.
You should remember that you are legally responsible for what you write. By participating in a discussion, you undertake to indemnify us and our employees and subcontractors against any liability arising from any breach of confidentiality, copyright or other intellectual property right published by you on this site and against all damages, losses, claims and costs (including, without limitation, all expenses incurred in conducting or defending any proceedings) arising from any such publication. You must not make statements that are libellous, obscene, seek to incite racial hatred or otherwise break the laws of the United Kingdom.
4. Private email
If a person has sent you a private email you may not forward it to a public discussion group without the prior consent of the person who sent it. This does not prevent you forwarding private email to the tutor should you consider this appropriate.
5. Advertising and Research
No advertising is allowed except where it is for an event, publication or similar items that has direct relevance to the subject of discussion.
Information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is welcomed, but within the specific discussion category provided.
6. Complaints about a Breach of these Rules
Complaints about a breach of these Rules should ONLY be made by private email to the Course Manager.
The Course Manager will take timely and appropriate action with regard to the complaint.
Please note: By virtue of your participation in our discussion groups, you are deemed to have agreed to abide by these rules. We may revise this Acceptable Use Policy at any time. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make.
Dated: July 2014