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Terms of Use

Introduction

The University of Chicago Community Online ('UCCO') is owned by the University of Chicago Office of Alumni Relations and Development. It includes an online community intended to promote and enhance communication of a personal nature between participants in the UCCO. The UCCO is for official University of Chicago use and also for individual communication of a personal nature between members listed herein. Use of this UCCO for any other purpose, including but not limited to reproducing and storing in a retrieval system by any means, electronic or mechanical; photocopying; or using the addresses or other information contained in this UCCO for any private solicitation or commercial or political mailing is strictly prohibited and constitutes intellectual property theft. Also, the UCCO is provided on an as-is and as-available basis. The University of Chicago disclaims all responsibility and liability for the availability, timeliness, security or reliability of the UCCO.

Eligibility of use

The UCCO is available to all members of The University of Chicago community as well as others as authorized by the University in its sole discretion, and is subject to the Policy set forth in these Terms of Use ('Terms'). Your use of the UCCO indicates you accept the Terms herein and agree to abide by them. The University of Chicago reserves the right to and may, from time to time, modify the UCCO. Your continued use of the UCCO, after modifications, indicates your acceptance of the modification and the applicability of the Terms. You understand and agree that the UCCO is provided 'AS-IS' and that The University of Chicago assumes no responsibility for any aspect of this UCCO, including but not limited to the timeliness, deletion, misdelivery, or failure to store any user communications. Certain nonalumni members of the University of Chicago community may be allowed access to the UCCO at the sole discretion of the Office of Alumni Relations and Development in order to perform approved University-related functions. Access to and use of the UCCO by these users is governed by these Terms.

Rules for conduct

You agree to use the UCCO in accordance with the Terms, that you (and not the University of Chicago) shall be responsible for any information, data, text, music, photographs, etc. ('Content') that you post, e-mail, or otherwise transmit through use of the UCCO, and you additionally agree that in your use of the UCCO you will not: (i) post or transmit any Content that is unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, tortious[D1] , obscene, vulgar, pornographic, harassing, profane, invasive of another's privacy or indecent, or bigoted, hateful or racially, ethnically, sexually, or otherwise offensive; (ii) impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your professional or other affiliation with any person or entity; (iii) post or transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party; (iv) disrupt others' normal use of the UCCO; (v) post or transmit any information, software, or other material which contains a virus or other harmful component; (vi) post, transmit, or in any way exploit any information, software, or other material for commercial or political purposes or which contains advertising, including but not limited to 'junk mail' or 'pyramid schemes', or any other form of non-University solicitation;[D2] (viii) use the UCCO to collect or store personal data about other Users; (ix) attempt to access or access another user's account or attempt to access areas for which the User is not authorized; and (x) interfere with or disrupt the UCCO or servers or networks connected to the UCCO, and/or the use of other UCCO providers, or not adhere to or abide by any policies, procedures, or regulations of networks connected to the UCCO. You agree that you will not use the UCCO, including the information provided herein and all related equipment, networks, and network devices (specifically including Internet access) for any unlawful purpose. The University of Chicago, at its sole and absolute discretion, shall determine whether any information transmitted, collected, or received violates this provision. You understand that The University of Chicago has no obligation to monitor, and does not prescreen Content. However, The University of Chicago has the right (but not the obligation) to refuse to post or to remove any Content, in whole or in part, that in The University of Chicago's sole and absolute discretion is objectionable or in violation of this Agreement. You acknowledge that The University of Chicago reserves the right to, and may from time to time, monitor any and all information transmitted or received through the UCCO, for operational and other purposes. You also agree and understand that The University of Chicago may preserve and disclose Content/information if in The University of Chicago's sole discretion such is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with law; (b) enforce the Terms of this agreement; (c) respond to claims that a User has violated the rights of third parties, or (d) protect the interests, property, safety of The University of Chicago, its users, or others. Use of the UCCO constitutes consent to such monitoring.

Payments and transactions

Online Giving
Should you feel there has been an error with your giving transaction, please contact Gift & Record Services via telephone at 1.888.824.4224.

Event Registration
Should you feel there has been an error with your event registration transaction, please contact Alumni Support via telephone at 1.877.292.3945 or via e-mail at uccosupport@uchicago.edu.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless The University of Chicago, including The University of Chicago Alumni Association, and its respective trustees, fellows, directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or accruing from your use or misuse of the UCCO, including but not limited to any Content posted or transmitted by your use of the UCCO, your violation of the Terms of UCCO, or your infringement of any intellectual property right of another.

Disclaimer of warranties

Your use of the UCCO is at your sole risk. The UCCO is provided on an 'as-is' basis and The University of Chicago expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and noninfringement. Any material obtained through the use of the UCCO is done at your own discretion and risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you through or from the UCCO shall create any warranty. Additionally, there is no warranty that the UCCO will meet your requirements; or will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, accurate, or reliable.

Limitation of liability

In no event shall The University of Chicago, including The University of Chicago Alumni Association, and its respective trustees, fellows, directors, officers, employees, and agents be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or other damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of this UCCO or with the delay or inability to use this UCCO, or for any information, software, products, and UCCO obtained through this UCCO, or otherwise arising out of the use of this UCCO, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise, even if The University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Alumni Association have been advised of the possibility of damages. The user hereby specifically acknowledges and agrees that neither The University of Chicago, The University of Chicago Alumni Association, nor their respective trustees, fellows, directors, officers, employees, or agents shall be liable for any defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of any user of this UCCO.

Termination of your access

You agree that The University of Chicago, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof), or use of the UCCO, and remove and discard any Content within the UCCO, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if The University of Chicago believes, in its sole discretion, that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the Terms. The University of Chicago may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the UCCO, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the UCCO may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that The University of Chicago may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the UCCO. Further, you agree that The University of Chicago shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the UCCO. You may terminate the use of the UCCO at any time by providing notification to uccosupport@uchicago.edu. The University of Chicago reserves the right to terminate your access, without notification, for nonadherence of any of the rules set forth in these Terms.

Modification

The University of Chicago reserves the right to amend these Terms, and to modify, add, or discontinue any aspect, content, or feature of the UCCO. Such amendments, modifications, additions, or deletions shall become effective upon notice thereof, which may be provided to you by posting on the UCCO, via e-mail or any other reasonable means. Continued use of the UCCO by you shall be deemed to indicate your acceptance of any such amendments, modifications, additions, or deletions.

General provisions

This Policy constitutes the entire agreement between User and The University of Chicago regarding use of the UCCO and shall govern User's use of the UCCO, superseding any prior agreements between The University of Chicago and User. User also may be subject to additional Policy and conditions that may apply when you use third-party UCCOs, third-party content, or third-party software. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State and Federal Courts of the State of Illinois. The failure of The University of Chicago to exercise or enforce any right shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.