Effective date: December 17, 2021
Welcome to Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (“APOSW”, “we”, “us” or “our”). Through our www.aposw.org website (“Website”) we provide information related to our association, our services and events (“Services”).
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: THESE TERMS SET FORTH THE LEGALLY BINDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS THAT GOVERN YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE WEBSITE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, YOU SHOULD NOT USE THE WEBSITE. THESE TERMS CONTAIN AN ARBITRATION PROVISION REQUIRING ALL CLAIMS TO BE RESOLVED BY WAY OF BINDING ARBITRATION, AND ALSO CONTAINS A CLASS ACTION AND JURY TRIAL RIGHT WAIVER. Please carefully review the sections below for more information.
Changes to the Terms
We regularly update and improve our Website and we may at times add, change, or remove features or content, and these Terms may also need to change. The current version of these Terms will be posted on our Website and will be effective immediately upon posting. By continuing to use the Website following any such change, you accept and agree to be bound by such modified Terms.
Use By Minors. We do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from children under 18. If you under 18, please do not send any Personal Information about yourself to us. If we learn we have collected Personal Information from a child under 18, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a child under 18 may have provided us Personal Information, please contact us.
We shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide continuous access to the Website. We do not guarantee that the Website will be accessible at all times. The Website may be unavailable during maintenance periods or during an emergency. In addition to normal maintenance, there may be events that will make the Website inaccessible for a limited amount of time due to unforeseen circumstances. We have the right to refuse to provide access to the Website or any part thereof. We shall not be liable to you or any other person, firm or entity for any unavailability of the Website if such failure is due to any cause beyond our reasonable control.
Registration; Member Account Ownership
By agreeing to the Terms you represent (i) you are the person whose name and other information have been provided for the account that you have or are creating, (ii) that you have not previously been suspended or removed from the Service, and (iii) that your registration and your use of the Service is in compliance with any and all applicable laws and regulations. If you are using the Service on behalf of an entity, organization, or company, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind such organization to these Terms and you agree to be bound by these Terms on behalf of such organization.
All of the information that you supply to us in creating your Member account must be accurate. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password. We may reject any user name that violates these Terms, including any user name that uses another person’s identity or that violates our community and content guidelines.
We may use the email you provide to us to provide you with service messages and updates. By becoming a Member you are consenting to the receipt of these communications. You are responsible for authorizing, deauthorizing and administering account access. You are responsible for maintaining confidentiality of all passwords. We reserve the right to invalidate and require you to change your password if we believe it has become unsecure.
- Fees. Fees for our Services are described in the applicable Site page. We may change our fees at any time, which will be effective when posted.
- Payment Terms. Unless different payment terms are specified in a Site, all fees are due in full upon purchase of the applicable Service or product. You agree to pay attorneys’ fees and court costs if any amounts due to us are collected by or through an attorney or collections service.
Credit Card Processing. We use a third party payment processing service for processing credit card payments. Your use of any of these provider’s services is subject to your agreement to and continued compliance with their terms and conditions.
Refunds. We reserve the right to deliver refunds at our sole discretion. When you apply to become a member, you acknowledge, agree, and accept that: (i) payments made to us prior to termination of your account are nonrefundable; (ii) an account terminated due to noncompliance with any of our policies is not eligible for a refund for any of the Services; and, (iii) refunds will not be given for the unused time remaining in a billing cycle after account termination.
Restrictions on Use of the Website
You may use the Website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms. You agree not to use the Website:
- In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local or international law or regulation (including, without limitation, any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries);
- For the purpose of exploiting, harming or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information or otherwise;
- To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material without our prior written consent, including any “junk mail”, “chain letter” or “spam” or any other similar solicitation;
- To impersonate or attempt to impersonate us, our employees, another user or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses or screen names associated with any of the foregoing);
- In any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Website or interfere with any third party’s use of the Website, including their ability to engage in real time activities through the Website; or,
- To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use, or which, as determined by us, may harm us or users of the Website or expose them to liability.
