Engage Code of Conduct

 

NAGC Engage Online Community

Terms of Agreement and Code of Conduct

 

 

NOTE: In order to gain access to the community, you must read the NAGC Engage Online Community Terms of Agreement and Code of Conduct through to the end and accept by clicking on the "OK" button. 

 

Thank you for being part of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Engage community. NAGC is dedicated to creating a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, and political affiliation. By joining and interacting in the Engage community, you agree that you have read and agree to the NAGC Standards of Conduct, and will adhere to the rules and guidelines set forth within the NAGC Engage Online Code of Conduct. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to the community it suits best.

 

The NAGC Engage gifted education online community was developed for members and non-member individuals and organizations to share information, network, solicit the advice of peers, benefit from peer experiences, and participate in ongoing conversations.

 

The Engage community rules and etiquette should not be seen as all-inclusive, but rather to give our members, non-members, and organizations, a general idea of the guidelines one should follow when participating in the online community. In order to preserve a climate that encourages ethical, civil, and fruitful dialogue, NAGC reserves the right to suspend, remove content, or terminate participation on all communities for members or individuals who violate these rules.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with the community guidelines:

 

The Rules


Participating in the Engage online community, opts you into a community networking and engagement environment. If made visible to the public, members of NAGC will be able to see your profile information and send private messages. Private messages should not include solicitations, calls for participants in research, studies, or advertising for personal gain. Keep in mind that the rules that apply to public Engage posts also apply to private messages: defamatory abusive, profane, threatening, intimidating, and taunting offensives will not be tolerated.

  • We value your privacy. If you would like to view or change your privacy information, click here to access and change your privacy settings.
  • Respect others. Focus on post content, instead of post author when replying to a post. Also, please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members and understand that, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
  • No solicitation. NAGC Engage is a specific place for the community where the selling or promotion of services is not allowed except by approval of NAGC through advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

The commitment for all who participate in Engage is that the virtual community is NOT to be used to advertise, market, or sell. All information posted must be presented for informational, educational, and professional purposes. If a member can serve as a strategic partner and is able to offer expertise, guidance, or information on given subjects, they are invited to do so, but it cannot be done with the intention to promote products or services. The use of the Engage discussion group list and/or direct contact outside of the Engage community based on the cultivation of names/contacts created by any Engage member/strategic partners to sell, advertise, solicit, or market products, services, or events is strictly prohibited. NAGC reserves the right to remove messages in violation of this standard and ban the individual source(s) of the solicitation(s).

Primary examples of violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Attaching promotional materials and/or branded collateral for commercial purposes that include your organization logo and contact information as part of a post.
  • Posting product announcements, promotions or special offers related to your programs or solutions.
  • Sharing links to your personal programs, products or events that direct users back to your personal organization's website (regardless of resource, paid or complimentary). In the event an Engage member directly requests information, private messages can be sent to that individual.
  • No unsolicited private sales outreach is allowed with the Engage community. Any complaint from a member regarding unsolicited outreach will be deemed a violation. Any posts that are considered to directly advertise, market or sell items, services, or information will be in direct violation of the Engage community standards. NAGC has specific spaces for vendors that will allow the introduction of services through advertising and sponsorship opportunities. (To discuss corporate partnership opportunities with NAGC, please contact Denise Weathers at dweathers@nagc.org).

NAGC recognizes that there may be situations where members post questions that a strategic partner organization may be able to offer solutions to address. We have provided potential approaches that would be acceptable under these conditions:

  • Respond to the post, mention the post content (experience), and address a similar issue and/or ask the individual to share how they applied one of your resources.
  • Share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals without mentioning the products or services that you provide.
  • Provide suggestions/insight based on your experience with individuals from their personal perspective without directly promoting services you provide or including marketing collateral. This thought leader approach will further strengthen your position as an objective and valuable contributor to the conversation, while still making members aware of your expertise and your organization in an indirect manner.

In addition, members of the community will:

  • Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions and goals instead of the products or services that you provide. If you have found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful manner.
  • Avoid sharing job listings and career openings in the community. NAGC offers a Career Center that provides an opportunity for professionals to view recent job listings. Job listings are accessible to the general community. Learn more here
  • Use caution when discussing products. The information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries/resources are visible to all members, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • Respect intellectual property. Only post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.
  • Clarify when posting items in the Engage collaborative environment whether or not an item is available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like permission to reuse.
  • Only post message or documents in the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."
  • Respect the privacy of colleagues and other members of the community.
  • Agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless NAGC from and against any and all claims brought against NAGC by a third-party alleging infringement of the third party's intellectual property rights, or any other harm or injury which claims arise out of or relate to the use of Engage, including any amounts NAGC may pay to settle the claim, including reasonable attorney's fees.

Lastly, all defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, or offensive language, or discussion of illegal activities or materials, are strictly prohibited. 

 

To honor the Code of Conduct and maintain the integrity of the discussions on Engage, clear consequences for violations have been established. We recognize there may be a circumstance when someone inadvertently violates the rules, so we have established and will consistently enforce a three-strike policy for any violation. Please note, a violation may not only be associated with an individual, but it may be associated with any entire organization.

Policy for Member Community Violations

Taking action against one of our members, particularly in regard to removing an account, is something we would like to avoid, but realistically may have to happen in order to protect the quality of service we strive to provide to all our members and guests. This restriction is not intended to limit in any way the professional networking and educational advantages of Engage.

When unsure whether content is consistent with these policies, please err on the side of caution and do not post the content in Engage. If there are any questions on what content is appropriate to post, please contact the community manager.

The community rules and etiquette may be revised from time to time and it’s the member’s responsibility to stay abreast of any changes.

Possible disciplinary actions for the NAGC Engage Online Code of Conduct and Standards of Conduct violations:

  • An email, private message, or phone call is communicated to the individual that explains the violation that occurred.
  • An email or phone call is communicated to the individual who violated the guidelines. The individual’s Engage community account may be put into a 30-day moderation queue, where messages from his/her account are reviewed by the community manager before they are posted online
  • An email, private message, or warning is communicated to the member who violated the guidelines. The member’s Engage community account may be put into moderation. Individual may be placed in moderation for three months; where messages from his/her account are reviewed by the community manager before they are posted online. Member may be subject to removal from communities.
  • A formal written letter is sent to the individual who violated the guidelines. The individual may be removed from participating in Engage in some or all communities.
  • An individual’s post is edited or deleted by NAGC. NAGC reserves the right to edit or delete a post. However, NAGC generally will not edit or delete posts for individuals unless there has been a severe violation of the NAGC Engage Online Code of Conduct or NAGC Code of Conduct (as mentioned).

Appeal process

An individual may not appeal his/her moderation reprimand. An individual may appeal his/her removal from an Engage community by emailing the community manager; final decisions will be reviewed and decided upon by the NAGC Board of Directors. Appeals should include the following pieces of information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Full disclosure of any previous violations
  • Why you feel the community removal should be overturned, include any relevant or supporting evidence.

For any further questions or comments, please contact the community manager.

Disclaimers:

 

This site is provided as a service for the members of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). NAGC is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regards to information posted on this site, whether posted by NAGC or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties. In no event shall NAGC be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

 

Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.

 

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

 

NAGC does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, if any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of NAGC, we will take all appropriate action.

 

NAGC is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, , national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, and political affiliation. By joining and interacting in the Engage community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the community. The NAGC gifted education online community was developed for you to network, solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to the Community Manager.