Who May Use our Services –
You may use our Services only if you can form a binding contract with FCI, and only if approved by FCI, and only in compliance with these Terms and all applicable laws. When you create your FCI account, and subsequently when you use certain features, you must provide us with accurate and complete information, and you agree to update your information to keep it accurate and complete.
Our License to You –
Subject to these Terms and our policies (including the Acceptable Use Policy, Honor Code, and course specific eligibility requirements and other terms), we grant you a limited, personal, nonexclusive, nontransferable, and revocable license to use our Services.
You may download content from our Services only for your personal, noncommercial use, unless you obtain FCI’s written permission to otherwise use the content.
You also agree that you will create, access, and/or use only one user account, and you will not share with any third party access to or access information for your account.
Using our Services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our Services or the content you access.
Our Courses –
Course Modifications –
While we take pride in our courses, FCI reserves the right to cancel, interrupt, or reschedule any course or to modify any course content, assignment, quiz, or other assessment. Courses offered are subject to the Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability sections below.
You agree not to accept credit for completing a course unless you have earned a Verified Certificate (or other equivalent FCI credential) for that course. FCI, the course instructors, and the associated participating institutions have no obligation to have a course recognized by any accreditation organization.
Unless otherwise agreed, you retain all intellectual property rights in, and are responsible for, the User Content you share.
We welcome your suggestions, ideas, comments, and other feedback regarding the Services (“Feedback”). By submitting any Feedback, you grant us the right to use the Feedback without any restriction or any compensation to you. By accepting your Feedback, FCI does not waive any rights to use similar or related Feedback previously known to FCI, developed by its employees or contractors, or obtained from other sources.
We care about the security of our users. While we work to protect the security of your account and related information, FCI cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security measures. Please notify us immediately of any compromise or unauthorized use of your account
Third Party Content
Through the Services, you will have the ability to access and/or use content provided by instructors, other users, and/or other third parties and links to websites and services maintained by third parties. FCI cannot guarantee that such third party content, in the Services or elsewhere, will be free of material you may find objectionable or otherwise inappropriate or of malware or other contaminants that may harm your computer, mobile device, or any files therein. FCI disclaims any responsibility or liability related to your access or use of such third party content.
Copyright and Trademark Policy
FCI respects the intellectual property rights of our users, participating institutions, and other third parties and expects our users to do the same when using the Services. We have adopted and implemented the FCI Copyright and Trademark Policy in accordance with applicable law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
FCI offers paid Services (e.g., Verified Certificates for certain courses) for a fee. Unless otherwise stated, all fees are quoted in U.S. Dollars. You are responsible for paying all fees and applicable taxes in a timely manner with a payment mechanism associated with the applicable paid Services. If your payment method fails or your account is past due, we may collect fees using other collection mechanisms. Fees may vary based on your location and other factors, and FCI reserves the right to change any fees at any time at its sole discretion. Any change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting through the relevant Services. Refunds may be available for paid Services as described in our Refund Policy.
Modifying and Terminating our Services
We are constantly changing and improving our Services. We may add or remove functions, features, or requirements, and we may suspend or stop a Service altogether. Accordingly, FCI may terminate your use of any Service for any reason. None of FCI, its participating institutions and instructors, its contributors, sponsors, and other business partners, and their employees, contractors, and other agents shall have any liability to you for any such action. You can stop using our Services at any time, although we’ll be sorry to see you go.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the FCI Parties from any and all claims, liabilities, expenses, and damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, made by any third party related to: (a) your use or attempted use of the Services in violation of these Terms; (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party; or (c) User Content, including without limitation any claim of infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property or other proprietary rights.
Revisions to the Terms
We reserve the right to revise the Terms at our sole discretion at any time. Any revisions to the Terms will be effective immediately upon posting by us. For any material changes to the Terms, we will take reasonable steps to notify you of such changes. In all cases, your continued use of the Services after publication of such changes, with or without notification, constitutes binding acceptance of the revised Terms.
Acceptable Use Policy
FCI’s mission is to provide universal access to the world’s best education. We believe strongly in preserving free speech and expression for our learners as well as academic freedom for our partner instructors. We also want to make sure that all of our learners and instructors feel safe and comfortable while using our Services. We have drafted these guidelines to ensure that people understand and follow the rules when participating in using our Services.
Although we do not routinely screen or monitor content provided by users, we may remove or edit inappropriate content or activity reported to us or suspend, disable, or terminate a user’s access to all or part of the Services.
You are prohibited from using our Services to share content that:
Contains illegal content or promotes illegal activities with the intent to commit such activities. Please keep in mind that learners who are as young as 13 use FCI, and we do not allow content that is inappropriate for these younger learners.
Contains credible threats or organizes acts of realworld violence. We don’t allow content that creates a genuine risk of physical injury or property damage, credibly threatens people or public safety, or organizes or encourages harm.
Harrasses others. We encourage commentary about people and matters of public interest, but abusive or otherwise inappropriate content directed at private individuals is not allowed.
Violates intellectual property, privacy, or other rights. Do not share content that you do not have the right to share, claim content that you did not create as your own, or otherwise infringe or misappropriate someone else’s intellectual property or other rights. Always attribute materials used or quoted by you to the original copyright owner.
Spams others. Do not share irrelevant or inappropriate advertising, promotional, or solicitation content.
You also aren’t allowed to:
Do anything that violates local, state, national or international law or breaches any of your contractual obligations or fiduciary duties.
Share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might put your account at risk.
Attempt to access any other user’s account.
Reproduce, transfer, sell, resell, or otherwise misuse any content from our Services, unless specifically authorized to do so.
Access, tamper with, or use nonpublic areas of our systems, unless specifically authorized to do so.
Break or circumvent our authentication or security measures or otherwise test the vulnerability of our systems or networks, unless specifically authorized to do so.
Try to reverse engineer any portion of our Services.
Try to interfere with any user, host, or network, for example by sending a virus, overloading, spamming, or mailbombing.
Use our Services to distribute malware.
Impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
Encourage or help anyone do any of the things on this list.
FCI Refund Policy
Except as explicitly agreed in writing, FCI has no obligation to provide refunds or vouchers for any other Services.
Effective as of July 3, 2015
THE SERVICES AND ALL INCLUDED CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. THE FCI PARTIES SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. THE FCI PARTIES FURTHER DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY RELATED TO YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR ANY RELATED CONTENT. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR SUCH CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Limitation of Liability
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, FCI SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM: (A) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (B) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY PARTY OTHER THAN THE APPLICABLE FCI PARTY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT; OR (C) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE, OR ALTERATION OF YOUR CONTENT OR INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT SHALL FCI’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATED TO THE SERVICES EXCEED TWENTY U.S. DOLLARS ($20) OR THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES RECEIVED BY FCI FROM YOU FOR THE USE OF PAID SERVICES DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS, WHICHEVER IS GREATER.
Information Not Legal Advice
The information on this website is not legal advice. The materials on this website are for information and educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Legal advise is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. Contact a private attorney if you need to speak to an attorney regarding your particular situation.
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Disclaimer of Warranty
The materials, information and forms available on this website are provided without any warranties, express, implied or statutory. Any and all implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose are hereby disclaimed.
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