Welcome to the Stanford Online Learning and Research Community
Stanford University pursues the science of learning. Online learners are important participants in that
pursuit. The information we gather from your engagement with our instructional offerings makes it possible
for faculty, researchers, designers and engineers to continuously improve their work and, in that process,
build learning science.
By registering as an online learner, you are also participating in research intended to enhance
Stanford's instructional offerings as well as the quality of learning and related sciences worldwide. In
the interest of research, you may be exposed to some variations in the course materials. Stanford does not
use learner data for any purpose beyond the University's stated missions of education and research. For
purposes of research, we may share information we collect from online learning activities, including
Personally Identifiable Information , with researchers beyond Stanford. However,
your Personally Identifiable Information will only be shared as permitted by applicable law, will be
limited to what is necessary to perform the research, and will be subject to an agreement to protect the
data. We may also share with the public or third parties aggregated information that does not personally
identify you. Similarly, any research findings will be reported at the aggregate level and will not expose
your personal identity.
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Terms of Service for Stanford Online Courses
These Terms of Service govern the Stanford Online website and Stanford's OpenEdX platform,
suclass.stanford.edu ("Site") which is owned by Stanford University ("Stanford") and operated by Stanford or its
service providers. You should not access or use this Site until you have carefully read and agreed to the
following Terms of Service.
Use of the Site
In order to participate in Stanford Online courses or access any online resources offered by
(collectively "Terms"). BY ACCESSING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE SITE, YOU HAVE INDICATED THAT YOU HAVE READ
THESE TERMS AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY AND COMPLY WITH THEM. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms,
please promptly exit the Site.
STANFORD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY THESE TERMS AT ANY TIME AND WILL PUBLISH NOTICE OF ANY
MODIFICATIONS ON-LINE AT THIS SITE. BY CONTINUING TO ACCESS A SITE AFTER NOTICE OF SUCH MODIFICATIONS HAS
BEEN PUBLISHED, YOU SIGNIFY YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY THEM.
User Age and Eligibility
Participation in the Site and Stanford Online Courses is restricted to those individuals who have
registered, who are 18 years of age and over, emancipated minors, or those who possess parental or legal
guardian consent, and who are fully able and competent to enter into these terms, conditions, obligations,
affirmations, representations and warranties herein. By accessing the Site you affirm that you are at least
13 years old and meet the eligibility requirements. This Site is not intended for children under 13. If you
are under 13 years of age, do not use the Site. If you have questions about your eligibility, please
contact us at email@example.com.
Certain courses may also have additional eligibility requirements as specified in the specific course
description. If you are not eligible for registration and participation or do not agree to the Terms, you
may not use the Site.
Access to the Site
While portions of the Site may be available to the general public, portions of the Site are restricted
to registered users who meet eligibility criteria. You agree that you will not access any registration-only
portions of the Site if you do not meet the eligibility requirements. Stanford is not responsible for any
delay, inability or failure to access the Site due to any cause, including but not limited to acts of God,
natural disasters, government orders, labor unrest, malfunction of user hardware or software, interruption
in internet service, loss or corruption of data, and unanticipated suspension or cessation of service from
any underlying service provider.
In order to fully participate in all Site activities, you must register and create a User Account. You
are required to provide a valid email address ("Email Address") and create a user password ("User
Password") and a unique username, which will be publicly visible on the forum and other locations on the
Site. In setting up your User Account, you may also be prompted or required to enter additional
information, including but not limited to your name, location or other information required to confirm
In order to participate in an online course you may be required to register in the course by selecting
the course from the list of offered courses. You may be required to provide additional information at the
time of registration including, without limitation, evidence of eligibility or of successful completion of
prerequisite courses. You may be required to pay a fee to register in some courses.
