Terms of Service

ON July 1 2020, MIT BOOTCAMPS ADOPTED TERMS OF SERVICE, PROVIDING AS FOLLOWS:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”), acting through its MIT Bootcamps, offers learning programs via online platforms. Please read these Terms of Service ("ToS,") and the MIT Bootcamps Privacy Policy prior to applying or paying for a learning program or accessing any portion of the MIT Bootcamp platform, ("Site”). The Site, which contains the application process, all content and pages located within the mitbootcamps.novoed.com, Global Alumni Facebook Page, Zoom, Slack, and MIT Open web pages, including any learning program material, chat rooms, or other electronic services administered by MIT Bootcamps.

These ToS and the Privacy Policy are the agreements (the "Agreements") between you and MIT setting forth the terms under which you may access and use the Site. By using the Site, you accept and agree to be legally bound by the Agreements, whether or not you are a registered user. If you do not understand or do not wish to be bound by the terms of the Agreements, you should not use the Site. As used in this Terms of Service, "we," "us," and "our" refer to MIT Bootcamps.

We reserve the right to modify these ToS at any time without advance notice. Any changes to these ToS will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. By accessing the Site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified ToS. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these ToS.

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Description of MIT Bootcamps

MIT Bootcamps offers learning programs that include opportunities for instructor-to-learner, coach-to-learner, and learner-to-learner interaction, assessment of a learner’s performance and, for students who demonstrate completion of the learning program and/or their mastery of subjects, a certificate of completion or other acknowledgment.

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Rules for Conduct

Bootcamps is committed to providing a collaborative learning environment that is free from harassment. Harassment based upon an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated. All participants, facilitators, instructions, speakers, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and are required to abide by this policy. No person will be adversely affected in employment with the employer as a result of bringing complaints of unlawful harassment.

If you feel that you have been harassed on the basis of your sex, race, national origin, ethnic background, or any other legally protected characteristic you should immediately report the matter to bootcamp@mit.edu or a senior instructor / facilitator.

Once the matter has been reported it will be promptly investigated and any necessary corrective action will be taken where appropriate. All complaints of unlawful harassment will be handled in as discreet and confidential a manner as is possible under the circumstances.

You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the Site and for your User Postings. "User Postings" include all content submitted, posted, published, or distributed on the Site by you or other users of the Site, including but not limited to all forum posts, wiki edits, notes, questions, comments, videos, and file uploads. You agree that you will use the Site in compliance with these ToS, the Honor Code, and all applicable local, state, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including copyright laws, any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence, and all United States export control laws.

As a condition of your use of the MIT Bootcamps and Site services, you will not use the Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden, or impair any MIT Bootcamps server or the network(s) connected to any MIT Bootcamps server, or to interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to any MIT Bootcamps server through hacking, password mining, or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information stored on the Site, its servers, or associated computers through any means not intentionally made available through the Site.

Providing false or otherwise misleading information is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. If you provide any false or misleading information while using the Site or participating in the Bootcamp you will negatively impact the Bootcamp experience for you and your cohort.

You agree to thoughtfully participate in all Bootcamp activities and programming (individual, team, cohort, etc.) during the Bootcamp in an honest, respectful, collaborative manner.

We encourage constructive comments and discussion on Bootcamps Site, channels, boards, groups, etc. While we do not automatically remove comments that are critical or negative, personal attacks, hate speech, trolling, or anything inappropriate are not allowed and may be removed.

Some of the reasons we may remove comments

  • Personal attacks on anyone including commenters, faculty, students, and contributors
  • Hate speech or aggressive negative commentary
  • Inappropriate comments or jokes about appearance, speech, clothing, etc.
  • Anything generally mean-spirited or inappropriate
  • Obvious spam or posts trying to sell anything
  • Profanity in any language

THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF CONTENT ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON THE SITE:

  • Content that defames, harasses, or threatens others;
  • Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
  • Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks;
  • Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent, or unlawful content;
  • Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
  • Content related to partisan political activities;
  • Viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware, or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another's computer or property; and
  • Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others.

Furthermore, you agree not to scrape, or otherwise download in bulk, any Site Content, including but not limited to a list or directory of users on the system, on-line textbooks, User Postings, user information, or videos. You agree not to misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using the Site (although you are welcome and encouraged to use an anonymous username in the forums and to act in a manner that keeps your identity concealed).

Using Postings Disclaimer.

