1. Overview and Important Definitions
The Research Skills Network, RSN’s World Wide Web site (site), the services provided in connection therewith (the Services) and the software available for download from researchskillsnet.com, or the site in connection with the Services (the Software) are owned, operated and maintained, as applicable, by researchskillsnet.com, RSN ("we", our or us).
(1) Using or accessing the site or the Services;
(2) Downloading, accessing; or
(3) Allowing someone else to use or access the site or the Services or download or access files, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth below:
If you do not agree with these Terms, neither you nor your designee or giftee may access, download, install or use (as applicable), the site, the Services or any Software, if or where applicable. We reserve the right to make changes to these Terms at any time. Any such modifications will become effective immediately upon posting to the site and your continued use of the site, Services and/or Software constitutes your agreement to such modifications. You agree to periodically review the current version of these Terms as posted on the site.
Through our Services, site and Software, we enable users to connect with scholars, researchers, administrators and other personnel, locally and internationally who work for, or on behalf of the RSN who may from time to time, provide live, staff, group, one-to-one assistance or instruction, or training and consulting from our proprietary online portal. The Services of this website include, without limitation, keeping track of users' favorites and facilitating educators, staff, researchers, administrators and other personnel appointed by RSN by soliciting feedback from users. You are solely responsible for your own access to and use of the Services and other equipment required for such access and use of this website. The Services are currently available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. As this is a website that conforms to local and international protocols, the services provided for the RSN through researchskillsnet.com may periodically be unavailable as we perform regular maintenance and upgrades. You will be given prior notification if and when such maintenance is scheduled to take place.
4. Registration Obligations
To use the Services, you will need to either register for a FREE account on the site, or pay any applicable fees where necessary (depending on the services), where you will be able to create your own username and password. When you register, the information you provide to us during the registration process will help us in offering content, customer service, and network management. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account(s), username(s) and password(s) and for all activities and liabilities associated with or occurring under your account(s), username(s) and password(s). You must notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account(s), username(s) or password(s) and any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account(s) at the end of each session.
We cannot and will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this requirement or as a result of use of your account(s), username(s) or password(s), either with or without your knowledge. However, you could be held liable for losses incurred by us or another party due to someone else using your account(s), username(s) or password(s). You may not transfer your account(s), username(s) or password(s) to another person, and you may not use anyone else's account(s), username(s) or password(s) at any time without the permission of the account holder. In cases where you have authorized or registered another individual, including a minor, to use your account(s), you are fully responsible for
(i) the online conduct of such user;
(ii) controlling the user's access to and use of the Services; and
5. User Content
Any materials, information, communications or ideas that you upload, communicate or otherwise transmit or post to us, the site, the staff of the RSN or the Services by any means ("User Content") will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary, and may be disseminated or used by us for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, quality control and professional development, as well as our developing, manufacturing, and marketing our current and/or future Services. By uploading or otherwise making available any User Content, you automatically grant and/or warrant that the owner has granted to us the perpetual royalty-free, non-exclusive, world wide right and license display on our website. Please note that the only instance in which academic source materials such as textbooks and workbooks may be uploaded to our website is with express permission of the authors. In addition, if you request that our system display a representation of a page or problem from a textbook or workbook, you expressly warrant that you are in proper legal possession of such a textbook and that your instruction to our system to display a page or problem from your textbook is made for the sole purpose of facilitating distribution of research materials on this site.
You acknowledge that the Software, the technology underlying the Services, and all other software, designs, materials, information, communications, text, graphics, links, electronic art, animations, illustrations, artwork, audio clips, video clips, photos, images, and other data or copyrightable materials, including the selection and arrangements thereof, provided or made available to you in connection with the site, the Software or the Services (collectively, the "Research Skills Network (RSN) Content") are the proprietary works of us and/or our affiliated and/or third party providers and suppliers (Third Parties) and are protected, without limitation, pursuant to Jamaican and foreign copyright laws. Except as expressly authorized by us or in these Terms, you may not copy, reproduce, publish, perform, distribute, disseminate, broadcast, circulate, modify, create derivative works of, rent, lease, sell, assign, sublicense, otherwise transfer, display, transmit, compile or collect in a database, or in any manner commercially exploit the site, the RSN’s Content or the Services, in whole or in part. You will not, in any manner, without our prior written approval, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code of, the Software or any other RSN Content, the site or the Services. You may store downloaded copies of content offered on researchskillsnet.com in any form, whether archival files, computer-readable files or any other medium. However, you may not "mirror" any RSN Content or the Services on any server.
