Let’s get to the point! Here’s what you need to know when using the SDN Forums:
- Protect anonymity. Remember, students, doctors, schools and professional organizations follow the SDN Forums. Please keep your identity protected – don’t post or use your real name on the forums. Additionally, members are not permitted to solicit personally identifiable information from other members (such as through research surveys, etc.) without written permission from SDN or disclose another member’s identity without their written permission.
- Be courteous and contribute positively. If you’re not contributing to the forums in a positive manner, you may receive a warning or have your account temporarily or permanently closed.
- Use the search functions. The SDN Forums have been here since 1999. Chances are, someone has already asked the same question you may have.
- Stay on topic. Our membership encourages open discussion and debate as long as it relates to the topic of the thread at hand. Posts that do not relate to the original purpose or topic of the thread may be moved to a more appropriate location.
- Don’t advertise (SPAM). SDN is a nonprofit organization that promotes open discussion among students and doctors. It is not operated as a free service for promotion of your site, product or service. SDN does not allow ads in your signature, ‘stealth’ marketing, etc. These are quickly reported by our members and will result in banning and possibly blocking of site/product/service’s name from the SDN Forums. (Blocked URLs may be redirected to other sites for member enjoyment.) If you wish to benefit our membership while promoting your organization, see our sponsorship section.
- Don’t cross-post on the forums. Just post once. Posting a question or comment in multiple forums is annoying to other members.
- Use the “Report Bad Post” button to report inappropriate posts. It’s located at the bottom left of every post on the site. It immediately alerts the moderators.
- Respect copyrighted information. Selling or trading illegally copied materials is a federal offense; when discovered, SDN may report such piracy to copyright holders and appropriate agencies. Copying information from other Web sites hurts those sites ability to make revenue. Read the DMCA notice.
- Harassment and Flame-Wars burn everyone. Be courteous. Just ignore those members that can’t discuss topics professionally. Remember, the academic healthcare community is relatively small; don’t behave in a manner which might get you into trouble now or in the future.
- Positive interactions between medical communities. The Student Doctor Network encourages members to engage in the wide variety of medical fields represented on the Forums. Open dialogue between medical professions promotes better understanding and working relationships. Please note, members that engage in attacking a specific field of medicine within that field’s forum may receive a warning and may be banned from that forum. Forum members should encourage positive discussion between the professions.
- Images / Videos / Medical Images: No pornography, sexually explicit, harassing or degrading images (this includes, but is not limited to: strategically covered nudity, sheer or see-through clothing, lewd or provocative poses, close-ups of breasts, buttocks, or crotches). Posting of suggestive images permitted only in the private social forums. Medical images are permitted when approval has been obtained, contains no Protected Health Information (PHI), and has no images of the patient’s full face. Images must meet HIPAA policies on PHI. You are responsible for any images posted.
- Kill Trolls Quickly. If you find a member that is clearly trolling, do not engage them (that’s what they want). Instead, please report their post. If you engage with a troll, you may receive a warning.
- TROLLS AND SPAMMERS BEWARE. Trolling and spamming interferes with operation of our nonprofit site. Those who troll or spam are trespassing on our network. SDN takes any and all legal and technical remedies to prevent trolling and spamming of our network. Don’t let a moment of disinhibition permanently impact your career.
- Once you’ve posted on the site, it’s there forever. We do not delete posts except in extreme cases. Even if we can remove a post that you regret posting, they are often permanently cataloged in sites like Google or the Internet Archive.
- Don’t delete mail with the SPAM button. Members that indiscriminately use their email account’s “SPAM” button instead of the “Delete” or “Archive Mail” button will receive a warning.
- Don’t be a poser. Chances are you’re not the dean of admissions or a neurosurgeon … and everyone knows it. Impersonation is a crime in some states – don’t ruin your future over something silly like that.
- No Sockpuppeting. Just use one account. Multiple accounts are at risk of being banned and future registration blocked.
- Be sure to have fun! The educational process can be frustrating sometimes. We’re all in it together and we’re here to help each other. So, pull up a chair and enjoy the SDN Forums.
