The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011 In the Shadows Paranormal Project team members have learned to develop good team- building skills over time. If one thinks about it logically, Rules of Conduct are nothing more than pointing out the obvious. Being considerate of one another, and what we do collectively. By maintaining a set of Rules for Conduct with your organization, you will find as we did, that it can unite your team members toward a common goal, and actually enhance their ability to work cohesively together, without question. Without them, you not only be  limiting yourself toward success, but each individual on your team. You can’t do it alone. At least for very long that is... Rules will actually help your team to quickly build an ongoing process of group cooperation that will help every evolve into a cohesive mind that operates like clockwork. The team members will not only share expectations for accomplishing group tasks willingly, but trust and support one another and respect one another's individual differences. Your role as a team builder is to lead your team toward that cohesiveness as your team builds confidence in what they love. Investigate the paranormal. You’ll be surprised, when you realize that your team will seem to have taken on a life of its own. Allowing everyone to learn more and only get better. In the Shadows Paranormal Project Code of Conduct The ITSPP Code of Conduct The Paranormal Feel Free to Copy This Page as a Template for Your Team 1. NO Trespassing - Watch out for any posted warning signs. Always make sure permission is legally granted before going onto someone else's property. Avoid all areas where access is prohibited. Trespassing without written permission will not only get you or the team thrown in jail. Breaking this rule will cost you your ITSPP membership. 2. NO SMOKING, ALCOHOL or DRUG Use - Don't do anything that will impair your judgment or infect the site's environment. Breaking this rule will cost you your ITSPP membership. 3. NEVER Go Alone - Always pair with another team member when on a case investigation. This provides a more safety and also a witness to any event that may occur. If you're alone and there's an unforeseen accident or emergency, who will help you? 4. ALWAYS Carry Your ID and Wear Your Badge - If the police ever question you about being in a private area, you will need some form of picture identification; preferably Government issued. They do have the right to ask any citizen for ID. If you don't have one, they also have the right to detain you for questioning. 5. NEVER Forget to Tell People Where You Are - Tell someone where you'll be and how long you plan on being gone. If you run late on the investigation, call and explain the situation. Never leave friends or loved ones wondering where you are. 6. ALWAYS Record the True Equipment Readings - Test all of your equipment several times before leaving on an investigation. Replace batteries with new ones. Learn to correctly use all of the equipment before even thinking about trying to use them in the field. Remember to take a baseline reading when you arrive. But most importantly, DO NOT falsify the true data readings of your investigation. Breaking this rule will cost you your ITSPP membership. 7. Perform Reconnaissance in Daylight - Thoroughly check over the site in the daylight for any dangerous obstacles that may be invisible in the darkness. Never go to the site for the first time in darkness. 8. NEVER Litter - Leave the area exactly as you found it. Pick up any trash, containers, and scraps of paper and tape. Wipe off any chalk marks unless the site is a secluded area and the team is planning on returning. 9. NO Colognes, After Shave, or Perfumes during an Investigation - Never wear anything that creates a noticeable odor. The smells may impair other team member’s judgments. The air needs to be clean and clear, in order to detect any olfactory evidence. If mosquito repellents are required use odor free bug sprays and log their use. 10. ALWAYS Carry Your Notebook or Audio Recorder - Everything needs to be recorded and logged. No detail is too small to ignore. Keep lists of events, actions, and times at least hourly. Use of an audio recorder will also prevent from having to use a light to write. 11. ALWAYS Wear a Watch - This will allow for accurate time entries into your logbook. You can't record the correct times if you don't know what it is. 12. NEVER Whisper - Always speak clearly, in a normal tone of voice, especially if you're recording during the investigation. You don't want to later confuse yours or your teammate’s whispering as something supernatural. If there are 'ghosts' around your voice is not going to scare them off. 12. NO CELL PHONES or Turn Them Off - Odds are you won't be receiving calls. 13. Review ALL the Research Material before Going into the Field - Good research will only help you find ALL the possibilities during an investigation. 14. Don't Use a Car's Headlights as a Main Source of Light - Sometimes a car's headlights come in handy for setting up campsites or equipment, but don't use them as a long-term light source. You could drain the battery enough that the car will not start. 15. Don't Bring everything - Don't try to carry along every piece of equipment you own. Just bring the basics and the equipment that you absolutely need. Getting bogged down will only takes your attention away from the investigation. 16. Bring Plenty of Flashlights - Always have plenty of working flashlights. Everyone should have at least two flashlights on hand. As well as illuminating chemical sticks in case batteries all fail. 17. Bring Plenty of EXTRA Batteries - Know what kind of batteries each piece of equipment takes and be sure equipment batteries are fully charged. Always carry extra sets of batteries. 18. ALWAYS Take Lots of Pictures - Take as many photographs as you can. That goes the same for video. You can never have enough of either, the one you don’t take will be the one you wish you did. Don't run out before the investigation is over. Always have emergency backup of film or digital memory on hand. 19. NEVER Put Yourself in a Dangerous Situation - It may be tempting to conduct an investigation in old condemned buildings or on the edge of a spooky cliff side, but don't do it. The risk is simply not worth it. Also, never go to any place when the weather conditions are bad. The investigation process is the most fun part of what we do, and are meant to be fun BUT it won't be fun if someone gets hurt, has to go to the hospital, or worse. 19. MOST IMPORTANTLY Don't Forget to bring Snacks, Water,  First Aid or Toilet Paper - It may sound trivial, but you would be surprised how many investigations have been ruined or have been cut short because of the lack of snacks, first aid, or toilet paper! In the Shadows Paranormal Project CODE OF CONDUCT