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University Association
Terms of Service

 
This document describes the terms of service for the University Association of Individual Sovereign University.

This document describes the terms and conditions which apply to your use of our services as a member of the University Association. If you have questions, please contact us.

We may amend these terms of service at any time by posting the amended terms to our site. Should we choose to do so, the amended terms would automatically be effective thirty-five (35) days after they were initially posted to our site. If you choose to do so, you may refuse any changes to the terms of service. Refusing the terms of service at the effective date of the change of terms would end our obligations to you under this agreement. You would be entitled to a pro-rata share of the balance of your account outstanding, if any.

You may propose amendments to these terms of service in writing. If your proposals are acceptable, such amendments would take effect only after being signed by an officer of the University, sealed with our corporate seal, and delivered by courier service to you. We may charge a fee for amendments if they are applicable to individual users.

The terms of service on this page are effective immediately for new users and are effective as of 11 July 2011 for all users.

1. Membership eligibility
Our services are provided to natural and legal persons who are able to form binding contracts. You should not use our services if you are hindered by applicable law from forming a binding contract, if you are identified by law as legally incompetent due to age or other limitation, or if you are unable to honour agreements owing to dysfunction or another cause. Our discovery that you have not honoured any contract or that you have violated the zero aggression principle in any manner and failed to pay suitable compensation to your victim(s) may result in your temporary or indefinite suspension. Indefinite suspension means that your involvement in the University Association is ended. Temporary suspension means that your use of University Association services during the suspension period may constitute grounds for indefinite suspension. Your University Association account contains information specific to you as a natural or legal person. If you transfer or sell your account, an appropriate note will be included in your account information regarding the transfer.

2. Zero Aggression Principle
We use the following definition of the zero aggression principle, from author L. Neil Smith (ncc-1776.org) "No one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being for any reason whatever; nor will an ethical person advocate the initiation of force, or delegate it to anyone else." This principle does not exclude the use of up to deadly force for the defence of life, liberty, or property. This principle does not exclude the possible use of retaliatory force.

3. Fees
Fees for individual members of the University Association are based on a fee schedule provided on our web site at http://indsovu.com/tiki-index.php?page=Services(external link) which we may update from time to time, provided that any change in the prices or terms involved takes effect only after the above-referenced thirty-five day waiting period. We include the fee schedule from the cited web page as part of these terms of service by reference. Whenever there is any change to the terms of service or fee schedule we make every effort to notify members through our normal channels, including Twitter, social networking site, our university web site, by e-mail, and by other member communications services.

 
4. Upgrades
We may at our sole discretion change some or all of our services at a time of our choosing. If we launch a new service we'll indicate fees that are applicable at that time. If we cancel or modify an existing service, we'll take steps to limit the impact for ongoing use of these services by current members. Upgrades to our services constitute changes to our terms of service and may be opted out of during the thirty-five day waiting period. You are responsible for paying all fees associated with the University Association's services. You are responsible for any paperwork, filing fees, taxes, or other governmental rigamarole imposed in the jurisdiction where you reside or where your activity takes place. Your compliance with government regulations is your responsibility. You agree that the Individual Sovereign University is in no way responsible for your paperwork, taxes, fees, or any government's manifestations of coercion, whether or not these things affect your ability to buy, sell, or take delivery of our services. We are eager to assist you in working through or around these responsibilities in various ways.

5. Availability of Service
The University Association operates globally all the time. (Interruptions in service may occur for reasons within or beyond our control, but generally we provide service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year.) If services are required off-planet in the future, we shall endeavour to operate wherever humans are found.

6. Criminal Conduct
6.1 Definition. Criminal conduct for the purposes of these terms of service involved infringing on the life, liberty, or property of another individual. For example, the use of initiatory force to maim or kill another person would infringe on that person's life. The use of force to kidnap or coerce another person would infringe on that person's liberty. The use of force to steal or the use of fraud to take under false pretenses the property of another person would infringe on that person's property. In all these cases, we classify the behaviour involved as criminal. We identify initiatory force as distinct from retaliatory or defensive force. Defending yourself is not criminal. If there is no victim, there has been no crime. Imaginary or fictitious enterprises, such as corporations and government agencies, are not persons, and cannot be victims. Persons engaged in contracts which involves forfeiture of property, liberty, or other value in the event of default may or may not be victims depending on circumstances to be evaluated.

