Code of Conduct

Community Rules, Etiquette, and Privacy Guidelines

Thank you 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 community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions, shared files, and content to that best suited to the medium. 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 should be directed to our member services department via email to curmember@cur.org. Technical questions should be directed to our webmaster via email at webmaster@cur.org.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is strongly committed to the wide expression of all forms and topics of undergraduate research, by all members of the undergraduate research community, and views with great concern any actions or policies that affect that commitment to inclusivity. CUR’s programs serve as “home” for all champions and practitioners of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. The Council on Undergraduate Research is committed to diversity and inclusion for all people, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. This forum will provide a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all participants.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the member services department via email to curmember@cur.org. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these rules.

The Rules

  • Don't challenge or attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. 
  • Don't post commercial messages on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.  Open positions or other opportunities may be posted in the Job and Opportunity Board.  Only enhanced and institutional members will be able to post.  Any CUR member may view the postings.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries 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 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. 
  • Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise. Any reproduction should include attribution to both the Council on Undergraduate Research and the author of the post.
  • Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.
  • All messages must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.

Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, and location.
  • 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. 
  • If you quote the original message in your reply, only include the relevant portions of the original message. Delete any header information, omit irrelevant text, and put your response before the original posting. 
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that can benefit everyone. 
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individualsnot to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages such as "remove me from the list." Instead, use the web interface to change your settings, subscribe to a list, or remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings. 
  • When posting lengthy messages, place either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body the phrase "Long Message." 
     

The Legal Stuff

This site is provided as a service for the members of The Council on Undergraduate Research.  The Council on Undergraduate Research 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 Council on Undergraduate Research or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall The Council on Undergraduate Research 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. The Council on Undergraduate Research does not endorse any material 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 The Council on Undergraduate Research and users of this site 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 implicitly leads to price fixing, a boycott of any 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.

The Council on Undergraduate Research 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 Council on Undergraduate Research, we will take all appropriate action.  If you feel that a post is inappropriate, you may mark it as such, and it will be removed from the site until it can be reviewed. 

The Council on Undergraduate Research reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

We Respect Your Privacy

Any personal information you provide to usincluding and similar to your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail addresswill not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

Use of Personal Information Collected through This Site

Membership Directory
There is a membership directory built into this online platform.  Your contact information has been imported from our membership database, but you must manage the privacy of this information in both your membership profile as well as in this online platform.  Changes made to your privacy settings will not transfer from your membership profile to this platform or vice-versa.

Service Providers
We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalffor example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf. 

Business Transfers
Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution, or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy. 

Government and Legal Disclosures 
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this site; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of our company, our users, or others.

Internal Leadership
If you have opted-in to the membership directory, we may disclose your contact information with our leadership, including board members, division chairs, councilors, and committee and task force members. 

External Sites

We are not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

Cookies

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc.) Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by third-party content providers such as newsfeeds.

Remember the Risks Whenever You Use the Internet

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us, and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies. For any other information, please contact us using the Contact Us page