ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

ACGME Website Terms of Use

(Last Modified: November 20, 2014)


Acceptance of the Terms of Use

Welcome to the website of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education ("ACGME," "Company," "we," or "us"). The following terms and conditions, together with any documents they expressly incorporate by reference (collectively, "Terms of Use"), govern your access to and use of ACGME.org, including any content, functionality and services offered on or through ACGME.org (the "Website"), whether as a guest or a registered user.

Please read the Terms of Use carefully before you start to use the Website. By using the Website, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy, found at www.acgme.org, incorporated herein by reference. If you do not want to agree to these Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy, you must not access or use the Website.


Revisions to the Terms of Use

We may revise these Terms of Use from time to time in our sole discretion. All revisions are effective immediately when we post them and apply to all access to and use of the Website thereafter. However, any revisions to the dispute resolution provisions set forth in Governing Law and Jurisdiction will not apply to any disputes for which the parties have actual notice on or prior to the date the revision is posted on the Website.

Your continued use of the Website following the posting of revised Terms of Use means that you accept and agree to the changes. You are expected to check this page from time to time so you are aware of any revisions, as they are binding on you.


Accessing the Website and Account Security

We reserve the right to withdraw or amend this Website, and any service or material we provide on the Website, in our sole discretion without notice. We will not be liable if for any reason all or any part of the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of the Website, or the entire Website, to users, including registered users.

You are responsible for:

  • Making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Website.

  • Ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms of Use and comply with them.

To access the Website or some of the resources it offers, you may be asked to provide certain registration details or other information. It is a condition of your use of the Website that all the information you provide on the Website is correct, current and complete. You agree that all information you provide to register with this Website including but not limited to through the use of any interactive features on the Website, is governed by our Privacy Policy, and you consent to all actions we take with respect to your information consistent with our Privacy Policy.


Password Security

If you choose, or are provided with, a user name, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any other person or entity. You acknowledge that your account is personal to you and agree not to provide any other person with access to this Website or portions of it using your user name, password or other security information. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to or use of your user name or password or any other breach of security. You also agree to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. You should use particular caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.

We have the right to disable any user name, password or other identifier, whether chosen by you or provided by us, at any time in our reasonable discretion if, in our opinion, you have violated any provision of these Terms of Use.


Intellectual Property Rights

The Website and its entire contents, features and functionality (including but not limited to all information, software, text, displays, images, video and audio, and the design, selection and arrangement thereof), are owned by the ACGME, its licensors or other providers of such material, and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws.

These Terms of Use permit you to use the Website for your educational, non-commercial use only. You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store or transmit any of the material on our Website, except as follows:

  • You are authorized to make a reasonable number of copies of documents or forms published by the ACGME on our Website for personal or educational non-commercial purposes provided you retain all copyright or other proprietary notices and disclaimers on any copies. Any special rules related to the use of certain software and other items provided on this Website may be included elsewhere on our Website and are incorporated into these Terms of Use.

  • Your computer may temporarily store copies of such materials in RAM incidental to your accessing and viewing those materials.

  • You may store files that are automatically cached by your Web browser for display enhancement purposes.

  • If we provide desktop, mobile or other applications for download, you may download a single copy to your computer or mobile device solely for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided you agree to be bound by our end user license agreement for such applications.

You must not:

  • Modify copies of any materials from this site.

  • Use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from the accompanying text.

  • Delete or alter any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices from copies of materials from this site.
  • You must not access or use for any commercial purposes any part of the Website or any services or materials available through the Website.

    If you wish to make any use of material on the Website other than that set out in this section, please address your request to ACGME Legal Department: legal@acgme.org.

    If you print, copy, modify, download or otherwise use or provide any other person with access to any part of the Website in breach of the Terms of Use, your right to use the Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made. No right, title or interest in or to the Website or any content on the Website is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by the ACGME. Any use of the Website not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use is a breach of these Terms of Use and may violate copyright, trademark and other laws.


    Trademarks

    The ACGME name, the terms “ACGME” and “ACGME-I,” and the ACGME and ACGME-I logos and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans are trademarks of the ACGME or its affiliates or licensors. You must not use such marks without the prior written permission of the ACGME. All other names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans on this Website are the trademarks of their respective owners.


    Prohibited Uses

    You may use the Website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms of Use. You agree not to use the Website:

    • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local or international law or regulation (including, without limitation, any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries).

    • For the purpose of exploiting, harming or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information or otherwise.

    • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with the Content Standards included herein.

    • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material, including any "junk mail", "chain letter" or "spam" or any other similar solicitation.

    • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate the ACGME, an ACGME employee, another user or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using e-mail addresses associated with any of the foregoing).

    • To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone's use or enjoyment of the Website, or which, as determined by us, may harm the ACGME or users of the Website or expose them to liability.

    Additionally, you agree not to:

    • Use the Website in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the site or interfere with any other party's use of the Website, including their ability to engage in real time activities through the Website.

    • Use any robot, spider or other automatic device, process or means to access the Website for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material on the Website.

    • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on the Website or for any other unauthorized purpose without our prior written consent.
    • Use any device, software or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Website.

    • Introduce any viruses, trojan horses, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful.

    • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage or disrupt any parts of the Website, the server on which the Website is stored, or any server, computer or database connected to the Website.

    • Attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.

    • Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website.

    User Contributions

    The Website may contain message boards, chat rooms, personal web pages or profiles, forums, bulletin boards, and other interactive features (collectively, "Interactive Services") that allow users to post, submit, publish, display or transmit to other users or other persons (hereinafter, "post") content or materials (collectively, "User Contributions") on or through the Website.

    All User Contributions must comply with the Content Standards set out in these Terms of Use.

    Except as otherwise provided with regard to information provided through the Web Accreditation Data System and the Resident Data Collection System, any User Contribution you post to the site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. By providing any User Contribution on the Website, you grant us and our affiliates and service providers, and each of our respective licensees, successors and assigns the right to use, reproduce, modify, perform, display, distribute and otherwise disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose.

    You represent and warrant that:

    • You own or control all rights in and to the User Contributions and have the right to grant the license granted above to us and our affiliates and service providers, and each of our respective licensees, successors and assigns.

    • All of your User Contributions do and will comply with these Terms of Use.
    • You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for any User Contributions you submit or contribute, and you, not the ACGME, have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability, accuracy and appropriateness.

      We are not responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any User Contributions posted by you or any other user of the Website.


      Web Accreditation Data System (ADS) and Resident Data Collection System (RDCS)

      ADS and RDCS are online services of the ACGME that allow authorized individuals to input certain information onto servers maintained by the ACGME or on its behalf. Additional terms and conditions apply specifically to the ADS and RDCS systems and such terms and conditions are hereby incorporated by this reference into these Terms of Use. By using these online services, you acknowledge and agree that the ACGME and its affiliates and service providers, and each of our respective licensees, successors and assigns have the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store and use the submitted information consistent with the terms of your agreement with the ACGME. Only individuals with valid passwords may access and/or submit information through these services. Access to these services is secured by an encryption certificate. You acknowledge and agree that all information submitted to the ACGME through these services shall be accurate, complete and truthful. The data you provide us will be used by the ACGME for accreditation, will be maintained confidentially, and will not be distributed for commercial use. Summary data and other information about programs, institutions, resident physicians or resident physician education which is not identifiable by person or organization may be published in a manner appropriate to further the quality of GME and consistent with the ACGME policies and the law. THE ACGME DOES NOT WARRANT THAT INFORMATION YOU SUBMIT WILL BE PROTECTED AGAINST LOSS, MISUSE OR ALTERATION BY THIRD PARTIES.


      Content Standards

      These content standards apply to any and all User Contributions and use of Interactive Services. User Contributions must in their entirety comply with all applicable federal, state, local and international laws and regulations. Without limiting the foregoing, User Contributions must not:

      • Contain any material which is defamatory, obscene, indecent, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable.

      • Promote sexually explicit or pornographic material, violence, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

      • Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person.

      • Violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or contain any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable laws or regulations or that otherwise may be in conflict with these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.

      • Be likely to deceive any person.

      • Promote any illegal activity, or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act.

      • Cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety or be likely to upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.

      • Impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or organization.

      • Involve commercial activities or sales, such as contests, sweepstakes and other sales promotions, barter or advertising.

      • Give the impression that they emanate from or are endorsed by us or any other person or entity, if this is not the case.

      • Copyright Infringement

        If you believe that any User Contributions violate your copyright, you should immediately notify ACGME Legal Department: legal@acgme.org. It is the policy of the ACGME to terminate the user accounts of repeat infringers.


        Reliance on Information Posted

        The information presented on or through the Website is made available solely for educational, non-commercial purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of this information. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by you or any other visitor to the Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.