Additionally, you agree not to:
- Use any robot, spider or other automatic device, process or means to access the Website for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material on the Website;
- Use any device, software or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Website;
- Introduce any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful;
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage or disrupt any parts of the Website, the server on which the Website is stored, or any server, computer or database connected to the Website;
- Attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack; or,
- Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website.
DMCA Notice.If you believe that any content on the Website violates these Terms or your intellectual property rights, you can report such violation to us in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §512 “DMCA”). In the case of an alleged infringement, please provide the following information:
- A description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
- A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website (including the exact URL);
- An address, a telephone number, and an e-mail address where we can contact you;
- A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use is not authorized by the copyright or other intellectual property rights owner, by its agent, or by law;
- A statement by you under penalty of perjury that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or are authorized to act on the owner’s behalf; and
- Your electronic or physical signature, or that of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other right being infringed.
- We may request additional information before we remove allegedly infringing material. You may report a copyright violation by providing the above information to the designated agent listed below.
APOSW Privacy Officer
We have the right to terminate the user account of any user who repeatedly submits content that violates our intellectual property policies. A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified of infringing activity more than twice and/or has had User Content removed from the Website more than twice.
You agree that use of the Website does not constitute any basis for ownership of the Website and that we, our affiliates or our licensors own all legal right, title, and interest in and to the Website and all information, materials, images, software, photographs, articles, functions, text, and other content solely provided by or on our behalf on the Website. The Website and the selection and arrangement thereof, are protected under the copyright laws and other intellectual property laws of the United States and other countries. We reserve all rights not expressly granted herein in and to the Website. Unless otherwise noted, our name and all other trademarks, service marks, trade names, logos or other designations of source displayed on the Website are our property, or that of our affiliates or licensors. All third party trademarks, service marks, trade names, logos or other designations of source are the property of their respective owners. Nothing on the Website shall be construed as granting any license or right not expressly set forth herein. Any unauthorized use of the Website will terminate the permission or license granted herein and may violate applicable law.
Limitation of Liability
WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR COMPANY MAY SUFFER. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, YOU AGREE THAT IN NO EVENT WILL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFITS AND DAMAGES RELATED TO THE AVAILABILITY, CORRUPTION OR DELETION OF THE WEBSITE ARISING OUT OF OR IN RELATION TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF, KNEW, OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND EVEN IF DIRECT DAMAGES DO NOT SATISFY A REMEDY. THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ACTION TAKEN IN CONNECTION WITH AN INVESTIGATION BY US OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES REGARDING YOUR OR ANY THIRD PARTY’S USE OF THE WEBSITE, ANY LOSS THAT MAY OCCUR DUE TO ANY LOSS OF THE USE OF THE WEBSITE, ACCESS DELAYS OR ACCESS INTERRUPTIONS TO THE WEBSITE, THE NON-DELIVERY OR MIS-DELIVERY OF DATA BETWEEN YOU AND US, EVENTS BEYOND OUR REASONABLE CONTROL, THE NON-RECOGNITION OF OUR HOSTING SERVERS, THE PROTECTION OR PRIVACY OF ELECTRONIC MAIL OR OTHER INFORMATION TRANSFERRED THROUGH THE INTERNET OR ANY OTHER NETWORK PROVIDER OR SERVICE ITS CUSTOMERS MAY UTILIZE, OR THE APPLICATION OF ANY POLICY SET FORTH HEREIN.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ANY DISPUTE WITH US, OUR OWNERS, SUBSIDIARIES, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND LICENSORS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE WEBSITE OR ANY USER CONTENT IS TO STOP USING THE WEBSITE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT WE, OUR OWNERS, SUBSIDIARIES, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND LICENSORS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY ACT OR FAILURE TO ACT BY THEM OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR COMPANY REGARDING CONDUCT, COMMUNICATION OR CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE. IN NO CASE SHALL THE TOTAL AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF US, OUR OWNERS, SUBSIDIARIES, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND LICENSORS TO YOU EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS (US $100).