The SDN Forums Terms of Service (TOS)
The Student Doctor Network (SDN) is dedicated to developing and maintaining a friendly online community, where members of all ages and backgrounds feel relaxed and comfortable. Like any community, The Student Doctor Network has certain standards. When members join the SDN Forums, they agree to abide by these rules. To remain a part of the Student Doctor Network Forums, members must be considerate to others. Repeated violations of these standards may result in a member being barred from entry or participation in community forums.
Online Service Agreement
BY ACCESSING OR USING THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE SDN ONLINE SERVICE AGREEMENT: CLICK HERE TO READ IN ITS ENTIRETY. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE AGREEMENT, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK.
Member Names and Personal Information
Topics of Discussion
While these discussion forums encourage a wide range of opinions, please keep your posts focused on the topic of the forum in which you are submitting your message. Each forum has a different topic, so what is appropriate in one forum or thread may not be appropriate in another. Generally speaking, however, profanity, vulgar language, and personal attacks are not acceptable in any forum.
The use of inappropriate or offensive language is not permitted in these forums. Inappropriate or offensive language includes, but is not limited to, any language or content that is sexually oriented, sexually suggestive or abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, profane, hateful, or that contains racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable material of any kind. We ask that you please be considerate to other members in the forums when posting your messages.
Harassment and Flaming
Student Doctor Network members are not permitted to harass or “flame” other members. Please do not post or transmit any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, profane, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, violate the rights of others, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law. Please note that this also includes the posting of taunts on a forum solely for the purpose of deriding that forum’s topic and/or members.
Student Doctor Network members are expected to contribute to a helpful, positive and enjoyable forum environment. Please refrain from behavior which irritates other members of the forums. Members not contributing to the forums in a positive manner may have their account temporarily or permanently closed at moderator discretion.
Copyrighted or Trademarked Materials
It is illegal to post any content that is copyrighted or trademarked, unless you hold the copyright or trademark. Any material protected by copyright may not be posted in the message boards without the expressed permission of the author or owner of the copyright on that material. This includes reproducing the full text of news stories, articles, etc. It is acceptable to provide a link to copyrighted material, to post brief excerpts, or to paraphrase other works, though we do strongly encourage you to cite the original source whenever possible.
Piracy or Unlawful Activities
This community forum is a place for ideas and constructive participation, and not a place to violate any laws or to discuss illegal activities. This type of activity includes, but is not limited to, advocating or asking for information regarding software piracy or unauthorized emulators of software or hardware, sharing or distributing viruses, licenses, registration information, software keys, “cracks,” or other information designed to do harm to or allow unlawful access to any computer hardware, software, networks, or any other systems. Please refrain from posting this kind of message.
This is a forum of ideas, so advertisements are not allowed in the main forums. Advertisements may only be posted in the Free Classifieds section of the forums. A member may answer another member’s question about their occupation or business, however, blatant advertising or solicitations of or for business is prohibited. This includes, but not limited to, links to products or services with which the poster is affiliated, whether or not a fee is charged for the product or service. Spamming, in which a user posts the same message repeatedly, is also prohibited. Pyramid schemes — chain letters that involve money — are not only prohibited by the Student Doctor Network standards, but they’re also illegal. It is permissible for members to mention services or products that are provided by them or the companies with which they are affiliated, as long as the information is germane to the topic, is not a blatant advertisement, and the members mention their affiliation with the company in the content of the message.
Forum members are allowed to embed images in their messages by linking to an image that exists on another site. In addition to the copyright restrictions mentioned above, users should also refrain from embedding any images of a sexual or offensive nature. If you are uncertain if an image is acceptable or not, please just post a link to the image with a warning that it goes to a page that some may find offensive. Any links to clearly offensive or pornographic materials will be removed immediately at the moderator’s discretion.
Other General Rules of Conduct
You shall not post on these forums any Content which (a) is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing or threatening, (b) contains viruses or other contaminating or destructive features, (c) violates the rights of others, such as Content which infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or violates any right of privacy or publicity, or (d) otherwise violates any applicable law. You may not post on these forums any links to any external Internet sites that are obscene or pornographic. You shall not report email messages sent from the forums as “SPAM” or as an unwanted email message. You shall not use the main forums for any commercial purpose, to distribute any advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and services or to solicit users to join competitive online services.
