Code of Conduct and Etiquette Guide

Code of Conduct

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. 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:

Discussions are meant to stimulate conversation and the sharing of ideas and resources relevant to the field. NASP encourages respectful, thoughtful, civil discussions that allow members to explore varying points of view, knowledge, research, and expertise. Disagreements are an expected part of such discussions. However, NASP reserves the right to restrict access to the NASP Communities for any member who creates posts that are antagonistic, disrespectful, unprofessional, or unethical, and/or who promotes conduct determined by NASP to be objectionable and contrary to the purpose of the Communities or the mission of NASP. In addition, posts that include content unrelated to school psychology and effective professional practices may be declined.

NASP reserves the right to decline or remove any postings, messages, documents, or other content that violate the Code of Conduct or stray from the purpose of the Communities. NASP will communicate directly with the author of any declined or removed posts, and may provide an opportunity to revise or rewrite the post to comply with the Code of Conduct. NASP also reserves the right to close any discussion thread following consultation with the NASP President or designee.

NASP staff moderators consult with NASP leaders and other staff to ensure that there is consensus on how best to address issues when they arise. It is important to understand that this process involves professional judgment. In all cases, decisions are made with the intent to ensure the best possible experience for all users, while maintaining a professional and respectful tone and being consistent with the purpose of the Communities.

NASP reserves the right to preserve, disclose, and republish messages and documents posted in the NASP Communities, at its sole discretion.

The NASP Communities are not designed to provide specific information on individual cases to families, teachers, or others and should not be used to replace individual consultation by a school psychologist.

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


  • 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. Members should not publicly question another user’s ethics. If you have an ethical concern regarding another’s behavior, contact the individual privately and follow the procedures for managing ethical concerns as required under the NASP Standards.
  • 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.
  • Signature tags. Your messages must include your signature tag with your full name and location (city and state). The NASP Communities prohibit anonymous posts. Do not include additional tag lines (e.g., quotations). However, you may include your job title (optional) and preferred pronouns.
  • Personal responsibility. Posts are always attributed to an individual, who assumes responsibility for the content. Do not post anything that you would not want others to see or that you would not want others to know came from you.
  • Tone. Maintain a professional, respectful, and collegial tone in posts. Comments should not be sarcastic, disrespectful, or provocative. When posting on topics that could become contentious, be especially mindful that the purpose of Communities is to promote productive dialogue regarding professional issues.
  • Statements of fact. Be cautious in making absolute claims. If you state a research finding or statistic relevant to the conversation thread, provide a citation to empirical evidence that supports your claim. If you are unable to cite evidence, or if the available evidence is equivocal, revise your statement to reflect a degree of uncertainty.
  • Citations and references. If you cite a source in your post, include a link to the specific location of that document on the Web; if it is not available on the Web, include a reference with enough information so that others can find it. You may only post full articles if you have obtained prior permission from the copyright owner.
  • Quotations. If you include a quotation in your post, cite the source and page number(s) where the text appears. Use quotations sparingly, since publishing companies’ standards vary with regard to how extensive quotations of their copyrighted texts can be without their formal permission.
  • 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. The Communities must not be used for campaigning by candidates or others.

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. Do not post confidential information that could identify students, their families, or others. 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. 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.
  • Misrepresentation. You may not misrepresent your identity or impersonate any person.
  • Contentious issues. Do not post messages that may be perceived as needlessly combative, contentious, aggressive, or attacking another user. Posts that are slanderous or libelous are prohibited.
  • Commercial messages or personal solicitations. The posting of commercial messages or fundraising solicitations for charitable or personal purposes is prohibited. You may contact participants directly with product and service information if you believe it would be helpful to them. Be sure to disclose any commercial benefit or potential financial conflicts of interest in such communications. Do not post 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 and other malware. You may not attempt to harm, disrupt, or otherwise engage in activity that impairs the NASP Communities or any other service or website provided by NASP. You may not 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.
  • Redirecting the conversation. Do not post messages that are primarily intended for the purpose of directing members to another website (e.g., to a member’s blog).
  • Copyright. Do not post any material that is protected by copyright law without the specific, written permission of the copyright owner. A citation and permission statement must accompany the post. If a document is available online, post a link to the document rather than attaching it to your post. If you are posting a document that is your own work, indicate if you are giving others permission to reproduce the document. If you are placing it in the public domain, state that clearly. For more information, see the section below on copyright and trademark laws.

Respect for Copyright and Trademark Laws

  • 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.
  • If you post material without indicating its copyright status, you warrant and represent that you own the copyright to that material or have received permission from the copyright owner to reproduce it.
  • 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
  • Note that a copyright notice is not required to appear on a document in order for it to be protected by copyright law.
  • You may not use the NASP Communities to post, display, or use trademarks unless you own and control the rights to such trademarks.

Legal Information

  • NASP Communities are provided as a service for the members of NASP. NASP does not endorse, and 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 has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content and activity on NASP Communities. Individual members are solely responsible for the content of their posts.
  • 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 stop using the NASP Communities. Any member may express concerns regarding the Code of Conduct by contacting


Community Etiquette Guide

  • 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 it 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. You can reply privately to any message by using the “Reply to Sender” link.
  • 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 e-mail address by changing your settings. You do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address.

Approved by NASP Board of Directors December 1, 2018