Terms of Use

Thank you for visiting the Web site (the “Site”) of Van Andel Institute (the “Institute”). Please read the Terms of Use (the “Terms”) and our Privacy Policy before using the Site. By using the Site, you agree to the Terms. If you do not agree with any of the Terms, please do not use the Site.

The Institute reserves the right to terminate or alter the Terms at any time without notice to you. Please review the Terms regularly for changes. Your use of the Site following the posting of any changes to the Terms constitutes acceptance of those changes.

Site Content

Unless otherwise expressly noted, you should assume everything you see, hear or otherwise receive from or on the Site (the ”Content”) is copyright, trademark, trade dress or other intellectual property owned or licensed by the Institute. The Content includes, without limitation, images, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, trademarks, logos, text, sounds, music, the Site as a whole and any other materials on the Site.

The information on the Site is provided as a courtesy by the Institute. The views and opinions of individual authors do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Institute. References to specific products, processes or services do not constitute or imply recommendation or endorsement by the Institute.

This Site contains only general information, is designed for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Users of this Site should not rely on information provided on this Site for their own health needs. If you have a health-related problem, or any specific medical questions, please consult with your health care provider. Use of this Site does not create a patient relationship with the Institute or its staff.

The Institute may change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site at any time, without prior notice, including the availability of any Site feature, services or Content. The Institute may restrict your access to certain features, services or Content at any time, without prior notice.

Use of Site

You may use or download Content for research or educational purposes, or for your personal, noncommercial purposes, provided you keep unchanged all copyright and other notices with them. No other use of Content is permitted.

You agree that you will make only lawful use of the Site, and will only use the Site in compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations. You agree that you will make no use of the Site that violates anyone else’s rights, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of privacy, right of publicity or other rights.

You agree that you will not upload, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish on or to the Site (“Publish”) any materials that contain a software virus or other harmful component. You agree that you will not Publish any materials that contain advertising or commercial material of any kind. You agree that you will not Publish any materials that are false, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise unlawful. You are solely responsible for the content of any material you Publish. The Institute is not responsible or liable for the conduct of any person using the Site.

Use by Institute Employees

If you are an employee, agent, contractor, or are otherwise employed by the Institute, these Terms supplement the Institute’s current internal policies. In the event of a conflict between the Terms and the Institute’s policies, the Institute’s policies will control.

Resources accessible through the Intranet portion of the Site are not public. Use of these resources is restricted to authorized Institute personnel and authorized affiliates. All use of these resources may be monitored and/or recorded by Institute system administration staff.

By using these resources, you expressly consent to any monitoring and recording of your activities while in such restricted areas. In the event monitoring reveals any indications of criminal activity, system administration staff will have the right, but not the obligation, to provide any such information to law enforcement personnel.

Links to Other Sites

The Site may contain links to third party sites. Any outside links are provided only as a convenience. Your use of outside links is at your sole risk. Any links from the Site do not constitute the Institute’s endorsement of any third party, its Web site, or its goods and services.

The Institute is not responsible for any outside Web sites, services or other materials linked to or from the Site, and disclaims all liability for any injury you may experience by using such materials. If you have any concerns regarding any outside Web site linked to or from the Site, please direct them to the owner or operator of the outside Web site.

You may not create hyperlinks to the Site that portray the Institute in a false or misleading light. You may not use any “framing” or similar techniques to enclose any portion of the Site.

User Comments and Submissions

We welcome your comments regarding our Site and services through the Webmaster link at the bottom of the Site. However, if you are dissatisfied with the Site, any of its Content, or any of the Terms, your sole and exclusive legal remedy is to stop using the Site.

There may be certain pages on the Site whereby you can voluntarily agree to submit information, including personal information, such as information that could be used to identify or contact you, to the Institute. If you choose to voluntarily submit information, including personal information, to the Institute through the Site, you understand and agree that such information will be transmitted over the Internet. While the Institute has taken reasonable steps to protect any information that you may submit from unauthorized interception and use, the risk of unauthorized interception and use of electronically transmitted information cannot be entirely eliminated. Therefore, there is always a risk of unauthorized interception and use of any information that you submit to the Institute through the Site.