The Student Doctor Network reserves the right at its sole discretion to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to any part of these forums. If you violate any of the rules stated in this document or any other service terms documents, a moderator will remove the offending message and send you a note letting you know why the message was removed and requesting that you adhere to the forum policies. It is your responsibility to maintain a current, valid email address in your registration information so that our moderators can contact you in the event of a policy violation. Any member who violates our policies three times will be denied access to these forums, whether or not they were able to receive a message from a moderator stating the nature of the violation. Any member who refuses to comply with the policies of these forums will be banned permanently.
Trolling / Repeat Trolls
The term troll is a slang term used to describe a number of things, traditionally it refers to a person who posts items intended to incite controversy or conflict. An individual posting honestly held but controversial opinions are welcome at SDN. However, trolls are not. A troll’s primary incentive is the incitement of conflict. Trolls often resort to verbal abuse, making inflammatory remarks maligning the motivation of other members. Those members that behave in this manner will be banned immediately and without notice. Banned trolls that return to the SDN Forums will be immediately banned again upon identification of their new account. Those who repeatedly return to troll will have their IP address blocked.
Stealth Advertising/False Identities
Claiming to be someone or something that you’re not is inappropriate and unethical. This includes false testimonials. Members found to be misrepresenting themselves will be banned as trolls.
Health on the Net (HON) Declarations
All users and members are, by default, considered as non-medical professionals. Because of this, we recommend against sharing medical information on the site. However, if such information is shared, when not personal experience, the member should include links or other reference documenting the medical information. Lastly, all member have the ethical, moral and legal responsibility to post truthful information.
Managing User Content
Members of these forums are solely responsible for all Content that they post on our site. The Student Doctor Network shall have the right, but not the obligation, to correct any errors or omissions in any Content, as it may determine in its sole discretion. The Student Doctor Network further reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to delete or remove any user content from the site and to deny the access of any member to all part of this site, at any time for any reason without prior notice or liability. However, we really don’t want to do that, so be nice, okay?
Student Doctor Network Online Service Agreement
The Student Doctor Network is an Internet-based online information and communication service (the “Agreement”). BY ACCESSING OR USING THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK. COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP MAY MODIFY THIS AGREEMENT AT ANY TIME, AND SUCH MODIFICATION SHALL BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON EITHER POSTING OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT OR NOTIFYING YOU. YOU AGREE TO REVIEW THIS AGREEMENT PERIODICALLY TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF ANY MODIFICATIONS. YOUR CONTINUED ACCESS OR USE OF THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK SHALL BE DEEMED YOUR CONCLUSIVE ACCEPTANCE OF THE MODIFIED AGREEMENT.
The information contained in The Student Doctor Network is presented for the purpose of educating students on pre-health profession and health-student issues and topics. Nothing contained in The Student Doctor Network is intended to be instructional for medical diagnosis or treatment. The information should not be considered complete, nor should it be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual. It should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Information obtained in The Student Doctor Network is not exhaustive and does not cover diseases, ailments, physical conditions or their treatment. Should you have any health care related questions, please call or see your physician or other qualified health care provider promptly. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in The Student Doctor Network.
The information contained in The Student Doctor Network is compiled from a variety of sources (“Information Providers”). Neither the Coastal Research Group nor Information Providers directly or indirectly practice medicine or dispense medical services as part of The Student Doctor Network.
The Student Doctor Network SERVICES AND The Student Doctor Network SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION ACCESSED Through The Student Doctor Network (the “SERVICES”) ARE provided “AS IS” without warranty, express or implied. Coastal Research Group hereby excludes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular use or purpose with respect to the SERVICES. There are no warranties which extend beyond the description on the face OF THIS AGREEMENT. Coastal Research Group and Information Providers make no warranty as to the reliability, accuracy, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, completeness or suitability of the Services. Coastal Research Group and Information Providers cannot and do not warrant against human and machine errors, omissions, delays, interruptions or losses, including loss of data. Coastal Research Group and Information Providers cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from this online site will be free of infection by viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties. Coastal Research Group and Information Providers do not warrant or guarantee that the functions or Services performed in The Student Doctor Network will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects in The Student Doctor Network will be corrected. Users of The Student Doctor Network are responsible for (1) implementing and maintaining adequate procedures and checkpoints to satisfy their particular requirements for accuracy of data input and output and (2) maintaining a means external to The Student Doctor Network for the reconstruction of any lost data.
