TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE OF THE ECE® WEBSITE  ("Terms of Use")

DISCLAIMER, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

These Terms of Use and Disclaimer govern your use of the ECE® website (“Website”). The Website includes all available features, including but not necessarily limited to The Connection and The Connection Advantage. By using or navigating through the Website, you fully accept the Terms of Use. If you disagree with any part of them, do not use the Website.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (also known as “we” herein) reserves the right to modify the Terms of Use and the Website at any time without notice; therefore, you should check periodically for changes. By using or navigating through the Website after we post any changes to the Terms of Use, you thereby agree to accept the changes, whether or not you have reviewed them.

  • Content. The information on the Website is intended for general information purposes only. Although we make every effort to provide correct, thorough, and current information, we make no representations or warranties, express or implied, that all the information on the Website is complete, accurate, reliable, or suitable. Therefore, you rely on the Website and the information herein strictly at your own risk.

  • LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. IN NO EVENT WILL EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS, INC., BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES---INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR ECONOMIC LOSSES OR DAMAGES---RESULTING FROM THE USE OF OR NAVIGATION THROUGH THE WEBSITE, OR RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.

  • Links. This Website may contain links to outside sites and resources. We have no control over the nature, content, reliability, and availability of such sites and resources, and the inclusion of links to them does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of the information contained or views expressed therein.

  • Availability. We make every effort to keep the Website available, running smoothly, and virus and bug free. However, we are not responsible or liable for the Website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control. We make no representations or warranties that functions available on the Website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the Website server is free of viruses or bugs. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular IT security and integrity requirements.

  • Jurisdiction and venue. This Website is controlled and operated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. By using or navigating through the Website, you agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to the Terms of Use, or your use of or access to the Website and any services herein, shall be governed by Wisconsin law and shall be heard and resolved in state or federal courts located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (U.S.A.).


USER BEHAVIOR

The Connection and The Connection Advantage (together known herein as “The Connection”) User Terms and Conditions and Disclaimer

You are entirely responsible and liable for all activities you conduct through the The Connection and rely on its services or content solely at your own risk.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., for any and all claims or suits arising from your use of the The Connection.

OUR DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE CONNECTION AND ITS SERVICES AND CONTENT IS ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, AND WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS, INC., AND ITS EMPLOYEES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR SPECIAL DAMAGES RELATING IN ANY WAY TO YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THIS AGREMENT OR YOUR USE OF THE CONNECTION AND ITS SERVICES OR CONTENT. THIS DISCLAIMER SURVIVES THE TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., reserves the right, at its discretion, to review, screen, delete, edit, and/or move any content posted on The Connection.

By using The Connection, you agree to all of the terms herein. Any violation of these terms may result in the deletion of your post(s) and/or the denial of access to The Connection.

Prohibited activity that may result in deletion of posts or denial of access to The Connection includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Offensive Content. Any content that is offensive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, pornographic, threatening, hateful, or racist is prohibited. This includes images and attempts to hide or camouflage through misspelling any offensive content or language in posts and user IDs.

  • Manners. Be polite! You may respectfully disagree, but please remain professional at all times. No flaming or trolling. If you read a post that appears to provoke an argument, please do not respond (further escalating the situation); instead, contact the moderator.

  • Privacy. You must respect the privacy of others. Do not post phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, or any other private information of others. We discourage users from posting such information about themselves, as well, as we cannot control how this information might be used beyond The Connection. Also, be sure to remove any personal information from any document before uploading it to the Message Board (student's name, birth date, id numbers, etc.).

  • Copyright. Please do not post copyrighted materials without first obtaining the express written consent of the copyright holder. If you wish to refer to an article from another site, please post no more than a few lines summarizing the article and include a link to it.

  • Illegal Activity. Promoting or providing instructional information about any illegal activity is prohibited. Threatening or advocating injury or harm---physical or otherwise---to any individual or group is prohibited. Threats, harassment, and stalking is prohibited. Posts that can be construed as such may be removed from the Message Board and made available to the relevant law enforcement officials.

