eXtension Terms of Use Have Been Updated

eXtension logoeXtension today is much more than its tools – and to make working with us even easier, we have consolidated various agreements into a new Terms of Use going into effect on July 5, 2017.

This applies to all eXtension user accounts which are available to anyone with .gov, .mil and .edu email addresses for no fee regardless of their institution’s membership in the eXtension Foundation. Among the most popular tools are:

Account holders at Basic Member Institutions in the eXtension Foundation also have access to our Zoom webinar service for public-facing events. In addition to Zoom, premium members have access to our Competency-Based Education Learning Management System (called campus.extension.org).

To consolidate and clarify the terms by which users of eXtension’s tools access its sites, the Terms of Use have been updated. The new Terms of Use replaces the Contributor Agreement that all eXtension ID holders agreed to in the past. The new Terms also replace any existing Institutional Agreements. The updated Terms of Use are located at https://extension.org/terms-of-use/.

What this means to contributors and authors at www.extension.org sites

The Terms of Use makes clear that contributors of any content posted to any eXtension site must own that content or have full authorization to post it. This includes images and videos. Responsibility for quality and accuracy of content lies with the content owner or contributor, not with eXtension. This includes the facilitated use of third party services. Those invited to blog on the www.extension.org site will do so under the terms of an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons Public License. Content created or published at Campus, Articles, Create, Ask, Learn, Catalog, & Publish will remain “all rights reserved”.

Some other important points in the Terms of Use:

  • Requires written permission from eXtension or third party licensors, respectively, to use any trademarks, logos, service marks found on eXtension sites.
  • Reinforces the ownership of intellectual property published on eXtension sites as accruing to authors/contributors.
  • Specifies that Campus is available only to eXtension Premium members and is positioned to collect fees for educational offerings on behalf of those members.
  • Clarifies that tools from third parties, like Zoom and Catalog, are governed by the Terms of Use of those products, and not by eXtension’s Terms of Use.

Why do this? Is it normal for a website to update Terms of Use?

eXtension has changed. Today, it is a non-profit membership organization that’s an integral part of the Cooperative Extension System. We have a unique process called the Impact Collaborative for engaging Cooperative Extension professionals in designing and strengthening local programs and interventions to solve local, state, regional and national issues. We also have online tools available to support local solutions.

This update is being done to simplify the contribution process and replace multiple documents with a single Terms of Use. As digital technologies evolve, it becomes necessary to update the Terms of Use for websites to better reflect the current environment. It is normal for websites to update this from time to time. This is the first update to www.extension.org’s Terms of Use since the website launched in 2008.

What do I need to do?

Starting on June 15, 2017, you will be prompted to accept the Terms of Use when you log into any of the www.extension.org sites. If you accept at that time, you will not see the reminder again and you will be able to create and publish content using the same tools and processes as before. If you choose to defer acceptance, you can still log in and work as normal, but only until July 5, 2017. At that time, anyone who has not accepted the new Terms of Use will be able to view and edit their profile, but will not be able to create, edit, or publish any content.

Where can I get more information?

A list of frequently asked questions and answers has been posted at: [https://extension.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-extension-terms-of-use/]

If those do not answer your question, contact Brenna Kotar ceoassistant@extension.org who will work with Chief Operating Officer Beverly Coberly to answer your question.