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Website Terms & Conditions

Welcome to the online home of Princeton Theological Seminary (“PTS”). PTS is a privately endowed institution of higher education operating exclusively at the graduate level. Originally organized in 1812 and incorporated in 1822, the Seminary is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Set forth below are Terms & Conditions for use of the PTS website, http://www.ptsem.edu (the “Site”). Please be aware that these Terms & Conditions refer solely to use of the Site and do not encompass participation in other PTS activities, such as academic conferences, classes or other campus events. The terms “You” and “User” as used in these Terms & Conditions refer to all individuals and/or entities accessing the Site for any reason.

In part because PTS is an educational institution based in Princeton, New Jersey, under these legal notices, You accept that (1) the federal or local courts presiding in the State of New Jersey, United States, are the proper forum for resolving any and all disputes arising through or related to this Site; and (2) the laws applicable to such disputes shall be the laws of the United States and the laws of the State of New Jersey.

By accessing and using the Site, You acknowledge that You have read and understand these Terms & Conditions, and that You accept them and agree to be legally bound by them. You should not use the Site if You have any objections to any of these Terms & Conditions.

PTS may revise these Terms & Conditions over time as new features are added to the Site or as Internet law and standards evolve. We will post these changes prominently but recommend that You read these Terms & Conditions each time You visit.

1. Copyright and Permissions

Please feel free to browse the Site. You may download, distribute, and share material from this Site, as well as create and reproduce abridged versions of material on the Site, provided that such abridgement (1) does not change the meaning or purpose of the materials, (2) is used only for non-commercial purposes, and (3) retains, without alteration, all copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notes displayed on the materials posted on the Site.

Unless otherwise indicated, please feel to print out personal copies, read, and listen to the materials posted on this Site. Please note, however, that certain materials - such as podcasts, lectures and articles linked from the “Publications” tab on the PTS homepage – may be subject to additional restrictions and permission requirements that will be listed on the specific webpages on which those materials are posted.

You are not permitted to republish for commercial reasons or to otherwise commercially distribute material from this Site without prior written permission from PTS.

None of the material contained on the Site (including all software, HTML code, and other code) may be reverse-engineered, disassembled, decompiled, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, translated into any language or computer language, retransmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photo-reproduction, recordation, or otherwise), resold or redistributed without the prior written permission of PTS.

Except as otherwise noted, all content of the Site is:

Copyright © 2017 Princeton Theological Seminary

All rights reserved.

As an organization with an educational mission, PTS is generally inclined to share material from its Site. However, PTS has a policy of terminating services to Users who willfully and/or repeatedly infringe.

For further information regarding permission to use material, please contact us.

2. Trademarks/Service Marks

The trademarks/service marks and/or logos (collectively the “Marks”) displayed on the Site identify the educational services and products of PTS and related organizations, and inform the public as to the source of those services and products. Your misuse of any Mark is strictly prohibited, including without limitation, your use of Marks in any of the following ways:

In a manner likely to cause confusion;
To identify your products or services;
In, as, or part of your own trademarks or services marks;
In a manner that implies inaccurately a sponsorship, endorsement, or other connection with your products, services or other activities; or
In a manner that disparages or dilutes the Marks.
You agree not to display or otherwise inappropriately use the Marks without prior written permission from PTS. Please make such requests by email. We will evaluate your request and respond as soon as possible.

3. Privacy

Our Privacy Policy is a part of our web Terms & Conditions which are binding on all Users of the Site. The policy of PTS is to respect and protect the privacy of our Users. PTS aspires to build Users’ trust and confidence in the Internet by promoting fair information practices. To fulfill this mission, PTS agrees to exercise reasonable precautions to maintain the confidentiality of information provided by You in connection with accessing and using the Site. Because we gather certain types of personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) from Users of our website, we feel You should know how we collect, use, disclose, manage, and store the Personal Information that You may voluntarily provide us and the Personal Information that is collected passively through use of cookies or image tags on our website. PTS agrees to post prominently and in plain language its specific privacy policies. This Privacy Policy sets forth PTS’ current policies and practices with respect to nonpublic Personal Information of the Users of the Site.

For our full Privacy Statement, see our Privacy Policy below.

