The Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning for Advancing Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD) platform or AIM-AHEAD Connect User Agreement ( "Agreement") applies to all Users or Participants (a User or Participant refers to Expert/Coach, Member, Mentor, Mentee or Learner) in AIM-AHEAD Connect ("Platform"). Participation in the Platform is voluntary and on an individual basis. To be eligible to participate in the Platform, a Participant must be at least eighteen years old. If the Participant is a Learner, the Participant must be U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident. Specific customized programs within the Platform may be covered by additional specific user agreements. By participating in the Platform, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, do not participate in the Platform.
I represent that I am at least eighteen years old.
If I am a Learner or Mentee, I represent that I am a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident.
I understand and agree that, unless otherwise agreed in AIM-AHEAD Connect, each Expert/Coach is acting in the Expert/Coach's individual capacity and is not acting as a representative of, or on behalf of, the Expert/Coach's employer, a professional society, a sponsor, NIH, AIM-AHEAD, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth ("UNTHSC"), or anyone else.
I understand and agree that unless, otherwise agreed in AIM-AHEAD Connect, each Learner is acting in the Learner's individual capacity and is not acting as a representative on behalf of the Learner's college or university, a professional society, a sponsor, NIH, AIM-AHEAD, UNTHSC, or anyone else.
I agree to complete the required User Profile before beginning any of the AIM-AHEAD Connect activities or using the Platform. I represent that all information I enter in the User Profile is true or believed to be true. If I willfully enter any false information with deceptive intent, I acknowledge that AIM-AHEAD Connect reserves the right to terminate my participation in the Platform upon discovery of such false information and may take other action as legally available. If I enter any false information through mistake, without any deceptive intent, I agree to correct such false information upon discovery of, or receipt of notification of, such false information. If I do not timely correct such false information, I acknowledge that AIM-AHEAD Connect reserves the right to terminate my participation in the Platform and may take other action as legally available. If any information that I have entered should change, I agree to timely update such information. If I do not timely update such information, I acknowledge that AIM-AHEAD Connect reserves the right to terminate my participation in the Platform and may take other action as legally available.
While AIM-AHEAD Connect uses an algorithm designed to help you find a 'good fit' for a mentorship partner, AIM-AHEAD cannot guarantee that you will discover a 'perfect match.' We recommend that learners engage in the program several times in order to gain the benefit of perspectives from multiple experts/coaches over time, as no one individual will be able to provide all the advice that you may need. Should you have any questions or concerns relating to your mentoring relationship please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I expressly acknowledge and agree that I am participating voluntarily in the Platform and that AIM-AHEAD Connect is not responsible for my actions or the actions of other Participants.
THE PLATFORM IS MADE AVAILABLE "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AIM-AHEAD CONNECT DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES.
AIM-AHEAD CONNECT DOES NOT CONDUCT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ITS PARTICIPANTS.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL A EXPERT/COACH'S EMPLOYER, A PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY, A SPONSOR, AIM-AHEAD CONNECT, NIH, OR UNTHSC BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, GENERAL, SPECIAL, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL, AND/OR INCIDENTAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN CONNECTION WITH THE PLATFORM, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, BODILY INJURY, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES RESULTING FROM COMMUNICATIONS OR MEETINGS BETWEEN PARTICIPANTS. THIS INCLUDES ANY CLAIMS, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE CONDUCT OF PARTICIPANTS. TO THE EXTENT A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION FINDS A EXPERT/COACH'S EMPLOYER, A PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY, A SPONSOR, AIM-AHEAD CONNECT, NIH, OR UNTHSC LIABLE FOR ANY OF THE FORGOING, THEN AGGREGATE LIABILITY SHALL NOT EXCEED US $100.00.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas without regard to principles of conflict of law. If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be legally invalid or unenforceable for any reason, that provision shall be considered deleted and the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and affect for all purposes.
I confirm that I have read, understood, and agree to abide by the terms of this Agreement.
[Approved by the University of North Texas Legal Department: March 11, 2022]
AIM-AHEAD and the National Institutes of Health ("NIH") is the sole owner of the information collected on the AIM-AHEAD Connect platform, unless otherwise specified in NIH's agreement with the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth ("UNTHSC"). The data collected will be used for program evaluation as per NIH policy.
