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The Daily Northwestern encourages thoughtful, respectful and relevant comments that contribute to a public conversation. We want to emphasize that:

We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate commentary, including but not limited to:

We reserve the right to turn comments off on posts, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Blotter or crime-related stories, including breaking news posts about murder, suicide, rape, sexual assault or molestation.
  • Stories where commenting has gotten out of hand, and the debate has taken away from the topic put forth by the article, column, letter or editorial. The commenting may be temporarily disabled.

We reserve the right to approve comments on posts, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Obituaries. In order to protect the families of members of the community who have died, we will ensure comments do not violate our policy before posting them with the story. To reiterate, comments will not be edited, but rather deleted or posted.

We ask that readers help monitor the comment threads on If you read a comment that violates this policy, we encourage you not to respond to it. Instead, contact our web editor at [email protected] or the editor in chief at [email protected] with your concerns.

Last updated January 3, 2014