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Forum Acceptable Use Policy

Points for Consideration:

1. BOA will not routinely prescreen the content on this forum. As such, BOA does not assume any responsibility or liability for content that is provided by others. BOA reserves the right to remove content that, in BOA's sole judgment and opinion, does not meet its standards or does not comply with the guidelines for posts and participation that follow.

2. BOA intends to be a forum for and facilitator of discussion concerning music education, family and community life, band education and events, and student and teen issues related issues of personal growth, citizenship, and leadership development. BOA intends to allow participants, within the context of this agreement and BOA standards to create their own content and voice their own opinions. We encourage participants to express views, so long as the manner and terms of expression are within good taste and character consistent with BOA's overall mission. Using multiple accounts and personas is not conducive to clear and honest dialogue. As such, individual registration of multiple screen names is not permitted.

3. BOA will not generally disclose personal information (Login Request Form Information) with anyone. Sometimes BOA will, for its own marketing and promotion use, and for the use of its sponsors or others its deems to be of interest to our subscribers, provide Login Request Form information to others. In the course of establishing your Login account, you may elect to restrict use of this information solely by BOA, and not by its sponsors or others. BOA, except where required by law, will respect and abide by your election.

Rules and Guidelines for Participation:

BOA's standard of conduct is based on what we believe to be appropriate communications for "average" American citizens, families and teens.

1. Strong opinions and criticism or commentary are allowed. However, BOA forum communications should not contain profanity, vulgar language, crude or explicit sexual references, hate speech or vile or vulgar attacks upon persons, schools, communities or other institutions. You are expected to treat others as you would have them treat you!

2. Promotion or discussions about advocating or suggestive of violence or drug abuse is not permitted. While discussions about coping with and avoidance of drug abuse are timely, appropriate and permitted for teens and families, discussions about or depictions of illegal drug abuse and violence that imply acceptability is not.

3. The post, transmission, promotion or distribution of illegal content is not permitted.

4. Harassment, threats, communications intended to embarrass or to do anything else to another person or institution that is harmful or offensive is not permitted.

5. Communications that is or is intended to be unduly harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, vulgar, sexually explicit, or in a reasonable person's view, objectionable, is not permitted. Hate speech is illegal. Disparaging or negative comments regarding regionalism (geographic), gender, race, ethnicity, color, age, handicap are not permitted.

6. You may not pretend to be anyone whom you are not. This includes the use of registered names or contact information that are not your own, or are not true and correct. Impersonations are not permitted and are also illegal.

7. Your posts much comply with copyright and trademark laws. Your posts, messages, forum participation and other materials placed by you on this site are considered "public". By submitting or posting content here, you are representing that you are the owner of such material or have authorization to distribute it. Once posted, you expressly agree to allow, and grant BOA the right, to use, reproduce, modify and/or distribute the content anywhere and in form and manner desired by BOA.

Penalty for violations:

BOA reserves the right and will do the following in the event it deems there to be a violation(s) of the considerations or rules and guidelines for participation:

A. Issue a warning to the violator.

B. Terminate and remove the violator's post or message.

C. Terminate the violator's ability to access the BOA Forums.

D. Endeavor to communicate with the school/teacher of any violator where BOA has reason and ability to know and identify the originator of the inappropriate or illegal post.

None of the foregoing is intended to create any procedural or legal right in participants in BOA forums. The foregoing is BOA's unilateral statement of rights and privileges for regulation of its web site and components.

We hope your will use and enjoy the BOA Network!