Terms and Conditions



Welcome to the website of Sisters of Notre Dame of the United States (“SND”), located at  sistersofndblog.org (the “Website”). It is important to us that you, and all of our visitors, have the best  possible experience while using our Website, and that when you use this Website you are fully  aware of our respective rights and obligations. For that reason, we have created these Terms and  Conditions of Use as the legally binding terms that will govern your use of this Website. By visiting  the Website, you agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions of Use. If you do not wish to be  bound by these Terms and Conditions of Use, you may not use the Website and must immediately  cease use of the Website. Please read these Terms and Conditions of Use carefully. Further, by  using the Website, you are signifying your agreement to these Terms and Conditions of Use. If  you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions of Use, do not use the Website.

The Website provides information about SND and its experts offering knowledge, advice,  products, and services. The Website also provides information regarding affiliates of SND  (”Affiliates”) and parties unrelated to SND (“Third Parties”). We make this Website available to  the public subject to the following terms, policies, and guidelines.

Usage Regulations. The Website is made available for information purposes only. You may  display, reformat, and print information from the Website only for your own personal, non commercial use. You may not sell, re-publish, distribute, or display any Content (as defined under  Copyrights and Trademarks below) or other material from the Website for any other purpose. All  such uses are strictly prohibited without our express prior written consent, and such consent may  be given or withheld in our discretion. The Website may contain other proprietary notices and  limitations, the terms of which must be observed and followed. You agree that you will not in any  way modify, move, add to, delete from, or tamper with any Content or feature of the Website or  interfere in any way with its proper functioning. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate  access to the Website by anyone who violates these Terms and Conditions of Use or any applicable  law or whose conduct is harmful to the interests of SND, Affiliates, or Third Parties. We may take  steps to prohibit access and/or use without prior notice to any such user.

Registration. To access this Website or some of the resources offered on this Website, you may  be asked to provide registration details. It is a condition of use of this Website that all the details  you provide will be correct, current, and complete. If SND believes the details are not correct,  current or complete, SND has the right to refuse you access to the Website, or any of its resources,  and to terminate or suspend your account.

Security. Any passwords used for this Website are for individual use only. You shall be  responsible for the security of your password (if any). Each user who uses your password will be  deemed to be authorized by you to access and use the Website. SND will be entitled to monitor  your password and, at its discretion, require you to change it. If you use a password that SND  considers insecure, SND will be entitled to require it to be changed and/or terminate your account.  You are prohibited from using any services or facilities provided in connection with this Website  to compromise security or tamper with system resources or accounts. The use or distribution of  tools designed for compromising security (for example, password guessing programs, cracking tools, or network probing tools) are strictly prohibited. If you become involved in any violation of  system security, SND reserves the right to release your details to system administrators at other  sites in order to assist them in resolving security incidents.

Third-Party Content and Links; Recommendations and Opinions. The Website may include  information provided by Third Parties. SND, Affiliates, and their respective employees or agents  are not responsible for the opinions, statements, services, offers or other information provided by  Third Parties nor should such opinions, statements, services, offers or other information provided  by Third Parties be deemed to be the opinions of SND.

The Website also may include the personal recommendations and opinions of SND or others. SND  does not undertake responsibility for screening contributors or other participants on the Website  or monitoring advice or opinions expressed by them. In addition, highlighting contributors or other  participants on the Website is not deemed to be an endorsement of any products or services that  they (or companies employing them) may provide. Although SND may have endorsement  arrangements with some companies, neither SND, Affiliates, nor any of their respective employees  or agents makes any representation or warranty or assumes any liability regarding the quality of  products or services that may be purchased by you from the Website, from any Third Parties, or  from any third-party website. It is up to you, the user of this Website, to determine whether  information made available on the Website satisfies your needs.

Further, it is up to you, the user of this Website, to determine whether any particular advice satisfies  your needs. Neither SND, Affiliates nor any of their respective employees or agents makes any  representation or warranty or assumes any liability regarding the advice or services that may be  provided to you from SND contributors or any other participant on the Website. SND contributors  or other participants do not have any authority to bind SND or make statements on behalf of SND.

