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10/10/2013

IMPORTANT! THESE TERMS OF USE GOVERN YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE, WHICH IS PROVIDED BY U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION, LLC. BY ACCESSING THIS WEBSITE, YOU ARE INDICATING YOUR ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS OF USE. THESE TERMS OF USE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC AT ANY TIME IN ITS DISCRETION. YOUR USE OF THIS SITE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY THE TERMS OF USE IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF SUCH USE. CHANGES MADE BY U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION SHALL NOT APPLY RETROACTIVELY. YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AFTER SUCH CHANGES ARE IMPLEMENTED CONSTITUTES YOUR ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHANGES. PLEASE CONSULT THESE TERMS OF USE REGULARLY.

Access To This Site

To access this site or some of the resources it has to offer, you may be asked to provide certain registration details or other information. It is a condition of your use of this site that all the information you provide on this site will be correct, current, and complete. If U.S. News University Connection LLC believes the information you provide is not correct, current, or complete, U.S. News University Connection LLC has the right to refuse you access to this site or any of its resources, and to terminate or suspend your access at any time.

Restrictions On Use

You may use this site for purposes expressly permitted by this site. You may not use this site for any other purpose, including any commercial purpose, without U.S. News University Connection LLC’s express prior written consent. For example, you may not (and may not authorize any other party to) (i) co-brand this site, or (ii) frame this site, or (iii) hyper-link to this site, without the express prior written permission of an authorized representative of U.S. News University Connection LLC. For purposes of these Terms of Use, “co-branding” means to display a name, logo, trademark, or other means of attribution or identification of any party in such a manner as is reasonably likely to give a user the impression that such other party has the right to display, publish, or distribute this site or content accessible within this site. You agree to cooperate with U.S. News University Connection LLC in causing any unauthorized co-branding, framing or hyper-linking immediately to cease.

Proprietary Information

The material and content accessible from this site, and any other website owned, operated, licensed, or controlled by U.S. News University Connection LLC (the “Content”) is the proprietary information of U.S. News University Connection LLC or the party that provided the Content to U.S. News University Connection LLC, and U.S. News University Connection LLC or the party that provided the Content to U.S. News University Connection LLC retains all right, title, and interest in the Content. Accordingly, the Content may not be copied, distributed, republished, uploaded, posted, or transmitted in any way without the prior written consent of U.S. News University Connection LLC, except that you may print out a copy of the Content solely for your personal use. In doing so, you may not remove or alter, or cause to be removed or altered, any copyright, trademark, trade name, service mark, or any other proprietary notice or legend appearing on any of the Content. Modification or use of the Content except as expressly provided in these Terms of Use violates the intellectual property rights U.S. News University Connection LLC and/or the party that provided the Content. Neither title nor intellectual property rights are transferred to you by access to this site.

Annual College and Graduate School Rankings by U.S. News and World Report

Other than those materials clearly labeled as relating to the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools, the appearance of any college, university or graduate school on this website should not be construed as relating in any way to that school’s appearance or position in the annual America’s Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools rankings, or any other ranking of such colleges and graduate schools, by U.S. News and World Report.

Hyper-Links

This site may be hyper-linked to other sites which are not maintained by, or related to, U.S. News University Connection LLC. Hyper-links to such sites are provided as a service to users and are not sponsored by or affiliated with this site or U.S. News University Connection LLC. U.S. News University Connection LLC has not reviewed any or all of such sites and is not responsible for the content of those sites. Hyper-links are to be accessed at the user’s own risk, and U.S. News University Connection LLC makes no representations or warranties about the content, completeness or accuracy of these hyper-links or the sites hyper-linked to this site. Further, the inclusion of any hyper-link to a third-party site does not necessarily imply endorsement by U.S. News University Connection LLC of that site.

U.S. News University Connection LLC will treat any personal information that you submit through this site in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

Mandatory Arbitration

Any controversy, claim or dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or your use of this Site, including but not limited to the submission of any information by you through this Site, shall be subject to non-binding, confidential arbitration in Hillsborough County, Florida. Arbitration under these Terms of Use shall be conducted pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes then prevailing at the American Arbitration Association. A copy of the applicable rules and procedures can be found at www.adr.org. The arbitrators will have no authority to award punitive or other damages not measured by the prevailing party’s actual damages or as permitted or required by statute. For any claims which do not exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), the jurisdictional maximum of a smalls claim court in Hillsborough County, and if neither party has initiated arbitration, the claimant has the option to bring a small claims court action in lieu of arbitration.

Class Action Waiver

Any claims, in arbitration or otherwise, must be brought in the party’s individual capacity and not as a plaintiff, class representative or class member in any purported class. The ability to maintain any class action in any forum is expressly waived. The arbitrator(s) shall not have the authority to combine or aggregate similar claims or conduct a class action, nor shall they have the ability to make an award to any persons or entities not a party to the arbitration.

Disclaimer

You understand that U.S. News University Connection LLC cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the Internet will be free of viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that may manifest contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to this site for the reconstruction of any lost data. U.S. News University Connection LLC does not assume any responsibility or risk for your use of the Internet.

