Terms of Use

The HETS/Virtual Plaza website is provided to you by Hispanic Educational Technology Services (“HETS”, “we” or “us”). These Terms of Use serve to create a binding legal contract between you and us. Please read these Terms of Use; by using this service, you accept these Terms of Use. 

We reserve the right to deny access to this website, or any service provided via this website, to anyone who violates these terms of service or who, in our judgment, interferes with the ability of others to enjoy this website, or infringes the rights of others.

PRIVACY

We respect the privacy of the users of our website. By using this service, you agree to accept the terms of our Privacy Policy. Please take a moment to review our PRIVACY POLICY.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Our Limited License to You.

The materials available through this website are the property of HETS or our licensors, and are protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws. You are free to display and print for your personal, non-commercial use information you receive through this website. You may not, however, otherwise reproduce or distribute copies of materials found on this website in any form (including by email or other electronic means) without prior written permission from the owner. Requests for permission to reproduce or distribute materials found on this website can be directed to the HETS Central Office.

Your License to Us.

You may decide to submit information to the HETS/Virtual Plaza website to be included in the chat forums or other areas of our site. By submitting material to us, you are representing that you are the owner of the material, or are providing your submission with the express consent of the owner. By submitting material to any public posting areas of this website, such as any “cyber cafes,” chat rooms, forums, or other community publishing areas, you agree that we (including our partners, agents, affiliates and service providers (collectively, “Third Party Providers”)), may reproduce, modify, and distribute such material as we see fit in any medium and for any purpose. You also agree that we, including our Third Party Providers, may identify you as the author of any of your postings by name, email address or screen name as we see appropriate. We also reserve the right (but assume no obligation) to delete, move, or edit any postings that come to our attention that we consider unacceptable or inappropriate, whether for legal or other reasons.

Links.

We generally welcome links to our service. You are free to establish a hypertext link to this site so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by us or does not originate from any site that we deem offensive whether for legal or other reasons.

No Framing.

Without our prior written permission, you may not frame, or in-line link, any of the content of this website, or incorporate into another website or other service any of our intellectual property. Requests for permission to frame our content or in-line link to our website may be sent to yumontalvo@suagm.edu.

Trademarks.

You may not use any trademark or service mark appearing on this website without the prior written consent of the owner of the mark. HETS and The Virtual Plaza and our associated logos are the property of Hispanic Education Telecommunications System.

Notice of Copyright Infringement. If you believe in good faith that your copyrighted work has been reproduced on our site without authorization in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify our designated copyright agent either by email to yumontalvo@suagm.edu or by mailing a written notice to the HETS Central Office at P.O. Box 21345
San Juan, PR 00928-1345. This contact information should be used only for notices regarding allegations of copyright infringement and contact information for other matters is provided elsewhere on this site.

THIRD PARTY SERVICES AND CONTENT

The HETS/Virtual Plaza web site may contain advertisements, announcements, offers and other materials provided by third party content providers, such as advertisers or sponsors of the web site. Such sponsors include participating universities, employers and other partners. Materials provided by such third parties are made available to you solely as a service to you and we assume no responsibility or liability for the content of such materials or for any claims you may have arising out of the products or services offered by such third parties. When you access third party content or services offered via the HETS/Virtual Plaza web site, you do so at your own risk and subject to the terms of service offered by such providers of third party products or services.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

You will be solely responsible for all charges, if any, incurred in connection with products or services offered using your account or registration information, including charges for any goods or services. You are also responsible for all statements made or materials posted under your account, including liability for harm caused by such statements or materials. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless HETS, its directors, officers, employees, shareholders, parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, and licensors, from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation of these Terms of Use, or from your failure to fulfill any obligations relating to your account incurred by you or any other person using your account. We reserve the right to take over the exclusive defense of any claim for which we are entitled to indemnification under this paragraph, in which event you shall provide us with such cooperation as is reasonably requested by us.

DISCLAIMER

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, HETS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. HETS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS OR SERVICES CONTAINED ON THE HETS/VIRTUAL PLAZA SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE, INCLUDING BULLETIN BOARDS, OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE, ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. HETS DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE MATERIALS IN THIS SITE OR IN THIRD-PARTY SITES IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. YOU (AND NOT HETS) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, OR CORRECTION.

BULLETIN BOARDS AND CHAT ROOMS

The HETS/Virtual Plaza website may include bulletin boards and chat rooms (“bulletin boards”) which allow feedback to us and real-time interaction between users. We do not control the messages, information, or files delivered to bulletin boards. It is a condition of your use of the bulletin boards and this web site that you do not:

  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the bulletin boards.
  • Post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, or indecent information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law.
  • Post or transmit any information, software or other material which violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or which is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or right holder.
  • Post or transmit any information, software or other material which contains a virus or other harmful component.
  • Post, transmit, or in any way exploit any information, software or other material for commercial purposes, or which contains advertising.

