Community Guidelines for the AP Teacher Community

The Advanced Placement® Communities Website ("Community") is a professional community brought to you by the College Board, designed to connect people who have common interests—inspiring, preparing, and connecting with other teachers. Within this Community, we encourage lively discussions and active engagement between and among members. This venue is your opportunity to connect with other professionals, who share the responsibility for the process of helping students become college and career ready through AP® course preparation. We encourage you to post insightful comments, pose challenging questions, and share teacher resources, thoughtful solutions and other informative materials in a professional and respectful manner. This Community is governed by the following guidelines ("Guidelines"). All members must abide by these Guidelines when engaging with others on the site. We reserve the right to remove any member, materials, and/or comments, which in our sole judgment do not adhere to these Guidelines.



Guidelines for Engagement

  • Be professional. Engage in relevant discussions, avoid partisan political messaging.
  • Be respectful. Express opinion with civility, avoid insulting and/or offensive language.
  • Be considerate. Respect and value the contributions of others by affording them the opportunity to learn, share and grow in a non-threatening environment.


Acceptance of Agreement

The purpose of this Community is to connect with professionals who have a common interest; however, the College Board does not endorse the information posted in the Community.

Your access to and membership in the Community includes all aspects of your participation in the Community, including e-mail messages and all content created and posted within the Community (the "Community Content"). Your participation in the Community is governed by these Guidelines and you may not access, use or otherwise participate in the Community until you have read and accepted the Guidelines.

By accepting these Guidelines, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to the bound by these terms while participating in this Community.

Please view the full College Board Terms and Conditions for rules governing all College Board online properties.


Privacy

By participating in this Community, a profile including your first name, last name, job title, organization name, and the course you teach will appear in the Community's directory, which can be seen by all Community members. You may choose to share a professional biography or personal image to display with your name. Your profile will be viewable only by Community members and is not shared with the general public. A member must request to join your network in order to interact with your profile or contact you within the Community.

No personally identifiable information that you provide in connection with your participation in the Community will be sold, traded or shared with any other persons or entities other than members of the Community and the College Board and if applicable, a third party who may be hosting, monitoring or otherwise performing services on behalf of the College Board.

Please view the full College Board Privacy Policy.

 

Discretionary Membership

Your College Board username and password are for your use only and may not be shared or used by any other person. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for all posts and activities that are associated with your account. If your account has been accessed by someone else without your authorization, please contact the College Board. Your membership in and access to the Community is strictly at the discretion of the College Board and may be revoked at any time without cause and without notice.

Notification of Changes

These Guidelines may be modified, changed or otherwise altered by the College Board, in its sole discretion, at any time. Any changes to these Guidelines will be posted within the Community and become effective immediately upon posting. By continuing to access the Community you are deemed to have read, understood, and agree to all revisions to the Guidelines.


Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights

Each Community user ("User") retains the rights to his/her individual discussion posts and shared resources ("User Content"). The College Board does not claim ownership of the User Content that is posted or shared within the Community. However, the College Board owns the copyright to the Community as a whole, and by submitting, posting or displaying User Content on or through the Community, you acknowledge that the College Board has the right to archive and use the content in connection with and to further the Community activities. The College Board's right to archive and use the content as set forth above will terminate when such User Content is deleted from the Community. If the College Board wishes to use User Content outside the purview of the Community, the College Board will contact the owner of the User Content to obtain permission, and authorship will be formally attributed to the User prior to its use.

By submitting resources and/ or discussion posts you acknowledge that you have obtained all necessary permissions and consents for images, video, and content that have not been created or is not owned by you. In addition, you understand that all User Content posted in the Community can be accessed and used by other Users. You are solely responsible for protecting your Content and communicating to other Users how your content may be used both inside and outside of the Community. As such, we encourage Users to place a copyright notice and/or other ‘use' instructions directly on the shared resources.


