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Community Guidelines

The Observer is an entirely student-run newspaper and is not affiliated with the administration of Fordham University. The Observer welcomes and encourages our readers and social media followers to engage with our content. However, users must adhere to The Observer’s community guidelines. We reserve the right to delete any comments, posts and/or messages on our website and on our affiliated social media platforms that contain any of the following:

  • Threats or harassment aimed at other users or staff of The Observer
  • Hateful language and/or slurs for any reason, in particular concerning any race/ethnicity, age, color, creed, religion, gender, sexuality, or political beliefs 
  • Spam (including advertisements unrelated to the topic of a given post)
  • Incoherent phrasing

The Observer’s online editors moderate comments posted to stories on the website. Social media editors moderate engagement on The Observer’s social media platforms. Moderation decisions cannot be appealed, but if you have any questions as to why a comment was deleted or about our moderation policy, please reach out to the relevant editor. Editors’ contact information can be found here

Comments, posts and messages issued by The Observer’s staff members on their personal social media accounts are not affiliated with and do not inherently reflect the views of The Observer. Should a staff member on their own personal account violate any of our community guidelines, in particular those about threats, harassment or hate speech, the issue will be examined internally on a case-by-case basis by the relevant editors, managing editor and editor-in-chief. If you would like to reach out to us about a concern about an Observer staff member’s behavior on social media, please email us at [email protected].

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