YOUR OATH,
COVENANTS,
CODE OF ETHICS,
Mission Statement,
And Forum Rules Agreement



MISSION STATEMENT:

PURPOSE:
  • The Private Investigators Forum and the International Private Investigators Union is an interactive community where those who have an interest in private investigations and all other related professions (including leisure and lifestyles) can discuss and promote all aspects of the profession.

  • Interactive discussions can include the expertise of private investigations, its training principles, legal reviews, statutes, services, education, products, referrals, and technical strategies that enhance the value those private investigators bring to their client base.


LICENSING, REGULATED & UNREGULATED EXEMPTIONS, TRAINING, NEWCOMERS:
  1. We, the fraternal union members of the International Private Investigators Union - and the guest members of the Private Investigators Forum, desire to aid interested parties of our profession by first educating them;

  2. Our educational oath and mission includes understanding, informing, and promoting all areas of the relative statutes that may or may not regulate the conduct and duties of a private investigator, but may apply to their profession as a private investigator, as well as any other related professions which may or may not include case examiners, information brokers, law students, bail enforcement agents, bondsmen, process servers, or consultants.

  3. Our mission is not to limit our educational oath to only those statutes that may or may not have any direct regulatory authority over the conduct or duties of a private investigator, but rather to educate, inform, and promote the full context of all of the applicable laws and/or lawful remedies and statutory exemptions that may apply ethically to the individual circumstances and goals of interested parties.

  4. We firmly sustain all government licensing bodies who regulate private investigators within their lawful authority and who are charged with specific duties by statute as authored by their elected lawmakers.

  5. We firmly recognized that not all government licensing bodies have authority over unregulated areas of private investigations and related professions, as dictated by the statutes authored by their elected lawmakers.

  6. We promote all interested parties to pursue obtaining government licensing for our profession whenever the entire evidentiary facts of an interested party's individual circumstances dictate such a need or requirement.

  7. We do not necessarily believe that all citizens require regulation by a government body in the affairs of a citizen’s chosen profession unless there is a non-partisan proven evidentiary factual need for additional consumer protection.

  8. We firmly believe and sustain a fair and balanced course in all regulatory matters and discussion.

  9. We firmly believe that all professional private investigators (whether licensed, unlicensed, regulated, or unregulated) need to exhibit proven investigative skills, based on academic learning, testing, and accomplished experience before performing the duties as a professional private investigator or other related profession on their own.

  10. We respect and promote the integrity of all private investigators and interns involved in pursuing this profession, as well as those who are charged in their duties to regulate and enforce the specific areas of private investigators wherever their authority is relative and lawful.




PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS FORUM:

The main goals of the discussions on the Private Investigators Forum are to learn and to share:
  • To learn more about the various fields of private investigators;

  • To share our knowledge with anyone who sincerely wants to benefit from the knowledge of his or her fellow members.

Discussions on this forum are to be polite, cordial, and respectful. We do not hesitate to express our opinion on matters involved, knowing other members may or may not share those opinions. We will always respect opinions of other members, even if we do not share a particular opinion ourselves. We will not show disrespect or verbally attack other members, non-members, or organizations in a personal manner, but instead try to contribute to the common knowledge about professional private investigations and the understanding of all applicable and related topics.

We encourage others to take pleasure in what they apparently enjoy. We will never post with the sole intention to spoil another's pleasure. On this Forum, we want to feel at home and make each other feel as an honored guest.



SUMMARY:
What we're about:


We're about COMMUNITY:
We are a like-minded but diverse group of individuals who share a common passion for all things relating to Private Investigators. We recognize that the worldwide Internet brings private investigators and colleagues closer together. We strive to become good acquaintances and friends. When a referral arises, we want to know whom we are referring a client to because we trust our colleague’s training, experience, and ethics.

We're about EDUCATION:
With hundreds of advance training titles, videos, and CDs we endeavor to teach and train ourselves in the pursuit of the love we have for our profession. We wish to share our knowledge, elevate and educate others in respectful and supportive tones.

We're about the TOOLS OF A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR:
This includes inside knowledge expressed in our Confidential Tips and Resources Forum, as well as unique equipment and surveillance products. Do you have the latest new piece of equipment out on the market? Do you want to compare your products against others? Do you want to ask information on a product before making that big purchase? Here is the place to do so and more.