You understand that when using the Site you will be exposed to User Postings from a variety of sources and that neither MIT Bootcamps nor Collaborator are responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, reliability, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Postings. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Postings that are inaccurate, offensive, defamatory, indecent, or objectionable and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against MIT Bootcamps or Collaborators with respect thereto. Neither MIT Bootcamps nor Collaborators endorse any User Postings or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein. Neither MIT Bootcamps nor Collaborators have any obligation to monitor any User Postings or any other user communications through the Site.

However, we reserve the right to review User Postings and to exercise our sole discretion to edit or remove, in whole or in part, any User Posting at any time and for any reason, or to allow Collaborators to do so. Without limiting the foregoing, upon receiving notice from a user or a content owner that a User Posting allegedly does not conform to these TOS, we may investigate the allegation and determine in our sole discretion whether to remove the User Posting, which we reserve the right to do at any time and without notice.

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User Accounts and Authority

In order to create a user account ("User Account") and so participate fully in Site activities, you must provide certain information about yourself. You agree that you will never share access to or access information for your User Account with any third party for any reason. In setting up your User Account, you may be prompted to enter additional optional information (e.g., your address). You represent that all information provided by you is accurate and current. You agree to maintain and update your information to keep it accurate and current.

You understand and acknowledge that the Site cannot be used by any individual in, or ordinarily resident in any country that is subject to economic sanctions enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) or to any person listed on any blocked parties or specially designated nationals list (the “SDN Lists”) if the sanctions prohibit or may prohibit the use of the Site to such individual.

We care about the confidentiality and security of your personal information. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information

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Media, Participant Release & License

In consideration for allowing me to participate in or appear at an MIT Bootcamps program, I hereby grant the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”) a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, fee- and royalty-free, sublicensable right and license to:

  • Broadcast, directly or through an agent, by any means, my participation in or appearance at the above-identified project or event;
  • Record, directly or through an agent, my participation and appearance on video, audio tape, film, photograph or any medium, now existing or hereafter developed (“Recordings”);
  • Use, reproduce, modify, transcribe, distribute, broadcast, display, perform and publish in print, electronic or any medium, now existing or hereafter developed, the Recordings, in whole or in part, for any purpose;
  • Use, reproduce, modify, distribute and publicly display, in any manner, any written materials or presentations distributed, shown or otherwise provided or used by me in connection with my participation in or appearance at the project or event (“Materials”) for any purpose, including, without limitation, commercial purposes; and
  • Use my name, likeness, voice and biographical information in connection with the promotion of the project or event and the exercise of the rights granted to MIT above.

I agree that I have no right of approval, no claim for compensation, and no claim arising out of or in connection with any use of the Recordings or Materials as provided above. For the avoidance of doubt, I agree that MIT may make any such broadcast, Recordings or Materials available to the public under an open source license.

I represent that I am 18 years of age or older.

I further represent that I have read the foregoing, fully understand its meaning and effect and have all rights necessary to grant MIT the rights and licenses granted in this Release and License and that the exercise of the rights and licenses by MIT will not infringe on or violate the rights of any third parties.

For more information or clarification, please email bootcamp@mit.edu.

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Your Right To Use Content On The Site

For the purposes of these ToS, the term “Bootcamp Program Materials” includes all content posted to the Site including but not limited to texts, exams, video, images, and other instructional materials provided in connection with the learning programs offered on the Site.

Unless otherwise indicated, Bootcamp Program Materials are protected by United States and foreign copyright laws, and you may engage only in personal, noncommercial use of them with proper attribution. You may not otherwise reproduce, retransmit, distribute, display, publish, commercially exploit or otherwise make available any Bootcamp Program Materials in print, electronic, or any other medium. You may not record any portion of any learning program. Any additional presentation of any learning program or of materials derived from any learning program is also strictly prohibited without explicit permission from MIT.

Certain reference documents, digital textbooks, articles, and other information on the Site are used with the permission of third parties, and your use of that information may be subject to certain additional rules and conditions, which will be posted along with the information. By using this Site, you agree to abide by all such rules and conditions.

Program “Work” such as presentations, analysis, or other documents created by fellow participant Bootcampers belongs to the author(s) who created it. It can be used outside of the Bootcamp program for non-commercial purposes only with the explicit permission from MIT and only if it is correctly attributed to the author(s.)