6.2 Suspension or Termination. Without limiting any other remedies, the University Association may suspend or terminate your account if we suspect that you have engaged in criminal activity in connection with our Association. Suspension of your account does not liquidate your account. Termination of your account would liquidate your account. Suspicion of criminal activity may arise owing to a court order, subpoena, insurance investigation, conviction, settlement, escrow investigation, or private association investigation. If criminal activity is settled by a court of competent jurisdiction or by a private judicial service, the victims being duly compensated, or the compensation process ongoing and not delinquent, a temporary account suspension may be lifted.

6.3 Ownership. The University Association respects individual property ownership. We may support a property owner in the recovery of stolen property, even to the extent of requiring that you pay compensation to the property owner prior to your account suspension being lifted. If we were to suspend your account for suspected theft or fraud, you would be notified.

6.4 Suspension. Suspension of your account involves limiting your ability receive services from the University Association. In order to protect ourselves, our users, and you from crime, we have the power to suspend your account temporarily. You would be notified using all your contact data in the event of an account suspension. You would have the opportunity to present a defence of your activity. You would have the opportunity to confront the witnesses against you, engage counsel for your defence, know the charges, and participate in a procedure for resolving any dispute involving your account. False accusation is also a criminal offence in our view, and you would have remedy against any false accuser. The burden of proof shall be on the accuser; you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

6.5 Termination. In the event of a voluntary termination by you of your account, you would have the opportunity to liquidate any balance remaining to some other monetary system of your choice. In the event of involuntary termination of your account by us, depending on the circumstances, we may be obligated to resolve a criminal investigation by returning funds obtained through criminal conduct to victims.

7. Your Information
7.1 Definition. "Your Information" is defined as any information you provide to us in the registration, process. You are solely responsible for Your Information.

7.2 Restrictions. Your Information: (a) should not be false, inaccurate or misleading; (b) shall not be fraudulent; (c) shall not infringe any third party's property; (d) shall not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or other computer programming algorithms that may damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information; (e) shall not create liability for us or cause us to lose (all or part of) the services of our ISPs or other suppliers. Your Information may be: (f) incomplete; (g) protective of your privacy; (h) involve stage names, pen names, pseudonyms, or other nyms or handles as you prefer provided that you agree that you are known to us by that name or those names; (i) sufficient to your needs. Our inability to provide adequate association services in the event that we cannot accurately identify you in the course of providing services due to your unwillingness to provide us with certain information about yourself in no way creates any liability or failure on our part. We do not warrant for fitness for any use our services in the event that our services depend on inaccuracy or incompleteness of information you provided. We are willing to do our very best with the information we have from you.

7.3 Permission Solely to enable the University Association to use the information you supply us with, so that we are not interfering with your freedom to use your property, you agree to grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sub-licence-able (through multiple tiers) right to exercise the database rights (but no other rights) you have in Your Information, in any media now known or not currently known, with respect to Your Information. Our purpose here is simply to acknowledge that your information is yours and that we are using it with your permission. In order to protect you to the best of our ability we may be called upon to supply some information such as your name to gaol (jail) operators, to police agencies, to other law enforcement agencies, to hospitals, and to members of your community who would seek to help you with funds, publicity, or other support. Our intention is to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible consistent with providing you with the services of the University Association.

8. Access and Interference
You agree that you will not use any script, device or manual process to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the University Association. You agree that you will not take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure, such as our web servers. You agree that you will not take any action to compromise the privacy of other members of the University Association by hacking into their profile on our site or otherwise to attack their information as provided to us. To the maximum extent possible, the University Association operates its services on an open source basis. We do not indicate any limitation on copying our operational or service information, policies, procedures, or ideas. We do ask that you respect the information provided to us by other members to the extent such respect is consistent with the mutual defence goals of the association.

