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Terms of Service for Subscribing Institutions

These Terms of Service for Subscribing Institutions apply to institutions that are premium content subscribers. By accessing or using the versatilephd.com website or any of the services offered on or through the website (collectively, the “Website”), you agree to the following terms of service, including the Privacy Policy (collectively, the “Terms”). If you do not agree with these Terms, do not use our Website. If you have any questions about these Terms, please ask.

Last updated: October 1, 2013

Who We Are

In these Terms, the words “you”, “your”, “member”, and “user” refer to the subscribing institution itself and its individual subunits, departments, trustees, directors, officers, students, members, alumni, faculty, staff, agents, and representatives, and its successors and permitted assigns. The words “we”, “us”, “our”, “VPhD”, and “The Versatile PhD” refer to The Versatile PhD, LLC, a California limited liability company, and its owners, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors, and assigns. We may be contacted as follows:

The Versatile PhD, LLC Mail: 12930 Ventura Blvd., #632, Studio City, CA 91604 Phone: (818) 508-2000 Fax: (818) 769-2979 Email: Paula Chambers Web: http://versatilephd.com/

Limited License, General Usage Rules, Dispute Resolution, and Miscellaneous Provisions

Limited license. We grant you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited, and revocable license to use the Website at your own expense, subject to these Terms and subject to any other formal written agreement between us which expressly modifies these Terms. You may not use the Website in a manner that exceeds the rights granted for your use of the Website, including permitting use by minors under the age of eighteen, unauthorized copying or distribution of any of the content displayed or used on the Website, and creating an unauthorized derivative work.

Legal use of Website. You agree to use the Website in good faith and in compliance with all applicable laws. You agree not to disrupt, modify, or interfere in any way with us, our Website, our servers, or any of our vendors, and you agree not to impede or interfere with others’ use of the Website. You further agree not to alter or tamper with any data, code, information, or materials on or associated with the Website.

Respect for Website content. You agree that the Website contains proprietary and confidential information that is protected by U.S. and international intellectual property laws. Except as expressly authorized by us in these Terms or in other written communications from us to you, you agree not to sell, rent, rewrite, copy, modify, redistribute, create derivative works, or otherwise misappropriate any part of the Website or any information presented to you through the Website.

Intellectual property infringement policy. If you believe that any materials accessible on the Website infringe your copyright (or trademark or other legal rights), you may request removal of those materials from the Website by contacting our copyright agent, Paula Chambers, in writing, at legal at versatilephd  com or 12930 Ventura Blvd., #632, Studio City, CA 91604, with the following information:

(1) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (2) Identification of the copyrighted work or other material claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (3) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material; (4) Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted; (5) A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the owner, its agent, or the law; and (6) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

We shall then expeditiously investigate and, if warranted, take down or disable access to the material from the Website and notify the original poster of the notification of allegedly infringing material received and of the takedown/disabling, at which point the poster may file with our copyright agent a counter-notification, in writing, as above, with the following information:

(1) A physical or electronic signature of the poster; (2) Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled; (3) A statement under penalty of perjury that the poster has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; and (4) The poster’s name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that the poster consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the subscriber’s address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which we may be found, and that the poster will accept service of process from the complaining party or an agent of such person.

In our discretion, we may also take down or disable access to material during our investigation. It is our policy to provide for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of posters who repeatedly violate this policy or are repeat infringers of copyrighted works, trademarks, or any other of our or third parties’ intellectual property. While notifications under this policy must be made in writing, you may contact our copyright agent by telephone at (818) 508-2000.

