CAMPUS SOCIETY: COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

Introduction
Safety
Age
Authenticity
Privacy
Security
Wellbeing
Offensive Content
Bullying and Harassment
Hate Speech
Sexual Content
Criminal Behaviour
Illegal Activity
Violence
Advertising
Advertisement
Surveys
Spam
Legal Rights
Contempt of Court
Copyright and Plagiarism
Defamation
Appeals

Introduction

Welcome to Campus Society, a global student community that represents the voices and interests of students everywhere. 

The following guidelines are to ensure your time on the network is both safe and enjoyable! Content that breaks these guidelines will be removed and you may receive a warning or ban – so read them carefully. If you discover content that you believe breaches our standards, please report it so that our Moderation Team can review it and take action as needed. 

English is the primary language for this network. Users can post text, images and videos in another language, but they must still follow these guidelines. 
Videos posted in a language other than English must either be:

  1. Official videos (music, film, TV etc).
  2. Home-made videos with English subtitles.

We’ve also put together some tips and resources to help you manage difficult situations both on and offline. These resources offer advice and support in the UK, but if you are concerned about the safety of yourself or others, or wish to report a crime, contact the police.

Note: To continue to provide you with the best possible service, we may need to change both our T&Cs and Guidelines from time to time. 

Safety

Content that encourages dangerous behaviour or puts anyone at the risk of harm will be removed, whilst the user may be banned and the account closed. Banning and closing an account is not a decision we take lightly as access back to the platform is dependent on your verified student authentication. 

Age

  • The age limit for this platform is 16+. Any users identified as being underage will have their accounts deactivated. This is to enable those who apply for university early, but regardless of age, all users require verified student authentication. 

Authenticity

  • Whenever possible and to avoid confusion please add your real name, real course and real university to your bio as this will increase the prospect of engaging with like-minded users.
  • Usernames, profile pictures and bios cannot: impersonate another user, present the user as “Official” in any capacity or contain personal details (email address, phone number or date of birth).
  • They cannot contain any offensive or sexualised words, images or logos, or break our guidelines in any other way.
  • They can be in a foreign language, but they have to adhere to all other guidelines.
  • Celebrity and parody accounts are acceptable as long as they do not misrepresent the celebrity in a defamatory manner. 
  • Please check your sources and try not to post ‘Fake News’. Content containing misleading or false information which could cause direct harm to people in the real world will be removed – even if you didn’t know it was fake.
  • To confirm you are communicating with a Campus Society Moderator or employee their status icon will show a Campus Society logo.

Privacy

  • For your own safety, please don’t share personal details in public areas on the network – whether your own, or a friend or family member’s. If you need to share details, do it in a private message.
  • Personal information includes your phone number, WhatsApp contact, and email address, for example. 
  • Please don’t post your full address on the network. It’s OK to say which halls or flat you’re living in, but nothing more detailed than that. So, no room numbers, please, as this is too specific.
    E.g. ‘Manor Flat’ is acceptable, but ‘No. 7 Manor Flat’ is not.

Security

  • Hacking, automation, any programming that breaks our functionality or links containing malware are not permitted on the network.
  • We do not permit the hacking of another person’s digital information or encouraging someone else to do so.
  • We also appreciate that while people like to share images and videos of children, if those images show nude or partially-nude children, we may remove them. This is because these images can be misappropriated by others and used in unanticipated ways.

Wellbeing

  • We aim to provide a supportive environment for members of our community to discuss their experiences with mental health and raise awareness.
  • Any content that aims to distress others, encourages suicide or self-injury, or contains graphic imagery, will be removed, whilst the user may be banned and the account permently closed. Again here we need to mention that its not just the content we will remove but we also reserve the right to ban the account. For good.
  • Please report any content that worries you or breaks our guidelines regarding mental health.

If you are struggling or need advice on supporting a friend or family member, we recommend the following services:

Mind: 020 8519 2122
Student Minds: 0113 343 8440
Papyrus – Suicide Help Line – lines open 7 days a week: 0800 068 41 41
National Self Harm Network – online only
Beat Eating Disorders: 0808 801 0677

Offensive Content

Any content that aims to cause physical, emotional, or mental harm to others will not be tolerated, will be removed and the account may be subject to banning.

Bullying and Harassment

  • We take all reports of bullying and harassment seriously. This includes sexual harassment and behaviour that could be considered stalking. 
  • Swearing is allowed, but we don’t permit anything too extreme, directed at another member, or with the intent of causing upset.
  • Advocating or pressuring others into dangerous behaviour such as excessive drinking and irresponsible gambling is not acceptable. 
  • If you experience either on Campus Society, we recommend that you:
    1. Do not interact with the person or group involved.
    2. Block them.
    3. Report the issue.

If you are struggling or need advice on supporting a friend or family member, the following organisations can help:

National Bullying Helpline: 0845 22 55 787  
The Samaritans: 116 123 
SupportLine: 01708 765200

Hate Speech

  • Any content that attacks or degrades vulnerable groups on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability or medical condition is not acceptable and will be removed and account may be blocked as well.
  • Conversation and debate on all subjects is allowed, which means you are likely to encounter ideas that are different from your own. We also allow criticism of celebrities and public figures. Our Moderators will not remove content based on differences of opinion between members of the community, unless there is a violation of our guidelines.
  • If you see hate speech on Campus Society, please take the following action:
    1. Do not interact with the person or group involved.
    2. If the hate speech is directed at you, or you find the content upsetting, block them.
    3. Report the issue.

