Terms and conditions

Last updated: 13 December 2016

The Edinburgh Napier Blogs service is provided by Marketing & Communications to:

  • Help academics raise their external profile and influence
  • Allow professional service staff to share information with colleagues that can’t be easily shared on the current staff intranet

A blog is a personal web page. Blog content expresses the personal views of the user of the blog (the “contributor”) and the University is not responsible for any of the content contained in a blog, nor does the University assert any ownership over blog content.

Notwithstanding the general principle that the contributor will own the content, such right is subsidiary to any right to the content which is vested in the University or any third party by virtue of any contract or otherwise.

Contributors are also responsible for the approval (or otherwise) of comments posted on their blog content. Comments should only be approved if they meet the criteria for content detailed below.

Although blogs are personal web pages, all contributors with access to the Edinburgh Napier University Blogs are required to agree to abide at all times by the University’s Information Security Policy, Social Media Policy, Privacy Policy and any other relevant University policy or procedure.

Blogs are not routinely monitored by the University. Content which is considered to breach these Terms and Conditions should be reported to the University by emailing ednapiernews@napier.ac.uk for consideration in accordance with the University’s Complaints Handling Procedure.

The University reserves the right to suspend, amend or permanently remove this service without notice.

Users accept that:

  • Edinburgh Napier University Blogs service is publicly available and searchable by all Internet users, internal and external;
  • any uploaded media files such as sound, image, and video, must be necessary and relevant to the theme of the blog post and supported by appropriate contextual text;
  • the University reserves the right to take down any content that is deemed to have breached University policy and any misuse of this service may be referred to HR under the University’s Disciplinary Procedure;
  • the University reserves the right to remove blogs that sit dormant for six months and will give individual bloggers a warning after three months of inactivity;
  • by signing up to this blog service, you agree that serious and / or persistent violation of these Terms and Conditions of Use (or the University’s Website Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and other policies as far as relevant) may result in the University taking appropriate action, which may include sharing information as required by law or permitted under the Data Protection Act;
  • a blog posting which is in breach of these terms could lead to legal action being taken against you by an external authority or aggrieved party.

Users must not post any content that:

  • is illegal, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene, hateful, fraudulent, discriminatory, pornographic, provokes or encourages violence or is racially, ethnically or otherwise offensive or objectionable;
  • is in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998;
  • may be damaging to the reputation or good will of the University;
  • is an infringement of any intellectual property rights, including but not limited to the patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any third party;
  • constitutes unsolicited or unauthorised commercial advertising or promotional materials;
  • concerns personal grievances or complaints about Edinburgh Napier University since there are other mechanisms for raising such matters;
  • constitutes personal business or any commercial purpose;
  • breaches any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence;
  • gives the impression that it emanates from the University if that is not the case.

Content Ownership (University users):

  • By using blogs.napier.ac.uk the content on the site will be hosted on the University servers. The content will be owned by the contributor – subject to the qualification set out above. The University reserves the right to act as a moderator and amend content if there is a breach of regulations and policy outlined above.
  • The University also reserves the right to use WeBlog, a blog module for Sitecore, to pull through content from individual blogs to the University website.
  • On leaving the University, contributors will be allowed to download their content in ZIP format and take a copy with them. The University will retain the right to display existing content on Edinburgh Napier Blogs.

Changes to these Terms and Conditions of Use

The University may revise these terms and conditions at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these terms and conditions may also be superseded by provisions or notice published elsewhere on the University website.

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