Disclaimer of Website warranties. TTHE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS”. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE WEBSITE IS OR ALWAYS WILL BE VIRUS-FREE OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE WEBSITE AT TIMES OR LOCATIONS OF YOUR CHOOSING. WE MAKE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES ABOUT THE WEBSITE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES THAT THE WEBSITE, OR THE PREMIUM CONTENT OR ANY OTHER PORTION OR AREA OF IT, IS MERCHANTABLE, OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, ACCURATE, FIT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NEED, OR NON-INFRINGING. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS WILL BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, OR THAT THE CONTENT WILL BE RELIABLE, ACCURATE, OR MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS. WE HAVE NOT REVIEWED THE CONTENT OF ALL SITES LINKED TO OR FROM OUR WEBSITE, AND WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OR OPERATION OF ANY OF THOSE SITES AND DO NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM OR ENDORSE THEM. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY OUR REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY.

Limitation of liability. WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE. THESE EXCLUSIONS APPLY TO, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY CLAIMS OF LOST INCOME, LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA, LOSS OF GOODWILL, WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER MALFUNCTION, OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL OR COMMERCIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES, EVEN IF WE OR OUR AGENTS OR SERVICE PROVIDERS KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN THE EVENT THAT THESE LIMITATIONS, OR ANY OF THEM, ARE INEFFECTIVE, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU IN ALL INSTANCES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (I) ONE U.S. DOLLAR, (II) THE TOTAL AMOUNT YOU HAVE ACTUALLY PAID TO US FOR ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE AND PREMIUM CONTENT, OR (III) THE MINIMUM AMOUNT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Communication between you and VPhD. Any direct communications taking place between you and us are considered confidential under normal circumstances, but non-confidential for legal purposes.

Suspension. You agree that we may, without prior notice, discontinue, suspend, or modify, temporarily or permanently, the Website or any part thereof (for example, the Website may be shut down temporarily to install a software upgrade, or a new feature). No changes will materially reduce the quality or quantity of premium content. We may suspend your right to access the Website when, in our sole discretion, you have violated or threatened to violate these Terms or disrupt the Website, our vendors, or users. This suspension of right of access shall not serve to terminate your subscription, nor entitle you to a refund or prorate for the applicable subscription term; all such subscriptions are non-cancellable during the current term and non-refundable; however, upon curing the violation or disruption, as determined in our sole discretion, your suspension shall be lifted, but you shall receive no extension to the current term or monetary credit for the suspension period.

Termination for breach. A premium content subscription may be terminated prior to the expiration of its term upon the occurrence of a material breach by the other party of any written agreement between the parties, including these Terms; provided, however, the aggrieved party shall provide written notice to the other party, who shall then have thirty (30) calendar days from the date of receipt of such notice to cure such default and to provide evidence of the same to the aggrieved party, notwithstanding that we may suspend provision of service during this notice and cure period if we are the aggrieved party. The failure of any party to cure a material breach within thirty (30) calendar days shall operate as a cancellation option for the aggrieved party, exercisable by such party upon written notice to the other party. Such option shall expire, however, upon the commencement of any renewal term or by mutual written agreement.

Interpretation. These Terms shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California and of the United States of America, without reference to conflicts of law provisions. If any provision of these Terms is deemed to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be deemed stricken from these Terms, and the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Except as otherwise mutually agreed in a formal written agreement between us, these Terms represent our entire understanding with respect to its subject matter and supersede all prior agreements and understandings between us with respect to its subject matter. No terms, conditions, prior course of dealings, course of performance, usage of trade, understandings, purchase orders, or agreement purporting to modify, vary, supplement, or explain any provision of these Terms shall be effective unless in writing and signed by representatives of both parties authorized to amend these Terms. In the event of a conflict between a provisions of these Terms and one contained in another formal written agreement, the provision contained in the formal written agreement shall prevail but only with regard to the parties to that agreement.

Dispute resolution. Any dispute arising from or related to these Terms, the Website, any services we provide, our or your intellectual property, or any other dispute between you and us shall be resolved in small claims court in Los Angeles County, California (if within the jurisdiction of small claims court) and otherwise by binding arbitration in Los Angeles County, California, before one arbitrator, to be administered by JAMS. Any appeal from a small claims court judgment shall be to binding arbitration only. The arbitrator’s decision shall be final and non-appealable. Nothing herein shall be deemed to prohibit access to the state and federal courts located in Los Angeles County, California where such access is required by law, or to enter or enforce an arbitration award. You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent to this jurisdiction. Each party shall initially bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs, including costs of arbitration. The prevailing party in any legal proceeding shall be entitled to an award of its attorneys’ fees and costs, including costs of arbitration.

