Welcome to the website of The Adventist Learning Community (ALC). Please take a few minutes to review the following statements containing important legal information, privacy policies and other terms and conditions of use of this site.
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The www.adventistlearningcommunity.com website (the “Site”) is produced by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. All use of the Site is subject to the Terms and Conditions set forth below. By entering and using the Site, you acknowledge that you have read and understood such Terms and Conditions and that you agree to abide by them. The Site is designed and intended for educational and spiritual purposes only. The ALC does not endorse, guarantee, warrant, or recommend any information, products or services discussed or advertised on the Site or linked from the Site.
The information presented by or on behalf of the ALC on the Site is designed for informational and educational purposes only. Although the ALC endeavors to ensure the accuracy and reliability of information presented by or on behalf of the ALC on the Site, it does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy or timeliness of such information, and therefore, makes no representation or warranty regarding the same. Furthermore, the ALC does not endorse, guarantee, warrant, or recommend any information, products or services discussed or advertised on the Site or linked from the Site.
Reliance on any information, products or services appearing on the Site that is provided by the ALC or the North American Division’s employees is solely at your own risk.
Any content and/or opinions uploaded or submitted by a third party, including all materials, articles, hyperlinks, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, individual user profiles, comments, opinions, or other dialogue, any other content or opinions in any form and responses to questions (hereinafter “User-Posted Content”) are solely the opinions and responsibility of the person or entity submitting them and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the ALC. The ALC makes no representation or warranty regarding User-Posted Content that is posted or uploaded by users of the Site or other third parties, and the ALC expressly disclaims any and all liability related thereto. By using the Site, you agree to hold the ALC harmless from any and all claims arising out of User-Posted Content. Reliance on any information, products or services appearing on the Site, whether provided by third parties at the invitation of the ALC or visitors or contributors to the website is solely at your own risk.
The Site and information provided on the Site is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis, with all faults. Neither the ALC nor any person associated with the ALC makes any warranty or representation with respect to the quality, accuracy, or availability of the Site. Specifically, but without limiting the foregoing, neither the ALC nor anyone associated with the ALC warrants or represents that the Site or the information provided on the Site will be accurate, reliable, error-free, uninterrupted; that defects will be corrected; that the Site or the servers that make them available are free from viruses or other harmful components; or that the Site will otherwise meet your needs or expectations. The ALC disclaims all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement.
In no event will the ALC or its contractors be liable for any damages of any kind, under any legal theory, arising out of or in connection with your use of, or inability to use, the Site, including any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, including, but not limited to, lost profits or damages resulting from delay, interruption in service, viruses, deletion of files or electronic communications, or errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies in the Site or the content transmitted on the Site or personal injury, whether or not there is negligence by the ALC and whether or not the ALC has been advised of the possibility of any such
You agree to comply in all respects with these Terms and Conditions as they may be amended, updated or revised from time to time. Your failure to comply with the provisions of copyright and trademark restrictions and member obligations may expose you to civil and/or criminal liability.
The content of material provided by the ALC on the Site is copyrighted by the ALC or used by the ALC under license or other legal authority. The ALC and its licensors retain all copyrights and other proprietary rights in or relating to any content, including any software, provided on the Site. All rights are reserved and such content may not be reproduced, downloaded, modified, published, displayed, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written agreement of the ALC or as indicated below. You may download and print a small number of copies of the content for educational uses. You may not sell, transfer, reproduce, transmit, distribute, perform or display such content for any commercial purpose without the prior express written consent of the ALC.
By signing in to, accessing, or otherwise using the Adventist Teacher Connect website and application (“ATC") or the HigherEd Adventist Society platform ('"HEAS") (together ATC and HEAS are referred to as the “Platforms”, you agree to these Terms and Conditions (“Terms”). If you disagree with any part of these Terms, do not use the Platforms. We reserve the right to change these Terms at any time, so please check for changes to these Terms each time you use the Platforms. Your continued use of the Platforms following the posting of changes to these Terms means that you accept those changes.
