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Please read the Terms of Use and privacy policy carefully. They contain important information about your rights and obligations.

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Disclaimer and limitation of liability
  3. Copyright and other intellectual property
  4. Contributing to the website
  5. Privacy and data protection (UPDATED)
  6. User names and passwords
  7. Accessibility
  8. General
  9. Linking to the Website
  10. Trade Marks
  11. Governing law
  12. Further information

 

1. Introduction

1.1 These terms and conditions of use ('Terms of Use') refer to the official website of “Royal Holloway, University of London”, 'our', 'we' or 'us'), which is accessible via the address http://www.rhul.ac.uk and its variations ('Website'). By using, or contributing to, the Website you ('User' or 'you') agree to these Terms of Use. In particular, we draw your attention to clause 2 (Disclaimer and limitation of liability), clause 3 (Copyright and intellectual property rights) and clause 4 (Contributing to our Website). You may print and keep a copy of these Terms of Use.

1.2 These Terms of Use and any web page-specific terms and conditions that may be shown on the Website from time to time, form the entire agreement between you and us ('Agreement'). If you do not agree to be legally bound by this Agreement please leave the Website immediately. Your continued access and use of the Website will amount to acceptance of these Terms of Use.

1.3 Royal Holloway, University of London reserves a right to change the Agreement at any time. You should review these Terms of Use on a regular basis to ensure that you are aware of any changes made as you will be legally bound by any amended terms if you continue to use the Website after the changes.

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2. Disclaimer and limitation of liability

2.1 Royal Holloway, University of London does its best to ensure that all information on the Website is accurate. If you find any inaccurate information on the Website please let Royal Holloway, University of London know by sending an email to webmasterrhul.ac.uk| and we will correct it, where we agree, as soon as practicable.

2.2 Royal Holloway, University of London gives no warranty or assurance about the content of the Website. As the Website is under constant development its contents may be incorrect or out-of-date and are subject to change without notice. While Royal Holloway, University of London makes every effort to ensure that the content of the Website is accurate, Royal Holloway, University of London cannot accept liability for the accuracy of all content at any given point in time.

2.3 Royal Holloway, University of London makes every effort to ensure that its computer infrastructure is error- and virus-free but does not warrant that any material available for downloading from the Website will be free from infection, viruses and/ or other code that has contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.

2.4 Neither Royal Holloway, University of London nor any of its agents, employees and sub-contractors shall be liable to you or any other party for any claim, loss, demand or damages whatsoever (whether such claims, loss, demands or damages were foreseeable, known or otherwise) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Website or information, content or materials included on the Website.

2.5 In no event shall Royal Holloway, University of London or any of its agents, employees or sub-contractors be liable to you for any indirect or consequential loss or damage including, without limitation, any;

2.5.1 loss of actual or anticipated profits (including loss of profits on contracts);
2.5.2 loss of revenue;
2.5.3 loss of business;
2.5.4 loss of opportunity;
2.5.5 loss of anticipated savings;
2.5.6 loss of good will;
2.5.7 loss of reputation;
2.5.8 loss or damage to or corruption of data;
2.5.9 loss of use of money or otherwise,

and whether or not advised of the possibility of such claim, loss, demand or damages and arising in tort (including negligence), contract or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

2.6 The Website provides hypertext links to other sites operated by other people. Using such a link means you are leaving the Website. Royal Holloway, University of London takes no responsibility for, and gives no warranties, endorsements, guarantees or representations in respect of, linked sites. Royal Holloway, University of London is not responsible for the privacy practices, nor do we accept any liability in connection with the content of, such websites, including those of our group entities, which will in some cases have their own privacy policies tailored for the particular business practices and educational sectors in which they operate. Any concerns regarding any external link should be directed to its website administrator or web master.

2.7 We are a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by third parties and users of the internet. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, or users, are those of the authors or distributors and not of us. We do not necessarily endorse nor are we responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on the Website.

