Netiquette at ISU

Effective Communication Practices

Keep the following effective communication practices (also known as netiquette) in mind as you interact with peers and instructors in synchronous and asynchronous settings:

  1. Be respectful: Affirm the right to and the importance of a free exchange of ideas at ISU within the bounds of respectful communication. Work to understand different ideas in an atmosphere free from discrimination, by abiding in the ISU Principles of Community
  2. Be honest: Be honest with your assessment efforts by turning in your work, free from plagiarism and generated from your understanding. Practice academic integrity in your courses.
  3. Engage fully in the course: One of the notable aspects of learning online is learning from your peers’ experiences. Engage fully with the course materials by attending class, logging in regularly to Canvas, meeting deadlines, and demonstrating evidence of preparation. Contribute to small group work, online discussion boards, and other opportunities to interact with the content and your peers.
  4. Communicate appropriately: Communication includes our written and spoken words and even our appearances! When participating and communicating in an online course, remember you are interacting with real humans. Your peers may not interpret your words as you intended without the benefit of nonverbal communication. Consider what professionalism means for you in your major and in your future endeavors.
  5. Respect privacy: Some assignments (e.g., discussion boards) or online synchronous sessions may ask students to share personal information relevant to the topic at hand. Do not share your peer’s personal information – respect their privacy. See the ISU Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy website.
  6. Follow the ISU Code of Conduct: Expectations for behavior standards are no different in an online course than face-to-face and include following policies and protocols. Review the Know the Code page and the ISU Student Code of Conduct page.

Adapted from:

  • Cole, J. (2016, April 12). Netiquette for online students. Succeed Online: Resources for students learning online. Arizona State University. Retrieved from
  • Shea, V. (1994). Core rules of netiquette. Netiquette (Online ed., pp. 32-45). San Francisco: Albion Books. Retrieved from