X:PTS Terms of Use

X:PTS offers online courses, programs or other offerings in specific areas of study or on particular topics (each, a “Program”). X:PTS reserves the right to cancel, interrupt or reschedule any Program or modify its content as well as the point value or weight of any assignment, exam or other evaluation of progress that may be provided in connection with any Program. Programs are subject to the Agreements, including without limitation the Warranty Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability sections below.

You will not receive academic credit from Princeton Theological Seminary for taking a Program. Admission to the degree programs of Princeton Theological Seminary is separate from being accepted into and/or taking one or more Programs. You agree and acknowledge that nothing in these Terms of Use or otherwise with respect to your access or use of any of the Services or any Program (a) enrolls or registers you in Princeton Theological Seminary, or any other school, division, institute or program of or associated with Princeton Theological Seminary, or (b) entitles you to access or use the resources or receive any benefits or privileges of any of the foregoing entities beyond the Programs. 

X:PTS may offer a credential or other acknowledgment for participants who have satisfactorily demonstrated mastery of the Program material. The decision to award any such credential or other acknowledgment to a given participant will be solely within the discretion of X:PTS. X:PTS may choose not to offer any credential or other acknowledgment for some Programs. In addition, X:PTS may decide in its sole discretion whether to provide a record concerning a participant’s performance in a Program. The format of any credential or other acknowledgment, and of any record of performance, provided by X:PTS relating to the Programs will be determined by X:PTS in its sole discretion and may vary from Program to Program.

If you are enrolled in a Program through another university or educational institution with which you are associated (your “Home Institution”), X:PTS may provide a record to your Home Institution concerning your performance in the Program, in accordance with the Privacy Policy. However, the decision whether your Home Institution will award any credit, benefit or credential, and the nature of any such credit, benefit or credential, will lie solely with your Home Institution.


FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended ("FERPA") is a federal law that gives students certain rights with respect to their education records.

 

Education Records

At X:PTS we keep records for our participants that describe and document their work and progress. These education records generally include items such as address, admissions records, enrollment status, course grades, reports and evaluations, completion of requirements and progress toward the credential, records of disciplinary actions, and other correspondence with or about the student.

Access

To be useful, students’ records must be accurate and complete. The Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary maintains these records. All students have access to their own education records and may contribute to them if they feel there is need for clarification. If you would like to access your education records you should contact xptssupport@ptsem.edu. You will be asked to send a written request that identifies the specific record or records you would like to inspect. Access will be given within 45 days on receipt of the request. When a record contains information about more than one student, you may only inspect and review the portion of the record relating to you.

You should direct any questions you have about the accuracy of records to xptssupport@ptsem.edu. If X:PTS declines to amend the records as requested, you are entitled to a hearing to resolve this issue. Further details of this procedure will be sent to you if you contact us about amending your records.

Directory Information

Directory Information can be made available to the general public under FERPA. Directory information is defined by X:PTS as: full name, email address, date of birth, program name and dates of enrollment, dates of completion, and credential in progress or received. A participant has a right to block disclosure of their directory information. This is known as a ‘FERPA Block’. Please contact xptssupport@ptsem.edu for more information.

Other Disclosures Permitted Under FERPA

There are certain circumstances where FERPA also permits disclosure of education records without a student’s knowledge or consent. For example, Princeton Theological Seminary officials with a legitimate educational interest may access these records. This means that the person needs the information in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities, including instructional, supervisory, advisory, administrative, academic, research, staff support or other duties. "Princeton Theological Seminary officials" include: faculty; administrators; clerical employees; professional employees; other employees and agents of the Seminary; independent contractors, consultants, volunteers and other parties performing services or functions on behalf of X:PTS, Princeton Theological Seminary; and members of Princeton Theological Seminary’s governing board.

Student Rights Under FERPA

Under X:PTS policy and FERPA to the extent that it applies, students and former students have the right to:

  • inspect and review their education records that are maintained by X:PTS;
  • exercise limited control over other people's access to their education records;
  • seek to correct their education records if they believe them to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of their FERPA rights;
  • file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe X:PTS has not complied with the requirements of FERPA;
  • be fully informed of their rights under FERPA.

Complaints regarding alleged violation of rights of students under FERPA may be submitted in writing within 180 days to the Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5920.


