The United States PostgreSQL Association (the Association) has established the following
policies for use of Association systems, communications media (including social media
channels), and electronic devices.
The Association uses electronic mail and other types of electronic communication
mechanisms to facilitate communication in the conduct of the Association's business.
We expect our volunteers to be professional and respectful when using email, chat
communications, or other media when conducting Association business. Sending messages
that could be considered offensive, harassing, or discriminatory is prohibited. Help us make
these methods of communication as effective as possible by using them efficiently and
When you are using Association resources, please remember:
Take suitable precautions to secure Association information sent over the internet. At a
minimum, you should use strong passwords and an encrypted password manager to
store Association credentials.
Use caution and common sense when accessing from public or unsecured networks; a
VPN will protect both PgUS information and any other personal or employer-related
information sent across the network.
When you use Association resources to distribute communications, recipients assume
that you are speaking on behalf of the Association.
Communications sent over the internet are not guaranteed to be confidential.
Using electronic communications systems appropriately ensures that you are helping the
Limit potential computer viruses and malicious activity.
Prevent the violation of copyright or licensing agreements.
Avoid the introduction of inappropriate or offensive materials into the Association.
The Association reserves the right to access all information stored on its computers,
networks, servers and email system. For this reason, you should have no expectation
that anything you create, send, or receive on channels managed by the Association
will be private.
In order to prevent electronic and internet-related abuses, and the presence of unauthorized
copyrighted material or obscene or derogatory material on the Association’s system, you must
observe the following usage restrictions:
Only authorized, lawful email, chat, and internet-derived material should be viewed or
saved on the Association’s systems.
You must exercise the same controls in communications over the internet and intranet
(email and chat included) as you use in your professional written communications.
All unauthorized copyrighted material, including text, pictures, and sound should be
deleted from the system and not be utilized, kept, or forwarded.
Our system is to be used only for the conduct of Association business. Please confine
your personal use of the internet, email, and chat to your personal accounts.
Use your Association email address for contact, communications, etc. only where it is
directly related to Association business.
In accordance with the Association's Anti-Harassment Policy, which has also been
provided to you, it is strictly prohibited to use the Association’s equipment, systems,
networks, internet service providers, electronic storage space, electronic media
(including email, chat, and other communications channels) to send, receive, browse,
view or participate in any way in unlawful, offensive , obscene, pornographic,
harassing, discriminatory, derogatory, or otherwise questionable material.
If you have a complaint about unauthorized or offensive online conduct, or offensive
communications from inside or outside the Association, you should immediately report
the incident as outlined in the Anti-Harassment Policy. A thorough investigation of such
claims will be conducted, and prompt, effective measures taken in accordance with the
results of the investigation.
Use of Mobile Telephones and Portable Electronics
Many mobile phones and other portable electronic devices come with built-in photo cameras,
as well as audio and video recording capabilities. Although these features are fun for personal
use, using them in the context of Association business can lead to violations of privacy and
breaches of confidentiality.
Additionally, laws on electronic recording vary by location, and it is not possible for the
Association to create a policy which satisfies the disparate legal requirements.
Therefore, please do not use any photographic or recording devices, including cameras and
the recording capabilities of mobile phones or other portable electronics, while conducting
Association business. If you believe that recording a particular meeting or event is necessary,
please contact the Association's Board of Directors to discuss the matter.
Prohibited Use of Mobile Phone and Other Electronic Devices While Driving
In the interest of the safety of our volunteers and other drivers, you should not use your
mobile phone or other electronic device while driving on Association business and/or
Association time. But really, you should do this all the time. The Association expects you to
know and to comply with all state and federal laws governing use of mobile phones and other
communication devices while driving.
Association systems and accounts are to be used exclusively for the conduct of Association
business. The Association reserves the right to monitor voicemail messages and email
messages at any time to ensure compliance with this rule, with or without notice to the
The Association may periodically assign and/or change passwords and personal codes for
voicemail, email, and other systems. The Association reserves the right to keep a record of all
passwords and codes used, and is able to override all passwords on its systems.
All Association accounts and systems access provided to you are the property of the
Association and, as such, we have the right to revoke any and all privileges at any time, with
or without notice.
All equipment you use to access Association accounts and information should be password-
protected with a secure password. Do not leave devices unlocked and unattended when you
are logged into Association accounts.
