Last update: July 11th, 2022
Welcome to Univus, the place for students to chat, learn and interact in real time using audio. To ensure you have a smooth experience with other users, we have put together this simple document to guide your experience on the platform. There are 4 parts to this guide:
Roles that users play and the expectations for those roles
Rules that users abide by
A host starts and moderates a hub. As a host you have the power to control the conversation and behavior of the members in a hub as well as end a hub. Your role is critical to shaping the quality and direction of conversations. As such, great hosts tend to be:
Active moderators. Great hosts know when to chime in, when to pull in a specific speaker to set the pace for a conversation, and when to keep quiet and let a good chat flow. Great hosts provide balance in a conversation without dominating it. They recognize speaker strengths and capitalize on that to move conversations forward. Great hosts also ask thoughtful questions that spark new insights and fire into conversations.
Good selectors of speakers. A hub is only as good as the quality of its speakers and listeners. Great hosts tend to find speakers who bring life, perspective, and interesting turns into conversations. As a host, it’s your decision to add in as many speakers onto the stage as possible but remember it’s about quality not quantity. Some conversations that are social in nature may require participation from all the audience members while others may require a panel-like session combined with limited question and answer sessions. It’s up to you to make good judgment on what will work for your hub.
Balanced. Any social conversation will tend to have its set of challenges. As the Univus platform grows, we expect hosts to encounter all types of audiences, some witty others interruptive. As a host, you will need to be prepared for any eventuality during conversations. Part of this preparation may include providing specific rules for the audience members to adhere to as they join your hub while being open to varied thoughts and opinions.
Speakers are part of the audience who have been brought to the stage to speak. As a speaker, you have access to the microphone. All hosts and co-hosts are by default speakers while anyone else who joins a hub is a listener. To become a speaker, a listener must raise their hand to get microphone permission.Great speakers tend to:
Share the stage. You will do great on Univus by equally sharing the stage with others. Chatting in real time can be exciting and sometimes you can get carried away by what you have to say. But great speakers are smart. They know what to say and for how long to say it so that they leave others with enough time to share their thoughts. Great conversations can only be shaped when all thoughts and opinions are considered. Taking turns to speak and listen is a great way to encourage productive conversations.
Engage thoughtfully. When you are not speaking, it’s advisable to mute yourself to avoid any interruptions. Similarly, you can unmute yourself to snap, clap, support or encourage a speaker who is taking their turn to share their thoughts. Sometimes, you can find that unmuting yourself while keeping your background noiseless provides a strategic presence on stage.
Leave and return on stage at will. Like in real life conversations, a speaker can join and leave a chat as they please. Feel free to leave the stage and go back to the listener audience or even the hub when you feel like it. Sometimes leaving the stage and returning to the listener section allows the host to add in other speakers without crowding the stage.
Ping in someone interesting. Great speakers often know who else can add value to a conversation. Feel free to ping in a friend or follower you believe can add content to a current conversation at any time. You can always ask the host or co-host to add the said person onto the stage.
A listener is any member of the audience who is not on stage, that is, is not a speaker. Your role is to really lean back or forward and enjoy the conversation.As a listener, you can:
Raise your hand to become a speaker. If you have something to say, do not hesitate to alert the host by raising your hands. For small hubs you will find that the hosts may admit you right away while for larger hubs, the host may take time to admit you as a speaker due to the larger number of speaking requests they get in the background.
Explore the hub. As you listen in on a conversation, feel free to tap around the names and photos of anyone in the room. You may find someone interesting to connect to. If so, simply check their bio and follow them.
Multitask. Feel free to check out other hubs on the feed or even do your laundry and house chores as you enjoy an ongoing conversation.
Ping friends into a hub. Oftentimes we enjoy conversations in which our friends and acquaintances are involved. Feel free to alert your followers about an ongoing conversation that could be interesting to them by simply tapping the plus icon and selecting who to ping.
Share a conversation. If a conversation is interesting enough and you want to alert others who are not online or your followers, you can share the link to the conversation on other social media platforms like WhatsApp. However, be sure to keep any hub rules in mind before sharing.
Leave and return freely. You can leave a hub and join any other hub you want at will. You can also return to a specific hub whenever you want.
You must be at least 18 years of age to use Univus.
You must use a real institutional email when registering for the Service
You must use a real name and identity on the Service
You may not engage in abuse, bullying, or harassment of any person or groups pf people.
Yo may not dicriminate against, engage in hateful conduct directed at, or threaten violence on harm against any person or group of people.
You may not share, threaten to share or promye the sharing of other people's organisational private information.
You may not engage in or share information that is deemed to be intellectual property of another entity
You may not use the service to conduct illegal or unauthorized activities.
Provide a warning for a first offense of low severity and impact
Request the remove of or directly remove offensive content
Restrict the ability to participate in some or all conversations
Temporarily or parliamentary disable or remove the account
Notify law enforcement when there is risk of physical harm or a threat to public safety.
Please keep in mind this quick legal note on our Community Guidelines, violations, and how we may enforce them:
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Univus users, and you agree that we will have no liability or responsibility with respect to those interactions.
We reserve the right to determine in our sole discretion what constitutes a violation.
Our failure to enforce these Community Guidelines in each and every instance in which it might have application does not amount to a waiver of our rights under our Terms of Service or these Community Guidelines.
We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change portions of these Community Guidelines at any time. If we do this, we will post the changes on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the date these terms were last updated.