What does this Community Guidelines policy mean for you?
As a participating member in the NCECA community, please follow these community guidelines when engaging in any of NCECA’s online meetings, events, and platforms such as (but not limited to) Instagram, Facebook, and Blog to maintain an artistic and educational focus, aligned with NCECA’s mission. These guidelines are set to create a safe and creative space for NCECA membership and worldwide communities that are inclusive and welcoming. By participating, posting, commenting, messaging, and tagging in NCECA’s online platforms you agree and are bound by these community guidelines. 

 You are responsible for your own voice within these platforms; be respectful, courteous to others, and do not engage in conversations that can make others feel unwelcomed. NCECA reserves the right to revoke membership in its organization from anyone who disregards these guidelines.

What happens if the content violates our Community Guidelines policy?
If your content (images and/or text) violates these community guidelines, NCECA will remove the content. If your content continues to violate our guidelines, NCECA reserves the right to take steps to discontinue your participation in its public forums. NCECA may also document your content prior to its removal, and, in some instances, archive the information directly from the source. Those who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be blocked from all of NCECA’s online platforms.

The following is strictly prohibited in any NCECA social media and public platforms and will be removed without written notice or prior communications. If needed, we will notify appropriate authorities and limit your usage of NCECA’s online platforms. 

Harassment, Hate Speech, and Explicit or Illegal Content
Content that promotes violence against or stereotypes of individuals or groups based on race, gender, religion, age, nationality, political affiliation, or sexual orientation;
Content that refers to weapons, as well as activities that can be considered dangerous or that have the potential to lead to physical harm;
Posting disrespectful comments or discussion targeting community members, employees, staff, volunteers, any other persons, or the NCECA organization

Spam & Sensitive Practices
Fake Engagement, Impersonation
Inappropriate Links in content: such as spam and deceptive practices
Promoting an illegal activity
Child safety, nudity, sexual reference, suicide, self-injury, or any reference to self-harm

Violent or Dangerous Content
Harassment and cyberbullying
Harmful or dangerous content

Violent, explicit, or graphic content

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COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

A. Scope of Policies
These policies apply to events (online, in-person, and hybrid) that are held or sponsored by the National
Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (“NCECA”); to social and other media participation that is on
behalf of, or that might reasonably be identified with, NCECA; and to the conduct of members, both
individual and organizational, during or incidental to activities that are sponsored by, or might
reasonably be identified with, NCECA.

The intended application of these policies is to all matters in which NCECA might be implicated. These
policies are not intended to apply to any matter in which an NCECA member—individual or
organizational—participates which is unrelated to the mission, control, or undertakings of NCECA. A
separate Respectful Culture, Harassment Prevention, and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy applies
to NCECA staff and workplaces.

B. Events
NCECA holds events and programs for its members or the public, occasionally sponsors events with or for
other organizations, and occasionally provides its facilities to others for their events. The following
policies cover all of those situations, which are collectively referred to below as “Events” or “an Event.”
These policies apply to speakers, staff, volunteers, members, attendees, observers, vendors, and media
representatives.

C. Media
NCECA may support its own media platforms; it may sponsor or moderate communities hosted on other
platforms; it may have activities or events covered or discussed in various media channels, including
mainstream and social. These policies cover all of these situations, which are collectively referred to
below as “Media.” These policies apply to individuals posting or sourcing information on behalf of
NCECA, as well as to persons who do not represent the organization but who are posting information
relating to NCECA due to their participation in an Event or an NCECA-related activity.

D. General Policies
NCECA is committed to promoting a safe, respectful, and hospitable environment for individuals to
participate in Events and Media. Therefore, NCECA prohibits communication or conduct that is offensive,
degrading, coercive, or disruptive, or that has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s
reasonable participation in or enjoyment of an Event or a Media discussion.

Communication and conduct prohibited by these policies includes—but is not limited to—harassment
based on age, ancestry, caregiver status, citizenship, color, creed, criminal history, atypical cognitive or
physical abilities, family status, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical
impairment, military discharge status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, political
beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, sexual preference, status with regard to public assistance,
uniformed service, veteran status, other group identity, or other characteristic protected by law.
Critical examination of beliefs, including critical commentary on another person’s views, does not by
itself constitute hostile conduct or harassment. One of the underlying rationales of these policies is to
promote the free exchange of ideas, not to inhibit it.

1. Events
Following are some examples of conduct that would violate these policies at Events:
▪ Yelling at or threatening speakers, attendees, or staff
▪ Any significantly disruptive conduct
▪ Repeated interruption of a speaker or performance
▪ Creation of an atmosphere of harassment or intimidation, including but not limited to
stalking (whether physical or virtual)
▪ Conduct or communication that would offend a reasonable person, including but not
limited to unwelcome attention; remarks or conduct having sexual innuendo; humor
involving race, sex, or other classifications; comments intended or construed as being
derogatory to an entire class of persons
▪ Actual, threatened, or implied retaliation against a person for complaining about a
violation of these policies or for cooperating with an investigation into a complaint

2. Media
a) Content Objectives
▪ Keep communication relevant to NCECA’s mission and its artistic and educational focus
▪ Be transparent and authentic about your identity, affiliations, and intent
▪ Observe legal requirements, including intellectual property rights and confidentiality,
and giving credit to content creators
▪ Use and disclose only information that you are authorized to have, use, or disclose
▪ Be personally responsible for the information you post
b) Prohibited Content
▪ Posting sensitive, private, or potentially embarrassing information about anyone in a
way that could potentially lead to identifying the person
▪ Posting any content that could reasonably be perceived to be—or that the subject of
the post might perceive to be—threatening or harassing
▪ Impersonation of another person, whether actual or fictional
▪ Posting content, or link to any source, that is not consistent with NCECA’s mission and
its artistic and educational focus
▪ Posting content that is unlawful or promotes unlawful activity

3. Procedure
Persons who are the targets of, or witnesses to, hostile or harassing conduct during events should
contact either the NCECA Conference Manager, NCECA Conference Specialist or Membership &
Registration Manager staff members. If safe to do so, targets and witnesses may also ask offenders to
stop the offensive conduct or communication.

Persons who are the targets of, or witnesses to, hostile or harassing conduct via online media should
contact either the NCECA Communications Director or the NCECA Social Media Curator. If safe to do so,
targets and witnesses may also ask offenders to stop the offensive conduct or communication.
No person shall be retaliated against for complaining in good faith about a violation of these policies or
for cooperating with an investigation into a complaint.

Reports of hostile or harassing conduct will be promptly addressed. If staff is unavailable to receive a
report, then suspected violations of these policies may be reported to one of the following individuals:
▪ NCECA Board Steward
▪ NCECA Programs Director
The identities of persons participating in an investigation and the information they provide will not be
shared with individuals who do not have a legal or legitimate need to know.
The NCECA Staff and Board of Directors directories can be found here: https://nceca.net/contact-us

4. NCECA Responses
These policies are intended to promote safe and creative spaces for NCECA membership and worldwide
communities that are inclusive and welcoming. Persons or organizations whom NCECA in its sole
discretion has found to have violated these policies may be asked to cease their participation in the
relevant forum—e.g., an event, a platform, a threaded conversation, etc.—and may lose their ability to
engage in future NCECA activities, including being removed from invitation lists, lists of authorized users, etc.
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