4. Disclaimers

The Site presents information and resources provided by PTS and is not intended as professional advice or counseling. Although we welcome your calls, letters and e-mails, please keep in mind that merely contacting PTS will not establish any professional or legal relationship. Consequently, You should not send confidential information to us for those purposes unless otherwise indicated.

We also attempt to provide links to other websites that we hope You will find helpful. We do not control the material presented in other sites, however, and we do not vouch for or assume responsibility for the accuracy of such material.

5. Additional Disclaimers and Limitation of Liabilities and Warranties

The Site may contain technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, and out of date information. The Site makes no representations as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information posted, and the Site make no warranty that the Site will meet your requirements. You understand, acknowledge, and agree that your use of the Site is at your own risk. PTS reserves the right to make changes to the Site at any time.

PTS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST REVENUES OR LOST PROFITS, WHICH MAY RESULT FROM THE USE OF, ACCESS TO, OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE. (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.) PTS MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATERIALS/SERVICES AVAILABLE FROM THE SITE, ALL OF WHICH ARE BEING OFFERED “AS IS.” PTS ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING THE SITE OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS FROM THE SITE.

6. Indemnification

You shall indemnify and hold harmless PTS, its trustees, directors, officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, from and against any and all liability, losses, claims, demands, disputes, damages, and costs of any kind, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of litigation resulting from or in any way connected with your use of the Site; content You submit, post, or transmit through the Site; your breach of the Terms & Conditions and your connection to the Site.

7. Intellectual Property Limitation of Liability

PTS respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask visitors to our Site to do the same. If You believe your work has been used in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, the following information in the form of a written notification (pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)) must be provided to the designated Copyright Agent of PTS:

Identification of the copyrighted work(s) that You claim has been infringed;
Identification of where the material that You claim to be infringing is located on the Site;

A statement that You have a good faith belief that use of the disputed material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law, including the law of copyright fair use;
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that You are the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf;
Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address; and
Your physical or electronic signature.
The designated agent of PTS for notification of claims of copyright infringement on this Site is Earl F. Kimble Jr., who can be reached as follows:

Address:   64 Mercer Street
                    P.O. Box 821
                    Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

Telephone: 609-497-7959

E-mail

Similarly, if You believe any of your trademarks or service marks have been infringed, of if You believe that your image has been used without your consent, please notify the designated agent of PTS.

8. Dispute Resolution

Any action based on a breach of the terms herein shall be brought to the federal or local courts presiding in the State of New Jersey, United States, whichever is appropriate, and to whose jurisdiction You consent in such an action. If a breach is found by the court, the court shall have the right to issue an injunction, and grant to PTS its damages and attorneys’ fees and such other and further relief as the court may deem appropriate.

9. Applicable Laws and Jurisdictional Issues

The Site shall be governed by the laws of the United States, including federal copyright and trademark laws, and the laws of the State of New Jersey applicable to contracts entered into and to be wholly performed therein without regard to conflict of laws or choice of law principles. By visiting and using the Site, You consent to the jurisdiction of the courts presiding in the State of New Jersey and You agree to accept service of process by mail. You hereby waive any and all jurisdictional and venue defenses that might otherwise be available.

10. Force Majeure

Notwithstanding any other provision contained in these Terms & Conditions, in the event that the performance of any obligation of PTS is prevented due to acts of God or any government restriction, wars, hostilities, blockades, civil disturbances, strikes, lockouts, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of PTS, then PTS shall not be responsible to You for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations. PTS shall promptly notify You of such force majeure condition. The terms of this clause shall not exempt, but merely suspend, PTS from its duty to perform until as soon as practicable after a force majeure condition ceases to exist.

11. Headings

The headings of each of these Terms & Conditions are for convenience of reference only. Such headings shall be ignored in the interpretation or construction of any of these terms and conditions.

12. No Assignment

You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior express written consent of PTS.

13. Invalidity of Provisions

In the event that any portion of these Terms & Conditions is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intention and the remainder of the provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

14. No Waiver

Any failure by PTS to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Terms & Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.

