CollabSpace Community Statement of Terms & Conditions

Cornell University’s College of Engineering CollabSpace Community Statement of Terms & Conditions

Cornell University and Cornell University College of Engineering (hereinafter the “University”) encourage members of the Cornell Engineering CollabSpace (hereinafter “CollabSpace”) to interact with the University and one another freely, but is not responsible for comments, forum or wall posts, or any other communications and messaging within the platform including, but not limited to, direct messages made by individual members of the CollabSpace.

Comments or posts posted by users in no way reflect the views or policies of the university.

We ask that users making comments or posts be respectful of fellow users and those interacting in the community and maintain civil and rational discussions.

We reserve the right, but assume no obligation, to ban users and remove Comments or posts from the CollabSpace that, in the sole discretion of the University, the University deems to be racist, sexist, abusive, profane, violent, obscene, spam, that advocate illegal activity, contain falsehoods or are wildly off-topic, or that libel, incite, threaten or make ad hominem attacks on Cornell students, employees, guests, users, or other individuals. We also do not permit messages selling products or promoting commercial, political or other ventures.

If you have questions about the University’s CollabSpace, contact us by email

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

  • Privacy
    Your privacy is very important to us. We do not share your information outside of the CollabSpace, we do not sell or share your personal information unless required by law. We encourage you to remember that information you share/publish on the web can be accessed by all registered users of the CollabSpace community and therefore be cautious in what you share. Through use of CollabSpace, you consent to use of your information by the University and to receiving information and messaging from the University related to CollabSpace, the University and, specifically, Cornell College of Engineering.

  • Sharing Your Content and Information
    You own all of the content and information you post on CollabSpace.
    • When you publish content or information, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people not necessarily registered with the CollabSpace, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture, your project ideas and designs..
    • We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about the CollabSpace, but you understand that we may use your feedback or suggestions without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).
  • Safety
    We do our best to keep CollabSpace safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to keep it safe, which includes the following commitments by you:
    • You will not post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam).
    • You will not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access the space, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers).
    • You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme, on the space.
    • You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
    • You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
    • You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
    • You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
    • You will not develop or operate a third-party application containing alcohol-related, dating or other mature content (including advertisements).
    • You will not use the CollabSpace to do anything unlawful or criminal, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
    • You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of CollabSpace, such as a denial of service attack or interference with page rendering or other functionality.
    • You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement or our policies.
    • You will not engage in personal, intimate, vulgar, secretive or provocative communication.  Communication must always be professional.
  • Registration and Account Security
    CollabSpace members provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:
    • You will not provide any false personal information on CollabSpace, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
    • You will not create more than one personal account.
    • If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our express permission.
    • You will not use CollabSpace if you are under 13 years of age.  Any minor child under the age of 18 years that wishes to access, view or use this CollabSpace, or utilize any of the services, must first have the consent to do so from said minor's parent or legal guardian.
    • You will not use CollabSpace if you are a convicted sex offender.
    • You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
    • You will not share your password (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
    • You will not transfer your account (including any Page or application you administer) to anyone without first getting our written permission.
    • If you select a username or similar identifier for your account or Page, we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe that action is appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user's actual name).
  • Protecting Other People's Rights
    We respect other people's rights, and expect you to do the same.
    • You will not post content or take any action on the CollabSpace that infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law.
    • We can remove any content or information you post on CollabSpace if we believe that it violates this Statement or our policies.
    • If you repeatedly infringe other people's intellectual property rights, we will disable your account when appropriate.
    • If you collect information from users, you will: obtain their consent, make it clear you (and not the Collab Space) are the one collecting their information, and post a privacy policy explaining what information you collect and how you will use it.
    • You will not post anyone's identification documents or sensitive financial information on the Space.
    • You will not tag members or send email invitations to non-members without their consent.
  • Special Provisions Applicable to Software
    You will not modify, create derivative works of, decompile, or otherwise attempt to extract source code from us, unless you are expressly permitted to do so under an open source license, or we give you express written permission.Amendments
    • We’ll notify you before we make changes to these terms and give you the opportunity to review and accept revised terms before continuing to use our Services.
  • Termination
    If you violate the letter or spirit of this Statement, or otherwise create risk or possible legal exposure for us, we can stop providing all or part of the CollabSpace to you. We will notify you by email or at the next time you attempt to access your account. You may also delete your account or disable your application at any time.

  • Indemnification
    You agree to indemnify and hold University and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, owners and employees harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney's fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of this agreement or the documents it incorporates by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party. University’s failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive its right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches

  • Special Provisions Applicable to Members Outside the United States
    We strive to create a global community with consistent standards for everyone, but we also strive to respect local laws. The following provisions apply to users who interact with the CollabSpace outside the United States:
    • You consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.
    • If you are located in a country embargoed by the United States, or are on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals you will not engage in commercial activities on the CollabSpace or operate a Platform application or website. You will not use the CollabSpace if you are prohibited from receiving products, services, or software originating from the United States
  • Definitions
    • By "CollabSpace" or” the CollabSpace services” we mean the features and services we make available, including through (a) our website at and any other Cornell Engineering branded or co-branded websites (including sub-domains, international versions, widgets, and mobile versions).
    • By "information" we mean facts and other information about you, including actions taken by members and non-members who interact with the Space.
    • By "content" we mean anything you or other members post, provide or share using CollabSpace Services.
    • By "data" or "member data" or "member’s data" we mean any data, including a members content or information that you or third parties can retrieve from the CollabSpace or provide to Cornell Engineering through Platform.
    • By "use" we mean use, run, copy, publicly perform or display, distribute, modify, translate, and create derivative works of.
  • Miscellaneous Provisions
    • If you are a resident of or have your principal place of business in the U.S. or Canada, this Statement is an agreement between you and Cornell Engineering’s CollabSpace.
    • This Statement makes up the entire agreement between the parties regarding the CollabSpace, and supersedes any prior agreements.
    • If any portion of this Statement is found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect.
    • If we fail to enforce any of this Statement, it will not be considered a waiver.
    • Any amendment to or waiver of this Statement must be made in writing and signed by us.
    • You will not transfer any of your rights or obligations under this Statement to anyone else without our consent.
    • All of our rights and obligations under this Statement are freely assignable by us in connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by operation of law or otherwise.
    • Nothing in this Statement shall prevent us from complying with the law.
    • This Statement does not confer any third party beneficiary rights.
    • We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.
    • We reserve all rights to modify and or update these terms and conditions where, in the sole discretion of the University, such modifications and/or updates are deemed necessary.
    • You will comply with all applicable laws when using or accessing the CollabSpace.