2. OTHER SITES
You are encouraged to use discretion while browsing the Internet on searches initiated at The Student Doctor Network. The Student Doctor Network links may lead unintentionally to sites containing information that some people may find inappropriate or offensive. It may also lead to sites which contain inaccurate information, false or misleading advertising, or information which violates copyright, libel or defamation laws. Coastal Research Group and Information Providers make no representations concerning any effort to review all of the content of sites listed in its catalog (indeed, given the number of results from any browsing which starts with a The Student Doctor Network link that would be practically impossible).
3. REVIEW OF POSTINGS & UPLOADS
The Student Doctor Network does not and cannot review all communications and materials posted or uploaded to The Student Doctor Network and is not responsible for the content of these communications and materials. However, The Student Doctor Network reserves the right to block or remove communications or materials that it determines, in its sole discretion, to be (a) abusive, libelous, defamatory or obscene, (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading, (c) in violation of a copyright or trademark, other intellectual property right of another or (d) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to The Student Doctor Network. ANY MESSAGES, ADVICE, OPINIONS OR OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED IN ANY DISCUSSION AREA SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OR INSTRUCTION.
4. LIMITED LICENSE
By this Agreement, Coastal Research Group grants, subject to the terms of this Agreement, only a limited, non-transferable and non-exclusive license to use the software and documentation necessary to access, explore and otherwise use The Student Doctor Network in real time and to use the materials in The Student Doctor Network in a manner consistent with paragraph 11 (Copyright) below.
5. USER’S AGREEMENT
You agree to: (a) maintain all equipment required for your access to and use of The Student Doctor Network ; (b) maintain the security of your user identification, password and other confidential information relating to your The Student Doctor Network account; and (c) be responsible for all charges resulting from use of your The Student Doctor Network account, including unauthorized use prior to your notifying Coastal Research Group of such use and taking steps to prevent its further occurrence by changing your password.
6. ON-LINE COMMUNICATIONS
6.1 Your participation in on-line communications occurs in real time and is not edited, censored, or otherwise controlled by The Coastal Research Group. The Coastal Research Group cannot and does not screen content provided by you to The Student Doctor Network. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Coastal Research Group reserves the right to monitor content on The Student Doctor Network and to remove content, which Coastal Research Group, in its sole discretion, determines to be harmful, offensive, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement or Coastal Research Group’s operating policies for users of The Student Doctor Network (“Users”).
6.2 You may send and receive electronic mail (“email”), engage in conferences and chats, download and upload files and otherwise use The Student Doctor Network as permitted by this Agreement, Coastal Research Group’s operating policies and applicable law. Files that you upload, public messages that you send and your activity in conferences and chats are subject to review, modification and deletion without notice by the forum manager responsible for the The Student Doctor Network area where your uploading or other activity takes place (or by an individual designated by such forum manager for such purpose). Coastal Research Group’s operating policies relating to online conduct, storage and deletion of email and uploaded files, conferences, bulletin boards (“BBSs”) and other matters are available online at forums.studentdoctor.net. Coastal Research Group reserves the right in its sole discretion to change such policies at any time. Files uploaded to a BBS may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination, and you are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download them.
