Johns Hopkins University
Center for Applied Public Research

Policy Forum Terms of Use
February 2020

The Policy Forum (“Forum”) is a property of the Center for Applied Public Research (“APR”), part of Johns Hopkins University (“JHU”) Centers for Civic Impact (“Civic Impact”). It is built and operated to connect public sector practitioners to one another as well as university researchers and other experts. 

These Terms of Use (”Terms”) apply to all your activities in the Policy Forum , including all academic offerings, materials, and services; be they on the APR website, the Forum’s Facebook group, video conferences, phone calls, or any other mode of content delivery. Please read these Terms carefully, and contact us at appliedresearch@jhu.edu  if you have any questions. By joining the Forum and using our Services, you agree to these Terms, including the policies referenced in these Terms. 

Your Account

Subject to these Terms and policies (including the relevant JHU policies, course-specific eligibility requirements, and other terms), we grant you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, and revocable license to use the Center for Applied Public Research Policy Forum website and Facebook group for learning activities. If made available for download, you may download content from our site only for your personal, non-commercial use, unless you obtain Civic Impact’s written permission to otherwise use the content. You also agree that you will create, access, and/or use only one user account, and you will not share with any third-party access to or access information for your account. 

You must register for an account to participate in the Forum. When setting up and maintaining your account, you must provide and continue to provide accurate and complete information, including a valid email address. You have complete responsibility for your account and everything that happens on your account, including for any harm or damage (to us or anyone else) caused by someone using your account with or without your permission. You may not transfer your account to someone else or use someone else’s account. 

If you share your account credentials with someone else, you are responsible for what happens with your account and JHU will not intervene in disputes between users who have shared account login credentials. 

Payment Policy

APR offers Services in the Policy Forum for a fee. Unless otherwise stated, all fees are quoted in US Dollars. You are responsible for paying all fees and any applicable taxes in a timely manner. APR reserves the right to change any fees at any time at its sole discretion. Any change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting through the Forum.

Payment methods: Payment will be accepted by credit card via PayPal. If your organization has a policy expressly forbidding the use of PayPal, APR can invoice you for payment. Due to administrative overhead, invoices will only be issued for people joining with an annual membership. Please note that payment by check can take up to 30 days to process.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your Forum membership at any time with 30 days notice. All cancellations must be in writing and sent to appliedresearch@jhu.edu. Memberships will not be prorated.

Other Paid Services

Except as described in this Refund Policy or as explicitly stated as part of the sign-up process for a Service, APR has no obligation to provide refunds or vouchers for any other Services.

Third Party Marketplace

If you purchase membership in the Policy Forum, or purchase any other paid Service, through a third party marketplace (e.g., in-app purchases through the Apple App Store or purchases made through certain alternative payment services), the third-party marketplace will be solely responsible for making refunds under its refund policy, and APR will have no refund obligations. APR disclaims any responsibility or liability related to any third party’s marketplace refund policy or the third party’s compliance or noncompliance with such policy.

Facebook Page

A Facebook group will be utilized by the Policy Forum as a place for discussion to continue. Policy Forum members who have paid for their subscription through the Center for Applied Public Research’s website should request to join the “Economic Mobility Policy Forum” Facebook group. Members will need to confirm the email address used to purchase the subscription and answer a question about the topic area of economic mobility they focus on to be added to the Facebook group. 

Members of the Facebook group must follow the ground rules of the Facebook group stated below and on the Facebook page. Failure to comply with the ground rules may result in being removed from the Facebook group.

  • Be Kind and Courteous

We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.

  • No Hate Speech or Bullying

Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn’t allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.

  • Respect Everyone’s Privacy

Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What’s shared in the group should stay in the group.

  • No Promotions or Spam

Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren’t allowed. You may not advertise anything to this group. This includes jobs and products and services for sale.

Ethics & Plagiarism

JHU Ethics Statement: The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In all courses, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor.

Read and adhere to JHU’s Notice on Plagiarism.

Acceptable Use Policy

APR’s mission is to connect research with practice by advancing the public sector’s use of research and evidence to improve policy outcomes. We believe strongly in preserving free speech and expression for our participants as well as academic freedom for our partner institutions and instructors. We also want to make sure that all of our participants and experts feel safe and comfortable while using our Services. We have drafted these guidelines to ensure that people understand and follow the rules when participating in our online community and otherwise using our Services.

Although we do not routinely screen or monitor content provided by users, we may remove or edit inappropriate content or activity reported to us or suspend, disable, or terminate a user’s access to all or part of the Services.

You are prohibited from using our Services to share content that:

  • Contains illegal content or promotes illegal activities with the intent to commit such activities. 
  • Contains threats or organizes acts of real-world violence. We do not allow content that creates a genuine risk of physical injury or property damage, credibly threatens people or public safety, or organizes or encourages harm.
  • Harrasses others. We encourage commentary about people and matters of public interest. Abusive or otherwise inappropriate content directed at private individuals is not allowed.
  • Violates intellectual property, privacy, or other rights. Do not share content that you do not have the right to share, claim content that you did not create as your own, or otherwise infringe or misappropriate someone else’s intellectual property or other rights. Always attribute materials used or quoted by you to the original copyright owner.
  • Advertises to others. We do not allow advertising, promotional, or solicitation content.
  • Otherwise violates the Policy Forum Terms of Use. Please note that specific live sessions and resources may have additional rules and requirements.

