Terms of Service
Effective Date: December 1, 2015
- Access and Use of the Site
As a condition of your use of the Site, you will abide by the permitted and prohibited rules set for the below.
Privacy and Security
- Age Restrictions
Registration and participation on the Sites is restricted to those individuals over 18 years of age, emancipated minors, or those who possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations and warranties herein. By registering or participating in services or functions on the Sites, you hereby represent that you are over 18 years of age, an emancipated minor or in possession of consent by a legal parent or guardian and have the authority to enter into the terms herein. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13 as the Site is not intended for children under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, do not use the Site.
- Restricted Activities and Items
The following list of items is strictly prohibited on the 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;
Content that violates any applicable local, state, national, or international law or regulations having the force of law;
Personal data of any third party;
Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent or unlawful content;
Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation, except as expressly permitted by GEL;
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/or interfere with the proper working of the Site;
Robots, spiders, site search/retrieval applications, or other automated device aimed to access, retrieve, scrape, or index any portion of the Site;
Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others, including but not limited to impersonating any person or entity, falsely misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity, writing fake reviews, or receiving compensation to write or remove reviews; and
Bulk emails, spams, surveys, pyramid schemes, chain letters, or other mass messaging.
As a condition of your use of the Site, you will not use the Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden or impair any GEL server or the network(s) connected to any GEL server or to interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any GEL server through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not attack the Site by repeatedly clicking on the Site' ads without genuine interest in the ads.
Furthermore, you agree not to scrape, mine, or otherwise download in bulk, any Site Content (defined below), including but not limited to a list or directory of users on the system, User Postings (defined below) or user information. You also agree not to modify, adapt, appropriate, reproduce, distribute, translate, create derivative works or adaptations of, publicly display, sell, trade, or in any way exploit the Site (except for your User Postings) except as expressly authorized by GEL.
The restrictions above only apply to the extent permissible under applicable law. Nevertheless, you agree not to act contrary to them (even if permissible under applicable law) without providing 30 days' prior written notice to us here, together with any information that we may reasonably require to give us an opportunity to provide alternative remedies or otherwise accommodate you at our sole discretion.
Relationships to Third Parties
Warranty Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
- Links to Third Party Sites
The Site may include hyperlinks to sites maintained or controlled by others ("Third Party Sites"). GEL is not responsible for and do not routinely screen, approve, review or endorse the contents of or use of any of the products or services that may be offered at these sites. If you decide to access linked third-party Site, you do so at your own risk. You understand and agree that you may not make any claim against GEL for any damages or losses, whatsoever, resulting from your use of the Site to obtain search results or to link to Third Party Sites.
- Information Disclosure with Third Parties
- Disclaimer of Student-University Relationship
You agree and acknowledge that nothing in the Agreements or otherwise with respect to your access or use of the Site (a) establishes any relationship between you and any university or other educational institution, (b) enrolls or registers you in any university or other educational institution, or in any course offered by any university or other educational institution, or (c) entitles you to access or use the resources of any university or other educational institution.
The following section limits the liability of GEL, GEL's parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, any related companies, suppliers, licensors, partners and their officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (collectively the "GEL Entities").
GEL agrees to exercise reasonable efforts in ensuring that the Site is fully operational at all times. However, due to the general nature of maintaining services on the Internet, GEL cannot guarantee that the Site will always be free from delays, interruptions or errors.
GEL Entities do not warrant that the Site will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner, that the Site is free of viruses or other harmful components, or that the content provided would meet your needs or expectations. GEL Entities also make no warranty about the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or quality of the Site. The Site and any information, content, or services made available on or through the Site are provided "AS IS" and "AS AVAIGELLE." GEL Entities specifically disclaim all warranties and conditions of any kind, including, without limitation, any express or implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement, except insofar as any such implied warranties may not be disclaimed under applicable law. Your use and browsing of the Site are solely at your own risk. You will be solely responsible for any loss or damage that might arise from your access of the Site, including, without limitation, your reliance on the quality, accuracy, or reliability of the business listings, ratings, or reviews. No oral or written information or advice provided to you by GEL Entities shall create a representation or warranty.
Limitation of Liability
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you agree that none of the GEL Entities will be liable to you for any loss or damages, either actual or consequential, arising out of or relating to these TOS, or your (or any third party's) use of or inability to use the Site, or your placement of content on the Site, or your reliance upon information obtained on or through the Site, whether your claim is based on contract, tort, statutory or other law. In particular, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, none of the GEL Entities will be liable for any direct, indirect, consequent, special, incidental, or punitive damages, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable and whether or not GEL Entities have been negligent or otherwise at fault (including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, errors or information omissions, loss of profits, loss of data or interruption in availability of data). Certain jurisdiction's 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 the above disclaimers, exclusions, or limitations may not apply to you and you may have additional rights. In no event will GEL's total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action exceed the amount paid by you in accessing this Site.
Your sole and exclusive right and remedy in case of dissatisfaction with the Site, related services, or any other grievance shall be your termination and discontinuation of access to, or use of the Site.
You agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify GEL Entities 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 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. GEL reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims. You agree not to settle any matter without the prior written consent of GEL. In such a case, GEL will use reasonable efforts to notify you of such claim, suit or action. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive the Agreements and your use of the Site.
Compliance with Applicable Laws and Agreements
Due to the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding on-line conduct and acceptable content. You agree that you will use the Site in compliance with these TOS 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. Any use in contravention of any provision of the Agreements is at your own risk.
Any use of the Site not in compliance with the Agreements may result in, among other things, termination or suspension of your access to the Site. Violations of these TOS, including unauthorized use of the Site, may be investigated and appropriate legal action may be taken. You agree that monetary damages may not provide a sufficient remedy to GEL for violations of the Agreements and hereby consent to injunctive or other equitable relief for such violations.
Entire Agreement and Transfer
Waiver and Severability of TOS
Violations of these TOS may be investigated and appropriate legal action may be taken, including civil, criminal and injunctive redress. However, we are under no obligation to enforce the TOS on your behalf against another user. While we encourage you to let us know if you believe another user has violated the TOS, we reserve the right to investigate and take appropriate action at our sole discretion.
The failure of GEL to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remaining provisions of the TOS shall govern such use.
You agree that these TOS and any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to these TOS or any content or service obtained on or through the Site will be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland, 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 Rockville, Maryland, 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).
The section titles in the Agreements are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
Termination and Survivability
If you have questions or complaints, please contact GEL at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the words, "Privacy" in the subject line of your e-mail.