Code of Conduct

All users of International Foundation and International Society communities must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. When posting a message
    Use the subject line to describe the subject matter of your message. Be specific. In the body of your message, do not use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. It is equated with shouting and is considered impolite.
  2. Flames
    Challenging or attacking others in a community is considered bad net etiquette, and is referred to as "flaming." The discussions occurring within the community are meant to stimulate conversation and networking but are not meant to create contention. Everyone should be allowed to participate in the discussion.
  3. Selling and Marketing
    Do not post commercial messages. Selling and marketing are considered bad social networking etiquette. This includes direct replies to individual posts. Communities are not meant to be sales tools but rather open forums to discuss best practices and professional advice. Feel free to discuss products you’ve had experience with (but do not represent or sell), with the understanding that the community is a public domain and your comments are subject to libel and slander laws.
  4. Be professional
    All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive language or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not say anything in a community that you do not want 
    your employer, colleagues, and the world to see and know it came from you.
  5. Copyright
    Gain permission to reprint copyrighted material before posting it. If you post information that is not your original work or ideas, please specify the original source of your information. Do not post anything that is not original unless it meets the "fair use" guidelines of copyright law, or unless you have permission from the original source. When posting materials, the poster voluntarily presents him/herself as the copyright owner or has received permission to reprint copyrighted materials. 

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This community site is provided as a service of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (the International Foundation) and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (the International Society.) The International Foundation/International Society has no control over the messages posted on the communities, which are solely the creation of the communities' subscribers. The International Foundation/International Society accepts no responsibility for, and gives no endorsement of, any opinions posted on these communities. The International Foundation/International Society in no way guarantees the accuracy or completeness of any information posted on the communities.

The International Foundation/International Society may cross-post resources in another member-only resource area called Sample Documents. Any identifying information will be removed from shared documents prior to posting in Sample Documents.

The International Foundation/International Society does not actively 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 our attention, we will take appropriate action.

The International Foundation/International Society reserves the right to terminate community access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.  The individual may also be disqualified from participation in any future International Foundation and International Society educational opportunities.

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