Terms and Conditions V1
Effective Date: December 1st, 2017
This Website is owned and operated by Inner Compass Initiative, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (“ICI” or “We”). This Website, which includes the Inner Compass Initiative domain (www.theinnercompass.org) and The Withdrawal Project sub-domain (withdrawal.theinnercompass.org) (collectively, “ICI/TWP”), and ICI Connect and TWP Connect (collectively, “Connect”), is a web-based online information-sharing and connecting platform (collectively, the “Website”) which seeks to provide opportunities for likeminded people to find each other, and to facilitate the sharing of information that improves collective understanding of psychiatric drug withdrawal and of “mental health” diagnoses and treatments generally. These Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) apply to the Website, Connect platforms, and any content posted by, through, and in connection with ICI and ICI/TWP.
ICI reserves the right to change these Terms or to impose new conditions on use of the Website, from time to time, in which case We will post the revised Terms on this Website. By continuing to use the Website after We post any such changes, You accept the Terms, as modified.
Dispute Resolution and Governing Law
These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts any dispute which stems from the operation of, or posting or publication of information on, the website by a User or Member or ICI shall be subject to binding arbitration by Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) in Boston, Massachusetts. Further, all such disputes shall be arbitrated, governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to its conflict of law principles.
Limitation of Liability
THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND BY ICI AND ANY THIRD-PARTY SITES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE OR ANY OF ITS FUNCTIONS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT ANY PART OF THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING THE CONNECT NETWORKS, OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE THIS WEBSITE AVAILABLE, ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
WE DO NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE WEBSITE OR MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE OR ON THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WE, OUR SUBSIDIARY AND PARENT COMPANIES, AND/OR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, THE INABILITY TO USE, OR THE RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION POSTED OR PUBLISHED ON THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO OUR MESSAGING PLATFORMS, CONNECT NETWORKS, COMPANION GUIDE, BLOGS, RESOURCES, OTHER CONTENT, COMMENTS OF USERS OR MEMBERS, BOOKS, EMAILS, NEWSLETTERS, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES, OR THIRD-PARTY MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, CONTENT, OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR BY US IN ANY WAY, EVEN IF WE ARE ADVISED BEFOREHAND OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY USER OR MEMBER. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE WEBSITE, ANY MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES ON THE WEBSITE, OR WITH ANY OF THE WEBSITE'S TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISABLE OR DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT AND/OR DISCONTINUE USING THE WEBSITE AND THE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND/OR MATERIALS.
THIS WEBSITE IS CONTINUALLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND ICI MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, IMPLIED OR EXPRESS, AS TO ITS ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR APPROPRIATENESS FOR ANY PURPOSE.
WITH REGARDS TO CONTENT RELATING TO HEALTH & WELLNESS ON THE WEBSITE:
THIS WEBSITE OFFERS MEDICAL, PSYCHIATRIC, PHARMACEUTICAL, AND “MENTAL HEALTH”-RELATED INFORMATION AND IS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, YOU SHOULD CONSULT AND COLLABORATE WITH A WELL-INFORMED PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL. DO NOT DISREGARD, AVOID, OR DELAY OBTAINING MEDICAL OR HEALTH RELATED ADVICE FROM A WELL-INFORMED HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE READ ON THIS WEBSITE. THE USE OF ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
NOTHING STATED OR POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE OR AVAILABLE THROUGH ANY OF THE WEBSITE’S PRODUCTS OR SERVICES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PERSONAL MEDICAL ADVICE TO A PATIENT FROM A REGISTERED PHYSICIAN, PHARMACIST, AND/OR MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR OF ANY KIND. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS AGREEMENT, THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND COUNSELING INCLUDES, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PSYCHIATRY, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOTHERAPY, NEUROLOGY, OR PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TREATMENT, INSTRUCTIONS, DIAGNOSIS, PROGNOSIS OR ADVICE.
THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY DISCUSSED IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE APPLICABLE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
You agree at all times to defend, indemnify and hold harmless ICI and its affiliates, their successors, transferees, assignees, and licensees and their respective parent and subsidiary companies, agents, associates, officers, directors, shareholders, contractors, consultants, volunteers, and employees of each from and against any and all claims, causes of action, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related to Your breach of any obligation, warranty, representation or covenant set forth herein.
General Education Purposes Only
The information and content that is posted on the Website is provided for general educational and information purposes only and does not reflect the professional opinions of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, clinicians, or mental health practitioners of any kind. Though ICI may sometimes collaborate with or receive contributions from medical, pharmacological, and/or clinical professionals, the employees, administrators and publishers of the Website are NOT medical professionals. They are laypeople with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and the content on the Website should not be considered to be professional medical, pharmacological, psychiatric, or clinical advice. No information on the Website should be used or relied on for any purposes considered to be diagnostic or treatment-related in nature. ICI STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT USERS AND/OR MEMBERS CONSULT WITH A WELL-INFORMED PERSONAL PHYSICIAN OR OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BEFORE BEGINNING OR CEASING MEDICATION OR TREATMENT OF ANY KIND.
