Terms of Use

The Right to Know Website and Application Terms of Use

Last Updated: May 15, 2024

Welcome to the Right to Know website and mobile application, a pair of online resources provided by the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) where you can find honest, accurate, reliable sexual and reproductive health information – we’re so glad you’re here!

We know it’s tempting to skip over these Terms of Use, but it’s important to establish what you can expect from RIHSC with respect to the Right to Know website and app, and what we expect from you when you use them. We wanted to make these Terms easy to understand, so we’ve written these Terms without the all the “legalese” you might expect in this sort of document.  However, this is a legally binding agreement between you and us, and by accessing or using the Right to Know website or app you are agreeing to these Terms. If you are under 18 years old, you agree that you are using the website or app under the supervision of your parent or legal guardian who agrees to these Terms on your behalf. Please read these Terms and our Privacy Policy carefully! If you don’t (or, if you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian doesn’t) agree with these Terms or accept our Privacy Policy, please do not use our website or app.

We may update these Terms from time to time, and the new version of the Terms will take effect as soon as we post them, which we’ll indicate by changing the “Last Updated” date at the top of this page.  Please come back to this page frequently to ensure you’re aware of any changes.  By continuing to use the website or app after the updated version of the Terms is posted, you are agreeing (or, if you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian is agreeing) to the Terms as they are updated.

Permission to Use our Website and App

In simple terms, we give you permission to use the Right to Know website and app so long as you agree to comply with these Terms and you agree that our Privacy Policy applies to your use of our website and app. However, we remain the sole owner of the website and app (including the content provided in each) and all intellectual property rights we have in them. If you find the information on the website or in the app useful, you may download, print out, or send a copy to others, so long as each copy indicates the source of the information and is used only for personal or nonprofit educational purposes.

When you use our “Contact” page to ask questions or share comments, you are authorizing RIHSC staff to read and, if appropriate, respond to those messages. We will only use the information you provide to us in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

It is our general policy to protect your privacy when you send messages to RIHSC. However, RIHSC reserves the right to reproduce and distribute part or all of a message without any compensation to you so long as we remove any information that could identify you.

Information Provided is Not Medical or Legal Advice

The information we provide on the Right to Know website and in the Right to Know app, and any information that we may provide in response to your messages submitted through our “Contact” page, is meant for general educational purposes and is not intended or implied to serve as specific medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It should never be a substitute for consultation with a physician or other health professional. If you have, or think you might have, a medical problem, symptom, or question, please consult a medical professional right away, or talk with a trusted adult (parent, counselor, teacher, school nurse, other family member, or religious leader). The information we provide is also not intended to be legal advice, and if you have specific legal questions or concerns about your legal rights, please seek the advice of an attorney or other legal professional.

Warranty and Liability Disclaimer

RIHSC strives to provide the most accurate and reliable information through the Right to Know website and app, and when we respond to your messages.  However, for legal purposes, we offer our website and app, and our responses to your messages, without warranties and with limitations of our liability.  The law requires that we explain this using specific legal language and that we draw your attention to certain language by using all capital letters:

TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE PROVIDE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WEBSITE AND APP “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, WE DON’T MAKE ANY WARRANTIES ABOUT THE CONTENT OR FEATURES OF THE WEBSITE OR APP, OR OUR RESPONSES TO YOUR MESSAGES, INCLUDING THEIR ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, OR ABILITY TO MEET YOUR NEEDS. NOR DO WE WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE OR APP WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR APP OR THEIR SERVERS ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MATERIAL.

