This Terms of Service was last updated on January 1, 2023.
Our website address is: https://stsacademia.com
Thank you for using STS Academia!
1. Using STS Academia
Who May Use Our Services
You may use our Services only if you:
- comply with these Terms, all applicable laws, and our policies (including the Acceptable Use Policy, course-specific eligibility requirements, and any other policies that may be applicable from time to time (“Policies”); and
- are over the age at which you can provide consent to data processing under the laws of your country. Certain regions and Content Offerings may have additional requirements and/or different age restrictions.
Any violation of our Terms, applicable laws, or Policies may result in your access to all or part of the Services being suspended, disabled, or terminated.
When you create your account, and when you subsequently use certain features, you must provide us with accurate and complete information, and you agree to update your information to keep it accurate and complete.
Our License to You
Subject to these Terms and our Policies, we grant you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, and revocable license right to use our Services. The rights granted herein are only for your personal, non-commercial use, unless you obtain our written permission otherwise. You also agree that you will create, access, and/or use only one user account, unless expressly permitted by us, and you will not share access to your account or access information for your account with any third party. Using our Services does not give you ownership of or any intellectual property rights in our Services or the content you access.
Any use of our Services for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. Any commercial use must be subject to a separate agreement with us.
2. Content Offerings
STS Academia offers courses and content (“Content Offerings”) from institutes of higher learning and other providers (“Content Providers”). While we seek to provide a high standard of Content Offerings from our Content Providers, unexpected events do occur. STS Academia reserves the right to cancel, interrupt, reschedule, or modify any Content Offerings, or change the point value or weight of any assignment, quiz, or other assessment, either solely, or in accordance with Content Provider instructions. Content Offerings are subject to the Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability sections below.
No Academic Credit
STS Academia does not grant academic credit for the completion of Content Offerings. Unless otherwise explicitly indicated, participation in or completion of Content Offerings does not confer any academic credit. STS Academia, instructors, and the associated Content Providers have no obligation to have Content Offerings recognized by any educational institution or accreditation organization.
Disclaimer of Student-Content Provider Relationship
Except as described in the Institute of Higher Learning Certificate Programs, nothing in these Terms or otherwise with respect to your participation in any Content Offerings by Content Providers : (a) establishes any relationship between you and any Content Provider; (b) enrolls or registers you in any Content Provider institution, or in any Content Offering offered by any Content Provider institution; or (c) entitles you to use the resources of any Content Provider institution beyond participation in the Content Offering.
3. Your Content
The Services enable you to share your content, such as homework, quizzes, projects, other assignments you submit, posts you make in the forums, and the like (“User Content”), with STS Academia, instructors, and/or other users. You retain all intellectual property rights in, and are responsible for, the User Content you create and share. User Content does not include course content or other materials made available on or placed on our platform by or on behalf of Content Providers or their instructors using the Services or Content Offerings. As between us and Content Providers, such Content Offerings are governed by the relevant agreements in place between us and our Content Providers.
How STS Academia and Others May Use User Content
To the extent that you provide User Content, you grant us a fully-transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, sublicensable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to copy, distribute, modify, create derivative works based on, publicly perform, publicly display, and otherwise use the User Content. This license includes granting us the right to authorize Content Providers to use User Content with their registered students, on-campus learners, or other learners independent of the Services. Nothing in these Terms shall restrict other legal rights we may have to User Content, for example under other licenses.
We reserve the right to remove or modify User Content for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or other policies including our Acceptable Use Policy and Code of Conduct.
We welcome your suggestions, ideas, comments, and other feedback regarding the Services (“Feedback”). By submitting any Feedback, you grant us the right to use the Feedback without any restriction or any compensation to you. By accepting your Feedback, we do not waive any rights to use similar or related Feedback previously known to us, developed by our employees, contractors, or obtained from other sources.
We care about the security of our users. While we work to protect the security of your account and related information, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security measures. Please notify us immediately of any compromise or unauthorized use of your account by emailing email@example.com.
5. Third Party Content
Through the Services, you will have the ability to access and/or use content provided by instructors, other users, and/or other third parties and links to websites and services maintained by third parties. We cannot guarantee that such third party content, in the Services or elsewhere, will be free of material you may find objectionable or otherwise inappropriate or of malware or other contaminants that may harm your computer, mobile device, or any files therein. We disclaim any responsibility or liability related to your access or use of, or inability to access or use, such third party content.
