Last updated: 7/29/2021
By your use of this site, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including any policies and procedures incorporated by reference, including:
You also represent and warrant that you have the legal authority to accept the Agreement; if you are accepting this Agreement on behalf of a business or other organization, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind that organization and that your acceptance of this Agreement will be treated as acceptance by that organization. If you do not agree to all of the terms in this Agreement, you are not authorized to use or access the Site.
Changes And Modifications. We may change or amend this Agreement from time to time. If we make material changes, we will endeavor to notify you that our terms have changed, either through the user interface, in an email message, or through other reasonable means. Your use of the Site after the date such change(s) become effective will constitute your consent to the changed terms. If you do not agree to the change(s), you must immediately stop using the Site; otherwise, the new terms will apply to you.
As long as you comply with this Agreement, we grant you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-sublicensable right to access and use the Site as it is intended to be accessed and used, and in accordance with this Agreement and applicable law. We grant you no other rights, implied or otherwise.
The Commission is committed to making its Site usable and accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability, and provides a number of features that support the accessibility of the Site:
- Pages on the Site are intended to be compatible with screen readers and accessible to keyboard navigation. Additionally, authoring tools on the Site are built with well-formed HTML semantic tagging structures whenever possible, which include ARIA long descriptions, image captions, and embedded A11y accessibility mode microdata.
- The Site supports several AFA and A11y metadata fields. Use the Accessibility criteria in Advanced Search to find resources that include features such as ARIA long descriptions, transcripts, and captions, or that support specific learning modes such as auditory, visual, or textual.
Limitations to Accessibility. While the Commission strives to ensure the accessibility of the Site, you may find some limitations.
Please report any problems to the Site support team at email@example.com. For fastest processing, please include the phrase “Accessibility Request” in the subject line and in the body of your message.
Uses of the Site
You agree not to, and will not assist, encourage, or enable others to:
- Use the Site to harass, threaten, impersonate, or intimidate anyone.
- Upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, hateful, or that is racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable, or any content that is in violation of copyright or trademark law — or any other law protecting intellectual property in any jurisdiction — or that violates an individual’s publicity or privacy rights.
- Upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” “affiliate links,” or any other form of solicitation, or any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.
- Reverse engineer any portion of the Site.
- Use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process, or means not provided by GoOpen Connecticut to access, retrieve, scrape, or index any portion of the Site.
- Record, process, or mine information about other users or about the Site.
- Take any action that imposes, or may impose, in our sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our technology infrastructure or otherwise make excessive traffic demands on the Site.
- Interfere with the proper working of the Site, circumvent or otherwise interfere with any security-related features of the Site, or attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, Registered User accounts, or any computers/networks associated with the Site through hacking, password mining, or any other means.
- Use the Site for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, including the laws of your local jurisdiction, regarding online conduct and acceptable content (including but not limited to intellectual property laws).
Your Registered User Account. If you choose, you may create a Registered User account. A Registered User account is not required to browse the Site or to download Educational Materials. The Commission’s current policy is to restrict Registered User account creation to educators in Connecticut.
Your Password. If you create a Registered User account, you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account information, including your password, and for any and all activity that occurs under your Registered User account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or password, or any other breach of security.
Information You Provide. You must accurately provide us with all requested information when you sign-up as a Registered User of the Site.
Adding Content to the Site
Educational Materials. If you wish to contribute educational materials to the Site, such as instructional texts, resources, lessons, modules, or other educational work (collectively, “Educational Material”), you may do so via our Open Author tool. You can learn more about creating material via Open Author at https://goopenct.org/authoring-overview
With regard to any Educational Materials that you contribute to the Site via the Open Author tool, or by any other means, you represent and warrant that you have the full legal right to post the Educational Material and that use of the Educational Material by us and all other persons and entities as set forth in its license will not (i) infringe the trademark, copyright, privacy, or publicity rights of any person or entity; (ii) violate any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or agreement; or (iii) disclose any confidential or private information of any third party. If you are authoring or contributing Educational Material to the Site using Open Author, you must select an approved license applicable to your Educational Material via the Open Author interface.
