Rules managers and editors follow when deciding if a student submission or comment is appropriate to publish on the Quest.
- Respect all individuals and groups, especially socially marginalized groups: All content published on the Quest will respect the dignity and experiences of all individuals and groups of people, while being especially sensitive to socially marginalized groups who are disproportionately threatened and attacked. The Quest will not publish content that is hateful against any group. The Quest will not publish anything containing an uncritical attack on the basis of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ability, or other aspect of an individual’s identity. If an individual or group is being critiqued, the target of that critique must be their actions, decisions, and words, not their identity, though a critique can engage with identity to the extent that it informs the actions, decisions, and words in question.
- Carefully verify facts: All content published on the Quest is held to high standards for thoroughness and accuracy. The Quest will not publish information that is false or misleading. All content that makes factual claims must be fact-checked via citations and corroboration with internal Minerva sources and/or external sources, as appropriate. The Quest believes that individuals are experts on their own lived experiences and therefore editors will not dispute claims about personal experiences unless they are directly contradicted by another’s report of their own experiences or documented facts.
- Separate critique from attack: The Quest encourages students to share critiques that thoughtfully engage with specific actions and motives of an individual or institution. The Quest will not publish content that attacks identifiable individuals within the Minerva community by disparaging their entire self or making unjustified claims. The Quest also strives to balance supporting students who want to share their experiences in the community with respecting the privacy of individuals. Given these commitments, if a student wants to write critically about the actions of another individual within or an institution of the Minerva community, they must make an effort to 1) reach out to the individual(s) to allow them to respond and include their remarks in the article or 2) protect this individual’s identity by making them as unidentifiable as possible.
- Use anonymity to create healthy conversations: The Quest frequently allows contributors and sources to remain anonymous in the interest of amplifying perspectives that would otherwise not be published. Anonymity is often important to Minerva students for reasons including: they are critiquing Minerva Schools and/or the student community and want protection from conscious or unconscious repercussions; and they do not want their personal information and experiences to be readily available on the internet. The Quest will publish anonymous content like this as long as all factual claims can still be verified by the editors working with a contributor. Anonymous content should still include as many details about the person’s experiences as possible to enable helpful, specific responses from readers.
- Remain independent: The Quest is financially and operationally independent of Minerva Schools and Minerva Project. The Quest will not publish any content funded by Minerva. Students can write positively about their experiences with Minerva, but promoting Minerva should not be the main goal of an article. If approached by a Minerva employee, including students on work study and summer interns, about publishing content produced on Minerva’s payroll, refer to this policy and refuse. Minerva Schools has its own publishing platforms, and the Quest is not one of them.
- No advertising: The Quest is not a platform for promoting businesses or selling products. Students may talk about their businesses or commercial activities in posts, but revenue generation should never be the main purpose of an article.
- No plagiarism or copyright infringement: The Quest publishes original student-produced work. The Quest will not publish plagiarized content or any content, including photos and images, that infringes on copyright.
Reporting Content Guideline Violations
If you believe that something published on the Quest has violated any of these content guidelines, please reach out by completing this form. Responses are monitored by multiple managers. Do not reach out to individual contributors or editors, as this can lead to communication delays and puts an undue burden on that person. While the Quest does not endorse every opinion published on our website, as an organization we are collectively responsible for ensuring our content guidelines are upheld.
A manager will respond acknowledging receipt of the reported violations as soon as possible. Due to time zones and student schedules, this may be delayed, but should be within 24 hours. The responding manager will then alert the other managers of the issue via the Quest’s slack workspace. Active managers will reach a consensus on whether or not a violation of the content guidelines has actually occurred.
If they believe the report is in error, they will promptly respond with a brief explanation of their reasoning. If the managers concur that a violation has occurred, they will reach out to the editors and contributor(s) involved and notify them of the issue. If the contributors and editors can also be convinced that there has been a violation, the group will collaboratively revise the piece to mitigate the violation. Potential revisions may vary from issuing a correction to revoking a piece, but all must respect the rights and dignity of all individuals involved in the situation, with an emphasis on being sensitive to the needs of marginalized groups, and adhere to the guiding principles of the Quest’s mission and content guidelines. After the piece has been revised appropriately, the individual who filed a report will be notified of the correction.