        This Website may include content provided by third parties, including materials provided by other users, bloggers and third-party licensors, syndicators, aggregators and/or reporting services. All statements and/or opinions expressed in these materials, and all articles and responses to questions and other content, other than the content provided by the ACGME, are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the person or entity providing those materials. These materials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the ACGME. We are not responsible, or liable to you or any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials provided by any third parties.


        Changes to the Website

        We may update the content on this Website from time to time, but its content is not necessarily complete or up-to-date. Any of the material on the Website may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such material. We make no commitment to correct or update this Website. You agree that the ACGME shall not be liable for any omissions, technical or typographical errors, or out of date information.


        Information about You and Your Visits to the Website

        All information we collect on this Website is subject to our Privacy Policy. By using the Website, you consent to all actions taken by us with respect to your information in compliance with the Privacy Policy.


        Other Terms and Conditions

        Additional terms and conditions may also apply to specific portions, services or features of the Website. All such additional terms and conditions are hereby incorporated by this reference into these Terms of Use.


        Links from the Website

        The Website contains links to third party sites and resources which are provided for your convenience only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. If you decide to access any of the third party websites linked to this Website, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such websites.


        Monitoring and Enforcement; Termination

        We have the right to:

        • Remove or refuse to post any User Contributions for any or no reason in our sole discretion.

        • Take any action with respect to any User Contribution that we deem necessary or appropriate in our sole discretion, including if we believe that such User Contribution violates the Terms of Use, including the Content Standards, infringes any intellectual property right or other right of any person or entity, threatens the personal safety of users of the Website or the public, or could create liability for the ACGME.

        • Disclose your identity or other information about you to any third party who claims that material posted by you violates their rights, including their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy.

        • Take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Website.

        • Terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Website for any violation of these Terms of Use.
        • Without limiting the foregoing, we have the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through the Website. YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE ACGME AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSEES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES DURING OR AS A RESULT OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS AND FROM ANY ACTIONS TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF INVESTIGATIONS BY SUCH PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

          However, we do not undertake to review all material before it is posted on the Website, and cannot ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted. Accordingly, we assume no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications or content provided by any user or third party. We have no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities described in this section.


          Disclaimer of Warranties

          You understand that we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the internet or the Website will be free of viruses or other destructive code. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for anti-virus protection and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to our site for any reconstruction of any lost data. WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT.

          YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER THE ACGME NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE ACGME MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER THE ACGME NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ACGME REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.

          ACGME HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

          THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.


          Limitation on Liability

          IN NO EVENT WILL ACGME, ITS AFFILIATES OR THEIR LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS OR DIRECTORS BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE, ANY WEBSITES LINKED TO IT, ANY CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR SUCH OTHER WEBSITES, INCLUDING ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PAIN AND SUFFERING, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF DATA, AND WHETHER CAUSED BY TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF FORESEEABLE.

          THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.


          Indemnification

          You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the ACGME, its affiliates, licensors and service providers, and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses or fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms of Use or your use of the Website, including, but not limited to, your User Contributions, any use of the Website's content, services and products other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use or your use of any information obtained from the Website.


          Governing Law and Jurisdiction

          All matters relating to the Website and these Terms of Use and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Illinois without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Illinois or any other jurisdiction). Access or use of the ACGME Website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation, this paragraph.

          Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of, or related to, these Terms of Use or the Website shall be instituted exclusively in the courts of Cook County in the State of Illinois, or the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, although we retain the right to bring any suit, action or proceeding against you for breach of these Terms of Use in your country of residence or any other relevant country. You waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over you by such courts and to venue in such courts.


          Limitation on Time to File Claims

          ANY CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF USE OR THE WEBSITE MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES, OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION OR CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.


          Waiver and Severability

          No waiver of by the ACGME of any term or condition set forth in these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or a waiver of any other term or condition, and any failure of the ACGME to assert a right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

          If any provision of these Terms of Use is held by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be eliminated or limited to the minimum extent such that the remaining provisions of the Terms of Use will continue in full force and effect.


          Entire Agreement

          The Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy constitute the sole and entire agreement between you and the ACGME with respect to the Website and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations and warranties, both written and oral, with respect to the Website.


          Your Comments and Concerns

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          All other feedback, comments, requests for technical support and other communications relating to the Website should be directed to: ISS Support Group.

          Thank you for visiting the Website.