Community Guidelines & Etiquette
Thank you for being part of our Alzheimer’s Association Volunteer Community. To ensure the best experience for all, we have established some community guidelines and etiquette.
By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these guidelines. You also agree that discussions, shared files and content is only to be used related to your Alzheimer’s Association volunteer activity.
This is a great place to solicit the advice of peer volunteers and staff, benefit from their experience, and participate in our ongoing effort to serve the Association’s mission.
Please acquaint yourself with these guidelines which are designed to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue.
- Respect others and the confidentiality of what’s shared here. Consistent with our Confidentiality Policy that all volunteers and staff abide by, the content and stories represented here are not to be shared in the public.
- Any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal language or 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.
- Please extend the benefit of the doubt to all volunteers and staff; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
- Assume good intentions.
- Respect the purpose of the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals. Consistent with our Conflict of Interest policy, this is not the place to share products or services that you provide or have experienced.
- Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
- The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and discrimination. The Alzheimer’s Association strictly prohibits harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, a physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. This policy against unlawful harassment and discrimination applies to all persons (employees, volunteers, visitors, guests, vendors, etc.) and is intended to protect people from unlawful harassment and discrimination by anyone in connection with the performance of their job or volunteer role for the Association.
- Respect intellectual property. The content is the property of the Alzheimer’s Association and cannot be used in any way other than conducting your volunteer activities. Likewise, only post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.
- If posting items, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.
- In discussion groups, state concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
- Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.
- Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings and update your profile.
This site is provided for Alzheimer's Association volunteers and staff. The Association is 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 the Alzheimer’s Association or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the Alzheimer’s Association 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.
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 the Alzheimer’s Association and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.
The Alzheimer’s Association 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 the attention of the Alzheimer’s Association we will take all appropriate action.
The Alzheimer’s Association reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.