Code of Conduct

You expressly agree that you will not upload, post, submit or transmit to, distribute or otherwise publish in the Community any materials which (i) restrict or inhibit any other user from using the Community Website, or contain a virus or other harmful component, (ii) violate any United States laws or violate or infringe any rights of third parties (including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret rights, rights of privacy or publicity or any other proprietary right),(iii) are not appropriate or pertinent to the purpose of the Community Website or that are libelous, discriminatory, defamatory or otherwise offensive. You shall at all times respect and abide by the intellectual property rights, including but not limited to the patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property and proprietary rights of the College Board.

The College Board reserves the right to determine what behavior and/or materials violate these Guidelines and to edit or remove all or any portion of any such offensive or inappropriate Content from the Community. Although the College Board may monitor postings and transmissions to the Community, the College Board is not obligated to do so and shall not be liable for any Content that is posted or generated within the Community.


Content/Activity Prohibited

The following is a partial list of the kind of User Content that is illegal or prohibited in the Community. The College Board reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate action against anyone who, in the College Board's sole discretion, violates these terms; such actions may include removing the offending User Content from the Community and/or terminating the right of any offending user to participate in the Community.

Prohibited Content includes, but is not limited to User Content that, in the sole discretion of the College Board:

  • is patently offensive and promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
  • harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
  • exploits adults or children in a sexual or violent manner;
  • contains nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter or contains a link to an adult website;
  • promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, discriminatory, defamatory or libelous;
  • involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, or "spamming;'
  • furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to promoting terrorism, making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses;
  • violates any law, rule, regulation of statute, including any communications laws;
  • solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial, criminal or unlawful purposes from other users;
  • involves commercial activities and/or sales or marketing activities not authorized and sponsored by the College Board such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes;
  • depicts a photograph or other image of another person posted without that person's prior, written consent or, in the case of minors, the written consent of that minor's parent or legal guardian.

Warranty

The College Board endeavors to maintain the Community and its operation in good, working order but is not, and cannot be, responsible for the results of any bugs, viruses, deficiencies or other defects that may exist at any time on the Community Website or its operation. The College Board expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to all implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. The College Board makes no warranty whatsoever that (i) the operation of the Community Website will meet the user's requirements; (ii) access to the Community Website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, free of viruses, worms or other harmful components, or free of defects or errors; (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Community Website will be accurate or reliable; or (iv) defects will be corrected. The user assumes the entire cost of all servicing, repair, or correction that may be necessary for your computer equipment and software as a result of any viruses, errors or any other problems whatsoever you may have as a result of visiting the Community Website.


Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances shall the College Board, their respective equity owners, officers, directors, successors and assigns, be liable for any damages or injury, including any direct, special, incidental, consequential, punitive or other damages, that may result from access to and/or the use of, or the inability to access and/or use, the Community or any Content or other materials therein, whether in an action arising under contract, negligence or other tort. The College Board and their respective equity owners, officers, directors, successors and assigns shall not be liable to you under any circumstances, even if the College Board and/or their respective, authorized representative has been advised of the possibility of such claims and/or damages or that such claims and/or damages are otherwise foreseeable. These include but are not limited to claims and/or damages or injury caused by error, omission, interruption, defect, failure of performance, delay in operation or transmission, line failure or computer virus, worm, or other harmful component.


Indemnification

The user shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the College Board from any claim or demand made by any third party against either of them due to or arising out of your participation in the Community or access to and use of the Community Website and/or any breach by you of any of these Guidelines.


Jurisdiction and Waiver of Right to Trial by Jury

These Guidelines and any disputes arising under or related to these Guidelines (whether for a claim of a breach of contract, tort, or otherwise) will be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflicts of law principles. You shall submit to jurisdiction in New York, and you hereby accept and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings hereunder. You also waive to the fullest extent permitted by law any right to a trial by jury in any action, suit or proceeding brought to enforce, defend or interpret any right or remedies under or arising in connection with or relating to your participation in the Community.