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User Conduct

You may use publicaccountability.org only in a lawful manner and for lawful purposes and consistent with these Terms and Conditions. You are solely responsible for the knowledge and adherence to any and all laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to your use of the website.

You agree that you will not: (i) use the web site to commit a criminal offense or to encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to a civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, Federal, or international law or regulation, including, but not limited to, export control laws and regulations governing the transmission or retransmission of technical data from the United States; (ii) register for more than one User account, register for a User account on behalf of an individual other than yourself, or register for a User account on behalf of any group or entity; (iii) disrupt the normal flow of communication or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real-time use of the website; (iv) claim a relationship with or to speak for any individual, business, association, institution, or other organization for which you are not authorized to claim such a relationship; (v) interfere with or disrupt the websites, servers or networks connected to this website or American University (“AU”) websites, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to this website or AU websites; or (vi) collect or store personal information about other users without their permission.

You agree not to use the site for unauthorized sale, trade or other commercial purposes.

You understand that any violation of these terms and conditions will subject you to loss of privileges and possible legal repercussions.

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Disclaimers

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Limitation of Liability

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Release and Indemnification

You hereby assume all responsibility for the use of this web site and the User Content you provided. Furthermore, you hereby release and waive any and all claims and/or liability against IRW and AU arising from or in connection with your use of this web site or the User Content you provided. You also agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless IRW and AU from and against any and all claims or liability, including costs and attorneys fees, arising from or in connection with your use of this web site, the User Content you provided, or failure to abide by the term and conditions.

Links to Third Party Sites

The website may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by parties other than AU and IRW. Such hyperlinks are provided for your reference only. AU and IRW do not control such websites and is not responsible for their contents. AU’s and IRW’s inclusion of hyperlinks to such websites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such websites or any association with their operators.

Miscellaneous

These terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the District of Columbia, United States in case of any dispute connected with this site or these Terms and Conditions. If any of these terms and conditions are found unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be considered severable from the remaining terms and conditions, and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. This is the entire agreement between you and IRW relating to the subject matter it contains. This agreement may be modified only by our posting of changes to these terms and conditions.

Last modified on: April 8, 2019