Last Updated: 12/15/2021
Acceptance of Terms
All references to "you" or "your," as applicable, mean the person who accesses, uses, and/or participates in the Platform in any manner, and each of your heirs, assigns, and successors. If you use the Platform on behalf of an entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind that entity, your acceptance of the Terms will be deemed an acceptance by that entity, and "you" and "your" herein shall refer to that entity.
These Terms expressly supersede prior agreements or arrangements with you. Distinguished Teaching may immediately terminate these Terms or any Services with respect to you, or generally cease offering or deny access to the Services or any portion thereof, at any time for any reason.
Distinguished Teaching may amend the Terms related to the Services from time to time. Amendments will be effective upon Distinguished Teaching posting of such updated Terms at this location or the revised policies or supplemental terms on the applicable Service(s). Your continued access or use of the Services after such posting constitutes your consent to be bound by the Terms, as amended.
"Platform" means all DistinguishedTeaching.com websites, mobile or other applications, software, processes and any other services provided by or through DistinguishedTeaching.com.
"User" means a person who completes DistinguishedTeaching.com account registration process or a person who submits or receives a service request through DistinguishedTeaching.com, including but not limited to Customers and Providers. "Customer" means a User who is registered to receive quotes for Services, requests quotes for Services, or otherwise uses the Platform to receive, pay for, or facilitate the receipt of services.
"Provider" means a User who is registered to send quotes for a service request, sends quotes for those services or otherwise uses the Platform to provide, receive payment for, pays service commissions to DistinguishedTeaching.com, or facilitates the provision of services.
"Content" means text, graphics, images, music, software, audio, video, information or other materials, including but not limited to profile information, services requests, quotes, message threads, reviews, scheduling and calendar information, chat, SMS text, and other information or materials available on or through the Platform.
"DistinguishedTeaching.com Content" means all Content DistinguishedTeaching.com makes available on or through the Platform, including any Content licensed from a third party, but excluding User Content.
"User Content" means all Content Users submit, post, upload, publish, or transmit on or through the Platform, including but not limited to photographs, profile information, descriptions, postings, and reviews.
"Collective Content" means User Content and DistinguishedTeaching.com Content together.
"Service" means the services listed, quoted, scheduled, offered or provided by Providers, or sought, scheduled or received by Customers, through the Platform.
Platform and Service
Platform and Services
The Platform constitutes a technology platform that enables users of DistinguishedTeaching.com mobile applications or websites provided as part of the functionalities to arrange, refer and schedule services with third party providers of such services, including independent third party service Providers under agreement with Distinguished Teaching or certain of Distinguished Teaching affiliates ("Providers"). Unless otherwise agreed by DistinguishedTeaching.com in a separate written agreement with you, the Services are made available solely for your personal, noncommercial use. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT DistinguishedTeaching.com DOES NOT PROVIDE SERVICES OR FUNCTION AS A SERVICE PROVIDER.
Access to and use of the Platform is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old and can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. By accessing or using the Platform, you represent and warrant that you are eligible.
By registering or using the Platform to offer, post or provide Services, User represent and warrant that they, and the employees, agents, contractors, and subcontractors who may perform work for them, are properly and fully qualified and experienced, and licensed, certified, bonded, and insured, as required by applicable laws or regulations to which they may be subject in the jurisdiction(s) in which they offer their services and in relation to the specific job they are performing. Providers understand and agree that sending a quote does not guarantee the quote will be accepted, and using the Platform does not guarantee they will be hired for work.
License to Use Platform
Subject to your compliance with these Terms, DistinguishedTeaching.com grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, revocable, non-transferrable license to access and use the Platform on your personal device solely in connection with your use of the Services; and access and use any content, information and related materials that may be made available through the Services, in each case solely for your personal, noncommercial use. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by DistinguishedTeaching.com and DistinguishedTeaching.com licensors.