Access to the learning platform portion of the site (pages located within mitbootcamps.novoed.com) will be granted to fully paid and enrolled Bootcampers between:

  • approximately one week prior to the start of the Bootcamp
  • at least three months after the Bootcamp has finished.

Bootcampers will be notified prior to access expiration.

You agree to retain all copyright and other notices on any content you obtain from the Site. All rights in the Site and its content, if not expressly granted, are reserved

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Ideas Shared During A Bootcamp

Bootcamps is committed to fostering a collaborative learning environment. Please understand that there is no expectation of confidentiality for information shared and you should refrain from sharing anything you believe to be confidential or proprietary.

License Grant to MIT Bootcamps. By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you hereby grant to us a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, assignable, sublicensable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to host, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify, distribute, re-distribute, relicense, and otherwise use, make available, and exploit your User Postings, in whole or in part, in any form and in any media formats and through any media channels now known or hereafter developed.

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Certificates of Completion

We may offer a Certificate of Completion or other acknowledgment (a "Certificate") for Bootcampers who, in our judgment, have satisfactorily demonstrated participation and completion of the learning program and/or mastery of the learning program material. Certificates will be issued by and under the name of MIT Bootcamps. The decision whether a Certificate will be awarded to a given student will be solely within our discretion. We may choose not to offer a Certificate for some learning programs.

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Registration, Enrollment, and Payment

Registration process. In order to register in a Bootcamp, individual users must 1) be at least 18 years old on the day the Bootcamp starts 2) complete the Bootcamp application process 3) be admitted to the Bootcamp and 4) pay a non-refundable $1,000 USD deposit.

Once Bootcamps receives your $1,000 USD non-refundable deposit your seat in the learning program will be secured.

Enrollment to the Bootcamp and access to the program Site and materials will not be granted until full payment is received. Full payment is required at least 14 days prior to Bootcamp start date.

Cancellations. Cancellation requests must be submitted to bootcamp@mit.edu.

If you request a cancellation 14 or more days prior to the Bootcamp start date, payments will be refunded for the Bootcamp minus the $1,000 USD non-refundable deposit.

If you submit a cancellation request fewer than 14 days prior to the learning program start date, you will not be eligible for any refund.

Please note that the first day of the learning program is not considered one of the days prior to the learning program start date.

To submit your request, please include your full name, Bootcamp name and start date you wish to cancel in your email request. Refunds will generally be issued in a Last in First Out order with preference to credit card refunds at MIT’s discretion. If refunds are processed via wire transfer any origination or destination bank fees may be deducted from the gross refund amount. These fees, if any, are not controlled by MIT and are the responsibility of the recipient of the refund.

Payment. The processing of your payment information is done by a third party (“Vendor”) and you will be re-routed to a secure website to complete the payment transaction.

The privacy statement posted at the payment landing page operated by Vendor will govern the submission and processing of your payment details. Please familiarize yourself with those terms prior to initiating a transaction.

Once your payment transaction is completed, you will be re-routed to an MIT Bootcamps confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email with your name, order number, and the payment amount. This email may originate from Vendor. Please retain this email for your records as this information will be required if you seek a refund from us, as described below.

Onboarding Survey. We may require you to provide some personal information via a short mandatory learning program onboarding survey. Please be advised that a failure to provide said information may mean that you will be unable to be placed on a team and participate in the Bootcamp.

Admission Deferral. If you have applied to a previous Bootcamp, were admitted but unable to attend your admission may be honored for another Bootcamp(s.) For the purposes of clarity, this admission deferral is for convenience to possibly avoid a re-application process and does not imply that cancellation fees can be used for future Bootcamps. Please contact bootcamp@mit.edu to find out if your admission will be honored for future Bootcamp.

No Other Enrollment. When you register for, take, or complete a learning program through MIT Bootcamps you are not an applicant for admission to, or enrolled in, any degree program of MIT. You will not be entitled to use any of the resources of MIT beyond the online learning programs provided on the Site, nor will you be eligible to receive student privileges or benefits provided to students enrolled in degree programs of MIT. You may not imply or state in any manner, written or oral, that MIT or MIT Bootcamps is granting academic credit for enrollment in this professional learning program. None of the learning programs offered through MIT Bootcamps award academic credit or degrees.

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Trademarks

Use of MIT Bootcamps Names, Trademarks and Service Marks. The “MIT Bootcamps ” names, logos and seals are trademarks ("Trademarks") of MIT. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, without MIT’s prior written consent. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests or, in MIT’s sole judgment, gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by MIT.