See the links below for more information on hate speech:

Hate Crime (Government Website)  
Stop Hate UK: 0800 138 1625
Citizens Advice: 03444 111 444

Sexual Content

  • Any content that is overly sexual or pornographic in nature will be removed and depending on the infraction, the account may be blocked.
  • We may also remove content that contains inappropriate levels of nudity. 

Criminal Behaviour

We remove any content that breaks the law, encourages and/or aids criminal behaviour including violence against people, animals or property and the account will be blocked.

Illegal Activity

  • We’ll remove any content and block any accounts that supports or promotes illegal activity, terrorism, organised crime, or hate groups. 
    This includes: 
  1. Buying or selling firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind.
  2. Promoting or selling illegal or prescription drugs.
  3. Offering sexual services.
  4. Animal cruelty and illegal bloodsports.
  • We have a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to sharing sexual content involving minors and if necessary, Campus Society will escalate this and report serious concerns. 
  • If you see evidence of violence or illegal activity on Campus Society, please let us know.

If you require further support, the following organisations can help:

Victim Support: 08 08 16 89 111
National Centre for Domestic Violence: 0207 186 8270 / 0800 970 2070
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
RSPCA: 0300 1234 999
Anti-Terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321

Violence

  • Any content considered excessively violent or threatening, overly graphic or glorifies violence will be removed and account will be subject to blocking.
  • Campus Society is a place where users can speak openly about their experiences of sexual violence and physical assault safely and without judgement. We do not allow any content that depicts or advocates non-consensual sexual acts or exploitation. 

Victim Support: 08 08 16 89 111
Rape Crisis England & Wales: 0808 802 9999
Modern Day Slavery Helpline: 08000 121 700

Advertising

We do not allow unauthorised advertisement or spam on Campus Society. 

Advertisement

  • Content which contains unauthorised advertising or sales messages for businesses will be removed. 
  • You can advertise personal items, such as textbooks, but don’t share your bank details on a public forum. 
  • We allow users to promote university and social events, but this cannot be done on behalf of an official venue or business.

If you are a company looking to advertise your service please contact enquiries@campussociety.com.  

Surveys

  • It’s fine to ask users to help with a student survey under the following conditions:
    1. The survey is not for the benefit of direct competitors or businesses.
    2. Nominal incentives can be offered e.g. a voucher or book token etc, but no cash incentives please.
    3. Campus Society is not responsible in any way for ensuring these incentives are given/received.
    4. Campus Society has the right to remove any survey if we feel it contravenes any guidelines.

Spam

All spam will be removed. This includes posting the same or similar content multiple times and accounts may be blocked.

Legal Rights

Please respect the intellectual rights of others and make sure you have permission to share content. We will remove anything that violates laws or compromises legal proceedings. 

Contempt of Court

  • Discussions around an imminent or ongoing UK court case are acceptable as long as the comments are not in Contempt of Court. This rule is active until the trial is over and the juries have given their verdicts and includes any comment that:
    1. References someone’s previous convictions.
    2. Are statements about a person’s character.
    3. Alleges to provide evidence linking a person directly to the crime of which they have been accused.
    4. Other suggestions that the person is guilty.
  • Comments which are in Contempt of Court will be removed and accounts subject to blocking.

Copyright and Plagiarism

  • Please ensure you are the copyright owner or have the copyright owner’s permission before posting any text, images or videos.
  • Plagiarism is also not allowed. This includes offering to write papers and having another member write your essay. Whenever possible, please cite your sources.
  • If you feel that your content or the content of a third party has been infringed, please report it. 

Defamation

All posts deemed to be defamatory or libellous will be removed and accounts subject to blocking.

Appeals

We have a duty of care towards our community. If any content violates our Community Guidelines, it will be removed by our Moderation Team and users may receive a temporary or permanent ban. When this happens, the user is informed of our decision and why it was made.

We also reserve the right to remove any post made as part of a news item, work of art or piece of academia etc. if we feel that it is in the best interest of our members to do so. 

If you disagree with a moderation decision – or wish to provide feedback on our guidelines and overall approach – you can contact us at: support@campussociety.com

Disagreeing with a moderation decision:

  • Appeals can only be made by the person who is the subject of the moderation decision, not from a 3rd party.
  • Please include as many of the following details as possible: 
    • Date and time the post was made.
    • Your username.
    • The email address you registered with.
    • Description, link, screenshot or copy of the content.
    • An explanation, of no more than 500 words, as to why you believe the decision was incorrect
      e.g. clearly state why it doesn’t contravene the guideline we have stated it has broken.

We aim to respond to all appeals within 72 hours. If we find that an incorrect decision was made, we will restore the content or lift the ban. If we uphold the original decision, however, the content will remain deleted and any bans will be upheld.

Please be aware that users can appeal an individual decision only once.

Menu