Terms of Use

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE CENTER FOR SHARED SERVICES WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN AND ALL TERMS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.

This website is operated by Freedom Partners Shared Services (“Freedom Partners Shared Services”). These Terms of Use (“Terms”) apply solely to your access to and use of the the-css.org website operated by Freedom Partners Shared Services (the “Site”). These Terms do not alter in any way the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with Freedom Partners Shared Services for products, services or otherwise.

We reserve the right to change or modify any of the terms and conditions contained in the Terms or any policy or guideline of the Site, at any time and in our sole discretion. Any changes or modification will be effective immediately upon posting of the revisions on the Site, and you waive any right you may have to receive specific notice of such changes or modifications. Your continued use of this Site following the posting of changes or modifications will confirm your acceptance of such changes or modifications. Therefore, you should review the Terms and applicable policies from time-to-time to understand the terms and conditions that apply to your use of the Site. If you do not agree to the amended terms, you must stop using the Site. Changes or modifications will not be applied retroactively unless you are provided actual notice of those changes and given the opportunity to opt out of those changes.

If you have any questions regarding the use of the Site, please direct them to info@the-css.org.

1. Privacy Policy

Please refer to our Privacy Policy for information on how we collect, use, and disclose personally identifiable information from our users.

2. Intellectual Property and Limited License

Unless otherwise indicated in the Site, the Site and all content and other materials on the Site, including without limitation Freedom Partners Shared Services’s logo, and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, information, data, software, tools, widgets, sound files, other files, and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, the “Site Materials”) are the property of Freedom Partners Shared Services or its licensors or users and are protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws.You are granted a limited, non-sublicensable license to access and use the Site and the Site Materials for your informational, non-commercial, and personal use only. Such license is subject to these Terms and does not include: (a) any resale or commercial use of the Site or the Site Materials therein; (b) the reproduction, distribution, public performance, or public display of any Site Materials, except as expressly permitted on the Site; (c) modifying or otherwise making any derivative uses of the Site and the Site Materials, or any portion thereof; (d) use of any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods; (e) downloading (other than the page caching) of any portion of the Site, the Site Materials or any information contained therein, except as expressly permitted on the Site; or (f) any use of the Site or the Site Materials other than for its intended purpose. Any use of the Site or the Site Materials other than as specifically authorized herein, without the prior written permission of Freedom Partners Shared Services, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws including without limitation copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes. Unless explicitly stated herein, nothing in these Terms shall be construed as conferring any license to intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, implication, or otherwise. This license is revocable at any time.

3. Right to Terminate Users

In accordance with  applicable law, Freedom Partners Shared Services has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances as determined by Freedom Partners Shared Services in its sole discretion, subscribers, account holders, or other Site users. Among other reasons, Freedom Partners Shared Services may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Site and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of Freedom Partners Shared Services or  others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

4. Trademarks

All logos and slogans contained in the Site are trademarks of Freedom Partners Shared Services, its suppliers or licensors, or other third parties and may not be copied, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of Freedom Partners Shared Services or the applicable trademark holder. You may not use any metatags or any other “hidden text” using “Freedom Partners Shared Services” or any other name, trademark or product or service name of Freedom Partners Shared Services without our prior written permission. In addition, the look and feel of the Site, including all page headers, custom graphics, button icons and scripts, is the service mark, trademark and/or trade dress of Freedom Partners Shared Services and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission. All other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names and company names or logos mentioned in the Site are the property of their respective owners. Reference to any products, services, processes, or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation thereof by us.