2.8 The information on the Website is not intended to address your particular requirements. Such information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us and is not intended to be relied upon by you in making (or refraining from making) any specific educational, or other, decisions. You should take your own advice and/ or make specific enquiries and independently verify any information before relying upon it.

2.9 If you make an arrangement with anyone named in or connected with the Website this is at your sole risk.

2.10 Nothing in this Agreement excludes or limits Royal Holloway, University of London's liability for:

2.10.1 death or personal injury caused by Royal Holloway, University of London's negligence; or
2.10.2 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
2.10.3 the tort of deceit; or
2.10.4 any other liability which may not be limited or excluded by law.

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3. Copyright and other intellectual property

3.1 The Website contains copyright material, trade names and marks and other proprietary information, including, but not limited to, text, software, photos and graphics, and may in future include video, music and sound ('Content'). The Content is protected by copyright law, registered and unregistered trade marks, database rights and other intellectual property rights.

3.2 Royal Holloway, University of London, its licensors, or authorised contributors own the copyright, database right and other intellectual property rights in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such Content, as well as in the Content original to it. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any way exploit, any of the Content, in whole or in part except as provided in these Terms of Use.

3.3 You may download information from the Website for your own personal use only. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without our express permission or that of the copyright owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyright material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyright material.

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4. Contributing to the website

4.1 Where you elect, or are invited, to submit any contribution or material to the Website (including any text, message board content, photographs, graphics, video, audio or logo) ('Contribution') or otherwise consent to the use of the Contribution, then by submitting the Contribution or consenting to its use, you grant Royal Holloway, University of London a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, play, make available to the public, and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to your Contribution worldwide and/ or to incorporate your Contribution in other works in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your Contribution. If you do not want to grant to Royal Holloway, University of London the rights set out above, please do not submit your Contribution to the Website. The Royal Holloway, University of London shall have no liability to you for any misuse by any third party of any Contribution that is distributed by us through the Website or in respect of any infringement of the intellectual property rights in any Contribution by any third party.

4.2 By submitting your Contribution to the Website, you:

4.2.1 warrant and represent that your Contribution:

  1. is your own original work and that you have the right to make it available to Royal Holloway, University of London for all the purposes specified above and that it does not breach or infringe anyone else's rights such as copyright or in is in any way illegal;
  2. is not defamatory, libellous, obscene, menacing, threatening, offensive, abusive, fraudulent or criminal;
  3. will not and does not contravene any relevant local, national or international law or incite or encourage the contravention of any such law;
  4. is not related to the conduct of a business;
  5. does not advertise or market anything in any way; and
  6. is not otherwise offensive;

4.2.2 agree at all times to follow our message board rules of posting, which will be shown next to the message board;

4.2.3 agree to indemnify and keep Royal Holloway, University of London indemnified on demand against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by Royal Holloway, University of London as a result of your breach of the above warranty; and

4.2.4 agree to waive any moral rights in your Contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on the Website and the purposes specified above to the fullest extent permitted by law.

4.3 We reserve the right to identify you in response to a court order or threat of legal action.

4.4 If you see any information on the Website that breaches your or anyone else's rights or may be illegal, defamatory or otherwise should be removed, let us know immediately by e-mailing webmasterrhul.ac.uk| and, where we agree, we shall do our best to remove it as soon as possible.

4.5 We reserve the right to remove any Contribution from the Website (including any text, message board content, photographs, graphics, video, audio or logo) at any time and without notice and shall not be obliged to give a reason for doing so. In the event that we remove any Contribution from the Website we shall in no way be liable for any loss, liability, cost or expense suffered by you as a result (whether direct or indirect) of such removal.

4.6 We reserve the right to edit, remove postings to message boards, delete or use electronic methods to block or filter any Contribution left on or sent to the Website at our discretion, including without limitation any message that contravenes any of these Terms of Use, but we do not have an obligation to do so.

4.7 You must indemnify (pay) us, and keep us indemnified, on demand for any losses we suffer if you breach this provision or any other provision of these Terms of Use or the message board rules of posting.