You understand and agree that all information provided by you is accurate, current and complete and that
you will maintain and update your information to keep it accurate, current and complete. You acknowledge
that if any information provided by you is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we reserve the
right to refuse access to the selected course or to terminate your use of the Site. You agree that you
will never divulge or share access or access information to your User Account with any third party for any
Fees and Refunds
Courses may be made available for free or for a fee at the sole discretion of Stanford. Course fees, if
applicable, are due and payable at the time of registration for the course or at the time of requesting a
service or materials for which a fee is required. Stanford expressly reserves the right to refuse to
permit access to any fee-based course if the fee is not paid, is cancelled or not processed for any
reason. For a period of fourteen (14) calendar days from the course start date ("Refund Period"), you
may withdraw or unenroll from the course by clicking on the unregister link and request a refund of the
registration fee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and username in your request.
Refunds will be credited to the credit card used when you registered and may take up to two billing cycles
to process. Stanford has no obligation to issue a refund after the Refund Period, but if you believe a
refund is warranted, please email us at email@example.com.
Course Modification or Cancellation
The Site, including the course materials, may contain errors and omissions. We reserve the right to
correct errors or omissions without prior notice. We also reserve the right to cancel, discontinue,
reschedule, delay, change instructors or modify any course or service. You acknowledge that the course
content of the online course does not reflect the complete curriculum of a course that may be offered to
students enrolled at Stanford.
License to use Site Materials
Unless otherwise indicated, the Site and all its content, such as text, images, and the HTML used to
generate the pages ("Material") are the property of Stanford or that of our suppliers or licensors and are
protected by patent, trademark and/or copyright under US or foreign laws. In consideration for your
agreement to the terms and conditions contained here, Stanford grants you a personal, non-exclusive,
non-transferable license to access and use the Site and the Material. Registered users may download
Material from the Site only for such user's own personal, non-commercial use. No user may otherwise copy,
reproduce, duplicate, retransmit, distribute, publish, scrape, download in bulk, sell, resell,
commercially exploit or otherwise transfer any Material or modify or create derivative works of the
Material. The burden of determining that use of any information, software, material or any other content
on the Site is permissible rests with User. Some content on the Site is provided by third parties, and the
use of that content is subject to rules and restrictions as indicated on the Site. You agree to be bound
by all such rules and restrictions.
Modifications to Site
Stanford reserves the right, for any reason or no reason, in our sole discretion and without notice, to
terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site, including without limitation, information,
data, text, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, courses, Materials, features and/or hours
of availability, and we will not be liable to you or to any third party for doing so. We may also impose
rules and limits on the use of the Site or restrict your access to part, or the entire, Site without notice
Rules for Online Conduct
You agree to use the Sites in accordance with all applicable laws. You are responsible for your own
communications, including the upload, transmission and posting of information, and are responsible for the
consequences of their posting on or through the Site. You further agree that you will not email or post
malicious or harmful content anywhere on the Site, or on any other Stanford computing resources including
without limitation the following:
- Content that defames or threatens others
- Harassing statements or content that violates federal or state law
- Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them
- Content that is not your own, or infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets
- Content related to partisan political activities
- Material that contains obscene (i.e. pornographic) language or images
- Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation or promotion, including links to other sites
- Content that is otherwise unlawful
- Intentionally incomplete, misleading or inaccurate content
- Violations of Honor Code
Copyrighted material, including without limitation software, graphics, text, photographs, sound, video
and musical recordings, may not be placed on the Site without the express permission of the owner of the
copyright in the material, or other legal entitlement to use the material.
Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. Stanford will
investigate occurrences and may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting the
use or users who are involved in such violations. You agree that you will not violate or attempt to violate
the security of the Site, including without limitation:
- attacking, probing, scanning or testing the vulnerability of, breaching security of, disrupting, disabling or harming the Site, or servers or networks connected to the Site
- using the Site via any automated means, such as a screen-scraper or robot. This is not intended to exclude the use of assistive technology for your own use, such as screen-readers
- sending any unsolicited emails to other Site Users or forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email
- displaying the Site within a frame on another website without consent, or place pop-up windows or other disruptive technologies over it
- accessing data not intended for you or logging into a server or account you are not authorized to access
- attempting to interfere with service to any user, host or network, including without limitation, via means of submitting a virus to the Site, overloading, "flooding", "Mailbombing" or "Crashing"
- impersonating another person or improperly allowing another to use your registration information to access the Site.