The Website includes hyperlinks that will take you out of the Website to the website of Third  Parties. Links to websites of Third Parties may be included in advertisements for services of Third  Parties, or they may be accompanied by descriptions of services of Third Parties. All links to  websites of Third Parties are provided for your convenience only. Neither SND nor Affiliates  control the content or operation of any linked websites of Third Parties, and we disclaim any  responsibility for any product, service or information provided on any linked website. Neither the  publication of content or advertisements of Third Parties on the Website nor links to websites of  Third Parties constitutes an endorsement of Third Parties or their products or services by SND,  Affiliates, or their respective employees or agents.

Disclaimer of Advice. The Content on this Website is provided for informational purposes only  and is not intended to be a substitute for professional or legal advice. If at any time you have  questions regarding a specific situation, you should seek the advice of a professional. Some of the  opinions expressed on this Website are the opinions of the contributors. Neither SND, its Affiliates,  nor any of their employees or agents assume any liability for the Content of any materials or  opinions of contributors provided on the Website. Reliance upon any opinion or advice provided  on the Website is at your own risk. Neither SND, its Affiliates, nor any of their employees assume  liability or responsibility for damage or injury to person or property arising from any use of any  product, service, information, or instruction contained on this Website.

Privacy. Please review our Privacy Policy for information about our use of information collected  through the Website.

Copyright and Trademarks. All content on the Website, including text, graphics, logos, button  icons, images, video clips and audio clips (collectively “Content”), the compilation of the Content  (meaning its collection, arrangement and assembly) and all software used on or in the Website are  the property of SND, Affiliates, or Third Parties that have licensed Content and software for use  on the Website. All Content and software are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.  All Content and other copyrightable material may be used only as provided in these Terms and  Conditions of Use. The names, trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, “Trademarks”)  used and displayed on the Website including, but not limited to, SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME  and SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME OF THE UNITED STATES are registered or unregistered  trademarks of SND, Affiliates, or Third Parties that have licensed the Trademarks for use on the  Website. No license is granted for any further use of any Trademarks.

Linking and Framing. Without the prior written permission of SND, you may not frame, or make  it appear that a website of Third Parties is presenting or endorsing, any of the Content of the  Website, or incorporate any intellectual property of SND or any of their licensors into another  website or other service.

Responsibility. Please act responsibly when using this Website. You may only use this Website  and its contents for lawful purposes and in accordance with applicable law and you are prohibited  from storing, distributing, or transmitting any unlawful material through this Website. You may  not collect or store personal information regarding other users. You recognize that storing,  distributing, or transmitting unlawful material could expose you to criminal and/or civil liability.  You agree that if a third party claims that material you have contributed to the Website is unlawful,  you will bear the burden of establishing that it is lawful. You understand and agree that all materials  publicly posted (other than by SND) or privately transmitted on or through this Website are the  sole responsibility of the sender, not SND, and that you are responsible for all material you upload,  post or otherwise transmit to or through this Website.

Objectionable Content. SND requires that you do not post emails or submit to or publish through  forums or otherwise make available on this Website any content or act in a way which in our  opinion:


(a) libels, defames, invades privacy, stalks, is obscene, pornographic, racist, abusive,  harassing, threatening or offensive;

(b) disparages, criticizes, belittles, parodies, or otherwise portrays in a negative light any actor  appearing in the material;

(c) seeks to exploit or harm children by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for  personally identifiable details or otherwise;

(d) infringes any intellectual property or other right of any entity or person, including violating  anyone’s copyrights or trademarks or their rights of publicity;

(e) violates any law or may be considered to violate any law;

(f) violates any right to transmit under any contractual or other relationship (e.g., inside  information, proprietary or confidential information received in the context of an  employment or a non-disclosure agreement);

(g) advocates or promotes illegal activity;

(h) impersonates or misrepresents your connection to any other entity or person or otherwise  manipulates headers or identifiers to disguise the origin of the content;

(i) advertises any commercial endeavor (e.g., offering for sale products or services) or  otherwise engages in any commercial activity (e.g., conducting raffles or contests,  displaying sponsorship banners, and/or soliciting goods or services) except as specifically  authorized on this Website;