4.8 We expect many of those contributing to our message boards to have strong views about the matters discussed, but the Website is subject to the laws of libel and you and we could be sued if you are not careful in what you say. You should not make libellous postings or any postings that are illegal or breach copyright, database or other related rights. It is your responsibility to check this. We do not accept any liability in this respect.

4.9 You must not misuse the Website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Website, the server on which the Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the Website. You must not attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

 

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We reserve the right to report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and in such an event we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.

 

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of the Website or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

4.10 Where we create a link from our Website to any website operated by you, we shall have the right to remove such link at any time without obtaining your prior consent. In the event that we do remove a link from our Website to any website operated by you, we shall in no way be liable for any loss, liability, cost or expense suffered by you as a result (whether direct or indirect) of such removal, including, without limitation to the foregoing generality, where such loss, liability, cost or expense results from a loss of search engine positioning, ranking, placement or optimisation.

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5. Privacy and data protection

5.1 Your right to privacy is important to us. The following terms are provided to explain how we collect and use information about you so that you can make an informed choice about using the Website.

5.2 Data protection

5.2.1 Royal Holloway, University of London is keen to strike a fair balance between your personal privacy and ensuring that you obtain full value from the products and services it provides, while ensuring that it complies with all protection the Data Protection Act 1998 ('the Act') affords to you. Royal Holloway, University of London will hold and process your personal data securely in accordance with the Act, under which it is registered.

5.3 Collection and use of personal data

5.3.1 Personal data is not stored nor captured through the Website without the prior knowledge and consent of Users.

5.3.2 The Act gives you a number of rights, including the right to know what personal information Royal Holloway, University of London holds about you and the right to access this information. Please contact the College Secretary’s Office or search the website for more information.

5.4 Cookies, and how we use them (NEW)
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5.4.1 This Website uses cookies, a small piece of information stored on your computer in the form of a file, to facilitate access to restricted areas and to monitor usage by tracking which URLs are accessed and the sequence in which they are accessed (see paragraph 5.5 - Log files for more information).

5.4.2 You can find out more about cookies, their use, and how you can remove them by going to the Interactive Advertising Bureau website All About Cookies or Cookiecentral.com. You should note that if a User sets up his or her browser to reject the cookie, he or she may still use the Website, although functionality may be impaired.

5.5 Log files

5.5.1 Continuous logs are kept of requests received by the Website's web servers as it is accessed. These logs are used to analyse usage of the Website.

5.5.2 Logs are maintained both by Royal Holloway, University of London and third parties contracted by Royal Holloway, University of London - Nedstat and Google Inc. ("Google") - who specialise in monitoring and analysing website usage (see paragraphs 5.5.4 and 5.5.5 for more information). We use Google Analytics to analyse use of the Website (see paragraph 5.5.5 below).

5.5.3 Each log entry includes the internet protocol (IP) address of the client used (typically, though not necessarily, the IP address of the personal computer (PC) used), the type of client used (typically, though not necessarily, the type and version of web browser used), the URL of the page (or object) requested, the URL of the previous page (or object) requested (known as the 'referrer' and could relate to this Website or another), and the reference number stored in a cookie created by the Website (if one exists). Royal Holloway, University of London logs additionally contain the username used to access restricted areas of the Website. This username is not collected by nor shared with Nedstat or Google Inc.

5.5.4 Nedstat may convert your IP address into anonymous statistical information but this will not affect your privacy. If you would like to receive more information on Nedstat, and the kind of information that Sitestat collects and processes, we refer you to Nedstat's website (see http://www.nedstat.co.uk/) and its privacy policy (see http://www.nedstat.co.uk/web/nedstatuk.nsf/pages/EINN_6FDBAJ?open|) on that website.

