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University of America reserves the right to modify these TOS at any time without advance notice. Any changes to these TOS will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. By accessing the University of America Site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified TOS and all of the changes. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these TOS.
Any version of these TOS in a language other than English is provided for convenience and you understand and agree that the English language version will control if there is any conflict.
THESE TOS ARE ORGANIZED AS FOLLOWS:
- Rules for online conduct
- Strictly prohibited items
- User accounts
- Your right to use content on the University of America Site
- User postings
- Certificates and other products & services
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act
- Disclaimers of Warranty / Limitations of Liabilities
- Additional Terms
RULES FOR ONLINE CONDUCT
You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the University of America Site and for your User Postings. "User Postings" means all content submitted, posted, published, or distributed on the University of America Site by you or other users of the University of America Site, including but not limited to all forum posts, wiki edits, notes, questions, comments, videos, and file uploads. You agree that you will use the University of America Site in compliance with these Agreements, and all applicable local, state, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including copyright laws, any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence, and all United States export control laws.
As a condition of your use of the University of America Site, you will not use the University of America Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden, or impair any University of America server or the network(s) connected to any University of America server or to interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the University of America Site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the University of America Site, other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to any University of America server through hacking, password mining, or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information stored on the University of America Site, its servers, or associated computers through any means not intentionally made available through the University of America Site. If you are a registered user, you will not share your password or let anyone else access or compromise your account.
Furthermore, you agree not to scrape, or otherwise download in bulk, any University of America Site content, including but not limited to a list or directory of users on the system, User Postings or user information, online textbooks, course materials, or trademarks and logos. You agree not to misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using the University of America Site (although you are welcome and encouraged to use an anonymous username in the forums and to act in a manner that keeps your identity concealed).
STRICTLY PROHIBITED ITEMS
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON THE University of America SITE:
- Content that defames, harasses or threatens others;
- Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
- Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks;
- Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent or unlawful content;
- Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
- Content related to partisan political activities;
- Viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware, or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another's computer or property; and
- Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others (this list, collectively, “Strictly Prohibited Items”).
You may not submit, post, publish, share, or otherwise distribute any of the above Strictly Prohibited Items on or via the University of America Site.
In order to create a user account, you must provide your full name, an email address, your country or region of residence, a public username, and a user password. You agree that you will never divulge or share access or access information for your user account with any third party for any reason. In setting up your user account, you may be prompted to enter additional optional information (e.g., your year of birth). You represent that all information provided by you is accurate and current. You agree to maintain and update your information to keep it accurate and current.
YOUR RIGHT TO USE CONTENT ON THE University of America SITE
Unless indicated as being in the public domain, the content on the University of America Site is protected by United States and foreign copyright laws. Unless otherwise expressly stated on the University of America Site, the texts, exams, video, images, and other instructional materials provided with the courses and programs offered on the University of America Site are for your personal use in connection with those courses and programs only. Certain reference documents, digital textbooks, articles, and other information on the University of America Site are used with the permission of third parties, and use of that information is subject to certain rules and conditions, which will be posted along with the information. By using the University of America Site, you agree to abide by all such rules and conditions. You agree to retain all copyright and other notices on any content you obtain from the University of America Site. All rights in the University of America Site and its content, if not expressly granted, are reserved.
Use for Personalization and Pedagogical Improvements.
User Postings Representations and Warranties.
By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you affirm, represent, and warrant (1) that you have the necessary rights, licenses, consents, and/or permissions to reproduce and publish the User Postings and to authorize University of America and its users to reproduce, modify, publish, and otherwise use and distribute your User Postings in a manner consistent with the licenses granted by you below, and (2) that neither your submission of your User Postings nor the exercise of the licenses granted below will infringe or violate the rights of any third party. You, and not University of America, are solely responsible for your User Postings and the consequences of posting or publishing them.
License Grant to University of America and the Members.
By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you hereby grant to University of America and the Members (as described below) a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, assignable, sub license-able, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to host, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify, distribute, redistribute, re-license, and otherwise use, make available, and exploit your User Postings, in whole or in part, in any form and in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed).
CERTIFICATES AND OTHER PRODUCTS & SERVICES
University of America and the Members may offer Verified Certificates of Achievement for courses (a "Verified Certificate") or certificates for programs (for example, a MicroMasters program certificate) for learners who, in the Members’ judgment, have satisfactorily demonstrated mastery of the course or program material. Certificates will be issued by University of America under the name of the underlying Member(s) from where the course or program originated, i.e. HarvardX, MITx, etc. The decision whether a certificate will be awarded to a given learner will be solely within the discretion of the awarding Member.
