General Listserv FAQs
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Rules of Conduct
- Promotional statements or materials of any kind to solicit business or engage in buying and selling of goods, services, programs, or activities except for statements or materials announcing or soliciting participation in Academy programs or activities. This includes any and all surveys or job opportunities.
- Defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
- Use caution when posting messages concerning other individuals, products, or services. Comments posted on the list are considered public and are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. Review the Academy’s Antitrust Policy and Guidelines for further clarity.
- Do not post messages that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either directly or indirectly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.
- Do not post messages that attack others. The discussions on the list are meant to stimulate conversation—not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.
- Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, you warrant and represent that you own the copyright with respect to such material or have received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, you grant The Academy and users of the list the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.
Internet Etiquette ("Netiquette")
The following guidelines are not intended as rules or requirements for participating in the list. Instead, they are general tips for participating in electronic mailing lists in a responsible and courteous manner.
- Include a signature tag on all messages. Try to keep the signature brief, but make sure it includes at least your name and affiliation. Because commercial messages are prohibited, be sure to remove any marketing or promotional statements that may be in the signature.
- Make the subject line meaningful and useful. Summarize the message's topic concisely and clearly so that others on the list can tell if it interests them right away.
- Warn the list of a lengthy message either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message with something like "Long Message."
- If you are responding to a posting, place your comments at the top of the message and include only the relevant portions of the previous message in your reply. Also, delete any extraneous header and footer information.
- Using the reply button in your e-mail application will automatically send your response to the entire list. To reply directly to a member of the list, forward the e-mail and copy/paste or type his or her e-mail address into the "To" line.
- Only send a message to the entire list if it benefits everyone. Direct messages such as "Thanks for the information" or "Me, too" to individuals—not to the entire list. Do this by cutting and pasting or typing an individual's e-mail address into your e-mail reader's "Reply" (not "Reply All") area.
- Do not send administrative messages (e.g. unsubscribe requests) to the list. Instead, use the Web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you will need to first unsubscribe your old address from the list and then subscribe your new address to it.
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The antitrust laws are designed to insure that business is conducted in an open, competitive atmosphere and that competition is not unreasonably or unfairly restricted. These laws prohibit any agreement, combination, or conspiracy that may result in an unreasonable restraint of trade or an injury to competition. Thus the following types of agreements, whether by the American Academy of Audiology or its members, are deemed to constitute anti-competitive behavior.
- Agreements to fix prices, including agreements on the terms and conditions which affect the price of a product or service;
- Agreements to control or limit the production of a product or service;
- Agreements to engage in a group boycott or a refusal to deal with certain competitors, suppliers, insurers or patients;
- Agreements to allocate or divide markets and/or patients.
In addition, membership requirements and disciplinary procedures in an association such as the American Academy of Audiology create antitrust obligations and risks. Membership requirements must be reasonable, non-discriminatory, and applied in a uniform manner. They should be substantially related to the association's purpose. Provisions for imposing disciplinary action must protect the member's due process rights and, like membership criteria, must be uniformly followed.
Finally, the tying by a dominate market player on the purchase or sale of one product or service to the purchase or sale of another product or service can be an illegal act which unfairly and unreasonably restrains competition.
Violations of these antitrust laws may result in civil or criminal proceedings, or both. A monetary sum equal to three times the actual damages sustained and attorney's fees become part of the recovery for those persons who have been harmed by unfair and illegal anti-competitive actions.
The American Academy of Audiology is comprised of competitors who have come together for a common business purpose. Because the American Academy of Audiology’s members are competitors, the nature and extent of the activities of both the American Academy of Audiology and its members are closely scrutinized by the courts and regulatory agencies. Moreover, the actions of the members of an association such as the American Academy of Audiology can cause the association itself to be charged with anti-competitive behavior, even if the association was unaware of its members' actions. As a result, strict compliance with the antitrust laws by both the American Academy of Audiology and its members is essential to safeguard against possible anti-competitive actions that could result in substantial costs and damages.
It is the policy of the American Academy of Audiology to comply strictly and in all respects with the antitrust laws, state and federal. It is also the policy of the American Academy of Audiology to educate and encourage its members to adhere strictly and in all respects to federal and state antitrust laws.
Prohibited Activities By Members
Meetings are a normal, legitimate function of associations like the American Academy of Audiology. However, because association meetings bring together competitors, they must be conducted with a view toward future antitrust scrutiny. To avoid possible liability under the antitrust laws, the following broad topics should not be discussed by any member while participating in American Academy of Audiology functions or activities:
- Do not discuss, or engage in any form of conduct from which it may be argued that a member discussed, fixing the price or fee for audiology or related services. The antitrust laws make any agreement, formal or informal, that has a substantial impact upon price illegal per se, regardless of the circumstances or effect of competition. Per se violations are so clearly and predictably harmful to competition that they are presumed to be an unreasonable restraint without the proponent being given any opportunity to justify them. Price fixing in its broadest terms covers any agreement to raise, stabilize, or lower the prices or fees which members charge for their services. Agreements relating to discounts, allowances, credit terms, rebates, future business, or the terms or conditions of sales and services are included within price fixing. Price fixing may occur between competitors or between suppliers and customers. It can be either express or implied.
- Do not share information regarding current or future prices or fees for service because such actions can have a substantial impact on price and therefore be deemed price fixing. This prohibition includes the various components of the cost of an appraisal report that might affect or impact current or future prices or fees.
- Do not discuss refraining from selling certain audiology products or services and do not discuss customers or groups of customers to which certain audiology products and services are not to be sold or provided. Any agreement to control or limit the number of audiology products and services is per se illegal under the antitrust laws.