Use of Platform and Service
In order to use most aspects of the Platform, User must register for and maintain an active personal user account ("Account"). Account registration requires you to submit to DistinguishedTeaching.com certain personal information, such as your name, address, email-id. You agree to maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date information in your Account. Your failure to maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date Account information may result in your inability to access and use the Services or DistinguishedTeaching.com termination of this Agreement with you. You are responsible for all activity that occurs under your Account, and you agree to maintain the security and secrecy of your Account username and password at all times. Unless otherwise permitted by DistinguishedTeaching.com in writing, you may only possess one Account.
Distinguished Teaching does not claim any ownership rights in the User Content posted on or through the Service. By posting User Content to the Service, you grant Distinguished Teaching and our users a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, save, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your User Content on Distinguished Teaching solely for the purposes of operating, developing, providing, and using Distinguished Teaching. Nothing in these Terms restricts other legal rights Distinguished Teaching may have to User Content, for example under other licenses. We reserve the right to remove or modify User Content, or change the way it’s used in Distinguished Teaching, for any reason. This includes User Content that we believe violates these Terms, our Community Guidelines, or any other policies. Private messaging through the Platform will not be used by DistinguishedTeaching.com in public advertising. In the interest of clarity, the license granted to DistinguishedTeaching.com shall survive termination of the Platform or your Account. With the exception of Feedback, DistinguishedTeaching.com does not claim ownership rights in your User Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict rights that you may have to use and exploit any such User Content.
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all User Content that you make available on or through the Platform. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that: (a) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all User Content that you make available on or through the Platform or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to DistinguishedTeaching.com the rights in such User Content, as contemplated under these Terms; and (b) neither the User Content nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission or transmittal of the User Content or DistinguishedTeaching.com use of the User Content (or any portion thereof) on, through or by means of the Platform will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party's patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation. You agree that DistinguishedTeaching.com may proofread, summarize or otherwise edit and/or withdraw Content provided by you, and you understand it remains your sole responsibility to monitor your User Content and ensure that such edited Content is accurate and consistent with your representations and warranties in these Terms. You further agree that you are the author of all Content you create and submit to the Platform and that you are the owner of such Content, subject to the license rights granted in these Terms.
Distinguished Teaching respects the intellectual property rights of others, and we expect our Users to do the same. In appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, we might disable or terminate the profiles of Users (companies) who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing copyrights or other intellectual property rights.
In keeping with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which you can read at the US Copyright Office website, we’ll respond quickly to claims of copyright infringement on Distinguished Teaching that are reported to our designated copyright agent identified below.
DistinguishedTeaching.com reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to remove or disable access to User Content that we, in our sole discretion, consider to be objectionable for any reason, in violation of these Terms or otherwise harmful to the Platform or users, or for any other reason.
Waiver of Rights to User Content
By posting User Content to or through the Services, you waive any rights to prior inspection or approval of any marketing or promotional materials related to such User Content. You also waive all rights of privacy, publicity, or any other rights of a similar nature in connection with your User Content or any portion thereof. To the extent any moral rights are not transferable or assignable, you hereby waive and agree never to assert any moral rights or to support, maintain or permit any action based on any moral rights that you may have in or for any User Content you post, upload, or distribute in any form to or through the Services.
We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party claiming that any User Content posted or uploaded by you to our Services constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.
We, or authorized third parties, reserve the right to cut, crop, edit or refuse to publish your content at our or their sole discretion. We have the right to remove, disallow, block or delete any posting you make on our Services if, in our opinion, your post does not comply with the content standards set out at "Use of Platform and Service" above. In addition, we have the right – but not the obligation – in our sole discretion to remove, disallow, block or delete any User Content:
- (i) that we consider as violation of these Terms, or
- (ii) in response to complaints from other users or third parties, with or without notice and without any liability to you. As a result, we recommend that you save copies of any User Content that you post to the Services on your personal device(s) in the event that you want to ensure that you have permanent access to copies of such User Content. We do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, appropriateness, or quality of any User Content, and under no circumstances will we be liable in any way for any User Content.
