Website Terms of Use

Last Updated: July 27, 2011

Acceptance of Terms

By using the websites of Connections Education and its affiliates (collectively, "Connections Education") (the “websites”), and the text, graphics, icons, and other content within the websites, you (hereinafter referred to as “the User” or “Users”) agree not to appropriate the websites for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. If the User is a minor, he or she shall be the responsibility of his or her parent/guardian, who shall ensure that the User adheres to the provisions herein.

Connections Education reserves the right to change these Terms of Use at any time. The most current version is always available by clicking on the "Terms of Use" link located at the bottom of the websites' homepages. Any changes to these Terms of Use will become effective as soon as they are posted to the websites.

By using the websites, the User agrees to these Terms of Use, which are in effect at the time of use. If you, the User do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not use the websites.

Permitted Use

The websites are to be used only for the purpose of enrolling in or obtaining more information about Connections Education. Connections Education grants the User a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license to access, display, and print the Web pages within the websites solely for personal, non-commercial purposes. This permission is conditioned on the User following all copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices, and accepting any terms, conditions, and notices accompanying the websites.

The User may not remove, obscure, or alter the websites, in whole or in part, in any way. The User may not modify, publish, transfer, distribute, sub-license, rent, reproduce, create derivative works from, copy, duplicate, display, or in any way exploit the websites, in whole or in part, or any content contained therein, without prior written consent from Connections Education. However, the User is free to encourage others to access the websites and is free to tell others how to access the websites.

The User may not use the websites in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any Connections Education server or the network(s) connected to any Connections Education server. The User may not use the websites in any manner that interferes with another party's use and/or enjoyment of the websites. The User may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to any Connections Education server through hacking, password mining, or any other means. The User may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the websites.

Proprietary Rights

The User acknowledges and agrees that the information available on this websites may be protected by various copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, or other intellectual property rights and laws and may only be used as permitted by law and with the permission of the owner. Connections Education reserves the right to terminate the User’s access to this websites in appropriate circumstances if the User infringes upon the intellectual property rights of either Connections Education or any third party.

Copyrights

The Website’s contents are owned or controlled by Connections Education, LLC, or the third party credited as the provider of the content and its contents may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or modified in any way without the express written consent of Connections Education. All Users are fully responsible for their own use of the websites and for ensuring such use does not infringe on the rights of Connections Education or third parties.

If you are interested in re-purposing our content, please contact us at legal@connectionseducation.com

Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(2), Connections Academy's designated agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement in connection with the websites is:  legal@connectionseducation.com. To file a notice of infringement with Connections Education, the requirements specified in Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 must be fulfilled. The text of this statute can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office WEBSITE, http://www.copyright.gov/.

Trademarks

The websites contains trademarks and service marks of Connections Education and of third parties. Connections Education owns a number of registered and common law trademarks. Any use of Connections Education marks must adhere to the Connections Education Trademark Usage Guidelines.

View a list of Connections Education trademarks.

Review the Trademark Usage Guidelines for the use of Connections Education trademarks.

For questions related to the use of Connections Education marks or the Trademark Usage Guidelines, or to obtain information on the third party owner of a trademark used on the websites, contact legal@connectionseducation.com.

Privacy and Protection for Children

The websites is not structured or intended to attract children under the age of 13, except under the guidance and supervision of an adult. A parent or guardian must provide consent in order for any child under the age of 13 to provide personal information to the websites and for Connections Education to use that information.

For more information on the collection and use of personal information, click on the "Privacy Policy" link located at the bottom of the home page of the websites.

Links

The websites may contain links to other websites or other resources that are provided for the User’s convenience. These linked sites are not under the control of Connections Education, and Connections Education is not responsible for the content available on third party linked sites. Connections Education makes no representations, warranties, or other commitments whatsoever about any third-party websites or third-party resources that may be referenced, accessible from, or linked to from the websites. A link to a non-Connections Education website does not mean that Connections Education endorses the content or use of such website or its owner. In addition, Connections Education is not a party to or responsible for any transactions the User may enter into with third parties, even if the User learns of such parties (or uses a link to such parties) from the websites. Accordingly, the User acknowledges and agrees that Connections Education is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources and is not responsible or liable for any content, services, products, or other materials on or available from those sites or resources.

