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Interest Groups Online Members' Code of Conduct

The Member Code of Conduct clarifies the standard of behaviour expected from each Interest Groups Online member. A requirement of membership of Interest Groups Online is adherence to this Code of Conduct.

Members are expected:

    • to treat each other with dignity and respect at all times.
    • to always act in the best interests of Interest Groups Online and the u3a Movement, strive to uphold its reputation and never do anything which could bring Interest Groups Online, or a u3a into disrepute or expose it to undue risk.
    • to use Interest Groups Online’s resources responsibly and in line with the ethos of Interest Groups Online and the u3a movement.
    • to know and follow the Principles of the u3a Movement at every opportunity.

The Founding Principles of the u3a Movement 

The u3a movement is non-religious and non-political and has three main principles: 

The Third Age Principle 

  • Membership of IGO is open to all in their third age, which is defined not by a particular age but by a period in life in which full time employment has ceased.
  • Members promote the values of lifelong learning and the positive attributes of belonging to a service of the Third Age Trust. 
  • IGO is an inclusive membership, ensuring that everyone who wants to join IGO is able to do so.   

The Self-Help Learning Principle 

  • Members form interest groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire; by the members, for the members.
  • No qualifications are sought or offered. Learning is for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive, not qualifications or awards.
  • There is no distinction between the learners and the teachers; they are all IGO members.

The Mutual Aid Principle 

  • Interest Groups Online is a service of The Third Age Trust, which requires adherence to the guiding principles of the u3a movement.
  • No payments are made to members for services rendered to any IGO group. 
  • Annual membership fees paid by members cover the costs of running IGO. 
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