Terms and Conditions

TERMS OF USE

This page states the “Terms of Use” under which you may use the Lutheran Education Association (“LEA”) Lutheran Education Opportunity Center (“LEOC”).  Please read this page carefully. If you do not accept the Terms of Use stated here, do not use this web site and service. By using this web site, you are indicating your acceptance to be bound by the terms of these Terms of Use. LEA may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting. You should visit this page periodically to review the Terms of Use, because they are binding on you. The terms “You” and “User” as used herein refer to all individuals and/or entities accessing this web site for any reason.

 

Intended Purpose

 

LEOC is intended to be used exclusively for the purpose of linking individuals interested in Lutheran education opportunities with institutions and individuals exploring such connections.  To this end, schools, congregations, other organizations and individuals are welcome to post Lutheran education opportunities and educators interested in such opportunities are welcome to post resumes at their own risk.  Please review LEA’s privacy policy. 

 

LEOC is NOT intended to be used for the following purposes:

  • matching education institutions with prospective educators (decisions regarding educator selection are the sole responsibility of congregations, schools and other Lutheran education agencies)
  • placing new graduates from LCMS colleges and universities
  • circumventing the LCMS Call process
  • providing official LCMS worker information

 

Specific Prohibited Uses 

 

LEA Sites may be used only for lawful purposes by individuals exploring opportunity information and organizations or individuals exploring connections with other individuals. LEA specifically prohibits any use of the Web Site, and all users agree not to use the Web Site, for any of the following:

 

  • Posting any incomplete, false or inaccurate biographical information or information which is not your own accurate personal profile (living individual seeking opportunities on a full-time or part-time basis on his or her own behalf)
  • Posting any franchise, pyramid scheme, “club membership”, distributorship or sales representative agency arrangement or other business opportunity which requires an up front or periodic payment, pays commissions only (except for postings that make clear that the available position pays commission only and clearly describes the product or service that the position seeker would be selling, in which case such postings are permissible), requires recruitment of other members, sub-distributors or sub-agents.
  • Deleting or revising any material posted by any other person or entity.  
  • Using any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of any LEA or other activity being conducted on this site.
  • Taking any action which imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on any LEA Site’s infrastructure.
  • If You have a password allowing access to a non-public area of this Web Site, disclosing to or sharing your password with any third parties or using your password for any unauthorized purpose.
  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, using or attempting to use any engine, software, tool, agent or other device or mechanism (including without limitation browsers, spiders, robots, avatars or intelligent agents) to navigate or search any LEA Site other than the search engine and search agents available from LEA on such LEA Site and other than generally available third party web browsers (e.g., Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox).
  • Attempting to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of any LEA Site.
  • Aggregating, copying or duplicating in any manner any of the Web Site Content or information available from any LEA Site.
  • Framing of or linking to any of the Web Site Content or information available from any LEA Site.

  

User Information. 

 

When You register for the Web Site, You will be asked to provide LEA with certain information including, without limitation, a valid email address (your “Information”). In addition to the terms and conditions that may be set forth in any privacy policy on this Web Site, You understand and agree that LEA may disclose to third parties, on an anonymous basis, certain aggregate information contained in your registration application. LEA will not disclose to any third party your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number without your prior consent, except to the extent necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws or in legal proceedings where such information is relevant. LEA reserves the right to offer third party services and products to You based on the preferences that You identify in your registration and at any time thereafter; such offers may be made by LEA or by third parties. Please see LEA’s Privacy Policy for further details regarding your Information.

 

LEA does not independently verify the information provided by individuals or opportunity providers or the identity of individuals or opportunity providers.

  

User Submissions. 

 

As a user, You are responsible for your own communications and are responsible for the consequences of their posting. You must not, and by using any LEA Site You agree not to, do the following things: post material that is copyrighted, unless You are the copyright owner or have the permission of the copyright owner to post it; post material that reveals trade secrets, unless You own them or have the permission of the owner; post material that infringes on any other intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others; post material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to another user or any other person or entity; post a sexually-explicit image or statement; post advertisements or solicitations of business, post chain letters or pyramid schemes; impersonate another person; or post material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines or engines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information. LEA does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of communications posted by users or endorse any opinions expressed by users. You acknowledge that any reliance on material posted by other users will be at your own risk. LEA acts as a passive conduit for the online distribution and publication of user-submitted information and has no obligation to screen communications or information in advance and is not responsible for screening or monitoring material posted by users. If notified by a user of communications which allegedly do not conform to these Terms and Conditions, LEA may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and at its sole discretion whether to remove or request the removal of the communication. LEA has no liability or responsibility to users for performance or nonperformance of such activities. LEA reserves the right to expel users and prevent their further access to the Web Site for violating the Terms and Conditions or the law and the right to remove communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive. LEA reserves the right to, at its sole discretion, remove a position posted by any agency whose primary function is not related to Lutheran education.  LEA may take any action with respect to user-submitted information that it deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion if it believes it may create liability for LEA or may cause LEA to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its ISPs or other suppliers.

