Terms of Participation

Research@PrattSILS is a digital medium maintained by faculty and staff (herafter, Site Administrators) at Pratt Institute’s School of Information & Library Science.

Research@PrattSILS Accounts
Any individual who has a pratt.edu email account is able to open a Research@PrattSILS account. Accounts may be granted by Site Administrators on a case-by-case basis to any other individuals or organizations.

Site Administrators reserve the right to immediately terminate a participant’s account or restrict their access if that participant’s activities are abusive to another participant. Spamming of any sort is not permitted and will result in immediate account termination. Illegal activities that actively involve Research@PrattSILS will also result in immediate account termination.

Reliability
Research@PrattSILS makes no guarantees in the reliability or preservation of account accessibility, emails sent or received, and files uploaded or created by online editing or compilation. However, data loss should only occur during a catastrophic hardware failure in which critical files would be restored in a timely manner from regularly scheduled backups.

Data Protection / Ownership
The account information of participants will never be shared with a third party without explicit consent. Each participant is considered the owner of their own content and account information. At any time, a participant may export the contents of any site of which they are an administrator.

Participants may permanently delete their account and any sites of which they are the sole administrator. Deleted accounts, sites, and content will not be permanently archived.

Privacy
Research@PrattSILS participants have the right to classify their site(s) according to five privacy levels:

  1. visible to everyone, including search engines and archivers;
  2. visible to everyone, excluding search engines and archivers;
  3. visible only to DH@PrattSILS participants;
  4. visible only to DH@PrattSILS participants individually granted permission and the Site Administrators;
  5. visible only to the Site Administrators.

It is the responsibility of each administrator to set this privacy level in Settings / Reading.

Research@PrattSILS Affiliation
Research@PrattSILS reserves the right to insert a “footer” onto every page within its domain. This footer designates participants’ affiliation with Research@PrattSILS and links back to these Terms of Participation.

Limitation of Liability
I. Except as required by law, Pratt Institute, its employees, students, or affiliates (hereafter known as “Pratt parties”) shall not be liable for the following:

A. Any damages suffered or incurred by Research@PrattSILS participants or any third party that arise in connection with the website or its services. Damages include, but are not limited to:

  1. incidental,
  2. direct,
  3. indirect,
  4. punitive,
  5. actual,
  6. consequential,
  7. special,
  8. exemplary,
  9. loss of revenue or income,
  10. lost profits,
  11. pain and suffering,
  12. emotional distress,
  13. cost of substitute goods or services,
  14. any other similar damages.

II. The limitation of liability applies even if the Research@PrattSILS parties have been advised of such damages.

III. The Research@PrattSILS parties shall not be responsible or liable whatsoever in any manner for any content posted on the websites or services. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. claims of infringement relating to content or services, for your use of the websites and services, or for
  2. the conduct of third parties whether on the websites, in connection with the services of otherwise relating to the websites or service.

Rights
Unless otherwise noted, Research@PratSILS is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. All sites and content within Research@PrattSILS are bound by this same copyright unless otherwise specified by the content’s author. It is the responsibility of content authors to designate a different copyright if they see fit.

Credits
These terms are based on OpenCUNY.org’s Terms of Participation.