Notice. Any notice required or allowed to be given to any other party under these Terms shall be effective only when given in writing (including email) and when actually received by a party.

Changes to These Terms. These Terms may be changed from time to time without notice other than the new version being posted on the Website, effective when posted. For institutions with a subscription agreement in place, changes to these Terms will only be effective for subsequent renewals and only upon written notice provided to you by April 1 of the subscription year covered by the agreement already in place.

Terms of Service for Individuals

These Terms of Service for Individuals apply to individual users. By accessing or using the versatilephd.com website or any of the services offered on or through the website (collectively, the “Website”), you agree to the following terms of service, including the Code of Conduct, below, and Privacy Policy (collectively, the ”Terms”). If you do not agree with these Terms or are unable or unwilling to follow the Code of Conduct, do not use our Website. If you have any questions about these Terms, or difficulty with the Website, by all means, contact us.

Last updated: October 1, 2013

Who We Are

In these Terms, the words ”you”, “your”, “member”, and “user” refer to you and your heirs and personal representatives. The words ”we”, “us”, “our”, “VPhD”, and “The Versatile PhD” refer to The Versatile PhD, LLC, a California limited liability company, and its owners, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors, and assigns. We may be contacted as follows:

The Versatile PhD, LLC Mail: 12930 Ventura Blvd., #632, Studio City, CA 91604 Phone: (818) 508-2000 Fax: (818) 769-2979 CEO Email: Paula Chambers Webmaster email: Webmaster Web: http://versatilephd.com/

Code of Conduct

By accessing or using the Website, you agree to abide by the following Code of Conduct:

Confidentiality. Because some academics take a dim view of those who seriously consider nonacademic careers, VPhD protects individual member confidentiality in a number of ways, most notably by protecting the Forums and other members-only areas from search engines (see the Privacy Policy for details). Likewise, you are expected to protect the confidentiality of other members. Do not “out” anyone as a member of the Versatile PhD community, do not share postings with non-members, and do not harvest others members’ information for any purpose.

Tone. The tone of the Website is helpful and supportive. Please be collegial with each other even in disagreement. No flaming, trolling, constant negativity, or harassment, intimidation, abuse, or defamation of others, whether or not they are Website users, is tolerated.

Truthfulness. Please speak the truth as you know it. Do not make things up or spread information you know to be false. When registering as a member, please provide only truthful information; you can control what other members see by maintaining your profile to your liking. Our hope is that, by creating as confidential and supportive an environment as possible, most members will feel comfortable using their real names as their display names, which will make the discussions more credible and also help you network with other members. That said, if you’re not comfortable using your real name as your display name, you don’t have to, but you must still register with us using your real name.

Relevance. Please post only relevant material (directly related to nonacademic careers for PhDs and ABDs). Do post personal stories of your own nonacademic work experiences; thoughts, questions and reflections about nonacademic careers; helpful, supportive responses to others; and nonacademic job announcements. Note: please post job announcements on the Jobs page, not in the Forums. Do not post irrelevant material (examples: spam, virus warnings, faculty position announcements). Commercial advertisements are not permitted except with our prior express written permission.