 

By submitting content to any public or non-public area of the LEOC Site, including message boards, forums, contests and chat rooms, You grant LEA and its affiliates the loyalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable (through multiple tiers), non-exclusive right (including any moral rights) and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, communicate to the public, perform and display the content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content. You also warrant that the holder of any rights, including moral rights in such content, has completely and effectively waived all such rights and validly and irrevocably granted to You the right to grant the license stated above. You also permit any subscriber to access, display, view, store and reproduce such content for personal use. Subject to the foregoing, the owner of such content placed on the Web Site retains any and all rights that may exist in such content.

 

We appreciate hearing from our users and welcome your comments regarding our services and LEOC site. Please be advised, however, that our policy does not permit us to accept or consider creative ideas, suggestions, inventions or materials other than those which we have specifically requested. While we do value your feedback on our services, please be specific in your comments regarding our services and do not submit creative ideas, inventions, suggestions, or materials. If, despite our request, You send us creative suggestions, ideas, drawings, concepts, inventions, or other information (collectively the “Submission”), the Submission shall be the property of LEA. None of the Submission shall be subject to any obligation of confidence on our part and we shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Submission. LEA shall own exclusively all now known or later discovered rights to the Submission and shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Submission for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to You or any other person who submitted the Submission.

  

Registration and Password 

 

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your information and password. You shall be responsible for all uses of your registration, whether or not authorized by You. You agree to immediately notify LEA of any unauthorized use of your registration or password.

  

Identification Of Agent To Receive Notification And Elements Of Notification Of Claimed Copyright Infringement.

 

If You believe that your copyrighted work has been uploaded, posted or copied to this Web Site and is accessible on this Web Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify us by providing our designated copyright agent with the following information:

  1. The physical or electronic signature of either the copyright owner or of a person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf;
  2. A description of the copyrighted work You claim has been infringed, and a  description of the activity that You claim to be infringing;
  3. Identification of the URL or other specific location on this web site where the material or activity You claim to be infringing is located or is occurring; You must include enough information to allow us to locate the material or the activity;
  4. Your name, address, telephone number and, if You have one, your e-mail address;
  5. A statement by You that You have a good faith belief that use on the web site of the copyrighted work in the manner You are complaining of is not authorized by the copyright owner, any agent of the copyright owner, or the law; and
  6. A statement by You, made under penalty of perjury, that the information You have provided in your notice is accurate and that You are either the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

 

Send any claims of copyright infringement to LEA in one of the following ways:

 

By mail:  Lutheran Education Association 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305

By telephone:  708.209.3343  

By e-mail:  lea@lea.org

 

  

Policy Regarding Termination Of Users And Account Holders Who Repeatedly Infringe The Copyright Or Other Intellectual Property Rights Of Others

 

 

LEA and the LEOC site respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users, account holders and content partners to do the same. The unauthorized reproduction, copying, distribution, modification, public display or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes infringement of the copyright owner’s rights. As a condition to your use of this Web Site, You agree not to use the Web Site or any other LEA site to infringe the intellectual property rights of others in any way. We will terminate the accounts of any account holders, and block access to our Web Site and/or other LEA sites of any users, who are repeat infringers of the copyrights, or other intellectual property rights, of others. We reserve the right to take these actions at any time, in our sole discretion, with or without notice, and without any liability to the account holder who is terminated or to the user whose access is blocked.

  

LEA’s Liability. 

 

LEOC is only a venue. This Web Site acts as a venue for organizations or individuals to post opportunities, and individuals to post resumes, and does not screen or censor the listings offered. LEA is not involved in the actual transaction between opportunity providers and individuals.  As a result, LEA has no control over the quality, safety or legality of the opportunities or resumes posted, the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of organizations or individuals to offer opportunities to individuals, or the ability of individuals to fill opportunities. In addition, note that there are risks, including but not limited to, the risk of physical harm, of dealing with strangers, foreign nationals, underage persons or people acting under false pretenses. You assume all risks associated with dealing with other users with whom You come in contact through the Web Site and/or the other LEA Sites. 

 

Because user authentication on the Internet is difficult, LEA cannot and does not confirm that each user is who they claim to be. Because we do not and cannot be involved in user-to-user dealings or control the behavior of participants on any LEA Site, in the event that You have a dispute with one or more users, You release LEA (and our agents and employees) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential, direct and indirect) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes. If You are a California resident, You waive California Civil Code §1542, which says: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”

 

We are under no legal obligation to, and generally do not, control the information provided by other users which is made available through the Web Site and/or the other LEA Sites. By its very nature, other people’s information may be offensive, harmful or inaccurate, and in some cases will be mislabeled or deceptively labeled. We expect that you will use caution and common sense when using this Web Site and/or the other LEA Sites.