- We accept no liability for any content submitted by users and published by authorized third parties or by us.
- If you wish to file a complaint about information or materials uploaded by other users, contact us at: [email protected]
Intellectual Property Policy
DistinguishedTeaching.com Terms and Community Guidelines do not allow posting, sharing, or sending any content that violates or infringes someone else's copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights.
We will respond promptly to claims of copyright or trademark infringements that are reported to our support team that we have designated to receive notifications of claims infringement. If you are a copyright or a trademark owner (or authorized to act on behalf of such owner) and believe that your work's copyright or trademark have been infringed, please report the infringement to us by providing our support team with a written notification of claimed infringement that includes the following essential information:
- (i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
- (ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
- (iii) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material.
- (iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted.
- (v) A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- (vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. We will investigate notices of copyright infringement and take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Inquiries that do not follow this procedure may not receive a response.
Copyrights & Trademarks
Copyright is a legal right that protects original works of authorship (e.g., music, videos, etc.). Generally, copyright protects an original expression of an idea (e.g., the specific way a video or music is expressed or created) but does not protect underlying ideas or facts.
A trademark is a word, symbol, slogan, design, or combination of any of the foregoing that identifies the source of a product or service and distinguishes it from other products or services.
Intellectual property Infringement
We do not allow any copyright or trademark infringement:
- (i) Trademark infringement, which is generally the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark in connection with goods or services in a way that is likely to cause confusion, deception, or mistake about the source, origin, sponsorship, or affiliation of the associated goods and/or services.
- (ii) The use of copyrighted content of others without proper authorization or legally valid reason is a violation. Infringement of intellectual property by the Users may lead to a violation of Distinguished Teaching policies.
Additionally, the use of another's trademark for purposes of accurately referencing, lawfully commenting, criticizing, parodying, or reviewing the trademark owner's products or services, or for purposes of comparing them to other products or services, where the mark is not used to designate the user's own goods or services or those of a third party, is generally not considered a violation of our policies. Likewise, it is generally permissible to make a fan page about a brand, even without the brand's permission, provided that you do not claim to speak for or be associated with the brand or otherwise violate the brand's intellectual property rights.
Request a Quote
DistinguishedTeaching.com provides its "Request a Quote" service solely to enable our users with legitimate requests for product and service information to contact the companies in the Distinguished Teaching Report database. You alone are responsible for the contents of your message. You agree that you will not use our email service for chain letters, junk mail, "spamming" or commercial solicitations or to send any message or material that is unlawful, offensive, or violates the rights of others.
You may not authorize third parties to use your Account, and you may not allow persons under the age of 18 to receive services from Providers unless they are accompanied by you. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your Account to any other person or entity. You agree to comply with all applicable laws when using the Services, and you may only use the Services for lawful purposes. You will not in your use of the Services cause nuisance, annoyance, inconvenience, or property damage, whether to the Provider or any other party. In certain instances, you may be asked to provide proof of identity to access or use the Services, and you agree that you may be denied access to or use of the Services if you refuse to provide proof of identity.
You are responsible for obtaining the data network access necessary to use the Services. Your mobile network's data and messaging rates and fees may apply if you access or use the Services from a wireless-enabled device. You are responsible for acquiring and updating compatible hardware or devices necessary to access and use the Services and Applications and any updates thereto. DistinguishedTeaching.com does not guarantee that the Services, or any portion thereof, will function on any particular hardware or devices. In addition, the Services may be subject to malfunctions and delays inherent in the use of the Internet and electronic communications.