All equipment should be kept in a safe place when not in use. Equipment should never be left
in an unattended vehicle, even if the vehicle is locked. When traveling, keep all devices on
your person or in your carry-on bag, and do not put these items in your checked bag.
If any piece of equipment with Association information is lost or stolen, immediately notify the
Association Board of Directors, so that they can take appropriate action.
Personal Websites and Blogs
In general, the Association views personal websites and blogs positively, and it respects the
right of individuals to use them as a medium of self-expression, with reasonable care taken to
protect Association confidentiality.
If you choose to identify yourself as a volunteer with the Association, or to discuss matters
related to the Association‘s business on your website or blog, please bear in mind that,
although you and we view your website or blog as a personal project and a medium of
personal expression, some readers may nonetheless view you as a de facto spokesperson
for the Association. In light of this possibility, we ask that you observe the following
Please make it clear to your readers that the views you express are yours alone and
that they do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association.
Know and follow the Association's Professional Conduct guidelines, outlined below.
Take care not to disclose any information that is confidential or proprietary to the
Association or to any third party that has disclosed information to us.
You are personally responsible for your posts. Be mindful that what you write will be
public for a long time.
Write in the first person - you must make it clear that you are speaking for
yourself and not on behalf of the Association.
Respect copyright, fair use, and financial disclosure laws.
Since your site is a public space, we expect that you will be as respectful to the
Association, our volunteers, our partners and affiliates, and others as the Association
itself endeavors to be. Negative posts regarding the Association, other volunteers or
members of the Association (either past or present), or other Association-related
material could create liability for the Association and for you personally.
Please be aware that the Association may request that you temporarily confine your
website or blog commentary to topics unrelated to the Association if it believes this is
necessary or advisable to ensure compliance with applicable laws, and/or on the advice
of the Association's attorney.
If you have any questions about these guidelines or any matter related to your site that these
guidelines do not address, please direct them to the Association's Board of Directors.
Professional Conduct Guidelines
We want our volunteers and members to have a professional and pleasant environment. It is
our goal to provide an environment wherein you can operate effectively and comfortably, meet
professional goals, and develop positive relationships with other volunteers and members of
Your conduct when working as a volunteer or presenting yourself as a member of PgUS
reflects on the Association, and is therefore important to us. We have established these
guidelines to clarify the Association’s expectations of appropriate conduct.
We expect our members and volunteers to be considerate towards everyone you
interact with as part of your volunteer work.
We expect that you will take suitable precautions for the safety of yourself and others
in your work, and that you will not create any dangerous situations or create liability for
yourself, for others, or for the Association in your volunteer activities.
We expect that you will be respectful towards everyone you interact with as part of
your volunteer work for the Association and at Association events, and that you will not
not engage in any disrespectful or harassing conduct.
PgUS complies with the laws and regulations of the United States, the State of
Oregon, and local or state laws applicable to PgUS in-person events. Volunteers and
members must always follow all applicable law, and should never engage in illegal
PgUS puts significant effort into forming policies and establishing procedures to create
a positive and fair environment for our members and volunteers. All members and
volunteers are required to read, sign, and follow PgUS’ policies.
When agreeing to take on a volunteer role, project, or task, we expect that you will
meet agreed-upon deadlines and complete the work in a satisfactory manner, or that
you will notify the appropriate Committee Chair or the Board if you will be unable to do
We expect all members and volunteers to conduct themselves with complete honesty
and integrity. Records must be maintained accurately and completely, and all
information and communications must be truthful and complete.
We expect that you will maintain Association property in usable condition, and keep it
secure. Association property shall be returned at the conclusion of your volunteer
duties, or earlier if requested.
Association systems, property, and equipment should only be used for Association-
related activity as approved by the Board, and never for personal gain or unauthorized
We expect that you will conduct yourself in a professional, ethical manner, and that you
will refrain from conduct which may disgrace the Association or any of its affiliates,
members, or associates, or which may cause material injury to the members,
operations, or ongoing activities of the Association, or its affiliates, members, or
Failure to follow these guidelines, or acting in a manner which is unprofessional or
inappropriate as determined by the Board, will be grounds for action by the Association,
including possible termination of your volunteer status and your membership in the