Linking to the websites is permitted as long as you clearly state that the link will take the user to a site owned by Connections Education; you do not charge a fee for the pages containing the link; and you do not link in a way that causes the websites to open within a frame or in a manner which makes the content from the link appear as if it were part of your site.

Connections Education reserves the right to determine when any links to the websites are inappropriate, defamatory, or violate our intellectual property rights, and reserves the right to require you to discontinue links to the websites. Upon receipt of such request, you must immediately remove the specified links from the websites.

Warranty and Other Disclaimers

Connections Education is committed to ensuring the accuracy of all information included on the websites, subject to the following limitations:

Information on the websites is not promised or guaranteed to be correct, current, or complete, and may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. Connections Education assumes no responsibility (and expressly disclaims responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. Accordingly, the User should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any services, products, or other matters described in the websites.

Connections Education does not warrant that the functional aspects of the websites will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the websites or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. Connections Education is not responsible for any damages or injury caused by any error, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence, or under any other cause of action.

The User acknowledges that Connections Education is not liable for any defamatory, offensive, infringing, or illegal materials or conduct, or such materials or conduct of third parties contained on the websites, and Connections Education reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions and remove any materials from the websites without liability.

Disclaimer of Warranty

USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT THE USER’S OWN RISK. ALL MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITH NO WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES WHATSOEVER. CONNECTIONS ACADEMY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, AND OTHER WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES, OR REPRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONNECTIONS ACADEMY MAKES NO WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE THAT THE WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE. THE USER UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT IF HE OR SHE DOWNLOADS OR OTHERWISE OBTAINS MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE, PROGRAMS, OR SERVICES, HE OR SHE DOES SO AT HIS OR HER OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT HE OR SHE WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT, INCLUDING LOSS OF DATA OR DAMAGE TO THE USER’S COMPUTER SYSTEM. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO THE USER.

Limitation of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL CONNECTIONS ACADEMY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF CONNECTIONS ACADEMY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, CONNECTIONS ACADEMY’S LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Release

THE USER HEREBY RELEASES AND FOREVER DISCHARGES CONNECTIONS ACADEMY, ITS AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS, AGENTS, SUCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS ("RELEASED PARTIES"), FROM ALL ACTIONS, CAUSES OF ACTION, INJURIES, CLAIMS, DAMAGES, COSTS OR EXPENSES OF ANY KIND GROWING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE USER OR USER’S MINOR'S USE OF THE WEBSITE. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A FULL AND COMPLETE RELEASE TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW OF ALL CLAIMS AND DAMAGES WHICH YOU OR YOUR MINOR(S) MAY HAVE AS A RESULT OF HIS OR HER USE OF THE WEBSITE REGARDLESS OF THE SPECIFIC CAUSE THEREOF.

Indemnification

Upon a request by Connections Education, the User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Connections Education and its affiliates, employees, contractors, officers, and directors from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including attorney's fees, which arise from User’s use or misuse of the websites. Connections Education reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by User, in which event the User will cooperate with Connections Education in asserting any available defenses.

Governing Law, Choice of Law, and Forum

The use of the websites shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, excluding its conflicts of law rules. The User expressly agrees that the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to User’s use of the websites or the services provided shall be the State or Federal courts located in the State of Maryland, and the User further agrees and submits to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such claim or action.

Severability and Integration

Except for other agreements signed by the User with Connections Education, these Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the User and Connections Education with respect to use of the websites. If any part of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

Termination of Use

If the User violates these Terms of Use, he or she may be barred from using the websites in the future and/or may be subject to legal action.