Conduct and Policies

@cal Policies

Code of Conduct

The @cal Online Alumni Community is a service provided by the University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with the California Alumni Association, to facilitate communication among individual members of the UC Berkeley community defined as "users" (including, but not limited to, alumni, students, and friends), and between such users and UC Berkeley.

Certain uses of @cal are inconsistent with this purpose, including, but not limited to:

  • activities that are illegal or fraudulent;
  • use that inaccurately implies endorsement, approval, or sponsorship by UC Berkeley (or any individual officer of the University);
  • use that can be confused with official communications of UC Berkeley or its officers;
  • use that can be confused with official communications of the California Alumni Association or its officers;
  • personal mass mailings of any size beyond 10 recipients;
  • activities that violate other users' privacy, such as transferring membership access to the system or releasing personal information about others, such as name, address, or phone number;
  • activities that further commercial or other personal gain;
  • harassment of any individual; or
  • violations of E-Mail List and Career Network Policies (below).

UC Berkeley will deny further access to the secure portion of this Web site to those who engage in these or similar practices. Participants in the @cal Online Alumni Community who misuse information and communication services may removed from the online alumni community permanently, and they could face legal action for failure to abide by the policies and procedures outlined in the code of conduct agreement. Please contact us for feedback or to report violations of this code of conduct. UC Berkeley is not responsible for the content of e-mail lists and will not routinely monitor content. The University, however, reserves the right to reorganize or delete any postings or message boards and may at its discretion reassign a topic's ownership. UC Berkeley may deny access to @cal.

Cause for such termination of @cal services shall include, but not be limited to:

  • breaches or violations of the @cal policies;
  • requests by @cal members for self-initiated account deletions;
  • discontinuance or modification to @cal services; and
  • technical or security issues or problems.

Users will ordinarily receive a single warning about behavior that violates the Code of Conduct and policies governing @cal. The warning will cite the specific behavior or behaviors that violate the policy, invite the user to respond, and explain that rights to any and all services of @cal will be terminated if the cited behavior is repeated.

When a user's @cal service is terminated, UC Berkeley will:

  • notify the holder of the account via an e-mail that their access to @cal is being terminated; and
  • terminate the access to the @cal services, including the e-mail forwarding address.

Use of the @cal service is also governed by the following policies:

  • UC Berkeley IT Policies
  • University of California Electronic Communications Policy

E-mail List Policies

UC Berkeley values the diversity of viewpoints fostered in an academic setting and is steadfast in its commitment to free speech, encouraging the open exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Subscriptions to e-mail lists on @cal are a privilege, not a right. Subscribers who do not follow these guidelines may be removed from the list. The University may, under certain circumstances and without prior notice, immediately terminate your access to @cal services.

UC Berkeley cannot protect individuals against the existence or receipt of materials that may be offensive to them. However, if UC Berkeley believes, in its sole discretion, that a user's participation in @cal violates the guidelines set forth here, UC Berkeley reserves the right to take any and all actions it deems necessary and appropriate including, but not limited to: deleting a posting, limiting or denying a user's access to @cal, or canceling an e-mail discussion list.

UC Berkeley requires that e-mail messages conform to an acceptable format for e-mail discussion lists. Users shall conform to the following standards for posting to the e-mail lists:

  • Keep your comments to the stated topic and purpose of the list. List members are notified of a list's topic and purpose, and changes to it.
  • Limit your e-mail to a reasonable length, not to exceed 400 words.
  • Do not post copyrighted material or lengthy essays or articles (generally defined as no more than 400 words) without appropriate permission to the list.
  • Messages must be in plain text, not HTML.
  • Please include your full name in your messages.
  • When responding to an earlier message, do not quote all of a previous message. Instead, quote only those sections that are relevant.
  • If you are asking a question, please encourage people to respond directly to you and offer to summarize responses and send the summary to the list.
  • Please be polite, professional, and respectful. Constructive discussion is encouraged; personal attacks and flame wars are not.
  • You may not send commercial messages to the list.
  • Do not include attachments in your messages.
  • To prevent "Out of the Office" or other automatic responses from being sent to other list members, please temporarily unsubscribe from the list.

Because some of the e-mail lists are not moderated forums, administrative approval may be not required for posting. This means that users will be held accountable for adhering to the e-mail list guidelines set forth here. Users are required to self-police their postings to ensure that they meet the guidelines. The University may review user postings at any time to determine if there have been violations of the guidelines.

The University of California, Berkeley, its schools and colleges, and the California Alumni Association maintain the lists. The content of the lists does not necessarily reflect the views of The University of California, Berkeley, its schools and colleges, the Cal Career Center, International House, or the California Alumni Association.

Career Network Policies

Access to @cal members through the Career Network is a privilege, not a right. The University may, when appropriate, immediately terminate your access to @cal services.

While using the Career Network, please remember:

  1. Career Networkers may be contacted for informational interviews and career networking.
  2. Career Networkers are volunteers. Please be sensitive to time constraints they may have and to their preferred method of contact.
  3. The Career Network is not a job placement service.
  4. @cal's Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy apply to all @cal services, including the Career Network.

This Code of Conduct, Privacy Policy, and other policies for @cal's services may be updated from time to time without notice to you. You can review the most current version of these policies any time by going to:

Please report violations of the Code of Conduct, Privacy Policy, and other @cal policies by filling out this form.

Privacy Statement

The @cal Online Alumni Community exists to help current and future alumni maintain their connection to one another, and to help the University maintain its lifelong relationship with its alumni. The secure areas of the community are accessible only to members of the UC Berkeley community as follows: degree holders, members of the California Alumni Association, International House alumni, and other authorized users. The information contained on in secure areas of the Web site are only to be used for University business and for individual, non-commercial communication between members listed herein. Use of this data for any other purpose, including, but not limited to, reproduction and storing in a retrieval system by any means or using the addresses or other information contained in this directory for direct mailing of more than 10 people is strictly prohibited. UC Berkeley can and may deny access to any user of the community who misuses the information contained herein. UC Berkeley has taken reasonable precautions to secure the personal information available through the online alumni directory. The online alumni directory is located on a secure Web site that incorporates the latest encryption technology. Although these precautions should protect any personal information available through the online alumni directory from abuse or outside interference, a certain degree of privacy risk is faced any time information is shared over the Internet. Therefore, through the section of the community called "My Account," you have the ability to control the nature and amount of information available to other users. This functionality is available to you once you become a member of the @cal community.

Individuals also have the right to withhold their information entirely from the online alumni directory. During registration, individuals may choose to withhold their information from the online alumni directory and thereby opt out of the @cal community. Individuals who decline the Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy have not opted out of the @cal community, and, until they opt out of the @cal community, their names and basic information will appear in the online alumni directory.