On Apr 19, 2022,
edX adopted amended Terms of Service, providing as follows:
Welcome to edX. Please read these Terms of Service
("TOS") and Honor Code prior to registering for an account on edX.org
or using any portion of the edX website or mobile applications (collectively, the
"edX Site," which consists of all content and pages located within
the edX.org web domain and all edX mobile applications), including accessing
any course material, chat rooms, or other electronic services. These TOS and
the Honor Code that follows are agreements (the
"Agreements") between you and edX Inc. By using the edX Site, you
accept and agree to be legally bound by the Agreements, whether or not you are
collected and processed when you use the edX Site. If you do not understand or
should not use the edX Site.
EdX reserves the right to modify these TOS at any time
without advance notice. Any changes to these TOS will be effective immediately
upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. By accessing the edX
Site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a
prospective basis to the modified TOS and all of the changes. Be sure to return
to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version
of these TOS.
Any version of these
TOS in a language other than English is provided for convenience and you
understand and agree that the English language version will control if there is
These TOS are organized as follows:
● Rules for online conduct
● Strictly prohibited items
● User accounts
● Your right to use content on the edX
● User postings
● Certificates and other products
● Digital Millennium Copyright
● Disclaimers of Warranty / Limitations
● Additional Terms
RULES FOR ONLINE CONDUCT
You agree that you are responsible for your own use of
the edX Site and for your User Postings. "User Postings" means all
content submitted, posted, published, or distributed on the edX Site by you or
other users of the edX Site, including but not limited to all forum posts, wiki
edits, notes, questions, comments, videos, and file uploads. You agree that you
will use the edX Site in compliance with these Agreements, and all applicable
local, state, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including
copyright laws, any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported
from your country of residence, and all United States export control laws.
As a condition of your use of the edX Site, you will not
use the edX Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden, or
impair any edX server or the network(s) connected to any edX server or to
interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the edX Site. You may not
attempt to gain unauthorized access to the edX Site, other accounts, computer
systems, or networks connected to any edX server through hacking, password
mining, or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any
materials or information stored on the edX Site, its servers, or associated
computers through any means not intentionally made available through the edX
Site. If you are a registered user, you
will not share your password or let anyone else access or compromise your
Furthermore, you agree not to scrape, or otherwise
download in bulk, any edX Site content, including but not limited to a list or
directory of users on the system, User Postings or user information, online
textbooks, course materials, or trademarks and logos. You agree not to
misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using the edX Site
(although you are welcome and encouraged to use an anonymous username in the
forums and to act in a manner that keeps your identity concealed).
STRICTLY PROHIBITED ITEMS
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON THE EDX
Content that defames, harasses, or threatens others;
Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit
Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but
not limited to, copyrights or trademarks;
Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent, or unlawful content;
Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
Content related to partisan political activities;
Viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware,
or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another's
computer or property; and
Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is
posted with the intent of misleading others (this list, collectively, “Strictly
You may not submit, post, publish, share, or otherwise
distribute any of the above Strictly Prohibited Items on or via the edX Site.
In order to create a user account, you must provide your
full name, an email address, your country or region of residence, a public
username, and a user password. You agree that you will never divulge or share
access or access information for your user account with any third party for any
reason. In setting up your user account, you may be prompted to enter
additional optional information (e.g., your year of birth). You represent that
all information provided by you is accurate and current. You agree to maintain
and update your information to keep it accurate and current.
We care about the confidentiality and security of your
collection and use of data on the edX Site.
YOUR RIGHT TO USE CONTENT ON THE EDX SITE
Unless indicated as being in the public domain, the
content on the edX Site is protected by United States and foreign copyright
laws. Unless otherwise expressly stated on the edX Site, the texts, exams,
video, images, and other instructional materials provided with the courses
offered on the edX Site are for your personal use in connection with those
courses only. We aim to make much of the edX course content available under
more open license terms that will help create a vibrant ecosystem of contributors
and further edX's goal of making education accessible and affordable to the
Certain reference documents, digital textbooks, articles,
and other information on the edX Site are used with the permission of third
parties, and use of that information is subject to certain rules and
conditions, which will be posted along with the information. By using the edX
Site, you agree to abide by all such rules and conditions.