As a User of DistinguishedTeaching.com Platform, you will not:
- Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices from any portion of the Content. You will not reproduce, modify, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute, license, lease, sell, resell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast or otherwise exploit the Services except as expressly permitted by DistinguishedTeaching.com;
- Decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble the Services except as may be permitted by applicable law;
- Link to, mirror or frame any portion of the Services;
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access to or impair any aspect of the Services or its related systems or networks;
- Use another person's Account, misrepresent yourself or Providers offered through the Platform, misrepresent your identity or qualifications, misrepresent a project or other information in a quote request or post Content in any inappropriate category or areas on the Platform;
- Use any automated system including but not limited to robots, spiders, offline readers, scrapers to access the Platform for any purpose without DistinguishedTeaching.com prior written approval;
- In any manual or automated manner copy copyrighted text, or otherwise misuse or misappropriate Platform information or Content including but not limited to, use on a mirrored, competitive, or third-party site;
- Transmit more request messages through the Platform in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a conventional online web browser; provided, however, that the operators of public search engines may use spiders or robots to copy materials from the Platform for the sole purpose of creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such material. DistinguishedTeaching.com reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases;
- Take any action that (a) may unreasonably encumber the Platform's infrastructure; (b) interferes or attempts to interfere with the proper working of the Platform or any third-party participation; (c) bypasses measures that are used to prevent or restrict access to the Platform; (d) circumvents, disables or otherwise interferes with security features of the Platform; (e) distributes viruses or any other technologies that may harm DistinguishedTeaching.com or users; (f) uses the Platform in a way that violates any copyrights, trade secrets, or other rights of any third party, including privacy or publicity rights; or (g) circumvents or manipulates Fee (defined herein) structure, billing, or Fees owed;
- Collect, harvest or publish any personally identifiable data including but not limited to names or other account information, from the Platform, or use the communication systems provided by the Platform for any reason not explicitly authorized by these Terms, including commercial solicitation purposes;
- Recruit, solicit, or contact in any form Provider or Customer for employment or any other use not specifically intended by the Platform;
- Take any inappropriate or unlawful actions, including the submission of inappropriate or unlawful Content to or through the Platform, including Content that is harassing, hateful, illegal, profane, obscene, defamatory, threatening, or discriminatory;
- Advocates, promotes, or encourages inappropriate activity, conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, or conduct that would give rise to civil liability or violate any law;
- Advertise or solicit a Service not related to or appropriate for the Platform including, but not limited to any Service that (a) is not in supported categories or provides only products; (b) provides directories or referrals; (c) offers lending; (d) offers rental space; (e) promotes events (such as a party or professional convention); (f) competes with the business of DistinguishedTeaching.com; (g) is based outside the United States; (h) promotes or offers Ponzi schemes, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, affiliate marketing or unsolicited commercial content, discount cards, credit counseling, online surveys or contests, raffles, prizes, bonuses, games of chance or giveaways; or (i) provides non-local content.
- Submit User Content that damages the experience of any user including but not limited to (a) requests to download non-DistinguishedTeaching.com mobile applications and/or links that direct the user to mirrored websites where the user must enter information that is redundant with what has already been entered on DistinguishedTeaching.com, (b) offers to purchase a Service or any other service outside of DistinguishedTeaching.com, or (c) using a profile page or user name to promote services not offered on or through the Platform;
- Take any action that may undermine the efficacy or accuracy of reviews or rating systems;
- Fail to perform Services quoted by Provider and accepted by Customer as promised, unless the Customer fails to materially meet the terms of the mutually agreed-upon agreement for the Services or refuses to pay, or a clear typographical error is made, or you cannot authenticate the Customer identity;
- Engage in fraudulent conduct including but not limited to offering to make money transfers with intent to request a refund of any portion of the payment or soliciting users to mail cash or use other payment methods not specifically approved by DistinguishedTeaching.com.
- Sign up for, negotiate a price for, use, or otherwise solicit a Service with no intention of following through with your use of or payment for the Service;
- Agree to quite a Service when you do not meet Customer requirements;
- Undertake any activity or engage in any conduct that is inconsistent with the business or purpose of the Platform; and
- Attempt to indirectly undertake any of the foregoing.
