IFA committee members, Directors and members of the Executive Board are expected to:
Function as a member of the organization. Any specific questions at meetings, online, or in any other venue regarding the IFA’s position on research and clinical topics should be forwarded to the IFA President and Executive Board for review and comment.
Recognize the organization and structure of stuttering research and the important place that IFA committee members and officers may hold in guiding research and treatment in stuttering and other fluency disorders. When representing the IFA, they should refrain from promoting a specific area of research and should understand the boundaries that are needed when encountering researchers from other institutions and organizations that may not be familiar with the roles IFA officers may hold.
Demonstrate professional conduct at all times, including when communicating differences of opinion. When participating in meetings, workshops or other events as an IFA member, members must be respectful in communicating with researchers and other members. Confidentiality should be maintained as appropriate.
Place an appropriate disclaimer within activities that are framed as opinion pieces (e.g., editorials, blogs and personal views, as opposed to research articles) that "opinions expressed in this article/activity/blog reflect the author's own and do not reflect the view of the IFA, for which the author serves as an officer."
Function as a reviewer and advisor for basic and clinical researchers. It should be understood that when research proposals are presented, the contents are kept confidential. Additionally, the researcher has the right to accept or refuse any feedback given to them by members of the IFA.
Share their knowledge and expertise with other IFA members and suggest educational/advocate opportunities for the benefit of the entire IFA.
Refrain from soliciting business/referrals from other members with the intent to profit from these solicitations. Make every attempt to avoid conflicts of interest. When conflicts of interest do arise, make them known to the President and Executive Board.
Use best efforts to participate in IFA conference calls and to respond to requests from the President and Executive Board in a timely manner.
NOTE: Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in a member being asked to resign their IFA Committee membership.
I have read the above rules and agree to follow them.