Terms of Service and Conditions
Last Updated: July 30, 2021
These Terms of Service (“Terms”) apply to your access to and use of the websites, applications and other products and services, including membership services, trainings, events, review and message boards and various other message communication applications (collectively, our “Services”) provided by The Simple Scholar. (“TheSimpleScholar”, “we”, or “us”). By clicking to indicate your acceptance of these Terms, or otherwise accessing or using the Services, you agree to these Terms, and to use our Services in accordance with the terms herein. If you do not agree to these Terms, including the mandatory arbitration provision and class action waiver in Section 19, do not access or use our Services.
In addition to these Terms, we may ask you to accept additional terms that apply to specific features, products or services. To the extent any additional terms conflict with these Terms, the additional terms govern with respect to your access to or use of the applicable feature, product or service.
If you have any questions about these Terms or our Services, please contact us via email.
1) Eligibility and Authority
You must be at least 18 years of age or older to access or use our Services. If you are accessing or using our Services on behalf of another person or entity, you represent that you are authorized to accept these Terms on that person or entity’s behalf and that the person or entity agrees to be responsible to us if you or the other person or entity violates these Terms.
2) Accounts; Account Security; Electronic Communications
You will need to register for an account to access some or all of our Services. If you register for an account, you must provide accurate account information and promptly update this information if it changes. You also must maintain the security of your account, not share your account credentials, and promptly notify us if you discover or suspect that someone has accessed your account without your permission.
By creating a TheSimpleScholar account, you consent to receive electronic communications from TheSimpleScholar (e.g., via email or by posting notices on our Services). These communications may include notices about your account (e.g., payment authorizations, password changes and other transactional information) and are part of your relationship with us. You agree that any notices, agreements, disclosures or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including, but not limited to, that such communications be in writing.
4) Our Services; License.
At this time, TheSimpleScholar does not allow you or other users to create or upload content to our site. We view and use Contact Data only to provide Services to you, at your direction and, as part of the Services, to train, detect issues with our Services, and to ensure their proper functioning. We do not disclose Contact Data to third parties, except as follows:
- We may share Contact Data with our third party service providers to provide our Services or administer the site.
- If any portion of TheSimpleScholar is sold, Contact Data may be part of the business assets we transfer. Contact Data also may be disclosed if TheSimpleScholar is considering or completes the financing, securitization, insuring, sale, assignment or other transfer of all or part of the company.
- We may disclose Contact Data as we reasonably believe is necessary to comply with any judicial or governmental subpoenas, warrants or orders.
- We reserve the right to use, disclose and share your information and Contact Data to investigate, prevent or take action with respect to any potential or actual fraud, illegal activities, circumstances which threaten the physical safety of any person, violations of these Terms of Service or as otherwise required by law.
- We may receive requests directly from individuals, not to receive emails from our Services. To comply with international data protection laws and to respect their requests, we place those individuals on a communications exclusion list (“Global Exclusion List”) so that they may no longer receive communications from our Services.
5) Prohibited Conduct
5.1) Prohibited Activities on the Services.
You will not violate any applicable law, contract, intellectual property or other third-party right or commit a tort, and you are solely responsible for your conduct while accessing or using our Services. When you access or use our Services, you will not:
- Violate this or any of our policies;
- Engage in any harassing, threatening, intimidating, predatory or stalking conduct;
- Impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, any TheSimpleScholar official, employee, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with such a person or entity;
- Use or attempt to use another user’s account without authorization from that user and TheSimpleScholar;
- Access the Services by any means other than through the standard industry-accepted or TheSimpleScholar-approved application program interfaces;
- Use our Services in any manner that could interfere with, disrupt, negatively affect or inhibit other users from fully enjoying our Services or that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the functioning of our Services in any manner;
- Delete or revise any material or content, posted by another person or entity;
- Delete or modify any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels that you upload to any communication feature;
- Register, subscribe, attempt to register or subscribe, unsubscribe or attempt to unsubscribe, any party for any TheSimpleScholar product or Service if you are not expressly authorized by such party to do so;
- Reverse engineer any aspect of our Services or do anything that might discover source code or bypass or circumvent measures employed to prevent or limit access to any part of our Services;
- Attempt to circumvent any content-filtering techniques we employ or attempt to access any feature or area of our Services that you are not authorized to access;
- Develop or use any third-party applications that interact with our Services without our prior written consent, including any scripts designed to scrape or extract data from our Services;
- Bypass or ignore instructions contained in our robots.txt file that controls automated access to portions of our Services;
- Export or attempt to export certain data points, including but not limited to EGEO and ERJA data, that cannot be exported from the Services; or
- Use our Services for any illegal or unauthorized purpose, or engage in, encourage or promote any activity that violates these Terms.