You agree to retain all copyright and other notices on
any content you obtain from the edX Site. All rights in the edX Site and its
content, if not expressly granted, are reserved.
Personalization and Pedagogical Improvements.
Our goal is to provide current and future visitors to the edX Site with
the best possible educational experience. To further this goal, we sometimes
present different users with different versions of course materials and
software. We do this to personalize the experience to the individual learner
(to assess the learner’s level of ability and learning style, and present
materials best suited to the learner), to improve our understanding of the
learning process, and to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of our course
materials, payment models, platform features, and offerings. We may publish or
otherwise publicize results from this process, but, unless otherwise permitted
under the Privacy
Policy, those publications
or public disclosures will not include your personal information.
Representations and Warranties. By submitting or
distributing your User Postings, you affirm, represent, and warrant (1) that
you have the necessary rights, licenses, consents, and/or permissions to
reproduce and publish the User Postings and to authorize edX and its users to
reproduce, modify, publish, and otherwise use and distribute your User Postings
in a manner consistent with the licenses granted by you below, and (2) that
neither your submission of your User Postings nor the exercise of the licenses
granted below will infringe or violate the rights of any third party. You, and
not edX, are solely responsible for your User Postings and the consequences of
posting or publishing them.
License Grant to
edX. By submitting or distributing your User
Postings, you hereby grant to edX a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable,
assignable, sub licensable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable
right and license to host, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify,
distribute, redistribute, relicense, and otherwise use, make available, and
exploit your User Postings, in whole or in part, in any form and in any media
formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed).
License Grant to
edX Users. By submitting or distributing your User
Postings, you hereby grant to each user of the edX Site a non-exclusive license
to access and use your User Postings in connection with their use of the edX
Site for their own personal purposes.
CERTIFICATES AND OTHER
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Generally. From time to time, edX and the colleges,
universities, and other institutions providing courses and programs on the edX
Site (collectively, the "Members") may offer services and products
for a fee (for example, course and program certificates). For anything that you
choose to purchase on the edX Site, you agree to pay all applicable fees when
information is done by a third-party payment vendor, and you will be routed to
a secure payment flow controlled by that vendor to complete the payment
transaction. Once your payment transaction is completed, an edX confirmation
page will be displayed, and you will receive a confirmation email with your
name, order number, and the payment amount. Please retain this email for your
records as this information will be required if you seek a refund from edX, as
Certificates. EdX and the Members may offer ID Verified
Certificates of Achievement for courses (a "Verified Certificate") or
certificates for programs (for example, a MicroMasters program certificate) for
learners who, in the Members’ judgment, have satisfactorily demonstrated
mastery of the course or program material. Certificates will be issued by edX
under the name of the underlying Member(s) from where the course or program
originated, i.e. HarvardX, MITx, etc. The decision whether a certificate will
be awarded to a given learner will be solely within the discretion of the
Subject to the foregoing, you will be required to pay a
fee and complete the ID verification process for Verified Certificates. In
order to authenticate your identity for a Verified Certificate, you will be
prompted to take a webcam photo of yourself, as well as a photo of an
acceptable form of photo ID (described below). Although these items are
authentication of your identity is performed by an edX third-party service
provider and this information will be used only for the purpose of verifying
your identity. Acceptable forms of photo ID’s are:
Government or State-issued driver’s license
National ID card
State or Province ID card (including cards issued by motor vehicle
In order to be accepted by edX, your photo ID must:
Contain your full name exactly (excluding hyphens, accents, and spaces);
Contain a relatively current photograph of yourself;
Be an original document; photocopied documents cannot be accepted; and
Be current and valid; expired documents cannot be accepted.
