Comment and Social Media Policy

The Graduate Theological Union encourages all of visitors to our website and social media accounts to comment. Our goal is to maintain a community where visitors feel free to express themselves, but we also recognize that some conversations can descend into negative sniping and personal attacks. When this happens, we reserve the right to close the comments on those pages or remove them from social media. Note that all comments are subject to moderator approval.

We encourage comments that:

  • Are "on topic", and that respond to the content in the article
  • Are responses to comments left by other readers
  • Are brief and to-the-point
  • Have a positive/constructive tone
  • Are open to being contradicted by other readers
  • Might disagree with the content, but they never insult the writer of the article, or other commenters


We discourage comments that:

  • Are not "on topic", or are not responding to other comments or the content in the article
  • Insult the writer of the article or other commenters
  • Are excessively long or negative in tone


We will delete comments, without notice, that:

  • Are abusive, harassing, threatening or vulgar
  • Constitute hate speech
  • Are personal attacks, including name-calling or celebrations of another person's death or misfortune
  • Contain advertising or spam
  • Are disruptive, including personal conversations better suited for private conversations


Frequent violations of these terms will cause a commenter's registration and profile to be closed without notice.