Social Media Commenting Policy


Dartmouth is committed to creating an online environment that, consistent with our physical campus, supports open conversation and intellectual debate. We strive for a community in which the civil and respectful expression of personal opinions and viewpoints is encouraged. Toward that end, we have created the Dartmouth Social Media Commenting Policy. This policy applies to all official institutional websites, any website hosted on a Dartmouth web server, or any Dartmouth social media network (such as Facebook, YouTube, etc.) that offers commenting.


In keeping with our Principle of Community,* Dartmouth asks all commenters to engage in discussion with integrity and consideration for others. Dartmouth reserves the right to review comments before publishing and edit or withhold any comment that:

  • Is made anonymously or under a pseudonym
  • Is defamatory or obscene, causes panic, uses fighting or threatening words, or incites crime
  • Is off topic or irrelevant to the subject under discussion
  • Violates copyright
  • Is spam or has a commercial purpose
  • Demeans or harasses another individual or institution
  • Otherwise violates Dartmouth’s Principle of Community*

Dartmouth College is not obligated to post any comment. We reserve the right to edit or withhold comments or eliminate a user’s ability to comment at any time.

All comments are the responsibility of the user. By submitting a comment you agree to hold Dartmouth College harmless against any damages relating to your comment.

*Principle of Community for Dartmouth College

Adopted by the Board of Trustees in June of 1980:

The life and work of a Dartmouth student should be based on integrity, responsibility and consideration. In all activities each student is expected to be sensitive to and respectful of the rights and interests of others and to be personally honest. He or she should be appreciative of the diversity of the community as providing an opportunity for learning and moral growth.