UNSW Policy

In the first instance development of and contributions to the UNSW wikispaces must adhere to all relevant UNSW Policy, Standards and Guidelines including:

Community Guidelines

In addition to the underpinning UNSW policies we are developing some more organic user owned guidelines.


The UNSW wikispaces are designed to support and encourage inquiry and collaboration. Our members include beginners who are just beginning to establish a digital identity in the online world. We value respect, compassion, insight, opinions, diversity and presence.
Our philosophy is one of ensuring community ownership of the collaborative online environment and empowerment of individuals in this process.
This document is designed to fulfill the purpose of code of conduct for anyone contributing content in UNSW online L&T environments including these wikispaces.
These guidelines are a collaborative document within which all UNSW community members are encouraged to contribute to the development of an online net-etiquette, code of conduct and general communications understanding.

Code of Conduct

Please contribute your thoughts below;
As a starting point I've adapted some work by Dave Warlick.
Feel free to edit and add if you can improve it (Robyn Jay 06/03/09)

Seek Truth and Express It

Community members should be honest, fair, and courageous in gathering, interpreting and expressing information for the benefit of others.
They should:
  • Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error.
  • Identify sources. The consumers of your information product must be able to make their own judgment of its value.
  • Never distort or misrepresent the content of photos, videos, or other media without explanation of intent and permission from the information’s owner. Image enhancement for technical clarity is permissible.
  • Tell the story of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
  • Examine your own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
  • Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
  • Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
  • Distinguish between opinion and fact when expressing ideas. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

Minimize Harm

  • Treat information sources, subjects, colleagues, and information consumers as human beings deserving of respect.
  • Gathering and expressing information should never cause harm or threaten to be harmful to any one person or group of people.
  • Recognize that private people in their private pursuits have a greater right to control information about themselves than do others.
  • Consider all possible outcomes to the information you express, guarding against potential harm to others. * Never use information from another person without proper citation and permission.

Be Accountable

Community members are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and to each other.
  • Clarify and explain information and invite dialogue about your conduct as a communicator
  • Encourage the information consumer to voice grievances about your information products.
  • Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
  • Expose unethical information practices of others.

Respect Information and its Infrastructure

  • Information, in the Information Age, is property. Information is the fabric that defines much of what we do from day to day, and this rich and potent fabric is fragile.
  • Never undertake any action that has the potential to damage any part of this information infrastructure. These actions include, but are not limited to illegally hacking into a computer system, launching or distributing viruses or other damaging software, physically damaging or altering hardware or software, or publishing information that you know is untrue and potentially harmful.
  • Report to proper authorities any activities that could potentially result in harm to the information infrastructure