The text and other material on the Sites may include the opinion of the specific instructor and are not
statements of advice, endorsement, opinion, or information of Stanford. If you feel you might be offended
by the content of the Sites, you should not continue.
Sites may also include the personal opinions and other expressions by Users who post entries on a wide
range of topics. Neither the content of the forums, nor the links to other web sites, are screened,
approved, reviewed or endorsed by Stanford or any other related entity. Stanford is not a publisher of any
of the content of the forums, or of any content that may be available through links to and from them.
You may be permitted to submit and distribute materials in connection with an online course ("User
Content"). You represent and warrant that any material you submit to the Site, instructors or other Users
is accurate and complete and will not violate or infringe the rights of any third party, including without
limitation privacy, publicity, intellectual property and any other proprietary rights, such as copyright,
trademark and patent rights. You represent and warrant that you have all the necessary rights and licenses
to use the material and to permit use of the material by Stanford and other researchers.
You agree that, if a third party claims that any material you have contributed to a Site is unlawful,
you will bear the burden of establishing that the material complies with all applicable laws. Although
Stanford does not monitor the content of the Site, Stanford has the right to remove material from the
Site, block access, or take other action with respect to the material in its sole discretion.
Grant of license.
By your submission of any material in connection with this course, you hereby grant Stanford an
irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty free, fully transferable, worldwide license to use, disclose,
reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, publicly perform, publicly display and provide to
other researchers any such submission. You hereby grant Users in your online course a license to use your
User Content (including the right to copy, modify and distribute such content) in conjunction with their
participation in the course.
User Status and Statement of Accomplishment
You agree and acknowledge that your access to the Site, participation in an online course and your
agreement to these Terms do not confer any right to access or use the resources of Stanford or establish
any relationship with Stanford or its instructors beyond the Site, that you are not enrolled, admitted or
in attendance at Stanford and that you are not entitled to any student or academic grievance procedures.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between Stanford
and you as a result of these Terms or your use of the Site.
Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you may receive a Statement of Accomplishment
("Statement") signed by the instructor(s). Stanford reserves the right to determine whether a Statement
will be issued for the online course and the nature of the information to be provided in the Statement. You
acknowledge that any Statement will not stand in the place of a course taken at Stanford or an accredited
institution or confer any academic credit, grade or degree or indicate enrollment at Stanford. You further
acknowledge that instructors of any online course are not required to participate in any attempts to get
the course recognized by any educational or accredited institution.
International Use and Consent to Processing
Stanford controls and operates this Site within the United States of America, and all information is
collected, transmitted, processed and stored within the United States. We do not represent that materials
on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access the Site
from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if
and to the extent local laws are applicable. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules and
regulations in connection with your use of the Site. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you
agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the
United States or the country in which you reside. By providing any personal information to the Site, all
users, including without limitation users in the European Union, fully understand and unambiguously
consent to the collection, transmission processing and storage of such information in the United States
and the use of such information for research by Stanford and other U.S. and international researchers.
Links to Other Sites
The Site may include hyperlinks to sites maintained or controlled by others. Stanford is not responsible
for and does not routinely screen, approve, review or endorse the contents of or use of any of the
products or services that may be offered at other sites. These links do not imply Stanford's endorsement
of or association with the linked sites. Stanford is not responsible for and shall in no event be liable,
directly or indirectly, to anyone for any loss or damage arising from or occasioned by the creation or use
of the linked sites or the information or material accessed through those linked sites. If you choose to
use Social Auth login, we may receive from the authenticator your name, email, and public profile
information, and the authenticator is notified of your login to this site.
Choice of Law/Forum Selection
The Sites are managed by Stanford, located in Santa Clara County, California. You agree that any dispute
arising out of or relating to these Terms or any content posted to a Site, including copies and
republication thereof, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law, will be governed by the
laws of the State of California, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the
personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving Santa
Clara County, California as the legal forum for any such dispute. Excluding claims for injunctive or other
equitable relief, for claims related to the Site where the total amount sought is less than ten thousand
U.S. Dollars ($10,000.00 USD), either you or Stanford may elect at any point during the dispute to resolve
the claim through binding, non-appearance-based arbitration. The dispute will then be resolved using an
established alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") provider, mutually agreed upon by you and Stanford. The
parties and the selected ADR provider shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or
witnesses, unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties; rather, the arbitration shall be conducted, at
the option of the party seeking relief, online, by telephone or via written submissions alone. Any
judgment rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. Any claim or
cause of action you may have with respect to Stanford or the Site must be commenced within one (1) year
after the claim or cause of action arose.
