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Facebook Commenting Policy

A few things to keep in mind before commenting on the UT facebook page

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is dedicated to forging lasting bonds with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of our community.

As an academic institution, the university encourages discussion, debate, and the healthy exchange of ideas, and therefore we don’t moderate comments prior to being posted to our Facebook page. We welcome your enthusiasm for our university, its academic programs, its cultural events, its athletic programs, and its regional and global impact.

We do, however, provide the following guidelines:

  • We encourage thoughtful discussion, debate, and differing viewpoints, with the understanding that all comments on UT’s page must be civil, respectful, and appropriate for our audience. That audience includes prospective students, current students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, fans, and community members.
  • When leaving comments, we encourage our fans to remain on topic, to respond directly to the topic at hand, and to be mindful that their comments are public and are publicly attached to their personal Facebook profiles.
  • It’s preferable not to post comments in ALL CAPS to get your point across, as this is interpreted as shouting.
  • We will not tolerate use of lewd, offensive, libelous, demeaning, or otherwise hurtful or hateful speech directed toward either individuals or groups. Name calling and threats of violence—even theoretical—aimed at those with whom you disagree are inappropriate and are not conducive to a civil debate. We reserve the right—but assume no obligation—to delete such comments, and to report offenders as appropriate.
  • Mere disagreement with a particular article, posting, or with other commenters will not in and of itself be grounds for a comment’s removal.
  • We do not permit messages selling products or promoting commercial or other ventures.
  • Comments are also subject to Facebook’s Terms of Use and Community Standards.
  • Upon request of individuals named in comments, some comments may also be removed.