Terms and Conditions

Singapore University of Social Sciences (“SUSS”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) provides digital content, applications, technologies, services and hosted websites to its students and third parties. These Terms and Conditions (‘Terms”) apply to your use of all SUSS-hosted websites, software, technologies, services, support services, applications including the SUSS Reader app (collectively referred to as “Services”).

By accessing and/or using the Services, you agree that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms and our Privacy Policy which describes how we collect, use and disclose your data and you consent to such collection, use and disclosure. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE OR DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE TERMS AND THE PRIVACY POLICY, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO USE THE SERVICES.

We may update or change these Terms from time to time in order to reflect changes in the Services, changes in the law or other reasons as deemed necessary by SUSS, in its sole discretion. Your continued access to or use of the Services after any such change shall constitute your consent to such change. Unless otherwise expressly stated, any new features that change or improve the Services shall be subject to these Terms, as modified from time to time.

Privacy and Personal Information

You may be required to register to use the Services. To set up an account, you may be required to provide information about yourself, and you are required to update this information as necessary in order to keep it current. In addition, data pertaining to your online transactions, purchase/download history and usage patterns (if applicable) may be collected, analyzed and stored by us. We agree that we will only use and/or disclose your personal information in accordance with the terms of the Privacy Policy.

User Account Responsibility

If you are given a password to access the Services, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You are responsible for all activities that occur under your account and you agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. SUSS will not be responsible for any loss, damages, liability costs and/or legal fees that you may incur as a result of any person using your account or your password, either with or without your knowledge. You will be liable for losses, damages, liability, costs and/or legal fees on a full indemnity basis incurred by SUSS or a third party due to someone else using your account. You may not use anyone else’s account at any time.

If you provide any information that is false, inaccurate, out of date or incomplete, or we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is false, inaccurate, out of date or incomplete, we may suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Services or any portion thereof.

Limited License

SUSS grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and make personal non-commercial use of the Services. SUSS reserves the right, in its sole reasonable discretion, to prohibit any conduct involving the Services that it deems to be in violation of these Terms.

You shall not:

  1. provide inaccurate information to SUSS to gain access to the Services;
  2. copy, rent, lease, sell, repair, transfer, assign, sublicense, disassemble, reverse engineer or decompile, modify or alter the Services including, but not limited to, translating or creating derivative works, under any circumstances;
  3. use the Services, or the contents thereof, for any commercial or illegal purpose;
  4. collect and/or use any product listings, descriptions, or prices, or partake in any derivative use of the Services, or the contents thereof, for independent use;
  5. frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout or form) of SUSS or its licensors;
  6. use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing SUSS or its licensors’ names or trademarks;
  7. use the Services in a manner that impacts the stability of SUSS servers and/or impacts the behavior of other mobile applications, software, applications and/or websites using the Services, such as by using data mining, robots, scraping, or similar data gathering and extraction tools on or within the Services; and/or
  8. use the Services in any manner or for any purpose that may knowingly violate any law or regulation, or any right of any person including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights and/or rights of privacy, or which otherwise may be harmful (in our sole discretion) to SUSS, its providers, its licensors, and end users of the Services.

Violation of any of the above restrictions may result in a termination of your ability to access the Services. SUSS reserves any and all rights or remedies that may be available in the event of your breach of these Terms.

Software Use

To access the Services, you may download the SUSS Reader app or use such other proprietary software from SUSS (collectively referred to as “Software”).

SUSS grants you a non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable, limited license to the Software in machine-readable code only for your personal, non-commercial use. The Software is licensed as a single product.

You shall not:

  1. copy, rent, lease, sell, repair, transfer, assign, sublicense, disassemble, reverse engineer or decompile, modify or alter the Software including, but not limited to, translating or creating derivative works, under any circumstances;
  2. separate the Software into its component parts for independent use;
  3. remove any proprietary notices and/or labels on or in the Software;
  4. use the Software to develop any like software or other technology having the same primary function as the Software, including but not limited to using the Software in any development or test procedure that seeks to develop like software or other technology;
  5. use the Software for any commercial or illegal purpose; and/or
  6. use, download and/or install the Software on public internet terminals, shared devices, and/or public computers without prior written permission from SUSS.