Respect for Intellectual Property. VPhD respects your intellectual property by acknowledging that you retain the copyright to all of your writings on the Website. However, you are expected to give equal respect to the intellectual property of others. Do not post copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or have express permission from the copyright holder; otherwise, just link to it rather than posting full text. Do not post material found on the Website on any other site or in any print publication or even share it privately with non-members without express written permission of the author. Please also respect the intellectual property of Paula Chambers and The Versatile PhD. While each individual author retains copyright to his or her own writings on the site, collections of writings by multiple authors on the Website (for example, Forum topics) are the intellectual property of The Versatile PhD and may not be re-published or excerpted anywhere without our prior express written permission. Do not misappropriate the name “The Versatile PhD”, our logo, or the Website’s predecessor’s names, “Work For Us” and “WRK4US”, or confusingly similar variations or derivations of these names or our logo, or copyrighted material belonging to us – except with our prior express written permission.

Limited License, General Usage Rules, Dispute Resolution, and Miscellaneous Provisions

Limited license. If you are a person eighteen years of age or older accessing the Website from a jurisdiction where the Website complies with all local laws, we grant you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited, and revocable license to use the Website at your own expense, subject to these Terms, including the Code of Conduct. You may not use the Website in a manner that exceeds the rights granted for your use of the Website, including permitting use by minors under the age of eighteen, unauthorized copying or distribution of any of the content displayed or used on the Website, and creating an unauthorized derivative work.

VPhD has the right to display your writing and use your suggestions. Though you retain the copyright to everything you write for the Website, by posting, you are granting us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, assignable, sub-licensable, and irrevocable license to store and display your writings on the Website and to make whatever “copies” we deem necessary to archive your writings or to publish them on the Website. Any suggestions you make to us for enhancing the Website are considered our intellectual property upon receipt and their adoption by us will not result in compensation or credit to you. Any other intellectual property rights not specifically granted to you in these Terms are reserved by VPhD.

You control your profile. You acknowledge and agree that you have control over how much information you reveal about yourself on the Website. All responsibility for controlling this information rests with you and requires you to take the time to learn how our Website works and make sure your profile settings are set and maintained to your liking.

Only you are responsible for your career. Any advice you may receive through this Website, whether from us or your fellow members, is only opinion and information and may or may not pertain to your particular situation. Results are not guaranteed, and the views expressed on the Website are not even necessarily ours. You agree never to hold VPhD, your subscribing institution, or your fellow members responsible for any outcomes that are unsatisfactory to you as a result of following any such advice.

We may remove your postings. You acknowledge and agree that we have the right to remove from the Website any of your postings at any time for any reason. If, in our sole discretion, we deem that you have violated or threatened to violate any of these Terms, or interfered or threatened to interfere with the Website or your fellow members, you may be suspended from or removed from the Versatile PhD community. If you disagree with our judgment, you may email us to discuss the matter, but we are the final arbiter.

VPhD is a business. You acknowledge and agree that VPhD is a business, and while we do not resell your postings individually to others or republish them elsewhere, we do benefit from them financially. This is obviously true of premium content contributions, because subscribing institutions pay us to gain access to premium content. Less obviously, it is true of Forum postings, as well. Postings in regular ongoing discussions in the Forums serve to enrich the quality and credibility of the Website as a whole, and postings in Panel Discussions eventually become part of the premium content.

Legal use of Website. You agree to use the Website in good faith and in compliance with all applicable laws. You agree not to disrupt, modify, or interfere in any way with us, our Website, our servers, or any of our vendors, and you agree not to impede or interfere with others’ use of the Website. You further agree not to alter or tamper with any data, code, information, or materials on or associated with the Website.

Respect for Website content. You agree that the Website contains proprietary and confidential information that is protected by U.S. and international intellectual property laws. Except as expressly authorized by us in these Terms or in other written communications from us to you, you agree not to sell, rent, rewrite, copy, modify, redistribute, create derivative works, or otherwise misappropriate any part of the Website or any information presented to you through the Website.