(j) solicits funds, advertisers, or sponsors;

(k) includes programs which contain viruses, worms and/or “Trojan horses” or any other  computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality  of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications;

(l) disrupts the normal flow of dialogue, causes a screen to scroll faster than other users are  able to type, or otherwise act in a way which affects the ability of other people to engage  in real time activities via the Website;

(m)copies any other pages or images on this Website except with appropriate authority; (n) amounts to a “pyramid” or similar scheme;

(o) amounts to “data warehousing” (i.e., using any web space made available to you as storage  for large files which are only linked from other sites) and you must provide a reasonable  amount of content to accompany such material in order that at least some of the traffic to  your site comes directly via us;

(p) disobeys any policy or regulations established from time to time regarding use of this  Website or any networks connected to this Website;

(q) provides untruthful and inaccurate registration information;

(r) uses any information obtained from the Website to harass, abuse or harm other people or  solicits personal information from anyone under 18;

(s) promotes information that the user knows is false or misleading;

(t) promotes conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory, or libelous; or

(u) contains links to other sites that contain the kind of content which falls within the  descriptions set out at (a) to (t) above.

Release and Waiver; Indemnification. You acknowledge that SND and/or its Affiliates will rely  on the foregoing terms and conditions potentially at substantial cost to them, and you hereby waive  the right to assert any claim of any nature whatsoever against any party relating to the exercise of  the rights and permissions granted hereunder. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless  SND and its Affiliates from any and all claims arising from their use and distribution of your  submitted content permitted herein.

Sales and Donations Terms. Various products may be offered for sale through the Website or  through links from the Website, and you may also have the option to make a donation to SND  through the Website or through links from the Website. These products and opportunities to donate  are offers by SND, Affiliates, and/or Third Parties. All terms of sale relating to products of, or  donations to, Third Parties, including, but not limited to, quality, pricing, returns, shipping policy  and warranty are governed by the terms and conditions as set forth by the Third Parties on their  websites or communicated by other means. You purchase products from, and make donations to,  these Third Parties at your own risk. Neither SND, its Affiliates, nor any of their respective  employees or agents are responsible for products purchased from, or donations made to, Third  Parties. All of the provisions of these Terms and Conditions of Use apply to purchases by you of  products offered by Third Parties, and donations by you to Third Parties, including, without  limitation, the provisions relating to release, waiver, indemnification, and limitation of liability.

Limitation of Liability; Disclaimers and Waivers. Your use of this Website is at your own risk.  The Website and all the Content, materials, information, software, facilities, forums, services, and  other content on the Website are provided “AS IS” and without warranties of any kind, either  express or implied. Neither SND, any Affiliates, nor any of their respective employees or agents  makes any representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the  Website or the Content or other information and materials included on the Website.

To the full extent permitted by applicable law, SND, Affiliates, and their respective employees  and agents disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, implied  warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement, or any  warranty that the Website will operate uninterrupted or error free. SND does not warrant that the  functions contained in this Website will be available, uninterrupted, or error-free, that defects will  be corrected, or that the Website or the services that make the Website available are free of viruses  or other harmful components. SND does not warrant or make any representations regarding the  use or the results of the use of the material, information, software, facilities, forums, services, or  other Content on the Website or any sites linked to the Website in terms of their correctness,  accuracy, reliability, or otherwise. SND makes no warranties that your use of the materials on the  Website, information, software, facilities, service or Content will not infringe the rights of others  and SND assumes no liability or responsibility for errors or omissions in the materials on the  Website, information, software, facilities, forums, service or Content.

SND makes no representations or warranties regarding use or the results of use, of any content,  product, or service contained on or offered, made available through, or otherwise related in any  way to the Website including, without limitation, any Third Party site or service linked to from the  Website. The Website and products or services contained thereon are not substitutes for the advice  of a licensed professional. SND makes no representations or warranties and expressly disclaims  any and all liability concerning any service or any action following the information offered or  provided within or through the Website. If you have specific concerns or a situation in which you  require professional service, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified  specialist to help you. Do not delay in seeking advice because of the information offered or  provided through this Website.

