FIRST Policies

Operating rules and policies for FIRST.

Bylaws of FIRST.ORG, Inc.

A North Carolina Nonprofit Corporation.

» Bylaws of FIRST.ORG, Inc.

Whistleblower Protection Policy

In keeping with the policy of maintaining the highest standards of conduct and ethics, FIRST will investigate any suspected fraudulent or dishonest use or misuse of FIRST's resources or property by staff, board members, consultants, or volunteers. Staff, board members, consultants, and volunteers are encouraged to report suspected fraudulent or dishonest conduct (i.e., to act as "whistleblower"), pursuant to the procedures set forth below.

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Conflict of Interest Policy

The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect the FIRST's (Organization) interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction.

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Travel Policy

As a not-for-profit organization,, Inc. ("FIRST") recognizes the need to be fiscally prudent with its funds, while at the same time appreciating the value of funding travel (e.g., for conducting face to face meetings and inviting key individuals to participate) from time to time.

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Document Record Retention and Destruction Policy

It is the policy of FIRST to retain all documents based on FIRST's record retention schedule. When the retention period is complete, documents will be destroyed.

» Document Record Retention and Destruction Policy

Uniform IPR Policy

The FIRST Intellectual Property Rights Policy is to ensure uniformity amongst members and contributors in all SIG Efforts. The IPR is to ensure that all submissions are not patented, that all work product or similar information for use within the SIG is freely provided to FIRST and is not owned by any entity or individual. It is the intent of FIRST to provide globally use freely.

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General event registration refund policy

The following policy applies to all events unless a specific event explicitly modifies it.

» General event registration refund policy

Event Site Selection Guidelines

This document describes principles guiding FIRST Board when selecting a site for an event. These principles guide site selection of all events and not only the Annual Conference. This also includes events organized by FIRST members but under the FIRST banner.

» Event Site Selection Guidelines