 

The Web Site Content may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. LEA makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of any LEA Site or the Web Site Content. The use of LEA Sites and the Web Site Content is at your own risk. Changes are periodically made to LEA Sites and may be made at any time.  You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the form, content and accuracy of any posting or material contained therein placed by you on the LEA Sites. Organizations and individuals are solely responsible for their postings on LEA Sites. LEA is not to be considered to be an employer with respect to your use of any LEA Site and LEA shall not be responsible for any employment decisions, for whatever reason made, made by any entity posting opportunities on any LEA Site.

 

LEA DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ANY LEA SITE WILL OPERATE ERROR-

FREE OR THAT ANY LEA SITE AND ITS SERVER ARE FREE OF

COMPUTER VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MECHANISMS. IF YOUR USE

OF ANY LEA SITE OR THE WEB SITE CONTENT RESULTS IN THE NEED

FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, LEA IS NOT

RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS. THE LEA SITES AND WEB SITE

CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT ANY

WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. LEA, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT

PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER

EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF

MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-

INFRINGEMENT. LEA MAKES NO WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY,

RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF THE WEB SITE

CONTENT, SERVICES, SOFTWARE, TEXT, GRAPHICS, AND LINKS.

  

Disclaimer of Consequential Damages. 

 

IN NO EVENT SHALL LEA, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES

MENTIONED ON ANY LEA SITE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES

WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND

CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING

FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM

THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY LEA SITE AND THE WEB SITE

CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR

ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT LEA IS ADVISED

OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

  

 

Links to Other Sites. 

 

The Web Site and certain other LEA Sites contain links to third party web sites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to You and not as an endorsement by LEA of the contents on such third-party Web sites. LEA is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such third party Web sites. If You decide to access linked third party Web sites, You do so at your own risk.

  

No Resale or Unauthorized Commercial Use. 

 

You agree not to resell or assign your rights or obligations under these Terms of Use. You also agree not to make any unauthorized commercial use of any LEA Site.

  

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY 

 

LEA’S MAXIMUM LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH

ANY LEA SITE OR YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE CONTENT, REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, BREACH OF

WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE), WILL NOT EXCEED $100.

  

Termination. 

 

LEA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to pursue all of its legal remedies, including but not limited to deletion of your postings from this Web Site and the other LEA Sites and immediate termination of your registration with or ability to access this Web Site and the other LEA Sites and/or any other service provided to You by LEA, upon any breach by You of these Terms and Conditions or if LEA is unable to verify or authenticate any information You submit to the Web Site or other LEA Site registration.

  

Indemnity. 

 

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless LEA, its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation reasonable legal and accounting fees, alleging or resulting from (i) any material You provide to a LEA Site, (ii) any Web Site Content that You use or (iii) your breach of the terms of these Terms and Conditions. LEA shall provide notice to You promptly of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall assist You, at your expense, in defending any such claim, suit or proceeding.

  

General. 

 

LEA makes no claims that the Web Site Content may be lawfully viewed or accessed outside of the United States. Access to the Web Site Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If You access the Web Site from outside of the United States, You do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction. These Terms and conditions are governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of Illinois, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. Jurisdiction for any claims arising under this agreement shall lie exclusively with the state or federal courts within Chicago, Illinois. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions are found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Except as expressly provided in additional terms of use for areas of the Web Site, a particular “Legal Notice,” or Software License or material on particular Web pages, these Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between You and LEA with respect to the use of Web Site. No changes to these Terms and Conditions shall be made except by a revised posting on this page.

  

Additional Terms of Use. 

 

Certain areas of this Web Site and the other LEA Sites are subject to additional terms of use. By using such areas, or any part thereof, You agree to be bound by the additional terms of use applicable to such areas.

  

  

LEA PRIVACY STATEMENT

 

Lutheran Education Association (LEA) collects information supplied by participants in the Lutheran Education Opportunity Center (LEOC).

 

Information is gathered when you register. During registration, we ask for your name and email address. You also have the option of sharing pieces of information: as much or as little as you wish.  This information is used solely to assist you in navigating the system, sharing your opportunities, and searching for opportunities.  Once you register, you are no longer anonymous to LEA—you have a username and are able to take advantage of the services of LEOC.

 

As part of offering and providing customizable and personalized services, LEOC may use cookies to store information about you. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive.

 

As a general rule, LEA/LEOC will not disclose your personally identifiable information except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below. Please see the Terms of Use Agreement for LEOC for more detailed information about how your personal information may be shared.

 

LEA/LEOC may disclose information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, bring legal action, or bring ecclesiastical action against someone who may be violating the Terms of Use Agreement or may be causing injury to, or interference with, the rights or property of LEA/LEOC, other users of LEOC, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.