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Listserv Rules of Redwood Psychological Association
Do not use the forum for illegal purposes, including but not limited to defamation, violation of intellectual property laws, violation of antitrust or unfair competition laws or violation of criminal laws.
a. Antitrust Concerns
The APA Practice Organization is by its nature is subject to antitrust issues, as the Practice Organization is almost by definition a group of competitors coming together to pursue common interests. Listservs provide a written record of statements that can create an antitrust risk even when there is no anti-competitive intent. Thus discussions about rates charged, efforts to exert collective pressure on payors, and fee-related terms of contracts with insurance companies are all generally prohibited.
There should be no discussions that state or imply that psychologists should boycott or otherwise agree or act together to not participate with a particular insurer or other third-party payor. This rule app lies even if the boycott is based on factors other than fees.
It is a violation of antitrust laws to agree not to compete. Thus, discussions of division of territories or customers, or limitations on the nature of business carried on or services provided are not permitted.
For more information on antitrust policy, see the Practice Update article “Avoiding antitrust issues on Listservs (/update/2013/02-28
/avoiding-antitrust.aspx ) ” and the APA and Practice Organization Antitrust Policy (/update/2013/02-28/antitrust-policy.aspx).
Referring to an article or news item with typical reference citations, providing a brief quote, or offering a link to legitimate online published content is permissible; list members should not post a full-text version of published material to the listserv. Not infrequently a list member wants to tell others about an article or news item related to the issues discussed on the list. However, sending the entire article to the list, without the permission of the author or publisher, results in a prima facie case of copy right violation. While there can be defenses to a claim of copy right infringement where the purpose of copying is clearly not for commercial purposes (e.g. “fair use” or academic teaching exceptions), those defenses are complicated, have been construed differently in different jurisdictions and are not necessarily applicable to listserv distribution.
c. Defamation and Libel
In exchanges on the listserv and when referring to others, avoid personal attacks and characterizations that question a person’s motives or qualifications. Sometimes a robust debate about ideas spills over into attacks on the proponents or opponents of the ideas. List members need to be reminded that a false statement that harms someone’s reputation can be actionable as libel. There is a substantial difference between disagreeing with how someone did their research or treated a patient and accusing the person of fraud or incompetence. Because negative statements that impugn someone’s professional qualifications can cause substantial economic and emotional harm. this is an area for careful scrutiny. Keeping criticism on an objective basis that is factually verifiable and skipping personal commentary about character, competence or motive minimizes legal risk.
Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other forum members, network services, or network equipment. This includes distribution of unsolicited advertisement or chain letters, propagation of computer worms and viruses, and use of the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the Forum.
Do not use the listserv for commercial purposes. “Commercial” as used for purposes of evaluating listserv messages means communications whose primary purpose is to advance the business or financial interests of any person or entity, or otherwise to promote a financial transaction for the benefit of the author directly or indirectly.
RPA listserv exception: Certain services that may be of benefit to our patients or community are not considered commercial activities. These include posts that are:
• a healthcare service
• a CE event where other professionals can benefit (APA approved trainings)
• job opportunities for members in the field of mental health
• promoting a service that can be of potential value to the patients our members serve (resource referrals)
• office space announcements
List owners and list subscribers are required to comply with all relevant federal Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Committee laws, regulations, guidelines and procedures, and engage only in legally appropriate communications regarding political activity (activity related to elections and candidates).
This list can be used to openly discuss all legislative (policy related) activities germane to the Practice Organization (and RPA and its Chapters and Divisions). This list can also be used to discuss some general political activities related to elections and the APAPO-PAC and the RPA-PAC, but this list cannot be used to advocate for a particular candidate or to raise money for a particular candidate or Political Action Committee (PAC).
Certain information about the APAPO-PAC or the RPA-PAC is permitted on the listserv. It is permitted to:
• Provide basic accurate factual information about a PAC.
• Provide information about the amount of money the PAC has raised, and from whom.
• Provide factual information about which candidates have been supported by the PAC. For example, a communication on the listserv can:
• Announce the existence of a candidate, or the existence of a PAC and explain the laws and regulations that govern its activities.
• Provide information about how much money a candidate has raised, or how much money a PAC has raised, the number of contributors, and the number of candidates supported.
• Identify federal candidates who have been supported by a PAC, as long as the message does not suggest that financial contributions to the PAC would help elect or defeat those candidates.
What Is Not Permitted
• Statements of advocacy or support on behalf of a particular candidate other than information about the PAC as detailed above.
• Any request for financial contributions to a candidate or PAC.