Violation of any of the above restrictions may result in a termination of your ability to access the Software. SUSS reserves any and all rights or remedies that may be available in the event of your breach of these Terms.

Digital Content License

SUSS grants you a non-assignable, non-transferable, limited license to use the digital content provided by SUSS and/or its licensors (“Content”) for your personal, non-commercial use, subject to and in accordance with these Terms.

You shall not:

  1. redistribute, repackage, transmit, assign, sell, broadcast, publicly display, rent, share, lend, modify, extract, reveal, adapt, edit, sub-license and/or otherwise transfer or misuse the Content;
  2. use the Content for synchronization, public performance, promotional use, commercial sale, resale, reproduction and/or distribution;
  3. infringe the rights of the Content’s copyright owners; and/or
  4. use the Software or any other means to download and/or save Content on public Internet terminals, shared devices, and/or public computers unless specified as a permitted use in these Terms and only if permitted by the Content owners.

Violation of any of the above restrictions may result in a termination of your ability to access the Content. SUSS reserves any and all rights or remedies that may be available in the event of your breach of these Terms.

Security, Cracking and Hacking

You shall not violate or attempt to violate the security of the Services, Software, and/or Content.

Accordingly, you shall not:

  1. access data or materials not intended for you;
  2. log into a server or account which you are not authorized to access;
  3. attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization; and/or
  4. attempt to circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under the Copyright Act (Cap.63) .
  5. share information regarding your SUSS account, including your credentials and/or other information stored on your SUSS account with any other third-party; and/or
  6. activate and sync your SUSS account across more than the permitted number of devices.

Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. SUSS reserves the right to investigate occurrences which may involve such violations and may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting end users who have participated in such violations.

You agree that it is your responsibility to install anti-virus software and related protections against viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines or engines that are intended to damage, destroy, disrupt or otherwise impair a computer’s functionality or operation which may be transferred to your computer or mobile device via the Services, Software, and/or Content.

No Other License

Except as expressly stated herein, no other rights or licenses are granted hereunder.

Copyright, Trademark and Intellectual Property

The laws of copyright protect the Content that is made available through the Software and associated Services. Copyrights in the Content are held by their respective owners. The Content embodies the intellectual property of a third party and is protected by law. You shall use the Content only for your personal, non-commercial use.

The Content and any other copyrighted material shall not be modified, copied, distributed, repackaged, shared, displayed, revealed, extracted, emailed, transmitted, sold or otherwise transferred, conveyed or used, in a manner inconsistent with your agreement with SUSS, or rights of the copyright owner. You shall not redistribute, repackage, transmit, assign, sell, broadcast, rent, share, lend, modify, extract, reveal, adapt, edit, sub-license or otherwise transfer the Content. You are not granted any synchronization, public performance, promotional use, commercial sale, resale, reproduction and/or distribution rights for the Content. You shall not download and/or save Content on public Internet terminals, shared devices, and/or public computers without prior written permission from SUSS.

Additionally, the names and logos (collectively, “Trademarks”) that appear on the Services and/or Content are owned by SUSS or others who have licensed their use to SUSS. The Trademarks may not be used in any manner without the prior permission of the owners. You understand that any unauthorized use of the Trademarks or Content would result in irreparable injury to SUSS for which monetary damages would be inadequate and in such event, SUSS will have the right, in addition to other remedies available at law and in equity, to immediate injunctive relief to prevent any such unauthorized use. The Services and Software are the property of SUSS and may not be used, copied or imitated without prior written permission from SUSS. The compilation of the Content in the Services is the exclusive property of SUSS or its licensors, and is protected by Singapore and International copyright law.