The Website should not be used or relied upon to treat or diagnose any disease, illness, or symptoms of disease or illness. Treatment-related decisions regarding actual medical diseases, illnesses, and symptoms should be made in direct collaboration with a well-informed, licensed medical professional. You assume all responsibility and risk for the use of this Website and/or information obtained on this Website. ICI, its founders, owners, board members, employees, contractors, and consultants, including its authors and volunteer contributors, expressly disclaim responsibility and shall have no liability for any damages, losses, or injuries whatsoever suffered as a result of anyone's reliance on the information contained in the Website.
The presence of description of any specific medical or mental health-related test, treatment, or procedure on the Website does not constitute an endorsement of ICI of said test, treatment, or procedure. Users and Members of the Website assume all responsibility and risk for the use of any information provided on the Website, provided by persons appearing on the Website at the invitation of ICI, or provided by other Users and Members of the Website. The tips, recommendations, information, and conclusions posted or emailed by other Members of the Website are not in any way vetted, approved, or endorsed by ICI, and You use such information at Your own risk.
ICI, its employees, volunteers and contributors shall not be responsible for the content and statements posted on or through this Website and shall have no liability for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages, including those for lost profits or personal injuries that may have resulted directly or indirectly from the use of the Website or the reliance on information or content posted thereon. Comments or messages posted on or through the Website by Members may reflect the views of that individual Member, but do not reflect the views of ICI or the ICI/TWP community as a whole.
To use certain features of the Website, You will need a username and password, which You will receive through the Website's registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are responsible for all activities (whether by You or by others) that occur under Your password or account. You agree to notify Us immediately of any unauthorized use of Your password or account or any other breach of security, and to ensure that You exit from Your account at the end of each session. We cannot and will not be liable for any losses or damages arising from Your failure to protect Your password or account information.
Third Party Links
The Website may contain links to third party websites, apps, services, and resources (collectively “Third Party Services”) that are not under ICI’s control. You acknowledge sole responsibility and assume all risk arising from Your use of any Third Party Services.
Our linking to such Third Party Services does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of such sites, or of the information, products, or services offered on or through the sites. In addition, neither We nor Our affiliates operate or control in any respect any information, products, or services that such third parties may provide on or through the Website or on websites linked to by Us on the Website.
If applicable, any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors, and not ICI. Neither ICI nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. Furthermore, ICI neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy and reliability of any opinion, advice, or statement made on the Website or any third party website by anyone other than an authorized ICI representative while acting in his/her official capacity.
Intellectual Property Rights
ICI’s Limited License to You. This Website and all the materials available on the Website are the property of ICI and/or Our affiliates, licensors, and contractors and are protected by copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws. The Website is provided solely for Your personal, noncommercial use. You may not use the Website or the materials available on the Website in a manner that constitutes an infringement of ICI’s rights or that has not been authorized by Us. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, translate, sell, create derivative works of, exploit, or distribute in any manner or medium (including by email or other electronic means) any materials or information published or posted by ICI on the Website without the express written consent of ICI and, if applicable, the third party which published or posted the materials or information. You may, however, from time to time, download and/or print one copy of individual pages of the Website for Your personal, non-commercial use, provided that You keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.
Your License to ICI. By posting or submitting any material (including, without limitation, comments, blog entries, Facebook postings, survey responses, photos and videos) to Us via the Website, internet groups, social media venues, surveys, or to any of Our staff via email, text, or otherwise, You are representing: (i) that You are the owner of the material, or are making Your posting or submission with the express consent of the owner of the material; and (ii) that You are eighteen years of age or older. In addition, when You choose to submit written, audio, photo, video, or any other multimedia content to Us by replying to Our surveys, commenting on Our social media posts or Website blogs, or posting in other public areas of the Website including without limitation chat rooms, discussion boards, or forums, You are granting Us, and anyone authorized by Us, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to (a) make Your submission anonymous through the removal of Your name (“Anonymized Content”) and (b) use, copy, modify, transmit, create derivative works from, distribute, and/or publicly perform or display such Anonymized Content, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium, now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose. You understand that any content You choose to submit to Us through Our surveys, social media accounts, or public areas of the Website is content You are comfortable with ICI sharing publicly as Anonymized Content. The foregoing grant shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such posting or submission, including, but not limited to, rights under copyright, trademark, service mark, or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction. You acknowledge that ICI has the right but not the obligation to use and display Your Anonymized Content as outlined in this clause and that ICI may elect to cease the use and display of any such Anonymized Content (or any portion thereof), at any time for any reason whatsoever.
