Terms of Use

Terms of Use

Acceptance of Terms of Use

By using this site (www.sesync.org), you agree to the terms of use listed below. These terms may be modified periodically without notice. Your use of the site(s), thereafter, signifies your acceptance of the modified terms. If you are unclear about what's acceptable or unacceptable use, please contact us at info@sesync.org.

University of Maryland (UMD) Websites

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and other University of Maryland (UMD) web space support the University's mission of education, research, and public service, and its administrative business functions. These sites provide valuable information about SESYNC and UMD. They are owned by University System of Maryland and are operated by UMD. Site content may change without notice.

Also found within the SESYNC web space are sites generated by groups or individuals whose expressed views, content, references, or links to other sites do not necessarily represent the views of UMD or the University System of Maryland (USM). UMD does not endorse, warrant, or otherwise take responsibility for the contents of such sites or of any material accessible from them. Individuals operating such sites are responsible for posting disclaimers when required by university policy or law.

Links to Third Party Sites

This website may contain links to non-University sites (Third Party Sites). SESYNC and/or UMD is not responsible for and does not control the content of linked Third Party Sites. The inclusion of any link does not imply University endorsement of the site, entity, products, or services. Checking the privacy statement of the Third Party Site is recommended.


Generally, UMD websites collect information to improve site or individual web page content, monitor performance, and improve functionality. However, some sites collect information to provide services. For specific practices, refer to the privacy statements posted on the site or contact the site operator.

UMD site operators are charged with complying with all applicable laws and University regulations governing personal privacy and the confidentiality of information. Information that doesn't fall under established legal protections is subject to public disclosure under law.

Access and Use of Services

Abuse or misuse of access or services, including the unauthorized access or disclosure of personally identifiable information, is a violation of University policy and may constitute violations of law.

Violations of law or University policy by University employees or students may result in prosecution, restriction of access to University electronic resources, and/or disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or suspension or expulsion from the University, as determined by due process. Violations of law or these terms of use by the public may result in prosecution.

As a condition of your access and use of services, you agree you will: 1) not use the services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by University policy or these terms of use; 2) not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any services, information, computer systems or networks connected to any UMD server or to any UMD Services; 3) not use the services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any server or network(s) or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of any services.

Restrictions on Use of Materials

All University trademarks, service marks, and trade names are the property of the UMD. The University Seal, UMD names, initials, images, UMD or SESYNC logos, and related trademarks are not to be used by third parties without prior written permission as outlined in UMD policies.  For permission, contact info@sesync.org.

Other materials accessible within the SESYNC web space, without explicit permission, may not be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, with one exception. You may download one copy of the materials on any single computer, only for your personal non-commercial home use, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Modification or use of the materials for any other purpose may be a violation of copyright and other proprietary rights.


The materials on the SESYNC websites are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind. To the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, SESYNC disclaims all warranties, including, but not limited to: implied warranties of merchantability; fitness for a particular purpose; that functions will be uninterrupted or error-free; that materials are correct or reliable; that defects will be corrected; or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permissible, under applicable law, SESYNC or UMD shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of or the inability to use the materials on the SESYNC websites. In no event shall SESYNC's total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing these sites.