You agree that by using any products or services, you do so entirely at your own risk. You  acknowledge that you have carefully read this waiver and release and fully understand that it is a  release of liability. You expressly agree to release and discharge SND and its Affiliates from any  and all claims or causes of action and you agree to voluntarily give up and irrevocably waive and  release any right that you may otherwise have to bring a legal action against SND or its Affiliates  for personal injury or property damage.



Investigations. SND reserves the right, but is under no obligation, to investigate suspected  violations of these Terms and Conditions of Use including, without limitation, any violation arising  from any submission, posting or emails you make or send to any forum. SND may seek to gather  information from the user who is suspected of violating these Terms and Conditions of Use, and  from any other user. SND may suspend any users whose conduct or postings are under  investigation and may remove such material from its servers as it deems appropriate and without  notice. If SND believes, in its sole discretion, that a violation of these Terms and Conditions of  Use has occurred, it may edit or modify any submission, posting or email, or remove the material  permanently, cancel postings, warn users, suspend users and passwords, terminate accounts or take  any other corrective action it deems appropriate. SND will fully cooperate with any law  enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing SND to disclose the identity of anyone. By using the Website and by accepting these Terms and Conditions of Use, you waive  and hold harmless SND from any claims resulting from any action taken by SND during or as a  result of its investigations or from any actions taken as a consequence of investigations by either  SND or law enforcement authorities.

Modification; Waiver of Terms. The Website and the products, services and programs described  in the Website may be changed, eliminated or updated without prior notice. We also may make  changes to these Terms and Conditions of Use and any Website-related policies, rules, or  guidelines at any time. Revised terms will be effective when posted to the Website unless otherwise  provided by us in the revision. Your continued use of the Website after new Terms and Conditions  of Use or any revised policies, rules or guidelines are posted constitutes your agreement to abide  by the revised terms.

No waiver of any breach of the Terms and Conditions of Use or the Privacy Policy shall constitute  a waiver of any prior, concurrent, or subsequent breach of the same or any other provisions of  either the Terms and Conditions of Use or the Privacy Policy, and no waiver of any provision shall  be effective unless made in writing and signed by an authorized representative of SND.

Ohio Law. This Website is created and maintained in the State of Ohio, USA. As such, the laws  of the State of Ohio govern these Terms and Conditions of Use without giving effect to any  principles of conflicts of laws that would allow for the law of any other jurisdiction to be applied.  In the event of any dispute relating to the Website, you consent to the personal jurisdiction of  courts (state and federal) sitting in the State of Ohio, acknowledge that venue is only proper in the  courts in Geauga County, Ohio, and waive any objection you may have in the future with respect  to any of the foregoing.

Use of the Website is not authorized in any jurisdiction that does not give full effect to all  provisions of these Terms and Conditions of Use or the Privacy Policy, including, but not limited  to, disclaimers and limitations of liability. In the event any provision of these Terms and  Conditions of Use or the Privacy Policy is determined to be invalid or unenforceable in any  jurisdiction, the remaining terms shall continue in full force and effect in that jurisdiction, and a  determination of invalidity or unenforceability in one jurisdiction shall not affect the Terms and  Conditions of Use or the Privacy Policy in any other jurisdiction.

If any provision of these Terms and Conditions of Use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction  to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the  parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms and  Conditions of Use remain in full force and effect.

Copyright Complaints. SND respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your  work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please submit a notice in  writing containing your claim of copyright infringement which claim should set out the following  information:

(a) a physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright  interest;

(b) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon; (c) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website; (d) your address, telephone number, and email address;

(e) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized  by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

(f) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your  notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright  owner’s behalf.

Your claim should be submitted to our copyright agent for notice of claims of copyright  infringement at [email protected].

Entire Agreement. These Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy constitute the entire  agreement between us and you with respect to the Website. No prior or current agreements or  communications between the parties will have any effect as part of this agreement or as a separate  continuing agreement.

Contacting Us. You may contact us at [email protected].

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