Communication Policy

CARA members have many opportunities to communicate with fellow members outside of conferences and workshops including the following: 1) the main list-serve (cara-net@cara-acaar.ca); 2) the Special Interest Group (SIG) list-serves; 3) the CARA Connection newsletter; 4) the CARA LinkedIn group; 5) the CARA O3 file sharing platform (which has space for blogs); and the 6) CARA membership directory.

The following are the standards by which these communications platforms are administered.

1. CARA main list-serve:

The main CARA list-serve includes all members except those individuals who opt out. The purpose of this list-serve is to facilitate communication from CARA to its membership, and among its members regarding programs and services. Anonymous posting to the list-serve is not conducive to building our community and is prohibited.

This un-moderated list-serve is only open to CARA members thus it is incumbent upon all members to keep messages short, constructive, professional, and polite.

Members may post questions and/or comments in both official languages related to research administration and management.

Members who have questions or comments for the CARA Board or Executive are asked to contact the individual(s) directly for assistance.

Excluded from this list-serve are:

  • Advertising for third party events with the exception of events planned by its federal partners.

CARA only advertises an event to its membership when CARA is a partner in that event (i.e. sharing in planning and revenue). If you feel your event is of interest to CARA members there are two options to assist you: 1) post your notice to CARA’s LinkedIn group; and/or 2) purchase an advertisement in the CARA Connection.

  • Commercial and third party advertising and announcements.

If you are in business or belong to another organization that wishes to communicate/ advertise with CARA members there are three options to assist you: 1) post your notice to CARA’s LinkedIn group; 2) purchase an advertisement in the CARA Connection; and/or 3) sponsor a webinar that will be offered free of charge to interested CARA members.

The CARA list-serve is not meant to be used as a means of communication for consultants, businesses, and other organizations not affiliated with CARA.

2. Special Interest Groups (SIG) list-serve:

The SIG list-serves are for CARA members who are interested in specialized areas of research administration and management. SIG members may choose to post their questions and comments on the main list-serve or their SIG list-serve. SIGs share resources such as templates, tools, and other resources on CARA’s file sharing platform (See 4. below).

3.  CARA Connection

The CARA newsletter is a bi-monthly publication provided electronically to all CARA members. This publication is edited and produced by CARA volunteers. Submission Guidelines and the Advertising Policy are available at: https://cara-acaar.ca/news.

4. CARA O3 file sharing Platform

All CARA members are welcome to share resources on the O3 platform (https://www.othree.ca/?signin&r=%2fcaura). There are folders for SIGs, committees, events and other topics pertinent to the membership. CARA members share articles, checklists, posters, templates and other resources with their peers on this platform. To request a password, please email the Executive Director. The CARA Executive Director will assist you in identifying the most appropriate folder for your information if requested. 

5.  CARA LinkedIn Group

This group is available to CARA members and non-members alike. The rules governing this platform are those of LinkedIn Corporation.

6. CARA Membership Directory

The membership directory is available to CARA members only. Members are requested to respect the privacy of others by refraining from sharing details included in the directory with individuals outside of CARA unless previous permission has been granted by the member(s) whose information you wish to share.

Violation of this policy may result in the contravening communications being removed from the platform in which they appear.

Further information about this policy, or access to the various communications opportunities noted above, is available by contacting CARA’s Executive Director. Contact details can be found at: https://cara-acaar.ca/contactUs.

In the event of inconsistency between the French and English version, the English language version shall prevail.