LAST REVISED ON: JUNE 22, 2020
INTRODUCTION AND ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
Certain programs may have additional terms. Such terms shall be set out in the application for such programs or other program materials. Your participation in any program containing any additional terms may be subject to your compliance with those additional terms.
Bessel, our program staff, and program participating companies reserve the right to alter, modify or rearrange the schedule of topics for the programs, as any assessment or evaluation of progress or attainment related to such programs provided that reasonable notice is provided to participants of any such changes.
ACCESS AND USER ACCOUNTS
a "Visitor," meaning any individual that browses any of our Services, including, without limitation, through a mobile or other wireless device without being registered,
a "Participant," meaning that you have created a User Account (defined below) registered and have enrolled in and paid for access to a program or other Services.
an "Applicant” means that you have submitted an application to enroll in and pay for access to a program or other Services.
The term "User" refers to a Visitor, Participant, Applicant, or any other person that participates, interacts with, or otherwise makes use of any of the Services and/or any Bessel community (e.g., moderators, volunteers, or experts-in-residence).
User Accounts: In order to use, access, or take part in many of our Services, including submitting an application or enrolling in a program, you must select a login identification ("User ID") and a unique user password ("User Password") (collectively, a "User Account"). You agree that you will never divulge or share access to your User Account with any third party for any reason.
In setting up your User Account, you may be prompted or required to enter additional information, including, but not limited, to your name and email address. Additional information may be required to confirm your identity upon setting up your User Account and/or thereafter, for example, to confirm identity prior to receiving a credential of completion. You understand and agree that all information provided by you is accurate, current, and complete and that you will maintain and update your information to keep it accurate, current, and complete. You acknowledge that if any information provided by you is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, we reserve the right to terminate your use of the Services and your participation any programs, to the extent applicable.
If you are a Visitor, we may contact you through our in-website, messaging, and chat services while you browse the Services. You consent to receive these notifications and messages. We also provide information on our Websites for you to contact us with questions or comments. If you use this information to contact us, you consent to receive any notifications, messages, or other communications in response to any such contact.
APPLICANT AND PARTICIPANT COMMUNICATIONS
Agreement to Receive Electronic Communications.
Agreement to Receive SMS Messaging.
You further understand and consent that we may, upon notice at time of contact, monitor, or record telephone conversations between us (or our service providers) and you or anyone acting on your behalf has with us or our agents for quality control and training purposes or for our own protection. You acknowledge and understand that, while your communications with us may be overheard, monitored, or recorded, not all telephone lines or calls may be recorded by us, and we do not guarantee that recordings of any particular telephone calls will be retained or retrievable.
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
In addition, you may not post, upload, or transmit to or otherwise make available through the Services any content, communications, or other information (collectively, "Unauthorized Content"):
that is obscene, fraudulent, indecent, or libelous or that defames, abuses, harasses, discriminates against or threatens others;
that contains any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or other disabling devices or other harmful components intended to or that may damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept, or expropriate any system, data, or personal information
that you do not have the right to disclose or make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as insider information, or proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
that infringes the copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, or other intellectual property or proprietary right of any third party;
that violates the rights of other Users of the Services; or
that violates any applicable local, state, national or international law or otherwise advocates or encourages any illegal activity.
To the extent you are participating in a program, you are also subject to our Participant Handbook. Violation of the Acceptable Use Policy or Participant Handbook are subject to the consequences in the Termination of Rights section below.
BESSEL’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
The Services are owned and operated by Bessel and its licensors. All content or other material available through the Services, including, but not limited to, information on the Websites, on-line lectures, speeches, video or other lessons, applications, pre-assessments and assessments, quizzes, presentation materials, homework or work assignments, programming assignments, programs, code, licenses, and other images, text, layouts, arrangements, displays, illustrations, documents, surveys, materials, audio and video clips, HTML, and files (collectively, the "Content"), are the property of Bessel and/or its affiliates or licensors and are protected by copyright, patent and/or other proprietary intellectual property rights under United States and foreign law.
Bessel logos, trademarks and service marks which may appear on the Website(s), throughout the Services and in program materials ("Marks"), are the property of Bessel and are protected under United States and foreign laws. All other trademarks, service marks, and logos used on the Services, with or without attribution, are the trademarks, service marks, or logos of their respective owners. In addition, elements of the Services are protected by trade dress and other federal and state intellectual property laws and may not be copied, reproduced, downloaded or distributed in any way in whole or in part without the express written consent of Bessel.