The Content is not necessarily complete and up-to-date and should not be used to replace any written reports, statements, or notices provided by U.S. News University Connection LLC.

YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC AND ITS LICENSORS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS OR CONTENT CONTAINED IN THIS SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. WE DO NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION REGARDING USE, OR THE RESULT OF USE, OF THE CONTENT IN TERMS OF ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. THE CONTENT MAY INCLUDE TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, AND WE MAY MAKE CHANGES OR IMPROVEMENTS AT ANY TIME. YOU, AND NOT U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC OR ITS LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS, ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION IN THE EVENT OF ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE OR ITS CONTENT. WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES THAT YOUR USE OF THE CONTENT WILL NOT INFRINGE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN SUCH CONTENT.

All of the information on this site, whether historical in nature or forward-looking, speaks only as of the date the information is posted on this site, and U.S. News University Connection LLC does not undertake any obligation to update such information after it is posted or to remove such information from this site if it is not, or is no longer, accurate or complete.

Limitation On Liability

U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC, ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, CONTENT PROVIDERS, AND THE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, AND DIRECTORS OF EACH OF THEM WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOSS OF REVENUE OR INCOME, PAIN AND SUFFERING, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, EVEN IF U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL THE COLLECTIVE LIABILITY OF U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, CONTENT PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, AND DIRECTORS TO ANY PARTY (REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE) EXCEED THE GREATER OF $10 OR THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID TO U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC FOR THE APPLICABLE CONTENT OR SERVICE OUT OF WHICH LIABILITY AROSE.

Indemnity

You will indemnify and hold U.S. News University Connection LLC, its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, content providers, service providers, and the employees, agents, officers, directors, and contractors of each of them (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from any breach of these Terms of Use by you, including any use of Content other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use. You agree that the Indemnified Parties will have no liability in connection with any such breach or unauthorized use, and you agree to indemnify any and all resulting loss, damages, judgments, awards, costs, expenses, and attorneys’ fees of the Indemnified Parties in connection therewith. You will also indemnify and hold the Indemnified Parties harmless from and against any claims brought by third parties arising out of your use of the information accessed from this site.

Trademarks

Trademarks, service marks, and logos appearing in this site are the property of U.S. News University Connection LLC or the party that provided the trademarks, service marks, and logos to U.S. News University Connection LLC. U.S. News University Connection LLC and any party that provided trademarks, service marks, and logos to U.S. News University Connection LLC retain all rights with respect to any of their respective trademarks, service marks, and logos appearing in this site.

Information You Provide

You may not post, send, submit, publish, or transmit in connection with this site any material that:

U.S. News University Connection LLC reserves the right to monitor use of this site to determine compliance with these Terms of Use, as well the right to remove or refuse any information for any reason. Notwithstanding these rights, you remain solely responsible for the content of your submissions. You acknowledge and agree that neither U.S. News University Connection LLC nor any third party that provides Content to U.S. News University Connection LLC will assume or have any liability for any action or inaction by U.S. News University Connection LLC or such third party with respect to any submission.

Security

Any passwords used for this site are for individual use only. You will be responsible for the security of your password (if any). U.S. News University Connection LLC will be entitled to monitor your password and, at its discretion, require you to change it. If you use a password that U.S. News University Connection LLC considers insecure, U.S. News University Connection LLC will be entitled to require the password to be changed and/or terminate your account.

You are prohibited from using any services or facilities provided in connection with this site to compromise security or tamper with system resources and/or accounts. The use or distribution of tools designed for compromising security (e.g., password guessing programs, cracking tools or network probing tools) is strictly prohibited. If you become involved in any violation of system security, U.S. News University Connection LLC reserves the right to release your details to system administrators at other sites in order to assist them in resolving security incidents. U.S. News University Connection LLC reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of these Terms of Use.

U.S. News University Connection LLC reserves the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities, subpoena or court order requesting or directing U.S. News University Connection LLC to disclose the identity of anyone posting any e-mail messages, or publishing or otherwise making available any materials that are believed to violate these Terms of Use.

BY ACCEPTING THESE TERMS OF USE YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC AND ITS LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC DURING OR AS A RESULT OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS AND/OR FROM ANY ACTIONS TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER U.S. NEWS UNIVERSITY CONNECTION LLC OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

Miscellaneous

These Terms of Use will be governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the State of Florida, United States of America, notwithstanding any principles of conflicts of law. You specifically consent to personal jurisdiction in Florida in connection with any dispute between you and U.S. News University Connection LLC arising out of these Terms of Use or pertaining to the subject matter hereof. The parties to these Terms of Use each agree that the exclusive venue for any dispute between the parties arising out of these Terms of Use or pertaining to the subject matter of these Terms of Use will be in the state courts in Hillsborough County, Florida. If any part of these Terms of Use is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement among the parties relating to this subject matter. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any additional terms and conditions on this site will govern the items to which they pertain. U.S. News University Connection LLC may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting.

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