Code of Conduct

NASP Community Policies

Thank you for being part of the NASP Communities. To ensure the best possible experience for all users, NASP has established policies for participation. By using the NASP Communities, you agree to follow the policies set forth below. Note that “NASP Communities” includes all discussion forums, libraries, and other components accessible at this site: http://communities.nasponline.org/home.  

In order to preserve a climate that encourages both fruitful and civil dialogue, NASP reserves the right to block access to the NASP Communities to any member who violates these policies or engages in other conduct determined by NASP to be objectionable. NASP reserves the right to remove any postings, messages, documents, or other content at its sole discretion.

The NASP Communities are provided as a service to NASP members as a way to discuss professional issues related to school psychology, schools, and the children and families served by our members. NASP reserves the right to close any discussion thread that strays from this purpose. Such an action will only be taken after consultation with the NASP President or his/her designee.  

Please take a moment to review this Code of Conduct. If you have any questions, contact NASP via communities@naspweb.org.

Prohibited Activities

  • General. Do not post any text or other materials that are sexually explicit, defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, harassing, offensive, discriminatory, or illegal. You may not post any content that is fraudulent, false, hateful or deceptive.
  • Privacy and confidentiality. Exercise caution in posting confidential information about students, their families, and others. Posts are not anonymous, so specific information about a case could inadvertently reveal the identities of those involved. Do not post anything that alone or in combination with other information, such as where you are employed, could compromise the privacy of those involved. Post only enough information to help other members understand the question you are posing to them. 
  • Misrepresentation. You may not misrepresent your identity or impersonate any person.
  • Consultation. The NASP Communities are not designed to provide specific information on an individual case to parents, teachers, or others and should not be used to replace individual consultation by a school psychologist.
  • Commercial messages. The posting of commercial messages is prohibited. You may contact participants directly with product and service information if you believe it would be helpful to them.  NASP has the right to remove any content that could create the false impression that NASP endorses a certain product or service.
  • Job postings. Notices of position openings are limited to a single posting of no more than two sentences with a link to the application site. The NASP Career Center is the best way to reach out to those who are actively seeking employment.
  • Viruses. You may not attempt to harm, disrupt, or otherwise engage in activity that impairs the NASP Communities or any other service or web site provided by NASP. 
  • You may not use NASP Communities or any platform or communication made available by NASP to send or otherwise make available any material that contains viruses, worms, corrupted files or similar software that may damage the operation of any computer.
  • Harvesting Information. You may not use the NASP Communities to collect information about others.
  • Surveys. Recruiting participants for surveys or any type of research is prohibited. For information on conducting research with NASP members, click here.
  • Ethics. NASP members are obligated to adhere to NASP’s Principles for Professional Ethics and agree to adhere to NASP’s adjudication procedures in the event of an ethical violation claim.
  • NASP elections. NASP members must follow the NASP Elections Policy, which limits the manner in which one may endorse and campaign for candidates for NASP elected office.
  • Login privileges. The NASP Communities are for the use of NASP members only. The NASP Website User Policy limits member login privileges to the individual holding the membership.
  • Copyright. Do not post copyright-protected materials without the written permission of the copyright owner. If a document is available online, consider posting a link to the document rather than attaching it to your post. For more information, see the copyright section below. 

Community Etiquette

  • Discussions are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. In drafting messages, use caution to ensure that your message is not perceived as aggressive or an attack on another user. Do not post messages that are primarily intended for the purpose of directing members to another website (e.g., to a member’s blog).
  • To enhance interactions, include a signature tag on your messages with your name, affiliation, and location.
  • Do not post anything that you would not want others to see or that you would not want others to know came from you.
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate NASP Communities or libraries.
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your message in the subject line. This allows participants to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for participants to search the archives.
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information and place your response before the original posting.
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that can benefit everyone. Do not send messages such as “thanks for the information” or “me too” to the entire list. Instead, reply directly to the individual member. You can do this by using the “Reply to Sender” link in every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list.” Instead, use the Web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. You can change your email address by changing your settings. You do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. 
  • If you cite a source in your post, include the full reference to that document so that others can find it. Include the page number when quoting material. 

Respect for Copyright and Trademark Laws

  • NASP reserves the right to preserve, disclose, and republish messages and documents posted in the NASP Communities at its discretion.
  • Before reposting or reproducing any copyright-protected materials, you must get specific written permission from the copyright holder. Note that a copyright notice is not required to appear on a document in order for it to be protected by copyright law.
  • Do not post any material protected by copyright without the written permission of the copyright owner. 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.
  • Do not post copyrighted materials without a citation and permission statement. 
  • You may not use the NASP Communities to post, display or use trademarks unless you own and control the rights to such trademarks.
  • NASP retains copyrights for all of its materials, and the copyright must be respected when reproducing or sharing these resources with others. For information on obtaining permission to reproduce NASP copyrighted materials, please visit www.copyright.com.
  • If you are posting a document that is your own work, please indicate if you are giving others permission to reproduce the document.
  • Unless otherwise noted, by posting material or communications on NASP Communities, you grant NASP and users of NASP Communities the nonexclusive, worldwide, transferable right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or material in any way in any medium.

Legal Information

  • NASP Communities are provided as a service for the members of NASP. NASP is not responsible for the opinions and information, posted on NASP Communities by others. Content posted does not constitute or describe NASP’s official policy. 
  • The NASP Communities are provided on an "as is" basis without representations or warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or audience, and non-infringement.
  • NASP is not responsible for any information or content and makes no representations about the same, including as to legitimacy, legality, validity, accuracy, correctness, reliability, quality, completeness, or currency. In no event shall NASP be liable for any damages whatsoever, whether direct, indirect, special, or consequential, arising out of the use of the NASP Communities.
  • You shall indemnify NASP, and its respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, representatives, and third party providers, from and against all losses, expenses, damages, and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation of this Code of Conduct by you, or any use or misuse of the NASP Communities for which you may be responsible.
  • You are solely responsible for any content that you post. NASP shall not be liable for any action or inaction with respect to any conduct on the NASP Communities or with respect to any communications, or posting made on NASP Communities.
  • Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or implicitly 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.
  • NASP does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, NASP has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content and activity on NASP Communities.
  • In the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of NASP staff, NASP reserves the right to take all action NASP deems appropriate.
  • NASP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise amend this Code of Conduct at any time. Such modification shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof.
  • If you do not agree with this Code of Conduct, or any future revisions thereof, your sole recourse is to immediately stop all use of the NASP Communities.