6.3 You are responsible for your communications and your use of The Student Doctor Network. You may not, under any circumstances, do any of the following: (a) use simultaneous, unattended or continuous connections to The Student Doctor Network with one account; (b) post or transmit any message which is libelous or defamatory; (c) post or transmit any message, data, image or program which is indecent, obscene or pornographic; (d) post or transmit any message, data, image or program that would violate the property rights of others, including unauthorized copyrighted text, images or programs, trade secrets or other confidential proprietary information, and trademarks or service marks used in an infringing fashion; (e) post or transmit any message, data, image or program that would violate any agreement you may have signed with any third party; (f) use The Student Doctor Network to threaten, harass, stalk, abuse, or otherwise violate the legal rights (including rights of privacy and publicity) of others; (g) intercept or attempt to intercept email or other private communications not intended for you; (h) send email to Users or other Internet users for any purpose other than personal communication, including to advertise or offer to unsolicited sell goods or services to other Users, use as a mass unsolicited distribution medium to communicate a generally unsolicited message, or use your email account as an address to which Users or other Internet users need to respond (except as otherwise expressly permitted by Coastal Research Group); (i) send unsolicited email messages through third-party mail servers in order to relay your email or hide the origination of your email to others; (j) upload or download files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other applicable law unless you own or control the rights to such files or have received all necessary consents; (k) upload files that contain a virus or corrupted data; (l) delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in a file that you upload to a BBS or The Student Doctor Network; (m) falsify the source or origin of software or other material contained in a file that you upload to a BBS or The Student Doctor Network; (n) use The Student Doctor Network in a manner that adversely affects the availability of its resources to other Users; (o) use, download or otherwise copy, or provide (whether or not for a fee) to a person or entity that is not a subscriber to The Student Doctor Network the User directory or any portion thereof other than for personal, noncommercial purposes (except as otherwise expressly permitted by the Coastal Research Group); (p) falsely purport to be an employee or agent of The Student Doctor Network (q) cause repeated disruptive incidents; or (r) act, or fail to act, in your use of The Student Doctor Network, in a manner that is contrary to applicable law or regulation. In addition, you may not post or transmit any message which is harmful, threatening, abusive or hateful. It is not the intent of Coastal Research Group to discourage Users from taking controversial positions or expressing vigorously what may be unpopular views in The Student Doctor Network, nonetheless, Coastal Research Group reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate in cases where The Student Doctor Network is used to disseminate statements which are deeply and widely offensive and/or harmful. Each time you upload a file on The Student Doctor Network, you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control the rights or have the necessary consents to do so, and you grant every other User the right to download and use such file. Your failure to observe any of the foregoing limitations or obligations may result in civil or criminal liability.
6.4 NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIRD-PARTY MATERIALS, WEBSITES OR AGREEMENTS. Certain content, products and/or services offered through The Student Doctor Network may include materials from third parties or link to other websites. You acknowledge and agree that The Student Doctor Network is not responsible for examining or evaluating the content or accuracy of any such third-party material or website or agreement. The Student Doctor Network does not warrant or endorse and does not assume and will not have any liability or responsibility for any third-party materials or websites, agreements or any other materials, products or services of third parties. Links to other wesites are provided solely as a convenience to you. You agree that you will not use any third-party materials in a manner that would infringe or violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to posting material in violation of any agreement you may have signed with any third party, and that The Student Doctor Network is not in any way responsible for any such use or violation of any such agreement.
Coastal Research Group considers its users’ privacy to be of the utmost importance. Please see our Privacy Statement for a detailed description of our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Student Doctor Network Web site.
Coastal Research Group reserves complete and sole discretion with respect to the operation of The Student Doctor Network. Coastal Research Group may, among other things: (a) delete email or private messages if it has not been accessed by a User within the time established by Coastal Research Group’s policies; (b) subject to Section 6, make available to third parties information relating to The Student Doctor Network and Users; and (c) withdraw, suspend or discontinue any functionality or feature of The Student Doctor Network.
Coastal Research Group may, in its complete and sole discretion, review uploaded files, conferences, BBSs, forums, and chats and authorize restrictions on access thereto. Coastal Research Group will not review the contents of email or private messages except as required or allowed by applicable law or legal process.
9. USER REPRESENTATIONS
You represent and warrant that you are at least 13 years of age and that you possess the legal right and ability to enter into this Agreement and to use The Student Doctor Network in accordance with this Agreement. You agree to be financially responsible for your use of The Student Doctor Network (as well as for use of your account by others, including minors living with you) and to comply with your responsibilities and obligations as stated in this Agreement.
Statements made in websites, newsgroups, message boards, email, forums, conferences and chats reflect only the views of their authors. Forum managers, forum hosts, CPs, or Merchants appearing on The Student Doctor Network are not authorized Coastal Research Group spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of Coastal Research Group.
11. TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHT
THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK®, SDN®, and other marks, logos and graphics are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Stuident Doctor Network in the U.S. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with The Student Doctor Network may be the trademarks of their respective owners. You are granted no right or license with respect to any of the aforesaid trademarks and any such use of trademarks.