Unfortunately, if you do not possess a photo ID meeting
the criteria described above, edX is unable to provide you with a Verified
Certificate at this time.
Refunds. Certificates and other
purchases on the edX Site may be eligible for a refund for a period of time (in
each case, the “Refund Period”). The applicable Refund Period for some products
and services are described below. To request a refund for a purchase that you
made, please email us at email@example.com and include your full name and order
number in your email request. Refunds will be credited to the credit card used
for the purchase and may take up to two billing cycles to process. If the
applicable Refund Period for a purchase has passed, but you believe a refund is
warranted, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verified Certificate Track: For enrollment in the verified
certificate track of a course, you have a period of 14 days after your payment
or 14 days after your course starts (up to 60 days after your payment)
whichever occurs later, during which you may withdraw or unenroll from the
course by clicking on the unenroll link on the learner dashboard and request a
refund by emailing email@example.com.
enrollment in a Professional Education course, you have a period of 2 days
after your payment or 2 days after the course starts (up to 60 days after your
payment) whichever occurs later to unenroll from the course by clicking on the
unenroll link on the learner dashboard and request a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about refund options (for example,
changing to another course session), you should visit the edX Help Center.
Coupon codes and other course entitlements are subject to
expiration and any other conditions stated at the time of purchase.
Enrollment. You will not be an applicant for admission
to, or enrolled in, any degree or other credit- or credential-bearing program
of the Member as a result of registering for or completing a course or program
provided by such Member through edX. You will not be entitled to use any of the
resources of the Member beyond the online courses or programs provided on the
edX Site, nor will you be eligible to receive student privileges or benefits
provided to students enrolled in degree or other credit- or credential-bearing
programs of the Member.
Use of edX, MIT,
Harvard University, and Other Member Names, Trademarks, and Service Marks. The "edX," "MIT," and
"Harvard University" names, logos and seals are trademarks
("Trademarks") of the respective entities. Likewise, the names,
logos, and seals of the other Members are Trademarks owned by the respective
Member. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof,
without the owner's prior written consent. You may not use any of these
Trademarks, or any variations thereof, for promotional purposes, or in any way
that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests or, in the owner’s sole
judgment, gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or
endorsement by the owner.
All Trademarks not owned by edX or the Members that
appear on the edX Site or on or through the services made available on or
through the edX Site, if any, are the property of their respective owners.
Nothing contained on the edX Site should be construed as
granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use
any Trademark displayed on the edX Site without the written permission of the
owner of the applicable Trademark.
DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT
Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed
on the edX Site should contact edX's designated copyright agent at
email@example.com or at edX Inc., 141 Portland St., Cambridge, MA 02139,
Attention: edX DMCA Agent/General Counsel.
Notification must include:
Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple
works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.
Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be
the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information for
us to locate the material (e.g., URL, IP address, computer name).
Information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g.,
email address, phone number).
A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the
material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and
that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright
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OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE MANNER, THAT THE EDX SITE IS FREE OF
VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE COURSES OR CONTENT PROVIDED
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WARRANTY ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR QUALITY OF THE EDX
SITE OR ANY COURSES OR CONTENT, OR THAT ANY PARTICULAR COURSES OR CONTENT WILL
CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE. “EDX PARTICIPANTS” MEANS MIT, HARVARD, THE OTHER
MEMBERS, THE ENTITIES PROVIDING INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR SERVICES FOR THE EDX
SITE, THE COURSE INSTRUCTORS, AND THEIR STAFFS.