Any unauthorized or prohibited use of the Software, other RSN Content, the site or the Services may subject the offender to civil liability and criminal prosecution under applicable local, country or international or state laws. You may download and print a reasonable number of copies of documentation provided or available in connection with the Content on researchskillsnet.com for noncommercial personal or educational use only and we grant you a limited, non-perpetual, revocable, nontransferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to access and utilize the Services, the Software and other RSN Content for noncommercial personal or educational purposes while these Terms are in full force and effect; provided that (i) any permitted copies of documentation provided or available in connection with the RSN Content contain, in an unmodified form, (a) all language designations contained in the materials originally provided to you by us indicating the confidential nature thereof and (b) all copyright or other proprietary rights notices contained in the materials originally provided to you by us and an original source attribution to us and/or the applicable Third Parties; and (ii) you will not modify of any of the Content on researchskillsnet.com except as approved by us in advance in writing. You acknowledge that we and/or Third Parties, as applicable, hold all rights, title and interest in and to all tangible and intangible aspects of the researchskillsnet.com Content, the site and the Services, including without limitation, all patents, copyrights and trade secrets pertaining thereto, and that, except for the limited rights set forth above, you do not acquire any intellectual property right or license in any of the foregoing by downloading or printing the RSN Content or otherwise, including without limitation, by accessing or using the site, the RSN Content or the Services. The rights granted to you herein are revocable by us in accordance with these Terms.
7. Confidential Information
You agree to safeguard the RSN Content and the Services (collectively, Proprietary Information) and to prevent the unauthorized, negligent or inadvertent use or disclosure thereof. You will not, without our prior written approval, directly or indirectly, use or disclose the Proprietary Information to any person, organization or business entity except for a limited number of your employees who are on a need-to-know basis and who agree in writing to be bound by the restrictions on use and disclosure set forth in these Terms or restrictions no less restrictive than these Terms. You agree to promptly notify us in writing of any use or disclosure of Proprietary Information in violation of these Terms. You acknowledge that the use or disclosure of the Proprietary Information in any manner inconsistent with these Terms will cause us irreparable damage and that we will have the right to (i) equitable and injunctive relief to prevent such prohibited use or disclosure, and (ii) recover the amount of all damages (including attorney fees and expenses) in connection with such prohibited use or disclosure.
The site or the Services may provide links not affiliated with the Research Skills Network or to the researchskillsnet.com, World Wide Web sites or resources (Third Party Sites). This may include Trainers, etc., sending links to Third Party Sites and/or causing Third Party Sites (such as study resources or online education pages) to pop-up for your review. Because we have no control over Third Party Sites, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the availability of Third Party Sites, and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from Third Party Sites. You further acknowledge and agree that we shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, advertising, products, services or other materials available on or through any Third Party Sites or for any mistakes, defamation, libel, slander, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography, or profanity contained therein.
9. Conduct, Fraud, and Consequences of Fraud
Users may only access the site and use the Research Skills Network Content and the Services for lawful purposes. You are solely responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to any and all laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to your use of the Services. You shall not upload to, distribute through, or otherwise publish through the site or the Services any content that you do not have the right to transmit or that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, illegal, otherwise objectionable, or that could constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law. You agree that you will not in any way: (i) interfere with the ability of others to access or use the Services; (ii) disrupt the normal flow of communication or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the site or the Services; (iii) claim a relationship with or to speak for any individual, business, association, institution, or other organization for which you are not authorized to claim such a relationship; or (vi) interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Services. You agree that you will treat all registered users with respect and not use obscenities in the forums, in blog posts, make threats, or discuss matters other than those directly related to research. You agree that you exercise caution when disclosing any information to other registered users that could be considered personally identifiable information including your full name, address, telephone number, email address, social security number, password or any other information that could be used to identify or locate you, as this an international website.
10. Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitations
THE RESEARCH SKILLS NETWORK’S CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES AND EACH PORTION THEREOF ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, THE RESEARCH SKILLS NETWORK CONTENT, THE SERVICES AND EACH PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR OTHER VIOLATION OF RIGHTS. WE DO NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE, VALIDITY, ACCURACY, OR RELIABILITY OF, OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF, OR OTHERWISE RESPECTING, THE RESEARCH SKILLS NETWORK CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES, EACH PORTION THEREOF OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITES. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WE OR THIRD PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF DATA OR PROFIT, ARISING OUT OF THE USE, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE RESEARCH SKILLS NETWORK CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, EVEN IF WE OR OUR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF YOUR USE OF THE SITE, THE RESEARCH SKILLS NETWORK CONTENT, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION OF EQUIPMENT OR DATE, YOU ASSUME ANY COSTS THEREOF. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. NEITHER WE, NOR THIRD PARTIES WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION, TEXT, GRAPHICS, LINKS OR OTHER ITEMS CONTAINED IN THE RESEARCH SKILLS NETWORK CONTENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF OR IN ANY REPORTS OF VERIFICATION SERVICES. YOU AGREE NOT TO HOLD US (OR OUR AGENTS, EMPLOYEES OR TUTORS) LIABLE FOR ANY INSTRUCTION, ADVICE OR SERVICES DELIVERED WHICH ORIGINATED THROUGH THE SITE, THROUGH ANY VERIFICATION SERVICE OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE RESEARCH SKILLS NETWORK CONTENT, THE SERVICES OR ANY PORTION THEREOF.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless us, and our affiliates, officers, directors, agents, partners, employees, licensors, representatives and third party providers (including our affiliates' respective officers, directors, agents, partners, employees, licensors, representatives, and third party providers), from and against all losses, expenses, damages, costs, claims and demands, including reasonable attorney's fees and related costs and expenses, due to or arising out of any User Content you submit, post to, email, or otherwise transmit to us or through the Services, your use of the Services, the Research Skills Network Content or any portion thereof, your connection to the Services, or your breach of these Terms. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to fully cooperate with such defense and in asserting any available defenses.