Disclaimer of Warranties
THESE SITES AND ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THEREIN ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF
ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR USE OF A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT.
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TO THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY SITE, INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM A SITE, OR LINK TO A SITE.
STANFORD DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE MANNER OR THAT THE
SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. USE OF INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE
IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, STANFORD DOES NOT WARRANT THAT (A) THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS
OR EXPECTATIONS OR ACHIEVE THE INTENDED PURPOSES, (B) THE SITE WILL BE FREE OF OUTAGES, INTERRUPTIONS,
DELAYS, SECURITY FLAWS, AND ERRORS, (C) THE INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE SITE WILL BE ACCURATE, COMPLETE,
CURRENT, ERROR-FREE, COMPLETELY SECURE OR RELIABLE, (D) THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TRANSMIT OR RECEIVE
INFORMATION FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE OR (E) THAT DEFECTS IN OR ON THE SITE WILL BE CORRECTED.
Limitation of Liability
YOU AGREE THAT STANFORD WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, EITHER ACTUAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS, OR TO YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY/'S) USE OR
INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, OR TO YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON THE SITE, OR TO YOUR RELIANCE UPON
INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE. IN PARTICULAR, STANFORD WILL HAVE NO LIABILTY FOR ANY
CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE,
(INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF DATA, OR INTERRUPTION IN
AVAILABILITY OF DATA), ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS, YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE,
OR YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON A SITE, OR TO YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH A
SITE, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTORY OR OTHER LAW, EVEN IF STANFORD OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES
HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR
EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL
LIABILITY OF STANFORD TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING FROM THE TERMS OR YOUR
USE OF THE SITE EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, $100.00.
You agree that: Stanford, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the Site or your
participation in an online course activity, for any reason or no reason and at any time; Stanford shall not
have any liability to you for the termination; and that you are not entitled to any course credit or to any
student or academic grievance procedures in connection with such a termination.
If you have any questions regarding services provided through the Site, you may contact Stanford's
Course Operations Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408 Panama Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. The
Public Inquiry Unit of the Office of the California Attorney General may be contacted at P.O. Box 944255,
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550.
The logos, names and graphics on the Site of Stanford or any of its affiliates, may be trademarks of
Stanford or its affiliates. Use, reproduction, copying or redistribution of Stanford trademarks, without
the prior written permission of Stanford or its affiliates, is prohibited. All other trademarks or
servicemarks appearing on the Site are the marks of their respective owners. Information about Stanford
trademarks may be found at https://adminguide.stanford.edu/chapter-1/subchapter-5/policy-1-5-4.
Except as otherwise provided herein, use of the Site does not grant you a license to any content,
features or Material you may access on the Site, and you may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell,
distribute or create derivative works of such content, features or Material, in whole or in part. Any
commercial use of the Site is strictly prohibited except as allowed herein or otherwise approved by us.
You may not download or save a copy of any of the content or screens for any purpose except as otherwise
provided by Stanford. If you make use of the Site, other than as provided herein, in doing so you may
violate copyright and other laws of the United States, other countries, as well as applicable state laws
and may be subject to liability for such unauthorized use. We do not grant any license or other
authorization to any user of our trademarks, registered trademarks, service marks, other copyrightable
material or any other intellectual property by including them on the Site.
You agree to indemnify and hold Stanford and its instructors, trustees, officers, agents, employees, and
assignees, harmless from any claims, actions, demands, losses or damages, including legal fees, arising out
of, resulting from or in any way related to your participation in an online course, use of a Site, placement
of any content onto a Site or violation of these Terms. You further agree to fully cooperate in Stanford's
defense against any such claims.
