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violation of personal privacy; and acts in violation of
federal or state laws.
Appendix A
E-mail Etiquette Guidelines
Distribute e-mail only to those individuals or
groups that have known interest in a topic.
Limit announcements of College events to one
per event; however, one brief reminder may be
Do not use e-mail for personal advertisements.
Such use is inappropriate and should be directed
through other communication means, e.g. Mon-
day Morning, or Student Link.
Check e-mail daily and delete or store read mes-
sages immediately, since they take up disk stor-
age. Mail messages can be downloaded, printed,
or saved as disk files.
Use descriptive subject headings. This makes it
easier for someone to decide whether to read the
Try to keep messages succinct and to the point.
When responding to a message, include in the
response a summary of the original message to
give some indication of the content of the origi-
nal message. Summarization may be best done
by including appropriate quotes from the origi-
nal message.
Avoid mass mailings to blanket large groups with
messages that are of interest to only a few. If
you think you have something that needs to
reach a large audience, consider the Golden
Rule: would you be happy to receive such an
unsolicited message?
Take care in responding to mass mailings. Con-
sider carefully whether the response is of inter-
est to the entire group or should be sent to an
individual. Mass mailings occur when someone
accidentally or thoughtlessly uses the “Reply to
all” feature.
Do not engage in “flaming.” “Flaming” describes
an incessant ranting and raving manner of writ-
ing. Be careful about sending mail or replying to
a message when angry or upset. Also, remember
that there are people on the receiving end of e-
mail messages. When using computers to com-
municate, it is easy to forget that there are peo-
ple “out there.” Emotions can erupt when con-
sideration is not given for the intended audience.
Use upper case sparingly. Many consider capital
letters the electronic equivalent of SHOUTING.
Be careful what is said about others. Electronic
information can be easily retransmitted and
information intended to be personal can quickly
become public.
The Office of Residence Life strives to support
the mission of Birmingham-Southern College “to
provide a liberal arts education of distinctive quality
that challenges students to think independently and
communicate clearly, to examine the arts and sci-
ences aesthetically and critically, and to be commit-
ted to intellectual and social responsibility.” the Col-
lege has a clear academic goal and has designed its
academic structure to meet that goal; but the Col-
lege recognizes that learning is a process that also
takes place outside the strictly academic realm. The
College therefore recognizes its responsibility to its
students to promote an overall experience that will
enable its graduates to realize the goals of the Col-
lege. In promoting this experience, the College seeks
to provide a healthy community environment for its
The College also recognizes its historical ties to
the United Methodist Church in designing the struc-
ture of its community. In its Book of Discipline, The
United Methodist Church makes a statement con-
cerning the “Nurturing Community” which serves as
a cornerstone of the College policy:
The community provides the potential for
nurturing human beings into the fullness of
their humanity. We believe we have a respon-
sibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new
forms of community that will encourage
development of the fullest potential in individ-
uals. Primary for us is the gospel understand-
ing that all persons are important — because
they are human beings and not because they
have merited significance. We therefore sup-
port social climates in which human commu-
nities are maintained and strengthened for the
sake of every man, woman, and child.”
Many of the traditions at Birmingham-Southern
College are rooted in this desire to provide students
with a nurturing community. The Honor Code is one
such tradition. The Honor Code is a concept which
has existed at ’Southern for several decades. Its pur-
pose is to foster an atmosphere in which an individ-
ual’s integrity, sense of responsibility, and ability to
engage in creative, independent scholarship can be
nurtured. Within the College community, a student
can claim only as much independence as that for
which he or she can demonstrate his or her ability to
assume responsibility.
Recognizing this fundamental need to assume
responsibility for oneself, the College attempts to