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PersuadeStar Terms of Use

Terms of Use

PersuadeStar is a free service for the educational community; funded by the US Department of Education. This community includes teachers in K-12 and higher education settings and other educators. Use by for-profit or corporate organizations requires a fee.
  • PersuadeStar should be used as a knowledge building experience to supplement normal lesson plans.
  • Essays must be created for educational purposes. Essays may be deleted if they are found to be personal or commercial.
  • A valid email address must be supplied in order for ALTEC to be allowed contact with the author. E-mail addresses are confidential (unless you choose to make them public) and will only be used for contact by ALTEC staff. Note: All personal information will be kept confidential and will not be used for any purposes other than for administration of this site.
  • PersuadeStar is an educational tool and not intended for free use by corporate or for-profit organizations.
  • The features and options available to users are presented 'as-is'. ALTEC will not alter the web site to suit particular wishes. We are, however, open to suggestions for improving this site's features and functionality. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact support@4teachers.org
  • ALTEC reserves the right to modify or discontinue PersuadeStar without notice.
  • The administrators of PersuadeStar will not be held liable for any lost or incorrectly represented data. Should a system error occur, ALTEC will make attempts to restore lost data, but cannot guarantee all data to be recovered or accurately compiled.
  • ALTEC will not be held responsible in cases of cheating or false identification of users who take your essay(s). Procedures are in place to deter cheating, but ALTEC will not be held liable if cheating occurs.
  • Users agree to abide by all local, state, national and international laws and regulations applicable to your use of PersuadeStar.

Prohibited Use

PersuadeStar does not actively monitor each essay. If it is noted, however, that a essay is in violation of our Terms of Use, ALTEC reserves the right, but not the duty, to remove the offending material.

If it is noted that a user is in violation of any federal, state, or local laws, the authorities will be contacted.

ALTEC reserves the right to alter or remove essays without the consent of the author if a essay is found to contain inappropriate or offensive material.

In connection with use of PersuadeStar, users agree to the following:

  • Users will not modify existing code or the presentation of the resource in any manner.
  • Users will not copy the code in any way that duplicates the service or presents this service in an alternate manner.
  • Users will not post any material that is intended to offend or attack. Essays will not contain information that is derogatory or defaming to any individual, group of individuals, or organizations.
  • Users will not post any information or content, including but not limited to visual images, that are unlawful, false or misleading, or that promote illegal conduct or purposes.
  • Users will not promote bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm of any kind against any group or individual.
  • Users will not post materials that harass or are libelous, invasive of another's privacy, abusive, threatening, vulgar, obscene, tortious, or otherwise objectionable.
  • Users will not post or transmit, through PersuadeStar, materials that would violate any law or the rights of others, including, without limitation, any threatening, harassing, defamatory, or obscene materials.
  • Users will not post materials that are or could be in any way harmful to minors.
  • Users will not upload, post, or otherwise transmit any viruses or other harmful, disruptive, or destructive files; access or attempt to access any software or content you are not authorized to access; disrupt or interfere with the security of, or otherwise cause harm to PersuadeStar or any systems, accounts, passwords, servers, or networks connected to or accessible through PersuadeStar.
  • Users will not use any data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction methods.
  • Users will not post materials that violate laws against copyright infringement or intellectual property or other rights of another.
  • Users will not post materials that violate rights of privacy and publicity.
  • Users will not use PersuadeStar to post junk mail, spam, chain letters, or other unsolicited bulk e-mail, commercial or otherwise.

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