Stanford respects the intellectual property rights of others. In accordance with Title II of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), an agent has been designated to receive notification of a claimed
copyright infringement for the Stanford University Network domains: Stanford.EDU, Stanford.ORG and
Stanford.COM. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes
copyright infringement, please contact Stanford's DMCA Designated Agent at DMCA-Claim@Stanford.EDU with
a copy to email@example.com and provide the following written information: (i) an electronic or physical
signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; (ii) a
description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon; (iii) a description of where
the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Site; (iv) your address, telephone number, and
email address; (v) a statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not
authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and (vi) a statement by you, made under penalty
of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or
authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
Notices to you may be made via either email or regular mail. Notices to Stanford should be directed to
the email listed below. The Site may also provide notices of changes to these Terms or other matters by
displaying notices or links to notices to you on the Site.
Stanford's failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a
waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent
jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect
to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in
full force and effect.
You may not assign the Terms or any of your rights or obligations under the Terms without Stanford's
express prior written consent.
The Terms inure to the benefit of Stanford's successors, assigns and licensees. The section titles in
the Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
By registering in an online course, you agree to: rely solely on your own work in connection with all
assessments, problems, homework and assignments (unless collaboration is expressly permitted); acknowledge
any and all external sources used in your work; refrain from any activity that would dishonestly or
fraudulently improve your results or disadvantage others in the course; maintain only one user account and
not let anyone else use your username and/or password; and not access or attempt to access any other
user's account, or misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using the Sites. This
Honor Code is not intended to prohibit discussion of course material. While users must submit work that
is their own, you should feel free to discuss lectures or other course material with others either
in-person or online.
Stanford employees using this Site are expected to abide by the University Code of Conduct,
Administrative Guide Memo 1.
Stanford respects your privacy, will use reasonable efforts to keep your Personally Identifiable
Information (i.e., information that can be used to identify you) private, and will not share it with third
that such disclosure is necessary in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others.
Some of our Site's functionality can be used without revealing any personal information; however, for
features or services related to an online course registration and participation, personal information is
required. If you do not use these specific features or services on the Site, then the only information
Stanford collects will be "Non-Personal Information" (i.e., information that cannot be used to identify
you). Non-Personal Information includes information such as the web pages that you have viewed.
In order to access certain features and benefits on our Site, you may need to submit "Personally
Identifiable Information". Personally Identifiable Information can include information such as your name
and email address, among other things. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personally
Identifiable Information you submit to Stanford. Inaccurate information may affect your ability to use the
Site, the information you receive when using the Site, and our ability to contact you. For example, your
email address should be kept current because that is one of the primary means by which we communicate with
does not apply to information that we may collect from you through other means such as by mail or over
What You Consent to by Using Our Site
Please understand that by submitting any Personally Identifiable Information to us, you consent and
agree that Stanford may collect, use and disclose such Personally Identifiable Information in accordance
with these terms, then please do not provide any Personally Identifiable Information to us. If you refuse
or withdraw your consent, or if you choose not to provide us with any required Personally Identifiable
Information, Stanford may not be able to provide you with the services and courses that can be offered on
The Information We Collect
We gather the following types of information about users through the Site:
When users come to our Site, Stanford may track, collect and aggregate Non-Personal Information
indicating, among other things, which pages of our Site were visited, the order in which they were
visited, when they were visited, and which hyperlinks were "clicked." We also collect information from the
URLs from which you linked to our Site. Collecting such information may involve logging the IP address,
operating system and browser software used by each user of the Site. Although such information is not
Personally Identifiable Information, we may be able to determine from an IP address a user's Internet
Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.
visitors, the type of content and sites to which a user of our Site links, the length of time each user
spends at any particular area of our Site, and the specific functionalities that users choose to use.
Essentially, cookies are a user's identification card for the Stanford servers. Web beacons are small
graphic files linked to our servers that allow us to track your use of our Site and related
functionalities. Cookies and web beacons allow Stanford to serve you better and more efficiently, and to
personalize your experience at our Site. Cookies and web beacons are not used to retain Personally
Identifiable Information. From time to time Stanford may also use additional methods of collecting data.