- Government or State-issued driver's license
- National ID card
- State or Province ID card (including cards issued by motor vehicle agencies)
In order to be accepted by University of America, your photo ID must:
- Contain your full name exactly (excluding hyphens, accents, and spaces);
- Contain a relatively current photograph of yourself;
- Be an original document; photocopied documents cannot be accepted; and
- Be current and valid; expired documents cannot be accepted.
Unfortunately, if you do not possess a photo ID meeting the criteria described above, University of America is unable to provide you with a Verified Certificate at this time.
Certificates and other purchases on the University of America Site may be eligible for a refund for a period of time (in each case, the “Refund Period”). The applicable Refund Period for some products and services are described below. To receive a refund during the Refund Period, simply un-enroll from the course and the refund will be processed automatically. Refunds will be credited to the payment account used for the purchase and may take up to two billing cycles to process. For more info, visit the University of America Help Center. If the applicable Refund Period for a purchase has passed, but you believe a refund is warranted, please submit a support ticket via the Contact us form.
- Verified Certificate Track:
To receive a refund with respect to your enrollment in the verified certificate track of a course, you have a period of 14 days after your payment or 14 days after your course starts (up to six months after your payment) whichever occurs later, during which you may withdraw or un-enroll from the course by clicking on the un-enroll link on the learner dashboard.
- Professional Education Courses:
To receive a refund with respect to your enrollment in a Professional Education course, you have a period of 2 days after your payment or 2 days after the course starts (up to six months after your payment) whichever occurs later to un-enroll from the course by clicking on the un-enroll link on the learner dashboard.
For more information about refund options (for example, changing to another course session), you should visit the University of America Help Center.
Coupon codes and other course entitlements are subject to expiration and any other conditions stated at the time of purchase.
No Other Enrollment.
Solely as a result of enrolling in or completing a course or program provided by a Member through University of America: (1) you will not be an applicant for admission to, or enrolled in, any degree or other credit- or credential-bearing program of such Member; and (2) you will not be entitled to use any of the resources of such Member beyond the online courses or programs provided on the University of America Site and will not be eligible to receive student privileges or benefits provided to students enrolled in degree or other credit- or credential-bearing programs of the Member.
Use of University of America, MIT, Harvard University, and Other Member Names, Trademarks, and Service Marks.
The "University of America," "MIT," and "Harvard University" names, logos and seals are trademarks ("Trademarks") of the respective entities. Likewise, the names, logos, and seals of the other Members are Trademarks owned by the respective Member. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, without the owner's prior written consent. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests or, in the owner’s sole judgment, gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by the owner.
All Trademarks not owned by University of America or the Members that appear on the University of America Site or on or through the services made available on or through the University of America Site, if any, are the property of their respective owners.
Nothing contained on the University of America Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the University of America Site without the written permission of the owner of the applicable Trademark.
DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT
Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed on the University of America Site should contact SUPPORT@uSite.com
Notification must include:
- Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information for us to locate the material (e.g., URL, IP address, computer name).
- Information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g., email address, phone number).
- A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY / LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITIES
THE University of America SITE AND ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE University of America SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, EXCEPT INSOFAR AS ANY SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES MAY NOT BE DISCLAIMED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
University of America AND THE University of America PARTICIPANTS (AS DEFINED BELOW) DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE University of America SITE WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE MANNER, THAT THE University of America SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE COURSES OR CONTENT PROVIDED WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. University of America AND THE University of America PARTICIPANTS ALSO MAKE NO WARRANTY ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR QUALITY OF THE University of America SITE OR ANY COURSES OR CONTENT, OR THAT ANY PARTICULAR COURSES OR CONTENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE. “University of America PARTICIPANTS” MEANS MIT, HARVARD, THE OTHER MEMBERS, THE ENTITIES PROVIDING INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR SERVICES FOR THE University of America SITE, THE COURSE INSTRUCTORS, AND THEIR STAFFS.
User Postings Disclaimer.
You understand that when using the University of America Site you will be exposed to User Postings from a variety of sources and that neither University of America nor the University of America Participants are responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, reliability or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Postings. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Postings that are inaccurate, offensive, defamatory, indecent or objectionable and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against University of America or any of the University of America Participants with respect thereto. Neither University of America nor any of the University of America Participants endorse any User Postings or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed therein. Neither University of America nor any of the University of America Participants have any obligation to monitor any User Postings or any other user communications through the University of America Site.