The Platforms are owned and operated by the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (“NAD”, "we", "us", or a similar term). You may view, download, and print material from the Platforms only for your personal, noncommercial use unless otherwise indicated. You may not post material from the Platforms to another website or on a computer network without our permission. You may not transmit or distribute material from the Platforms to other websites. You may not use the Platforms or information found on the Platforms (including the names or addresses of those who have submitted information to the Platforms) to sell or promote products or services, to solicit clients, or for any other commercial purpose. We reserve sole discretion and right to deny, revoke, or limit use of the Platforms, including the reproduction and any other use of any material available through the Platforms.
About ATC and HEAS
This platform will provide a central connecting point for Adventist teachers and schools. Through technology, video conferencing, networking and collaborative lessons, teachers can partner with other teachers to create both academic and faith-based learning experiences for students.These interactions offer students authentic ways to develop 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills).
This is a database of Adventist teachers around the NAD and around the world willing to interact and collaborate with other teachers.Teachers can browse through profiles; find teachers they are interested in partnering with and connect virtually with the classes. If time zones are a challenge, videos can be sent, or teachers can use other creative ways to communicate.
This section is dedicated to Project-Based Learning. Teachers can find ready-to-go projects, share project ideas and post completed projects with the community of teachers. In addition to general subject-based projects on ATC, Seventh-day Adventist ministries & organizations can collaborate with ATC by creating projects or challenges for schools to embark on.This allows schools to become involved in the mission of these organizations and make meaningful contributions to their communities and churches.
Criteria to Join ATC
HEAS is an educational platform within the ALC designed to facilitate connections and collaboration between faculty of Seventh-day Adventist Higher Ed institutions, Adventist professors at other higher ed institutions, and Adventist graduate students interested in higher education.
Criteria to Join HEAS
Users request to join the HEAS via ALC and provide the information below. Once information is verified, the request must be approved by an ALC administrator.
Code of Conduct
We reserve the right to refuse to accept, or to remove from the Platforms any submitted materials believe may subject us to legal liability or that it may violate these Terms.
You agree not to post content that: (i) may create a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or physical or mental illness to you, to any other person, or to any animal; (ii) may create a risk of any other loss or damage to any person or property; (iii) seeks to harm or exploit children by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking them for personally identifiable information, or otherwise; (iv) may constitute or contribute to a crime or tort; (v) contains any information or content that we deem to be unlawful, harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, defamatory, infringing, invasive of personal privacy or publicity rights, harassing, humiliating to other people (publicly or otherwise), libelous, threatening, profane, or otherwise objectionable; (vi) contains any information or content that is illegal; (vii) contains any information or content that you do not have a right to make available under any law, including data protection law, or due to any contractual or fiduciary relationship; (viii) contains any information or content that you know or believe is not correct and current; or (ix) promotes, or otherwise incites, discrimination, racism, bigotry, hatred, or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual. You agree not to use the Platforms to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory, and you understand and agree that your failure to comply with this provision may lead to your loss of access to the Platforms.
You agree that any material that you post does not and will not violate any third-party right of any kind, including, without limitation, any Intellectual Property Rights (as defined below). To the extent that your material contains third party content, you hereby represent that you are the owner of, or have a valid license to, all the Intellectual Property Rights of such third party content and have the power to grant the license granted below. You hereby represent that you have the written consent of each and every identifiable natural person whose likeness appears in your content. You will supply us with these written consents if we request you to do so. We reserve (as stated above) the right, but not the obligation, to reject and/or remove any content that we believe, in our sole discretion, violates these provisions without admission or liability. For the purposes of these Terms, "Intellectual Property Rights" means any and all patent rights; copyright rights; moral rights; rights of publicity and rights of privacy; trademark, trade dress, and service mark rights; goodwill; trade secrets; and other intellectual property rights as may now exist or hereafter come into existence, and all applications therefor and registrations, renewals, and extensions thereof, under the laws of any state, country, territory, or other jurisdiction.
