Restricted Topics

July 14, 2020

e-Skulahan does not publish courses in some topic areas or may publish only under certain criteria. Subject matter may be excluded due to concerns that it is considered either harmful or offensive to students, or because it is otherwise inconsistent with the values and spirit of e-Skulahan.

We recommend that you reach out to the Support team before building a course on any of the following topics to ensure it will be eligible for publication. Please include as much detail as possible.

It is the instructor’s responsibility to ensure their course follows the letter and the spirit of the policy when submitting to the Quality Review Process. While the Support Team will guide instructors around smaller fixes, extensive coaching on how to build or update a course is not available.

Restricted topics

Sexuality

Sexually explicit content or content with implied sexual activity is not permitted. Content around reproductive health and intimate relationships must be free of explicit or suggestive content. See also: Nudity and Attire. 

Examples that are not allowed:

  • Instruction on seduction, sexual techniques, or performance
  • Discussion of sex toys

Examples that are allowed:

  • Safe sex courses
  • Consent and communication

Nudity and attire

Nudity is permitted only when essential to learning within an artistic, medical, or academic context. Attire should be appropriate to the subject area of instruction, without unnecessary emphasis on exposed body parts.

Examples that are allowed:

  • Fine art and figure drawing
  • Anatomical illustrations
  • Medical footage or demonstrations

Examples that are not allowed:

  • Boudoir photography
  • Naked yoga
  • Body art

Dating and relationships

Content on attraction, flirtation, courtship, etc. are not allowed. Any other courses on long-term relationships must be in accordance with all e-Skulahan policies, including those involving Sexuality and Discriminatory Language.

Examples that are allowed:

  • Marital counseling
  • General discussions of intimacy within a course focused on strengthening the overall relationship

Examples that are not allowed:

  • Stereotyping on gender roles

Weapons instruction

Content providing instruction in the making, handling, or usage of firearms or air guns is not permitted. All other courses providing weapons instruction must otherwise adhere to all e-Skulahan policy, including Violence and Bodily Harm.

Examples that are allowed:

  • How to disarm an attacker

Violence and bodily harm

Dangerous activities or behavior likely to impact health or result in injury cannot be shown. Glorification or promotion of violence will not be tolerated.

Examples that are not allowed:

  • Self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Unhealthy weight management practices
  • Extreme body modification
  • Combat courses encouraging disproportionate aggression

Examples that are allowed:

  • Martial arts courses
  • Recovery programs for substance abuse

Animal cruelty

Treatment of animals such as pets, livestock, game, etc. must be in accordance with the recommendations of relevant animal welfare organizations.

Discriminatory language or ideas

Content or conduct fostering discriminatory attitudes on the basis of a group characteristic such as race, religion, nationality, disability, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated on the platform.

Illegal or unethical activities

Content must be in accordance with any applicable national law. Activities that are illegal in many jurisdictions may also be disallowed, even if permitted within the uploader’s country of residence.

Examples that are not allowed:

  • Courses on cannabis use
  • Directions on cracking software access
  • Instruction in doxxing or other forms of harassment

Examples that are allowed:

  • Instruction on how to find coupons or cheat codes

Misinformation and misleading content 

Instruction that is intentionally misleading or that promotes ideas in opposition to the consensus in scientific, medical, or academic communities should not be posted.

Examples that are not allowed:

  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Fringe theories

Sensitive or otherwise inappropriate topics or language

As a global learning platform with learners ranging from casual hobbyists to professional enterprise customers, we must take into consideration many sensitivities when evaluating content.

We will examine not only the kind of topic under discussion but also how those topics are presented. When providing instruction on a sensitive subject area, ensure that all associated course materials treat that subject with care. Avoid language and imagery which is inflammatory, offensive, or otherwise insensitive.

Content for young people

e-Skulahan is not currently set up to support underage learners. Persons under the age of consent may not use the services. Those under 18 but above the age of consent may use the services only if a parent or guardian opens their account, handles any enrollments, and manages their account usage.

As such, please ensure any subject matter-oriented towards young students is clearly marketed to parents and guardians who will be supervising their learning. See Section 1 of e-Skulahan’s Instructor Terms to learn more.

How to report abuse

We reserve the right to add to and modify this list at any time. If you see a topic that you believe should not be on the platform, raise it for review by reporting to Support Hub.

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