RULES AND TERMS OF SERVICE
FORUM, CHAT ROOM and CLASSROOM STUDENT MESSAGE SERVICE

Welcome to the Career Step forums and chat rooms. The primary objective of the Career Step forums and chat rooms is to provide a community of positive support and sharing among Career Step students, graduates, and, occasionally, industry professionals. You should be aware that your posts may be viewed by MT company representatives. Please keep this in mind as you interact here. These rules and terms of service also apply to Career Step's Classroom student message service.

Access to this community is a benefit of your enrollment in a Career Step program; however, violation of these terms of service will result in restriction or removal of privileges and/or immediate dismissal from the program and the pursuit of legal remedies without refund or recourse. The Career Step forums are completely optional and free of charge. Access to the CS forums and chat rooms is not part of course tuition or associated charges. Access is not related to the CS program length, and forum membership, once established, is not related to a program expiration date.

Chat room transcripts may be reviewed by Career Step moderators at any time for inappropriate content.

By participating in the Career Step forums, chat rooms, or Classroom student message service, you agree to:

A. Be nice.

  1. Please conduct yourself appropriately and use these resources positively for the benefit of all. We welcome a lively exchange of ideas involving all of the personalities that find their way here. We firmly believe that we can discuss anything within the bounds of courtesy. The forum moderators are committed to this, and in return we require it of you. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages.
  2. Illegal conduct, profane/vulgar language, inappropriate discussion, etc., are violations of this policy. Such violations will be removed, and can result in immediate dismissal from Career Step and the pursuit of legal remedies without refund or recourse. Profanity includes the use of other characters (like @#$%) or blanks to edit out all or part of the word. Acronyms that stand for profanities are also inappropriate.
  3. In addition, any posting on the forum or the private messaging system that is threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy or hateful, etc. will be removed. Abusing the forum or private messages in this way will result in revocation of forum privileges and/or dismissal from the forum. If you see inappropriate forum posts please report it to the moderators; if you are the recipient of inappropriate private messages, please click the "Report this private message" icon at the bottom of the message to report the message to a moderator.
  4. Religious and political discussions are known to be particularly volatile subjects, so these threads will be strictly monitored.
  5. Moderators may alter or remove any posts, signatures or profiles at any time for any reason.
  6. Career Step forum moderators have full discretion regarding what is deemed appropriate.

B. Respect privacy.

  1. Please be very careful of posting contact information of any kind, including addresses, phone numbers, personal photos or email addresses. Even though we host a private forum community, Career Step's student and graduate population is vast, and we cannot vouch for the good intentions of every individual. Please guard your safety and the safety of others.
  2. Do not publicly post PMs (private messages) or IMs (instant messages). Violation may result in revocation of your private messaging privileges or dismissal from the forum.
  3. Do not post specific information about working accounts, including account names and locations. Posts containing such information will be deleted.

C. Keep the graphics to a minimum.

  1. Out of consideration for forum members with slower connections, each member may have ONE avatar of his/her choice that is attached uploaded to the Profile through the Avatar/Picture URL field. The avatar will be 100x100 pixels. Avatars may not contain any nudity, profanity, rude or obscene gestures, or offensive content, like blood spatters, etc. Career Step reserves the right to remove offensive or inappropriate avatars and suspend rights to upload custom avatars if the privilege is misused.
  2. Attachments of any kind are not allowed at this time. Appropriate links are fine.
  3. Custom titles must be brief - approximately 75 characters and no more than 6 lines - and compliant with Forum Rules. Custom Titles should be text only, and should not contain any links to pictures, or any kind of graphics, tickers, etc. Text should not distract from the appearance of the forum (i.e. links or phrases that stretch the columns). Career Step reserves the right to remove custom titles not in compliance with this policy and suspend rights to custom titles if the privilege is misused.

D. Never use the forum to post questions or test content at any point during or after any final exam or employer testing session.

  1. Do not post test questions during OR after employment testing.
  2. Do not post test questions during OR after the Career Step final.
  3. Do not post specific information regarding the content of any exam.
  4. Do not post requests for word help, including, but not limited to s/l (sounds like) requests, while testing.
  5. Posting of specific exam information may result in permanent loss of posting privileges, followed by any additional action deemed necessary by Career Step, including notification to the employer whose test was breached, forfeiture of the exam in question, and dismissal from the program.
  6. Career Step and forum moderators have full discretion regarding the execution of these rules.

