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Chat Rooms, Blogs, and Other Forums Using Stanford Domains or Computer Services

For a complete text of the currently applicable version of this policy, see Administrative Guide Memo 66, Chat Rooms and Other Forums Using Stanford Domains or Computer Services, available at


The following is quoted from the policy:

  1. Definition

    From time to time, University departments, faculty, students and others may host electronic communication forums, such as chat rooms, newsgroups, bulletin boards, blogs, or web sites, whereby various parties may contribute their thoughts on various subjects and where such communication is made available for others to read and comment upon. For purposes of this policy, these sites are collectively referred to as forums.

  2. Establishment of Forums
    1. Connection with University Activities—Forums that either use the,, or other Stanford domains, or use University computing facilities, should be established only in connection with legitimate activities of the University.
    2. University Role—Unless specifically sponsored by an academic administrative unit of the University, the University's role in connection with these forums will be solely as a passive Internet service provider.
    3. Terms of Use—In all cases, as a condition to establishing a forum, forum homepages (where they exist) and each individual forum page should contain a header that states: Subject to Terms of Use and all pages should include a link to the page maintained by the University entitled "Terms of Use." The URL is
  3. Operation of Forums

All forums shall be operated in compliance with the Terms of Use, as modified from time to time, and the University's various policies regarding computer facilities and services.

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