- Do not discuss boycotting or refusing to deal with certain competitors, insurers, suppliers, patients, or groups of suppliers or patients. Any attempt by American Academy of Audiology members to use the collective power of the association to boycott a competitor, insurer, supplier, or a patient will violate the antitrust laws. Such a boycott is per se illegal when it cuts off access to a supply, facility, or market necessary to enable the boycotted firm or individual to compete. Discussion concerning the pros and cons of further dealings with any common competitor, insurer, supplier or patient must be avoided at all Academy functions.
- Do not discuss allocating patients, territories, or markets in which American Academy of Audiology members sell, may sell or refuse to sell their products and services. Agreements among Academy members to divide or allocate patients or markets are per se violations of the antitrust laws. Even an informal agreement by which one member promises to stay out of or to avoid another member's territory, or promises to refrain from doing business with certain patients and/or customers, or promises not to offer certain types of audiology services constitutes an antitrust violation. As with price fixing and refusal to deal cases, no justification or defenses are recognized in the law. These types of per seviolations do not require an analysis of the actual impact on the market or consideration of the innocent intentions of the offending parties; they are summarily found to violate the antitrust laws based on their existence. American Academy of Audiology meetings cannot be used by members to discuss and determine when, where and to whom members will sell or offer their audiology products and services.
- Do not discuss costs, inventories, product capacities, profits, profit margins, market studies or surveys, market shares, or other current or future business matters which may affect competition. An anti-competitive agreement does not have to be express and can be established by circumstantial evidence such as the subsequent behavior of the participants at the meeting.
The following areas of discussion can be undertaken by members participating in American Academy of Audiology functions or activities without raising substantial antitrust concerns:
- Discussion of common problems and challenges so long as the purpose is not to eliminate competition or encourage uniform action.
- Discussion of future business opportunities and plans so long as it does not include prices or bids.
- Discussion of problems with certain types of patients, suppliers or insurers so long as the focus is not on boycotting or refusing to deal with such patients, suppliers or insurers.
- Discussion of risks relating to certain types of patients, suppliers or insurers so long as there is not an attempt to fix prices or the terms of doing business.
- Discussion of the policies or practices of certain patients, suppliers or insurers so long as there is no threat, direct or indirect, to act jointly to enforce changes to those policies or practices.
- Discussion of historical prices, fees, and cost data so long as this information is not then used to project agreed upon or uniform future prices, fees, or costs.
- Discussion of joint or unified positions for purposes of dealing with and/or petitioning governmental bodies and regulatory agencies.
- Discussion of the agenda or the minutes of prior meetings because minutes must accurately reflect the actions taken at the meetings and the agenda that was followed.
Any questions about the American Academy of Audiology Antitrust Policy and Guidelines should be directed to Academy legal counsel.
- Student Academy of Audiology
A discussion forum for Student Academy of Audiology members. To gain access to this listserv, contact your list administrator.
- State Leaders' Network
A discussion forum for those members of the State Leaders' Network (SLN). Contact Ed Sullivan for more information about volunteering for the SLN. To gain access to this listserv, contact your list administrator.
- Private Listservs (do not require Academy membership) CAuDP - Council of AuD Program Directors
By invitation or nomination/request made to the president of the CAuDP. Participation in this listserv is designed for AuD faculty who are program directors, chairs, deans, or others with an administrative role in an AuD program.
License2Hear - For audiologists on state licensure boards. To gain access to this listserv, contact your list administrator.
Formatting for Plain Text E-mail
Due to the emergence of viruses encoded into HTML messages, we now block all html-formatted messages in an effort to protect our lists from re-distributing these types of viruses to our members. To send a message to a listserv, please make sure you send it in a Plain Text Format. You'll find helpful tips and instructions for Formatting in Plain Text below:
Eudora Pro Users
If you are using Euroda as your e-mail client, please read the following solution file from Eudora: http://www.eudora.com/techsupport/kb/908hq.html
Outlook and Outlook Express Users
If you are using Outlook or Outlook Express as your e-mail software, please be aware that Outlook and Outlook Express format all messages to be sent in HTML format by default. The easiest way to post a message when using Outlook Express, is to select "Format" from the menu bar and then click on "Plain Text". It will pop up a box asking you to confirm that you really want to change the format of the message. Confirm the message by clicking yes, and then send your message as normal. You will need to do this for each message you send to a listserv.
Note: Signatures with fonts other than the default plain text fonts, or graphics, logos, etc will cause the "plain text" selection to be overridden and will force the message back into HTML format.
Other e-mail programs can be configured within the software or on the server to send messages in HTML. If you are using another email program, please consult your software's "Help" feature or documentation to learn to send your messages in plain text format.
Changing Your Listserv Settings
Due to members “sounding off” about listserv mailings flooding their inbox, the Academy has researched the technology and found a solution. You may now opt out of listserv messages landing in your inbox and still participate with the listservs. Among your options, you may choose
- To keep receiving your listserv email as usual, or
- To receive a daily digest of postings-one email per day containing all correspondence from that day, or
- To receive no email, and access the postings directly on the listserv website at your convenience.
To change how you view listserv mail:
- Go to http://lists.audiology.org/read/all_forums/
- Select the list you wish to change your settings on (SoundOFF, StudentAcademy, etc.)
- Enter the email address you used to subscribe to the list
- Go to the “My Account” tab on the left-hand side
- Under the Essentials tab, look at the “Membership Type.”
- Use the drop down menu to select how you wish to receive messages (Daily Digest, No Email, etc.)
- Hit “Save Changes” button on lower right-hand side.
- If you have selected to receive no email, you will have to login to the above URL in order to view messages.
NOTE: Each listserv functions separately. If you participate in more than one listserv, you may choose different delivery options for each. If you wish to have the same delivery option for all listservs, you must make the changes in each listserv page yourself. If you have questions, please contact Kevin Willmann