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Term of use

Virtual Academy of Teaching and Learning Terms & Conditions of Use

Welcome to the Virtual Academy of Teaching and Learning website (the “Site”). These Terms and Conditions govern your use of the Site and its contents, and that of all other products and services, including but not limited to Conferences, Professional Development Institute products (“Program”), Consulting Services, and Research. The terms “organization,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Virtual Academy of Teaching and Learning. (“VATL”)

BY USING THE WEBSITE, PURCHASING AN VATL MEMBERSHIP, TAKING AN VATL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, ATTENDING AN VATL CONFERENCE, OR UTILIZING ANY OTHER VATL PRODUCT OR SERVICE, YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND TO THE VATL PRIVACY POLICY, AND YOU AGREE TO RECEIVE REQUIRED NOTICES REGARDING YOUR ACCOUNT, MEMBERSHIP, OR REGISTRATION AND TO TRANSACT WITH US ELECTRONICALLY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE SITE OR OTHER VATL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.

REGISTRATION AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION

Registration and/or membership is optional if you want to browse the Site, or use available Site functions, such as access to materials or to purchase a product. To take advantage of membership benefits you must be a paid current member (institutional or professional membership).

For certain of our products, such as the purchase of a membership or other products and services, you are required to provide an account name, contact information, and billing information among other account and order processing details. Customer agrees to provide accurate and complete information for required fields. Affiliates or users within an institutional account, are requested to use their institution’s domain name for contact emails rather than a personal email address.

To attend an VATL conference or to take a professional development program you must register. During registration, besides order processing information, you will be required to answer specific questions related to that event so we may serve you better. You may register yourself or others in your organization, but you may not use your membership benefits to register another person who is not covered under your membership.

MEMBERSHIP AND RENEWAL TERMS

The parties acknowledge that the date that payment for membership is received by VATL serves as the starting date for the membership period and the date that membership benefits become effective. No membership benefits may be utilized without payment.

VATL does not engage in automatic renewals. Contact will be made by VATL to remind members of the upcoming membership end-date and to establish renewal, if desired by the customer, for another term.

INSTITUTE PROGRAM TERMS

Payment must be made in advance of starting an Institute program. An enrollment key to access the program will not be provided to a registrant if payment has not been received by VATL.

In order to receive a badge or completion certificate, or become eligible for credits or CEUs, participants must properly and consistently participate in the course and satisfactorily complete all course assignments. They must acknowledge that the assignments they complete are their own work and practice tenets of digital citizenship. Refer to the course syllabus for specific course participation and completion requirements.

TERMS OF PAYMENT

VATL will charge the customer, and the customer will be obligated to pay, the price quoted at the time of order for the product or service purchased.

The customer may choose to pay by credit card, check, or purchase order. Payments against invoice are due upon receipt. All payments are payable in U.S. dollars.

Custom products and services will be quoted in writing, with payment dates, terms, and product delivery timeframes. This quotation, signed by both parties, and updated if needed, will serve as the agreement for invoicing and payment.

CANCELLATION

Customer may cancel its membership at any time. Access to membership benefits ends upon the date VATL receives cancellation notice. Refunds are not available for the unused portion of the membership period.

If a customer has cancelled their membership, but has prepaid for workshops, conferences, or other products at the membership price, VATL will not re-bill at the non-membership price.

If an Institute professional development program is cancelled by the customer or by us, VATL will issue a credit memo. This credit may be applied by the registrant to another Institute program. If the program was initially ordered under an Institutional membership, the credit memo may be transferred to another person within that institution. If a registrant does not finish a course, neither a credit memo nor a refund will be issued for the unfinished portion.

Cancellation of conference registrations, pre-conference sessions, special event tickets, and transfer of on-site conference attendance to virtual conference attendance may result in the application of fees. It is the customer’s responsibility to read cancellation information found on the VATL conference website prior to registering and upon considering cancellation.

CHANGES AND TERMINATION

We may discontinue or change any VATL Content, service, function or feature at any time with or without notice.

VATL may immediately terminate your account, with subsequent notification, if VATL reasonably believes that your account is being used to engage in activity that violates applicable law or any provision of these Terms and Conditions. In such event, you will not be entitled to any credit memos of prepaid fees for products and/or services that have not yet been provided.

CONTENT OWNERSHIP

Collectively, “Content” is defined as all content available on or through the Site, in our professional development programs, and in other VATL products and services, including without limitation, text, headlines, files, images (such as photos, icons, visual interfaces, graphics, and design), audio and audiovisual works, software, databases, information, and the compilation, arrangement, and assembly of such Content with hyperlinks, and all other elements provided by VATL.

