Repository Terms of Use for DC @ SPU

  1. General:
  2. As used in these Terms of Use, the terms “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Seattle Pacific University. Use of DC@SPU web pages (the “Site”) is subject to the following terms and conditions and all applicable laws. By using the Site or any of its Content, you accept and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use and all applicable laws. If any of these Terms of Use are unacceptable to you, do not use the Site.

  3. Changes to Terms of Use Are Binding:
  4. We may change these Terms of Use from time to-time without advance notice. Your use of the Site or any of its Content after any changes have been made will constitute your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified Terms of Use and all of the changes.

  5. Copyright and Use of DC@SPU Content:
  6. The Site includes text, images, graphics, information, articles, multi-media objects, scholarly projects and other works (“Content”). The Site itself and most of the materials held as Content on the Site are protected by copyright and other laws. These materials have been contributed to enable teaching, research, and other nonprofit educational activities. Unless otherwise specified in the metadata attached to an item of Content, you may use the Site and the Content only for non-commercial, research, educational, or related academic purposes. Further, you have the responsibility to make your own assessment of the copyright or other legal concerns that might affect your use of DC@SPU Content and to assume personal responsibility for your uses of Content.

  7. DC@SPU Access Levels:
  8. Where possible, DC@SPU makes its Content available to the general public. However, some of the Content on this Site has been made available only to Seattle Pacific University community users or other user subgroups by the contributor. Such Content cannot be used, downloaded, or distributed outside the Seattle Pacific University community (or subgroup identified) without the specific permission of the contributor.

  9. Use of DC@SPU Site and Content:
  10. Content that has been made accessible to the general public may be used for non-commercial, research, educational, or related academic purposes only. Such uses include personal study, distribution to students, research and scholarship (including computational research uses such as data and text-mining, citation extraction, or cross-referencing) as long as you do not sell the Content or sell advertising on any page on which the Content is displayed. If you make an item of Content available to others, you will retain with the Content its title, the name of the author(s), a reference to these Terms of Use, any copyright notice included on the original, and any metadata associated with the original. You may not use a facsimile of the published version of an article that may be posted in DC@SPU under these open access terms, unless the publisher so permits. You will not make any translation, adaptation or other derivative work of an item of Content except as authorized under U.S. law. You may not sublicense or otherwise transfer your rights in an item of Content and will only make Content available to others for use by them under these Terms of Use. Links on the Site to third-party web sites are provided solely as a convenience to you. We do not approve or endorse the content of linked third-party sites, and you agree that we will have no responsibility or liability in connection with your use of any linked third-party sites. Nothing in these Terms of Use or on the Site will be construed as granting you any right or license to use any trademarks, service marks or logos displayed on the Site. You agree not to use or register any name, logo or insignia of the Seattle Pacific University for any purpose except with our prior written approval and in accordance with any restrictions required by us.

  11. Fair Use and Other Lawful Uses:
  12. Nothing in these Terms of Use is intended to restrict or limit you from making uses of Content that, in the absence of rights granted hereunder, would not infringe or violate anyone’s copyright, trademark or other rights. To the extent permitted by law, adaptation of DC@SPU Content to enable use and access by persons with disabilities is encouraged.

  13. Reserved Rights; Obtaining Permissions:
  14. All rights in the Site and the Content that are not expressly granted are reserved. You agree to use the Site and the Content only in ways that comply with copyright and all other applicable laws, as well as with these Terms of Use, and that do not infringe or violate anyone’s rights. If you wish to make any use of the Content that requires authorization under copyright, trademark or other rights, you agree to obtain all necessary permissions. You are responsible for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the Content that you wish to make.

  15. Disclaimer of Warranties:
  16. The Site and the Content are provided “As Is.” To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we disclaim all warranties of any kind (express, implied, or otherwise) regarding the Site and the Content, including but not limited to any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, ownership, and non-infringement. We make no warranty about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, timeliness, sufficiency or quality of the Site or the Content, nor that any particular content will continue to be made available. We do not approve or endorse any posted material or content provided by others. We do not warrant that the Site will operate without error or interruption, or that the Site or its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful materials.

  17. Limitations of Liability and Remedies:
  18. Your use of the Site and the Content is at your own sole risk. In no event shall we be liable to you, in contract, tort, or otherwise, for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, punitive, exemplary or other damages of any kind arising out of or relating to the Site or the Content, or your use of the Site or the Content, or any third-party rights in the Content, even if the Site or Content is defective or we are negligent or otherwise at fault, and regardless whether we are advised of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing limitations shall apply to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

  19. Indemnity:
  20. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Seattle Pacific University and its trustees, officers, employees and agents, from and against all claims, actions, suits, damages, liabilities and costs (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees) arising from or relating to your use of the Site or any of the Content or your failure to comply with any provision of these Terms of Use.

  21. Communications:
    1. Copyright Complaints: We respect the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe your copyright has been violated on the Site, please notify us through Seattle Pacific University’s designated agent under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (see 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3)), Dave Tindall, at:
    2. Other Site Issues: Please direct all other communications to

  22. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction:
  23. These Terms of Use, and any claim or dispute that arises from or relates to your use of the Site or the Content, will be governed by the laws of Washington State, without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. You agree that all such claims and disputes will be heard and resolved exclusively in the courts of King County, Washington. You consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts over you for this purpose, and waive and agree not to assert any objection to such proceedings in such courts (including any defense or objection of lack of proper jurisdiction or venue or inconvenience of forum). If you choose to access our website from locations other than Washington, you will be responsible for compliance with all local laws of those other locations.

  24. Termination:
  25. The permissions granted to you will terminate automatically upon any breach by you of these Terms of Use. If we take down or otherwise cease to make a work available as an item of Content, the permission granted to you hereunder to use that Content thereafter will terminate at that time. DC@SPU is maintained as a scholarly and educational resource by Seattle Pacific University which may be modified or terminated by Seattle Pacific University in its sole discretion.

(Last Updated November 7, 2013)