Guideline for Bloggers & Safer Spaces Policy

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To anyone who’d like to write for us:

Firstly, that’s absolutely wonderful.  We aim to provide an alternative voice for activists and anyone sick of the bland mainstream and to do that, we need talented, passionate writers.  If you think this could be you, we’d love to hear from you.

We recognise that a multi author blog is going to represent a number of viewpoints and differing political stances, although broadly we envisage the blog as representing a radical left wing perspective.  Anarchists, socialists, feminists, environmental activists, lone maverick crusaders, we welcome you all.

We would never take or want the role of censor, however we want this to be a safe, welcoming space.  Virtual spaces can be just as oppressive and bigoted as physical ones and online harassment, bullying, name calling and so on can cause deep and real emotional harm.  We therefore ask, when you are writing for the blog, that you bear in mind the following (very short!) list of guidelines, and the Safer Spaces policy below.

So attention all bloggers! 

Although our blog was created for the students of Lancaster, we want it to grow beyond the university. We hope would be bloggers will understand that we can’t give our log in details out to people we don’t know personally, so please submit in the first instance to radicaluniversity@hotmail.com and we’ll have your work up as soon as possible!

Please keep swearing to a minimum and only when you feel there is no other way to express your point as effectively, however NO use of the C word.  We will get in contact and discuss amending your piece if we feel your swearing detracts from the message of your article, or is not in line with the message of our blog. We will always try to find an agreement and will only remove your work if we are unable to agree and no compromise can be found.

You should include a title, photo and evidence of research in the form of links, facts/figures, further reading etc loosely referenced at the bottom of your post, unless it is a pure opinion piece – though even in this case links and further reading are nice as you will hopefully have engaged your readers and inspired them to find out more about the issue. Similarly, a photo catches the eye =] it can do wonders to sell your post!   You may also wish to tag your piece to give readers an indication of the content.

Don’t forget to select a category for your post to be filed under, and share your post on Radical University’s Facebook page to get more readers!

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Radical University Safer Space Policy

Open discussion is at the heart of our blog and our decision-making process. The more people we can involve in our debates, the stronger and more representative the results will be. 
Radical University wants to operate and conduct our discussions in a safe anti-oppressive space that is welcoming, engaging and supportive.
In order to ensure this we feel it is necessary to establish some guidelines for participants. These have been modelled on the guidelines put forward by Occupy.  (Please note our views are not necessarily those of Occupy, all views are the views of the individual blogger and Radical University represents a broad range of interests and political stances, however the Safer Spaces Policy was the best we found for online spaces and thus we have adapted it for our own use, with thanks to Occupy London).

Please note that, as with all forms of direct democracy this policy is a work in progress and suggestions are welcome.

1. Racism, as well as ageism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism or prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, gender presentation, language ability, asylum status or religious affiliation is unacceptable and will be challenged.

2. Respect each other’s emotional boundaries, always get explicit verbal consent before crossing boundaries.

3. Be aware of the space you take up and the positions and privileges you bring, including racial, class and gender privilege.

4. Avoid assuming the opinions and identifications of other participants.

5. Recognise that we try not to judge, put each other down or compete.

6. Be aware of the language you use in discussion and how you relate to others. Be respectful and try to use uncomplicated language.

7. Foster a spirit of mutual respect

8. “Respect the person; challenge their behaviour.”

9. If someone violates these agreements a discussion or mediation process can happen, depending on the wishes of the person who was violated. If a serious violation happens to the extent that someone feels unsafe our actions will depend on the form the violation took.  Any offensive comments will not be approved in the first instance and outright threats will be reported to the police.  We sincerely hope that no reader ever feels alarmed, discriminated against or threatened, but should this be the case, contact us in the first instance via facebook message or email radicaluniversity@hotmail.com.  We will take any such situation extremely seriously and take the appropriate steps, and will treat all messages in complete confidence.

10. Whilst ground rules are collective responsibility everyone is also personally responsible for their own behaviour

5 thoughts on “Guideline for Bloggers & Safer Spaces Policy

  1. anam

    i would love to be involved. Im a first year student at the University of Birmingham studying BSc European Politics and Economics, you probably wont find any who is as left wing as I am.

    Reply
    1. radicaluniversity Post author

      Anam – Bring it! We’d love to hear from you. If you have any ideas you want to discuss, feel free to send them our way too. If not e-mail us an article as and when you’re ready and we’ll post it up for you asap! Thanks for reaching out =) Anais

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