Intellectual property infringement policy. If you believe that any materials accessible on the Website infringe your copyright (or trademark or other legal rights), you may request removal of those materials from our Website by contacting our copyright agent, Paula Chambers, in writing, at legal@versatilephd.com or 12930 Ventura Blvd., #632, Studio City, CA 91604, with the following information:

(1) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (2) Identification of the copyrighted work or other material claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (3) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material; (4) Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted; (5) A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the owner, its agent, or the law; and (6) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

We shall then expeditiously investigate and, if warranted, take down or disable access to the material from the Website and notify the original poster of the notification of allegedly infringing material received and of the takedown/disabling, at which point the poster may file with our copyright agent a counter-notification, in writing, as above, with the following information:

(1) A physical or electronic signature of the poster; (2) Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled; (3) A statement under penalty of perjury that the poster has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; and (4) The poster’s name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that the poster consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the subscriber’s address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which we may be found, and that the poster will accept service of process from the complaining party or an agent of such person.

In our discretion, we may also take down or disable access to material during our investigation. It is our policy to provide for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of posters who repeatedly violate this policy or are repeat infringers of copyrighted works, trademarks, or any other of our or third parties’ intellectual property. While notifications under this policy must be made in writing, you may contact our copyright agent by telephone at (818) 508-2000.

Disclaimer of Website warranties. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS”. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE WEBSITE IS OR ALWAYS WILL BE VIRUS-FREE OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE WEBSITE AT TIMES OR LOCATIONS OF YOUR CHOOSING. WE MAKE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES ABOUT THE WEBSITE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES THAT THE WEBSITE, OR THE PREMIUM CONTENT OR ANY OTHER PORTION OR AREA OF IT, IS MERCHANTABLE, OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, ACCURATE, FIT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NEED, OR NON-INFRINGING. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS WILL BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, OR THAT THE CONTENT WILL BE RELIABLE, ACCURATE, OR MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS. WE HAVE NOT REVIEWED THE CONTENT OF ALL SITES LINKED TO OR FROM OUR WEBSITE, AND WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OR OPERATION OF ANY OF THOSE SITES AND DO NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM OR ENDORSE THEM. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY OUR REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY.

Limitation of liability. WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE. THESE EXCLUSIONS APPLY TO, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY CLAIMS OF LOST INCOME, LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA, LOSS OF GOODWILL, WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER MALFUNCTION, OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL OR COMMERCIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES, EVEN IF WE OR OUR AGENTS OR SERVICE PROVIDERS KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN THE EVENT THAT THESE LIMITATIONS, OR ANY OF THEM, ARE INEFFECTIVE, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU IN ALL INSTANCES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (I) ONE U.S. DOLLAR, (II) THE TOTAL AMOUNT YOU HAVE ACTUALLY PAID TO US FOR ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE AND PREMIUM CONTENT, OR (III) THE MINIMUM AMOUNT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Communication between you and VPhD. Any direct communications taking place between you and us are considered confidential under normal circumstances, but non-confidential for legal purposes. Although we strive to keep the Website Forums private (for more information, see our Privacy Policy), postings to the Website Forums and premium content contributions are inherently non-confidential by their nature.

Suspension and termination. You agree that we may, without prior notice, discontinue, suspend, or modify, temporarily or permanently, the Website or any part thereof (for example, the Website may be shut down temporarily to install a software upgrade, or a new feature). We may suspend or terminate your right to access the Website when, in our sole discretion, you have violated or threatened to violate these Terms or disrupt the Website, our vendors, or your fellow members.

Interpretation. These Terms shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California and of the United States of America, without reference to conflicts of law provisions. If any provision of these Terms is deemed to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be deemed stricken from these Terms, and the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. Except as otherwise mutually agreed in a formal written agreement between us, these Terms represent our entire understanding with respect to its subject matter and supersede all prior agreements and understandings between us with respect to its subject matter.

Dispute resolution. Any dispute arising from or related to these Terms, the Website, any services we provide, our or your intellectual property, or any other dispute between you and us shall be resolved in small claims court in Los Angeles County, California (if within the jurisdiction of small claims court) and otherwise by binding arbitration in Los Angeles County, California, before one arbitrator, to be administered by JAMS. Any appeal from a small claims court judgment shall be to binding arbitration only. The arbitrator‘s decision shall be final and non-appealable. Nothing herein shall be deemed to prohibit access to the state and federal courts located in Los Angeles County, California where such access is required by law, or to enter or enforce an arbitration award. You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent to this jurisdiction. Each party shall initially bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs, including costs of arbitration. The prevailing party in any legal proceeding shall be entitled to an award of its attorneys’ fees and costs, including costs of arbitration.