You also are not allowed to:

  • Do anything that violates local, state, national, or international law or breaches any of your contractual obligations or fiduciary duties.
  • Share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might put your account at risk.
  • Attempt to access any other user’s account.
  • Reproduce, transfer, sell, resell, or otherwise misuse any content the Policy Forum or from our Services.
  • Access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of our systems.
  • Break or circumvent our authentication or security measures or otherwise test the vulnerability of our systems or networks.
  • Try to reverse engineer any portion of our Services.
  • Try to interfere with any user, host, or network, for example by sending a virus, overloading, spamming, or mail-bombing.
  • Use our Services to distribute malware.
  • Impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
  • Encourage or help anyone do any of the things on this list.

Copyright Policy

All Policy Forum materials are the property of JHU and are to be used for the participants’ individual learning purposes only. Any dissemination, copying, reproducing, modification, displaying, or transmitting of any course material content for any other purpose is prohibited, will be considered misconduct under the JHU Copyright Compliance Policy, and may be the cause for disciplinary action. In addition, encouraging academic dishonesty or cheating by distributing information about materials or assignments which would give an unfair advantage to others may violate JHU/AAP’s Code of Conduct and the University’s Student Conduct Code. Specifically, recordings, materials, and lecture notes may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation, or for any purpose other than use by a participant enrolled in the Forum. Other distributions of such materials by participants may be deemed to violate the above University policies and be subject to disciplinary action.

Ownership of Forum materials

Even though Johns Hopkins University retains ownership of its materials, you will continue to own materials you create or develop independently without JHU support or resources. However, you hereby grant to the Johns Hopkins University a perpetual, royalty free license to use such materials you submit to or share in the Policy Forum. 

Permissions

If you submit or share materials to the Forum which are owned by others, such as journal articles or excerpts from books which have been copyrighted by the publisher, you agree to cooperate with Johns Hopkins University in securing permission for use of those materials, if permission is required. If development and delivery of the content includes the recording of your likeness and/or voice, you hereby grant permission to use your name, likeness, and voice.

User Content

The Services enable you to share your content (“User Content”) with APR staff, Forum experts, and other users. You retain all intellectual property rights in, and are responsible for, the User Content you share.

Course Modifications

While we take pride in our world-class Services, unexpected events do occur. APR reserves the right to cancel, interrupt, modify, or reschedule any of its offerings. Services offered are subject to the Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability sections below.

Disclaimer of Student-University Relationship

Nothing in these Terms or otherwise with respect to your participation in any online community or course: (a) establishes any relationship between you and any educational institution with which APR or Civic Impact may be affiliated; (b) enrolls or registers you in any educational institution, or in any course offered by any educational institution; or (c) entitles you to use the resources of any educational institution beyond participation described in these Terms.

Academic Credit

Unless otherwise explicitly indicated by a credit-granting institution, participation in or completion of a course or participating in the Forum does not confer any academic credit. 

Privacy 

Protecting your private information is our priority. This Privacy Policy applies to APR’s Policy Forum and its associated properties and governs data collection and usage. By joining the Forum, you consent to the data practices described in this policy.

Collection of Your Personal Information

In order to better provide you with our products and services, APR and Civic Impact may collect personally identifiable information, such as your:  

 –      First and Last Name

 –      Email Address

 –      Employer

 –      Job Title  

If you purchase APR products and services, we may collect billing and credit card information. This information is used only to complete the purchase transaction. APR and Civic Impact do  not store or otherwise keep your credit card information. By using PayPal to transact purchases with APR, you ensure that we do not have access to your credit card number.

APR may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your age, gender, and race.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through APR’s public message boards or other Services, this information may be collected and used by others.

We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain APR products or services. These may include: (a) registering for an account; (b) participating in a training event or online course facilitated by us or one of our partners; (c) signing up for educational offers from selected third parties; (d) sending us an email message; (e) submitting your credit card or other payment information when ordering and purchasing products and services on our ste. To that, we will use your information for, but not limited to, communicating with you in relation to services and/or products you have requested from us. We also may gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.

Use of your Personal Information

APR and Civic Impact collect and use your personal information to operate its educational website and deliver the Services you have requested. Civic Impact is committed to improving its products, learning processes, and outcomes, and records of your participation in our Services may be used for education research. In the interest of this research, you may be exposed to variations in content. Research findings will be reported at the aggregate level. Your personal data will not be shared or publicly disclosed in any research findings. APR may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from GovEx Academy and its partners.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

APR and Civic Impact do not sell, rent, or lease its customer lists or data to third parties. APR may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information is not transferred to the third party.

