Fraternal Greetings to All members of Alpha Phi Omega Philippines!
Below is the APO Internet Code of Conduct as approved by the BOD last January 28, 2012 in the recently concluded 3rd NEB Meeting held in Circon Businessman’s Inn, Valencia St., Puerto Princesa, Palawan on January 27-28, 2012. All members of APO Philippines here and abroad are expected to observe these guidelines when accessing the Internet.
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There are many issues that affect the proper representation of our service organization that require our members to behave in a respectable and trustworthy manner online. A comprehensive policy dealing with Internet and email use provides guidelines to members on what is and importantly what is not acceptable use of the technology available to them. ALPHA PHI OMEGA PHILIPPINES, Inc. must protect itself and its members from risks of misuse of this technology.
These guidelines are to be observed in the conduct of our ALPHA PHI OMEGA PHILIPPINES, Inc. members on the Internet most especially but not limited to Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, Blogs and other social networks:
*ON OUR RITUAL RITES & THE INTERNET*
Under no circumstances shall any of our rituals or password be posted on the Internet. Use of any of our passwords or parts of it as username on Websites or email addresses is strictly prohibited.
Posting of Photos of any stage of Initiation Rites are strictly prohibited. Posting of Old and new initiation photos is strictly prohibited. Posting of your “Pro-Hazing” preference is strictly prohibited as this will reflect negatively on the organization and conflicts with our organization’s anti-hazing advocacy.
*ON PROMOTING APO ONLINE*
The best way to promote APO Online is to post our worthwhile service projects. When posting about your service projects or fellowship pictures, always include the any of the following: Name and/or Chapter for proper identification. Always include an encouragement for people to apply.
No personal attacks are allowed against fellow APO members or any other person when representing APO in any of your photos, profile etc. Any grievances should be done via private communication to the individual or office concerned. Although free exchanges of ideas are encouraged, the use of indecent, irreverent and abusive language is strictly prohibited if you are identified with APO via any information about you on your profile page, avatar, photos etc. Respect and common courtesy should be shown to all regardless of religion, race, political ideology, age, handicap, socio-economic standing, or educational attainment or fraternal affiliation. By our actions shall APO be judged.
*ON INTERNAL ISSUES & CONFIDENTIALITY*
In carrying out the organization’s business, members may learn confidential or sensitive information about the organization:
a) Its Members, officers, or allied organizations. members must maintain the confidentiality of all information so entrusted to them, except when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated.
b) Confidential or proprietary information of the organization includes any non-public information that would be harmful to the organization or useful or helpful to our competitors if disclosed.
c) Confidential information shall not be used for personal gain.
d) Any message, pictures et al discussing merits of a complaint internal to APO filed or unfiled with the SAC, RAC or Commission on Membership (CoMe) is strictly prohibited.
e) We must always endeavor to keep our own problems within the organization and not without. at the end of the day, the name of our fraternal organization should not be sullied by petty internal quarrels.
f) Posting of Membership Rosters and directories online or offline is strictly prohibited.
All members are encouraged to report anything offensive posted on the Internet that could be detrimental to our reputation as an organization. For sensitive local and national issues, decline to give your personal opinions and refer interviews to your respective Regional Administrative Director (RAD).
Non-adherence to the rules set forth herein shall be subject to sanctions. The Commission on Membership (CoMe) or the National Executive Director may recommend sanctions ranging from reprimand, suspension, or expulsion depending on the gravity of the offense.
These Guidelines may be amended in the future as the need arises.