SOME STATES OR COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR OTHER WARRANTY LIMITATIONS OR OTHER RESTRICTIONS, IN WHICH CASE THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS OR RESTRICTIONS DO NOT APPLY TO YOU, BUT ONLY TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE §1542, WHICH STATES: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
By utilizing the Website, you agree to indemnify and hold us and our officers, directors, employees, agents, and affiliates harmless from and against any and all liability, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by us through your use of the Website (or your posting or submission of user content, if permitted) in violation of these Terms (including, but not limited to, negligent or wrongful conduct, infringement of any third party’s intellectual property, confidentiality, privacy or publicity rights). 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 cooperate with our defense of such claim. This section shall survive any termination of the Terms.
Cooperation with Law Enforcement and Government Agencies; Required Disclosures
You acknowledge that we have the right to investigate and prosecute violations of these Terms, including intellectual property, publicity and privacy rights infringement and website security issues, to the fullest extent of the law. We may involve and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who violate these Terms. You acknowledge that we have no obligation to monitor your access to or use of the Website, but we have the right to do so for the purpose of operating the Website, to ensure your compliance with these Terms or to comply with applicable law or the order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental or regulatory body.
You understand and agree that we may disclose your Personal Information if required to do so by law, court order, legal process, or subpoena, including to respond to any government or regulatory request (after, if permitted, giving reasonable notice to you and using commercially reasonable efforts to provide you with the opportunity to seek a protective order or the equivalent (at your expense), or if we believe that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the law, comply with legal process served on us or our affiliates or partners, or investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities; (b) to enforce these Terms (including for billing and collection purposes), take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, or to protect the security or integrity of our Website; or, (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or the safety of us, our users or others.
Time Limitation.Any claim or action against us must be brought within twelve (12) months of the cause arising, otherwise such claim or action is permanently barred.
MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION
Other than for the grounds set forth in in the section below labeled “Exceptions to Agreement to Arbitrate,” in the event of any dispute, claim, question or disagreement arising from or relating to the Terms or the breach thereof or the access or use of the Website, the parties hereto shall use reasonable efforts to settle the dispute, claim, question, or disagreement. To this effect, the parties shall consult and negotiate with each other in good faith and, recognizing their mutual interests, attempt to reach a just and equitable solution satisfactory to both parties. If the parties do not reach such solution within a period of thirty (30) days, then, upon notice by either party to the other, such dispute, claim, question or disagreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”), subject to the limitations of this Section. This agreement to arbitrate will be specifically enforceable under the prevailing law of any court having jurisdiction. Notice of a demand for arbitration shall be filed in writing with the other party hereto and with the AAA. The demand for arbitration shall be made within a reasonable time after the dispute has arisen, and in no event shall any such demand be made after the date when institution of legal or equitable proceedings based on such dispute would be barred by the applicable statute of limitations. The parties agree that one (1) arbitrator shall arbitrate the dispute. The arbitrator shall be selected by the joint agreement of the parties, but if they do not so agree within twenty (20) days after the date of the notice of a demand for arbitration referred to above, the selection shall be made pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the AAA from the panels of business arbitrators maintained by the AAA. The decision of the arbitrator shall be made in writing and shall be final. Judgment may be entered upon it in any court having jurisdiction thereof, and the decision shall not be subject to vacation, modification or appeal, except to the extent permitted by Sections 10 and 11 of the Federal Arbitration Act, the terms of which Sections the parties agree shall apply. The expenses of arbitration, including and the fees and expenses of the arbitrator and the AAA, shall be shared equally by the parties.
The arbitrator will have no authority to award attorneys’ fees, punitive damages, or any other monetary relief not measured by the prevailing party’s actual damages and each party irrevocably waives any claim thereto. The award may include equitable relief. The arbitrator will not make any ruling, finding, or award that does not otherwise conform to the Terms. The arbitrator may render a summary disposition relative to all or some of the issues, provided that the responding party has had an adequate opportunity to respond to any such application for such disposition.