15. Changes to the Terms & Conditions

No changes to these Terms & Conditions shall be made except by a revised posting on this page, and no advice or other information provided by the Site or its representatives to any User in any manner which is not posted on this page will constitute any amendment of, waiver or change to these Terms & Conditions, unless such an amendment, waiver or change is in writing from an authorized officer or representative of PTS.

16. Complete Understanding

These Terms & Conditions constitute the entire understanding between PTS and You with respect to the Site.

BY USING THE SITE, YOU SIGNIFY YOUR ASSENT TO THESE TERMS & CONDITIONS AND ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATIONS. AS A CONDITION OF YOUR USE OF THE SITE, YOU WARRANT THAT YOU WILL NOT USE THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE THAT IS UNLAWFUL.

For more information about PTS or if You have any questions about our Terms & Conditions, please contact us by e-mail.


Website Privacy Policy

Welcome to the online home of Princeton Theological Seminary (“PTS”). PTS is a privately endowed institution of higher education operating exclusively at the graduate level. Originally organized in 1812 and incorporated in 1822, the Seminary is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Set forth below is a Privacy Policy for use of the PTS website, http://www.ptsem.edu (the “Site”). This Privacy Policy is hereby a part of the PTS Site Terms and Conditions. Please be aware that this Privacy Policy refers solely to use of the Site and do not encompass participation in other PTS activities, such as academic conferences, classes or other campus events. The terms “You” and “User” as used in this Privacy Policy refers to all individuals and/or entities accessing the Site for any reason.

In part because PTS is an educational institution based in Princeton, New Jersey, under these legal notices, You accept that (1) the federal or local courts presiding in the State of New Jersey, United States, are the proper forum for resolving any and all disputes arising through or related to this Site; and (2) the laws applicable to such disputes shall be the laws of the United States and the laws of the State of New Jersey.

We have posted these notices to comply with numerous laws and our organization’s internal guidelines, and to inform Users of rights and responsibilities.

1. Policy The policy of PTS is to respect and protect the privacy of Users of the Site. This Privacy Policy is posted to explain our information practices and is a part of the Terms and Conditions of the Site. Please be aware that this policy refers to your use of the Site as distinct from participation in any on-campus events, lectures, or other activities related to PTS.

PTS aspires to build Users’ trust and confidence by promoting fair information practices. Accordingly, PTS provides this Policy to inform Site visitors of what personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) is being gathered and for what purpose PTS intends to use such Personal Information. PTS will not knowingly exceed the purposes of the use without notification. Users may give their consent to PTS or may choose not to participate in the Site. PTS also identifies the safeguards and measures that it employs to secure the Personal Information it collects from the Site.

PTS agrees to exercise reasonable cautions to maintain the confidentiality of Personal Information provided by You in connection with accessing and using the Site.

Because we gather various types of Personal Information from Site Users, we feel You should know how we collect, use, disclose, manage, and store the Personal Information that You may voluntarily provide us and the Personal Information that is collected passively through the use of cookies or image tags on our website. PTS agrees to post prominently and in plain language its specific privacy policies.

This Privacy Policy sets forth PTS’ current policies and practices with respect to Personal Information of the Users of the Site. Your continued participation on the Site indicates your acceptance of this Privacy Policy and of the collection, use, disclosure, management, and storage of your Personal Information as described below.

2. Collection and Use of Personal Information Generally, You may browse the Site without providing any Personal Information. We do not collect Personal Information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals.

The Site directly provides or links to certain features through which PTS may gather Personal Information from Users, such as an online application process for student admissions and related financial aid, a method for making monetary donations to PTS through this Site, and registration processes for creating User accounts related, to, e.g., student email use through password-protected portions of the Site, and registration to participate in the PTS Alumni/ae Online Community.

The specific webpages on such features are offered may contain additional information relevant to our privacy practices. Use of these features may require the submission of your full name, telephone number, e-mail address, and other Personal Information. You may be added to other mailing list services, including those of organizations with whom we collaborate.

We use your Personal Information to provide You with the services You request and to respond to questions related to PTS or the Site. PTS may also use your Personal Information to notify You of further information that may be of interest to You.