From time to time, Bessel may include software, code, instructions, or other such information in the Content or materials for the Services; any such information is provided on an "as-is" basis for instructional purposes only and is subject to the Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liabilities sections below and other terms herein. Any use of such information for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. Bessel and/or its affiliates and licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted herein to the Services, Content, and Marks.
LICENSE TO USE THE SERVICES
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CREATED DURING PROGRAM
Any Intellectual Property created or developed during a program or otherwise resulting from participation in a program, either by an individual Participant or by any group of Participants, shall be, to the maximum extent permissible by applicable law, owned solely by Bessel (or any participating company subject to the terms of any agreement between Bessel and such participating company). “Intellectual Property” includes any trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, mask work rights, patents, and other intellectual property rights recognized by the laws of the United States.
To the extent that I have any right to any Intellectual Property that cannot be assigned to Bessel or the participating company under applicable law, I unconditionally and irrevocably grant to Bessel (and/or the participating company) during the term of such rights, an exclusive, even as to me, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, fully paid and royalty-free license, with rights to sublicense through multiple levels of sub licensees, to reproduce, make derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display in any form or medium, whether now known or later developed, make, use, sell, import, offer for sale and exercise any and all such rights.
I agree to assist the Company in every way, both during and after the term of this agreement, to obtain and enforce United States and foreign Intellectual Property Rights relating to the Intellectual Property in all countries. In the event Bessel or the participating company is unable to secure my signature on any document needed in connection with such purposes, I hereby irrevocably designate and appoint the Company and its duly authorized officers and agents as its agent and attorney in fact, which appointment is coupled with an interest, to act on its behalf to execute and file any such documents and to do all other lawfully permitted acts to further such purposes with the same legal force and effect as if executed by me.
Without limiting the forgoing, I understand that Bessel will work with participants to create an academic portfolio and that Bessel grants former participants permission to reference or describe work product developed during the program in an academic portfolio solely for noncommercial purposes. I further understand that such permission may be rescinded by Bessel at any time in its sole discretion.
By enrolling in a program or purchasing any of our Services and providing Bessel with your payment information, you hereby agree to these payment terms.
Payment of Fees
If an applicant is accepted to a program, payment if full of the total fees for that program will be due within three (3) business day to secure the applicant’s participation in the program.
Success for the program is dependent on all Participants’ active participation in their teams’ projects. Therefore, Participants who cancel their participation within one week prior to the start of the program shall be not be entitled to a refund unless Bessel is able to find another paid participant to take the cancelled Participant’s place; however, participants may be able to defer the payment to participation in a later program subject to the terms below. If Bessel is able to find another paid participant, a Participant who withdraws prior to starting the program will be entitled to a full refund minus a 20% nonrefundable deposit. After the start of the program, no refund will be provided. No refund of any form will be given in the event of suspension, or denial or revoking of digital badge(s), based on violations of the program policies. Exceptions to the refund policy for exceptional circumstances including disability or active duty military service, may be made at the sole discretion of Bessel.
Deferral to Later Program
If a Participant withdraws prior to starting the program or fails to pay the remaining balance prior to the start of the program, he or she may be eligible to defer payment to participation in a later program. Bessel will notify the cancelled Participant of openings in future programs. If the Participant would like to participate in one of the programs offered, the Participant must notify Bessel within one week of receiving the list of openings. Only the programs offered are available for the deferred payment. Bessel will hold the spots for one week but does not guarantee that the spots will be available after that time. Exceptions to the deferral policy for exceptional circumstances including disability or active duty military service, may be made at the sole discretion of Bessel.
Method of Payment
To pay for participation in a program you must have a current valid accepted payment method as indicated during sign-up process ("Payment Method"). You agree to Bessel, or its third-party payment provider, storing and accessing your payment information. You also agree to pay the applicable fees for the program or any other services or products you purchase through the Bessel Services as they become due, whether on a one-time, installment, or subscription basis. Fees may vary based on your location, program, the type of Payment Method used, where your Payment Method was issued, or other contractual arrangements. Your transaction with us may be subject to foreign exchange fees or differences in prices, including because of exchange rates. Bessel does not support all payment methods, currencies or locations for payment and may vary such offerings from time to time. Additionally, you understand and agree that not all promotions and pricing are available to all participants, and that specific additional terms and conditions may apply to certain promotional programs, pricing, or geographic locations. You agree to use your own valid Payment Method and not impersonate or otherwise use a Payment Method to avoid regulatory restrictions.
