All students with a Smart Degree account and login information received relevant information with regards to continuing their studies via low-cost general education courses at Bellevue University or a four-year program at one of the Smart Degree partner schools. The Bellevue University offer is being extended through December 31, 2015. If you had a Smart Degree account and did not receive this communication, or if you have questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smart Degree team still believes in the power of a college education and wishes luck to every degree completer on your journeys to academic and career success.
Peterson's®, a Nelnet company, celebrates 50 years of trusted educational publishing in 2015. As a pioneer in the education industry, Peterson's continues to provide the most accurate, dependable, high-quality education content in the field, providing over 7 million students worldwide with everything they need to succeed each year. When students need information about the school they're considering attending, help with paying for college, or just want information on what college life is like, Peterson's is the first and final stop. Whether it's for a parent, student, former service member, or educator – Peterson's publications and online information at www.Petersons.com, has the most up-to-date education exploration data, admissions resources, expert test prep and scholarship tools, and the highest-quality career success resources to help students and professionals reach their goals.
The website is not structured to attract children under 13, and the Company does not intend to collect personally identifiable information from anyone we know to be under 13 years of age. If you are under 13, please do not use our website. If we find out we have unknowingly collected personally identifiable information about a child under 13, we will take all reasonable measures to delete that information from our system as soon as possible.
During the course of the visitor’s use of the website, we automatically collect certain information on the website through cookies, web beacons, log files and other common website data collection techniques, and we receive information from third parties.
Website Cookies: The website may place “cookies” on a visitor’s computer. Cookies are small text files. Our cookies save anonymized data about individual visitors, allowing the website to recognize information about a visitor and help deliver personalized content and other services and functions.
The website uses both session cookies, which terminate when a user closes his browser, and persistent cookies, which remain on the user’s computer until they expire or are manually deleted.
The website also contains coding from our business and technology partners which generates third-party cookies. Third-party cookies allow our business and technology partners to store Non-Personally Identifiable Information they can access when you visit this or other websites.
Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them, and provide the ability to remove them. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser. Blocking cookies may result in a lower quality experience for you while you are using the website.
Web Beacons (1×1 Pixels or GIFS): Our website contains coding known as Web Beacons that use 1×1 pixel images to capture and transmit the online activity of users on our website. These Web Beacons typically transmit information about form completions and other website activities in order to measure advertising effectiveness or store analytics information. In addition, the Company may use web beacons in HTML-based emails. This allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of our email communications and our marketing campaigns by showing how many emails recipients have opened.
Log Files: Like most websites, our servers utilize log files. Log files store information including internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp and number of clicks. Log files are used to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movement in the aggregate and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We use log file information at times to help identify you as you browse and to gather broad technical and demographic information on who uses our website.
In addition to the information collected automatically, we also collect information that you provide to us when you register for an account on our website, request information about a particular school or educational program, or otherwise voluntarily provide information about yourself and/or your educational interests.
From time to time, we post customer testimonials/comments/reviews on our website, which may contain personally identifiable information. We do obtain the customer’s consent via email prior to posting the testimonial to post their name along with their testimonial.
Our website may offer publicly accessible blogs. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at email@example.com or the mailing address provided at the end of this document. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
The Company provides a number of different opportunities to review and change information in your profile or that we have stored about you. For example, you can go to the website and log in to your account to make desired changes.
To request that information which had previously been voluntarily provided be removed from our database, send a request to the Company using the Company Contact Information below. We will attempt to delete such information, where feasible, after we receive a request from you. We will respond to a request for access within 30 days.
Notwithstanding any request from you, we may retain a record of your information that is necessary to comply with applicable law or as necessary to manage your account.
By completing website registration, filling out school information request forms, or otherwise providing your email address on one of our pages, you consent that the website may send email to you regarding our products and services or those of our business partners.
We understand you may not want to receive email from us or from our business partners. You can choose to opt out of receiving email communications from us by selecting to opt out by following the unsubscribe instructions in the email communication you receive from us or by contacting us directly using the Company Contact Information below.
The Company has implemented technical, administrative, physical security measures, and other generally accepted industry standards designed to protect your information from unauthorized access and improper use. We review our security procedures on a regular basis to consider new or updated and appropriate technology and methods. Please be aware, however, that no method of transmission of information over the Internet, or method of electronic storage of information, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can send email us using the Company Contact Information.