We're about COURTESY:
We are not a "no holds barred" newsgroup with little or no moderation. You are expected to conduct yourself in a courteous and professional manner on the Private Investigators Forum. Our volunteer staff of appointed moderators works to ensure this. And unlike other Internet forums, we have extensive training for our moderators and are slow to graduate them as respectful representatives of the forum members.

We're about FAMILY:
You are as likely to read about someone's new baby, job, or house, as you are about their latest assignment, client, or adventure in the private Members Only Forums. We have designated areas where you can discuss a wide range of topics. But our focus is -- and always will be -- Private Investigators.



Whether or not a forum member is a private investigator, registered guest, or a member of one of our sponsors (including the International Private Investigators Union), all forum members must agree to the following Code of Ethics:


YOUR CODE OF ETHICS PLEDGE
Member Oath and Covenant
Private Investigators Forum

I AFFIRM AND PLEDGE as a member of the Private Investigators Forum, and if applicable - a member of the International Private Investigators Union (IPIU) - to the Board of Ethics Committee, the Character and Fitness Committee, the Unauthorized Practice of Investigations Committee, and the Professional Conduct Board:
  1. TO perform all assignments and case examinations in a moral, ethical, and legal manner;

  2. TO work entirely within the framework of the law;

  3. TO NOT knowingly support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or firm or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or opposed to those accepted by IPIU;

  4. TO NOT knowingly make a false statement of material fact;

  5. TO NOT engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;

  6. TO NOT unlawfully obstruct another party's access to evidence or unlawfully alter, destroy, or conceal a document or other material having potential evidentiary value and to not counsel or assist another person to do any such act;

  7. TO NOT offer evidence that I know to be false, and if I have offered material evidence and come to know of its falsity, I shall take reasonable remedial measures;

  8. TO NOT falsify evidence or assist a witness to testify falsely, or offer an inducement to a witness that is prohibited by law;

  9. TO immediately inform the appropriate authority when knowledge exists of another private investigator that has committed a violation of the standards of professional conduct, as set forth herewith, that raises a substantial question as to that person's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a private investigator or case examiner in other respects;

  10. TO NOT commit an act that reflects adversely on my honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as an investigator in other respects;

  11. TO NOT state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official;

  12. TO verify all paperwork, documents, statements, evidence, and facts that may lead to a wrongful arrest, detention, civil action, or criminal action whether it involves an individual or organization;

  13. IN REGARDS TO MY FEES, I PLEDGE that my fees shall be reasonable. The factors to be considered in determining the reasonableness of my fee include the following:
    1. The time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skills requisite to perform the service properly;

    2. The likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular assignment will preclude other assignments by myself;

    3. The fee customarily charged in the locality for similar services;

    4. The amount involved and the result obtained;

    5. The time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;

    6. The nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;

    7. The experience, reputation, and ability of myself or others performing the services; and

    8. Whether the fee is fixed or contingent.

    9. When I have not regularly represented the client, the basis or rate of the fee shall be communicated to the client, in writing, before commencing the assignment.


  14. IN REPRESENTING A CLIENT, I SHALL report all facts developed in a case promptly and timely;

  15. I SHALL NOT use means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person;

  16. I SHALL NOT use methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of such a person;

  17. I SHALL NOT present or participate in presenting criminal charges solely to obtain advantage in a civil matter; or

  18. I SHALL NOT threaten to present criminal charges in order to obtain advantage in a civil matter;

  19. I SHALL NOT fail to disclose a material fact when disclosure is necessary to avoid assisting a criminal act by my client;

  20. I SHALL NOT enter into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquire an ownership, security or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client unless:
    1. the terms on which I acquire the interest is fair and reasonable to the client and is disclosed in writing to the client in a manner which can be reasonably understood by the client;

    2. the client is given a reasonable opportunity to seek independent counsel in the transaction; and

    3. the client consents in writing thereto;


  21. I SHALL NOT use facts relating to representation of a client to the disadvantage of the client unless the client consents;

  22. I SHALL NOT prepare an instrument, or take part in an instrument, giving myself or a person related to me any substantial gift from a client, including a testamentary gift, except where the client is related to the donee;

  23. I SHALL NOT provide financial assistance to a client in connection with pending or contemplated litigation, except that:
    1. I may advance court costs and expenses of litigation, the repayment of which may be contingent on the outcome of the matter; and

    2. in representing an indigent client may pay court costs and expenses of litigation on behalf of the client.