9. Contact service
The University Association provides a contact service that is available on a weekly basis by default to all members. Any member may have a daily contact service for a period not to exceed five days per month without additional fees. Any member may have an hourly contact service for a period not to exceed 24 hours per month without additional fees. We endeavour to make contact fees as low as possible. Our contact service is intended to make sure that you are alive, safe, and responsive. The objective is to send you a contact message by voice, text, radio, social networking site, tweet, or other communications methodology to be determined and to have you respond. In the event you are not able to respond for any reason, our teams would be notified. We would then initiate a process to seek you out through available means, or find you in custody, in hospital, in morgue, or wherever you or your remains may be, to the extent feasible. If you feel that you would be best served by daily contact for a period greater than five days, we are happy to arrange that enhanced contact service for a suitable fee. Similarly, if you know you are going to be in a dangerous situation, you may wish to be contacted hourly in order to establish your safety. This contact service is a "we contact you" service. It in no way limits our eagerness to hear from you at random or periodic intervals of your choice. You are always welcome to contact us using our contact information on the web site.

10. Organising
We endeavour to organise in your community or a community very near you to provide for local contact people, local assistance, and local support. In the event of an emergency situation, our trained volunteers would become available to assist you by taking cash to the jail for your bail, by contacting local media, by visiting you at hospital, by providing emergency services at roadside, or by doing other things as necessary and appropriate in our judgement.

11. Emergency contact information
In order to maximise our ability to provide timely and effective services to you, we provide you with emergency contact information. This information may include telephone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses, onion routing destinations, web sites, hash codes, hash tags, Twitter account information, text to phone, secure encrypted voice over IP contact data and software, e-mail encryption public keys, or other information as appropriate. Our objective is always to communicate with you as rapidly and as securely as possible to serve your needs.

12. Optional Alert Services
We seek to provide ongoing alert services for interested members of the University Association. If you want to be notified of emergencies involving other members in your area or region, we are happy to include you on the distribution of such notices. If you wish to be notified of checkpoints, anticipated raids, or other dangers, we are happy to include you on the distribution of such notices.

13. Bail money
Subject to your consent and to the extent possible, the University Association shall provide or shall seek to raise bail money for you if you have been kidnapped and charged with an offence where bail is set. In the event bail is not set, we shall endeavour to the best of our ability to provide you with legal remedies so that bail becomes set, including legal representation, habeas corpus petitions, and other remedies as available. If your bail is set at a value lower than the fees you have paid to the University Association for the last two years (or less than the value of your life membership), we would pay your bail out of our general funds, if possible. Unless we receive notification from you that you do not seek to be bailed out, we would make a best efforts attempt to provide bail money, or raise it from within our community, or from within your circle of family, friends, and acquaintances. If you believe your principles require that you not accept bail, you should notify us of this preference very promptly in any case where that becomes your preference.

14. Legal Defence Funds
Subject to your consent and to the extent possible, the University Association shall provide or shall seek to raise legal defence funds for you as needed. If you become involved in a civil or criminal case for any reason, you should notify us as promptly as possible. If you fail to respond to our contact attempts, we shall, on a best efforts basis, seek you in jail or elsewhere to find out if you need legal defence funds. At all times your choice of legal counsel remains yours. We seek to assist you with funding legal counsel, finding competent counsel of your choice, and assisting with your case in other ways such as publicity, amicus curiae (friend of the court briefings to judges), and other services to be identified. If your legal fees are less than the fees you have paid to the University Association for the last two years (or less than the value of your life membership), we would pay your legal fees out of our general funds, if possible. We would otherwise make a best efforts basis to raise legal fees from within our community or from within your circle of family, friends, and acquaintances.

15. Educational Services
At your option and included in our fee structure, we provide information on what to do if you are stopped by police, along with information on what not to do. We provide classes for interested persons, according to the separate fees of the individual teachers, as listed on our web site. We provide fliers and cards to provide handy reminders about certain procedures that work, along with certain things to avoid. We make recommendations in our educational materials, we do not make demands. You are free to take our advice or ignore it at your option. We do not warrant our educational materials for fitness for any purpose simply because in an arbitrary world, the arbitrary governments and the whimsy of government agents may invalidate our advice.

16. Identity Cards
We offer at no additional cost to you a privately issued identity card indicating that you are a member of our University Association. It includes useful contact information and such information as you provide to us in a suitable format. Your information on the card may include your photo, your name, your date of birth if you wish to disclose it, your address if you wish to disclose it, and so forth. We do not warrant the accuracy of the information you provide.

