Terms of Service

WELCOME AND CONSENT TO TERMS

World Science U is a program of Science Festival Foundation, d/b/a World Science Festival (referred to collectively in this policy as “World Science U,” “we” or “us”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational entity. Through one or more website(s) operated at the worldscienceu.com url (the “Sites”), WSU offers high quality online science explorations. These Terms of Use apply to our Sites, regardless of media platform (e.g., computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.). (Please note that World Science Festival may operate other websites, including, at the worldsciencefestival.com url, which have their own Terms of Use.)

By accessing and/or using our Sites, including, without limitation, participating in a course, viewing any materials, engaging in any discussions or otherwise availing yourself of any content or service made available on our Sites, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by and be bound by these Terms of Use, and that they create a legally binding agreement between you and us. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please refrain from accessing and using the Sites. If you have questions about our Sites, please contact us by email us at  admin@worldscienceu.com, or by mail at our main office at: Legal Affairs, World Science U, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 450, New York, NY 10115.

AGE RESTRICTION

Participation on the Sites is restricted to adults 18 years of age and older and minors 13 years of age or older who possess parental or guardian consent. . By registering or participating in services or functions on the Sites, you hereby represent that you are in one of those two categories, and therefore have the authority to enter into the terms and conditions herein. Our Sites are not intended for children under 13.

PRIVACY POLICY

Our Privacy Policy is part of our Terms of Use. Please review our Privacy Policy to understand how we collect and use your personal information in connection with our Sites. By consenting to our Terms of Use, you also consent to our privacy practices and policies set forth in our Privacy Policy.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

You agree to use the Sites in accordance with all applicable laws.  In addition, permission to use our Sites and and the content on our Sites is absolutely conditioned on your agreement and adherence to the following:  

  1. You may use the Sites and content from the Sites only for personal use or other fair use under the copyright laws of the United States (“Fair Use”).    You may not reproduce, duplicate, copy, repackage, or otherwise use content from our Sites in a revenue-generating activity, including, without limitation, offering any of the Courses as part of a fee-based program.
  2. You may not “frame” Sites pages, embed Sites videos, or otherwise disguise the origin of our intellectual property, including, without limitation, Courses, other content, and trademarks.
  3. You may not use Discussions or other public forums for communications unrelated to the relevant Course or our Sites and programs. 
  4. You may not use our servers, discussion groups or other public forums, emails, or other communication vehicles to transmit unsolicited communications or emails to others.
  5. You may not use automated “high-volume” means to access our Sites (including without limitation, robots, spiders, scripts or web-scraping tools).
  6. You may not at any time attempt to access any other user's account, or misrepresent your registered identity (username and password).

In addition, no academic or other institution may offer academic credit for a Course offered on our Sites or any Certificate or other acknowledgment of completion or achievement from us, without the express written permission of World Science U.

SUBMITTING CONTENT TO OUR SITES

World Science U allows users of our Sites the ability to submit or upload certain questions, information, text, commentary,  or other materials, for example in Discussions as well as other forums (“User Content”). If you decide to submit or otherwise make available any such User Content, including, without limitation, any feedback about Courses, instructors, our Sites or World Science U generally, you represent and warrant that this User Content is not and does not contain Prohibited Content as defined below in these Terms of Use. You also represent and warrant that you have all necessary rights, licenses and/or clearances to grant World Science U/World Science Festival all rights as specified in the following paragraph.

Immediately upon your submission of any User Content, you grant World Science U/World Science Festival a fully transferable, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to use, sublicense, distribute, transmit, reproduce, modify, adapt, create derivative works from, publicly perform and publicly display such User Content. You agree that you shall be responsible for the payment of any third party fees related to the provision and use by you and us of User Content you submit.  

CONTENT SUBMITTED BY OTHERS

In connection with your use of our Sites, you may come in contact with User Content provided by other users.  None of the User Content posted by you or by others, or any links to other websites contained within User Content, are screened, moderated, approved, reviewed or endorsed by us, and we undertake no liability or responsibility for User Content.   For example, we cannot and do not guarantee that any such User Content is not Prohibited Content, including without limitation that it will be free of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, or other contaminants which may harm your electronic devices, software programs, or files therein.  By your use of the Sites you acknowledge that the burden of evaluating such content and safeguarding your hardware and software lies with you.  

World Science U expressly reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove any User Content in its sole discretion, for any reason, at any time.  

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

Our Sites may include hyperlinks to sites maintained or controlled by affiliated or unaffiliated third parties. Our Terms of Use do not apply to those sites. We have not reviewed any third-party websites for accuracy, completeness or non-infringement and do not approve or endorse the contents of, or any of the products or services on such websites.   We make no representations and warranties about such third party sites and content and take no responsibility and are not liable for them or the content provided therein.