Account Suspension and Terminations
We may, in our discretion, with or without cause, with or without prior notice and at any time, decide to limit, block, suspend, deactivate or cancel your DistinguishedTeaching.com Account in whole or in part. If we exercise our discretion under these Terms to do so, any or all of the following can occur with or without prior notice or explanation to you: (a) your Account will be deactivated or suspended, your password will be disabled, and you will not be able to access the Platform or your Content, or receive assistance from DistinguishedTeaching.com support teams; (b) if appropriate in our sole discretion, we may communicate to other users that your Account has been terminated, and why it has been terminated; and (c) you will not be entitled to any compensation for Services cancelled or delayed or as a result of Account termination. You may cancel your use of the Platform and/or terminate your Account at any time by following the "Settings" link in in your profile. Please note that if your Account is canceled, we do not have an obligation to delete or return to you any Content you have posted to the Platform, including, but not limited to, any reviews.
In connection with use of DistinguishedTeaching.com “Request a Quote” Service, DistinguishedTeaching.com does not charge any Fees ("Referral Fees") to Provider. However, we might charge fees for additional products or services for Providers. In such case, exact prices will be shown in policies or terms provided to Provider before use such products or services. DistinguishedTeaching.com may also charge penalty Fees for fraud, misconduct or other violations of these Terms, as determined in our sole discretion. Information about current penalty Fees is available in the policy or support center. You agree to pay all applicable Fees or charges based on the Fee and billing terms then in effect, regardless of whether you have an active Account. Charges shall be made to your credit card, PayPal or other payment method designated at the time you register for a service. If your account balance drops below a predetermined threshold and you do not pay on time or if DistinguishedTeaching.com cannot charge a credit card, PayPal or other payment method for any reason, DistinguishedTeaching.com reserves all rights permissible under law to recover payment and all costs and expenses incurred, including reasonable attorneys' fees, in our pursuit of payment. You explicitly agree that all communication in relation to delinquent accounts or Fees due will be made by electronic mail or by phone. Such communication may be made by DistinguishedTeaching.com or by anyone on its behalf, including but not limited to a third-party collection agent. If you cancel your Account at any time, you will not receive any refund. If you have a balance due on any account, you agree that DistinguishedTeaching.com may charge such unpaid Fees to your credit card or otherwise bill you for such unpaid Fees. You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for determining your own tax reporting requirements in consultation with tax advisers, and that we cannot and do not offer specific tax advice to either Service Members or Customer Members. All sales and Fees on DistinguishedTeaching.com are final and non-refundable.
You understand that use of the Services may result in charges to you for the services or goods you receive from a Provider ("Charges").
DistinguishedTeaching.com may from time to time provide certain users with promotional offers and discounts that may result in different amounts charged for the same or similar services or goods obtained through the use of the Services, and you agree that such promotional offers and discounts, unless also made available to you, shall have no bearing on your use of the Services or the Charges applied to you. You may elect to cancel your request for services or goods from a Provider at any time prior to such Provider's arrival, in which case you may be charged a cancellation fee.
This payment structure is intended to compensate the Provider for the services or goods provided fully. You understand and agree that, while you are free to provide additional payment as a gratuity to any Provider who provides you with services or goods obtained through the Service, you are under no obligation to do so. Gratuities are voluntary. After you have received services or goods obtained through the Service, you will have the opportunity to rate your experience and leave additional feedback about your Provider.
Intellectual Property Rights and Copyrights
DistinguishedTeaching.com Content is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of the United States, foreign countries, and international conventions. Except as expressly provided in these Terms, DistinguishedTeaching.com and its licensors exclusively own all right, title, and interest in and to the Platform and DistinguishedTeaching.com Content, including all associated intellectual property rights. All trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names and any other proprietary designations of DistinguishedTeaching.com used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of DistinguishedTeaching.com. Any other trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names and any other proprietary designations are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Users are expected to respect copyright laws.