RIHSC ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT, OR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN, IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE RIGHT TO KNOW WEBSITE OR IN THE RIGHT TO KNOW APP, OR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO A MESSAGE FROM YOU.  RIHSC DOES NOT ASSUME ANY LIABILITY FOR YOUR USE OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW WEBSITE OR APP, OR THE INTERNET. In no event shall RIHSC be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damage, or any incidental or consequential damages arising either directly or indirectly out of or in any way connected with the Right to Know website or app (including any response to a message), or any failure or delay in updating or including any materials or content on the Right to Know website or app, or any use of or inability to use any materials or content on the Right to Know website or app, even if RIHSC has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Although we make every effort to ensure the information presented on the Right to Know website, in the Right to Know app, and in our responses to messages, is correct and complete, RIHSC disclaims responsibility for any errors or omissions, including technical errors or typos.

(Some states do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental and consequential damages, so the above exclusions may not apply to you.)

Indemnification

You will indemnify RIHSC for any third-party legal proceedings arising out of or relating to your unlawful use of the Right to Know website or app or your failure to comply with these Terms.  This indemnity covers any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, judgments, fines, and legal expenses. This paragraph will not, and isn’t intended to, override any legal exemption from such an indemnification obligation that you may be entitled to under applicable law.

What We Expect from You (User Rules)

We want to maintain a respectful and safe environment for everyone, which means you must follow these basic rules of the road:

  • comply with any applicable laws when you’re using our website and app, and when you communicate with us,
  • respect the rights of others, including privacy and intellectual property rights,
  • don’t abuse or harm others or yourself (or threaten or encourage such abuse or harm) — for example, by misleading, defrauding, illegally impersonating, defaming, bullying, harassing, or stalking others, and
  • don’t abuse, harm, interfere with, or disrupt the Right to Know website or app — for example, by accessing or using them in fraudulent or deceptive ways, introducing malware, or spamming, hacking, or bypassing our systems or protective measures.

Links from the Website and App.

The Right to Know website and app may contain links to other websites and resources provided by third parties. These linked websites and resources are developed and maintained independently of RIHSC and are not a part of our website or app. When you leave the Right to Know website or app and travel to a third-party website or resource, you will be subject to different terms of use and privacy policies. RIHSC does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of any third-party information found on a linked website or resource, nor does RIHSC endorse the views expressed or products or services offered on a linked website or resource.

Settling Disputes, Governing Law, and Courts

The laws of the state of Rhode Island will govern all disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or your use of or access to the Right to Know website or app, regardless of conflict of laws principles. These disputes will be resolved exclusively in the courts situated in the state of Rhode Island, and you and we consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts.

About These Terms

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and RIHSC regarding your use of the Right to Know website and app. Other than what we say in the next paragraph, these Terms don’t create any legal rights for other people or organizations, even if others might benefit from your relationship with us under these Terms. If it turns out that a particular term is not valid or enforceable, this will not affect any other terms. If you don’t comply with these Terms and we don’t take action right away, that doesn’t mean we’re giving up any rights that we may have, such as taking action in the future.

Additional Terms for Certain Right to Know Mobile Application Users

If you’ve downloaded the Right to Know mobile application from the Apple App Store or if you are using the Right to Know app on an iOS device, you understand that these Terms are between you and RIHSC only, not with Apple, and Apple is not responsible for the Right to Know app and the content RIHSC provides through the app. Apple is not required to provide any maintenance and support services with respect to the Right to Know app. If the Right to Know app fails to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify Apple and Apple will refund to you any amounts you paid for the app; and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Apple has no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the Right to Know app.

You understand that Apple is not responsible for addressing any claims by you or any third party relating to the Right to Know app or your possession or use of the Right to Know app, including: (1) product liability claims (in other words, if the app harms you due to a defect in the app); (2) any claim that the Right to Know app fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; (3) claims arising under consumer protection laws or similar laws; and (4) claims with respect to intellectual property infringement. Apple is not responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement, and discharge of any claim by a third party that the Right to Know app or your possession and use of the app infringe that third party’s intellectual property rights. You agree to comply with any applicable third-party terms when using the Right to Know app. Apple and Apple’s subsidiaries are third-party beneficiaries of these Terms, and upon your agreement to these Terms, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce these Terms against you as a third-party beneficiary of these Terms.

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