Limitations on Linking and Framing. You may establish a hypertext link to the Website so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of Your site by Us or by the Website. However, You may not, without Our prior written permission, frame or inline link any of the content of the Website, or incorporate into another website or other service any of Our material, content or intellectual property.
Certain sections of the Website may allow You to purchase many different types of products and services online that are provided by third parties. We are not responsible for the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, or any other aspect of these products and services. If You make a purchase from a merchant on the Website or on a site linked to by the Website, the information obtained during Your visit to that merchant's online store or site, and the information that You give as part of the transaction, such as Your credit card number and contact information, may be collected by both the merchant and us. A merchant may have privacy and data collection practices that are different from Ours. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. In addition, when You purchase products or services on or through the Website, You may be subject to additional terms and conditions that specifically apply to Your purchase or use of such products or services. For more information regarding a merchant, its online store, its privacy policies, and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant's website and click on its information links or contact the merchant directly. You release Us and Our affiliates from any damages that You incur, and agree not to assert any claims against Us or them, arising from Your purchase or use of any products or services made available by third parties through the Website.
Your participation, correspondence or business dealings with any third party found on or through Our Website, regarding payment and delivery of specific goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, representations or warranties associated with such dealings, are solely between You and such third party. You agree that ICI shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or other matters of any sort incurred as the result of such dealings.
You agree to be financially responsible for all purchases made by You or someone acting on Your behalf through the Website. You agree to use the Website and to purchase services or products through the Website for legitimate, non-commercial purposes only. You also agree not to make any purchases for speculative, false, or fraudulent purposes or for the purpose of anticipating demand for a particular product or service. You agree to only purchase goods or services for Yourself or for another person for whom You are legally permitted to do so. When making a purchase for a third party that requires You to submit the third party's personal information to Us or a merchant, You represent that You have obtained the express consent of such third party to provide such third party's personal information.
Website Membership Eligibility
While accessing Our Website, You may, from time to time, receive pop up messages (“Pop-Up Message(s)”) advising You with respect to the content of this Website. Such pop up messages may also include disclaimers or other policies. Your continued access to this Website is contingent upon Your acceptance of the terms set forth in each such Pop-Up Message. You may indicate Your acceptance by clicking on a button which states, “Yes,” “I accept,” “I understand and accept”, or “I agree,” as applicable.
To be eligible to become a Member of ICI Connect, You must agree to the values and principles explained on the Website page “What is ICI Connect?”. To be eligible to become a Member of TWP Connect, You must agree to the values and principles explained on the Website page “What is TWP Connect?”.
This Website may include a variety of features, such as ICI Connect and TWP Connect, surveys, bulletin boards, blogs, comment threads, chat rooms, and email services, which allow feedback to Us and real-time interaction between Members, and other features which allow Members to communicate with other Members. Responsibility for what is posted in or through ICI Connect and TWP Connect, on bulletin boards, surveys, blogs, comment threads, chat rooms, and other public posting areas on the Website, or sent via any email services on the Website, lies with each Member - You alone are responsible for the material You post or send. We do not control the messages, information, or files that You or others may provide through the Website. It is a condition of Your use of the Website that You do not:
- Restrict or inhibit any other User from using and enjoying the Website.
- Use the Website to impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent Your affiliation with a person or entity.
- Interfere with or disrupt any servers or networks used to provide the Website or its features, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of the networks We use to provide the Website.
- Use the Website to instigate or encourage others to commit illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any person.
- Gain unauthorized access to the Website, or any account, computer system, or network connected to this Website, by means such as hacking, password mining, or other illicit means.
- Obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through this Website.
- Use the Website to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, or indecent information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national, or international law.
- Use the Website to post or transmit any information, software or other material that violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material that is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or rights holder.
- Use the Website to post or transmit any information, software or other material that contains a virus or other harmful component.
- Use the Website to post, transmit or in any way exploit any information, software, or other material for commercial purposes, or that contains advertising.
- Use the Website to advertise or solicit to anyone to buy or sell products or services or to make donations of any kind, without Our express written approval.
- Gather for marketing purposes any email addresses or other personal information that has been posted by other Users of the Website.
- Use the Website to promote professional services of any kind or to promote commercial-affiliated, religious-affiliated, or professional service organizations.