All trademarks not owned by MIT that appear on the Site on or through the services made available on or through the Site are the property of their respective owners.

Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark or Trademark displayed on the Site without the written permission of its owner.

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed on the Site should contact our designated copyright agent at dmca-agent@mit.edu.

Notification must include:

  • Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information for us to locate the material (e.g., URL, IP address, computer name).
  • Information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g., email address, phone number). A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.

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DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY / LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITIES

THE SITE AND ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR OTHERWISE), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, EXCEPT INSOFAR AS ANY SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES MAY NOT BE DISCLAIMED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

MIT BOOTCAMPS AND COLLABORATORS (AS HEREINAFTER DEFINED) DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE MANNER, THAT THE SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE LEARNING PROGRAMS OR CONTENT PROVIDED WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.

MIT BOOTCAMPS AND COLLABORATORS ALSO MAKE NO WARRANTY ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR QUALITY OF THE SITE OR ANY LEARNING PROGRAMS OR CONTENT, OR THAT ANY PARTICULAR LEARNING PROGRAMS OR CONTENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE. “COLLABORATORS” MEANS MIT, THE ENTITIES (INCLUDING EDX BUT EXCLUDING OTHER USERS) PROVIDING INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR SERVICES FOR THE SITE, THE LEARNING PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS AND THEIR STAFFS.

USE OF THE SITE, AND THE CONTENT AND SERVICES OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOUR ACCESS TO OR DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION, MATERIALS, OR DATA THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY REFERENCE SITES IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF SUCH MATERIAL OR DATA, UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR IN THE MIT BOOTCAMPS PRIVACY POLICY.

Links to Other Sites. The Site may include hyperlinks to sites maintained or controlled by others. MIT Bootcamps and Collaborators are not responsible for and do not routinely screen, approve, review, or endorse the contents of or use of any of the products or services that may be offered at these sites. If you decide to access linked third party websites, you do so at your own risk.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER MIT BOOTCAMPS NOR COLLABORATORS WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, EITHER ACTUAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, OR YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY'S) USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, OR YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON THE SITE, OR YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE, WHETHER YOUR CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTE OR OTHER LAW.

IN PARTICULAR, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER MIT BOOTCAMPS NOR COLLABORATORS WILL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE, AND WHETHER OR NOT MIT BOOTCAMPS OR COLLABORATORS HAVE BEEN NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE AT FAULT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, OR INTERRUPTION IN AVAILABILITY OF DATA).

CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

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Indemnification

You agree to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify MIT Bootcamps and Collaborators, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, faculty, students, fellows, governing board members, agents, and employees from and against any third party claims, actions or demands arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to your use of the Site, including any liability or expense arising from any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs, and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, MIT Bootcamps or a Participant will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit, or action.

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Miscellaneous

Termination Rights; Discontinuation of Learning programs and Content. You agree (1) that we may terminate your use of the Site and your participation in a Bootcamp immediately upon notice to you if you materially breach any of these terms and fail to cure such breach within 7 days of receiving written notice from us about the breach; and (2) that in appropriate circumstances, we may terminate any users of the Site or Bootcamp who are repeat copyright infringers. You will not be entitled to a refund if we terminate your use of or participation in the Site or Bootcamp for either of these reasons. We reserve the right at any time in our sole discretion to cancel, postpone, reschedule, or alter the format of any learning program offered through MIT Bootcamps Digital Programs, or to cease providing any part or all of the Site content or related services, in which case we will refund to you any fees prepaid for learning programs not delivered. If you no longer desire to participate in the Site, you may terminate your access at any time. The rights granted to you hereunder will terminate upon any termination of your access and right to use the Site, but the other provisions of these TOS will survive any such termination.

Entire Agreement. These TOS and the Privacy Policy together constitute the entire agreement between you and MIT Bootcamps with respect to your use of the Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and MIT Bootcamps regarding your use of the Site.

Waiver and Severability of TOS. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these TOS 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 these TOS shall remain in full force and effect.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection. You agree that these TOS and any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to these TOS or any content or service obtained from or through the Site will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions. You agree that all such claims and disputes will be heard and resolved exclusively in the federal or state courts located in and serving Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. You consent to the personal jurisdiction of those courts over you for this purpose, and you waive, and agree not to assert, any objection to such proceedings in those courts (including any defense or objection for lack of proper jurisdiction or venue or inconvenience of forum).

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