5.2) Compliance with Laws
You represent and warrant that your access to and use of the Services will comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to Export Control and Sanctions Laws (defined below) and those that relate to privacy and data protection and to the sending of electronic communications. You may not use our Services for any unlawful or discriminatory activities, including acts prohibited by the Federal Trade Commission Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, or other laws that apply to commerce. You further represent and warrant that your use of the Services will not cause TheSimpleScholar to violate any applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to those that relate to privacy and data protection and to the sending of electronic communications. We may suspend or restrict your access to or use of the Services if we suspect that you have engaged in spam or otherwise duplicative or unsolicited messages in violation of applicable laws.
5.3) Reporting Abuse
If you think anyone using the Services is violating any of these Terms, please notify us immediately by email.
6) Terms of Sale
When you sign up for our Services, you agree to a recurring subscription contract with TheSimpleScholar on a monthly, or other temporal basis that you select when signing up for the Services. WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR A SUBSCRIPTION, YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (A) THESIMPLESCHOLAR, OWNED BY BAREFOOT BIG SHOTS AND ADVANCED VISION MARKETING (OR OUR THIRD PARTY PAYMENT PROCESSOR) IS AUTHORIZED TO CHARGE YOU ON A MONTHLY OR OTHER BASIS AS APPLICABLE FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION (IN ADDITION TO ANY APPLICABLE TAXES AND OTHER CHARGES) FOR AS LONG AS YOUR SUBSCRIPTION CONTINUES, AND (B) YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS CONTINUOUS UNTIL YOU CANCEL IT OR WE SUSPEND OR STOP PROVIDING ACCESS TO THE SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE TERMS. For more information about pricing and subscription plans, please visit our Memberships page.
You may cancel your subscription at any time by logging into your account and following the instructions on your account dashboard for cancellation or by contacting us via email. Such cancellation notice must be sent by the designated account owner or an authorized signatory. Inactivity does not constitute automatic cancellation, so unless you cancel your account in accordance with this section, you will continue to be charged for subscription to the Services. All cancellation requests will take effect at the end of then-current subscription period in which the cancellation request is made, and you will be responsible for all fees and any applicable taxes and other charges rendered up through the cancellation date.
In the event you cancel your subscription, please note that we may still send you promotional communications about TheSimpleScholar, unless you opt out of receiving those communications by following the unsubscribe instructions provided therein.
6.3) One-Time Purchases
Some features of our Services, such as special workshops, books or other products, may be offered as a standalone, non-subscription product. We will charge your payment method at the time of such purchases as a one-time purchase.
6.4) Free Trials
From time to time, to the extent legally permitted, we may offer free trials of certain subscriptions for specified period of time without payment. If we offer you a free trial, the specific terms of your free trial will be provided in the marketing materials describing the particular trial or at registration. We reserve the right to modify or terminate free trials at any time, without notice and in our sole discretion.
6.5) Payment and Billing Information
By providing a credit card or other payment method that we accept, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to use the designated payment method. In addition, you authorize (or our third party payment processor) to charge your payment method for the total amount of your subscription fees (and applicable taxes and other charges). If the payment method cannot be verified, is invalid or is otherwise not acceptable, your account may be suspended until your payment is processed. You must resolve any problem we encounter in order to proceed.
You acknowledge that the amount billed may vary due to promotional offers, changes to your subscription or changes in applicable taxes or other charges, and you authorize us (or our third party payment processor) to charge your payment method for the corresponding amount.