Notice. Any notice required or allowed to be given to any other party under these Terms shall be effective only when given in writing (including email) and when actually received by a party.

Changes to These Terms. These Terms may be changed from time to time without notice other than the new version being posted on the Website, effective when posted. If significant changes are made, we may elect to mention these in the Forums, but it is your responsibility to check for updates.

Code of Conduct

Last Updated: October 1, 2013

By accessing or using the Versatile PhD Website, you agree to abide by the following Code of Conduct:

Confidentiality. Because some academics take a dim view of those who seriously consider nonacademic careers, VPhD protects individual member confidentiality in a number of ways, most notably by protecting the Forums and other members-only areas from search engines (see the Privacy Policy for details). Likewise, you are expected to protect the confidentiality of other members. Do not “out” anyone as a member of the Versatile PhD community, do not share postings with non-members, and do not harvest others members’ information for any purpose.

Tone. The tone of the Website is helpful and supportive. Please be collegial with each other even in disagreement. No flaming, trolling, constant negativity, or harassment, intimidation, abuse, or defamation of others, whether or not they are Website users, is tolerated.

Truthfulness. Please speak the truth as you know it. Do not make things up or spread information you know to be false. When registering as a member, please provide only truthful information; you can control what other members see by maintaining your profile to your liking. Our hope is that, by creating as confidential and supportive an environment as possible, most members will feel comfortable using their real names as their display names, which will make the discussions more credible and also help you network with other members. That said, if you’re not comfortable using your real name as your display name, you don’t have to, but you must still register with us using your real name.

Relevance. Please post only relevant material (directly related to nonacademic careers for PhDs and ABDs). Do post personal stories of your own nonacademic work experiences; thoughts, questions and reflections about nonacademic careers; helpful, supportive responses to others; and nonacademic job announcements. Note: please post job announcements on the Jobs page, not in the Forums. Do not post irrelevant material (examples: spam, virus warnings, faculty position announcements). Commercial advertisements are not permitted except with our prior express written permission.

Respect for Intellectual Property. VPhD respects your intellectual property by acknowledging that you retain the copyright to all of your writings on the Website. However, you are expected to give equal respect to the intellectual property of others. Do not post copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or have express permission from the copyright holder; otherwise, just link to it rather than posting full text. Do not post material found on the Website on any other site or in any print publication or even share it privately with non-members without express written permission of the author. Please also respect the intellectual property of Paula Chambers and The Versatile PhD. While each individual author retains copyright to his or her own writings on the site, collections of writings by multiple authors on the Website (for example, Forum topics) are the intellectual property of The Versatile PhD and may not be re-published or excerpted anywhere without our prior express written permission. Do not misappropriate the name “The Versatile PhD”, our logo, or the Website’s predecessor’s names, “Work For Us” and “WRK4US”, or confusingly similar variations or derivations of these names or our logo, or copyrighted material belonging to us – except with our prior express written permission.

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: October 1, 2013.

By accessing or using the versatilephd.com website or any of the services offered on or through the website (collectively, the “Website”), you agree to the following Privacy Policy, a part of our Terms of Service for Individuals. For subscribing institutions, this Privacy Policy is part of our Terms of Service for Subscribing Institutions. If you do not agree with this policy, do not use our Website. If you have any questions about this policy, please ask.

Access by Search Engines. Because the privacy of individual user identities is important to us, we have requested that Internet search engines not “crawl” the members-only pages of the Website. Those pages are “no-index” and “no-archive,” which means that anything posted in members-only areas, including Forum posts, user profiles, and premium content submissions, should be invisible to search engines.