APR may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served by APR Services; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of JHU; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Policy Forum or the public.

Tracking User Behavior

APR may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within APR and Civic Impact properties, in order to determine which of our services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area and is not distributed to third parties.

Security of your Personal Information

APR and Civic Impact secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure using SSL Protocol for this purpose. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through our properties cannot be guaranteed.

Email Communications

From time to time, APR may contact you via email for the purpose of providing announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and other general communications.  If you would like to stop receiving marketing or promotional communications via email from APR, you may opt out of such communications by emailing appliedresearch@jhu.edu 

Changes to this Statement

APR reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

Security

We care about the security of our users. While we work to protect the security of your account and related information, APR cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security measures. Please notify us immediately of any compromise or unauthorized use of your account by emailing appliedresearch@jhu.edu.

Third Party Content

Through the Services, you will have the ability to access and/or use content provided by experts, other users, and/or other third parties and links to websites and services maintained by third parties. APR cannot guarantee that such third party content, in the Services or elsewhere, will be free of material you may find objectionable or otherwise inappropriate or of malware or other contaminants that may harm your computer, mobile device, or any files therein. APR and Civic Impact disclaim any responsibility or liability related to your access or use of such third party content.

Modifying & Terminating Our Services

To best serve you, we are constantly changing and improving our Services. We may add or remove functions, features, or requirements, and we may suspend or stop a Service altogether. Accordingly, APR may terminate your use of any Service for any reason. If your use of a paid Service is terminated, refer to our Refund Policy. None of APR, its participating institutions its contributors, sponsors, and other business partners, and their employees, contractors, and other agents (the “APR Parties”) shall have any liability to you for any such action. You can stop using our Services at any time, although we’ll be sorry to see you go. 

Disclaimers

THE SERVICES AND ALL INCLUDED CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. THE APR PARTIES SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. THE APR PARTIES FURTHER DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY RELATED TO YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR ANY RELATED CONTENT. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR SUCH CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Limitation of Liability

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE APR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM: (A) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (B) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY PARTY OTHER THAN THE APPLICABLE APR PARTY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT; OR (C) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE, OR ALTERATION OF YOUR CONTENT OR INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT SHALL APR’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATED TO THE SERVICES EXCEED THIRTY U.S. DOLLARS ($30) OR THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES RECEIVED BY APR FROM YOU FOR THE USE OF PAID SERVICES DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS, WHICHEVER IS GREATER.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE DISCLAIMERS AND THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH IN THIS TERMS OF USE REFLECT A REASONABLE AND FAIR ALLOCATION OF RISK BETWEEN YOU AND THE APR PARTIES, AND THAT THESE LIMITATIONS ARE AN ESSENTIAL BASIS TO APR’S ABILITY TO MAKE THE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO YOU ON AN ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE BASIS.

YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION RELATED TO THE SERVICES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the APR Parties from any and all claims, liabilities, expenses, and damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, made by any third party related to: (a) your use or attempted use of the Services in violation of these Terms; (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party; or (c) User Content, including without limitation any claim of infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property or other proprietary rights.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

The Services are managed by Johns Hopkins Center for Civic Impact, which is located in Baltimore, Maryland. You agree that any dispute related to these Terms will be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland, 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 Baltimore, Maryland, as the legal forum for any such dispute.

General Terms

Revisions to the Terms

We reserve the right to revise the Terms at our sole discretion at any time. Any revisions to the Terms will be effective immediately upon posting by us. For any material changes to the Terms, we will take reasonable steps to notify you of such changes. In all cases, your continued use of the Services after publication of such changes, with or without notification, constitutes binding acceptance of the revised Terms.

Severability: Waiver

If it turns out that a particular provision of these Terms is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms. If you do not comply with these Terms, and we do not take immediate action, this does not indicate that we relinquish any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).

Participating Institutions

APR’s participating institutions are third party beneficiaries of the Terms and may enforce those provisions of the Terms that relate to them.

Getting Help

If you encounter a difficulty while participating in the Forum, please immediately contact appliedreseach@jhu.edu.

Title IX

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

It is APR’s responsibility to help create a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. Our staff also has mandatory reporting responsibilities related to his/her role as a Responsible Employee under the Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedures (which prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking), as well as the General Anti-Harassment Policy (which prohibits all types of protected status-based discrimination and harassment). All Forum participants should feel able to share information related to their life experiences in discussions, in their written materials, and in one-on-one meetings. APR staff will keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, our staff is required to share information he/her learns of regarding sexual misconduct, as well as protected status-based harassment and discrimination, with the JHU Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). For a list of individuals/offices who can speak confidentially, please see Appendix B of the JHU Sexual Misconduct Policies and Laws.

For more information on both policies mentioned above, please see: JHU Relevant Policies, Codes, Statements and Principles. Please also note that certain faculty and other University community members also have a duty as a designated Campus Safety Authority under the Clery Act to notify campus security of certain crimes, as well as a duty under State law and University policy to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect.