Code of Conduct

AGMA Connect Community Code of Conduct


Thank you for being part of the AGMA Connect Community. We have established these participation guidelines to ensure a positive Community experience for everyone and to help you make the best use of this resource for your practice and your career. Please take a moment to review them to understand what is expected of you and your peers in this new environment. 

Above all, while the Community offers an open, engaging and enjoyable environment, keep in mind that it is part of your professional association. We expect you to demonstrate the highest ethical standards in your participation. 

We always welcome your questions and comments at or by phone at 703.684.0211. 

Community Rules

Your decision to participate in the AGMA Connect Community (“the Community”) indicates that you have read and accept, without limitation or qualification, this Code of Conduct. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible and can be held personally liable for your Postings and agree to abide by the following: 

  1. The Community is governed by this Code of Conduct, the AGMA Policy and Practice Guide, AGMA Privacy Policy, and AGMA Antitrust Compliance Guidelines.
  2. Community members’ opinions are expressed strictly in their individual capacities, and not as representatives of AGMA.
  3. We will not be liable for any errors or omissions, loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of use of any content posted on the Community. You must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of such content.
  4. AGMA may monitor the Community, although we have no obligation to do so. We do not pre-screen or regularly review posted content, but reserve the right to remove at our discretion any content that we believe violates this Code.
  5. We strictly prohibit defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive and illegal content and actions.
  6. All postings, commentary and messages are subject to libel, slander, copyright and antitrust laws.
  7. We reserve the right at all times to disclose any posting and the name of its original poster when we believe such disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime or other violation of law; to enforce the AGMA Terms and Conditions; or to protect your rights, property or safety or the rights, property or safety of the AGMA or others.
  8. Participants are required to provide complete and accurate information when they register for the Community, including their name and verifiable e-mail address. If there is a substantive change in your registration information, you agree to inform AGMA of your new information. You may not transfer your account to others.
  9. We reserve the right at our discretion to suspend or terminate Community access to participants who we believe have violated this Code.


Community participants may not:


  1. Harvest e-mail addresses or other personal information from the Community. Its success relies upon our ability to maintain members’ privacy.
  2. Post commercial messages, including solicitations for money, goods or services for charitable purposes or private gain.
  3. Submit postings relating to actual or potential anticompetitive, collusive, or otherwise unlawful practices that may violate federal and state antitrust laws or AGMA's Antitrust Compliance Policy. Messages may not encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement on the following subjects: prices, discounts or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; commissions; profits, profit margins or cost data; or selection, rejection or termination of customers or suppliers.
  4. Submit any Postings that violate or infringe upon the rights of others or that you do not have the right to make available. This includes material that constitutes an invasion of privacy or infringement of publicity rights or which is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or derivative works thereof, without first obtaining permission from the owner or right-holder.
  5. Submit any false, misleading or fraudulent Postings.


Community Etiquette

  1. Post messages only to the most appropriate discussion forums based on content.
  2. Post a message to an entire discussion forum only when it contains information for everyone’s benefit. Messages like "Me, too!" and “thanks for the information” should be sent to the intended individual—not the entire list.
  3. Make your subject line as concise and specific as possible. This makes it easier for people to respond appropriately and to search the archives by subject.
  4. Please respect the "closed" atmosphere of the Community. Do not forward messages to nonmembers without prior written permission from the poster.
  5. Don't attack. The communities are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Contradictory opinions are welcomed, but always be thoughtful and respectful rather than sensational or angry.
  6. Please refrain from posting any material that could be viewed as offensive to any group of people or organization.
  7. Don’t post messages that you wouldn’t want the world to see, or that you wouldn’t want traced back to you. The Community maintains a permanent record of your posts.
  8. Commentary is allowed as it pertains to any given topic of discussion. Personal remarks about the sender are not allowed.


Violations of Code of Conduct and Terms of Use 

We will investigate any complaints of possible policy violations that come to our attention and take any action that we believe is appropriate, including, but not limited to issuing warnings, removing content, and terminating accounts and/or subscriptions. However, because situations and interpretations vary, we also reserve the right to take no action. 

If you see what you believe is inappropriate content in the discussion forums, resource libraries or member profiles, notify AGMA immediately by clicking on the “Report Inappropriate Content” link or e-mailing 

If you believe that any materials published in the Community infringe the copyrights of others, please notify us at 

Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy.

Any 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 noted below.

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. 


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 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.


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.



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