Terms of Use Agreement


By using this Web site, you signify your agreement to these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, you may not use the site. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change, modify, add or delete portions of these terms of use at any time.

Restrictions on Use of Materials
All information, content and materials contained on this site are copyrighted property of the Heartland Center for Behavioral Change or the copyrighted property of our partners. All trademarks, service marks, trade names and trade dress are proprietary to us and/or our partners. No information, content or material may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted or distributed in any way, except that you may download one copy of the information, content or materials on any single computer for your personal, noncommercial home use only, provided that (a) you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices, (b) you make no modifications to the information, content or materials, and (c) you do not use the information, content or materials in a manner that suggests an association with any of our services or brands. The use of any information, content or materials is prohibited.

The Heartland Center site is for your personal use. You may not use the site for commercial purposes or in any way that is unlawful, or harms us or any other person or entity, as determined in our sole discretion.

Public Forums and Communication
“Public Forum” means an area, site or feature offered as part of any Heartland Center Web site such as a blog or forum that enables users or visitors (a) to submit, post, display and/or view User-Generated Content and/or (b) to communicate, share or exchange User-Generated Content with other users, visitors and members of the general public including, without limitation, a chat area, message board, user forums, instant messaging, mobile messaging, social community environment, profile page, conversation page, e-mail function.

You acknowledge that anything you submit to Heartland Center by way of any Public Forum may be routed through our servers, the servers of one or more third parties on our behalf and the Internet, and may be viewed on the Internet by the general public and that, therefore, you have no expectation of privacy with regard to any such submission. You acknowledge that Public Forums and features offered therein are for public and not private communications. Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online, through any media, including without limitation, a Public Forum, that information can be collected and used by people you don’t know. We cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose through any of these media; you make such disclosures at your own risk.

You are and shall remain solely responsible for the User-Generated Content submitted and/or posted under your username or otherwise by you in any Public Forum and for the consequences of submitting and posting same. You acknowledge that the use of User-Generated Content posted in any Public Forum is at your own risk. For example, we are not responsible for, and we do not endorse, the opinions, advice or recommendations posted or sent by users in any Public Forum and we specifically disclaim any and all liability in connection therewith.

Heartland Center reserves the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit User-Generated Content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum. If we elect to screen User-Generated Content, there may be a delay in the posting of such content in a Public Forum to allow for a review process. If we have questions about your User-Generated Content including, without limitation, the copyright, we may contact you for further information including, for example, to verify that you own the copyright or otherwise obtained permission to post the material.

When participating in a Public Forum, never assume that people are who they say they are, know what they say they know, or are affiliated with whom they say they are affiliated with. Information obtained in a Public Forum may not be reliable, and it is not a good idea to take any action based solely or largely on information you cannot confirm. We cannot be responsible for the accuracy of any User-Generated Content contained in a Public Forum, and we shall not be responsible for any decisions made or actions taken or not taken based on such information or content.

Your ability to access and browse User-Generated Content within a Public Forum and/or to submit and/or post User-Generated Content within a Public Forum may be subject to certain restrictions and/or related procedures that we may revise in our sole discretion at any time and for any reason. Any such procedures will be posted within the Public Forum, as applicable.

The Rules
The following is a list of rules applicable to the Heartland Center Web site. By using the site, you agree that:

You will not submit, post, upload, distribute, or otherwise make available or transmit any User-Generated Content that: (a) is defamatory, abusive, harassing, insulting, threatening, or that could be deemed to be stalking or constitute an invasion of a right of privacy of another person; (b) is bigoted, hateful, or racially or otherwise offensive; (c) is violent, vulgar, obscene, pornographic or otherwise sexually explicit; (d) encourages or advocates illegal activity; (e) infringes or violates any right of a third party or any domestic or international law, rule or regulation including, but not limited to: (i) copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary or contractual rights; (ii) right of privacy (specifically, you must not distribute another person’s personal information of any kind without their express permission) or publicity; or (iii) any confidentiality obligation; or (f) does not comply with all terms and conditions applicable.