California has passed legislation requiring certain disclosures be made available to California residents who use the Internet and provide information that may be used for marketing purposes. It requires any business that discloses a customer’s personal information to any third party for direct marketing purposes to provide the customer a method for obtaining the names, addresses, and certain other specified details of anyone who might have received that personal information. If you are a California resident, you may request this information by requesting it using the Company Contact Information.
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Welcome to this Web site (the “Site“) of Smart Degree and its affiliates (collectively “Smart Degree“). Access to and use of the Site are subject to these terms and conditions (“Terms“) and all applicable laws. By accessing any areas of the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree to all of the Terms, please do not use the Site. Smart Degree may revise these Terms from time to time by updating this Web page. Your use of our Site following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the Terms as changed. If any change is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate your use of the Site. Smart Degree may also change, move portions of, delete portions of or add to the Site from time to time.
Except as indicated in a secure area of the Site, any information or communication, including but not limited to remarks, suggestions, ideas, questions or comments, transmitted to Smart Degree via the Site or Internet electronic mail, is the exclusive property of Smart Degree and is not confidential. SMART DEGREE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF TRANSMISSIONS OVER THE INTERNET (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED), INCLUDING ANY TRANSMISSION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION BY YOU TO SMART DEGREE. Unless otherwise stated, Smart Degree is entitled to use any information or communication submitted for any purpose without restriction (including but not limited to reproduction, publication, disclosure, broadcast, posting and compilation of such information or communication or developing products and services incorporating the same) or compensation to the person sending the submission. The person sending such submission acknowledges the originality of any submission communicated to Smart Degree and accepts entire responsibility for its accuracy, appropriateness and legality (including without limitation compliance with any federal or state intellectual property statutes, regulations and common law rules).
If you use this Site in a manner that requires you to set up an account with a user name and password, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of that user name and password and for restricting access to your computer. You agree to accept all risk and responsibility for all activities that occur under your user name and password.
Any use by you of another user’s information, personal or otherwise, for any commercial purpose or to obtain direct financial gain (including, but not limited to, use for mass marketing purposes) is prohibited. Any such use shall be deemed to be a violation of these Terms. The Site is to be used by you for your personal use only. Commercial uses of the Site are strictly prohibited unless prior written consent from Smart Degree has been granted. You agree that you will not use the Site for chain letters, junk mail, “spamming,” solicitations (commercial or non-commercial) or bulk communications of any kind, including but not limited to, distribution lists to any person who has not given specific permission to be included in such a list.
You represent and warrant to Smart Degree that nothing submitted by you to the Site shall contain any content which (i) is harassing, libelous, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive, inaccurate or otherwise objectionable, (ii) violates any law, rule or regulation, (iii) infringes, misappropriates or otherwise violates any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right, right of privacy, right of publicity or any other right of any entity or person, (iv) encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation, (v) advertises or otherwise solicits funds or is a solicitation for goods or services or (vi) encourages the use of controlled substances. Smart Degree reserves the right to delete any such material from the Site.
You agree not to impersonate any other person or entity, whether actual or fictitious, including impersonating an employee or consultant of Smart Degree. You further agree not to use an inappropriate user name of any kind.
You acknowledge and agree that you may not upload, post, reproduce or distribute any content on or through the Site that is protected by copyright or other proprietary right of a third party, without obtaining permission of the owner of such right. Any copyrighted or other proprietary content distributed with the consent of the owner must contain the appropriate copyright or other proprietary rights notice. The unauthorized submission or distribution of copyrighted or other proprietary content is illegal and could subject you to personal liability or criminal prosecution.
If you believe that your copyrighted work or the copyrighted works of others have been infringed, please send a written notification of claimed infringement to Smart Degree’s copyright agent with the following information: (i) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner; (ii) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; (iii) a description of where the allegedly infringing material is located on the Site; (iv) your telephone number, address and email address; (v) a statement that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law and (vi) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Smart Degree’s agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on the Site is:
Nelnet Legal Department
3015 S. Parker Road, Suite 400
Aurora, CO 80014
Upon receipt by Smart Degree of notice of claimed copyright infringement containing the information specified above, Smart Degree will promptly remove the allegedly infringing material from the Site. Smart Degree shall have no liability to any user of the Site for the removal of any such material.
