As part of the ALU Experience course, you will be asked to communicate with your peers (fellow ALU applicants), e.g., by posting and commenting on discussion boards. We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines when interacting with your community:
- Be welcoming and respectful: We are a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
- Be friendly and patient. Assume good intent. It is unacceptable to communicate in a disparaging way. A community where people feel uncomfortable, diminished, or unsafe is not a productive one, and not consistent with ALU values.
- Be careful in the words that you choose: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is not an excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. Be respectful and kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable.
- Try to understand why we disagree: Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. Diversity contributes to the strength of our community, which is composed of people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that we all make mistakes, and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, we should focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.