5. Hyperlinks

You may not use a Freedom Partners Shared Services logo or other proprietary graphic of Freedom Partners Shared Services to link to this Site without the express written permission of Freedom Partners Shared Services. Further, you may not use, frame or use framing techniques to enclose any Freedom Partners Shared Services trademark, logo or other proprietary information, including the images found at the Site, the content of any text or the layout/design of any page or form contained on the Site without Freedom Partners Shared Services’s express written consent. Except as noted above, you are not conveyed any right or license by implication, estoppel, or otherwise in or under any patent, trademark, copyright, or proprietary right of Freedom Partners Shared Services or any third party. Freedom Partners Shared Services makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature, or reliability of third-party websites accessible by hyperlink from the Site, or websites linking to the Site. Such websites are not under the control of Freedom Partners Shared Services and Freedom Partners Shared Services is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked website, or any review, changes or updates to such websites. Freedom Partners Shared Services provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement, or adoption by Freedom Partners Shared Services of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave the Site, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Site. Specifically, you should be aware that we may use third-party vendors to process donations to Freedom Partners Shared Services.  Accordingly, you may be transferred to a third-party vendor’s site when you make your donation.  In such a case any interaction with the third party vendor’s site and information you provide to the third-party vendor’s site are governed by that third-party vendor site’s privacy policy and terms of use.  Additionally, whenever you make a donation to Freedom Partners Shared Services, please note that any information you provide, whether directly to Freedom Partners Shared Services or to a third-party vendor, may be shared between Freedom Partners Shared Services and a vendor processing donations for Freedom Partners Shared Services.

6. Third-Party Content

We may make third party information and other content available on or through the Site (the “Third-Party Content”) as a service to those interested in this information and we may provide information regarding or access to third party resources available on or through the Site (“Third-Party Resources”). Your dealings or correspondence with such third parties, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated therewith, are solely between you and such third party. Freedom Partners Shared Services does not control, endorse or adopt any Third-Party Content or Third-Party Products, and makes no representation or warranties of any kind regarding the Third Party Content, including without limitation regarding its accuracy or completeness. You acknowledge and agree that Freedom Partners Shared Services is not responsible or liable in any manner for any Third-Party Content and undertakes no responsibility to update or review any Third-Party Content. Users use such Third-Party Content at their own risk.

7. Submissions

User Content and Interactive Services or Areas

The Site may include interactive areas or services (“Interactive Areas”), such as forums, blogs, chat rooms, or message boards, or other areas or services in which you or other users may create, post, share, or store content, messages, materials, data, information, text, graphics, audio, video, or other items or materials on the Site (“User Content”). You are solely responsible for your use of such Interactive Areas and use them at your own risk.

Submitting Your Content to the Site

Any User Content submitted to this Site, including but not limited to remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, avatars, or comments, becomes and remains property of Freedom Partners Shared Services, even if this agreement is later terminated. Any and all such submitted User Content is subject to these Terms and Conditions.

Prohibited Uses

You may not use this Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, interfere with, or impair this Site, the networks connected to this Site, or any other party’s use and enjoyment of this Site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Freedom Partners Shared Services account, computer system, or network through hacking, password mining, or any other means not intentionally made available through this Site.

BE ADVISED THAT Freedom Partners Shared Services HAS NO OBLIGATION TO SCREEN, EDIT, OR REVIEW USER CONTENT PRIOR TO ITS APPEARANCE ON THIS SITE, and User Content does not necessarily reflect the views of Freedom Partners Shared Services. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Freedom Partners Shared Services shall in no event have any responsibility or liability for any User Content or for any claims, damages, or losses resulting from its use and/or appearance on this Site.

Freedom Partners Shared Services reserves the right to monitor all User Content and to remove any which it considers in its absolute discretion to be offensive or otherwise in breach of these Terms.

The following is a partial list of the kinds of materials that are prohibited under these terms of use. By way of illustration, but not limitation, you may not take any action or upload, post, email, link or otherwise transmit or create any User Content that, within Freedom Partners Shared Services’s sole discretion:

  • infringes or violates anyone’s rights, including intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or publicity rights of others, including posting or providing links to unauthorized copies of another party’s copyrighted work;
  • promotes or encourages illegal or unlawful activity;
  • is defamatory, libelous or slanderous in nature;
  • advocates hate, violence, abuse, threats, or harm against any group, individual or entity;
  • harasses or encourage others to harass any group, individual or entity;
  • is vulgar, obscene, profane, pornographic, or otherwise offensive or objectionable;
  • solicits funds for or contributions to any candidate, group, organization, committee or entity of any kind;
  • is inconsistent with the goals, objectives, philosophies or purpose of Freedom Partners Shared Services; or
  • is commercial in nature.

