Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct (this “Code”) applies to your participation in our Global STEM Alliance (“GSA”) programs.

Digital citizenship is a critical component of the Programs. Our Services are continuously monitored to promote internet safety and security.

By participating in a Program as a mentor or mentee, you agree to the following code of conduct:

  • Core Values. Mentors and mentees will aspire to the GSA’s core values of hard-work, integrity, respect and responsibility.
  • Copyright. Mentors and mentees will not take credit for other people’s creative work.
  • Cyberbullying. Online cruelty will not be tolerated. Cyberbullying will result in the termination of the offender’s participation in the Programs.
  • Confidentiality. Mentors and mentees will not share details about their communications with third parties without the other’s prior express consent.
  • Communication. Mentors and mentees will not use offensive language or transmit offensive images to other mentees or mentors.
  • Mentor-MenteeMeetings. In-person mentor/mentee meetings are prohibited, unless they occur at NYAS/GSA sponsored group events.
  • Mentor-Mentee Personal Relationships.  Mentors and Mentees are strictly prohibited from establishing and engaging in dating or other forms of personal relationships, either at or outside NYAS/GSA sponsored group events.
  • Reporting Your Concerns. Mentors and mentees may report violations of this Code via the concern form.

Guidelines for Online Communication

  • Think twice before posting. Posts on social media can take on a life of their own. Consider what could happen if a post becomes widely known and how that may reflect on you. Search engines can identify posts years after they are created, and comments can be forwarded or copied. If you wouldn’t say it at an event or to a member of the media, consider whether you should post it online. Even in closed groups, other Program participants may use or reuse your information or posts in ways you can’t anticipate, so please keep this in mind before posting.
  • Be respectful. Understand that content contributed to social media sites may encourage comments or discussion of opposing ideas. Responses should be considered carefully before posting.
  • Strive for accuracy. Always try to get the facts straight before posting on social media.
  • Identify your views as your own. While you may be affiliated with a GSA Program, such as the Junior Academy, or other organizations in some way, you should refrain from speaking on social media on behalf of any person or organization except yourself or making statements that could be perceived as speaking on behalf of others.
  • Protect your identity. We strongly recommend that you avoid publishing the kind of personal information, such as your home address, your telephone numbers, or credit card or social security numbers, that could be used by identity thieves or to harass or defraud you.

This Code of Conduct is a part of, and incorporated by reference in, our Terms of Use. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Code have the meanings assigned to them in our Terms of Use.