To the extent permitted by applicable laws, we assume no responsibility and we assume no liability for any material that you or any other user posts on the Platforms. You shall be solely responsible for your material and the consequences of posting or publishing it. You understand and agree that you may be exposed to submitted materials that is inaccurate, objectionable, inappropriate for children, or otherwise unsuited to your purpose, and you agree that we shall not be liable for any damages you allege to incur as a result of any such materials.
User Content License
By posting any User Content on the Platforms, including, without limitation, your or another’s name, likeness, logo, tradename, trademark, service mark, or copyrighted materials, you expressly grant to us, and you hereby represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to grant to us, a royalty free, sub-licensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, and worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, transmit, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such User Content, in whole or in part, and in any form, media, or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, for use in connection with the Platforms.
This Web site is copyrighted by the North American Division Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists. All rights are reserved. United States copyright law protects all materials contained on the Platforms. By using the Platforms, you acknowledge that We own all intellectual property rights in and to the site. You may not modify, remove, delete, augment, add to, exploit, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, and/or create derivative works from the content either in whole or in part without permission.
For your convenience, the Platforms may contain links to websites operated by others. Those third-party websites are not maintained or controlled by us, and we are not responsible for their content. Although we have made a good-faith effort to link only to tasteful and appropriate websites, some may contain inappropriate or objectionable material. If you find such material while using a website that you accessed through a link on this Site, please notify us immediately.
We do not control, endorse, or adopt any third-party content and shall have no responsibility for the same, including, without limitation, material that may be misleading, incomplete, erroneous, offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable. You must evaluate and bear all risks associated with third party content.
Limitations of Liability
To the extent permitted by applicable laws, we are not liable for any direct, special, or consequential damages, or any other damages of any kind, resulting from or arising out of your use of, or your inability to use, the Platforms or any linked website or the services provided or arranged through the Platforms, including, but not limited to, personal injury claims, lost wages, property damage, lost profits, business interruption, and loss of programs or other data on your information handling system.
You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless us (and each of our officers, directors, members, employees, agents, volunteers, and affiliates) from any claim, demand, action, damage, loss, cost, or expense, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees, arising out of or relating to your use of, or your participation in services provided or arranged through, the Platforms that violates these Terms. If you are obligated to indemnify us, we will have the right, in our sole and unfettered discretion, to control any action or proceeding and determine whether we wish to settle it, and if so, on what terms.
YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SITE, APP, AND SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES, APP, AND SITE ARE ALL PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE OR PURPOSE, ACCURACY, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICES, APP, OR SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE SERVICES, APP, OR SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE; NOR DO WE MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES, APP, OR SITE OR AS TO THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICES, APP, OR SITE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SERVICES, APP, OR SITE WILL BE CORRECTED. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL AND/OR INFORMATION DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES, APP, OR SITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SERVICES OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF SUCH MATERIAL AND/OR INFORMATION. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY REGARDING ANY DEALINGS WITH OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO WITH ANY OTHER PARTIES (INCLUDING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES) THROUGH THE SERVICES, APP, OR SITE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, EFFORT AND RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SITE, APP, OR THE SERVICES IS WITH YOU. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN.
This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect while you use the Platforms. You may terminate your membership with ATC and/or HEAS at any time, for any reason, by sending an email to email@example.com .
Jurisdiction and Applicable Law
The Terms constitute the entire and exclusive and final statement of the agreement between you and us with respect to the subject matter hereof, and govern your use of the services, superseding any prior agreements or negotiations between you and us with respect to the subject matter hereof.
This site is created and controlled under the laws of the State of Maryland, which shall be the law giving effect to and interpretation of all terms and conditions hereunder. Any action pertaining to this website shall be in the State of Maryland with Montgomery County the venue for such action. Any person named a party to any action regarding this Web site agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Maryland and of the United States of America located in the State of Maryland.
The collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information is described in our Privacy Statement available here.
Any limitations on liability explicitly set forth herein shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of the Terms for any reason. Our (and our licensors') proprietary rights (including any and all Intellectual Property Rights) in and to Our Content and the Services shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of the Terms for any reason.
Please report any violations of the Terms to ATC Admin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Effective date:February 12, 2020