Netiquette examples

Establishing Your Course Netiquette

Network etiquette, or "netiquette" refers to a set of guidelines for student's online communication. It is important to establish some netiquette guidelines so students are aware of your expectations. Your netiquette guidelines may include:

  • Appropriate use of language and tone
  • Your expectations for grammar, puncutation, text fonts and colors
  • Respect and consideration for other students
  • Use of sarcasm, humor, and/or the posting of jokes
  • Issues of privacy and information sharing outside of class


A good example of netiquette guidelines from Lake Superior College

The Core Rules of Netiquette from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea.

A good example netiquette guidelines including email and message board (forum) guideliness from the University of Florida

Some Netiquette Guidelines from Wayland Baptist University

A handout showing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Students at Wenatchee Valley College

Colorado State University's Ground Rules for Online Discussions