If you are in Brazil, the following applies to you: in order to enable remittance of funds for the payment of goods, products and/or services purchased from merchants abroad, you appoint PPRO Brasil Ltda. as your attorney-in-fact to, on your behalf, sign foreign exchange agreements and other agreements that may be necessary to effect the respective remittance of funds, including the power to negotiate terms, rates, renegotiate fees, or even in whole or in part supersede the mandate granted.
7) Limited License; Copyright and Trademark
Our Services and the text, graphics, images, photographs, videos, illustrations, trademarks, trade names, service marks, logos, slogans and other content contained therein (collectively, “TheSimpleScholar Content”) are owned by or licensed to TheSimpleScholar and are protected under both United States and foreign laws. Except as explicitly stated in these Terms, TheSimpleScholar and our licensors reserve all rights in and to our Services and the TheSimpleScholar Content. You are hereby granted a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to access and use our Services and TheSimpleScholar Content for your own personal use. However, such license is subject to these Terms and does not include any right to (a) sell, resell or commercially use our Services or TheSimpleScholar Content; (b) copy, reproduce, distribute, publicly perform or publicly display TheSimpleScholar Content, except as expressly permitted by us or our licensors; (c) modify TheSimpleScholar Content, remove any proprietary rights notices or markings, or otherwise make any derivative uses of our Services or TheSimpleScholar Content; (d) use any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods; and (e) use our Services or TheSimpleScholar Content other than for their intended purposes. Any use of our Services or TheSimpleScholar Content other than as specifically authorized herein, without our prior written permission, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein.
8) Third Party Content and Services
We may display content, advertisements and promotions from third parties through the Services (“Third Party Content”). We do not control, endorse or adopt any Third Party Content, and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding such Third Party Content, including, without limitation, regarding its accuracy or completeness. You acknowledge and agree that your interactions with third parties providing Third Party Content are solely between you and such third parties. If TheSimpleScholar requires you to accept additional terms, conditions, or obligations in connection with your use of third party services or third party integrations ("Third Party Terms"), we will provide you advanced notice and obtain your authorization or acceptance of such Third Party Terms, which shall include your continued use of such services or integrations.
We may also provide you with access to certain services, features or functionality offered by a third party in connection with the Services. Use of any such services, features or functionality will be subject to separate terms of service between you and such third party, and not these Terms. The third party provider, and not TheSimpleScholar, will be solely responsible for providing you with such services, features or functionality.
Any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, original or creative materials or other information you submit about TheSimpleScholar or our products or Services (collectively, “Feedback”), is non-confidential and will become the sole property of TheSimpleScholar. We will own exclusive rights, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights, in and to Feedback and will be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of Feedback for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.
You agree to be identified as a customer of TheSimpleScholar and that TheSimpleScholar may refer to you by name, trade name, trademark, logo and other proprietary marks or words, and may describe your business, in our marketing or publicity materials, on our website, and in press releases or other public statements. You hereby grant TheSimpleScholar a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, and sub-licensable license to use your name and any of your trade names, trademarks, logos and other proprietary marks or words pursuant to this Section 10.
11) Copyright Complaints
We have a policy of limiting access to our Services and terminating the accounts of users who infringe the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that anything on our Services infringes any copyright that you own or control, you may notify TheSimpleScholar’s Designated Agent as follows:
Designated Agent: Dianne Kelley
Address: P.O. Box 292, Kaysville, UT 84037
E-Mail Address: homeschool@thesimplescholar (dot) (com)
Please see 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3) for the requirements of a proper notification. Also, please note that if you knowingly misrepresent that any activity or material on our Services is infringing, you may be liable to TheSimpleScholar for certain costs and damages.
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless TheSimpleScholar, our parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of our respective officers, directors, agents, partners and employees (individually and collectively, the “TheSimpleScholar Parties”) from and against any loss, liability, claim, demand, damages, expenses or costs ("Claims")arising out of or related to (a) your access to or use of our Services; (b) your Feedback; (c) your violation of these Terms; (d) your violation, misappropriation or infringement of any rights of another (including intellectual property rights or privacy rights) or (e) your conduct in connection with our Services. You agree to promptly notify TheSimpleScholar Parties of any third party Claims, cooperate with TheSimpleScholar Parties in defending such Claims and pay all fees, costs and expenses associated with defending such Claims (including, but not limited to, attorneys' fees). You also agree that TheSimpleScholar Parties will have control of the defense or settlement of any third party Claims. This indemnity is in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other indemnities set forth in a written agreement between you and TheSimpleScholar or the other TheSimpleScholar Parties.