DISCLAIMERS, LIABILITY, INDEMNITY AND RELEASE
YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM, SERVICES OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT SHALL BE SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT DistinguishedTeaching.com DOES NOT HAVE AN OBLIGATION, BUT RESERVES THE RIGHT FOR ANY REASON, TO (A) MONITOR OR REVIEW USER CONTENT; OR (B) CONDUCT IDENTITY VERIFICATION, BACKGROUND OR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CHECKS ON ANY MEMBER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PROVIDERS AND CUSTOMER. THE PLATFORM IS PROVIDED "AS IS," WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, DistinguishedTeaching.com AND ITS AFFILIATES AND SUBSIDIARIES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS EXPLICITLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT OR NON-INFRINGEMENT; ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF OR IN TRADE; ANY WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, OR GUARANTEES IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PLATFORM OR THE SERVICES OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THIS PLATFORM; AND ANY WARRANTIES RELATING TO THE QUALITY, SUITABILITY, TRUTH, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIAL CONTAINED OR PRESENTED ON THIS PLATFORM, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ALL COLLECTIVE CONTENT. DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE CHALLENGE OF CREATING SELF-LEARNING TECHNOLOGY (AI), TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, DistinguishedTeaching.com EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, RELATING TO THE SCREENING PROCESS, CRITERIA, PROCEDURES, OR INFORMATION OBTAINED OR PRESENTED IN THE SCREENING PROCESS OR DISCLOSURES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE, OR THAT THE SCREENING OR VERIFICATION PROCEDURES OR STANDARDS ARE SUFFICIENT OR THAT THE INFORMATION RECEIVED IN THESE SCREENING OR VERIFICATION PROCEDURES IS ACCURATE, TIMELY, OR ERROR-FREE. DistinguishedTeaching.com RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE ABOVE PROCEDURES FROM TIME TO TIME AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION, IN WHICH CASE THIS WEBPAGE WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT SUCH CHANGES. DistinguishedTeaching.com MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE PLATFORM OR SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS. DistinguishedTeaching.com ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE PLATFORM. DistinguishedTeaching.com SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF PROVIDERS and THIRD PARTY, OR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY DATA, INFORMATION, MATERIALS, SUBSTANCE, OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, OR MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE PLATFORM. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED FROM DistinguishedTeaching.com OR THROUGH THE PLATFORM, WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN.
INDEMNIFICATION AND RELEASE
You agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold DistinguishedTeaching.com and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including without limitation reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising out of or in any way connected with (a) your access to or use of the Platform or your violation of these Terms; (b) your User Content or the Collective Content; (c) your interaction with any Member or user; and (d) the request or receipt or offer or provision of Services by you, including but not limited to any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with such Services.
If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which provides:
A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor.
If you are not a California resident, you waive your rights under any statute similar to Section 1542 that governs your rights in the jurisdiction of your residence.
YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER USERS OR MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM AND WITH OTHER PERSONS WITH WHOM YOU COMMUNICATE OR INTERACT AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY CUSTOMER, PROVIDERS OR SERVICE RECIPIENTS. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT DistinguishedTeaching.com DOES NOT MAKE ANY ATTEMPT TO VERIFY THE STATEMENTS OF USERS OF THE PLATFORM OR TO REVIEW OR VET ANY SERVICES. DistinguishedTeaching.com MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE CONDUCT OF USERS OF THE PLATFORM OR THEIR COMPATIBILITY WITH ANY CURRENT OR FUTURE USERS OF THE PLATFORM. YOU AGREE TO TAKE REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS IN ALL COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE PLATFORM AND WITH OTHER PERSONS WITH WHOM YOU COMMUNICATE OR INTERACT AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM, PARTICULARLY IF YOU DECIDE TO MEET OFFLINE OR IN PERSON AND GIVE OR RECEIVE SERVICES. DistinguishedTeaching.com EXPLICITLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY USERS OR THIRD PARTIES OR PROVIDERS.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE PLATFORM AND COLLECTIVE CONTENT, YOUR OFFERING OR PROVIDING SERVICES OR REQUESTING OR RECEIVING SERVICES THROUGH THE PLATFORM, AND ANY CONTACT YOU HAVE WITH OTHER USERS OF DistinguishedTeaching.com OR THIRD PARTIES, WHETHER IN PERSON OR ONLINE, REMAINS WITH YOU. NEITHER DistinguishedTeaching.com NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE PLATFORM WILL BE LIABLE (WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT DistinguishedTeaching.com HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, EVEN IF A LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE) FOR: (A) ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA OR LOSS OF GOODWILL; (B) SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE OR SYSTEM FAILURE; (C) THE COST OF SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES; (D) ANY DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS; (E) THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE PLATFORM, SERVICES OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT; (F) ANY COMMUNICATIONS, INTERACTIONS OR MEETINGS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE PLATFORM OR OTHER PERSONS WITH WHOM YOU COMMUNICATE OR INTERACT AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM; OR (G) YOUR OFFERING OR PROVIDING SERVICES OR REQUESTING OR RECEIVING SERVICES THROUGH THE PLATFORM.
