The Official Student News Media of Southeastern Louisiana University

The Lion's Roar

The Official Student News Media of Southeastern Louisiana University

The Lion's Roar

The Official Student News Media of Southeastern Louisiana University

The Lion's Roar

Comments & Moderation Policy

Welcome to The Lion’s Roar!
We are dedicated to maintaining a respectful community that actively engages in lively discussions about news stories and other posts. Please keep the following in mind when writing your comments.

Respect Others
Please be polite to all the members of our community, including other commenters, authors, and the subjects of articles. Also, keep in mind that there are real people reading your comments.

Civil Discourse
Above all, we believe strongly that The Lion’s Roar should be a civil and welcoming place for all individuals, groups, and their ideas. As such, any insults, threats, hostility, or other over-the-line behavior may be removed and you may lose your ability to comment.

In order to provide the best place for civil discourse for our community, our team may moderate comments before or after posting to the site.

Q: What is The Lion’s Roar’s Comments and Moderation Policy?
A: The Lion’s Roar has a thriving user community and encourages commenting on news stories and other posts. We are dedicated to maintaining a respectful, engaging, and informative conversation. Towards that end, we have basic community standards for commenting to maintain a civil atmosphere. Comments, submissions, and letters to the editor are welcomed, but The Lion’s Roar reserves the right to edit all submission for clarity, libel, and available space, or to refuse publication without notification. These standards are supported by a moderating system that features a team of staff moderators. If you wish to participate in the community, we ask that you follow the community standards below and the spirit of the community they seek to create:

1) If your comments make this community a less civil and enjoyable place to be, you and your comments may be excluded from it.
The Lion’s Roar promotes a receptive, transparent, and civil atmosphere for comments and users. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion regardless of identity, politics, ideology, religion, or agreement with other community members, the author of the post, or staff members as long as those opinions are respectful and constructively add to the conversation. However, this community does not tolerate direct or indirect attacks, name-calling or insults, nor does it tolerate intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll or bait others into an emotional response. We reserve the right to remove these types of comments where warranted. Individuals who consistently or intentionally post these types of comments may lose their ability to comment and, if we deem necessary, be permanently excluded from the community.
2) Comments may be moderated.
To maintain a civil atmosphere, we reserve the right to have our moderation team read comments before or after they are displayed on the site. Review time can vary depending on the workload on our team, so please be patient; we will strive to get to all comments as quickly as possible.
3) Be yourself, only yourself, and just one of yourself.
Every person’s opinion is valuable and unique. Pretending to be someone else removes that unique value from you or from others. Don’t misrepresent yourself or others, or spread misinformation. If you do, you will make the community a less enjoyable and valuable place to be and misrepresentation may be removed when we see it. All views expressed in The Lion’s Roar are those of the author. These views should not be interpreted as the views of the administration, faculty, staff, or students of Southeastern Louisiana University.
4) Civil Discourse.
We strongly believe that The Lion’s Roar should be a civil place for individuals, groups, and their ideas. As such, purposefully insulting and hostile language or personal threats are not welcome here. If you directly or indirectly threaten the physical or mental well being of a member of this community, or an individual or group, you may be removed immediately. If a credible threat is made against an individual or group, not only may it be removed but it is also likely that it will be reported to law enforcement agencies and we will cooperate with them to any extent requested. Personally identifiable information should never be posted to The Lion’s Roar comments section for the privacy and protection of all community members. This includes, but is not limited to, detailed full names, addresses, physical location, phone numbers, or email addresses. Any comments that contain this information may be deleted. Individuals wishing to reveal their own information are cautioned to limit the scope and detail of such information. Students and faculty/staff of the university may often find it helpful or useful to include their personal classification and major, or title and department information, but should never reveal information such as W#, class schedule, grades, dorm room, or other private details.

Q: I posted a comment. Why can’t I see it on the site?
A: Please be aware that not all comments may appear directly on The Lion’s Roar site. Some are removed before posting if found in violation of these community standards. Additionally, from time to time, editors may decide to turn off commenting on a post for various reasons. If you feel your comment has been removed in error, or if there is a technical glitch, please contact us for further assistance.

Q: Why do my posts never appear in The Lion’s Roar comments?
A: If a user has repeatedly posted comments that have violated these community standards, their comments may be blocked from appearing on the site. This would include inappropriate comments that contain, insults, attacks, abuse towards other users or groups; or have engaged in trolling or hijacking the comment threads.

Q: Is advertising in the comments allowed?
A: Generally, the answer is no. The comments section is for our readers and sources to discuss the article, share ideas and opinions, and give context to the subject at hand. It is not a place for unsolicited advertising, linking, forwarding, or other commercial activities. Those comments that are not a part of the conversation but are inserted simply to direct readers to a service, product, event, or other commercial enterprises will be removed.

Across All Mediums
Although the above details focus on our website and primarily the comments section, this policy applies to all versions of our publication regardless of the medium utilized.

Submissions and letters to the editor are welcomed, but the editor of The Lion’s Roar reserves the right to edit all submissions for grammar, libel and available space, or refuse publication without notification. Submissions must include the author’s full name and either phone number, e-mail, or other contact information (for use as verification by our staff, not to be published). Faculty and staff members should include their title and department. Students should include their classification and major. By submitting an article for publication, the author understands that the submission will be edited.

All views expressed in The Lion’s Roar are those of the author or if unsigned, those of the staff of The Lion’s Roar. These views should not be interpreted as the views of the administration, faculty, or students of Southeastern Louisiana University.

The Lion’s Roar, in its print form, and associated online or digital versions, are designated public forums. Student editors have the authority to make content decisions without censorship or prior approval. The Lion’s Roar also defends the rights of student journalists relative to freedom of speech and press as stated in Amendment I of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Lion’s Roar is published through the Office of Student Publications, part of the Division for Student Affairs.





Updated August 2020