12. Trademark Notice
The trademarks, service marks, and logos (the "Trademarks") used and displayed on the site or in any Research Skills Network Content are registered and unregistered Trademarks of us and others and are protected, without limitation, pursuant to U.S., Jamaican and foreign trademark laws. Nothing on the site, the Services or otherwise should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the site or in connection with the Services, Research Skills Network Content or Software, without the written permission of the applicable Trademark owner. We aggressively enforce our intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law. You may not use the Trademarks, either ours or others, in any way without the prior written permission of the applicable Trademark owner. We prohibit use of our logo as a "hot" link to any other World Wide Web site unless approved by us in advance in writing.
13. Copyrights and Copyright Agents
We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide our Copyright Agent (identified below) a notice with the following information: a. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest; b. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed; c. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site; 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; and f. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice to us is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf. Our Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows: By email:
14. Local Laws; Export Control
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules including, without limitation, rules about the Internet, data or privacy. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from Jamaica or the country in which you reside.
15. Modifications to the Service
We may add, change or eliminate features, pricing (where or if applicable), nomenclature and other aspects of the Services and make other changes at any time and these Terms will continue to apply to the Services as modified. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the site or the Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that we will not be liable to you or to any third party for any such modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the site or the Services or any portion of any service thereof.
We may terminate these Terms by providing the other with notice of such termination, which shall be effective immediately upon delivery of such notice to the other party. We may terminate these Terms immediately without notice for any breach by you of these Terms or any of our applicable policies, as posted on the site from time to time. Furthermore, we may terminate these Terms without notice to you by terminating your rights to use the site or the Services for any reason or no reason. In the event of termination or expiration of these Terms, the following sections of these Terms shall survive: all provisions regarding ownership of intellectual property, indemnification, disclaimer of warranties and limitations of liability, the provisions of this section which, by their nature apply after termination, and the General provisions below. In the case of subscriptions to paid services (where applicable) all licenses granted under these Terms terminate immediately at the end of your subscription period, unless you have renewed your subscription and paid any applicable subscription fees. You agree that upon the termination of these Terms, we may delete all information related to you on the Services and may bar your access to the site and use of the Services. Upon the termination of these Terms you will immediately destroy any downloaded or printed Research Skills Network Content.
These Terms and any policies applicable to you posted on the site constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. All rights not expressly granted herein are expressly reserved. These Terms shall inure to our benefit and to the benefit of our agents, licensors, licensees, successors, and assigns. If any provision of these Terms is found to be illegal or unenforceable, these Terms will be deemed curtailed to the extent necessary to make the Terms legal and enforceable and will remain, as modified, in full force and effect. These Terms and all matters or issues collateral thereto will be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws first of Jamaica and then of the law of other Caribbean countries applicable to contracts executed and performed entirely therein (without regard to any principles of conflict of laws), and jurisdiction for any court action in the Jamaican State or Caribbean country law. Any notice or other communication to be given hereunder will be in writing and given by facsimile, postpaid registered or certified mail return receipt requested, or electronic mail. Nothing in these Terms shall be construed as making either party the partner, joint venture, agent, legal representative, employer, contractor or employee of the other. Neither party shall have, or hold itself out to any third party as having, any authority to make any statements, representations or commitments of any kind, or to take any action that shall be binding on the other except as provided for herein or authorized in writing by the party to be bound.
18. Satisfaction Guarantee
While we hope that you will be completely satisfied with our Service, and we are proud that more than 95% of Research Skills Network users would recommend us to a friend, we know that occasionally you may have an unsatisfactory experience. If you do have an unsatisfactory experience, please let us know about your experience so that we may investigate and hopefully improve our service. To report an unsatisfactory experience, you may contact us via telephone or email. If our internal review process determines that your session did not meet our standards of quality, we will make every effort to improve our services to you. Please remember that in terms of advice, consultation, training which include, administrators, researchers or staff and otherwise appointed personnel of the Research Skills Network may not always have answers to questions in all cases especially where this may breach any rights of the Research Skills Network, Universities, Clients or customers, or other organizations or parties indirectly or indirectly involved in our operations. In most cases, academics, researchers, consultants, moderators, administrators, trainers and other staff appointed by or used by the Research Skills Network will only try to help you understand how you can solve problems for yourself. Accordingly, we do not cater to any form of unlawful, unauthorized or unscrupulous demands that any of our academics, researchers, consultants, moderators, administrators, trainers and other staff appointed by, or used by the Research Skills Network, write conference papers, theses, research papers, essays, or other assignments or projects for which you have sole, legal, personal, business or otherwise responsibility.
If you would like to close your account for any reason, you may do so by contacting us using the details on our website. When you cancel your account, you will no longer be allowed access to our services or downloadable materials. We will stop providing services to you immediately. However, if in the future, you would like to use our services, you may sign up for a new account to gain access to our website.
Please email us if you have any questions about this or any other Research Skills Network/RSN policy.