WE DO NOT CONTROL, ENDORSE OR TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY MARKETING CONTENT, THIRD-PARTY CONTENT OR THIRD-PARTY SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON OR LINKED TO BY OUR SERVICES. YOUR USE OF OUR SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. OUR SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN ADDITION, THESIMPLESCHOLAR DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT OUR SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE. WHILE THESIMPLESCHOLAR ATTEMPTS TO MAKE YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR SERVICES SAFE, WE CANNOT AND DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT OUR SERVICES OR SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES. AS BETWEEN YOU AND THESIMPLESCHOLAR, YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR RESPONDING TO AND HONORING ALL REQUESTS RELATING TO THE RIGHTS OF YOUR CONTACTS AND THEIR PERSONAL DATA PURSUANT TO AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE DATA PROTECTION LAWS.
14) Limitation of Liability
THESIMPLESCHOLAR AND THE OTHER THESIMPLESCHOLAR PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY—WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE—FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR SPECIAL DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS, EVEN IF THESIMPLESCHOLAR OR THE OTHER THESIMPLESCHOLAR PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF THESIMPLESCHOLAR AND THE OTHER THESIMPLESCHOLAR PARTIES, FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR OUR SERVICES, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO ACCESS OR USE OUR SERVICES. THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION WILL NOT LIMIT OR EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR THE GROSS NEGLIGENCE, FRAUD OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT OF THESIMPLESCHOLAR OR THE OTHER THESIMPLESCHOLAR PARTIES OR FOR ANY OTHER MATTERS IN WHICH LIABILITY CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. ADDITIONALLY, SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you release TheSimpleScholar and the other TheSimpleScholar Parties from responsibility, liability, claims, demands, and/or damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown (including, but not limited to, claims of negligence), arising out of or related to disputes between users and the acts or omissions of third parties. You expressly waive any rights you may have under California Civil Code § 1542 as well as any other statute or common law principles that would otherwise limit the coverage of this release to include only those claims which you may know or suspect to exist in your favor at the time of agreeing to this release.
16) Transfer and Processing Data;
By accessing or using our Services, you consent to the processing, transfer and storage of information about you in and to the United States and other countries, where you may not have the same rights and protections as you do under local law.
17) Export Control, Sanctions Compliance and Anti-Corruption Compliance
17.1) Export Control and Sanctions Compliance
The receipt and use of our Services may be subject to export control and economic sanctions laws of the United States and other applicable government authorities (“Export Control and Sanctions Laws”). You agree to abide by all Export Control and Sanctions Laws as they relate to your access and use of our Services. You will not, directly or indirectly, access or use our Services if you are located in a jurisdiction where the provision of our Services is prohibited by law (a “Prohibited Jurisdiction”), including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea region. You also will not provide access to or allow the use of our Services by any government, entity or individual: (a) located in any Prohibited Jurisdiction; or (b) identified on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Denied Persons List or Entity List, or subject to any other expert control or economic sanctions lists or programs. You represent and warrant that: (a) you are not named on or subject to any government sanctions programs or list of persons or entities prohibited from receiving U.S. exports, or engaging in transactions with any U.S. person; (b) you are not located in, or a company registered in, any Prohibited Jurisdiction; and (c) you will comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States and the country in which you are located.
17.2) Anti-Corruption Compliance
You will comply with all applicable United States and international anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws and regulations, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, and others as they relate to your access to and use of our Services. You acknowledge that you have not received or been offered any illegal or improper bribe, kickback, payment, gift or thing of value in connection with these Terms.
18) Commercial Items
If acquired by any agency of the U.S. Government, such agency acknowledges that (a) the App and Services constitute "commercial computer software" or "commercial computer software documentation" for purposes of 48 C.F.R. §12.212 and 48 C.F.R. §227.7202, as applicable; and (b) such agency's rights are limited to those specifically granted under these Terms.
19) Dispute Resolution; Binding Arbitration
Please read the following section carefully because it requires you to arbitrate certain disputes and claims with TheSimpleScholar and limits the manner in which you can seek relief from us.
