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User Guidelines

My commitment to uphold URI’s Preamble, Purpose and Principles (below) means that I will maintain a safe space for mutual exchange on this website by self-monitoring my use so that my words bestow respect toward all members of URI and lead toward positive resolution of conflict. I will:

  • Speak for myself, not for others.
  • Value different perspectives.
  • Not undermine another person publicly or criticize a person’s faith.
  • Ask for clarity rather than assuming.
  • Not stereotype or make generalizations about a group of people.

I understand that the goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to participate in them constructively. In a disagreement, I will:

  • Assume that people mean well.
  • Think carefully before turning disagreement into public dispute.
  • Make time to breathe before writing a heated response.
  • Remember that poorly expressed comments can intimidate or cause pain for other community members.

By respecting others, their contributions, and assuming well-meaning motivation, I will help to make the URI Online Community a comfortable and safe place for all.

URI’s Preamble, Purpose, and Principles