You understand that we have no obligation to monitor the bulletin boards. However, we reserve the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation, or government request, or to edit, refuse to post, or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that we in our sole discretion find objectionable or in violation of these Terms of Use.

Limitation of liability

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall HETS, its subsidiary and parent companies or affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials appearing on the HETS/Virtual Plaza web site. You specifically acknowledge and agree that HETS is not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any user. If you are dissatisfied with any of our materials, or with the terms set forth herein as the same may be amended, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the HETS/Virtual Plaza site.

PRIVACY POLICY

Hispanic Educational Technology Services (“HETS” or “we” or “us”) respects the privacy of visitors to our HETS/Virtual Plaza web site. This Online Privacy Policy describes the manner in which we collect and use information. By using the HETS/Virtual Plaza web site, you agree to the terms of this Online Privacy Policy. Please read this Online Privacy Policy carefully so that you understand our privacy practices relating to information we gather through this web site. This Online Privacy Policy does not apply to our collection or use of information that you provide to us offline; nor does it govern the collection or use of information by third party service providers, including our advertisers and sponsors who may advertise or otherwise be featured on our web site.

Protecting the Privacy of Children

We do not target the information or services or services featured on our site to children under the age of 13. Children should get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. If you are under 13, please do not provide any personally identifying information during your visit to HETS/Virtual Plaza.

The Information We Collect

The information we gather online generally falls into two categories: (1) information supplied by visitors to the site when they register for particular products or services, and (2) tracking information gathered as visitors navigate through the HETS/Virtual Plaza web site. Third-party providers, whose sites are featured on and accessed via our site, may gather information as well.

Registration Information

When you register for particular services or to participate in various offerings made available through our site, such as our mentoring features, we may collect personally identifying information from you, including information such as: your name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, gender, education background, and other information about you or relevant to the particular category or service for which you are registering.

We may use this information to process your request and to provide you with the information or service you have requested and as otherwise described in this Online Privacy Policy.

Email Addresses

If you provide us with your email address, we may from time to time send you emails about new features or services, or offers available through the HETS/Virtual Plaza site that we believe may interest you. We also may share your email address with third party providers of products or services that we think will interest you. Though we hope you’ll find this information useful, if you prefer that we not use your email address for such purposes, you can opt out of such use at the time that you register your email address with us. In addition, you can elect not to receive future emails from us by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link that we include in all of the emails we send. In order for you to access particular features or services we provide, however, it may be necessary that your agree to allow us to send you emails.

Tracking Information

Cookies

To help us tailor our site to the needs and interests of our visitors, we keep track of the pages visited by our users by placing a small entry in a text file, called a cookie, on your hard drive. The cookie contains an ID number that allows us to track the pages you have visited. We aggregate this data with data on the pages visited by other users to track overall visitor traffic patterns. We use this information to improve our site by making it more responsive to the needs of our users. The help function on most browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting a cookie or to disable cookies entirely. However, if you do not accept cookies, you will not be able to take advantage of various features on our site that are available to other visitors.

Browser Level Information

Our Web server automatically collects your IP address when you request pages from our server. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers connected to the Internet to identify your computer so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you. Your IP address does not tell us who you are. We also collect information on the operating system you are running on your computer and the Web browser software you are using to access our site so that we can optimize our site for the most popular operating systems and Web browsers. In addition, because we like to know how visitors find our site, we maintain information concerning the sites that are used by visitors to access our site.

Information Collected by Third Parties

Our site includes links to other Web sites, and provides access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies we do not control. When you access another Web site or purchase products or services or conduct other transactions through our Web site, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site your are visiting or the provider of such products or services. The provider’s privacy practices may differ from ours. If you cannot find the privacy policy of any of our provider partners via a link either from the site’s home page or from the pages on which the products or services are offered, you should contact the provider directly for more information.

Security

The information we collect from our visitors is stored in databases we control. Physical access to the servers on which we store visitor information is restricted. As effective as modern security practices are, no physical or electronic security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet.

Disclosure of Information

We may occasionally release information about our visitors when release is appropriate to comply with law, to enforce our Terms of Use, or to protect the rights, property or safety of visitors to our site, our customers, the public or HETS. In addition, in the event that we merge with or transfer our operations to a third party, information on our visitors would be among the transferred assets.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

This Online Privacy Policy is subject to change. If we need to change our privacy policy at some point in the future, we will post the new policy promptly. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from what was stated at the time it was collected, we will notify you and give you an opportunity to opt out of the proposed use. By using the HETS/Virtual Plaza site, you agree that your visit to our site, and any dispute over privacy, is governed by the then-current version of the Online Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

Questions or Complaints

If you have any questions about or complaints that concern, this Online Privacy Policy, please contact us at info@hets.org.

This Online Privacy Policy was last revised on April, 2009.

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