MITx MicroMasters Terms of Service

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  1. Your use of this Site is entirely voluntary. This Site is designed to assist and facilitate your successful attainment of the MITx MicroMasters credential, but use of this Site is not required in order to participate in the MITx MicroMasters program. These terms and conditions govern your use of this Site alone. When enrolled in specific MITx courses, all users must adhere to the edX terms of service, including its Honor Code, which are available at https://www.edx.org/edx-terms-service.
  2. MIT respects your privacy. We do not collect personally identifiable information about you unless you voluntarily provide it. Our primary aim in collecting personally identifiable information is to provide you with the best educational experience possible. By "personally identifiable information," we are referring to (1) data that uniquely identifies you or permits us to contact you, such as your name, email address, mailing address, phone number; (2) other information that we collect through the Site and combine and maintain in combination with that personally identifiable information, such as your area of interest; educational and employment background; and (3) your participation and progress in MITx courses and your online education. Among other things, MIT may use the personally identifiable information that you provide to respond to your questions; provide you the specific courses and/or services you select; send you updates about courses and information, including specifically the MITx MicroMasters program and information about MIT events; send you information about Site maintenance or updates; and for all appropriate MIT administrative and research purposes. Except as set forth herein or as specifically agreed to by you, MIT will not disclose any personally identifiable information we gather from you on the Site to any third parties. By logging into this Site through your edX account, you acknowledge and understand that personally identifiable information will be shared by edX with MIT and may be used by MIT to facilitate your use of this Site. In addition, please note that your education records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") to the extent FERPA applies.
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  8. These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and MIT with respect to your use of the Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and MIT regarding your use of the Site. The failure of MIT to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the terms and conditions is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the terms and conditions remain in full force and effect.
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