6. Copyright and Trademark
We respect the intellectual property rights of our users, Content Providers, and other third parties and expects our users to do the same when using the Services. We have adopted and implemented the STS Academia Copyright Policy in accordance with applicable law.
7. Education Research
We are committed to advancing the science of learning and teaching, and records of your participation in courses may be used for education research. In the interest of this research, you may be exposed to variations in the Content Offerings. Research findings will typically be reported at the aggregate level. Your personal identity will not be publicly disclosed in any research findings without your express consent.
8. Paid Services from STS Academia
We offer paid Services (e.g., course certificates for certain courses) for a fee. Unless otherwise stated, fees are quoted in local currency. You are responsible for paying all fees charged by or for us and applicable taxes in a timely manner with a payment mechanism associated with the applicable paid Services. If your payment method fails or your account is past due, we may collect fees using other collection mechanisms. Refunds may be available for paid Services as described in our Payments and Refund Policy below.
Depending on the program, tuition and fee payments for these programs may be collected by us or our Content Partners. If your payment method fails or your account is past due, we or our Content Partners may collect tuition and fees using other collection mechanisms.
We do not guarantee licensure, certification or qualification for any profession or job on the basis of your completion of a Content Offering by us. You are advised to research, understand and comply with the requirements in your country in which you work or intend to work, and to investigate whether the Content Offering in which you intend to enroll meets your professional needs before enrolling.
9. Modifying or Terminating our Services
We are constantly changing and improving our Services. We may add or remove functions, features, or requirements, and we may suspend (to the extent allowed by applicable law) or stop part of our Services altogether. Accordingly, we may terminate your use of any Service for any reason. If your use of a paid Service is terminated, a refund may be available under our Refund Policy. We may not be able to deliver the Services to certain regions or countries for various reasons, including due to applicable export control requirements or internet access limitations and restrictions from governments. None of our, its Content Providers and instructors, its contributors, sponsors, and other business partners, and their employees, contractors, and other agents shall have any liability to you for any such action. You can stop using our Services at any time, although we’ll be sorry to see you go.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE SERVICES AND ALL INCLUDED CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. STS ACADEMIA SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. WE FURTHER DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY RELATED TO YOUR ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR ANY RELATED CONTENT. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR SUCH CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
11. Limitation of Liability
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM: (A) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (B) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY PARTY OTHER THAN THE APPLICABLE COURSERA PARTY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT; OR (C) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE, OR ALTERATION OF YOUR CONTENT OR INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATED TO THE SERVICES EXCEED TWENTY SGD ($20) OR THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES RECEIVED BY US FROM YOU FOR THE USE OF PAID SERVICES DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS, WHICHEVER IS GREATER.
YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION RELATED TO THE SERVICES MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in these Terms, we may terminate any further obligations to you, effectively immediately if you are in breach of the obligations in this section.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless STS Academia from any and all claims, liabilities, expenses, and damages (to the extent attributable to you under the applicable law), including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, made by any third party related to: (a) your use or attempted use of the Services in violation of these Terms; (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party; or (c) User Content, including without limitation any claim of infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property or other proprietary rights.
13. Governing Law and Venue
Except as provided below, the Services are managed by STS Academia which is located in Singapore. You agree that these Terms will be governed by the laws of Singapore, excluding its conflicts of law provisions.
This section shall not deprive you of any mandatory consumer protections under the law of the country to which we direct Services to you, where you have your habitual residence.
14. General Terms
Revisions to the Terms
We reserve the right to revise the Terms at our sole discretion at any time. Any revisions to the Terms will be effective immediately upon posting by us. For any material changes to the Terms, we will take reasonable steps to notify you of such changes, via a banner on the website, email notification, another method, or combination of methods. In all cases, your continued use of the Services after publication of such changes, with or without notification, constitutes binding acceptance of the revised Terms.
If it turns out that a particular provision of these Terms is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms. If you do not comply with these Terms, and we do not take immediate action, this does not indicate that we relinquish any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).
Our Content Providers and integrated service providers are third party beneficiaries of the Terms and may enforce those provisions of the Terms that relate to them.
15. Referenced Policies
Effective: January 1, 2023.