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL, AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF DistinguishedTeaching.com AND ITS AFFILIATES AND SUBSIDIARIES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS, ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THE TERMS, PLATFORM, SERVICES, AND/OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT, OR FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE PLATFORM OR COLLECTIVE CONTENT OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY SERVICES OR INTERACTIONS WITH ANY OTHER USERS EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES ACTUALLY PAID TO DistinguishedTeaching.com BY YOU HEREUNDER, OR ONE HUNDRED US DOLLARS IF NO SUCH PAYMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE, AS APPLICABLE.
Mutual Arbitration Agreement
You agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof or the use of the Services (collectively, "Disputes") will be settled by binding arbitration between you and DistinguishedTeaching.com, except that each party retains the right to bring an individual action in small claims court and the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party's copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents or other intellectual property rights. You acknowledge and agree that you and DistinguishedTeaching.com are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff or class in any purported class action or representative proceeding. Further, unless both you and DistinguishedTeaching.com otherwise agree in writing, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of any class or representative proceeding. If this specific paragraph is held unenforceable, then the entirety of this "Dispute Resolution" section will be deemed void. Except as provided in the preceding sentence, this "Dispute Resolution" section will survive any termination of these Terms.
Arbitration Rules and Governing Law
The arbitration will be administered by the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes (the "AAA Rules") then in effect, except as modified by this "Dispute Resolution" section. (The AAA Rules are available at www.adr.org/arb_med or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.) The Federal Arbitration Act will govern the interpretation and enforcement of this Section.
A party who desires to initiate arbitration must provide the other party with a written Demand for Arbitration as specified in the AAA Rules. (The AAA provides a form Demand for Arbitration at www.adr.org/aaa/ShowPDF?doc=ADRSTG_004175 and a separate form for California residents at www.adr.org/aaa/ShowPDF?doc=ADRSTG_015822.) The arbitrator will be either a retired judge or an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of California and will be selected by the parties from the AAA's roster of consumer dispute arbitrators. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator within seven (7) days of delivery of the Demand for Arbitration, then the AAA will appoint the arbitrator in accordance with the AAA Rules.
Arbitration Location and Procedure
Unless you and DistinguishedTeaching.com otherwise agree, the arbitration will be conducted in the county where you reside. If your claim does not exceed $10,000, then the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents you and DistinguishedTeaching.com submit to the arbitrator, unless you request a hearing or the arbitrator determines that a hearing is necessary. If your claim exceeds $10,000, your right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Subject to the AAA Rules, the arbitrator will have the discretion to direct a reasonable exchange of information by the parties, consistent with the expedited nature of the arbitration.