The Site is a platform for open educational resources. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that no license terms apply to any Educational Material you contribute to the Site that are incompatible with the most restrictive license found at https://support.goopenct.org/support/solutions/articles/42000087059-usage-rights (a list of pre-approved license types) at the time your Educational Material is submitted.
If you contribute any metadata — such as author name, title of work, year of completion of the work, and the like — in connection with contributing Educational Material to the Site or otherwise, you grant to the Commission a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, create derivative works of, transfer, sublicense, and make any other use in any form or medium of such metadata, without restriction of any kind.
Display of Licenses. The Commission endeavors to provide information about the copyright status of the educational materials in the Site, and to identify any other terms and conditions that may apply to your use of such materials. However, the Commission offers no guarantee or assurance that all pertinent information is provided or that the information provided is correct in each circumstance. In all cases, it is your sole responsibility to determine what permission(s) you may need in order to use materials available from the Site and, if necessary, to obtain such permission(s).
User Content. Certain features of the Site may allow you to contribute content that is not itself either Educational Material or metadata, for example in the form of comments, ratings, reviews, feedback, evaluations, or other content for access, use, viewing, and downloading by us and by other users of the Site (“User Content”). When you post User Content, you represent and warrant that you have the full legal right to post the User Content and that use of the User Content by us and all other persons and entities will not (i) infringe the trademark, copyright, privacy, or publicity rights of any person or entity; (ii) violate any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or agreement; or (iii) disclose any confidential or private information of any third party. Upon your submission of User Content, you grant us a fully-paid, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, license to access, use, distribute, reproduce, display, modify, create derivative works based upon, and sublicense the User Content for the purposes of providing and promoting the Site, all without any additional compensation to you whatsoever. Please note that Educational Materials and metadata are not considered User Content, but rather are discussed above, in the section titled Educational Materials.
Removal of User Content or Educational Material. We make User Content and Educational Material (including its metadata) available at our sole discretion and may disable access to any User Content or Educational Material at any time and for any reason. By using the Site you acknowledge and agree that we do not guarantee access to and/or hosting of User Content or Educational Material that is published through the Site. For example, if Educational Material violates this Agreement, access to it may be disabled.
If you believe that a user of the Site has violated your intellectual property rights — for example by improperly posting your trademarks or copyrighted content to the Site — please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can review our full intellectual property policy, including information on how to report infringement, at https://goopenct.org/ip-dcma.
If we receive notice that User Content or Educational Material posted to or through the Site may infringe the rights of thirds parties, including their intellectual property rights, we reserve the right (in our sole discretion) to disclose information, including personally identifiable information (“PII”), about the poster of such material to those third parties, so that they can contact the poster directly regarding their concerns.
GoOpen Connecticut’s Content. Except for Educational Materials (which are made available by the Commission and its users pursuant to the public licenses associated therewith), all text, metadata, user interfaces and visual interfaces (including graphics, photographs, sounds, music, and artwork), trademarks, logos, computer code, and any and all compilations thereof (collectively, “Site Content”), including but not limited to the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, “look and feel,” and arrangement of Site Content, is owned, controlled, or licensed by or to the Commission and is protected by trade dress, copyright, and trademark laws, and is subject to various other intellectual property rights. Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, you are prohibited from copying, reproducing, modifying, distributing, displaying, performing, or transmitting any of the Site Content for any purpose, and nothing otherwise stated or implied in the Site confers on you any license or right to do so.
From Third Party Sites. If you present a link to any portion of the Site from any third party site, you agree to present the link in a manner that does not convey the impression that the Commission endorses, whether expressly or implicitly, any products, services, or opinions provided on your website. Any link to the Site must provide a clearly written notice that the user is leaving your website to access another.
Violation of this Agreement - Termination
Your right to access and use the Site terminates automatically upon your breach of any of the terms of this Agreement. You agree that we may, in our sole discretion and without prior notice to you, terminate your access to the Site and/or block your future access to the Site for any reason, including if we determine that you have violated this Agreement or other agreements or guidelines which may be associated with your use of the Site. Please note that it is our policy to terminate the accounts of Registered Users who repeatedly violate the copyrights, trademark rights, or other rights of third parties.
