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Code of Conduct
NCTE/NCLE Rules & Etiquette

Thanks for being part of the NCTE/NCLE community. To ensure the best possible experience for all who visit, we ask that you follow some basic guidelines for participation.

By creating a profile on the NCTE/NCLE website, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines set for discussions, email, resource libraries, profiles/directory, and the glossary. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in ongoing exchanges about matters relevant to education and professional learning. Discussions or resource library collections that do not appear to be relevant may be discontinued by NCTE/NCLE. Questions about NCTE/NCLE policy should be submitted through the “contact us” form.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, NCTE/NCLE reserves the right to suspend or terminate access for users who do not follow these rules.

The Rules

•We encourage spirited debate about education issues, but will not permit personal attacks on any registered user or visitor.
•Don't post commercial messages, and please use caution when discussing or commenting on commercial products or services. Comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
•All defamatory, abusive, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
•As a user of the NCTE/NCLE site you agree that you will not post, email or make available any content or use this Community:

•in a manner that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
•to engage in spamming, "chain letters," "pyramid schemes", advertisement of illegal or controlled products or services, or other advertising or marketing activities that violate these Rules and Etiquette Guidelines, any applicable laws, regulations or generally-accepted advertising industry guidelines;
•in a manner that is misleading, deceptive or fraudulent or otherwise illegal or promotes illegal activities, including engaging in phishing or otherwise obtaining financial or other personal information in a misleading manner or for fraudulent or misleading purposes;
•in a manner that is libelous or defamatory, or in a way that is otherwise threatening, abusive, violent, harassing, malicious or harmful to any person or entity, or invasive of another's privacy;
•in a manner that is harmful to minors in any way;
•in a manner that is hateful or discriminatory based on race, color, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or age or is otherwise objectionable;
•to impersonate any other person, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity, or to obtain access to this Network without authorization;
•to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of this NCTE/NCLE site, to prevent others from using this site, or to act in a manner that disrupts the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) to this site, or that otherwise negatively affects other persons' ability to use this site;
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•in a manner that constitutes or contains any form of advertising or solicitation if emailed to users who have requested not to be contacted about other services, products or commercial interests.
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•"Stalk" or otherwise harass anyone;
•Collect, use or disclose data, including personal information, about other users without their consent or for unlawful purposes or in violation of applicable law or regulations;
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•Post any content containing child pornography to this Community;
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•Attempt to gain unauthorized access to our computer systems or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, this Network;
•Use this Network as a generic file hosting service;
•Take any action that may undermine the feedback or ratings systems (such as displaying, importing or exporting feedback information off of this Community or for using it for purposes unrelated to the Connected Community); and
•Develop, invoke, or utilize any code to disrupt, diminish the quality of, interfere with the performance of, or impair the functionality of this Community

The Legal Stuff

Information on this site is provided as a service by NCTE/NCLE. Authenticated links to “members only” content are intended for NCTE/NCLE  members/subscribers use. Extensive excerpts or whole texts from members-only content should not be copied and pasted into discussion lists open to non-members.   NCTE/NCLE is not responsible for the opinions and veracity of information posted on this site by others. NCTE/NCLE disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by NCTE/NCLE staff or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall NCTE/NCLE 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 (please note our Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education). 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. In addition, those posting to Topical Group Discussions and related Resource Libraries grant NCTE/NCLE and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material for education purposes only—not for commercial purposes.

NCTE/NCLE does not comprehensively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the site administrator’s attention, NCTE/NCLE will take all appropriate action.

NCTE/NCLE reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines. NCTE/NCLE also reserves the right to update this Code of Conduct at any time without notice.

These guidelines were derived in part from disclaimer/legal notices featured on the Ning, Inc. and Higher Logic social network systems.***

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