PROHIBITED CONTENT

You agree that you will never post, e-mail, or cause to be posted or published, anywhere on or through the Sites, any of the following “Prohibited Content”:

  • Content that you know to be inaccurate, false or misleading;
  • Content that harasses, threatens, or defames others;
  • Content that contains obscene language or pornographic images;
  • Advertising, promotional materials, or any other form of commercial solicitation;
  • Content designed to probe or exploit security vulnerabilities, or that circumvents security measures, or that delivers viruses, spam, intentional server overload, or any other such disruption;
  • Content you are not legally entitled to disclose for any reason, including without limitation information subject to contractual confidentiality obligations, and trade secrets;
  • Content that breaches the rights of privacy or publicity of a third party;
  • Copyrighted material, or material subject to any other intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, text, images, sound, video, and software, except with the express permission of the copyright owner or other intellectual property owner;
  • Content that expresses the intent to commit or encourages others to commit illegal activities; and
  • Content that violates any applicable local, state, national or international law.

World Science U does not routinely screen or monitor content posted by users to the Sites, and has no obligation to do so, but we expressly reserve the right to remove Prohibited Content of which we become aware, or any content of any type whether created by us or by others, at a time and in a manner of our choosing without prior notice.

If at any time you discover that any User Content you have posted or otherwise submitted to our Sites contains or may contain Prohibited Content you should immediately inform us at admin@worldscienceu.com.    

REGISTRATION AND USER ACCOUNTS

While some parts of our Sites are accessible without registration, others require each user to create a “User Account” with a username, password, and such other personal information as we may require to confirm your identity.  Each user may create only one User Account. You agree to provide only accurate, current, and complete information and never knowingly to share your username and password with a third party for purposes of transacting on your User Account.

COURSES AND CERTIFICATION

World Science U reserves the right to interrupt, reschedule, or cancel any Course, to add to, subtract from, or otherwise modify its content, to relocate lessons inside other courses, to change the grade system or points awarded for any exam or exercise, or to otherwise materially alter the educational experience.  Some Courses may offer various Certificates to celebrate milestones of completion or performance, as described in the Course materials.  Such Certificates are designed and awarded at the sole discretion of World Science U and/or its instructors, and World Science U reserves the right to offer or not offer any such Certificate to any user. You understand and acknowledge that currently World Science U’s Courses do not convey academic credit.  You may not attempt to use any Course offered by World Science U, or Certificate or other recognition achieved thereby, toward fulfillment of any tuition-based or for-credit program at any academic institution without the express written permission of World Science U.

You acknowledge that your sole relationship with World Science U/World Science Festival is as defined in these Terms of Use, and that participation in World Science U does not convey student status with any institution and that World Science U is not a degree-granting institution.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

All World Science U content, including without limitation course material, videos and demonstrations, discussions and emails, code and layouts, trademarks and copyrights, and all other content of any type on our Sites, is the sole property of World Science U/World Science Festival and/or its affiliates or licensors, and is protected by relevant intellectual property rights under the United States and foreign laws, including without limitation trademark and copyright laws.  In consideration for your agreement to the terms and conditions contained in these Terms of Use, World Science U/World Science Festival grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and use said content as set forth herein. You may use and download material from the Sites only for your own personal use or other uses consistent with Fair Use, and you may use the Discussions and other communication vehicles only for course-related conversation or conversations related to our Sites and programs. You may not otherwise use, reproduce, retransmit, distribute, display, publish, modify, or create derivative works from our intellectual property, including using our intellectual property in a manner that directly generates revenues for you or a third party.  World Science U/World Science Festival reserves the right to terminate this license at any time, in its sole discretion without prior notice. 

All copyright and other intellectual property rights not granted in the above paragraph are explicitly reserved by World Science U/World Science Festival.

ONLINE EDUCATION RESEARCH

Records of your participation in Courses, and your results and grades, may be used for researching online education generally and/or improving the World Science U experience and our other programs. Any research findings we choose to report will express data only at the aggregate level, and will not expose your personally identifiable information or your personal identity.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT POLICY

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law.  If you see materials on our Sites that you believe in good faith infringe your copyright, send us an “Infringement Notice,” as detailed below, requesting the offending material be removed.

An “Infringement Notice” must contain ALL of the following: (1) a specific identification of the copyrighted work(s) allegedly infringed, the allegedly infringing materials and and the location of the allegedly infringing materials on the Sites (or sufficient information for us to find it for evaluation), (2) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner, and his/her name, address, telephone number, and email address (if available); (3) a clear and definitive statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that the usage is not authorized, and therefore prohibited;  (4) a statement that all information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright’s owner;  and (5) your contact information if different from the information in #2.

Infringement Notices and similar notices must meet the statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA at the time of the alleged infringement; see http://www.loc.gov/copyright for details.  You may want to consult a professional legal advisor before filing a notice, as penalties may be imposed for false claims under the DMCA.

Infringement Notices should be sent to:
Legal Affairs, World Science U
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 450
New York, NY 10115
212.348.1400

GENERAL INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and at our option, defend World Science U/World Science Festival, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of our and their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, employees, and assignees, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, expenses and damages, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with or as a result of any third party claim or demand relating to or arising out of (a) your use or attempted use of the Sites or the content or discussions and public forums included therein in violation or alleged violation of the Terms of Use; (b) your violation or alleged violation of any law or infringement of any rights of any third party, or (c) User Content that you post or otherwise make available on the Sites, including without limitation any claim of infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property or other proprietary or personal rights.

