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Site Guidelines

These are the official posting guidelines ("Site Guidelines") for www.ratemyprofessors.com ("Site", "we", "us" or "our") and is a part of, and an Additional Terms under, our Terms of Use Agreement. The Site provides user generated feedback on professors' teaching methods and their respective courses as well as user generated feedback on the lifestyle and facilities of college and university campuses. Professor ratings should only be posted by users who have taken a class from the professor or who are currently taking a class with the professor. For each course a professor teaches, users are limited to posting one (1) comment. Campus ratings should only be posted by students who have attended or are currently attending the specific college or university being rated.

Please review the following guidelines before posting a rating and/or comment on the Site:

  • DO:
    • Be honest and objective in your assessment of a professor, college, or university;
    • Limit your comments to a professor's professional abilities;
    • Proof your comments before submitting. Poor spelling will not cause your rating to be removed. However, poor spelling may result in your rating being discredited by those who read it;
    • Refer to the "rating categories" to help you better elaborate your comments;
    • Remember that negative comments that still offer constructive criticism are useful. Comments that bash a professor on a personal level are not; and
    • Submit helpful comments that mention a professor's ability to teach and/or communicate effectively, course load, type of course work and course topics.
  • DO NOT:
    • Use "definitive" language, (e.g., "always","never","etc.");
    • Include any piece of information that may identify you or other students;
    • Include any piece of identifiable information for a professor that would allow someone to contact the professor outside of his/her school. This also includes remarks about the professor's family and/or personal life;
    • State your opinion as fact;
    • Post a rating if you have not taken a class with the professor;
    • Post a rating if you have not enrolled and attended a class at the specific college or university;
    • Input false course or section codes;
    • Rate a professor more than once for the same class;
    • Reference existing comments or comments that have been deleted by our moderators;
    • Rate yourself or other professors, if you are a professor;
    • Speak on behalf of other people; or
    • Post hyperlinks and/or URLs;
    • Leave your Name, Initials, Pseudo Name, or any sort of identifying mark when posting.
The Site reserves the right to remove any comments deemed as inappropriate, libelous, defamatory, indecent, vulgar or obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harmful, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, objectionable, discriminatory, or abusive, or which may or may not appear to impersonate anyone else or that otherwise violate the Terms of Use Agreement.

COMMENTS THAT CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING WILL BE REMOVED :
  • Profanity, name-calling, and/or vulgarity, derogatory remarks about religion, ethnicity or race, physical appearance, mental and/or physical disabilities;
  • References to a professor's sex life, including sexual innuendos;
  • Claims that a professor shows bias for or against a student or specific group of students;
  • Claims about a professor's employment status, including previous employment;
  • Claims that a professor engages or has engaged in illegal activities;
  • Accusations that the professor is rating him/herself or his/her colleagues; or
  • A language other than English. Comments must be written in English only. French is allowed if you attend a French-Canadian school.

The "Do Not" section of these Site Guidelines will be strictly enforced and the Site reserves all rights to delete or otherwise take appropriate action regarding any violations. If you see a rating that you believe violates these Site Guidelines, please click the red flag icon next to the comment and state the problem. Such comments will be evaluated by the Site's personnel.

Please note, all the reviews on this website are user submitted and should be treated only as opinions. They are not the opinions of RateMyProfessors.com or any of its affiliates.

Please do not flag a rating just because you disagree with it.

The Site reserves the right to delete, provide to authorities or otherwise take appropriate action regarding comments that threaten violence or bodily harm to another user or professor including, but not limited to, notifying the authorities of your IP address and the time you rated and taking any action as described in the Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

Professor Feedback Guidelines

Additionally, please note that the above referenced guidelines are also applicable for feedbacks posted by professors. As a reminder, please do not include any identifiable information about a student that would allow someone to contact him/her outside of his/her school. This also includes remarks about a student's family and/or personal life.


Photo Uploading Guidelines

This is the official photo uploading guidelines ("Photo Uploading Guidelines") for www.ratemyprofessors.com ("Site", "we", "us" or "our") and is a part of, and are Additional Terms under, our Terms of Use Agreement. Photos should only be posted by professors with a verified account and must be approved by the Site administrator in advance.

All profile photos must comply with the following guidelines. Please review these guidelines before posting a profile photo on the Site:

  • The professor/faculty member who has a verified account on the Site must be included in the photograph;
  • Profile photos that contain nudity, sexually explicit poses, objects and/or signs may be considered profane and will not be accepted;
  • All photos must be real photographs of the professor. Cartoons, caricatures, sketches, pictures of celebrities, animals, etc. will not be accepted; and
  • Copyrighted photographs will not be accepted.
The Site reserves the right to remove, provide to authorities or otherwise take appropriate action regarding any profile photos deemed inappropriate, indecent, vulgar or obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, or that otherwise violate the Terms of Use Agreement.


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