Writing Studio Account Agreement

Welcome to the Writing@CSU Web site. This account agreement was developed strictly because of concerns that, without an account agreement, someone, at some time, will do something that is so thoughtless and/or malicious that we would need to end this service. The agreement follows. If you have an account on this site, you'll see it only once (immediately after you create your account) unless you want to see it again: you can view it through the Account tab on your personal page or through the About this Site page.

Introduction

Writing@CSU's Writing Studio is a learning environment that allows writers to save their work and share it with others. The Writing Studio is hosted and maintained by Colorado State University as a public service with the understanding that neither Colorado State University nor any of the other institutions who are partners in the development of the Writing Studio make any warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability of the information on Writing Studio pages.

General Regulations

Information found on Writing@CSU and the Writing Studio is intended for the private use of writers and writing instructors. Please do not use this information for commercial, political, or business purposes such as selling products or sending broadcast email. Copyrighted material may be saved in Writing Studio accounts and displayed on Writing Studio pages only with written (print or digital) permission of the owner of the copyright. Colorado State University reserves the right to suspend or terminate the accounts of any individuals who misuse the information contained or who violate copyright laws on Writing@CSU or the Writing Studio.

Privacy

We do not share information about any of our account holders (e.g., email addresses, names, institutional affiliations) with any individuals or organizations. We will, however, record and analyze aggregate statistics about account holders' activities on the site to assess the effectiveness of our instructional materials and to identify problems with Writing@CSU and the Writing Studio. (Translation: we'll analyze how people use the site in an attempt to improve it.)

Your Writing Studio Account Password

Please do not share your Writing Studio password with anyone. Together with the email address used to log in to your account, your password is your key to managing your account information and any work you have saved in your folders.

Please use a strong password for this site. It is generally considered good practice to use a long password string such as myauntsmiddlenameisnotbetty, as opposed to a string of letters and numbers that you might find difficult to remember. Should you forget your password, however, you can have it sent to you from the login page. It will be mailed to the email address associated with your account.

To guard your identity, please avoid using passwords that include sensitive personal information, such as your social security number or student ID. It's also a good idea, whenever you create an account on the Web, to avoid using the same password you use for accounts that contain sensitive information, such as accounts with banks, universities, colleges, and so on.

If an instructor has created an account for you, please change your password immediately. Doing so will increase the security of your account and help guard your privacy.

Email

Administrators of this site will send periodic news and information to Writing Studio account holders through email. Most often, this news and information will provide notice of new features. Writing Studio instructors and students with Writing Studio accounts will also periodically send email to students enrolled in classes supported by the Writing Studio. This email should address issues related to the class.

Class Discussion Forums

If you are enrolled in a class supported by a Writing Studio class page, you might have access to electronic discussion forums. Neither the instructors for these classes nor the administrators of the Writing Studio are responsible for the privacy practices of any account holder. Remember that all information that is disclosed in these forums is accessible to members of your class and to your instructor(s). Please exercise caution when deciding to share any personal information and please exercise restraint when posting information that might be considered objectionable. Any account holder who finds material posted by another account holder objectionable is encouraged to contact us via email. We are authorized by you to remove or modify any information submitted by you to these forums for any reason we feel constitutes a violation of our policies.

Links to Other Sites

This site may contain links to other Web sites and documents. We have no control over the content of other sites and can not ensure it will not be offensive or objectionable. We will, however, remove links to material that we feel is inappropriate as we become aware of them.

Disclaimer

Colorado State University reserves the right to change this account agreement at any time. Any updates will be communicated to Writing Studio account holders via email.

By pressing the "I Agree" button (which is shown only if you are logged in), you agree that you are fully responsible for any information or file supplied through this account. You also agree that you will not post any copyrighted material that is not owned by yourself without written permission (print or digital) of the copyright holder. In your use of the Writing Studio, you agree that you will not post any information which is vulgar, harassing, hateful, threatening, invasive of others' privacy, sexually oriented, or in violation of any laws.

If you have any questions about this account agreement or the use of Writing@CSU and the Writing Studio, you can contact us at Mike.Palmquist@ColoState.edu.