Conduct

You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the Services and for your User Content, as well as any content of others that you submit, post, contribute, publish or distribute on any of the Services. “User Content” includes all content, in whatever format, submitted, posted, contributed, published or distributed on any of the Services by a user, including but not limited to all notes, questions, answers, comments, text, pictures, videos and file uploads. In some Programs, such as those on X:PTS + Live!, users may contribute by speaking or appearing on camera, and User Content may include transmissions or recordings of a user’s voice and/or image. You agree that you will use the Services in compliance with the Agreements and all applicable local, state, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including privacy and copyright laws, any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence, and all United States export control laws.   

THE FOLLOWING KINDS OF CONTENT (“PROHIBITED CONTENT”) ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON THE SERVICES:

1. Content that defames, harasses, discriminates against, harms or threatens others;
2. Content that discusses illegal activities, with the intent to commit them;
3. Content that infringes or misappropriates intellectual property rights;
4. Content that you do not have the right to disclose;
5. Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent or unlawful content;
6. Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
7. Content related to partisan political activities; and
8. Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others.

X:PTS reserves the right to remove Prohibited Content of which it becomes aware, but is under no obligation to do so.

In addition, you agree not to (a) use any of the Services in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden or impair any part of any of the Services or the computer equipment or network(s) connected to any of the Services or to disrupt or interfere with any Program or any other user's use and enjoyment of any of the Services; (b) attempt to gain unauthorized access to any of the Services, other accounts, computer equipment or networks connected to any of the Services through hacking, password mining or any other means; (c) obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information on or via any of the Services not intentionally made available through the Services; (d) copy or use any portion of any of the Services other than as expressly allowed under the Agreements; (e) use any high volume, automated, or electronic means to access any of the Services (including without limitation robots, spiders or scripts); (f) frame any of the Services, place pop-up windows over its pages, or otherwise affect the display of its pages; or (g) force headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any communication transmitted through any of the Services.  

If you participate in any Program, you agree to complete all work, including any exams, associated with each Program in which you may be enrolled with your own, original work and only your own, original work, and you agree not to engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve your results, or improve or hurt the results of others. In addition, unless otherwise stated in the respective Program, you agree that any exams, quizzes or questions provided in connection with each Program are for your individual use only. Copying, capturing, transmitting or providing all or any part of the exams, quizzes or questions to any other person infringes X:PTS’s rights and is strictly prohibited.  X:PTS reserves the right to pursue any and all legal remedies against you if you violate this Agreement.


Community Values and Honor Code

The mission of Princeton Theological Seminary is to educate Christian leaders. Achieving this mission requires an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and inquiry, and a commitment to truth, excellence, and lifelong learning.

As members of the X:PTS learning community, participants make a commitment to participate in, foster, and uphold the Princeton Theological Seminary Community Values and the Princeton Theological Seminary Honor Code. We believe these norms are essential in order to foster a supportive online learning environment where individuals can have open discussion, reflect on their thinking, and learn from one another.

Students, program participants, faculty, staff, and alumni accept these principles when they join the Princeton Theological Seminary community. In doing so, they agree to abide by the following Community Values:

  • RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS, DIFFERENCES, AND DIGNITY OF OTHERS
  • HONESTY AND INTEGRITY IN DEALING WITH ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY
  • ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PERSONAL BEHAVIOR

Princeton Theological Seminary can and should be a living model of these values. To this end, community members have a personal responsibility to integrate these values into every aspect of their experience at Princeton Theological Seminary.

By participating in an X:PTS course or program, you agree to:

  • Complete all work associated with the course and final exam with your own work and only your own work.
  • Maintain only one X:PTS account and not let anyone else use your login and/or password.
  • Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve your results, or dishonestly improve or hurt the results of others.
  • Not reproduce problems or answers for quizzes, exams, or any other means of assessing participant performance.
  • Not post X:PTS materials outside your course or program (e.g., publish screenshots of or videos from course pages).
  • Act as a steward of the Honor Code and encourage others to do so as well.

Failure to abide by the X:PTS Community Values or X:PTS Honor Code may result in removal from an X:PTS Program.


Payment

Unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing by X:PTS, full payment for participation in a Program is required at the time of registration. Specific payment requirements and related terms may be provided to you at the time of registration on the applicable Program-specific web page or otherwise on the applicable Service.


Refunds

If you withdraw before the start of a Program, you may be eligible, in X:PTS's discretion, for a refund of all or part of course expenses, minus a processing fee. If you withdraw after the start of the Program, or if you are found to be in violation of the Agreements or any other X:PTS or Program-specific policy, you will not be issued a refund unless X:PTS elects to do so.

If your participation in a Program is being sponsored by your employer or Home Institution, the terms and conditions of X:PTS's agreement with your employer or Home Institution will govern payment and refunds to the extent different from those set forth herein.