Stanford does not provide any data collected through cookies to third parties.
You should be able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser. Most
browsers offer instructions, in the "Help" section of the toolbar, on how to reset the browser to reject
cookies. If you reject our cookies, many functions and conveniences of this Site may not work properly.
Personally Identifiable Information.
manner described herein. Such information may include but is not limited to: username, email address, home
address, IP address, postal code, gender and year of birth. Stanford collects Personally Identifiable Information that
you provide to us when you sign-up for email updates, participate in online courses or services through
our Site, participate in our public forums, send us email messages, and/or or otherwise contact us. In
order to subscribe to services, you may be required to provide us with Personally Identifiable Information
such as your user name, name, postal address, and email address. You may also be asked to provide
demographic information such as date of birth, gender and educational and vocational information. Stanford
may also receive Personally Identifiable Information when you access or log-in to a third party site,
e.g., Facebook, from our Site. This may include the text and/or images of your Personally Identifiable
Information available from the third party site. Personally Identifiable Information shall not include
any information posted or sent by or to you via any public forum.
Collection of Information by Third Parties
We may permit a limited number of authorized third parties, such as analytics partners, to place cookies
through the Site to provide us with better insights into the use of the Site or user demographics. These
third parties may collect information, including non-personal information, about a consumer's online
activities over time and across different websites when he or she uses our website.
Do Not Track
We do not use technology that recognizes a "do-not-track" signal from your web browser.
How We Use and Share the Information
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the different ways Stanford uses and may disclose the
information that we gather. We do not share your Personally Identifiable Information with third parties for
their direct marketing use.
Stanford uses Non-Personal Information in aggregate form to build higher quality, more useful services
by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our users, and by
measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas of our Site. Such aggregate information may
include but is not limited to video player interactions, views of posts, views and actions on pages,
assessment results and completion rates and assignments. We may share Non-Personal Information with
service providers and others to assist us in operating and enhancing our programs and site.
Personally Identifiable Information.
Among other things, Stanford may use the Personally Identifiable Information that you provide to
respond to your questions, provide you the specific course and/or services you select, send you updates
about online courses offered by Stanford or other Stanford events, and send you email messages about Site
Stanford will not disclose any Personally Identifiable Information we gather from you on the Site. In
Personally Identifiable Information as described below.
We use Personally Identifiable Information collected when you sign-up for our various email or update
services to send you the messages in connection with the Site or an online course. Stanford may also
archive this information and/or use it for future communications with you.
Stanford uses Personally Identifiable Information collected during your use of forums to facilitate your
use of the forums. In addition Stanford may display this information either on the Site and/or in other
publications. Stanford may also archive this information and/or use it for future communications with you
and/or your designee(s). Since the forum is open to the public, you may wish to select a username which
does not disclose your identity when you post on the forum.
Participation in Online Courses.
We use the Personally Identifiable Information, including but not limited to username and email
address, that we collect from you when you participate in an online course through the Site for processing
purposes, including but not limited to tracking attendance, progress and completion of an online course.
Also, Stanford may archive this information and/or use it for future communications with you. This
information may be shared with the content providers or contractors.
Communications with Stanford.
When you send us an email message or otherwise contact us, we may use the information provided by you
information and/or use it for future communications with you.
We will study course participation to learn how to enhance both our course offerings and the online
learning experience. Records of your participation may be used by Stanford for these research studies.
Such records may include but will not be limited to: username, email address, home address, IP address, postal code,
gender, year of birth and your interactions with the platform such as video player usage, forum posts,
actions on class pages, assignments, and assessment results. For purposes of research, we may share
information we collect from online learning activities, including Personally Identifiable Information
("PII"), with researchers beyond Stanford. However, your PII will only be shared as permitted by
applicable law, will be limited to what is necessary to perform the research and will be subject to an
agreement to protect the data. We may also share with the public or third parties aggregated information
that does not personally identify you. Similarly, any research findings will be reported at the aggregate
level and will not expose your personal identity.
Third Party Sites.