USE OF THE EDX
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YOUR OWN RISK. YOUR ACCESS TO OR DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION, MATERIALS, OR DATA
THROUGH THE EDX SITE OR ANY REFERENCE SITES IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK,
AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING
YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF
Disclaimer. You understand that when using the edX Site
you will be exposed to User Postings from a variety of sources and that neither
edX nor the edX Participants are responsible for the accuracy, usefulness,
reliability or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User
Postings. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to
User Postings that are inaccurate, offensive, defamatory, indecent or
objectionable and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or
equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against edX or any of the edX
Participants with respect thereto. Neither edX nor any of the edX Participants
endorse any User Postings or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed
therein. Neither edX nor any of the edX Participants have any obligation to
monitor any User Postings or any other user communications through the edX
However, edX reserves the right to review User Postings
and to exercise its sole discretion to edit or remove, in whole or in part, any
User Posting at any time and for any reason, or to allow the edX Participants
to do so. Without limiting the foregoing, upon receiving notice from a user or
a content owner that a User Posting allegedly does not conform to these TOS,
edX may investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion whether
to remove the User Posting, which it reserves the right to do at any time and
Links to Other
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contents of or use of any of the products or services that may be offered at
these websites. If you decide to access linked third-party websites, you do so
at your own risk.
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OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, OR YOUR
(OR ANY THIRD PARTY'S) USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE EDX SITE, OR YOUR
PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON THE EDX SITE, OR YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION
OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE EDX SITE, WHETHER YOUR CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT,
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UNFORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT EDX OR ANY OF THE EDX PARTICIPANTS HAS BEEN
NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE AT FAULT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR
DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, OR INTERRUPTION IN
AVAILABILITY OF DATA).
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the edX Participants, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, officers,
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Rights; Discontinuation of Courses and Content.
You agree that edX, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of
the edX Site or your participation in it, for any reason or no reason, upon
notice to you. It is edX's policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances the
accounts of users of the edX Site who are repeat copyright infringers. EdX and
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cancel, delay, reschedule or alter the format of any course offered through
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superseding any prior agreements between you and edX regarding your use of the
Severability. The failure of edX to exercise or enforce any
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Law/Forum Selection. You agree that the Agreements
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those courts over you for this purpose, and you waive and agree not to assert
any objection to such proceedings in those courts (including any defense or
objection of lack of proper jurisdiction or venue or inconvenience of forum).
Date: Apr 19, 2022.
Collaboration Policy. By enrolling in a course on edX, you are joining a
special worldwide community of learners. The aspiration of edX is to provide
anyone with an internet connection access to courses from the best universities
and institutions in the world and to provide our learners the best educational
experience internet technology enables. You are a part of the community that
will help edX achieve this goal. EdX depends upon your motivation to learn the
material and to do so with honesty and academic integrity. In order to
participate in edX, you must agree to the Honor Code below and any additional
terms specific to a course or program. This Honor Code, and any additional terms,
will be posted on each course website.
Honor Code Pledge. By enrolling in an edX course or program, I agree that I
Complete all tests and assignments on my own, unless collaboration on an
assignment is explicitly permitted.
Maintain only one user account and not let anyone else use my username
Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve my results, or
improve or hurt the results of others.
Not post answers to problems that are being used to assess learner
Violations. If you are found in violation of the Terms of Service or
Honor Code, you may be subject to one or more of the following actions:
Receiving a zero or no credit for an assignment;
● Having any certificate earned
in the course or program withheld or revoked;
● Being unenrolled from a course
or program; or
● Termination of your use of the
● Additional actions may be
taken at the sole discretion of edX and edX Member course providers.
No refunds will be issued in the case
of any corrective action for such violations.
Honor code violations will be determined at the sole
discretion of edX Members. You will be notified if a determination has been
made that you have violated this honor code and you will be informed of the
corresponding action to be taken as a result of the violation.
Honor Code. Please note that we review and may
make changes to this Honor Code from time to time. Any changes to this Honor
Code will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated
effective date. By accessing the edX Site after any changes have been made, you
signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified Honor Code and
any changes contained therein. Be sure to return to this page periodically to
ensure familiarity with the most current version of this Honor Code.
Effective Date: Apr 19, 2022.