5.5.5 Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the Royal Holloway, University of London analyse how users use the Website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (including, without limitation, your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Subject to paragraph 5.5.6 below, this information will not include any information from which you will be identifiable. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on Website activity for the Royal Holloway, University of London and providing other services relating to Website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this Website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. If you would like to receive more information on Google Analytics, and the kind of information that they collect and process, we refer you to the Google Analytics website (see http://www.google.co.uk/analytics/en-GB/index.html) and its privacy policy on that website (see http://www.google.com/intl/en_ALL/privacy.html).

5.5.6 Royal Holloway, University of London is only able to link log entries to individuals where it holds personal data that can be associated with log entries using IP address, username, or reference number from cookies. This is only possible in relation to Users connected directly to the Royal Holloway, University of London network (ie using an Royal Holloway, University of London IP address) and Users using an Royal Holloway, University of London account (ie using an Royal Holloway, University of London username). We will only use this information to identify you where we are required to by law or where we suspect that there has been a breach of the law or of these Terms of Use.

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6. User names and passwords

6.1 You are solely responsible in all respects for all use of and for protecting the confidentiality of any username and passwords that may be given to you or selected by you for use on our Website. You may not share these with or transfer them to any third parties.

6.2 You must notify us immediately of any unauthorised use of them or any other breach of security regarding our Website that comes to your attention.

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7. Accessibility

7.1 Royal Holloway, University of London seeks to ensure that people are treated equally regardless of age, disability, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation or personal circumstances. Royal Holloway, University of London does its best to ensure that the Website is accessible to all its users and potential users, including but not limited to users with disabilities (eg visual impairments, cognitive impairments, motor impairments etc); users for whom English is a second language; users of various software; or any other users who may need to use the Website.

7.2 If you need any advice on making your web content and services accessible, please contact the webmaster|.

7.3 Access to our Website is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on the Website without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.

7.4 From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website, or the entire Website, to users who are (as the case may be) students, Royal Holloway, University of London employees or who have registered with us.

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8. General

8.1 The Agreement forms the whole agreement between you and us. You acknowledge that you have not entered into this Agreement in reliance upon any warranty or representation made by us or any other person and you waive any rights to damages/ rescission you may have for misrepresentation (other than a fraudulent misrepresentation) that is not contained in this Agreement.

8.2 If any provision or term of these Terms of Use shall become or be declared illegal, invalid or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, such term or provision shall be divisible from the other terms and conditions and shall be deemed to be deleted from them.

8.3 Failure by either party to exercise any right or remedy under this Agreement does not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy.

8.4 Any formal legal notices should be sent to us at the address at the end of these Terms of Use by email confirmed by post.

8.5 Failure by us to enforce a right does not result in waiver of such right.

8.6 You may not assign or transfer your rights under this Agreement.

8.7 We reserve the right to bar Users from the Website and/ or specific web pages, on a permanent or temporary basis at our discretion. Any such User shall be notified and must not then attempt to use the Website under any other name or through any other User.

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9. Linking to the Website

9.1 You may link your website to the home page of the Website at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. Royal Holloway, University of London reserves the right on demand, as it in its discretion thinks fit, to direct you to remove any links to the Website from your website and you shall promptly comply with any such direction or any other lawful direction that we may give to you in relation to the placing of any such link on your website.

9.2 You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you.

9.3 Our Website (or any part of its or content on it) must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of the Website other than the home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in paragraph 4 above.

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10. Trade Marks

10.1 "Royal Holloway, University of London" and "Royal Holloway, University of London Enterprise" are UK registered trade marks of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.

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11. Governing law

11.1 The Agreement is governed by English law notwithstanding the jurisdiction where you are based. You irrevocably agree that the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute which may arise out of, under, or in connection with these Terms of Use and for those purposes irrevocably submit all disputes to the jurisdiction of the English courts. The place of performance shall be England.

11.2 We provide no warranty or guarantee that the Website or information available on it complies with laws other than those of England.

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12. Further information

12.1 Further information on these Terms of Use or your privacy can be obtained from FOIrhul.ac.uk|.

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The terms & conditions of website usage are available as a PDF. This document is subject to change without prior notification.

 
 
 
 

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