SUSS respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your copyrighted materials have been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact SUSS at lssupport@suss.edu.sg

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

THE SOFTWARE AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SUSS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS, AND DUTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE SOFTWARE AND ANY SERVICES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, ACCURACY, RESULTS OF USE, RELIABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS. FURTHER, SUSS DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY THAT YOUR USE OF THE SOFTWARE AND/OR SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, TIMELY OR ERROR FREE. IN THE EVENT OF ANY INTERRUPTION OF THE SOFTWARE AND/OR SERVICES, SUSS’ SOLE RESPONSIBILITY SHALL BE TO USE COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE EFFORTS TO CORRECT THE INTERRUPTION. FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THESE TERMS DO NOT ENTITLE YOU AND/OR END USERS TO ANY SUPPORT FOR THE SOFTWARE AND/OR SERVICES. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR IN WRITING, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM SUSS WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS.

YOU AGREE THAT SUSS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO YOUR ACCESS TO AND/OR USE OF THE SOFTWARE (OR SUSS’ SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION OF SUCH ACCESS AND/OR USE) REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, AND EXCEPT FOR BODILY INJURY, IN NO EVENT SHALL SUSS OR ITS OFFICERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY UNDER ANY TORT, CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST OR CORRUPTED DATA, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, OR OTHER SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE, EVEN IF SUSS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES AND WHETHER OR NOT SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE. SUSS’ MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS SHALL NOT, IN ANY EVENT, EXCEED ANY AMOUNTS RECEIVED UNDER THESE TERMS.

No Endorsement

SUSS may email you about authors, digital content titles, services, special offers, and other information you elect to receive from SUSS. No association with nor endorsement of any third-party digital content, websites, products, and/or services is intended or implied by SUSS emailing you such information. You may opt out of these communications at any time by changing your SUSS account preferences.

Third Party Content, Advertising

Third party content may appear on the Services or may be accessible via links from the Services. We are not responsible for and assume no liability for any mistakes, misstatements of law, defamation, omissions, falsehood, obscenity, pornography or profanity in the statements, opinions, representations or any other form of such third party content. You understand that the information and opinions in the third party content represent solely the thoughts of the author and is neither endorsed by nor does it necessarily reflect our belief.

The Services may contain advertising and sponsorships. Advertisers and sponsors are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on the Services is accurate and complies with applicable laws. We are not responsible for the illegality or any error, inaccuracy or problem in the advertiser’s or sponsor’s materials.

Termination of Access

SUSS reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Services (or any part thereof), Software, or any Content (or any part thereof) at any time with or without notice to you. SUSS shall not be liable to you or any third party should we exercise such right.

SUSS will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of these Terms by you. When a breach of these terms has occurred, we may take such actions as we deem appropriate.

Failure to comply with these Terms constitutes a material breach of the Terms and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions: (a) immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use all or part of the Services; (b) issue a warning to you; (c) legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach; (d) disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as SUSS reasonably feels is necessary. To the extent permitted by law, SUSS excludes liability for actions taken in response to breaches of these Terms. The responses described in these Terms are not limited and we may take other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

University Disciplinary Procedures

Use of the Services by staff or students of SUSS will also be subject to the rules and provisions set out in the applicable SUSS disciplinary procedures and codes of conduct.

Compliance with Law and Disputes

The Services and Software are owned by SUSS. Visitors who choose to use our Services and Software from other jurisdictions do so on their own initiative. Those visitors are solely responsible for compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations, federal, state, local or foreign, applicable to the use of the Services and Content contained herein.

These Terms shall be governed by the laws of Singapore, without regard to any conflict of laws principles. Any dispute regarding these Terms or the relationship that has been established by these Terms shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Singapore.

Attributions

The SUSS Reader is created by SUSS Learning Services, made possible using Readium software operating under open source BSD-3-Clause. For more information, please visit readium.org and opensource.org/licenses/BSD-3-Clause.

The SUSS Reader also offers access to OPDS catalogs from various sites offering public domain and open access ebooks under Creative Commons licenses. Please note that access to and use of materials are subject to the Terms of Use of these respective sites.

Contact SUSS

All questions concerning these Terms, Services, Software and/or Content shall be directed to:

Learning Services
Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road Singapore 599494

Email : lssupport@suss.edu.sg

These Terms are effective as of 1 July 2019.