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International Student Social Network

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Join Student in the States on Facebook

While I still like the idea of having a dedicated social network for international students studying in the United States, it’s been difficult getting enough students to join to have lively conversations. As we continue to build the network, I’d also like to use Facebook. We now have a Student in the States Facebook page, where I post regular updates, along with quick writing and grammar tips. Either add me as your Facebook friend or do a search for Student in the States to join our fan page.

Student in the States Social Networking Site – (click here to visit the site)

Join a social networking site designed for international students studying in the United States. Help each other communicate with professors, make friends with American students, study for tests, get through that research paper, or learn how to deal with a parking ticket. It can be tough adjusting to life in the US — and it’s easy to feel like you’re isolated and alone. We’d like to create a community to help you meet others and support each other. It’s not nearly as fancy as Facebook, but it’s a place to meet other international students and support one another. Please read on for our super official community guidelines and ideas on how to use the social networking site — and click the link above to visit the site and join the group.

Student in the States Community Guidelines

Student in the States accounts are intended for personal use by international students studying or planning to study in the United States, for our members to connect with and support each other. If you are part of a company or are trying to sell anything to international students, please do not create an account.

The following Community Guidelines are here to help you understand what it means to be a member of Student in the States. Don’t forget that your use of Student in the States is subject to these Guidelines and our Terms of Use.

What to do

  • Do play nice. We’re a community of many types of people, from many different cultures, countries, and beliefs.  We all have the right to feel comfortable here and feel like a part of the community. Please be polite and respectful in your interactions with other members.
  • Do update your blog, photos, and groups often. The more you participate, the more of a community we will have, and the more support we can give each other – on everything from English conversation to dealing with practical issues.
  • Do support other students and ask for support with educational and student life issues. Help each other communicate with your professors, make friends with American students, study for tests, get through that research paper, or learn how to deal with a parking ticket. We are a community!
  • Do moderate your content and protect your privacy. You need to take responsibility for ensuring that what you upload is appropriate for other users to view (e.g. nothing that might offend other students). Also, please keep in mind that what you post online is public. Protect your personal information by posting only information that you want others to see.
  • Do link back to Student in the States when you post on other sites like MySpace or Facebook. Let your friends on other networks know about Student in the States.
  • Do enjoy Student in the States! Read blog posts about resources for international students. Read your friends’ blogs, join groups. See the world through others’ eyes, participate, learn about other cultures, share your experiences, get support, and expand your horizons!

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What not to do

Here’s the deal: In most circumstances, we like to give second chances, so we’ll send you a warning if you step across any of the lines listed below. Subsequent violations can result in account termination without warning.

  • Don’t use Student in the States to cheat on tests, sell plagiarized papers, or in any other way undermine your education or the education of others. We can’t tolerate the use of the site to cheat in your classes. This includes helping other students cheat on tests, uploading purchased term papers, showing photos of test papers, aiding in plagiarism, or otherwise undermining your education and the education of your fellow students. We will cancel your account immediately if you are using it for any of the above.
  • Don’t upload anything that isn’t yours. This includes other people’s photographs, blog postings, and/or stuff that you’ve collected from around the Internet. Accounts that consist primarily of such collections may be terminated at any time.
  • Don’t post anything that might be offensive or inappropriate. Please filter your content responsibly. If you would hesitate to show your postings to a child, your parents, or your teachers, that means it needs to be filtered. Please ask yourself that question as you post your information and moderate accordingly.
  • Don’t upload content that is illegal or prohibited. If we find you doing that, your account will be deleted and we’ll take appropriate action, which may include reporting you to the authorities.
  • Don’t rant or abuse other members in any way. Student in the States is not a venue for you to harass, abuse, impersonate, or intimidate others. If we receive a valid complaint about your conduct, we’ll send you a warning or terminate your account.
  • Don’t be creepy or stalk our members. Our group is meant to be a community – and a safe place for our members. Don’t  creep other members out, stalk students, or in other ways frighten any of our members. We will consider this abuse.
  • Don’t use Student in the States for commercial purposes. Student in the States is for personal use only. If we find you selling products, services, or yourself through your account, we will terminate your account. Any other commercial use of the site must be approved by Student in the States.

We’ve included these guidelines to make sure that everyone in the community has a good experience. It’s important that you understand how to create your content responsibly. If you don’t feel that you can abide by our Community Guidelines as explained above, maybe Student in the States isn’t for you.

If you ever have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

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