Codes of Conduct

The Wausau Area Connecters Codes of Conduct include the Connecter Code of Conduct and the User Participant Code of Conduct. All Participants in the Program must read the Wausau Area Connecter Codes of Conduct in their entirety to understand the standard of behavior expected by Wausau Area Connecters from all its Participants and to know which actions constitute violations that shall be reported to the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Inc. (referred to as “Wausome” in these Codes of Conduct) and could result in termination from the Program.

CONNECTER CODE OF CONDUCT

As a Wausau Area Connecter (“Connecter”) in the Program, you agree to abide by the Wausau Area Connecters Code of Conduct. You agree that if you violate any rule of the Code of Conduct, Wausome may suspend or terminate your participation as a Connecter in the Program.

Rule 1: Confidentiality. Except as provided below, you shall not disclose to any third party any personal details of your communications with a User Participant without prior permission of such User Participant. Exceptions – If a User Participant that you are interacting with on the Program in your role as a Connecter violates the User Participant Code of Conduct, you shall report the code violations to The Wausome staff at info@wausome.com.

Rule 2: Availability. Connecters should make available four (4) hours per month to respond to questions and inquiries and meetings received on the Program from User Participants. Connecters should be prepared to share events, resources and recommendations based on the Connecter’s area of expertise. If a Connecter receives a question or inquiry to which they cannot adequately respond, the Connecter should choose not to respond and defer to other Connecters to respond. Connecters should attempt to respond to messages or other inquiries received via the Program within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of a meeting request. Connecters should be prepared to share events, resources and recommendations based on the Connecter’s field of work or experience.

Rule 3: Communications. In communications with User Participants, Connecters shall not: (a) use offensive language, (b) transmit offensive images, or (c) engage in or attempt to engage in any illegal conduct. “Offensive language” includes, but is not limited to: Profanity or verbal abuse directed towards any Participant or any other individual; Sexually suggestive or pornographic comments directed towards any Participant or any other individual; and/or Derogatory remarks directed towards any Participant or any other individual or group of individuals based on religion, ability, race, color, ethnicity, country of origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual identity. “Offensive images” include, but are not limited to: Images that are sexually suggestive, lewd, or pornographic; and/or images that include offensive language, as described above. “Communications” refers to communications via any media and including, but not limited to, in-person, phone, mail, photographs, voice-mail, audio conferencing, video conferencing, audio recordings, video recordings, email, text messaging, computer files supplied on physical media, computer files transferred electronically, and social media.

Rule 4: Topics for Discussion. If a User Participant expresses unwillingness, reluctance, or discomfort in discussing any topic that either the User Participant or the Connecter has raised during the course of a Program interaction, the Connecter shall promptly cease pursuing that topic. The specific issues and the degree of personal detail that are appropriate for discussion via the Program will depend strongly on the specific User Participant, the specific Connecter, and the specific circumstances and topics. Therefore, Wausome does not provide a comprehensive list of appropriate and inappropriate topics and does not provide guidance on the degree of personal detail to be shared. The Connecter and the User Participant should agree on the topics that they are comfortable discussing and on the degree of personal details that they are comfortable sharing. The purpose of the Program is to discuss broad topical areas of living and working in the Greater Wausau Area, and Connecters should approach topics outside the intended functionality of the Program cautiously and ask if the User Participant wishes to pursue such topics. If the User Participant expresses unwillingness, reluctance, or discomfort in discussing a specific topic, the Connecter shall promptly cease pursuing that specific topic. While Connecters are not prohibited from speaking negatively about their experiences, please remember that the main goal of this program is to help User Participants get connected and find a sense of belonging in the Greater Wausau Area.

Rule 5: Meetings in Person. If a Connecter wishes to meet with a User Participant in person outside of an official event sponsored by The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Inc., the Connecter shall not insist on a meeting. Under certain circumstances a Connecter may wish to meet with a User Participant in person, but such activity is outside the scope of the Program and both User Participants and Connecters undertake such in-person meetings at their own risk. We strongly advise that User Participants and Connecters who wish to pursue in-person meetings outside the Wausau Area Connecters Program do so in a safe manner, in a mutually agreeable location and environment.

Rule 6: Prohibited Advice. Connecters shall not provide any advice to a User Participant which requires a license or credential to give, including medical, mental-health, financial, or legal advice. Such professional advice should be provided by a qualified professional. Even if the Connecter is a qualified professional (for example, if the Connecter is a physician, psychologist, financial advisor, or attorney), the Connecter shall not provide such professional advice to the User Participant, and the Connecter should advise the User Participant to seek the assistance of another qualified professional. In addition, Connecters are strictly prohibited from engaging in any sales pitches, marketing activities, or pursuit of other business relationships with User Participants through the Program.

Rule 7: Fees. Connecters shall not charge User Participants any fees for the Connecter’s information or recommendations. The Connecter is a volunteer and shall not charge a fee for serving as a Connecter with the Program. Even if the Connecter is employed such that the Connecter normally charges fees for services related to advice or recommendations (for example, if a Connecter is a professional career coach who normally charges fees for preparing resumes), the Connecter shall not charge the User Participants any fees for advice, recommendations, or any other activities conducted as a Connecter on the Program.