E. Never post advertising or solicitation. This forum is not intended to be a marketplace. NO SELLING!

  1. Advertisements, chain letters, spam, pyramid schemes, junk mail, and solicitations are not permitted on this forum.
  2. Links to appropriate sites are acceptable, but any advertising/plugs or attempts to sell products or services will be deleted.

F. Respect copyright and other laws.

  1. Do not post significant excerpts from copyrighted sources. Generally, short quotes are fine if the source is cited. If a larger amount of information needs to be quoted you should link to it instead. Large excerpts of copyrighted text will be deleted at the moderators' discretion.
  2. Do not post, upload or link any confidential information, trade secrets or software viruses or malicious code of any kind.

G. Respect moderators' decisions.

  1. Your Career Step forum moderators take forum objectives and forum participants seriously. They sincerely strive for you to have the best forum experience possible. Moderators are careful, fair and approachable. Please contact any of the moderators with any complaint or concern with the forum and they will work with you to address the problem.
  2. The moderators' job is to uphold the integrity and purpose of the private Career Step forums. Neither Career Step nor the moderators are obligated to endure name-calling, Career Step bashing, slander, belligerence or rudeness on this forum. Forum members who violate this rule may be moderated, placed on read-only status or expelled from the forum. Please understand that the moderators' decisions are final.

H. Never respond to inflammatory/inappropriate posts.

  1. Any post that is against the forum rules is considered inappropriate and will be dealt with appropriately by a moderator. If you encounter an inappropriate post, simply ignore this post and notify a moderator, who take appropriate action, as determined by the moderators and/or Career Step.
  2. Responding to inflammatory/inappropriate posts only brings them to the top of the forum, which draws more attention to them. Please avoid this.

I. Use appropriate forum etiquette.

  1. Be courteous and understanding while making an effort to employ correct grammar and usage. (This does not mean that everyone should become "grammar police." We understand that no one is perfect, and typos often occur. )
  2. Avoid using all capital letters in your posts-this is the equivalent of yelling.
  3. Wherever possible, please avoid using excessive abbreviations and "netspeak." Using full words will enable all users (newcomers and forum veterans alike) to understand your message.

You understand and agree all content posted in the forums, chat room and student messages is the sole responsibility of the individual who originally posted the content. Career Step does not necessarily approve of, is not responsible for, and disclaims any and all liability that may arise from content posted by you or others. If you believe any content posted by others is infringing or otherwise objectionable, please notify Career Step at support@careerstep.com. You agree that Career Step may freely and permanently use any suggestions, comments or recommendations made by you with respect to its programs and offerings, without any royalty or payment obligation.

INDEMNIFICATION. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Career Step harmless from and against any and all actions, suits, proceedings, losses, liabilities, damages, costs, and expenses (including attorneys' fees) that Career Step may incur or suffer that arise out of or in connection with any of your messages or content or by reason of your breach of these Terms of Service.

WARRANTIES AND DISCLAIMERS. THE CHAT ROOM, FORUMS AND STUDENT MESSAGE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY CAREER STEP "AS IS", AS A COURTESY TO ITS STUDENTS, AND CAREER STEP MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Career Step does not warrant the ongoing availability of such services or that they will be error-free. CAREER STEP'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CLAIM OR DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THESE SERVICES SHALL BE LIMITED TO DIRECT DAMAGES, WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED A TOTAL OF $100. IN NO EVENT SHALL CAREER STEP BE LIABLE FOR LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA, INTERRUPTIONS OF BUSINESS, OR ANY INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE ITS CHAT ROOM, FORUMS OR MESSAGING SERVICES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER CAREER STEP HAS NOTICE OF THE POTENTIAL FOR SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE.

Thank you for your cooperation with these rules. We view our forum as a work in progress, so any of these rules could change at any time. Please check here often to keep informed of minor changes; we will keep you updated through the forum or announcements of any major rule changes as they occur.

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