  24. I SHALL NOT accept compensation for representing a client from one other than the client unless the client consents;

  25. I SHALL NOT represent a client if the representation of that client will be directly adverse to another client, unless:
    1. I reasonably believe it will not adversely affect the relationship with the other client; and

    2. each client consents;


  26. I PLEDGE TO CONDUCT myself in a professional, methodical, and patient manner;

  27. I FURTHER PLEDGE TO ACT in a fashion to bring positive credit to the clients I represent; to aid, to promote positive credit, and to sustain the Private Investigators Forum and it's authorized sponsors, including the International Private Investigators Union (IPIU), in it's mission, including aiding IPIU in it's mission to dispel falsehoods and to promote a positive image of it's affairs and the private investigator's industry and its agents and employees.

  28. I FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE that any benefits or services I may receive from The Private Investigators Forums as outlined in the Forum Rules and Forum Membership Agreement, or any written courtesy refund benefits that may be available to me as a paid union member of The International Private Investigators Union (IPIU) for products or services, is predicated on my waiver of seeking an equivalent resolution from any other source or organization outside of IPIU and The Private Investigators Forums.

    I have read and agree to abide by the Code of Ethics above.




FORUM RULES
Personal Conduct Agreement:
Member Oath and Covenant


All forum members should consider themselves as invited guests and participate accordingly.

The PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS FORUM encourages a relaxed and respectful atmosphere to discuss Private Investigations, lifestyle, and other related topics, as well as occasional appropriate off-topic dialog.

Adults Only Registration is required, plus any one of the following identification numbers:

a) private investigators license, or
b) attorney license, or
c) law enforcement ID, or
d) state driver's license.

The above information will be confidential only, and is protected under all local and federal laws. See our Privacy Statement

If a forum member is found to have forged their online registration in any part to access Level 1 areas, their computer and internet access codes linking their attempt to this site may be turned over to all local, state, province, and federal authorities.

While we would rather not have any rules at all, there are some basic posting guidelines we will be enforcing to keep a professional and respectful atmosphere in our forums.
  1. In order to use most of the features of this Bulletin Board you must first register.

    First time registration permits the new member access to all of the forums in Level 1. A more detailed list of all the Levels is available to read in the Technical Support Forum.

    Or, you can click here: Level Description Topic Link

  2. A valid email address is required. So please be advised that if by chance you do not provide a valid email address and you violate any forum rules, your forum membership account will be deleted. Email is our only contact to you. If your email box becomes suspended, full, or otherwise returns our messages to you - then your forum account will be placed on hold until you email tech10@ipiu.org with a new email address. Those without a valid current email address do NOT have the same rights as forum members who do have a valid current email address.

  3. We reserve the right to edit topic titles for clarity as a service to the members-at-large. Introduction Topics should contain the name of the forum member introducing themselves.

  4. It is the duty of all forum members to follow the Newcomer Instructions as outlined.

  5. While we encourage lively discussion, we will not tolerate personal attacks, disrespectful comments, or disingenuous or sarcastic remarks with the appearance to incite toward any person (including their contributions and posts on the forums) or any organization. Any person disparaging another forum member or organization in this regard, or violating forum rules and/or promoting any views that are not in harmony with the Code of Ethics or Mission Statement, may have their comments either edited or removed without notice. Any future incident thereafter may result in that member being permanently removed from the forum.

  6. As with any large worldwide organization which has served over 85,000 members, the fraternal union of the International Private Investigators is not without a handful of one or two vocal critics. These naysayers are typically former members who violated their signed Oath and Code of Ethics, which is deemed a grievous offense to the tens of thousands of other fraternal colleagues. Subsequently, they would have been banned because of their misdeeds and corrosive behavior. Although our forum policy is never to belittle or chastise someone else - no matter how justified we would be - we also implore upon our members to follow our example by refraining from posting confrontational comments in defense of the union or another member in good standing. No matter what is promoted elsewhere by banned former members in an attempt to justify their banishment and violation of their oath, we must lead by good examples. However, if a member falls victim to believing in possible slanderous material against another member or their fraternal union, you are required to privately email legal.affairs@ipiu.org so that the item can be investigated without fanfare on the public forums.

    IPIU stands by its own sixteen year record, since 1989, of serving tens of thousands of private investigators. To that end:

    Visit the Unsolicited Testimonials Forum:
    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=48

    Visit the Official Contact Link for the President of IPIU and the governmental licensing information:
    http://www.ipiu.org/contact.php

    Record to date:
    Since IPIU was founded in 1989, there has never been a single complaint from any governmental authority, including all state attorney generals and provincial authorities, or any law enforcement agency.

