Society for In Vitro Biology Rules


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SIVB Discussion Forum:

The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) Discussion Forum provided by the Society is designed to facilitate communication among individuals for in vitro biology and biotechnology-related purposes.

We invite your participation in the SIVB Discussion Forum. Only postings related to in vitro Biology and Biotechnology are permissible. SIVB does not permit the posting of commercial content, advertisements, or SPAM. Any postings are statements made by the author and do not reflect official positions of SIVB. Although SIVB does not accept responsibility for any statements made here, the SIVB does reserve the right to monitor and remove postings which are not in accordance with the guidelines above.

I. Privacy and Security
SIVB has taken all reasonable precautions to secure the personal information available through the Discussion Forum. The SIVB Discussion Forum is password protected to allow access by registered individual only. Although this precaution should effectively protect any personal information available through the SIVB Discussion Forum from abuse or outside interference, a certain degree of privacy risk is faced any time information is shared over the Internet.

Unless clearly declared a "private" area, information posted to online forums, message boards, chat areas, news groups, and other interactive web pages is available for viewing by the general public. Use of such interactive web pages is voluntary. We do not typically monitor our interactive web pages; parents should use caution when allowing children to view those pages. Please remember that any information disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. The email addresses of users who post such may be available to anyone who browses or uses the message area. The SIVB does not control the sending or receiving of email messages as a result of postings to our websites.

II. Policy and Guidelines for Proper Use
To safeguard the operation of the Discussion Forum, SIVB has adopted a general site disclaimer and privacy policy used to govern conduct in this online environment. In addition to SIVB’s other policies and guidelines listed on this page, users of SIVB’s Discussion Forum must abide by the following specific rules and regulations:

A. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, downloading, posting, transmitting or duplicating any of the material is prohibited. You may link to materials displayed on the SIVB Discussion Forum for scientific, noncommercial and personal use only; provided, however, that you maintain all copyright, trademark and other notices contained in such material and you agree to abide by all additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in any material accessed through the SIVB Discussion Forum.

B. Use of information or communications available through the SIVB Discussion Forum for any commercial, public or political purposes is strictly prohibited. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, solicitations for commercial services, cold-calling of any kind or mass-mailings for commercial purposes. Information available through the SIVB Discussion Forum may be used for personal and scientific purposes only.

C. Users shall not restrict nor inhibit any other user from enjoying any service on the SIVB Discussion Forum. Posting of obscene materials or use of obscene language, posting of vulgar materials or use of vulgar language, or use of abusive, defamatory, profane or threatening language of any kind, will constitute a violation of these policies governing the use of the SIVB Discussion Forum. Additionally, users shall not upload, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish any materials containing a virus or any other harmful component. Content posted may be removed by SIVB’s discretion at any time for any reason.

D. All aliases adopted by SIVB’s Discussion Forum users are subject to approval by the Society to ensure that the proper image is associated with the Society.

E. SIVB is not responsible for screening communications in advance. It is essential that the users of the Discussion Forum report any abuses or misuse of the Discussion Forum to SIVB. If the SIVB determines that a user's participation in the Discussion Forum creates a liability for the Society or that the user has violated the policies set forth herein or any applicable laws or regulations, SIVB reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take actions against the user including, but not limited to, expelling a user and denying a user further access to the SIVB Discussion Forum if such user violates these policies.

F. SIVB will not initiate communication with any individual under the age of 18. If an underage individual initiates communication (ie: questions on the ISEF Science Fair or specific information on in vitro biology), we will respond to his or her question.

III. Liability and Indemnity

The reliability of the information available through the SIVB’s Discussion Forum is largely dependent upon the actions of community registrants. The Society can make no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of this information.

The Society does not warrant that the Discussion Forum will operate error-free or that the site and its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful material. To the fullest extent permitted by the law, SIVB disclaims all warranties, including the warranties of merchantability, non-infringement, and fitness for particular purpose. In no event shall SIVB be liable for any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, resulting from the use of or inability to use information or materials available on the Discussion Forum web site.

By using SIVB’s Discussion Forum web site, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless SIVB and their respective agents from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, costs, and expenses that may arise from your use of the SIVB Discussion Forum or your breach of these policies. SIVB will provide notice to you of any such action or claim, and reserves the right to participate, at our expense, in the investigation, settlement, and defense of any such action or claim.

Please note that SIVB may revise these policies and your continued use of the site constitutes your agreement to comply with such modifications. You should review the policies periodically to ensure that you are familiar with them.

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