17. Covered Parties
We cover the individual parties to this agreement. In the event that you are the primary care taker, parent, or legal guardian, of children under age 13 or other persons encumbered in their legal status as to competence, we are willing to cover these persons as well as yourself, provided that there are not more than eight other such persons, provided that you provide information on each such person to the extent you are willing and able, and provided that if there are more than eight such persons you negotiate a separate fee with us for covering the remaining persons. In the event that you joined as a couple, or as a family, we need to know the names and particulars of the covered persons, to the extent you are willing and able to inform us. Our intention is always to leave no person behind.

18. Breach.
Without limiting other remedies, we may immediately issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate your membership and refuse to provide our services to you: (a) if you breach these terms of service, the user agreement, or the documents it incorporates by reference; (b) if we believe that your actions may cause liability for our users or us. You are free to harm yourself, or risk harm to yourself, as far as we're concerned. We do not limit in any way our use of retaliatory force or other means to cause you to cease interfering with our property, pay compensation for harm you may do us, or limit your ability to cause further harm.

19. No Warranty.
WE AND OUR SUPPLIERS AND VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE OUR WEB SITE AND SERVICES "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. WE AND OUR SUPPLIERS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

20. Liability Limit.
IN NO EVENT SHALL WE OR OUR SUPPLIERS AND VOLUNTEERS BE LIABLE FOR LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH OUR SITE, OUR SERVICES OR THESE TERMS OF SERVICE (HOWEVER ARISING, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE). OUR LIABILITY, AND THE LIABILITY OF OUR SUPPLIERS AND VOLUNTEERS, TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (A) THE AMOUNT OF FEES YOU PAY TO US IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACTION GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY, AND (B) One (1) ounce of silver.

21. Indemnity.
You agree to indemnify and hold us and (as applicable) our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, volunteers, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of these terms of service, the user agreement, or the documents it incorporates by reference.

22. Legal Compliance.
Your compliance with applicable laws, statutes, ordinances, regulations, and rigamarole is your responsibility.

23. No Agency.
You and the University Association are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by these terms of service.

24. Notification.
Except as explicitly stated otherwise, any notices shall be given by e-mail with subject header: University Association Attn: Legal Department (in the case of the University Association) or to the e-mail address you provide to the University Association during the registration process (in your case). Notice shall be deemed given 24 hours after e-mail is sent, unless the sending party is notified that the e-mail address is invalid. All attempts appropriate shall be made to provide notification under this agreement by e-mail, mail, phone, or other contact information.

25. Arbitration.
Any legal controversy or legal claim arising out of or relating to these terms of service or our services, excluding legal action taken by the University Association to collect our fees and/or recover damages for, or obtain an injunction relating to, the University Association operations, property, and our services, shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the Common Economic Protocols. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted by remote engagement through text, voice, chat, web, or other facilities, or in person in the Republic of Panama or at another location mutually agreed by a representative of the University Association and the member or members involved in the dispute. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof. Either you or the University Association may seek any interim or preliminary relief from a court of competent jurisdiction in Republic of Panama necessary to protect the rights or property of you or the University Association pending the completion of arbitration. Should either party file an action contrary to this provision, the other party may recover attorneys fees and costs up to five hundred ounces silver. It is never our preference to use any government agency, including those of the Republic of Panama, if another method for dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, or private dispute resolution service is available and agreeable to the member or members and to the University Association.

26. General
These terms of service shall be implemented in all respects in a fashion consistent with the zero aggression principle. We do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our services, and operation of our site may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control. If any provision of these terms of service or the user agreement or documents incorporated by reference thereto is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced. You agree that these terms of service and all related agreements may be automatically assigned by the University Association, in our sole discretion, to a third party in the event of an emergency requiring such assignment. Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. These terms of service and the related user agreement and documents incorporated by reference thereto sets forth the entire understanding and agreement between us with respect to the subject matter herein. This agreement may be amended or modified as described herein, or by other mutually agreed method provided that both a representative of the University Association and the member agree, in writing, to the amendments.

This agreement as indicated is entered into this date by the parties signifying their assent with written signature, with public key cryptography verifiable digital signature, or by clicking "agreed" on our web site, as appropriate. If you feel you did not enter this agreement, please notify us promptly.

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