UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI OPENSIM CAMPUS TERMS OF SERVICE AND ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

 CODE OF CONDUCT

Access to the University of Cincinnati island(s) in Opensim is conditional upon your affiliation with the University of Cincinnati and/or the information you provided when you created your account. All applicable university policies, such as the General Policy on the Use of Information Technology (http://www.uc.edu/ucit/policies/infotechuse.html) and the Student Code of Conduct (http://www.uc.edu/conduct/Code_of_Conduct.html), also apply to your activities on the University of Cincinnati island(s) in Opensim. By visiting the University of Cincinnati island(s) in Opensim, you agree to abide by all applicable university policies while visiting this virtual space.

You must agree and comply with the following code of conduct and terms of use. This policy applies to the UC Opensim virtual campus, and when using the UCSIM Project website, wiki, forums, profiles or any other website associated with the project.

1. HELP CREATE A JUST COMMUNITY

The UC Opensim virtual campus is a great place to exchange ideas, debate issues, and be creative, but it is expected that you will be respectful of differing opinions and backgrounds. The UCSIM affirms the principles set forth in the University of Cincinnati Just Community Initiative, particularly as it relates to behavior in virtual spaces such as Opensim:
– Celebrate the Uniqueness of Each Individual by respecting individual differences and promoting common interests

– Practice Civility by extending to those we meet the same respect, cooperation, and caring that we expect from others

– Embrace Freedom and Openness by working to create an environment that is safe and affirming, one that nurtures independent thinking and the free and open expression of ideas

2. NO GRIEFING OR HARRASSMENT OF OTHER USERS

Griefing is the act of causing “grief” to other members of an online community, or intentionally disrupting their enjoyment of the environment. Harassment can be any physical, virtual, or verbal abuse of a person because of her race, religion, age, gender, disability or any other legally protected status. Other forms of harassment may include behaviors such as using the “push” function to shoot, trap, eject, or otherwise assault another user’s avatar without their consent,creating self-replicating objects that degrade performance of the virtual campus, wearing obscene or threatening objects etc. Failure to abide by this policy may result in your avatar being banned from the UC Opesnim campus and, if you are employee or student of the university, may result in disciplinary actions being taken if your behavior is found to be in breach of the University’s policies cited above.

3. DO NOT DISTURB CLASSES & EVENTS IN SESSION

In general, the expectation is that you would behave in the virtual environment much as you would at a gathering or class in real life. Disrupting scheduled events, repeated spamming or undesired advertising, playing sounds over and over, or otherwise disturbing classes and events in session will be considered a form of “griefing”.

4. RESPECT PEOPLE’S PRIVACY

Though Opensim itself is not a secure or private environment, users have a reasonable expectation that others will not intentionally violate their privacy. Remotely monitoring conversations, using scripts which spy on others without their knowledge, posting/sharing chat logs, extracts from email messages or ‘Personal Messages’ without consent are all prohibited.

5. BUILD & REZ OBJECTS ONLY IN SPACES DESIGNATED OR ASSIGNED FOR BUILDING

The UC Opensim virtual campus has a large sandbox available for users to experiment with building and rezzing objects. Feel free to use the sandbox, but be sure to clean up your items when you are done. Items left in the sandbox for more than 48 hours may be returned to your inventory to free up prims for other users.

Unless you have been assigned an office, classroom, residence, or other designated space for your use, building and rezzing items elsewhere on the virtual campus is prohibited except for temporary use (i.e. rezzing a vehicle or opening a box). All items that you rez outside of your designated space or the sandbox should be picked up before you leave the campus.

Under no circumstances should users edit, modify, deface, delete, or otherwise alter the buildings, infrastructure, objects, or other items on the virtual campus that do not belong to them.

6. SELLING ITEMS

Selling items on the UC Opensim virtual campus is strictly prohibited.

7. CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN OPENSIM

Opensim presents a wide range of possibilities for conducting research in human behavior. All applicable policies related to conducting human research also apply in Opensim, including receiving IRB approval. See the UC Research page for resources related to research at the University of Cincinnati.

Researchers should communicate their intentions to UCSIM Staff, and both the Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research and the UC Office of Information Technology must be credited/acknowledged as a contributor to any research and/or resulting publications, lectures, posters undertaken on or using the UC Opensim virtual campus.