    Further, since 1989 there have only been ten (10) consumer complaints (out of the 80,000+ members served worldwide) through consumer bureaus, all of which were resolved.


    IPIU is a member in-good-standing of:
    The United States Chamber of Commerce
    www.uschamber.com


    IPIU is a member in-good-standing of:
    The Fair Business Association of America
    www.fbaa.us

  7. Do not use your forum posting privileges to “rain on someone else’s parade.” We have over 100,000 topics and comments posted at this site. Many members are very enthusiastic about a number of personal issues. Please do not attempt to take away from their enjoyment and participation on the forums by posting disingenuous remarks.

  8. VERY IMPORTANT... If you have a problem with anyone’s comments or actions in a posted thread, do NOT respond with any further comments that will aggravate or escalate the situation. Members who have a severe disagreement have two options of recourse:

    a) Email the moderators, directing them to the individual and thread that the problem occurs in. In the upper right side of every comment posted in the topics is a Red/White Alert Button that looks like this: . Use this feature to send your PRIVATE complaint.

    b) Resolve the problem between both of you via private email. If the email of the member is not available, then refer to the first option and request mediation.

    c) Reacting to a disrespectful post with more disrespect puts YOU in jeopardy, and risks your forum membership account at being deleted.

    d) If you have an issue against one of the moderators or administrators, handle this in private email and not in the forum. Violating this procedure may result in your membership being removed. For a private list of Moderator email addresses, email tech.20@ipiu.org .

  9. The discussion (multiple replies and topic titles) of sex, religion, and politics is not permitted on these forums, except in relation to:

    a) An investigation;

    b) Investigation training;

    c) How they are portrayed in the media or entertainment industries;

    d) As a single Reply with the comment "in my personal opinion/belief" to a topic question title that is perceived as non-sexual or non-religious or non-political in nature.

    e) As an isolated respectful general comment, absent of an appearance of baiting for an argument of member opinions.

    f) As approved in a designated forum for the subject under discussion.

  10. Members are to respect the designated TOPIC and CATEGORY AREAS when posting their comments. This includes off-topic comments, chat-topic comments, and promotional comments that may be inappropriately posted in the wrong topic or forum. Those who post comments that do not relate to the category or thread/topic (including multiple copies of the same comment) may have their comments closed, moved, or deleted without notice.

  11. Members who post portions of appropriate On-Topic remarks mixed with Off-topic remarks that appear to the Moderators to be a subterfuge to commandeer the topic toward a different subject not intended by the topic’s original author - may also have their posts removed without notice. Continual inappropriate posting may lead to a suspension of forum privileges. Members should respect the discussion of a specific topic. Undermining a topic by posting a pattern of unrelated comments does not convey the necessary respect toward the topic author or other contributors.

  12. Excessive posting which appears every one or two minutes in the same topic is only permitted in the Chat Forum and other areas where the automated User Title software promotion is not circumvented. We wish not to discourage multiple posts or discussions, only to direct them to the appropriate forums. User Title Promotion is intended to recognize the efforts of each member who overall contributes to the on-topic discussions of Private Investigations and related fields. Although the After-Hours Forum is off-subject, topics need to be considered journals rather than live chat postings every few minutes.

  13. Posting of multiple copies of comments throughout the forums is not permitted. Example: Many members post a "welcome" to newcomers in their Introduction Topic. Members should make sure they read the introduction and post a personal comment rather than only relying on a complete copy and paste of the same welcome message. Mixing a personal comment with a copy and paste is acceptable, but the comment must be personalized.

  14. Please do not post any profanity (harsh or mild). Do not type your messages in ALL CAPS, because ALL CAPS is considered SHOUTING. Our forum search software retrieves more results from posts that are not typed in all CAPS. We want to keep the Forums presentable to guests and other members. Certain words that are posted are banned automatically by our software and substituted with a star (*) for each letter of the banned word.

  15. Agency promotion or other types of advertising must be approved in advance Legal Affairs. To request approval, email legal.affairs@ipiu.org .

    This Seal must appear . . .

    The seal above must appear next to the forum member's name as the first requirement to be approved to promote or advertise their agency or firm. It designates they are a member of the International Private Investigators Union (IPIU) in addition to being a member of the Private Investigators Forum. IPIU membership requires additional safeguards in advertising and promotion that exceed some state, province, or other country licensing requirements.

    Agency advertisers on this forum assume all responsibility for content and truth in advertising regarding their advertisement.