Rule 8: Duty to Report Code of Conduct Violations. If a Connecter observes any User Participant or other Connecter behaving in a manner that violates the Connecter Code of Conduct or the User Participant Code of Conduct, the Connecter shall promptly report their observations to the Wausome staff at info@wausome.com.

USER PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT

As a User Participant on the Program, you agree to abide by the User Participant Code of Conduct. You agree that if you violate any rule of the User Participant Code of Conduct, The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin may suspend or terminate your participation as a User Participant in the Program.

Rule 1: Confidentiality. Except as provided below, you shall not disclose to any third party any personal details of your communications with a Connecter without prior permission of such Connector Participant. Exceptions – If a Connecter that you are interacting with on the Program violates the Connecter Code of Conduct, you shall report the code violations to Wausome staff at info@wausome.com.

Rule 2: Communications. In communications with Connecters, User Participants shall not: (a) use offensive language, (b) transmit offensive images, or (c) engage in or attempt to engage in any illegal conduct. “Offensive language” includes, but is not limited to: Profanity or verbal abuse directed towards any Participant or any other individual; Sexually suggestive or pornographic comments directed towards any Participant or any other individual; and/or Derogatory remarks directed towards any Participant or any other individual or group of individuals based on religion, ability, race, color, ethnicity, country of origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual identity. “Offensive images” include, but are not limited to: Images that are sexually suggestive, lewd, or pornographic; and/or Images that include offensive language, as described above. “Communications” refers to communications via any media and including, but not limited to, in-person, phone, mail, photographs, voice-mail, audio conferencing, video conferencing, audio recordings, video recordings, email, text messaging, computer files supplied on physical media, computer files transferred electronically, and social media.

Rule 3: Topics for Discussion. If a Connecter expresses unwillingness, reluctance, or discomfort in discussing any topic that either the Connecter or you have raised during the course of a Program interaction, the User Participant shall promptly cease pursuing that topic. The specific issues and the degree of personal detail that are appropriate for discussion via the Program will depend strongly on the specific User Participant, the specific Connecter, and the specific circumstances and topics. Therefore, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Inc. does not provide a comprehensive list of appropriate and inappropriate topics and does not provide guidance on the degree of personal detail to be shared, and the User Participant and Connecters should agree on the topics that they are comfortable discussing and on the degree of personal details that they are comfortable sharing. The purpose of the Program is to discuss broad topical areas of living and working in the Greater Wausau Area, and User Participants should approach topics outside the intended functionality of the Program cautiously and ask the other whether the Connecter wishes to pursue such topics. If the Connecter expresses unwillingness, reluctance, or discomfort in discussing a specific topic, the User Participant shall promptly cease pursuing that specific topic.

Rule 4: Meetings in Person. If a User Participant wishes to meet with a Connecter in person outside of an official event sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Inc., the User Participant shall not insist on a meeting. Under certain circumstances a User Participant may wish to meet with a Connecter in person, but such activity is outside the scope of the Program and both User Participants and Connecters undertake such in-person meetings at their own risk. We strongly advise that User Participants and Connecters who wish to pursue in-person meetings outside the Wausau Area Connecters Program do so in a safe manner, at a mutually agreeable location and environment.

Rule 5: Prohibited Advice. User Participants shall not seek any advice from a Connector which requires a professional license to give, including medical, mental-health, financial, or legal advice. Such professional advice should be provided by a qualified professional. Even if the Connecter is a qualified professional (for example, if the Connecter is a physician, psychologist, financial advisor, or attorney), the User Participant shall not seek such professional advice from a Connecter. In addition, User Participants are strictly prohibited from engaging in any sales pitches, marketing activities or pursuit of other business relationships with Connecters through the Program.

Rule 6: Financial Assistance. User Participants shall not ask any Connecter for money or other financial assistance through the Program.

Rule 7: Career Assistance. User Participants may ask for general career advice and recommendations from Connecters, but User Participants shall not expect any Connecter to find a job for the User Participant. For a User Participant who is about to graduate high school, college, graduate school or professional school and is seeking employment, the discussions with the Connecters may address career opportunities and recommended actions for the User Participant. It would be appropriate, for example, for the User Participant to ask the Connecter where the most effective places to post resumes are, or what good resources for pursuing job leads and postings are. It is also appropriate for the User Participant to ask the Connecter for general advice on conducting job-searches in the Greater Wausau Area. It is not appropriate, however, for the User Participant to expect the Connecter to act as a job placement service and to circulate the User Participant’s resume as a matter of course. Under specific circumstances, the Connecter may volunteer to circulate the User Participant’s resume among the Connecter’s colleagues or referral sources; however, such assistance is strictly at the discretion of the Connecter, and the User Participant shall not expect, or demand, that the Connecter perform such actions as a requirement of the Connecter’s activities.

Rule 8: Duty to Report Code of Conduct Violations. If a User Participant observes any Connecter or other User Participant behaving in a manner that violates the User Participant Code of Conduct or the Connecter Code of Conduct, the User Participant shall promptly report their observations to Wausome staff at info@wausome.com. This Agreement was last revised on October 23, 2023.

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