For more information about conducting research in Opensim, contact Chris Collins at (513) 556-3018.

8. REPORTING VIOLATIONS

Users who witness violations of this policy should contact the UCSIM Staff at (513)556-8562 or email ucsim@uc.edu for assistance. All reports will be thoroughly investigated.

BUILDING CODE FOR LAND PARCELS

Users who have been assigned a parcel of land, or who lease a parcel of land, must abide by the Building Code set forth below. The purpose of this policy is to ensure good performance of the Opensim simulators, enhance the overall aesthetic design of the virtual campus, promote easy navigability for users, and provide for the overall enjoyment and utility of the UC Opensim virtual campus. Except where noted, these policies will not apply to users who have leased a Full Sim island(s).

1. UNIVERSITY APPROPRIATE

Please remember that the UC Opensim virtual campus is an extension of the University of Cincinnati. Buildings, structures, objects, and items should be appropriate within that context. The “look” of the buildings is left to your discretion, but please try to avoid garish textures and designs. Neighbor complaints about encroaching prims, trees that cross parcel boundaries, and other issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis and could result in a directive for design changes if it is determined that objects on your parcel are negatively impacting sim performance or the enjoyment of the virtual campus for others.

2. BAN LINES AND PAY-TO-ENTER ZONE

Under no circumstances will users create ban lines or pay-to-enter barriers upon their land, excepting that the user has subleased a Full Sim island and wishes to control access to the sim through the Group access list. All parcels smaller than a Full Sim must remain open to the public to allow for easy navigation of the virtual campus.

3. MEDIA TEXTURES

Creating many subdivisions of land and setting independent media textures for each parcel of land can lead to reduced performance for the entire sim, which may adversely affect other users. Therefore, there should be only one (1) audio/video stream per 512 sq meter parcel of land.

4. BUILDING HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS & SKYPODS/SKY PLATFORMS

It is important that visitors to the UC Opensim virtual campus can easily navigate the campus by flying through the air. To ensure that users can fly without the aid of flight devices, buildings and structures should be no more than 50 meters above ground level.

Users may build skypods or sky platforms above their parcel, so long as they are at least 500 meters above ground level and are built only within the boundaries of your parcel. Overlapping prims or items that cross parcel boundaries will be returned to the user.

5. USING “ROOT” PRIMS TO ANCHOR LINKSETS ACROSS PARCEL LINES

Under no circumstances can “Root” Prims be used to grief, harass, block, or otherwise disturb other users of the UC Opensim virtual campus. Linksets may not extend beyond the parcel boundary lines, including by using “root” prims or other mechanisms to extend beyond the parcel boundaries.

6. TERRAFORMING LAND PARCELS

Users with land editing permissions may use the land editing/terraforming tools to create hills, valleys, lakes, or other land formations within the boundaries of their land parcel, however, all land parcels must “gracefully” transition into adjoining land parcels. Jarring height differences, chasms, or other unsightly differences in land levels between neighboring parcel boundaries will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and may result in a directive for design changes.

7. SOUND & PARTICLE EFFECTS

The use of particle generators, poofers, and other particle emission systems are permitted, so long as the particle emissions and effects stay within the parcel boundaries. This includes leaves, smoke, fires, and other particle effects.

Likewise, sound emitting scripts, objects, loops, animations, or other sound emitting devices must be limited to the parcel boundaries. This can be accomplished by checking the box in the land menu “Media” tab to “Restrict spatial sound to the parcel.”

8. GREETERS & AUTOMATED NOTICE DISTRIBUTORS

Scripted objects that greet visitors, distribute notecards or items, or otherwise interact with an avatar as it approaches must be scripted to only interact with avatars within the parcel boundaries. This can be set within the script itself based on the diameter range at which the script detects an avatar. Users walking on sidewalks or pathways outside the parcel boundary should not be solicited or spammed with unwanted greetings and object messages.

9. PRIM BUFFER

To ensure that visitors and users can reasonably “use” the UC Opensim virtual campus, all parcel sizes must keep a minimum buffer of 20 unused prims available at all times.

Exemptions to the above Building Code policies may be granted on a case-by-case basis to facilitate classroom or research activities, but the exemption must be granted in writing prior to the event.

For questions or concerns related to these policies, please contact UCSIM staff at (513) 556-8562 or email ucsim@uc.edu.