The Macalester College Online Community (MacDirect) is provided by the Macalester College Alumni Office (the College). It is designed to facilitate communication among alumni for personal or college-related purposes.

I. Privacy and Security

The College respects the privacy of the information that you put on this site. All alumni information is strictly guarded for use by individual alumni and the College for personal and College-related purposes only.

The College has taken all reasonable precautions to secure the personal information available through MacDirect. MacDirect is password protected to allow access by registered College alumni only and you should understand information that you share can be viewed by other alumni. Although the password protection should effectively protect any personal information available through MacDirect from abuse or outside interference, a certain degree of privacy risk is faced any time information is shared over the Internet. Therefore, through the Online Directory feature of MacDirect, you have the ability to hide some or all of your information from being viewed by other community members and it is your responsibility to maintain your preferred privacy settings within the online community.

III. Policy and Guidelines for Proper Use

To safeguard the operation of MacDirect, The College has adopted guidelines and policies to govern conduct, particularly conduct that occurs in online environments like Mac Direct.

In addition to the College's policies and guidelines, users of MacDirect must abide by the following specific rules and regulations:

A. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, downloading, posting, transmitting or duplicating any of the material is prohibited. You may download or copy any downloadable materials displayed on MacDirect for home, noncommercial and personal use only; provided, however, that you maintain all copyright, trademark and other notices contained in such material and you agree to abide by all additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in any material accessed through the MacDirect.

B. Use of information or communications available through MacDirect for any commercial, public or political purposes is strictly prohibited. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, solicitations for commercial services, cold-calling of any kind or mass-mailings for commercial purposes. Information available through MacDirect may be used for specific personal and College-related purposes only.

C. Users shall not restrict nor inhibit any other user from enjoying any service on the MacDirect. Posting of obscene materials or use of obscene language, posting of vulgar materials, or use of vulgar language, or use of abusive, defamatory, profane, or threatening language of any kind, will constitute a violation of these policies governing the use of the MacDirect. Additionally, users shall not upload, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish any materials containing a virus or any other harmful component.

D. All aliases adopted by MacDirect users are subject to approval by the College to ensure that the proper image is associated with the institution.

Macalester College is not responsible for screening communications in advance, and will not actively monitor the use of MacDirect. For this reason, it is essential that the alumni users of MacDirect report any abuses or misuse of MacDirect to the College. If the College determines that a user's participation in MacDirect creates a liability for the College or that the user has violated the policies set forth herein, the College reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take actions against the user. The College reserves the right to expel a user and deny a user further access to MacDirect if such user violates these policies or any applicable laws or regulations.

IV. Liability and Indemnity

The reliability of the information available through MacDirect is largely dependent upon the actions of community registrants. The College and Alumni Association can make no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of this information.

The College does not warrant that the MacDirect web site will operate error-free or that the site and its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful material. To the fullest extent permitted by the law, the College disclaims all warranties, including the warranties of merchantability, non-infringement, and fitness for particular purpose. In no event shall the College or any of its agents be liable for any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, resulting from the use of or inability to use information or materials available on MacDirect web site.

By using the MacDirect website, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Alumni Association, Macalester College, and their respective agents from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, costs and expenses that may arise from your breach of these policies. The college will provide notice to you of any such action or claim and reserve the right to participate, at our expense, in the investigation, settlement, and defense of any such action or claim.

Please note that the College may revise these policies and your continued use of the site constitutes your agreement to comply with such modifications. You should review the policies periodically to ensure that you are familiar with them.

Participation in MacDirect is a privilege. By continuing to use this web application, you agree to abide by MacDirect policies outlined herein.