Creating a User Profile
Upon first login, a User completes an initial profile with answers to a series of questions. These answers provide information that include, but is not limited to, personal information (for example, name and email address); demographic data (for example, ethnicity and gender); professional credentials (for Experts/Coaches); name of college or university and enrollment status (for Learners); preferred attributes of potential matches; and interest or comfort in discussing specific issues (for example, work-life integration). AIM-AHEAD Connect uses this information to determine the User's eligibility to participate in the AIM-AHEAD Connect resources. AIM-AHEAD Connect may post aggregated demographic data about its participants on the AIM-AHEAD.net website; this aggregated demographic data is not linked to any personally-identifiable information.
Updating a User Profile
At any time, a User may log in and edit information in the User's User Profile.
Removing a User Profile
At any time, if a User no longer wishes to participate in the AIM-AHEAD Connect Platform, the User may log in and remove the User's User Profile by contacting AIM-AHEAD Connect staff via e-mail email@example.com
Hiding a User Profile
If a User is a prospective Expert/Coach or Learner, and if the User wishes to suspend the User's participation in the Platform, the User may log in and hide the User's User Profile. The User Profile remains stored on the AIM-AHEAD Connect database, but it is not used for potential matches and cannot be viewed by Learners or Experts/Coaches. If the User later decides to participate again, the User may log in and unhide the User's User Profile.
AIM-AHEAD Connect and AIM-AHEAD.net uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the website, track user movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally-identifiable information.
Sharing of Information
Sharing of Information within the AIM-AHEAD Connect Program
A User's Public User Profile becomes visible to other Users during the matching process. The attributes visible in a User's Public User Profile is a subset of all the attributes in the User's User Profile. When a User answers questions to populate attributes in their User Profile, the visibility of the attribute's value in the User's Public User Profile is specified in the information bubble associated with the question asked.
AIM-AHEAD Connect uses the profile data associated with each Expert/Coach and each Learner to make intelligent recommendations on potential matches, potential training opportunities and workshops.
Sharing of Information with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AIM-AHEAD Funder.
AIM-AHEAD Connect will share identifiable data with the NIH.
Sharing of Information with Various Other Parties
Support or other involvement of industry or any other third party in the study (e.g., participation by the third party; involvement of project resources or citing the name of the study or NIH support; or special access to project results, data, findings or resources) may be advantageous and appropriate. However, except for licensing of patents or copyrights, support or involvement of any third party will occur only following notification of and concurrence by NIH.
A sponsor may be interested in interviewing Users about their experiences with the AIM-AHEAD Connect Platform. If a User gives permission in the User's User Profile to be interviewed by the sponsors or their representatives, AIM-AHEAD Connect may provide them with the User's name and email address.
Links to Third-party Web Sites and Dealings with Advertisers and Sponsors
AIM-AHEAD is founded by the National Institutes of Health and as part of the funding, information will be collected to evaluate the impact AIM-AHEAD is having. This is not an evaluation of any expert or learner, rather it is of AIM-AHEAD as a whole. The information will be used to improve AIM-AHEAD Connect and AIM-AHEAD.net and begin to gauge its effectiveness. Periodically you may be asked to complete a 10 second or 2 minute survey and annually you will be asked to complete a longer survey. Participation is voluntary but we would very much appreciate your participation. All information collected is confidential and no individually identifiable information will ever be released. If you are interested, we will be happy to give you copies of the results.
AIM-AHEAD Connect undertakes commercially reasonable precautions to protect User's Information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Despite these precautions, resolute hackers may wrongfully gain access to your Personal Information. Although such unauthorized access is unlikely, AIM-AHEAD Connect informs Users here of this risk and advises Users that AIM-AHEAD Connect, NIH, UNTHSC and their employees are not liable for any damages caused by such unauthorized access.
Users in the AIM-AHEAD Connect Platform are automatically added to the AIM-AHEAD organization mailing list, which is delivered from a mailing-list subscription service (e.g., Constant Contact, MailChimp). Users will receive regular newsletters and may occasionally receive information on partners' products, services, and special deals. Users may manage their subscriptions via the delivery service.
There are, however, two types of e-mailings that all Users agree to receive when they join the AIM-AHEAD Connect Platform, and they do not have the option to opt out of receiving these emails. These emails are invitations to participate in AIM-AHEAD Connect evaluation; and site and service updates. Therefore, AIM-AHEAD Connect will disable the User Profiles of Users who request not to receive any email from AIM-AHEAD Connect.
Site and Program Updates
AIM-AHEAD Connect sends Platform announcement updates to Users. Users cannot unsubscribe from Platform announcements, which contain important information about the Platform. AIM-AHEAD Connect may communicate with Users via email or phone to provide requested information about the Platform and to address issues related to Users' accounts.
[Approved by the University of North Texas Legal Department: March 10, 2022]