ICI and ICI/TWP hosts or may host a variety of communication systems that include but are not limited to internal one-to-one messaging functionality, commenting threads, surveys, discussion forums, calendars, chats and other private/public forums on its Websites and on other platforms (collectively, “Communication Systems”). Any User or Member failing to comply with these Terms may be expelled from and refused continued access to these Communication Systems in the future. ICI or its designated agents may remove or alter any User-created or Member-created content in these Communication Systems at any time for any reason. These Communication Systems are intended to serve as discussion opportunities for Users and/or Members. Information and content posted within these Communication Systems may be provided by ICI staff, ICI's outside contributors, or by Users or Members not connected with ICI, some of whom may employ anonymous Member names. ICI expressly disclaims all responsibility and endorsement and makes no representation as to the validity of any opinion, advice, information, or statement made or displayed in these forums by third parties, nor is ICI responsible for any errors or omissions in such postings, or for hyperlinks embedded in any messages. Under no circumstances will ICI or its staff, employees, contractors, freelancers, contributors, volunteers, affiliates, suppliers, or agents be liable for any loss or damage caused by Your reliance on information obtained through these forums. The opinions expressed in these forums are solely the opinions of the participants, and do not reflect the opinions of ICI or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.
ICI has no obligation whatsoever to monitor any of the content or postings in its Communication Systems. However, You acknowledge and agree that ICI has the absolute right to monitor the same at Our sole discretion. In addition, ICI reserves the right to alter, edit, refuse to post, or remove any postings or content that are publicly visible on the Website or on other platforms, in whole or in part, for any reason. ICI also reserves the right to disclose any content from all its Communication Systems and the circumstances surrounding their transmission to any third party in order to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request and to protect Ourselves, Our clients, sponsors, Users, Members, and visitors.
Reporting Abusive Behavior
If You have become the target of abusive activity or are seeing it take place on the Website, please take the following actions:
- Do not engage the Member who is being abusive.
- Do not reply to email(s) or message(s) from the Member who is being abusive.
- Report the Member to ICI by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include any relevant information or copies of messages to clarify Your complaint.
Enforcement Against Abusive Behavior
ICI reserves the right to deny or cancel membership to Connect, or delete a Member’s profile, at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or explanation.
Without assuming any obligations expressly disclaimed herein, ICI reserves the right to take action in response to any abusive behavior on the Website including, but not limited to:
- Saving copies of the messages in the Communication Systems.
- Investigating allegations that a communication(s) do(es) not conform to the Terms or any other ICI policy to determine in its sole discretion whether to remove or to request the removal of the communication(s).
- Removing communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with the Terms.
- Terminating a Member's access to his/her account and/or to the Website upon any breach of the Terms.
- Editing or deleting any communication(s) posted in the Communication Systems, regardless of whether such communication(s) violate these standards.
- Reporting direct threats of physical violence to law enforcement.
You agree that ICI may, with or without cause, immediately terminate Your membership to ICI Connect or TWP Connect without prior notice. Without limiting the foregoing, the following may lead to a termination by ICI of a Member's membership and use of Connect: (a) breaches or violations of this Terms and Conditions agreement or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, or (b) a non-functioning or unattended email address attached to a profile for a prolonged period of time.
In the event of cancellation or termination, You are no longer authorized to access the part of the Website affected by such cancellation or termination. The restrictions imposed on You with respect to material downloaded from the Website, and the disclaimers and limitations of liabilities set forth in these Terms of Service, shall survive.
Your purchase of a product or service or ticket to an event may or may not provide for any refund. Each specific product, service, event, or course will specify its own refund policy.
Changes to the Website, Terms or Policies
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If You believe in good faith that materials hosted by ICI infringe Your copyright, You, or Your agent may send to ICI a notice requesting that the material be removed or access to it be blocked. Any notification by a copyright owner or a person authorized to act on its behalf that fails to comply with requirements of the DMCA shall not be considered sufficient notice and shall not be deemed to confer upon ICI actual knowledge of facts or circumstances from which infringing material or acts are evident. If You believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed against You, the DMCA permits You to send to ICI a counter-notice. All notices and counter notices must meet the then current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see http://www.loc.gov/copyright for details. ICI's Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement or counter notices can be reached as follows: email@example.com.
Class Action Waiver
You may only resolve disputes with Us on an individual basis, and may not bring a claim as a plaintiff or a class member in a class, consolidated, or representative action. Class arbitrations, class actions, private attorney general actions, and consolidation with other arbitrations aren't allowed.
The arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a class or representative proceeding or claims (such as a class action, consolidated action or private attorney general action) unless all relevant parties specifically agree to do so following initiation of the arbitration.
If any clause within these Terms (other than the Class Action Waiver clause above) is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that clause will be severed from these Terms, and the remainder of these Terms will be given full force and effect. If the Class Action Waiver clause is found to be illegal or unenforceable, these entire Terms will be unenforceable and the dispute will be decided by a court.
These Terms shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of ICI and Our respective assigns, successors, heirs, and legal representatives. Neither these Terms nor any rights hereunder may be assigned without the prior written consent of ICI. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all rights and obligations under these Terms may be freely assigned by ICI to any affiliated entity or any of its wholly owned subsidiaries.
If You have additional questions about these Terms, please write to Us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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