However, University of America reserves the right to review User Postings and to exercise its sole discretion to edit or remove, in whole or in part, any User Posting at any time and for any reason, or to allow the University of America Participants to do so. Without limiting the foregoing, upon receiving notice from a user or a content owner that a User Posting allegedly does not conform to these TOS, University of America may investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion whether to remove the User Posting, which it reserves the right to do at any time and without notice.
Third-Party Services; Links to Other Websites.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER University of America NOR ANY OF THE University of America PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, EITHER ACTUAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, OR YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY'S) USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE University of America SITE, OR YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON THE University of America SITE, OR YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE University of America SITE, WHETHER YOUR CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTORY OR OTHER LAW.
IN PARTICULAR, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER University of America NOR ANY OF THE University of America PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT University of America OR ANY OF THE University of America PARTICIPANTS HAS BEEN NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE AT FAULT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, OR INTERRUPTION IN AVAILABILITY OF DATA).
CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
You agree to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify University of America and the University of America Participants, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, faculty, students, fellows, governing board members, agents and employees from and against any third-party claims, actions, or demands arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to your use of the University of America Site, including any liability or expense arising from any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs, and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, University of America or the applicable University of America Participant will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit, or action.
Termination Rights; Discontinuation of Courses and Content.
You agree that University of America, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the University of America Site or your participation in it, for any reason or no reason, upon notice to you. It is University of America's policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances the accounts of users of the University of America Site who are repeat copyright infringers. University of America and the University of America Participants reserve the right at any time in their sole discretion to cancel, delay, reschedule or alter the format of any course offered through University of America, or to cease providing any part or all of the University of America Site content or related services, and you agree that neither University of America nor any of the University of America Participants will have any liability to you for such an action. If you no longer desire to participate in the University of America Site, you may terminate your participation at any time. The rights granted to you hereunder will terminate upon any termination of your right to use the University of America Site, but the other provisions of the Agreements will survive any such termination.
The Agreements constitute the entire agreement between you and University of America with respect to your use of the University of America Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and University of America regarding your use of the University of America Site.
Waiver and Severability.
The failure of University of America to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Agreements shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Agreements is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision and the other provisions of the Agreements shall remain in full force and effect.
Choice of Law/Forum Selection.
You agree that the Agreements and any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to the Agreements or any content or service obtained from or through the University of America Site will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You agree that all such claims and disputes will be heard and resolved exclusively in the federal or state courts located in and serving Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. You consent to the personal jurisdiction of those courts over you for this purpose, and you waive and agree not to assert any objection to such proceedings in those courts (including any defense or objection of lack of proper jurisdiction or venue or inconvenience of forum).
October 28, 2019.
By enrolling in a course on University of America, you are joining a special worldwide community of learners. The aspiration of University of America is to provide anyone with an internet connection access to courses from the best universities and institutions in the world and to provide our learners the best educational experience internet technology enables. You are a part of the community that will help University of America achieve this goal. University of America depends upon your motivation to learn the material and to do so with honesty and academic integrity. In order to participate in University of America, you must agree to the Honor Code below and any additional terms specific to a course or program. This Honor Code, and any additional terms, will be posted on each course website.
HONOR CODE PLEDGE
By enrolling in an University of America course or program, I agree that I will:
- Complete all tests and assignments on my own, unless collaboration on an assignment is explicitly permitted.
- Maintain only one user account, unless University of America has approved the use of a separate user account in connection with an employer-sponsored or university-sponsored program.
- Not let anyone else use my username and/or password.
- Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve my results, or improve or hurt the results of others.
- Not post answers to problems that are being used to assess learner performance.
If you are found in violation of the Terms of Service or Honor Code, you may be subject to one or more of the following actions:
- Receiving a zero or no credit for an assignment;
- Having any certificate earned in the course or program withheld or revoked;
- Being un-enrolled from a course or program; or
- Termination of your use of the University of America Site.
- Additional actions may be taken at the sole discretion of University of America and University of America Member course providers.
No refunds will be issued in the case of any corrective action for such violations.
Honor Code violations will be determined at the sole discretion of University of America Members. You will be notified if a determination has been made that you have violated this Honor Code and you will be informed of the corresponding action to be taken as a result of the violation.
CHANGING THE HONOR CODE
Please note that we review and may make changes to this Honor Code from time to time. Any changes to this Honor Code will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. By accessing the University of America Site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified Honor Code and any changes contained therein. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of this Honor Code.
Effective Date: NOVEMBER 1, 2019.