Policy of Content

Communications CommitteeCommunications Committee
Seated, left to right: Michael Greenberg, Rick Reiss, Steve Gibb, Scott Ferson, John Besley
 
Standing, left to right: Susanna Priest, Karen Lowrie, Stijn Pieters, Susan Dudley, Christopher Cummings, Jim Butler, Lisa Robinson, Patricia Nance

This document describes the policies for content and management of the SRA website consistent with its goal of serving the interests of the SRA as a whole. The SRA website shall contain only material that is relevant to the development and application of knowledge in the risk analysis arena and to the SRA as an organization. Although the Council's definition of relevance is broad, it reserves the right to reject material that does not meet this requirement. The Council desires to maintain an appropriate balance between encouraging the legitimate promotion of its members' interests and discouraging use of its website as a vehicle for narrow goals. Decisions on content shall be at the sole discretion of the SRA. Specific guidance on content follows.

SRA Communications Committee

Judgments regarding site content shall be made by the Communications Committee. The Chair of the committee is responsible for working with the Webmaster to communicate to the full committee and SRA members about any significant changes or additions to the web pages. The Secretariat maintains responsibility for informing the Chair and Webmaster of any issues of potential liability. The Communications Committee will post a schedule for ongoing updates to the website for review by members of the Communications Committee.

Links to Risk-Related Sites

The SRA website may include links to the web sites of individuals or organizations providing risk-related information, products, or services. Links to sites with a clear advocacy position or to sites whose principal purpose is the promotion of products or services for a fee shall be restricted to a page or pages of the site clearly identified as containing such material. Listings of such sites will be limited to the link itself and a brief description of the opinions, products, or services offered (e.g., "discusses risk science policy" or " . . . offers risk assessment software" or "provides consulting services in risk assessment and risk management"). The page(s) with such listings shall include a disclaimer of SRA endorsement of or responsibility for such positions, products, or services.

Opportunities for Members

The site may include listings of available fellowships and scholarships, grants and contracts, employment openings, and similar opportunities for members. Listings may consist of substantive text and/or links to other websites containing information on the opportunity. Although the listing organization shall be encouraged to submit proposed content and shall have the opportunity to review the listing and withdraw it if desired, the final content of any such listing shall be at the sole discretion of the SRA. Listing of employment opportunities shall be limited to a brief announcement of the position and appropriate contact information. Job wanted listings shall be restricted to a page or pages of the website clearly identified as containing such material, shall be limited to 200 words each, and shall be submitted electronically in a format specified by the SRA. Requests for proposals from private-sector enterprises shall be restricted to a page or pages of the website clearly identified as containing such material, shall be limited to 200 words each, and shall be submitted electronically in a format specified by the SRA.

Announcements of Events

In addition to SRA-sponsored events (e.g., the Annual Meeting, conferences and workshops), the SRA website may feature announcements for other qualifying events of interest to the risk analysis community. Such events could include, but are not necessarily limited to, scientific meetings; public hearings on regulations; review and comment periods for major legislation, reports, or regulations; and short courses. Listings may consist of substantive text and/or links to other websites containing information on the event. Announcements of short courses and similar fee-for-service events other than those sponsored by the SRA are subject to an advertising fee and shall be accepted only if:

  1. The dates of the event do not conflict with dates of SRA events, including those of nearby Sections and Chapters; and
  2. The sponsors provide sufficient information for the SRA Webmaster or the Communications Committee Chair to make a judgment regarding the quality and content of the event.

The rates for fee-for-service events are as follows:

  • $250 for 150 words
  • $100 for each additional 50 words

If accepted, announcements shall be restricted to a page or pages of the website clearly identified as containing such material, shall be limited to 200 words each, and shall be submitted electronically in a format specified by the SRA.

News Items

The SRA website may feature news items of current interest to members and other visitors. News items may be submitted to the SRA Webmaster for inclusion at the sole discretion of the SRA. The SRA Webmaster may make a determination about the posting and should consult with the Communications Committee Chair (who should consult with the full committee) with respect to any questionable items and/or concerns. A disclaimer of endorsement by the SRA shall be placed on any page containing news items not released by the SRA.