If you access and use the Site, the Institute will not be responsible for any unauthorized interception and use of your information, and you understand and agree that the Institute shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or any other damages arising from your use of the Site.

Any comments, ideas, suggestions or other information you transmit to the Site are not confidential or proprietary. The Institute will be free to use any comment, idea, suggestion or other information you transmit to us through the Site on an unrestricted basis. This may include personal information about you and your use of the Site. Please review the Institute’s Privacy Policy for more information.

Copyrights and Trademarks

Unless otherwise expressly noted, you should assume everything you see, hear, or otherwise receive on or through the Site is copyright owned or licensed by the Institute. The Content includes, without limitation, images, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, trademarks, logos, text, sounds, music, the Site as a whole and any other materials at the Site.

If you would like to request reprints, copy or distribute materials contained on the Site, other than for noncommercial, personal use, please contact Communications and Development.

VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE; (the Van Andel Institute Design); VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE GRADUATE SCHOOL; (the Van Andel Institute Graduate School Design); (the Andel Design II); METSEEK; LEPIMAT; and RENOCHIP are trademarks of Van Andel Institute, VAI, Van Andel Institute Hope on the Hill Foundation, VARI, and VAI Innovations, LLC. All other trademarks appearing on the Site are the property of their respective owners. Use of any Institute trademark is subject to the prior written permission of the Institute. Except as expressly authorized by the Institute, you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from such materials or content.

Systematic retrieval of data or other content from the Site to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, compilation, database or directory without written permission from the Institute is prohibited.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

Your use of the Site is at your own risk. To the fullest extent permissible by law, the Institute makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness, timeliness or usefulness of any information contained or referenced on the Site. All materials, information, software, products, and services included in or available through the Site are provided “as is” and “with all faults.” The Institute expressly disclaims all express or implied warranties, including but not limited to the accuracy and completeness, as well as implied warranties of merchantability, quiet enjoyment, fitness for a particular purpose or noninfringement of any content offered on or through the Site. The Institute does not warrant (1) that the content is accurate, reliable or correct; (2) that the Site will be available at any particular time or location; (3) that any defects or errors will be corrected; or (4) that the content is free of viruses or other harmful components.

The Institute will not be liable for any damages related to your use of or inability to use this Site, including without limitation, direct, indirect, special, compensatory or consequential damages, lost profits or loss of or damage to property, even if the Institute has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.

Indemnification

You agree to assume full responsibility for any use of any information, goods or services offered on or through the Site. You understand and agree that the Institute will not be responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage arising from the use of any information, goods or services.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Institute and its officers, directors, owners, agents, employees, affiliates, licensees and licensors from and against any and all claims, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising from or related to your use of the Site in violation of any of the Terms.

In the event that state or local law does not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, the Institute’s liability shall be limited to the extent permitted by law.

Termination

Your failure to comply with the Terms automatically revokes your authorization to use the Site and terminates any and all rights granted to you under the Terms. Your obligations to the Institute will continue upon termination of your rights under the Terms, including restrictions regarding the Content, disclaimers, indemnification obligations and liability limitations under the Terms. Upon termination of your rights, you must promptly destroy all Content downloaded or obtained from this Site, as well as all copies of any Content.

Applicable Law

The Terms will be construed according to Michigan law, without regard to provisions governing conflicts of laws. Any dispute arising under or relating to the Terms, the Content, the use of the Site, or any services obtained using this Site, will be resolved exclusively by the state and federal courts of the State of Michigan. Your use of the Site constitutes your consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such courts with respect to any such dispute.

Miscellaneous

If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of the Terms, or any portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the Terms, and the remainder of the Terms will remain in full force and effect. The Terms are the entire agreement between you and the Institute relating to the Site. Any other agreements between you and the Institute (whether oral, written, or electronic) regarding the subject matter of the Terms are superseded and have no force or effect. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.