Personal Information. Generally, we collect all required and optional personal information which users provide to us during the site registration process (such as real name, email address, academic discipline, and display name), or in any other communications with us. Our intention at all times is to keep personal information private. It is stored on our servers or those of our vendors and may occasionally be used by us to identify individual users should there be a legitimate, reasonable need. For example, when an individual user violates the Code of Conduct embodied in the Terms of Service for Individuals, we will look up that user’s name and email address in our database in order to communicate directly with him or her. Another example: when seeking to identify potential authors, we may search the database for members meeting certain criteria such as academic discipline and work status. The personal information of individual users will not be shared with subscribing institutions, except pursuant to subpoena, court order, or if required by law. Likewise, students’ education records are not provided to us by subscribing institutions (except pursuant to subpoena, court order, or if required by law) and the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act therefore do not apply to us.

The protection of users’ personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect personal information. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure or failsafe. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially reasonable means to protect personal information, we cannot and do not guarantee absolute security. We are not responsible for the unauthorized acts of others and assume no liability for any disclosure of information due to errors in transmission, unauthorized third-party access (such as through hacking or theft of computers) or other acts or omissions of third parties, or for acts or omissions beyond our reasonable control.

Non-Personal Information. Non-personal information such as Internet domain and host names, IP addresses, browser software and version, operating system and version, click patterns, and the dates and times that the Website is accessed by individual users may be collected using analytic technologies (e.g. Google Analytics). We may disclose non-personal information, in aggregate form, to potential strategic partners, advertisers, investors, users, third parties with whom we may contract, and others. Individual users may not opt out of the sharing of this information, except by choosing not to use the Website or our services.

Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties. Again, VPhD is committed to protecting user identities. We will only disclose users’ personal information to protect or enforce our legal rights and policies, to protect or enforce the legal rights of a third party, or where we in good faith believe we are required to do so by law (such as in complying with a subpoena or court order). That said, we may contract with various third parties who help us provide, maintain, and improve the Website and the services we provide, and such third parties may have access to your personal information in order to perform their services. For example, we may use a third party to process payments made to us, for certain portions of our content creation, information verification, production, fulfillment, analytics, reporting, or other operations. We may contract with third-party contractors to help us manage, monitor, and optimize the Website and the services we provide. We may also use third-party contractors to help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising and communications. We may disclose user personal information to our successors and assigns, as well as to a purchaser or licensee of all or a portion of the Website or of The Versatile PhD, LLC in the event that it is sold, merged with another entity, or licensed.

Use of Cookies and Web Beacons. A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of one’s personal computer. Most websites use cookies. A web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image, usually not larger than one pixel wide by one pixel tall that is placed on a web page or in an email and that is used to monitor the behavior of the user visiting the Website or receiving the email. We may use cookies and/or web beacons to track usage of the Website, provide users with a more personalized user experience, and facilitate users logging in to the Website, if applicable.

Application of Privacy Policy When You Access Third-Party Websites. You may be able to access third-party websites directly from the Website. This Privacy Policy does not apply when you access third-party websites. We cannot control how third parties may use personal or non-personal information you disclose to them, or that they collect, so users should carefully review the privacy policy of any third-party website they visit before using it or disclosing their personal information there.

Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Information. Individual users may review and change their personal information anytime simply by visiting their profile, reviewing it, and making the desired changes. Individuals and institutions may obtain a copy of and/or request changes to any information that is not part of a user profile by emailing us at legal@versatilephd.com.  They will, of course, be required to provide proof of their identity. For individuals who no longer want to access or use the Website, they may either just stop using it or visit their profiles and delete their accounts.

Changes to this Policy. This Privacy Policy may be changed from time to time without notice other than the new version being posted on the Website, effective when posted. If significant changes are made, we may elect to mention these in the Forums, but it is your responsibility to check for updates. The current Privacy Policy is always available from a link on the home page as required by law.