Welcome to ProgressiveU.org ("Site"). Because we want this Site to be a space where you and your peers feel comfortable expressing your ideas sharing and opinions, we ask you to abide by a few policies. In return, we make certain promises to you about what you can expect from us.
You may not use this Site while impersonating any other person or entity, to collect or use any information about other participants for any purpose, or to distribute chain letters, junk mail, "spam" solicitations, commercial advertising, or other bulk communications of any kind.
Multiple accounts may be issued to one user under certain restrictions and in specific situations. You may not register more than one account under the same IP address unless given express permission by an officer, director or employee. Any multiple account registrants will not be eligible for any contest awards offered unless otherwise notified.
The content on this Site is licensed under a Creative Commons License, except where otherwise noted.
Except for the foregoing, you may not copy, distribute, transmit, display, modify, create derivative works from, enter into a database, or in any way exploit any existing part of our Site, including computer programs and other coding.
Our Site is available "as is" and "as available." We do not warrant that the Site will be uninterrupted or error-free. There may be delays, omissions, interruptions and inaccuracies in materials available through our Site. We do not make any representations or warranties about the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of any statement or information displayed or distributed on the Site or available through links on the Site. We reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions in the Site. If you rely on our Site and any materials available through it, you do so solely at your own risk.
To the maximum extent permitted under law, we deny all express or implied warranties with respect to the Site or any information that is available through the Site, including without limitation fitness for a particular purpose.
Although we intend to take reasonable steps to prevent the introduction of destructive materials to our Site, such as viruses, worms, and "trojan horses," we do not guarantee or warrant that our Site or materials that may be downloaded from our Site are free from such destructive features. We are not liable for any damages or harm attributable to such features.
Limitation of Liability
You agree to indemnify us against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, we incur as a result of your violation of this Agreement. We have the right, but not the obligation, to take over the exclusive defense of any claim for which we are entitled to indemnification. You agree to provide us with whatever cooperation we reasonably request.
Our Site includes blog posts, comments, forums, and other messaging features (collectively, "blogs") that allow you to communicate with other visitors to the Site. Messages distributed through the blogs on the Site represent the views of participants and visitors, and not those of ProgressiveU.
We welcome active debate but in order to ensure a safe and civil online environment, ProgressiveU reserves the right to remove any content you post on the Site or terminate your participation. To maintain that safe and civil environment, you agree not to upload, post, display, distribute, transmit or otherwise publish on the Site any material that:
- (1) is libelous, obscene, pornographic, harassing, invective, or abusive;
(2) is violent, hateful, or threatening to anyone or any group;
(3) infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary right of another;
(4) violates anyone's right of privacy or publicity or is otherwise illegal;
(5) contains code that can disrupt or damage the Site, its underlying software or any hardware or computer equipment, including viruses, bugs, worms, or trojan horses; or
(6) sells or promotes any products or services.
As a participating member of the ProgressiveU.org community, you agree to adhere to the following rules before posting materials to the site.
Freedom of Speech
ProgressiveU.org views Freedom of Speech as your right to communicate your thoughts and ideas freely. However, as with most rights, this right is accoompanied with the understanding that you accept the responsibility to choose your words carefully and, even if in disagreement with someone, handle the situation with grace and respect instead of disrupting the discussion. Your primary focus should be on contributing to the ProgressiveU.org community and the discussions therein.
Spamming is generally known as a message or advertisement posted indiscriminately to a wide range of blogs and discussion forums; or a message (or series of messages) posted by a registered member of this site that promotes a site, service, or product where it is apparent that the member does not intend to participate in the discussion put forth on ProgressiveU.org
Flaming another user (sending an angry, hostile, or abusive electronic message to or about) is prohibited on ProgressiveU.org. Our members post a variety of entries regarding highly controversial topics and often convey their personal values or beliefs regarding these topics. As such, some disagreement and argument is bound to happen.
Don't be a jerk
This is not limited to Flaming. Common sense should prevail - don't be a jerk. When communications break down, you have no idea how your words are being read by someone else. If you're angry, stop to take a breath before replying to that comment. If you have a problem with someone's cited source, explain your concern respectfully. Do not treat the member in question with a condescending (or jerk-like) tone.
Flooding the "Recent Posts" list, or posting several entries on the same subject may lead to a warning regarding these Terms of Service regulations. If you have a question regarding appropriate posting intervals and what constitutes a series vs. several copies of the same blog, ask a member of the faculty prior to posting or read through the FAQ.
Faculty members and Moderators
Our Faculty members, just as moderators of other discussion forums, are the key to keeping this site comfortable and running smoothly. They are vital to the success of this board and because of that they are held to a higher standard than other members of this site. As such we expect you to treat them with a higher standard. Any rule broken against a moderator could result in a temporary suspension of posting priveleges. Publicly disrespectful behavior from a member toward a moderator regarding moderator actions or decisions may also result in a summary suspension of that member's posting privileges.
Please note that the moderating team is under no obligation to read every post. Occasionally, inappropriate posts will slip by unnoticed by the faculty members; if you see one of these posts, please report or flag it immediately. If there are any concerns over moderator actions, the only way to officially address them is with a private message (PM) to another faculty member or to use the site's email forms.
Your feedback and concerns are very valuable to the success of this board. Each and every message will be read and investigated. However, until specifically told by a moderator, of a reversal, any action taken on a post by a faculty member is to be considered official.
Publicly disrespectful and/or negative behavior from a member regarding a moderator's capacity as a faculty member, the faculty team in general, or actions taken by a faculty member is not allowed in any open forums.
The one exception to this rule is located in the Forums, where a specific forum has been created where you may publicly question the roles and actions of Faculty members respectfully.
Not all disciplinary actions will be public.
Furthermore, moderators are not obligated to notify general membership of whether a particular member has received a warning. Nor are moderators obligated to discuss any disciplinary actions taken against a member with any other member.
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