The arbitrator will render an award within the time frame specified in the AAA Rules. The arbitrator's decision will include the essential findings and conclusions upon which the arbitrator based the award. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator's award damages must be consistent with the terms of the "Limitation of Liability" section above as to the types and the amounts of damages for which a party may be held liable. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the claimant and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by the claimant's individual claim. If you prevail in arbitration you will be entitled to an award of attorneys' fees and expenses, to the extent provided under applicable law. DistinguishedTeaching.com will not seek, and hereby waives all rights DistinguishedTeaching.com may have under applicable law to recover, attorneys' fees and expenses if DistinguishedTeaching.com prevail in arbitration.
Your responsibility to pay any AAA filing, administrative and arbitrator fees will be solely as set forth in the AAA Rules. However, if your claim for damages does not exceed $75,000, DistinguishedTeaching.com will pay all such fees unless the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in your Demand for Arbitration was frivolous or was brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)).
Notwithstanding the provisions of the modification-related provisions above, if DistinguishedTeaching.com changes this "Dispute Resolution" section after the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms), you may reject any such change by providing DistinguishedTeaching.com written notice of such rejection by mail or hand delivery to: Distinguished Teaching Inc, Attn: Dispute Resolutions), 983 Pleasant Grove Blvd #250, Roseville, CA 95678, or by email from the email address associated with your Account to: [email protected], within 30 days of the date such change became effective, as indicated in the "Last updated" date above. In order to be effective, the notice must include your full name and clearly indicate your intent to reject changes to this "Dispute Resolution" section. By rejecting changes, you agree that you will arbitrate any Dispute between you and DistinguishedTeaching.com in accordance with the provisions of this "Dispute Resolution" section as of the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms).
Force Majeure: Other than payment obligations, neither DistinguishedTeaching.com nor you shall be liable to the other for any delay or failure in performance under the Terms arising out of a cause beyond its control and without its fault or negligence. Such causes may include but are not limited to fires, floods, earthquakes, strikes, unavailability of necessary utilities, blackouts, acts of God, acts of declared or undeclared war, acts of regulatory agencies, or national disasters.
No Third-Party Beneficiaries: You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to these Terms.
Contacting You and E-SIGN Consent: You agree that DistinguishedTeaching.com may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms, by email, regular mail, or postings on the Platform. With your consent, DistinguishedTeaching.com or Providers may also contact you by telephone or through text messages. If you have agreed to receive text messages or telephone calls from DistinguishedTeaching.com or Service Members, you also consent to the use of an electronic record to document your agreement. You may withdraw your consent to the use of the electronic record by sending an email to [email protected] with "Revoke Electronic Consent" in the subject line. To view and retain a copy of this disclosure or any information regarding your enrollment in this program, you will need (a) a device (such as a computer or mobile phone) with a web browser and Internet access; and (b) either a printer or storage space on such device. For a free paper copy, or to update our records of your contact information, send an email to [email protected] with contact information and the address for delivery.
Waiver: No waiver of any provision of this these Terms shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and DistinguishedTeaching.com failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
Statute of Limitations: You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim arising out of or related to the Platform or the Services offered therein must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action accrues. Otherwise, such a cause of action is permanently barred.
Section Headings: The section headings in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
Change to This Agreement
We reserve the right, at our sole and absolute discretion, to change, modify, add to, supplement or delete any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time, effective with or without prior notice. If any future changes to this Agreement are unacceptable to you or cause you to no longer be in compliance with this Agreement, you must terminate and immediately stop using the DistinguishedTeaching.com Platform. Your continued use of the DistinguishedTeaching.com Platform following any revision to this Agreement constitutes your complete and irrevocable acceptance of any and all such changes.
This Agreement may not be assigned or transferred by you without our prior written approval. We may assign or transfer this Agreement without your consent, including but not limited to assignments: (i) to a parent or subsidiary, (ii) to an acquirer of assets, or (iii) to any other successor or acquirer. Any assignment in violation of this section shall be null and void. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of permitted successors and assigns.
If you have any questions about these Terms or the Platform, please contact us by sending an email to [email protected], or by writing to
Distinguished Teaching, Inc.,
983 Pleasant Grove Blvd #250
Roseville, CA 95678