Rules of Conduct

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Senior Planet does not permit or endorse any expression that is disrespectful of any individuals, groups, beliefs, opinions or ideas. Senior Planet also disallows the posting of personally identifiable information of either the commenter or of others. Therefore, any comments that are deemed to violate the following rules will not be allowed to appear or will be removed.

Senior Planet visitors may not:
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  • Post the content of any personal email sent to you without the sender’s prior express permission.
  • “Spam” by posting the same message on one or more pages that are not related to the topic of the post.
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  • Post any message intended to promote a business or commercial product or service; or post a message that is intended to encourage others to vote in a contest.
  • Post any message that is politically partisan or seeks to influence the outcome of an election to political office or pending legislation.
  • Publicly post or otherwise share personally identifiable information of oneself or of another, such as an address, email address, phone number, Social Security number, or other sensitive information, such as passwords, etc.
  • Post or transmit any material that violates the rights of others, infringes a person’s intellectual property rights (such as copyrights, patents, or trademarks), or is otherwise unlawful or encourages unlawful activity. Posting or transmission of any material that violates any federal, state, or local law or regulation is prohibited.

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Grievance Procedure

The OATS Commitment:
OATS is committed to excellence. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with your experience (site, lab, trainer, etc), you have the right to discuss your concerns with the OATS trainer and have the problem addressed promptly and in a confidential manner. If you are not satisfied with the result, you may contact us by emailing or calling 888-713-3495.
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