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Comment Policy

NCATS Comment Policy

NCATS leadership and staff members encourage feedback and comments about all of our communications, including website and social media information. We aim to foster meaningful dialogue and public interaction and welcome all viewpoints.

Public comments posted on our social media sites do not necessarily reflect the official views of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or other federal government entities. In addition, NCATS staff reserve the right to remove social media posts or comments that are inconsistent with the following guidelines:

Do Post

  • Respectful language
  • Comments that are focused and to the point
  • The truth
  • Information relevant to the topic at hand

Do Not Post

  • Vulgar, profane or abusive language
  • Personal attacks of any kind
  • Inappropriate religious, sexual, political or racial references
  • Unsupported accusations
  • Misleading, defamatory or false information
  • Endorsements of commercial products, services, organizations or other entities
  • Endorsements of political parties, candidates or groups
  • Spam (includes repeated posts, comments and links to other sites)
  • Content, images or graphics that infringe on copyrights
  • Documents of any kind
  • Solicitation of funds
  • Comments on any sort of ongoing investigation
  • Comments or images that suggest illegal activity or that contain illegal content
  • Procurement-sensitive information related to any current/future NCATS acquisitions
  • Surveys, polls, questionnaires, etc., subject to OMB Paperwork Reduction Act clearance
  • Reporters' questions — all media inquiries must be directed to the NCATS Communications Branch (info@ncats.nih.gov)

By posting your comments or other work to a social media site owned or administered by NCATS, you irrevocably grant NCATS permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives, display or perform your work publicly and free-of-charge.

Comments on social media are welcome at any time; however, NCATS staff will only moderate and respond to comments during regular business hours. NCATS staff may edit your comment for clarity or length or to remove inappropriate material. They may use the information you provide to contact you regarding changes or questions about your feedback.

Remember that social media posts are public. Do not include any information that personally identifies you in a way you do not intend (e.g., social security numbers). Additional guidance can be found on the NIH Privacy and Security Policy page.

Last updated: 11-04-2016
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