The Site may passively collect certain information using various technologies and means. We may receive and record Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses in the normal course of operation of the Site. While we may receive and record IP addresses, we will not use them to identify You personally or disclose them to others. Navigational data related to User visits to the Site may also be recorded for system management and in order to improve the content of the Site.

We may also use your Personal Information for operational purposes, or to find out how we can improve our organization and Site via surveys or online tracking mechanisms. We may use aggregate Personal Information collected via cookies to help us evaluate and modify existing services and features. (For more information on “cookies” and our policy on the use of cookies see below). We may also use your Personal Information to develop new online services and features that may be of interest to You.

3. Disclosure of Information We will not sell, rent, or lease your Personal Information to any third party without your consent. However, PTS may disclose Personal Information in special cases: (1) when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the rights of PTS or to anyone that could be harmed by such activities; (2) when we believe in good faith that the law requires it; (3) to any affiliate or to any third party who may acquire PTS; and (4) in situations involving threats to the physical safety of any person.

4. Security of Information and Donations to PTS You can be assured that the Personal Information collected through the Site is secure and is maintained in a manner consistent with current industry standards. The importance of security for all Personal Information associated with Users of our Site is of utmost concern to us. Your Personal Information resides on a secure server that only selected PTS employees and contractors may access.

In order to most efficiently serve You, credit card transactions are handled by established third-party banking, processing agents, and distribution institutions. They receive the information needed to verify and authorize your credit card donation. Financial transactions related to PTS are handled by Authorize.NET. Information relating to your financial transactions will not be maintained on PTS servers. Please visit the website of Authorize.NET to familiarize yourself with its terms and conditions and with its privacy policies.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your Personal Information, You acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between You and us through the Site cannot be guaranteed; and (c) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party.

5. "Cookies" You should be aware that non-Personal Information and data may be automatically collected on the Site through the use of “cookies.” “Cookies” are small text files stored as text on a computer hard drive. Websites can use “cookies” to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor’s ongoing access to and use of a site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements. “Cookies” are not programs that come onto a visitor’s system and damage files. The use of “cookies” is common in the Internet industries, and many major websites use them to provide useful features to their customers. Generally “cookies” work by assigning a unique number to the visitor that has no meaning outside the assigning site. If a visitor does not want information collected through the use of “cookies,” there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the visitor to deny or accept the cookie feature. PTS may use “cookie” technology, but only to obtain non-Personal Information from online visitors in order to improve their online experience and facilitate their visit within the Site.

6. How You Can Review or Correct Your Personal Information You may contact PTS by e-mail to ask if we are keeping Personal Information about You. If we do have Personal Information about You, we will provide You with a readable copy of such Personal Information at no charge. Factual errors in your Personal Information, including out-of-date Personal Information, can be corrected by sending us a request that credibly shows our error.

7. Opt-Out Procedures You may always opt-out of receiving communications from PTS. To remove any Personal Information from our database or to not receive future e-mail communications from PTS, send an e-mail with the word “Remove” in the subject line.

8. Links to Third Party Websites The PTS Site contains links to the websites of third parties not affiliated with PTS. You understand, acknowledge, and agree that these links are provided solely as a convenience to You and not as an endorsement by the Site or PTS of their content, advertising, or business practices. PTS is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content on any of these other websites, including any sites that may indicate a special relationship or “partnership” with PTS. PTS does not disclose unique identifiers to those responsible for the linked sites. The linked sites, however, may collect Personal Information from You when You link to their sites. This collecting of information is not subject to the control of PTS. To ensure protection of your privacy, always review the privacy policies of the sites You visit by linking from the PTS Site.

9. Our Commitment to the Privacy of Minors PTS will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from Site visitors who are under eighteen (18) years of age. We encourage parents to speak with minors about their use of the Internet and the information they disclose online. If a minor has provided us with personally identifiable information, a parent or guardian of that minor may email us if they would like us to delete that information from our records. We will use reasonable efforts to delete the minor’s information from our database.

10. Changes to this Privacy Policy PTS may revise this Privacy Policy over time as new features are added to the Site or as Internet law and standards evolve. We will post these changes prominently but recommend that You read this Privacy Policy each time You visit the Site. Changes will not apply retroactively to Personal Information that was collected before the changes to the Privacy Policy, except as may be required by law.

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