Commenting Guidelines

SITE-SPECIFIC is a Guest Blog Series run by the office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives’ at OCAD University.The conversation doesn’t end at the Guest Blog interviews- your perspectives are what drives this dialogue forward. Pose questions. Share your thoughts. Engage with others’ comments.

SITE-SPECIFIC strive to create forums for dialogue that are accessible and inclusive. In this spirit, here are some guidelines for commenting.

Sharing feedback and raising concerns

The Office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives welcomes your feedback on all issues relating to educational and employment equity at OCAD U.  If you have experienced harassment or discrimination on campus, or wish to share feedback with the Office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives, please contact Shamina Chherawala, Coordinator, by e-mail at or by phone, at 416.977.6000 ext. 3840.

Inappropriate Comments

We will remove inappropriate comments. This includes:

  • Offensive, discriminatory, hateful, or degrading comments
  •  Revealing personal information about yourself or others – such as posting contact information, photographs or revealing individual names in posts we deem to be potentially offensive.  [see privacy guidelines below]
  •  If a comment states that the poster or someone else is at risk of harming themselves or others, we may be required to report the post.

Trigger Warnings

If you are sharing content that may potentially be upsetting for some readers, please post a trigger warning. Trigger warnings are often used to warn readers about potentially upsetting content (written or otherwise). You can do this by writing ‘TW ’or ‘trigger warning’  and then describing what might be upsetting about it, before writing your comment or post. For example, ‘TW – description of violence’

Privacy Guidelines

If a comment reveals too much private information that may be used in a harmful manner, it may be deleted for your safety.

Revealing too much private information could be:

  • Sharing images or personal information of yourself or somebody else, such as phone numbers, addresses, physical description, place of work, etc
  • Sharing  email addresses or passwords of you or somebody else