• Providing information about a candidate or PAC that: a. Publicizes the candidate or PAC in a way that encourages contributions to the candidate or PAC.
• Provides information on how to contribute to the candidate or PAC.
• Encourages financial support for the candidate or PAC.
For example, a message on the listserv that commends individuals who have contributed to a specific candidate or PAC is not allowed because it encourages financial support.
Additional suggestions regarding listserv etiquette:
- Please sign each of your messages, including your email address so you can be reached backchannel.
- Please keep messages constructive, courteous and brief.
- If your email client includes and you utilize an option that repeats the message to which you are responding, please do not repeat any part of the message that is not essential. This will save considerable space (bandwidth) for everyone who receives your message.
- Think global. Though most of our members are from the U.S., some list members may not be familiar with American culture as U.S. members. Thus, try to avoid the use of Americanist terms that may not be well known internationally, or long and complicated sentences.
- Please be supportive of fellow listserv members and show mutual respect.
Additional Listserv Rules
We want to institute respectful, professional dialogue on our listserv. Personal attacks by one list member toward another or others are not permitted. Remarks that are deemed offensive, inflammatory or otherwise disruptive to the list community are not permitted on the list.
Registering disagreement with a posting is fine. Opposing ideas can be expressed in civil language. Insulting other people’s opinions is not permitted, nor are abusive, demeaning, derogatory, disparaging remarks to or about another member or person.
Potentially defamatory or libelous remarks by one member to or about another member or person are not permitted.
Don’t send or reply to a listserv message in anger or engage in reciprocal insulting behavior or allow yourself to be baited by those who do. Such behavior can quickly escalate and draw in more participants. The listserv administrator must step in to halt this process.
Members who post content which violates these rules will be provided a warning prior to either moderation (pre-approval of posts), suspension or removal from the list, depending on the nature of the problematic posting.
The decision to warn, pause, suspend, or remove a member rests with the President or President’s designee(s), subject to review of the RPA Board after a warning or removal has occurred. The member shall be warned, have posts paused for pre-approval, have account suspended or be informed of their removal from the list by letter or email from the President. The President shall inform the RPA Board as soon as a warning, suspension, or removal has occurred. Any member who believes s/he was unfairly removed from the list may appeal to the President in writing within 30 days. The President will advise the RPA Board of the appeal and the RPA President will make a final determination within 30 days of the notice of appeal. The RPA member will be notified of the final decision within 30 days of that decision.
Additional Listserv Guidelines
Members strive to recognize and engage the influence of race and ethnicity in all aspects of professional activities as an ongoing process.
Members strive for awareness of their own positionality in relation to ethnicity and race.
Members strive to engage in reflective practice by exploring how their worldviews and positionalities may affect the quality and range of psychological services they provide.
Members aim to promote health and well-being by challenging negative racial and ethnic biases that perpetuate oppression in practice settings, systems, and methods.
The information presented and viewed on this listserv may be selective, rather than exhaustive for some subscribers (depending which messages are actually viewed). Additionally, medical and psychological information is constantly changing. Listserv members’ views regarding appropriate or proposed care or treatment are not those of the APA Practice Organization, the California Psychological Association or the Redwood Psychological Association. The Practice Organization cannot guarantee the accuracy of information posted to this listserv or that it is the last word on any particular subject. You also should keep in mind that, due to your ability to select various messages for review, you may be accessing only a small portion of the relevant information about a particular topic. Thus, you should exercise particular care in forming conclusions based on what you read here. When in doubt of any scientific information discussed on the listserv, please research and examine all available sources presented in and outside the RPA listserv to inform your discussion.
For all these reasons, APA Practice Organization, and the California Psychological Association and CPA Chapters (RPA) and Divisions, makes no representation or warranty about the completeness, reliability or accuracy of information that you obtain from this listserv. The practice organization also will not assume responsibility or liability arising from any error or omission or from the use of any information obtained from this listserv. All content on this listserv is provided “ as-is” without any express or implied warranties. Because of potential liability risk issues for the various parties involved, caution should be exercised when posting, responding to or otherwise making use of listserv messages pertaining to diagnosing, recommending treatment or providing referrals. Messages on this listserv may contain links to Internet sites which are not maintained by the Practice Organization, CPA or by RPA. The Practice Organization, CPA and RPA are not responsible for the content of those sites and shall not be liable for any damages or injury arising from that content. Any links to other sites are intended as a convenience to the users of this listserv and do not imply the Practice Organization’s, CPA’s or RPA’s endorsement of the linked site nor does the omission of particular links indicate disapproval by the Practice Organization. Please save and /or print this message for future reference, particularly if you are new to listservs/forums.