If we take any legal action against you as a result of your violation of this Agreement, we will be entitled to recover from you, and you agree to pay, all reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of such action, in addition to any other relief granted. You agree that we will not be liable to you or to any third party for termination of your access to the Site. The disclaimer of warranties, the limitation of liability, and the jurisdiction and applicable law provisions will survive any termination.
Disclaimer of Warranties
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SITE, AND ANY GOOD OR SERVICE DOWNLOADED OR USED THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE Site, IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, MERCHANTABLE QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, OR ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION ARISING BY USAGE OF TRADE, COURSE OF DEALING, OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE. WE AND OUR AFFILIATES MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (a) THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (b) THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (c) CONTENT AND MATERIAL WILL BE HOSTED AND/OR TRANSMITTED WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION; (d) ANY PRODUCTS, SITES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL, WHETHER IN TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE FORM, DOWNLOADED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS OR ANY STANDARD OF QUALITY; AND (e) ANY DEFECTS IN THE OPERATION OR FUNCTIONALITY OF THE SITE OR RELATED SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED.
ANY MATERIAL, INFORMATION, OR DATA DOWNLOADED, VIEWED, SHARED, OR OTHERWISE ACCESSED ON OR THROUGH THE SITE IS ACCESSED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULT FROM THE DOWNLOADING, VIEWING, SHARING, OR OTHERWISE ACCESSING OF SUCH MATERIAL. NO ADVICE, REPRESENTATION, OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU EITHER FROM US OR THROUGH THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT.
Limitation of Liability
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES THAT MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU, HOWEVER CAUSED AND UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY. THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, ANY LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, OR BUSINESS REPUTATION; ANY LOSS OF DATA; ANY COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; OR ANY OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES. THIS ALSO INCLUDES ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES THAT MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU AS A RESULT OF (a) ANY CHANGES THAT WE MAY MAKE TO THE SITE; (b) ANY PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY CESSATION OF THE SITE; (c) THE DELETION OR CORRUPTION OF, OR FAILURE TO STORE, ANY CONTENT OR DATA (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USER CONTENT, EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL, AND METADATA) MAINTAINED THROUGH THE SITE; OR (d) YOUR FAILURE TO KEEP YOUR PASSWORD OR REGISTERED USER ACCOUNT DETAILS SECURE. THE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY ABOVE SHALL APPLY IRRESPECTIVE OF THE THEORY OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING CONTRACT (INCLUDING FUNDAMENTAL BREACH), WARRANTY, PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHER THEORY, EVEN IF WE (OR OUR AFFILIATES) HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE AND OUR AFFILIATES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR USER CONTENT, EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL, AND/OR METADATA, OR FOR THE INFRINGING, DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY, AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.
Exclusions and Limitations
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, ONLY THE LIMITATIONS THAT ARE LAWFUL IN YOUR JURISDICTION WILL APPLY TO YOU AND, IN SUCH INSTANCES, OUR LIABILITY AND THAT OF OUR AFFILIATES WILL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold the Commission and Our Affiliates harmless from and against any and all liabilities and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) we may incur in connection with any claim arising out of your breach of this Agreement or your use of the Site. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you.
Arbitration. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, or your use of the Site shall be settled by confidential binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The place of arbitration shall be Hartford County, Connecticut. The arbitration shall be governed by the laws of the State of Connecticut. The award of the arbitrators shall be accompanied by a reasoned opinion. The prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees. Except as may be required by law, neither a party nor an arbitrator may disclose the existence, content, or results of any arbitration hereunder without the prior written consent of both parties.
Statute Of Limitations. You agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim under this Agreement must be brought within one (1) year after the cause of action arises, or such claim or cause of action is forever barred.
Severability of Terms; Non-waiver of Terms; Assignment. If any portion(s) of the Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision(s) shall be stricken and the remainder of the Agreement enforced as written. If we do not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy, including those contained in the Agreement or arising under applicable law, this will not be taken to be a formal waiver or relinquishment of our rights. We may assign or delegate all rights and obligations under the Agreement, fully or partially.