You acknowledge the Site, professional development programs, and all other VATL products and services, have been developed, compiled, prepared, revised, selected, and arranged by VATL and its partners and other information sources through the application of methods and standards of judgment developed and applied through the expenditure of substantial time, effort, and money and constitutes valuable intellectual property of VATL and such others. VATL, its partners and suppliers reserve all rights under intellectual property law and in any content that is on the Site, or in other products and services.

Non-Commercial Use 
This Site and its contents are for your own personal, professional, non-commercial use only.

Permitted and Restricted Use and Sharing of Content
Materials on the Site may be copied or downloaded provided that all restrictions noted for that material are complied with, and that they retain all copyright notices and other proprietary notices as provided with the Content, and carry an VATL-approved attribution.

Content and materials from professional development programs may not be reproduced or distributed to others, including within your institution, by any means without the prior written permission of VATL.

Ownership of Content That You Supply
If you post any content on any blog or other public area of the Site, you grant us the right to use, copy, display, perform, distribute, modify, adapt, abridge, exploit, and promote this content in any way and in any commercial or non-commercial medium or form without charge.

ACCEPTABLE USE

You may use the VATL Site, membership, or other products and services for lawful purposes only and may use them only in ways consistent with the law.

VATL may allow you to supply content for the Site or its functions, for professional development coursework, or for other products that can be accessed and viewed by others. You agree not to post any content that violates these terms. Content that violates applicable rules may be removed.

AGREEMENT

Privacy Policy
Your use of this Site signifies your continuing consent to the VATL Privacy Policy, which you can examine any time by clicking on the “Privacy” link on the Site.
Personal information that you supply to VATL, and any information about your use of the Site, or other products and services, that we obtain will be subject to the Privacy Policy on this Site.

No Duty to Monitor
You agree that we are not liable for content that is provided by others. We have no duty to screen content that you, or others, may supply or post, but we have the right to refuse to post or to edit submitted content. We reserve the right to remove any content for any reason at any time.

Electronic Delivery Consent
You agree that we may provide you notices and other information electronically concerning VATL or this Site or products you have ordered or expressed interest in, including notice to any email address that you may provide.

Partners, Suppliers, Advertisers, and Third Party Sites 
VATL may include on its Site links to third party web sites. You agree that we are not responsible or liable for any content or other materials on third party sites. You also agree that we are not responsible for content or claims supplied by our partners, suppliers or advertisers. We are also not responsible for any transactions or dealings between you and any third party or any advertiser. You agree that VATL is not responsible for any claim or loss due to a third party site or any advertiser.

Age of Users
Children under the age of 13 may not use this Site and parents or legal guardians may not agree to these Terms and Conditions on their behalf. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided or attempted to provide us with personal information, we will use our best efforts to remove the information permanently from our files.

DISCLAIMERS

Disclaimer of Warranties
We provide this Site, Programs, and Products and their contents “AS IS.” TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE AND OUR PARTNERS AND SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SITE, PROGRAMS, AND PRODUCTS ARE OR WILL BE MERCHANTABLE, OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, ACCURATE, TIMELY, FIT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NEED, OR NON-INFRINGING. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT THIS SITE, PROGRAMS AND COURSES, AND PRODUCTS OR THEIR CONTENT WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, ARE ERROR-FREE, RELIABLE, OR WILL OPERATE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION.

Limitation of Liability
You may not assert claims for money damages arising from this Site or its contents, or that of other VATL products and services. We and our partners and suppliers shall not be liable for any indirect, special, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages, even if we knew or should have known of the possibility of such damages. Because some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, the liability of our organization and our partners and suppliers, shall be limited to the extent permitted by law.

INDEMNIFICATION AND JURISDICTION

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless VATL, and our respective employees, contractors, officers, directors, and agents from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including attorney’s fees, that arise from your use or misuse of this Site or of our other products and services. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses.

You agree that the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA and US federal law govern these terms and conditions, its subject matter, your use of the Site, and other VATL products and services, and any claim or dispute that you may have against us, without regard to its conflict of laws rules, and that the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods shall have no applicability.

CHANGES TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

VATL may change the Terms and Conditions at any time. You can review the most current version of the Terms and Conditions by clicking on the Site’s “Terms and Conditions” link. If you continue to use this Site after we make changes to the Terms and Conditions, you are signifying your acceptance of the new terms and conditions. You are responsible for checking these terms periodically for any changes.

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