THE SITE, ANY SERVICE OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THE SITE, AND THE ENTIRE CONTENTS AND SOFTWARE ON THE SITE, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” and “as available” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER. Smart Degree expressly disclaims all warranties, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR COURSE OF DEALING. Smart Degree makes no warranty or guaranty that the contents of the Site are complete or error-free, or that the Site will operate in a manner that is secure (unless otherwise indicated), uninterrupted or error-free, or that the Site IS or will be maintained free of viruses or other harmful code. It is up to you to take any and all precautions to ensure that the information you access and use from the Site is free of such items as viruses, worms, trojan horses and other items of a destructive nature. Changes may be made to the contents and software on the Site, and the products and services described within or offered on the Site, at any time without notice. Smart Degree uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information on the Site. Smart Degree is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; or incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions.
BY USING the Site, YOU AGREE THAT Smart Degree WILL NOT FOR ANY REASON OR CIRCUMSTANCE, AND REGARDLESS OF LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER IN TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, HOWEVER CAUSED, AND REGARDLESS OF CHARACTER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS, LOST SAVINGS, LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA ON YOUR INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF Smart Degree HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY APPLIES, BY WAY OF EXAMPLE BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO ANY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH (i) YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, the Site (INCLUDING ANY SERVICE OFFERED ON OR THROUGH the Site), OR (ii) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENT OF, OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE ON, the Site (INCLUDING ANY SERVICE OFFERED ON OR THROUGH the Site). SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO SUCH EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. HOWEVER, SUCH EXCLUSIONS SHALL BE ENFORCEABLE TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Smart Degree harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, (including, but not limited to, attorneys’ fees), arising from or related to your (i) use of the Site or (ii) violation of any of these Terms.
The Site and all information, documentation, and other content (“Content“) posted in or on the Site are copyright 2014 Smart Degree and its affiliates. All rights reserved. Unless stated to the contrary, all Content is the property of Smart Degree or its third-party licensors. By making this Content available on the Site, Smart Degree is not waiving any proprietary rights (including copyrights or trademarks) in such Content, and is not transferring its rights to you or any third party. The Content is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The product and service names and logos on the Site, and the appearance of the Site, including icons and graphics (“Marks”), are servicemarks/trademarks, registered servicemarks/trademarks, and/or trade dress of Smart Degree or its third party licensors. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
You agree not to remove copyright, trademark or other notices from any Content or Marks you may get from the Site. You cannot download or copy any content from the Site without the prior written consent of Smart Degree except for your individual use. No right, title or interest in any downloaded materials is transferred to you as a result of any such downloading or copying. You may not reproduce (except as noted above), publish, transmit, distribute, display, modify, create derivative works from, sell or participate in any sale of, or exploit in any way, in whole or in part, any of the Content, Marks, the Site or any related software.
To the extent links are provided from the Site to other Web sites, Smart Degree does not operate or control any information, products or services on, nor endorse nor approve any products, services or information offered at those sites.
In the event that Smart Degree determines, in its sole discretion, that you have breached any of the Terms, or have otherwise engaged in inappropriate conduct, Smart Degree may, in addition to any other remedies that may be available, (i) warn you of the violation via email; (ii) delete any content provided by you or your agent(s); (iii) terminate your use of the Site; (iv) notify and fully cooperate with the proper law enforcement authorities for further action; or (e) take any other action which Smart Degree deems to be appropriate.
These Terms are effective unless and until terminated by Smart Degree. Smart Degree may terminate all or part of the Site at any time without notice to you. Upon any termination of these Terms or the Site, you must promptly destroy all materials downloaded or otherwise obtained from this Site, as well as all copies of such materials.
Information on the Site includes descriptions of products and services available only in the United States of America. These Terms are governed by and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the State of Nebraska, United States of America, notwithstanding any conflicts of laws principles, and venue shall rest exclusively in the courts situated in the State of Nebraska, Lancaster County. If any part of these Terms is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining Terms.
These Terms constitute the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersede and cancel all previous written and oral agreements and communications relating to the subject matter hereof. No failure or delay in exercising, on the part of either party, any privilege, power or right hereunder will operate as a waiver thereof.