Communities Code of Conduct
ASN Communities (“ASN Communities” or “Community”) is a service provided by the
American Society of Nephrology (referred to as “ASN,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) for
its members. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have
established this Code of Conduct governing participation.
joining and using this Community, you agree that you have read and will follow this
Code of Conduct. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and
content to that best suited to this medium, which is intended to facilitate soliciting
the advice of your peers, benefitting from their experience, and participating
in an ongoing conversation. Any questions you have about the Community, its
content, or ASN should be directed to our Member Services department via the Contact Us link.
take a moment to acquaint yourself with this Code of Conduct. In order to preserve a
climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right
to suspend or terminate your ASN Communities account if you violate this Code
Community Rules &
discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation and not to
create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may. Don’t
that the discussions and comments are intended to be used for informational
and reference purposes only, and should not be interpreted as medical
advice or a diagnosis of any health issue, condition, or disease; or as a recommendation
for a specific procedure, treatment plan, or course of action. Always
exercise your independent clinical judgment as a healthcare professional. Before
you act on any information you've found on the ASN Communities, you should
independently confirm any facts that are important to your decision.
- Do not
post commercial messages in discussion
forums that promote any product, event or service. Contact the Communities Administrator if you have any specific question or if there is an event or other service that you believe would be of benefit to the greater ASN Community. Remember, Communities are for discussion, networking and collaboration,
generally promotions or announcements do not serve those goals.
- Disclose relevant conflicts of
interest relevant to the particular post. In your discussion posts be sure to reveal any relevant
conflicts of interest relating to the subject matter of the thread.
- Do not
use discussion threads to disseminate surveys for any purpose. The
Community is intended to be a venue for collaboration, networking and
discussion, surveys are not conducive to achieving those goals and are strictly prohibited.
caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in
the libraries is available for all participants to see, and comments are subject to
libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
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
that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to the
Community unless you specify otherwise.
your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or libraries.
Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message. We reserve the right to reject any
message for any reason.
- Do not use discussion groups to campaign for any ASN office
or endorse specific candidates for office.
- Do not compose posts that contain personal details or
private information about any other person, any confidential information, or
any information that would infringe upon the proprietary, privacy, or personal
rights of others. The Community is not intended to be a place for the exchange
of any information or data that would be regulated by the federal Health
Insurance and Portability Act (“HIPAA”) of 1996 and its implementing
regulations. Do not post any Protected Health Information, as that term
is defined in HIPAA, to the Community.
the intellectual property rights of others. Do not post or attach any copyrighted
material without the permission of the copyright owner or using any words,
logos, or other marks that would infringe upon the trademark, service
mark, certification mark, or other intellectual property rights of the
owners of such marks without the permission of such owners. If you are
uncertain whether posting or attaching certain materials would violate the
intellectual property rights of others, refrain from posting or attaching
the materials. Instead, provide a link or citation to where the materials
can be found.
- Please read
carefully all items in this Code of Conduct, including the Legal Rules and
a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, and location.
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.
only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete
any header information, and put your response before the original
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 to the left of every message.
- Do not
send administrative messages, such as asking to be removed from the list.
Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to 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.
other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or
at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long
that ASN respects the Community. We understand that people make mistakes, and
prefer not to ban someone from the Community following a single violation.
Rather, ASN follows a graduated enforcement policy:
Violation: A written warning is sent to the member who violates the code
of conduct and the message may be deleted.
Violation: A written warning is sent to the member who violates the code
of conduct and the message may be deleted. The member's ASN Communities account
may be put into moderation for 30-days. Placing a member’s ASN Communities
account under moderation means that every new post is reviewed and
approved by the Community manager before being publically viewable on the
Violation: A written warning is sent to the member who violates the code
of conduct and the message may be deleted. The member's ASN Communities
account may be put into moderation for one year.
ASN also reserves the right, at its sole
discretion, to remove any defamatory,
abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal material, and to suspend or terminate a member account for
violating this Code of Conduct.
We respect your
personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name,
address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or
rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as
With Whom Do We Share
the Personal Information We Collect Through The Community
Our Service Providers.
