For moderated mailing lists at Kenyon, such as employee-info@kenyon.edu and student-info@kenyon.edu, the moderator must exercise good judgment to ensure that the information sent to these lists is valuable to the recipients. The moderator will screen submitted messages at least once each business day (normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm). The rules for use of this list are rooted in the purpose of the lists—messages should be about College business only. An email suitable for the moderated mailing list must be judged (by the College administration in the person of the moderator) to merit sending to all recipients based on how well it can be described as College business. Inevitably cases will arise that will require judgment; that is one of the functions of the moderator.

Moderators have the option to either discard a candidate message—essentially, to throw it away—or to reject a candidate message.  A rejected message is returned to the original sender. The moderator can optionally provide a reason for the rejection.  In general, moderators will reject messages and provide brief reasons for rejection. The moderator, however, may simply discard candidate messages:  for example, messages with abusive language or repeat messages that have previously been rejected. The following examples illustrate appropriate and inappropriate uses for the list:

Appropriate Examples of College Business to Announce

  • The back-to-school welcoming dinner
  • A planned power outage in the Science Complex
  • E. O. Wilson's lecture
  • Common Hour courses or events
  • An announcement of position vacancies

Inappropriate Examples of College Business to Announce

  • Repeated announcements of E. O. Wilson's lecture
  • An announcement that a dog has been found or lost
  • An announcement that a ride to Washington is desired
  • An announcement of personal political views
  • Advertisements of products or services, free or for sale