Online classroom terms and conditions

Thanks for visiting the Professional Writing Academy website.

This is the legal bit, where we explain our terms and conditions for our online classroom.

If you have any questions please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer them.

This page includes information on:

  • Online classroom usage
  • Terms and conditions

Using the online classroom

Your online classroom account and its security:

  • You’ll need to give us your correct name and email address so that we can set up your online classroom account. We’ll give you a username and password and you’ll need to change the password the first time you log in to the classroom. For security, you must keep your login details confidential and not share them with anyone.
  • You’re responsible for any and all use of your account. You must tell us immediately if your account is used without your permission or if you become aware of any breach of security.

Availability of the online classroom

We aim to keep the online classroom open 24 hours except for routine updates or maintenance. If this happens, we’ll post a notice on the classroom home page.

The classroom, and everything in it, including course materials, forums, chatrooms and private messaging areas, are provided ‘as is’ without warranty of any kind.

While we aim to make the classroom available, accurate and secure, we cannot guarantee that it will be error-free, run uninterrupted, that defects will be corrected, or that the site or its server will be free of viruses or other harmful components. You use the online classroom solely at your own risk.

Using the online classroom

  • You must not use any robot, spider, crawling, scraping, or other automated device, process or means to access the online classroom.
  • You must not use any device, software, routine, or take any action that interferes with the proper working of the site.

Our copyright and intellectual property.

  • All classroom, course and service materials, whether provided via the online classroom, by email, phone or post, are owned by or licensed to Professional Writing Academy, or used with permission, and are protected by UK and international copyright, trademarks, database rights and/or other intellectual property rights.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, podcasts, videos, written lectures, notes and transcripts, quizzes, forum content and discussions, images, graphics and photographs, as well as the design, logos, layout and appearance of the classroom.
  • You may use all provided materials during your course or service, but you are not permitted to reproduce, record, copy, distribute or share them in any format at any time during or after your course or service.

Copyright of work produced by third parties

We have a Further Education Licence from The Copyrighting Licensing Agency Ltd. This licence allows us to photocopy, scan or make digital copies of extracts from books, journals and periodicals, magazines, law reports, ebooks, e-journals and some websites, for the benefit of our students and staff in connection with the course or service that you are taking. The copyright of these materials belongs to their original author(s). As such, you may use the copied materials we provide during your course or service, but you are not permitted to reproduce, record, copy, distribute or share them in any format at any time during or after your course or service.

Your copyright

You retain copyright of any work you write during your course. You warrant and indemnify to Professional Writing Academy Ltd that any such work shall be your own and shall not infringe the copyright of any third party. This warranty shall survive any cancellation or termination of the course.

Professional Writing Academy does not assert ownership rights over the content you post, transmit, or otherwise make available for inclusion on the forums, chatrooms, messaging or anywhere within the classroom. We may want to use comments you’ve made in discussions to help provide, promote or advertise our courses and services. By using the online classroom, you give us permission to do that at any time, even after the course or service has ended. However, we will always check with you before we do this.

Partner and third-party sites

Professional Writing Academy partners with a range of other websites by sharing some site content. All partner websites are covered by these terms and conditions.

We may include references or links to third-party sites. Professional Writing Academy has no control over third-party sites or the content within them. This means that we cannot guarantee that those sites, or their content, are secure, accurate, legal or inoffensive, and we take no responsibility for any damages or losses whatsoever resulting from your use of the online classroom or partner sites to obtain search results or to link to third-party sites. Your use of third-party sites is solely at your own risk.

Using the classroom forums, chatrooms and messaging

We provide forums, chatrooms and messaging to support your learning, networking and socialising with other people in the online classroom.

You are responsible for any and all content that you share on your personal profile and on the forums, chatrooms, messaging and anywhere else in the online classroom. We have a code of conduct to help you, which you must follow at all times (see Conduct section).

Because the online classroom is a place to experiment with and explore your writing, we do not want to censor anyone’s work. So by using the classroom you understand and agree that despite our guidance on conduct you may be exposed to content that you may consider offensive, indecent or objectionable.

We may monitor and review any content shared in the online classroom and have the right to pre-screen, refuse, move or remove any content at any time, at our sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, any content that violates these terms and conditions. If you have any questions or concerns about any content shared in the online classroom, please raise them with your tutor or moderator who will be happy to answer them (see Questions, concerns and complaints section).

