Code of Conduct

Rules & Etiquette

Thanks for being part of our community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this site, you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines set forth here and elsewhere. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions about IAAP or the website at should be directed to our Member Services department. Technical questions on association management issues should directed to our helpdesk.

The following guidelines apply to the entire site; please take a moment to acquaint yourself with them. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership on all lists for members who violate these rules. If you have questions, contact the member services department.

  • Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions on the lists are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. 
  • Don't post commercial messages anywhere where they are not explicitly permitted. This includes eGroups, blogs, comments and private messages. Under no circumstances is spam or any other sort of advertising tolerated. This does not apply to legitimate educational chapter or division events, but does apply to fundraisers and services, such as proofreading, virtual assistance, etc.
  • Discussing non-IAAP products and services is permitted in personal blogs and comments posted on those blog entries, so long as the product/service is of legitimate interest to IAAP members, is not a standalone advertisement and does not conflict with IAAP’s mission and values or significantly replicate IAAP’s business model (in part or in whole) or any of the Association’s programs.) Any content that does not adhere to this guideline will be considered spam.
  • Chapter or division events should be promoted in their respective chapter or division eGroups as well as the Educational Seminars eGroup. Please do not post these in the General IAAP Discussion eGroup or other International eGroups; they will be removed.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. 
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything in a eGroup message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. 
  • Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to the list. 
  • Remember that and other e-mail list participants have the right to reproduce postings to this eGroup. 
  • Send your message only to the most appropriate list(s). Do not spam several lists with the same message. All messages should add to the body of knowledge.
  • We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.
The Legal Stuff

These eGroups are provided as a service of  for Association Leadership.  We (IAAP) are not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by us or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall IAAP 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 defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. 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. In addition, the posting party grants IAAP and users of this list the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

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.

We do not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and do 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 all appropriate action.

Any member in violation of these rules or the eGroup Policy may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the IAAP Web Community.