Our mission is to provide universal access to education. We believe strongly in preserving free speech and expression for our users as well as academic freedom for our Content Providers and instructors. We also want to make sure that all of our users and instructors feel safe and comfortable while using our Services. We have drafted this policy to ensure that people understand and follow the rules when participating in our online community and otherwise using our Services.
We may remove or edit inappropriate content or activity identified by or reported to us. We may separately suspend, disable, or terminate a user’s access to all or part of the Services.
- You are prohibited from using our Services to share content that:
Contains illegal content or promotes illegal activities with the intent to commit such activities. Please keep in mind that users who are as young as 13, we do not allow content that is inappropriate for these younger users.
Contains credible threats or organizes acts of real-world violence. We don’t allow content that creates a genuine risk of physical injury or property damage, credibly threatens people or public safety, or organizes or encourages harm.
Harasses others. We encourage commentary about people and matters of public interest, but abusive or otherwise inappropriate content directed at private individuals is not allowed.
Violates intellectual property, privacy, or other rights. Do not share content that you do not have the right to share, claim content that you did not create as your own, or otherwise infringe or misappropriate someone else’s intellectual property or other rights. Always attribute materials used or quoted by you to the original copyright owner.
Spams others. Do not share irrelevant or inappropriate advertising, promotional, or solicitation content.
Please note that specific Content Offerings may have additional rules and requirements.
- You also aren’t allowed to:
Do anything that violates local, or international law or breaches any of your contractual obligations or fiduciary duties.
Share your password, let anyone besides yourself access your account, or do anything that might put your account at risk.
Attempt to access any other user’s account.
Reproduce, transfer, sell, resell, or otherwise misuse any content from our Services, unless specifically authorized to do so.
Access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of our systems, unless specifically authorized to do so.
Break or circumvent our authentication or security measures or otherwise test the vulnerability of our systems or networks, unless specifically authorized to do so.
Try to reverse engineer any portion of our Services.
Try to interfere with any user, host, or network, for example by sending a virus, overloading, spamming, or mail-bombing.
Use our Services to distribute malware.
Use our Services or any functionality of our platform for anything other than for completing online courses or for pedagogical purposes.
Impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
Encourage or help anyone do any of the things on this list.
Copyright and Trademark Policy
Effective as of January 1, 2023.
STS Academia respects the intellectual property rights of our Content Providers, instructors, users, and other third parties and expects our users to do the same when using the Services. We reserve the right to suspend, disable, or terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing the copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights of others.
We also respect the trademark rights of others. Accounts with any other content that misleads others or violates another’s trademark may be updated, suspended, disabled, or terminated by us in its sole discretion. If you are concerned that someone may be using your trademark without proper permission on our Services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will review your submission. If we deem appropriate, we may remove the offending content, warn the individual who posted the content, and/or temporarily or permanently suspend or disable the individual’s account.
Payments and Refund Policy
Effective as of January 1, 2023.
- Online Courses
Online courses are one-time payment for the selected course and are non-refundable.
- Classroom Courses
You need to sign up and make payment upon registering for a course of your choice. The class will commence when there is a minimum class size as determined by us. In the event the class is unable to run for any reason, you will be notified and a full refund will be made to you.
- Blended Courses
Classroom and online learning. You need to sign up and make payment upon registering for a course of your choice. The class will commence when there is a minimum class size as determined by us. In the event the class is unable to run for any reason, you will be notified and a full refund will be made to you.
General Rules on Refund
Except as described in this Refund Policy or as explicitly stated as part of the sign-up process for a Service, we have no obligation to provide refunds for any other Services. We reserve the right to offer refunds at our discretion.
Effective as of January 1, 2023.
All users participating in Content Offerings must agree to abide by the following code:
- Register for only one account, unless expressly permitted to register for additional accounts by us.
- Answers to homework, quizzes, projects, and other assignments will be your own work (except for assignments that explicitly permit collaboration) as specified.
- Not make solutions to homework, quizzes, projects, and other assignments available to anyone else (except to the extent an assignment explicitly permits sharing solutions). This includes both solutions written by me, as well as any solutions provided by the course staff or others.
- Not engage in any other activities that will dishonestly improve my results or dishonestly improve or hurt the results of others.
Any violation of this code may result in your access to all or part of the Services being suspended, disabled, or terminated.