  • Solicitations. All advertising, promoting, advocacy, recruiting, lobbying, soliciting, and spamming is prohibited. If you post a link to another site, make sure it is relevant to the discussion and not a business promotion for you or anyone else.

  • Impersonation. Impersonating another user is prohibited.

  • Relevance. Please stick to the topic at hand. All topics should be relevant to the evaluation of international educational credentials. If you are responding to a post and want to change the topic, please start a new topic instead. Review the Message Board to avoid redundant posts.


International Users. The Connection is operated and controlled within the United States. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., makes no representation that the content, materials, or products available on or through The Connection are appropriate or available for use outside of the United States. If you access The Connection from a location outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws, including local laws regarding online conduct and content and U.S. export laws and regulations.


PRIVACY POLICY

This Privacy Policy sets out how we use and protect any information you provide when using the Website.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. Any identifying information you provide while using the Website will be used only in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

  • What information we collect. This applies to all information collected or submitted on the The Connection website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information that may be collected at these pages are: name, mailing address, email address, phone number, credit/debit Card information, gender, educational history, company name.
  • Credit Cards. We do not record or store credit card numbers, physically or electronically. Credit card numbers used to make payments to us via our website or over the telephone are submitted directly to, and processed exclusively by, an independent, secure payment gateway called Authorize.Net.
  • What we do with the information we gather. We use this information to understand your needs and provide better services, as well as for the following reasons: internal record keeping; improving our products and services; and periodically sending promotional emails about products and services, special offers, or other information related to international education. We may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes.

We will not sell, release, distribute, or lease your personal information to other parties unless we have your permission or are required to do so by law. We may use your personal information to send you information about products, services, or events related to international education, or for market research purposes.

  • How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information. If you have an account with us, you can log into your account to change information.  Or, you can email us at theconnection@ece.org.
  • Security. We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure of information, we have implemented appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
  • How we use cookies. A cookie is a small file that may be placed on your computer's hard drive. Cookies can analyze web traffic and allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes, and dislikes by identifying and remembering information about your preferences.

We use cookies on this Website to save individual user preferences and not for any other purpose. Overall, cookies help us to improve the Website. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, aside from the data you share with us.

  • Links to other sites. Our Website may contain links to other sites of interest. If you use these links to leave our Website, please note that we have no control over these outside sites and that this Privacy Policy is not applicable to them. Therefore, we are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites. You should exercise caution and review the privacy statements of the sites in question.
  • Changes to our Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to modify or supplement the terms of this Privacy Policy at any time without notice. Changes to our Privacy Policy will be posted in this section of our Website and can be reviewed at any time.
  • How To Contact Us. Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at 414-289-3400 or send us an email at theconnection@ece.org.


SUBSCRIPTION & PAYMENT TERMS OF USE

The following Additional Terms of Use apply to anyone using or navigating through The Connection Advantage:

  • A subscription to The Connection Advantage (“Subscription”) lasts for one year (365 days) from the date of payment of the Subscription fee.

  • By paying the Subscription fee, you agree to the Terms of Use, as well as all the Additional Terms of Use.

  • To access The Connection Advantage, the full Subscription fee must be paid in advance.

  • There are no refunds once a Subscription fee is paid.

  • Subscriptions are not transferable, and the sharing of a Subscription, or an account on The Connection, is prohibited.

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (also known as “we” herein) reserves the right to revoke a Subscription, and an account on The Connection, at any time.

  • We reserve the right to change the Subscription fee at any time.

  • We reserve the right to add, remove, or modify Subscription based content, at our sole discretion.

  • A Subscription may be renewed, but not until 30 days or fewer remain on a current Subscription.

  • We reserve the right to modify the Terms of Use and the Additional Terms Use at any time.

 

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Copyright © 2017 Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. This Website and its contents are the copyright of Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. All rights reserved.

Any reproduction or redistribution, in part or whole, of the contents of this Website in any form is prohibited.

You may not, except with the prior express written permission of Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., distribute or commercially exploit the content of this Website. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other Website or other form of electronic retrieval system.