Except for small claims disputes in which you or TheSimpleScholar seek to bring an individual action in small claims court located in the county of your billing address or disputes in which you or TheSimpleScholar seeks injunctive or other equitable relief for the alleged unlawful use of intellectual property, you and TheSimpleScholar waive your rights to a jury trial and to have any dispute arising out of or related to these Terms or our Services resolved in court. Instead, all disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms or our Services will be resolved through confidential binding arbitration held in Weber County, Utah in accordance with the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures ("Rules") of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services ("JAMS"), which are available on the JAMS website and hereby incorporated by reference. You either acknowledge and agree that you have read and understand the rules of JAMS or waive your opportunity to read the rules of JAMS and any claim that the rules of JAMS are unfair or should not apply for any reason.
You and TheSimpleScholar agree that any dispute arising out of or related to these Terms or our Services is personal to you and TheSimpleScholar and that any dispute will be resolved solely through individual arbitration and will not be brought as a class arbitration, class action or any other type of representative proceeding.
You and TheSimpleScholar agree that these Terms affect interstate commerce and that the enforceability of this Section 19 will be substantively and procedurally governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq. (the "FAA"), to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. As limited by the FAA, these Terms and the JAMS Rules, the arbitrator will have exclusive authority to make all procedural and substantive decisions regarding any dispute and to grant any remedy that would otherwise be available in court; provided, however, that the arbitrator does not have the authority to conduct a class arbitration or a representative action, which is prohibited by these Terms. The arbitrator may only conduct an individual arbitration and may not consolidate more than one individual’s claims, preside over any type of class or representative proceeding or preside over any proceeding involving more than one individual. You and TheSimpleScholar agree that for any arbitration you initiate, you will pay the filing fee and TheSimpleScholar will pay the remaining JAMS fees and costs. For any arbitration initiated by TheSimpleScholar, TheSimpleScholar will pay all JAMS fees and costs. You and TheSimpleScholar agree that the state or federal courts of the State of Utah and the United States sitting in Weber County, Utah have exclusive jurisdiction over any appeals and the enforcement of an arbitration award.
Any claim arising out of or related to these Terms or our Services must be filed within one year after such claim arose; otherwise, the claim is permanently barred, which means that you and TheSimpleScholar will not have the right to assert the claim.
You have the right to opt out of binding arbitration within thirty (30) days of the date you first accepted the terms of this Section 19 by emailing us. In order to be effective, the opt out notice must include your full name and clearly indicate your intent to opt out of binding arbitration. By opting out of binding arbitration, you are agreeing to resolve disputes in accordance with Section 20.
20) Governing Law and Venue
These Terms and your access to and use of our Services will be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of State of Utah, without regard to conflict of law rules or principles (whether of Utah or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. Any dispute between the parties that is not subject to arbitration or cannot be heard in small claims court will be resolved in the state or federal courts of Utah and the United States, respectively, sitting in Weber County, Utah.
21) Changes to these Terms
We may make changes to these Terms from time to time. If we make changes, we will post the amended Terms to our Services and update the “Last Updated” date above. We may also attempt to notify you by sending an email notification to the address associated with your account or providing notice through our Services. Unless we say otherwise in our notice, the amended Terms will be effective immediately and your continued access to and use of our Services after we provide notice will confirm your acceptance of the changes. If you do not agree to the amended Terms, you must stop accessing and using our Services.
We reserve the right, without notice and in our sole discretion, to terminate your right to access or use our Services. We are not responsible for any loss or harm related to your inability to access or use our Services.
If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and TheSimpleScholar relating to your access to and use of our Services. Any additional or different terms proposed by you in any purchase order, request for proposal or other document are hereby objected to by TheSimpleScholar and shall be void. The failure of TheSimpleScholar to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. Except as otherwise provided herein, these Terms are intended solely for the benefit of the parties and are not intended to confer third party beneficiary rights upon any other person or entity. This Agreement may not be assigned or transferred by you except with our prior written consent. These Terms may not be assigned or transferred by you except with our prior written consent. These Terms may be executed and delivered electronically and in one or more counterparts, each of which shall, when taken together, constitute a single document.