We believe that part of what makes learning on Academy of Private Investor (“Academy”) special is the chance to talk to other learners from all over the world, and learn from each other.
Being a part of this learning community means behaving with honesty, respect and kindness to fellow learners and educators.
Therefore, as the community member, you agree that:
- You are at least 18 years old
Any owner or user of an Academy account must be at least 18.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 and wish to use an Academy course to help with their education (e.g. homeschooling), you should use your own Academy account to work through the materials with them, and take part in any conversations as yourself.
- You have registered for one account only, and use an appropriate profile name
On your Academy profile, we encourage you to use the name that you prefer to be known by in your daily life.
However, if you have privacy or safety concerns, you are welcome to use a different profile name or to just use an initial for part of it.
Profile names must not impersonate another person (living or dead), other users, or brands, and must be in line with the rest of this Code of Conduct.
- You will not share your personal contact details on the Academy platform, or ask another learner for theirs.
We consider personal contact details to include email address, postal address or telephone number, or direct communication tools such as Skype.
This is for safety and privacy reasons: you don’t know who might be reading your comment and who may contact you other than the person you thought you were sharing your details with.
It is fine to provide links to a social network such as Twitter or Facebook, but please make sure you are happy with your privacy settings before you do.
- You are respectful of others, and do not use words or share content that is offensive or inflammatory.
This includes, but is not limited to, language, names or content that is sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, antisemitic, Islamophobic, sexually explicit, abusive, contains swearing or is otherwise likely to cause offence.
Remember that you are in an inclusive learning environment shared with people who may be of different ages, nationalities, religions, cultures and backgrounds, with different knowledge, ability and experience to you.
Communicating online through text can lead to misunderstandings, so it is important to give other people the benefit of the doubt, and be kind in your interactions: sometimes it’s difficult to know or fully appreciate the situation of the person you’re talking to.
- You are law-abiding and do not participate in, condone or encourage unlawful or potentially harmful activity.
This includes threatening or encouraging suicide or self-harm, as well as breach of copyright, defamation, or contempt of court.
You must not offer unsolicited health advice to other learners, even if you are qualified or knowledgeable in that area.
You will not behave in a way that could be viewed as sexual harassment, coercion, or grooming.
- You are here to learn, not to advertise products or services, and you will not use Academy as a platform for campaigning.
This includes personal and not-for-profit websites.
It is fine to include a link to your personal website in your Academy profile.
It is also fine to link to commercial websites when requested to in activity as part of a course.
However, if you repeatedly post comments to promote or campaign for something, even if it is not commercial, this will be considered spam.
- You will help the community of Academy by reporting comments that you believe have broken this Code of Conduct.