Terms and Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions which govern your use of the www.thepointnews.com website (“Website”) and all pages within it and all subdomains of thepointnews.com.

The Website is provided to you free of charge for your personal use subject to these Terms and Conditions. By accessing the Website, you accept and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions

The Website is owned and operated by The Point News.

1. Access To, and Use Of The Website

1.1 All material on the Website (“Content”) is the copyright of The Point News or its licensors and must not be reproduced in whole or in part on any medium without the prior written permission of The Point News.

1.2 Users of the Website may display Content on a computer screen, and print a single copy of individual pages of the Website on paper (but not make photocopies of such pages) for personal non-commercial uses only.

1.3 Except as permitted by these Terms and Conditions and without prejudice to paragraph 1.2 above, users of the Website may not do any of the following without the prior written permission of The Point News:

• store or transmit Content to any paper publication, user group, other website, electronic bulletin board, mailing list, server or other storage device in electronic or print form;
• distribute, perform, display, modify, publish, transmit, reproduce, adapt, or in any manner exploit all or any part of the Content;
• reproduce, modify or in any way commercially exploit Content;
• remove any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property notice(s) from any Content;
• do anything that may interfere with, damage or interrupt any functionality of the Website or any computer software or hardware;

1.4 Any use of Content which is not specifically permitted in these Terms and Conditions is expressly prohibited.

1.5 Requests for permission to use or reproduce Content should be sent to:
Address:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Campus Center Room 145B
18952 E Fisher’s Road
St. Mary’s City, Maryland 20686
Phone: (240) 895-4213
E-mail: pointnews at smcm dot edu

1.6 Any person granted a licence by The Point News to reproduce Content may at the discretion of The Point News be required to follow guidelines that The Point News may issue, or pay to The Point News, such monetary sum as The Point News may determine in its absolute discretion.

2. Availability of the Website

Although we aim to offer you the best service possible, we make no promise that the services at the Website will meet your requirements. We cannot guarantee that the service will be fault free. Your access to the Website may be occasionally restricted to allow for repairs, maintenance or the introduction of new facilities or services. We will attempt to minimise the periods during which access to the Site is restricted for these reasons.

3. Privacy

3.1 We may collect the following information:
•name and job title
•contact information including email address
•demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
•other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

3.2 We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
•Internal record keeping.
•We may use the information to improve our products and services.
•We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
•From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.
•We may use your personal information to send you information about our other products and services or third parties which we think you may find interesting.

3.3 We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

4. Limitations

Users may not use the Website for any of the following purposes:
•Disseminating any unlawful, harassing, libellous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, otherwise objectionable material;
• Transmitting material that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offence, results in civil liability or otherwise breaches any relevant laws, regulations or codes of practice;
• Gaining unauthorised access to other computer systems;
• Interfering with any other person’s use or enjoyment of the Website;
• Breaching any laws concerning the use of public telecommunications networks;
• Interfering or disrupting networks or web sites connected to the Website; and
• Making, transmitting or storing electronic copies of the materials protected by copyright without the permission of the owner.

5. Limitation of Liability

5.1 The Website is provided by us without any warranties or guarantees. You must bear the risks associated with the use of the Internet.

5.2 The Point News is not responsible for any opinion expressed in any message on any part of the Website or the forum. Opinions expressed in the forum are those of individuals and The Point News does not necessarily agree with any of those opinions.

5.3 The Point News does not guarantee the accuracy of any Content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, The Point News hereby excludes any liability whatsoever to itself for any loss or damage arising from your use of the Website, Content, the forum and/or a third party website.

5.4 The Point News shall have no liability for the security of Content and for any message posted by you to the forum, or for any disruption or interruption to the Website and/or the forum however caused, or for loss of or corruption to Content when downloaded from the Website onto any computer hardware or software.

5.5 The Website has links to third party websites that The Point News does not control. The Point News is not responsible for the content of such third party websites and does not examine, endorse, control or monitor usage of, or information on them.

5.6 The Website is provided on an “as is” basis and The Point News makes no representation or warranty of any kind (whether express or implied) as to the Website, Content, or the forum, including without limitation any representation or warranty about the accuracy, completeness, quality, or fitness for any purpose of the Content, Website or the forum.

6. Indemnity

You hereby agree to indemnify and hold The Point News and its officers, employees and agents harmless from and against all and any expenses, losses, damages, liabilities or costs incurred or suffered as a result of your use of, or conduct on the Website and/or the forum, or a breach by you of any of these Terms and Conditions.

7. General

7.1 The Point News reserves the right to make changes to any part of the Website and these Terms and Conditions without notice to you.

7.2 If any part of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid, the remaining provisions will continue with full force and effect.

7.3 Any failure or delay by The Point News in exercising any right or remedy available to it against you shall not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy.

8. Excluded Services

The services provided by the Website do not include the provision of computer or other necessary equipment to access the Website. To use the Website you will require Internet connectivity and appropriate telecommunications links. We shall not be liable for any telephone or other costs that you may incur.

Effective April, 20th, 2011.