Digital harassment and abuse

Online harassment and abuse of various types have become common. Online abuse can spread rapidly, simply and anonymously. The difference between what are private groups or public threads can sometimes be difficult to establish. The basic rule is that anything that is not OK to be said or done in real life should not be accepted online either. 

You should take a stand against all types of harassment and abuse that occur in the context of education or work, regardless of whether they occurred in lecture theatres, during coffee breaks or online and on digital platforms. 
Chalmers has the same requirements of good behaviour towards others in regard to distance learning and working from home. Remember that differences of nuance are more difficult to detect remotely. What you consider to be jokey written in a chat thread may be read by others in a totally different way. 

Things to think about regarding remote work and distance learning:
  • What you write is significant – think about the fact that someone else is reading what you write in chats and emails. Write simply and clearly, and with respect for the recipient. A useful rule of thumb is not to write anything in a public chat that you would not be able to say out loud during a lecture or at a meeting.
  • how understanding and consideration for people around you, even if you are only meeting them digitally. There is a risk that conversational tone can be perceived as harsher on our digital platforms. 
  • Not everyone is digitally savvy – be patient and helpful to one another when using our digital platforms and tools

More information on online etiquette

We provide recommendations and advice here as to what you can do if you have been treated unfairly or belittled online and how you can display good digital behaviour. 

Page manager Published: Fri 12 Nov 2021.