You agree to pay all applicable sales, use, value added, transaction taxes, or other government-required fees and charges that Bessel determines it is required to collect (“Taxes”) related to your participation in any Program or your purchase of any other services or products you purchase through the Bessel Services.
SERVICES AVAILABILITY AND LIMITATIONS
You understand and agree that Bessel, at its sole discretion, modify or discontinue any or all of the Services, including related to any program at its sole discretion.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
THE SITE AND THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS-IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, AND BESSEL (AND OUR SUPPLIERS) EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING ALL WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, ACCURACY, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE (AND OUR SUPPLIERS) MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, WILL BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS, OR WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL CODE, COMPLETE, LEGAL, OR SAFE. IF APPLICABLE LAW REQUIRES ANY WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES, ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO NINETY (90) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF FIRST USE.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL BESSEL (OR OUR SUPPLIERS) BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST DATA, COSTS OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS, OR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SERVICES, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. ACCESS TO, AND USE OF, THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DEVICE OR COMPUTER SYSTEM, OR LOSS OF DATA RESULTING THEREFROM.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT (FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION), WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU DURING THE TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE ON WHICH THE CLAIM AROSE OR FIFTY US DOLLARS (U.S. $50). THE EXISTENCE OF MORE THAN ONE CLAIM WILL NOT ENLARGE THIS LIMIT. YOU AGREE THAT OUR SUPPLIERS WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LINKING TO THIRD-PARTY SITES AND CONTENT
The Websites and/or other services may contain links to pages or content on third-party websites ("Linked Sites"), and those Linked Sites may contain content or offer products and/or services for sale. Bessel does not author, edit, control, or monitor these Linked Sites. You acknowledge and agree that (a) we have no responsibility for the accuracy or availability of information provided by Linked Sites, and (b) we do not control or endorse the sponsors of such Linked Sites or the content, products, advertising, or other materials presented on such Linked Sites. We may remove any Linked Sites from the Websites or Programs at any time for any reason or for no reason. BESSEL WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY TRANSACTIONS CONDUCTED BY YOU WITH THIRD PARTIES THROUGH THE LINKED SITES OR FOR ANY LIABILITY ARISING FROM THE REPRESENTATIONS OR INFORMATION PROVIDED ON SUCH LINKED SITES. We appreciate that Linked Sites may contain material in which the operator of the Linked Sites has intellectual property rights. We respect those rights and provide the links for information purposes only. The fact that we have linked to any Linked Site does not create or imply any relationship or partnership with the operator of such Linked Site.
TERMINATION OF RIGHTS
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS & DISPUTE PROCEDURE
Bessel respects the intellectual property of others and asks that users of our Services do the same. In connection with our Services, we have adopted and implemented a policy respecting copyright law that provides for the removal of any infringing materials and for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of users of our Services who are repeat infringers of intellectual property rights, including copyrights. If you believe that one of our users is, through the use of our Services, unlawfully infringing the copyright(s) in a work, and wish to have the allegedly infringing material removed, the following information in the form of a written notification (pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)) must be provided to our designated Copyright Agent:
your physical or electronic signature;
identification of the copyrighted work(s) that you claim to have been infringed;
identification of the material on our services that you claim is infringing and that you request us to remove;
sufficient information to permit us to locate such material;
your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the objectionable material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or under the law; and
a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are either the owner of the copyright that has allegedly been infringed or that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
Please note that, pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), any misrepresentation of material fact (falsities) in a written notification automatically subjects the complaining party to liability for any damages, costs and attorney’s fees incurred by us in connection with the written notification and allegation of copyright infringement.
he designated Copyright Agent for Bessel is:
Designated Agent: Chris Danek
Address of Agent: 751 Laurel St #537
Email: chris @ bessel.co
Legal Disputes and Arbitration Agreement Please Read This Following Clause Carefully – It May Significantly Affect Your Legal Rights, Including Your Right to File a Lawsuit in Court
Initial Dispute Resolution. We are available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to address any concerns you may have regarding these Terms or your use of the Services. Most concerns may be quickly resolved in this manner. Each of you and we agree to use best efforts to settle any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement directly through consultation and good faith negotiations which shall be a precondition to either party initiating a lawsuit or arbitration.
