Tufts University reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time and any such changes will be posted on this page.
Consistent with Tufts University policies and regulations, Tufts University upholds the principles of academic freedom and shared governance, freedom of speech, and privacy in the use of electronic resources by our faculty, students and staff.
The Tufts Services contain official pages and other content in support of the core mission of Tufts University or related administrative business. They also contain Web pages and other content generated by groups or individuals whose expressed views do not necessarily represent the views of Tufts University or the Board of Trustees.
Rules for Online Conduct
You agree to use the Services in accordance with all applicable laws. Because Tufts University is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, you agree that you will not use the Services for organized partisan political activities or for the promotion of for profit businesses or products. You further agree that you will not e-mail to or post any of the following content anywhere on the Services, or on any other Tufts computing resources:
- Content that defames or threatens others
- Harassing statements or content that violates federal or state law
- Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them
- Content that infringes another’s intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets
- Material that contains obscene (i.e. pornographic) language or images
- Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation
- Content that is otherwise unlawful
- Content or software that attempts to circumvent security protections or contains malicious software
Copyrighted material, including without limitation software, graphics, text, photographs, sound, video and musical recordings, may not be placed on the Services without the express permission of the owner of the copyright in the material, or other legal entitlement to use the material.
Tufts employees using these Services are expected to abide by the Tufts’ Business Conduct Policy and other Tufts policies and guidelines applicable to Tufts employees.
Tufts students using these Services are expected to abide by the applicable student handbooks and other Tufts policies and guidelines applicable to Tufts students.
Although Tufts University does not routinely screen or monitor content posted by users to the Services, Tufts University reserves the right to do so and to remove content that violates the above rules of which it becomes aware, but is under no obligation to do so.
Finally, you agree that you will not access or attempt to access any other user’s account, or misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using the Services.
Permission to Use Materials
In consideration for your agreement to the terms and conditions contained here, Tufts University grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and use the Services. User may download material from the Services only for user’s own personal, non-commercial use. User may not otherwise copy, reproduce, retransmit, distribute, publish, commercially exploit or otherwise transfer any material. The burden of determining that use of any information, software or any other content on the Service is permissible rests with user.
Limitation of Use
You may use the Services for legal purposes only. Furthermore, you agree that, if a third party claims that any material you have contributed to a Service is unlawful, you will bear the burden of establishing that the material complies with all applicable laws. Although Tufts University does not routinely monitor the content of the Services, Tufts University has the right to remove material from the Services, block access, or take other action with respect to any of the material on the Services in its sole discretion, although Tufts University is under no obligation to do so. You may not use Tufts computing resources or Services to disseminate unsolicited advertising or promotional material of any kind.
Links to Third-Party Website and other Online Services
Choice of Law
These Terms shall be governed in all respects by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without giving effect to its conflicts of law provisions. Both parties submit to the personal jurisdiction of and venue in, the state and federal courts sitting in the judicial district that includes Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The parties further agree that any cause of action arising under these Terms shall exclusively be brought in such courts. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced. Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe, or describe the scope or extent of such section. Tufts University’s failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive its right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.
Disclaimer of Warranty/Limitation of Liability
THESE SERVICES AND ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THEREIN ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR USE OF A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT.
Tufts University does not warrant, and hereby disclaims any warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of any Service, information obtained from a Service, or link to a Service. Tufts does not warrant that Services will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that Services are free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of information obtained from or through these Services is at your own risk.
YOU AGREE THAT TUFTS UNIVERSITY WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, EITHER ACTUAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS, OR TO YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY’S) USE OR INABILITY TO USE A SERVICE, OR TO YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON A SERVICE, OR TO YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH A SERVICE. IN PARTICULAR, TUFTS WILL HAVE NO LIABILTY FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE, (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF DATA, OR INTERRUPTION IN AVAILABILITY OF DATA), ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS, YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE A SERVICE, OR ANY PURCHASES OR DONATIONS ON THIS OR THROUGH THIS SERVICE, OR YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON A SERVICE, OR TO YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH A SERVICE, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTORY OR OTHER LAW, EXCEPT ONLY IN THE CASE OF DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY WHERE AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT THAT APPLICABLE LAW REQUIRES SUCH LIABILITY.
Tufts makes no representation regarding your ability to transmit and receive information from or through the Services and you agree and acknowledge that your ability to access the Services may be impaired. Tufts disclaims any and all liability resulting from or related to such events.
All content included in or made available through any Tufts’s Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, video and other multimedia, digital downloads, and data compilations is the property of Tufts University or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws.
We respect the intellectual property rights of others. If you are an owner of intellectual property and you believe your intellectual property has been improperly posted or distributed via the Services, please notify us by sending an email to DMCA-Agent@tufts.edu or by sending a notice by U.S. Mail to: Office of University Counsel, Tufts University, Ballou Hall, Medford, MA 02155. In your e-mail or letter, you will need to include all of the notice elements listed in the DMCA at 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3). Please be aware that the DMCA makes copyright owners liable if they materially misrepresent that a user’s content is infringing.
The logo, name and all graphics on the Services of Tufts University or any of its schools, clinics or affiliates, are trademarks of Tufts or its affiliates. Use, reproduction, copying or redistribution of trademarks, without the written permission of Tufts or its affiliates is prohibited. All other trademarks or servicemarks appearing on the Services are the marks of their respective owners.
SMFA and the SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS are trademarks of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and are used by permission.
You agree to indemnify and hold Tufts harmless from any claims, losses or damages, including legal fees, resulting from your violation of these Terms, your use of a Service or your placement of any content onto a Service, and to fully cooperate in Tufts’ defense against any such claims.
If you use a Service, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password, if any, and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. Tufts University and its affiliates reserve the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders in their sole discretion.
The Services may contain errors and omissions relating to any information disclosed therein. We reserve the right to correct or modify any information without prior notice.
These Terms are effective as of October 30, 2015, as modified as of July 10, 2020.
Tufts University reserves the right to change, modify, or otherwise these Terms at its sole discretion and at any time as it deems circumstances warrant.