When using any Interactive Areas, you agree not to post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create, or otherwise publish through the Site any of the following:

  • User Content that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent, deceptive or misleading;
  • User Content that would constitute, encourage, or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national, or international law;
  • User Content that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party;
  • User Content that impersonates any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • Unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising, or solicitations;
  • Private information of any third party, including, without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit card numbers;
  • Viruses, corrupted data or other harmful, disruptive, or destructive files;
  • User Content which violates the terms of any Freedom Partners Shared Services guidelines, policies or rules posted on the Site or otherwise provided to you; and
  • User Content that, in the sole judgment of Freedom Partners Shared Services, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Interactive Areas or the Site, or which may expose Freedom Partners Shared Services or its users to any harm or liability of any type.

If any portion of the User Content posted by any visitor is found by Freedom Partners Shared Services to be in violation of any Site policy, including these Terms, at any time, Freedom Partners Shared Services reserves the right to modify or remove such User Content or delete such submissions at any time without prior notice.

Content Warranty and License

By submitting content to Freedom Partners Shared Services servers, you represent and warrant that all submitted content complies with all applicable Site policies, including these Terms. Further, by submitting User Content, you represent and warrant that you own the copyright and all other necessary rights in all submitted User Content and have all necessary permissions from any persons or places depicted therein both to upload the User Content and to grant to Freedom Partners Shared Services an irrevocable and perpetual license to use the submitted User Content according to Freedom Partners Shared Services ’s sole discretion, including but not limited to use in connection with third-party social networking or video websites.

You further represent and warrant that any User Content you upload shall not infringe any proprietary or other rights of third parties; that such User Content shall not contain any viruses or other contaminating or destructive devices or features; that such User Content shall not contain any defamatory, indecent, offensive, tortious, or otherwise unlawful material or content; and that such User Content shall not be used to carry out or solicit any unlawful activity and/or be used to make commercial solicitations.

You warrant that Freedom Partners Shared Services need not treat any submitted User Content as confidential, and you agree that you cannot and will not sue Freedom Partners Shared Services for using or republishing in any manner any User Content or ideas you submit.

By submitting User Content to the Freedom Partners Shared Services Site, you grant to Freedom Partners Shared Services (and its successors, assigns, licensees, agents, and affiliates) an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, create derivative works from, transfer, and sell such User Content in any format either now known or hereafter created, and to use any information identifying the author provided in connection with that User Content, wholly in accordance with Freedom Partners Shared Services ’s subjective discretion and without compensation. You shall have no claim or other recourse against Freedom Partners Shared Services for infringement of any proprietary right in User Content.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Compliance

If you have any copyright concerns about any materials posted on this Site by others, please let us know. We comply with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act applicable to Internet service providers (17 U.S.C. § 512). Please provide us with written notice (“Notice”) by contacting our Designated Agent as indicated below with “DMCA Notifications” as the subject:

Sarah Field
Freedom Partners Shared Services
2200 Wilson Blvd
Suite 102-128
Arlington, VA 22201-3324
(703) 678-4600
info@the-css.org

To be effective, the Notice must include the following:

  • A physical or electronic signature of the owner, or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner (“Complaining Party”) of an exclusive right that is allegedly being infringed upon;
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit Freedom Partners Shared Services to contact the Complaining Party, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address;
  • Identification of the allegedly infringing material on the Site (“Infringing Material”), and information reasonably sufficient to permit Freedom Partners Shared Services to locate such material on the Site;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed upon (“Infringed Material”), or if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single Notice, a list of each copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (please be specific as to which Infringing Material is infringing on which Infringed Material);
  • A statement that the Complaining Party has a good faith belief that use of Infringing Material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • A statement that the information in the Notice is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the Complaining Party is the owner or is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Submissions

You acknowledge and agree that any feedback, questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, or other information or materials regarding the Site or Freedom Partners Shared Services that are provided by you in the form of email or other submissions to Freedom Partners Shared Services, or any postings on the Site, are non-confidential and shall become the sole property of Freedom Partners Shared Services. Freedom Partners Shared Services shall own exclusive rights, including all intellectual property rights, in such materials, and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of these materials for any purpose without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

8. Registration Data; Account Security

In consideration of your use of the Site, you agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete information about you as may be prompted by any registration or recruiting forms on the Site (“Data”) and (b) accept all risks of unauthorized access to the Data and any other information you provide to Freedom Partners Shared Services.

9. Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Freedom Partners Shared Services, its independent contractors, clients, service providers and consultants, and their respective trustees, officers, directors, employees, donors, advisors, supporters, consultants and agents, from and against any claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or related to any User Content you post, store or otherwise transmit on or through the Site, your use of the registration or recruiting forms, or any act or omission relating to the Site or the User Content, including without limitation any actual or threatened suit, demand or claim made against Freedom Partners Shared Services, its independent contractors, clients, service providers and consultants, and their respective trustees, officers, directors, employees, consultants and agents, arising out of or relating to the User Content, your conduct, your violation of these Terms or your violation of the rights of any third party.

10. Disclaimers

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED TO THE CONTRARY IN A WRITING BY Freedom Partners Shared Services, THE SITE, THE SITE MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN AND THE SERVICES PROVIDED ON OR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH (THE “SERVICES”) ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. Freedom Partners Shared Services DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AND AS TO ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, FORMS OR OTHER SITE MATERIALS ACCESSED THROUGH THE SITE. Freedom Partners Shared Services DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE, THE SITE MATERIALS OR THE SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE. Freedom Partners Shared Services IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, INCLUDING THOSE RELATING TO PRICING, TEXT OR PHOTOGRAPHY. WHILE Freedom Partners Shared Services ATTEMPTS TO MAKE YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF THE SITE AND SERVICES SAFE, Freedom Partners Shared Services CANNOT AND DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE, THE SITE MATERIALS OR THE SERVER(S) ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS; THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD USE INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED SOFTWARE TO DETECT AND DISINFECT VIRUSES FROM ANY DOWNLOAD. Freedom Partners Shared Services IS ALSO NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE IN ANY MANNER FOR ANY THIRD PARTY RESOURCES LISTED ON THE SITE OR FOR THE CONDUCT OF ANY EVENT OR ACTIVITY OF OTHER USERS OF THE SITE. Freedom Partners Shared Services reserves the right to change any and all content contained in the Site and any Services offered through the Site at any time without notice. Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof, or any affiliation therewith, by Freedom Partners Shared Services.

11. Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT SHALL Freedom Partners Shared Services OR OUR TRUSTEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR VOLUNTEERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PROFITS OR LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, THE SERVICES, THE CONTENT OR THE SITE MATERIALS CONTAINED IN OR ACCESSED THROUGH THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE BY USER ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM Freedom Partners Shared Services, OR THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES OR EMAIL, ERRORS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, WHETHER OR NOT RESULTING FROM ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO Freedom Partners Shared Services’S RECORDS, PROGRAMS OR SERVICES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF Freedom Partners Shared Services, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED), PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR THE SITE MATERIALS EXCEED ANY COMPENSATION YOU PAY, IF ANY, TO Freedom Partners Shared Services FOR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE.CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OF LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. THEREFORE, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

12. Applicable Law and Venue

These Terms and your use of the Site shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the commonwealth of Virginia applicable to agreements made and to be entirely performed within the commonwealth of Virginia, without resort to its conflict of law provisions. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms shall be filed only in the state and federal courts located in the commonwealth of Virginia and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of these Terms.

13. Termination

Notwithstanding any of these Terms, Freedom Partners Shared Services reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion, to terminate your license to use the Site, and to block or prevent your future access to and use of the Site.

14. Severability

If any provision of these Terms shall be deemed unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

15. Questions & Contact Information

Questions or comments about the Site may be directed to Freedom Partners Shared Services at the email info@the-css.org.