The Professional Writing Academy cannot control or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, usefulness, integrity or quality of any content shared by other people in the classroom. This means that we are not liable in any way for any such content, including any errors or omissions, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content shared in the classroom.

Emails sent from the classroom forums

Whenever you post your work to one of the online classroom forums a copy of your post is emailed to everyone in your course group, including tutors, guest tutors, moderators, and our classroom administrators. These posts will often contain a student’s written work and, as such, the copyright of individual forum posts belongs to the person who wrote them (see Your copyright section).

You are not permitted to reproduce, record, copy, distribute or share those emails in any format at any time during or after your course or service.

By posting to the forums, you agree and accept that your posts will be emailed to your course group. Professional Writing Academy has no control over what happens to such posts after they have left the online classroom and we cannot control or guarantee that they will not be copied, shared or distributed by the recipient(s). We therefore ask everyone who uses the online classroom to respect the work of others and not share it in any way.

If you wish to stop receiving forum emails you can update your message settings in your profile. However, your posts will continue to be emailed to your course group, even if you opt out of receiving emails yourself.

Conduct

We’re proud to run professional and friendly courses and services designed to inspire and support your writing, learning and creativity. To make sure they’re a productive learning opportunity for everyone, we expect you to be respectful and thoughtful, and not behave in any way that may cause offence to anyone.

This means that you must not use any part of the online classroom (forums, chatrooms, personal profiles, messaging and webinars) to bully, intimidate, coerce, demean or behave in any way that may cause offence to any anyone using the classroom, including students, tutors, moderators, administrators and guests.

All classroom discussions during the course or service are private and confidential. You agree to keep confidential any information and/or material, which is divulged by other students, tutors, moderators, administrators and guests (either written, online or oral) both during and after the course or service.

You agree not to make any audio or visual recordings of the sessions (whether delivered through the online classroom, Skype, phone or other messaging service), the work of the tutor, guest speakers or of other students.

If your writing includes any sensitive content that other people may find upsetting or offensive, then you should include a warning when you share that work anywhere within the classroom.

Indemnification

  • You will defend, indemnify, and hold Professional Writing Academy, our affiliates and agents harmless from:
  • Your access to and use of the online classroom
  • Your violation of any of these terms and conditions
  • Your violation of any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, trade secret, or privacy right of any content in the online classroom

This indemnification will continue after your course or service, and your use of the online classroom, has ended.

Limitation of liability

In no event will Professional Writing Academy, our affiliates or agents be liable for any indirect, consequential, special, incidental or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the online classroom or its contents, including any co-branded site, whether in a contract action or based on negligence, or other tort action, or any other claim whatsoever, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damage.

Violating these terms and conditions

If you violate any of these terms and conditions we may suspend your access to the online classroom. If this happens, you will not be entitled to a refund. Depending on the violation, you may be investigated and appropriate legal action may be taken, including civil, criminal and injunctive redress.

Questions, concerns and complaints

We’re dedicated to providing a positive learning experience. If you have a question about the way we provide your course or service, or if something goes wrong, please tell us so that we can continue to improve.

How to ask a question or tell us if you have a concern

If you have a question or concern about your course or service, please email either your tutor or moderator, as they’re able to answer most questions and address most concerns. If they cannot immediately answer your question then they may need to discuss it with the wider Professional Writing Academy team, if appropriate. All such conversations are held in confidence.

How to make a complaint

First, please raise it with your tutor or moderator via email who will do their best to resolve it. If, after that, you want to take your complaint further, please email us at [email protected]. We’ll do our best to reply within two working days, even if that’s just to acknowledge your message, and we aim to respond to your complaint within 10 working days.

Managing your information

If you want us to remove you from our mailing list(s), you can do this at any time by emailing us at [email protected] or selecting the ‘unsubscribe’ option in any email newsletters.
You have the right to know what personal data we hold on you, including asking us to:

  • Correct any errors in the data we hold
  • Restrict how we use your data
  • Delete your data
  • Send you a copy of your data

If you want to speak to us about the personal data we hold, please put your request in writing by either:

  • Emailing us at [email protected]
  • Writing to us at Professional Writing Academy Ltd, Henleaze Business Centre, Harbury Road, Bristol, BS9 4PN, UK

Updates to our terms and conditions

These terms and conditions are correct as of July 2022 If and when we make any changes to them, we will update this page.