We may share your personal information with companies (including our
affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that
help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by
contract and by law to protect the confidentiality of the personal information
we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our
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
Government and Legal Disclosures
We may disclose the personal information we collect through the Community,
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 this Code of Conduct or other
agreements that govern your use of this Community; or to protect the rights,
property or safety of our company, our users, or others.
are not responsible for, and have no control over, the content of external
internet sites. We do not endorse, and are not responsible in any way for, the
content, the accuracy of the information, and/or the quality of the products or
services provided by, made available through, or advertised on any third party
websites. You are advised to read the
"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, in order to, for
instance, provide a more personalized experience. Cookies themselves do not
Remember The Risks
Whenever You Use The Internet
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
Legal Rules & Disclaimers
The American Society of Nephrology ("ASN") does not offer medical advice. All content in ASN publications, including this website, is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This content should not be used during a medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Please consult your doctor or other qualified health care provider if you have any questions about a medical condition, or before taking any drug, changing your diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment. Do not ignore or delay obtaining professional medical advice because of information accessed through ASN. Call 911 or your doctor for all medical emergencies.
reserves the right to make changes or modifications to the Community and this
Code of Conduct. You will be notified of any changes by a notice of changes
displayed on the Community. The display
of notice shall constitute effective notice of the changes on the day the
notice is posted, and your continued use of the Community thereafter shall
constitute your acceptance of such changes or modifications.
use of the Community, including your reliance on any content, is at your sole
risk. The Community is provided on an
“as is” and “as available basis.” ASN
disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including,
but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a
particular purpose, and non-infringement.
views, opinions and positions expressed by commenters in the Community are
theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions
of ASN, any entity thereof, or any other organizations with which an individual
is affiliated. ASN is not responsible for the opinions and information posted
on this site by others. ASN makes no representations as to the accuracy,
completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information presented
by individual commenters. Any statements made in ASN Communities reflect only
the views of their authors. Before you act on any information you've found on
the ASN Communities, you should independently confirm any facts that are
important to your decision.
acknowledge and agree that ASN and its associated entities, and their respective
officers, directors, employees, members, and agents shall not be liable to you for
any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, any special, direct,
indirect, punitive, or consequential damages or any damages resulting from loss
of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with (1) the use or
performance of any information posted on the Community; (2) the statements or
conduct of any third party using the Community; (3) the unauthorized access to
or alteration of your transmission or data; or (4) any other matter relating to
your use of the Community.
shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of Protected Health Information
in violation of HIPAA through the Community, including, but not limited to, the
transmission of Protected Health Information to an unintended recipient.
By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that the
material does not infringe upon the privacy or personal rights of others, and
further 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 party posting any information or material grants ASN the
nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit,
print, and use such information or material.
acknowledge and agree that ASN has the exclusive rights and privileges in and
to the intellectual property rights of and with respect to providing the
Community. You acknowledge and agree that the Community is protected by copyright,
trademark, and other intellectual property laws. The Community is provided
solely for your personal, noncommercial use. Unless explicitly authorized in
this Code of Conduct, by the owner of the materials, or in additional terms and
conditions that may apply to the Community, you may not modify, copy,
reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, translate, sell, create
derivative works, exploit, or distribute in any manner or medium (including by
e-mail or other electronic means) any material from the Community.
acknowledge and agree that ASN has proprietary rights to the ASN Communities,
its logo, and service marks (the “ASN Communities Marks”) and that you will not
use the ASN Communities Marks in a manner that has not been authorized by us.
terms and conditions, including, without limitation, ASN’s Terms of Service, may apply
to the use of the Community. You agree
to abide such other terms and conditions as applicable, including ASN’s Website
Linking Policy. If there is a conflict
between this Code of Conduct and any other terms regarding the Community, this
Code of Conduct governs to the extent of the conflict.
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.
does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not, on
its own, undertake editorial control of postings. In the event that any
inappropriate posting (including posting that contains any prohibited defamatory,
abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal material) is brought to
the attention of ASN, we will take all appropriate action at our sole
discretion, including, without limitation, removal of the offending post, and account
suspension or termination.
reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by this
Code of Conduct.
agree to indemnify and hold the ASN and its associated entities, and their respective
officers, directors, employees, members, and agents harmless from any claim or
demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, made by any third party
due to or arising out of: (i) content you made available through your use of
the Community; (ii) your violation of this Code of Conduct; or (iii) your
violation of any rights of another.
failure of the ASN to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Code of
Conduct shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any
provision of the Code of Conduct is found by a court of competent jurisdiction
to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to
give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the
other provisions of the Code of Conduct remain in full force and effect.