Binding Arbitration. Arbitration shall be initiated through the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), an established alternative dispute resolution provider (“ADR Provider”) that offers arbitration as set forth in this section. If AAA is not available to arbitrate, the parties shall agree to select an alternative ADR Provider. The rules of the ADR Provider shall govern all aspects of the arbitration, including but not limited to the method of initiating and/or demanding arbitration, except to the extent such rules are in conflict with the Terms. The AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules (“Arbitration Rules”) governing the arbitration are available online at or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879. The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator. Any claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is less than Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) may be resolved through binding non-appearance-based arbitration, at the option of the party seeking relief. For claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) or more, the right to a hearing will be determined by the Arbitration Rules. Any hearing will be held in a location within 100 miles of your residence, unless you reside outside of the United States, and unless the parties agree otherwise. If you reside outside of the U.S., the arbitrator shall give the parties reasonable notice of the date, time and place of any oral hearings. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. If the arbitrator grants you an award that is greater than the last settlement offer that we made to you prior to the initiation of arbitration, Bessel will pay you the greater of the award or $2,500.00. Each party shall bear its own costs (including attorney’s fees) and disbursements arising out of the arbitration and shall pay an equal share of the fees and costs of the ADR Provider.
Additional Rules for Non-Appearance Based Arbitration. If non-appearance based arbitration is elected, the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or based solely on written submissions; the specific manner shall be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration. The arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
Time Limits. If you or Bessel pursue arbitration, the arbitration action must be initiated and/or demanded within the statute of limitations (i.e., the legal deadline for filing a claim) and within any deadline imposed under the AAA Rules for the pertinent claim.
Authority of Arbitrator. If arbitration is initiated, the arbitrator will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and Bessel, and the dispute will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages, and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the AAA Rules, and the Terms. The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and Bessel.
Waiver of Jury Trial. THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO GO TO COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY, instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement. Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient and less costly than rules applicable in a court and are subject to very limited review by a court. In the event any litigation should arise between you and Bessel in any state or federal court in a suit to vacate or enforce an arbitration award or otherwise, YOU AND BESSEL WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL, instead electing that the dispute be resolved by a judge.
Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS BASIS, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED JOINTLY OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER.
Confidentiality. All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, including but not limited to the award of the arbitrator and compliance therewith, shall be strictly confidential. The parties agree to maintain confidentiality unless otherwise required by law. This paragraph shall not prevent a party from submitting to a court of law any information necessary to enforce this Agreement, to enforce an arbitration award, or to seek injunctive or equitable relief.
Severability. If any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
Right to Waive. Any or all of the rights and limitations set forth in this Arbitration Agreement may be waived by the party against whom the claim is asserted. Such waiver shall not waive or affect any other portion of this Arbitration Agreement.
Survival of Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with Bessel.
Small Claims Court. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either you or Bessel may bring an individual action in small claims court.
Emergency Equitable Relief. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may seek emergency equitable relief before a state or federal court in order to maintain the status quo pending arbitration. A request for interim measures shall not be deemed a waiver of any other rights or obligations under this Arbitration Agreement.
Claims Not Subject to Arbitration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, claims of defamation, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, claims under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and infringement or misappropriation of the other party’s patent, copyright, trademark or trade secrets shall not be subject to this Arbitration Agreement.
Courts. In any circumstances where the foregoing Arbitration Agreement permits the parties to litigate in court, the parties hereby agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within San Mateo County, California for such purpose.
Exclusive Venue for Litigation. To the extent that the arbitration provisions set forth in this section do not apply, or if you have opted out of arbitration, the parties agree that any litigation between them shall be filed exclusively in state or federal courts located in San Francisco County, California (except for small claims court actions which may be brought in the county where you reside). The parties expressly consent to exclusive jurisdiction in San Francisco County, California for any litigation other than small claims court actions. In the event of litigation relating to these Terms, the parties agree to waive, to the maximum extent permitted by law, any right to a jury trial, except where a jury trial waiver is not permissible under applicable law.