    IPIU Members who have been approved by Legal Affairs to include their company name, general contact information, and license (if any) in their Signature File are prohibited from circumventing the intended purpose of the approved Signature File. Legal Affairs will instruct Technical Support on the approved formatting of the Signature.

    A member who wishes to promote or advertise their agency or business must also have the IPIU Banner located on their home page web site as proof they are current in sustaining the ethical requirements. Below is a sample of an approved IPIU Banner:



  16. For all other signatures and posting of images (including QUOTES) in the topics, the following rules apply:

    a) Appropriate and conservative posting of images in topics and replies is welcomed. However, we encourage our members not to over do the posting of images that do not relate to the topic at hand. Each time an image is posted, it costs the forum bandwidth.

    b) If a member is using the QUOTE feature of another member's comment, please delete the image from your QUOTE and any other off-topic sentences that do not relate to your answer to the quote.

    c) To determine how many lines your signature will be viewed by forum members, go to the tool bar of your web browser and click on VIEW. Then click on TEXT SIZE. Choose the MEDIUM LEVEL.

    d) For text signatures: 2 lines normal size, or 4 lines small size and up to 90 chars per line. Font sizes above 2 are not allowed.

    e) For images in signatures (with no other text): 1 image up to 300 pixels wide, 125 pixels tall and 20k in size

    f) For images and text in signatures: 1 image up to 100 pixels wide, 40 pixels tall and 7k in size, unless pre-approved by tech10@ipiu.org .

    g) Associates and agents may not advertise or use web referral links to advertise for their respective e-commerce sites unless approved by Legal Affairs. We ask all of our members to refrain from using any non-approved type of referrals or web links in their signatures.

    h) Please us your Signature conservatively. When posting in a topic that contains multiple pages, we ask that only one post in each page has the signature turned "on". Administrators, Moderators, and Forum Guides are to abide by the same policy in casual (unofficial) posts and comments.

  17. Members are not to post outside web links of products or services that IPIU provides its members without gaining approval from Legal Affairs.

  18. By virtue of this agreement, members also acknowledge their understanding that web search engines continually take snapshots of the public pages of this forum (not the private passcode protected areas). Members acknowledge their understanding and agreement to have their User Names and posted public comments archived by various search engines at the potential risk of revealing their public comments as authored under their name. Members, especially undercover law enforcement officers and other professionals, may request an approved alias User Name to replace their current User Name, or to request that a new User Name alias be established as a courtesy of the webmaster of this site. Members acknowledge and agree to hold harmless the owners of this site for actions and authored comments through no direct fault of the owners.

  19. Job openings, or any reference to a specific employment advertisement, are not to be posted in any area except the Local & National Firms Hiring Forum, which requires Level 4 access. If a member does not have Level 4 access and wishes to post a topic concerning a specific employment ad, use the following link to notify IPIU:

    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/sendmessage.php

  20. Forum Members are free to exchange their private email addresses with extreme caution outside the Private Investigators Forum. Forum Members are prohibited from circumventing the intended purpose of this policy. Meetings between members can be organized by one or more Level 4 Union Members (who sustain the Mission Statement and has signed their Code of Ethics) and who have a proven forum track record of recorded assignments and earnings, as provided in the Level 4 Forum Instructions. For pre-approval, use the following link:

    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/sendmessage.php

  21. Posting a personal email address inside the Private Investigators Forum must be pre-approved by Legal Affairs as "advertising" or soliciting. Under no circumstances should a forum member post their telephone number or address without advance approval from Legal Affairs.

    To apply for an approved email address to be posted, including posting your website, phone number, and other contact details, please click on the following application instructions link:

    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19427

  22. Forum discussion of your private files, which includes products, services, and IPIU membership files:
    1. If a Forum Member is also a private investigator member of IPIU, they are prohibited from discussing any personal IPIU file information that relates to their membership, products, services, or personal and confidential comments, as it may be a part of their IPIU file.

    2. Questions or requests pertaining to individual earnings, individual private placements, public placements, fees charged clients, annual agency income statements, or other products or services that may be contained in the confidential or private forums for private investigators are not permitted in forums with access Levels of 1, 2, and 3. However, Level 4 access forums have appropriate topics already authored by the Moderators for discussions and posting of these answers.

    3. Any violation of this policy may result in the removal of the post and the suspension of the Forum Member's account.


  23. As time permits, certain qualified IPIU members who have reached Level 4 may be invited to be upgraded to Level 5 Gold, which includes an assigned password to use the Private Messaging System available in our software. Level 5 Gold members who violate the forum rules in Private Messages may have their forum membership revoked by Technical Support.