The parties agree to treat all aspects of the arbitration as confidential, as provided in the AAA Rules. Before making any disclosure permitted by the Rules, a party shall give written notice to the other party and afford such party a reasonable opportunity to protect its interests. Further, judgment on the arbitrators’ award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.
Exceptions to Agreement to Arbitrate. You and we agree that we may bypass arbitration and go to court to resolve disputes relating to intellectual property (e.g., trademarks, trade dress, domain names, trade secrets, copyrights or patents) or your violation of the restrictions on use.
Class Action Waiver
Any proceedings to resolve or litigate any dispute in any forum will be conducted solely on an individual basis. You agree that neither you nor we will seek to have any dispute heard as a class action or in any other proceeding in which either party acts or proposes to act in a representative capacity, and each party hereby waives any right to assert consolidated claims with respect to any disputes subject to arbitration under these Terms or any disputes between the parties. No arbitration or proceeding will be combined with another without the prior written consent of all parties to all affected arbitrations or proceedings.
Waiver of Jury Trial
Each party irrevocably and unconditionally waives any right we or you may have to a trial by jury for any legal action arising out of or relating to these Terms or the transactions contemplated hereby.
Location of Operation
Our Website is operated in the United States of America, and we make no representation that content provided is applicable or appropriate for use in other locations. We make no claims that the Website or any of its content is accessible or appropriate outside of the United States. Access to the Website may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Website from outside the United States, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws. Your use of the Website does not subject us to judicial process in or to the jurisdiction of courts or other tribunals in your jurisdiction or location.
By giving us any contact or other information, you agree to and do hereby consent to receive mail and electronic communications (email, and by telephone) from us concerning information and/or our Services (collectively, “Communications”). Communications may be those that we are required to send to you by law (e.g., data security incident notifications) concerning us, your account or information, the Website, or the Services (“Required Communications”). The Communications may also be those that we send to you for other reasons.
Governing Law.For all legal proceedings arising out of use of the Website and/or relating to these Terms, these Terms and the relationship between you and us shall, irrespective of any choice of laws rules, be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois. You understand and agree that your use of the Website and the Services as contemplated by these Terms shall be deemed to have occurred in the state of Pennsylvania. To the extent litigation is permitted pursuant to these Terms, you and we hereby irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the jurisdiction of courts located Illinois, or the court of competent jurisdiction closest thereto if no court of competent jurisdiction resides therein, and the parties consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts and expressly waive any right they may otherwise have to cause any such action or proceeding to be brought or tried elsewhere. You and we irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any objection that you may now or hereafter have to the laying of the venue of any proceeding brought in any such court or any claim that a legal proceeding commenced in such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.
Assignment.You may not assign, convey, or transfer (whether by contract, merger or operation of law) (collectively, “assign” or variants) these Terms, in whole or in part, without our prior written consent, which may be granted or withheld by us in our sole discretion. Any attempted assignment in violation of these Terms will be of no power or effect. We may assign these Terms freely at any time without notice. Subject to the foregoing, these Terms will bind and inure to the benefit of each party’s permitted successors and assigns. We reserve the right to, and you hereby consent to, our right to disclose, transfer, and/or assign your Personal Information in connection with a merger, consolidation, restructuring, financing, sale, or other transaction or pursuant to any court proceeding. In addition, if a potential buyer is interested in purchasing us, you agree that we may provide the potential buyer with your Personal Information on a confidential basis and subject to the use restrictions in these Terms.
Relationship of the Parties.The parties intend that no partnership, joint venture, employee, employer or other relationship is intended or will be created by these Terms. You agree not to hold yourself out as in any way sponsored by, affiliated with, endorsed by, in partnership or venture with, nor as an employee or employer of us, any of our affiliates or respective service providers. There are no third-party beneficiaries to these Terms.
Notices. You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to these Terms, by email to the address you have provided. Our address for notices is set forth below in the section entitled “Contact Us.”
Contact Us.Our contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org