You own or have the necessary rights, licenses, consents and permissions, without the need for any permission from or payment to any other person or entity, to use, and to authorize us to use, distribute or otherwise exploit in all manners permitted by these terms of use all copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, privacy and publicity rights (including, without limitation, names, likenesses and voices) and/or other proprietary rights contained in any User-Generated Content that you submit, post, upload, distribute or otherwise make available or transmit.

You will not (a) advertise or sell any products, services or otherwise (whether or not for profit), or solicit others (including, without limitation, solicitations for contributions or donations) or use any Public Forum for commercial purposes of any kind, or (b) use any product or service available on the Heartland Center site and RSS feeds or other similar type feeds for commercial purposes of any kind.

You will not submit, post, upload, distribute, or otherwise make available or transmit any software or other computer files that contain a virus or other harmful component, or otherwise impair or damage the Heartland Center site or any connected network, or otherwise interfere with any person or entity’s use or enjoyment of the site;

You will not impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or entity including, without limitation, using another person’s username, password or other account information, or another person’s name, likeness, voice, image or photograph;

You will not engage in antisocial, disruptive, or destructive acts, including “flaming,” “spamming,” “flooding,” “trolling,” and “griefing” as those terms are commonly understood and used on the Internet;

You will not delete any legal notices, disclaimers or proprietary notices such as copyright or trademark symbols, or modify any logos that you do not own or have express permission to modify;

You will not submit, post, upload, distribute or otherwise make available or transmit any User-Generated Content or make statements in any Public Forum that do not generally pertain to the designated topic or theme of the Public Forum;

You will not submit, post, upload, distribute or otherwise make available or transmit (or attempt to submit, post, upload, distribute or otherwise attempt to make available or transmit) any User-Generated Content in violation of a Public Forum’s restrictions including, but not limited to, its restrictions, procedures and/or these terms of use; and

You will not engage in (or attempt to engage in) any criminal activity including, without limitation, child pornography, stalking, sexual assault, fraud, trafficking in obscene or stolen material, drug dealing, harassment, theft and conspiracy to commit any criminal activity.

We cannot and do not assure that other users are or will be complying with the foregoing rules or any other provisions of these terms of use, and, you hereby assume all risk of harm or injury resulting from any such lack of compliance.

To the extent that any feature on this site requires you to submit your e-mail address or personal information in order to send an e-mail or message, you must, and you hereby agree to, furnish your actual e-mail address or actual personal information, as applicable. Any business use, “re-mailing,” or other high-volume application is strictly prohibited. You are not permitted to send cards, e-mails or messages using an automated program. Electronic messages may not contain inappropriate language or images or copyrighted material (without the consent of the copyright holder) or encourage illegal activity. We reserve the right not to deliver electronic messages that violate these guidelines.


Our Content Removal Rights
We reserve the right, but disclaim any obligation or responsibility, to remove any User-Generated Content from the Heartland Center site (a) that violates these terms of use (including, without limitation, the Rules of Use) and (b) to comply with any subpoena, order or otherwise cooperate with law enforcement officials regarding the identification of any user alleged to be using the Heartland Center site in violation of the law. If we deem appropriate in our sole discretion, we reserve the right to preserve a record of any such User-Generated Content and turn all or a portion thereof over to law enforcement officials.

Section 508
The Heartland Center for Behavioral Change has made every effort to ensure that the information available on our web site is accessible to everyone in compliance with Section 508.

It requires all funded agencies to take into account the needs of all end-users, including those with disabilities, in their procurement of Electronic and Information Technology (EIT). Compliance with section 508 gives those with disabilities the ability to access and use data and information comparable to access provided to others. If comparable access would impose an “undue burden” to the agency, it will not be required. Any EIT procured before June 21, 2001 is not subject to section 508.

If you are having difficulties with this site, please contact us at 1-866-242-6670. We welcome any ideas or comments that will further help us improve the accessibility and use of our web site.