We use the Personally Identifiable Information collected from third party sites for research and
teaching purposes. To the extent such Personally Identifiable Information contains images of you; you
grant Stanford a limited, non-exclusive right to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of
or publicly display such images and/or your likeness for educational purposes.
Disclosure to Complete Transactions.
We may disclose your Personally Identifiable Information in order to help complete a transaction that
you have requested. This may include, for example, disclosure of credit card information to a payment
Disclosure to Stanford Contractors.
Our contractors may have limited access to your Personally Identifiable Information in the course of
providing products or services to us. These contractors may include vendors and suppliers that provide
us with technology, services, marketing assistance, and/or content related to the operation and
maintenance of the Site or the online course. Access to your Personally Identifiable Information by these
contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor to perform its limited
function for us.
Government Authorities, Legal Rights and Actions.
Stanford may share your Personally Identifiable Information with various government authorities in
response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; to establish or exercise our legal rights or
to protect our property, rights or safety or the property, rights or safety of others; to prosecute or to
defend against legal claims; or as otherwise required by law or applicable regulations. In such cases
Stanford reserves the right to raise or waive any legal objection or right available to us. We also may
share your Personally Identifiable Information when Stanford believes it is appropriate to investigate,
prevent, or take action regarding illegal or suspected illegal activities; to protect and defend the
rights, property, or safety of Stanford, the Site, our users or others; and in connection with our Terms
of Use and other agreements.
Stanford takes reasonable measures to protect your Personally Identifiable Information from disclosure
to or access by third parties. However, no method of electronic transmission or storage is 100% secure.
Please note that Stanford does not guarantee the security of Personally Identifiable Information, and
there is some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way to circumvent our security systems or
that transmission of your information over the Internet will be intercepted. Any information that you post
on our site or send to us in an email is not secure.
You also play a role in protecting your information. Please safeguard your user name and password and do
not share them with others. If we receive instructions using your log-in information we will consider that
you have authorized the instructions. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your
account or any other breach of security. We reserve the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, or
remove or edit content in our sole discretion.
For your convenience we may provide links to sites operated by organizations other than Stanford ("Third
Party Sites") that we believe may be of interest to you. Stanford does not disclose your Personally
Identifiable Information to these Third Party Sites without obtaining your consent. Stanford does not
endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Sites. If you choose to
click on a link to one of these Third Party Sites, you should review the terms of service and privacy
policy posted on the other site to understand how that Third Party Site collects and uses your Personally
Updating or Deleting Your Personally Identifiable Information
You may update or delete your Personally Identifiable Information by logging into the Site and visiting
your user account page. Keep in mind, however, that there will be residual information that will remain
within our databases, access logs and other records, which may or may not contain your Personally
Identifiable Information. You may also submit a request to update your Personally Identifiable Information
to firstname.lastname@example.org. We try to answer every email promptly, but may not always be able to do so.
If you do not wish to receive information or other notices from us in the future, you can "opt out" by
contacting us at the address indicated at the end of this policy or by following the "unsubscribe"
instructions in any communication you receive from us. Please be aware that you are not able to opt out of
receiving communications about your account or your transactions with us.
Please note that we review our privacy practices from time to time, and that these practices are subject
to change. Any change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on our Site. We
for a reasonable period of time following such update, and by changing the effective date (located at the
bottom of this Policy). Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most
Stanford at email@example.com.
Protecting Children's Privacy
Stanford does not knowingly collect or maintain Personally Identifiable Information on our Site from
persons under 13 years of age, and no part of our Site is directed to persons under 13 years of age. If you
are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access this Site at any time or in any manner. Stanford
will take appropriate steps to delete any Personally Identifiable Information of persons less than 13 years of
age that has been collected on our Site without verified parental consent upon learning of the existence of
such Personally Identifiable Information. If you have any concerns with respect to data collected on the site,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
between you and Stanford and its affiliates with respect to the subject matter herein and supersedes any
and all prior or contemporaneous oral or written agreements.
If you have a disability-related question, email us at email@example.com.
If you have a privacy-related question, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to report a concern, email us at email@example.com.
For any other questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective date: October 26, 2015