Online misconduct

Behaviours that the University of Liverpool regards as online misconduct include:

  • Threats to cause harm (physical, emotional, reputational) to another person
  • Identity-based harassment - posting offensive comments about someone’s racial, sexual, gendered, religious identity and/or physical appearance
  • Posting personal information about someone online without their consent
  • Online impersonation (e.g. setting up online profiles in someone else’s name)
  • Sharing or creating private sexual materials (i.e. those made of an individual with the understanding that such material would not be shared) online or in digital spaces
  • Sharing or creating public sexual materials (i.e. pornographic materials that are widely available via media outlets) online or in digital spaces with the intention to sexually harass and/or incite gender-based violence
  • Online communication that employs forms of coercion to extort sexual favours from the victim
  • Repeated unwanted and unsolicited contact with another person by email, text message, social media or in any online or digital space
  • Indecent, disorderly, threatening, intimidating or offensive language, photos or other content, expressed electronically, including blogs and social networking websites
  • Distribution or publication of any electronic publication including audio-visual material, social media post, blog or webpage, which is offensive, intimidating, threatening, indecent or illegal

Please note, these are examples of online misconduct, and do not form an exhaustive list.

The Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline gives more detail on what constitutes online misconduct.  All students joining the University of Liverpool agree to abide by all its policies and procedures and to adhere to the standards of conduct and behaviour expected of every member of the University community, both online and offline.