MEDICAL INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

Some of our Courses and other content may contain information related to human physiology, diseases or medical conditions.  Such content is offered for informational purposes only and is not intended to be and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment

GENERAL DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU USE OUR SITES AT YOUR OWN RISK.  THE SITES AND ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THEREIN, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONTENT CREATED BY WORLD SCIENCE U, LICENSED CONTENT, AND USER CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT REPRESENATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ORAL OR WRITTEN, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUALITY OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. WORLD SCINECE U/WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL AND ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, ASIGNEES, CONTRACTORS AND REPRESENTATIVES (“WSU PARTIES”) HEREBY DISCLAIM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ALL SUCH RESPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES.  FOR EXAMPLE, WE DO NOT MAKE ANY PROMISES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE SITES, ANY ONLINE COURSE, INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM A COURSE OR THE SITES GENERALLY, CONTENT POSTED BY USERS (USER CONTENT), THAT USERS WILL ABIDE BY THESE TERM OF USE, OR LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES.   ALSO, WHILE WE TRY TO ENSURE THAT OUR SYSTEM IS SAFE FROM BUGS, VIRUSES, DISRUPTIONS AND DELAYS, WE CANNOT PROMISE THAT IT WILL ALWAYS BE SO.  WORLD SCIENCE U/WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO POLICE AND ENFORCE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE WSU PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES, DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, COSTS OR CLAIMS (“COSTS”) DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITES OR USE BY A THIRD PARTY OF THE SITES.  YOU IRREVOCABLY RELEASE THE WSU PARTIES FROM ANY SUCH COSTS.  IN ADDITION, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE WSU PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OR LOST REVENUES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR USE OF THE SITES, EVEN IF INFORMED IN ADVANCE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND LOSSES. 

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE WSU PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITES EXCEED THE FEES PAID BY YOU  IN THE LAST YEAR (IF ANY) TO WORLD SCIENCE U/WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL FOR YOUR USE THE SITES (OTHER THAN ANY INDEMNITY OBLIGATIONS).   IN ALL CASES, THE WSU PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT WAS NOT REASONABLY FORESEEABLE.  

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH IN THESE TERMS OF USE REFLECT A REASONABLE AND FAIR ALLOCATION OF RISK BETWEEN YOU AND US, AND THAT THESE LIMITATIONS ARE AN ESSENTIAL BASIS TO OUR ABILITY TO MAKE THIS EXPERIENCE AND THESE COURSES AVAILABLE TO YOU FOR FREE OR AT THE PRICE OFFERED.

GOVERNING LAW/LEGAL ACTIONS

These Terms of Use shall be interpreted under and governed by the laws of the State of New York, New York (United States) excluding any laws that might direct the application of the laws of another jurisdiction.  For international users, you waive all rights, if any, arising under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, and all rights of application or appeal, if any, to non-U.S. courts in connection with any question of law.  All claims, disputes and actions of any kind arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use (“Disputes”), including, without limitation, arbitration, shall be settled exclusively in New York, New York and you agree to submit to such jurisdiction.  YOU AGREE THAT ANY LEGAL ACTION YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE RELATED TO YOUR USAGE OF OUR SITES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE ACT OR OMISSION UNDERLYING THE ACTION OCCURRED; OTHERWISE, SUCH LEGAL ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

TERMINATION

You agree that World Science U in its sole discretion, may limit or terminate your use of the Sites, or any part of the Sites, for any reason or no reason, and that none of the WSU Parties shall have any liability to you for any such action.  You may terminate your own participation in World Science U at any time.  You may terminate account by contacting us at admin@worldscienceu.com.

RIGHT OF MODIFICATION

We reserve the right to modify these Terms of Use in our sole discretion at any time. Any modification to the Terms of Use will be effective immediately upon posting by us. For any material changes to the Terms of Use, we will take reasonable steps to notify you of such changes, for example by posting a notice of the changes on our homepage.  In all cases, your continued use of the Sites after the posting of such modifications, with or without notification, constitutes binding acceptance of such modified Terms of Use.

GENERAL

These Terms of Use control the relationship between you and World Science U/World Science Festival.  They do not create any third party rights.  If any part of these Terms of Use is unenforceable, that will not affect the other terms.  If you do not comply with any of these Terms of Use, and we do not take action to enforce them right away, that does not mean that we are giving up our rights, including the right take action in the future. All of our rights and obligations under these Terms of Use are freely assignable by us, consistent with any limitations set forth in our Privacy Policy ((LINK to Privacy Policy)). We may take any actions necessary in order for us to comply with applicable laws and to enforce our rights hereunder.

CONTACT

If you have questions about these Terms of Use or our Sites generally, please contact us by email us at admin@worldscienceu.com or by mail at our main office at:

Legal Affairs, World Science U
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 450
New York, NY 10115
212.348.1400


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