  24. The opinions and comments made in the posts written by our forum members and volunteer staff is the responsibility of the individual member. The Private Investigators Forum and its sponsors, including the International Private Investigators Union (IPIU), assume no responsibility of the content expressed or implied by its membership.

  25. The inclusion of pictures within messages is allowed sparingly on this site. Referring to images on other sites should be done so cautiously, if at all. This not only uses up our website bandwidth resources between sites, but often the images are copyrighted and protected by that site. Copyrighted images are not to be included on our site (except under the government guidelines of "fair use") without the express written permission of the owner of the copyrighted image(s).

    For more information, email legal.affairs@ipiu.org .

  26. Forum rules & guidelines are not up for debate.

    a) Although The Private Investigators Forum is available worldwide in all democracies, the forum itself is not a democracy due to its Mission Statement, Code of Ethics, and Forum Rules that all members agree to. The Private Investigators Forum is a "private" membership forum. Although we encourage suggestions, improvements, and other comments, anyone openly debating the rules we have set in place may be removed without notice.

    b) However, if you are unsure how your comment may be received, please contact us in the following link:

    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/sendmessage.php

    At times the moderators may approve your email comments to be posted openly, depending on the nature of the concern or suggestion.

    c) Complaints that are emailed and respectful suggestions that are posted in the Technical Support forum usually lead to an improvement in the rules and guidelines. Our team of Administrators began establishing the community rules over 10 years ago on Prodigy and CompuServe forums. This site has been active for over 4 years, and remains a work-in-progress. Complaints are always welcomed via private email so that we can take them seriously to help improve our community. But remember that "respect" while complaining to our staff will always be more appreciated. Many members have contributed to the overall welcome feeling our forums have become known for.

  27. Moderators of the forums are not to be openly and publicly argued with when enforcing forum rules and guidelines you agreed to. Anyone arguing with a Moderator in a forum may be removed from the forum without notice. Even though our Moderators go through several months of private training and long hours invested in how to "manage" members, they still are not perfect people. Moderators can make mistakes too, but it is rare. Nevertheless, feel free to privately contact us through the following link for any and all concerns to the Administrators at:

    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/sendmessage.php

  28. We reserve the right to delete forum memberships for any reason with or without prior warning.

  29. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use the Private Investigators Forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, disrespectful, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law, forum rule, mission statement, or the spirit in which these rules were approved.

  30. You agree not to register under a User Name that is not your true name, unless pre-approved by security. If your profession requires concealment of your true name, then email legal.affairs@ipiu.org to apply for pre-approval of an alias User Name.

  31. You agree not to register for multiple User Names. To remove a User Name, send a message through the following link:
    http://www.ipiu.org/forums/sendmessage.php

  32. You agree not to use the email addresses, phone numbers, or private information of any member on the forum, or as a result of participating on the forum, for any other purpose than personal communication with that member, and further agree to abide by the Code of Ethics (as stated in this Agreement) in sustaining the joint principles of the Private Investigators Forum and it's sponsors, including the International Private Investigators Union (IPIU), without promoting any direct or indirect disrespect or harm to either organization, it's members, moderators, or staff.

  33. We reserve the right to delete, edit, archive, or remove any message without cause. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless, the Private Investigators Forum and their sponsors and agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We reserve the right to revoke your forum membership to the forum or temporarily disable your posting ability without cause.

  34. We reserve the right to update, change, or modify the Forum Rules from time to time. You agree to review these Forum Rules from time to time and to abide by them at all times.

  35. You agree not to reveal any information or comments contained in the Level 2 through Level 4 forums to outside sources. You further agree not to post any Level 2, 3 and 4 comments in the Level 1 forums without pre-approval by an Administrator.




INSTRUCTIONS TO AGREE OR NOT:

If you received a personal email request asking you to Read & Agree to this document, then simply click on the button titled REPLY TO THIS TOPIC and type in the message box your agreement. Then submit.

For other Forum Members: To indicate your acceptance of the current and/or amended Forum Rules and Code of Ethics, simply login with your User Name and password. Our forum software will automatically record the time and date of your login and your acceptance.

To CANCEL your Forum Membership
: If you wish to unsubscribe to the Forum Rules and the Code of Ethics, including your Private Investigators Forum Membership, send an email to remove@ipiu.org . To verify your identity, please include your User Name and Password in your email.