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Community Forums

The College of Charleston offers Community Forums for sharing of ideas, news, and discussion.  Participation is restricted to College of Charleston faculty, staff, and students.

Forum Rules

As a user of the Forum (a "User") you agree that the Forum will not be used by you to do any of the following:

  • Inaccurately state or imply endorsement, approval, or sponsorship of your posting by the College.
  • Violate or encourage the violation of any local, state, or federal law or the national laws of any country.
  • Make any defamatory, threatening or obscene message or post a message that promotes actual violence or harm.
  • Post any message that would be a violation of the College's policy entitled Prohibition Of Discrimination and Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment and Abuse (http://dev.policy.cofc.edu/policy.php#hr), the College's Privacy Policy (http://www.cofc.edu/policies/privacypolicy/index.php ), or any other College policy.
  • Post materials or information protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless the User owns or controls the rights to that intellectual property or has received all necessary consents.
  • Reveal or provide access to a student's personally identifiable information (maintained in the student's education records) in violation of College Policy implementing the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/ferpa/index.php ).

The full terms of service can be read at community.cofc.edu/misc.php?do=showrules.

 

Accessing Forums and Logging In

Users can access the forums at community.cofc.edu.

Login with Cougars login and password.

Community Login

 

Reading a Forum

When reading forums, you will see only the forums that you have access to.  To open a forum, click the title of the forum.  The resulting window will display the threads within that forum.  Forums group posts into threads to maintain continuity of a subject or discussion.  To open a thread click the title.

List of Community Forums

Posting or Replying to a Forum or Thread

When accessing a forum you have the option to Post a New Thread.  Clicking the Post New Thread button will create a new entry in that forum.

Post New Thread

Subscribing to a Forum

You can choose to subscribe to a forum. When viewing a forum, select Subscribe to This Forum from the Forum Tools menu.  You can use this same menu to unsubscribe from a forum as well.

Forum Tools

Select your Notification Type.  Subscription options allow you to recieve notification of updates in your control panel, daily by email or weekly by email. Daily notifcations are sent at 12:01 a.m. each day.  Weekly notifcations are sent at 12:30 a.m. on Mondays.

Notifcation Type

Subscribing to a Thread

You can choose to subscribe to a specific thread.  When viewing a thread, select Subscribe to This Thread from the Thread Tools menu.  You can use this same menu to unsubscribe from a thread as well.

Subscribe to Thread

Select your notifcation type.  Subscription options allow you to recieve notification of updates in your control panel, instantly by email, daily by email or weekly by email. Daily notifcations are sent at 12:01 a.m. each day.  Weekly notifcations are sent at 12:30 a.m. on Mondays.

Thread Notification Type

Reporting a Post

Reporting an offensive or illegal post from a forum is simple.  Click the Report Post icon.  This icon is an exclamation point inside a triangle located just under a post.  Provide a message regarding the offensive post and click the Send Report button.  A moderator or administrator will review the report and take any necessary action.

Report Post

Ignoring a User

Sometimes you may want to ignore posts from one or more users.  Your Ignore List allows you to mange the list of users you are ignoring. Posts from users that you are ignoring are hidden from view when logged into the forums.  To access your Ignore List, first select Edit Profile from the Forum Actions menu.

Edit Profile

Next, choose Edit Ignore List from the My Settings menu on the left.

My Settings

To remove a user from your ignore list, un-check the box associated with their name and click the 'Save Changes' button.

To add a user to the list, enter their name into the empty text box and click 'Okay'.

 

Accessing Listserv Archives for Forums

On May 9, 2011 the College of Charleston replaced several listservs with web forums.  These listservs were then disabled from posting and receiving messages.  You can still access these previous posts through Microsoft Outlook.  In Outlook, select Folder List in the bottom of the left navigation pane.  Expand the Public Folders link in the left naviagtion pane.  Expand the All Public Folders link.  Then expand the Distribution Lists link.  You will find folders for several of the listservs, including those which have been replaced by web forums.

Public Folders

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