The entire contents of The Student Doctor Network are copyrighted as a collective work under the laws of United States and other copyright laws. Coastal Research Group holds the copyright in the collective work. The collective work includes works which are the property of the Information Providers which are also protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. You agree not to change or delete any proprietary notices from materials downloaded from The Student Doctor Network.
12. LICENSES AND IDEA SUBMISSIONS
You agree to grant to Coastal Research Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license, with the right to sublicense, to reproduce, distribute, transmit, create derivative works of, publicly display and publicly perform any materials and other information (including, without limitation, ideas contained therein for new or improved products or services) you submit to public areas of The Student Doctor Network (such as BBSs, forums and chat rooms) by all means and in any media now known or hereafter developed. You hereby waive your moral rights in any such materials and information, and you hereby warrant that any such materials and information are original with you, or that you have the right to submit such materials and information. You agree that you shall have no recourse against Coastal Research Group for any alleged or actual infringement or misappropriation of any proprietary right in your communication to us.
YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS AND SUPPLIERS FROM AND AGAINST ALL LOSSES, EXPENSES, DAMAGES AND COSTS, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES, RESULTING FROM ANY VIOLATION OF THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY ACTIVITY RELATED TO YOUR ACCOUNT (INCLUDING INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES’ WORLDWIDE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR NEGLIGENT OR WRONGFUL CONDUCT) BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON ACCESSING THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK USING YOUR SERVICE ACCOUNT.
14. WAIVER, RELEASE AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP, NOR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR SUPPLIERS SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO YOU UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY OR INDEMNITY IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK. YOU HEREBY RELEASE AND FOREVER WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR SUPPLIERS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CLAIMS BASED UPON THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR SUPPLIERS) FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGES YOU SUSTAIN IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING PARAGRAPH, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS AND SUPPLIERS, IF ANY, FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGES SHALL NOT EXCEED THE FEES PAID BY THE USER FOR THE PARTICULAR INFORMATION OR SERVICE PROVIDED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES OTHER THAN THE AMOUNT REFERRED TO ABOVE. ALL OTHER DAMAGES, DIRECT OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE ARISING FROM ANY USE OF THE INFORMATION OR OTHER PARTS OF THE STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED EVEN IF COASTAL RESEARCH GROUP ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR SUPPLIERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
15. THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
The provisions of paragraphs 14 (Indemnification) and 15 (Waiver, Release and Limitation of Liability) are for the benefit Coastal Research Group and its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, suppliers, and Information Providers. Each of these individuals or entities shall have the right to assert and enforce those provisions directly against you on its own behalf.
16. TERM; TERMINATION
Either you or Coastal Research Group may terminate your right to use The Student Doctor Network at any time, with or without cause, upon notice. Coastal Research Group also reserves the right to terminate or suspend your Student Doctor Network membership without prior notice, but Coastal Research Group will confirm such termination or suspension by subsequent notice. The provisions of paragraphs 11 (Copyright), 12 (License, and Idea Submission), 13 (Indemnification), 14 (Waiver, Release and Limitation of Liability), 15 (Third Party Rights), and 17 (Miscellaneous) shall survive any termination of this Agreement.
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. You agree that any legal action or proceeding between Coastal Research Group and you for any purpose concerning this Agreement or the parties’ obligations hereunder shall be brought exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction sitting in Placer County, California, United States. Any cause of action or claim you may have with respect to Coastal Research Group must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises. Coastal Research Group’s failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Neither the course of conduct between the parties nor trade practice shall act to modify any provision of this Agreement. Coastal Research Group may assign its rights and duties under this Agreement to any party at any time without notice to you.
Coastal Research Group may deliver notice to you under this Agreement by means of electronic mail, a general notice on The Student Doctor Network, or by written communication delivered by first class U. S. mail to your address on record in Coastal Research Group’s account information. You may give notice to Coastal Research Group at any time via electronic mail to The Student Doctor Network or by letter delivered by first class postage prepaid U. S. mail to the following address:
Coastal Research Group
Granite Bay, CA 95746
The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and in the event any provision hereof is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not in any way affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions hereof.