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You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the Site and for your user postings. “User postings” include all content submitted, posted, published, or distributed on the Site by you or other users of the 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 Site in compliance with these TOS 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 Singapore laws.
As a condition of your use of the Emeritus services, you will not use the Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden or impair any Emeritus server or the network(s) connected to any Emeritus server or to interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any Emeritus server through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information stored on the Site, its servers or associated computers through any means not intentionally made available through the Site.
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- Content that infringes another’s intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks;
- Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
- Content related to partisan political activities;
- Content that defames, harasses, or threatens others;
- Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
- Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent, or unlawful content;
- Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others.
- 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
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Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark displayed on the Site without the written permission of the owner of the applicable trademark.
When you register for a course, you agree to pay the applicable course fee and any associated taxes. You consent to the receipt of an invoice or a statement of course fee, which shall be sent to you in an electronic format, to the email address that you provided upon registration. The price of courses will be reflected in United States Dollars, unless otherwise stated. If you select a part payment plan, you agree and authorise us to charge your card on the payment due date(s) for the amount(s) due.
If you fail to make payment for a Course by the due date for payment (as agreed during registration and recorded in your invoice/statement of course fee), then we may suspend your participation in the Course. In such cases you will not be permitted to access the course. At our discretion, we may permit you to resume access to the course, provided the outstanding payment has been paid by you before the course end date. You hereby acknowledge and consent to us contacting you in relation to payments due by you, by way of email, text message, telephone calls, or other means as determined by us.
If you do not pay your fees in accordance with the agreed payment terms, you will not receive your final result for your Course, and this may impact your course completion. You will not be issued a certificate until all fees have been paid in full and you have completed the required course work.
- Emeritus has a fair policy in place for refunds. The refund policy as well as procedure shall be communicated to all students (both existing and prospective) clearly via our website and student contract and during a student’s pre-course counselling. The refund policy shall be reviewed regularly to ensure it is fair and equitable to all students. Students are required to adhere to the refund policy for any request of refund.
- For a refund pertaining to withdrawal due to non-delivery of a course, Emeritus will notify students in writing in the event of any of the following:
- a) The course does not commence on the course commencement date;b)It terminates the course before the course commencement date;c) It does not complete the course by the course completion date;d) It terminates the course before the course completion date;e) It has not ensured that the student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the organization or:
- Within three working days, Emeritus will inform students in writing of the alternative study arrangement (if any). If a student decides to withdraw, the student will be refunded 100 percent of course fees and any miscellaneous fees paid within seven working days from the day the student submits the request to withdraw.
- If the student withdraws from the course for any reason other than those stated above, Emeritus will refund to the student an amount based on the following table:
% of the amount of fees paid under Schedules B and C of the Standard Student Contract If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received: 100% more than 60 days before the Course Commencement Date 75% between 31 to 60 days before the Course Commencement Date 50% before, but not more than 30 days before the Course Commencement Date 10% after, but not more than 7 days after the Course Commencement Date 0% more than 7 days after the Course Commencement Date
The amount will be refunded to the student within 7 working days from the day Emeritus receives the Student’s written notice of withdrawal with complete documentations as required. Application fee for courses is non-refundable and non-transferable. Requests that are received after 12.00 noon would be considered as submission on the next working day.
- Emeritus will provide the student with a cooling-off period of seven (7) working days after the date that the Contract has been signed by both the student and Emeritus. The Student will be refunded the highest percentage (stated in Schedule D of the Standard Student Contract) of the fees already paid if the student submits a written notice of withdrawal to Emeritus within the cooling-off period, regardless of whether the student has started the course or not. Application fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.
- The refund process time of 7 working days excludes the time taken for processing by the bank. All refunds will be paid directly to the student only, unless written and signed instruction is provided by the student to pay the refund to an account belonging to a person other than the student.
- Emeritus has a fair policy in place for refunds. The refund policy as well as procedure shall be communicated to all students (both existing and prospective) clearly via our website and Learning Management System. The refund policy shall be reviewed regularly to ensure it is fair and equitable to all students. Students are required to adhere to the refund policy for any request of refund.
- For a refund pertaining to withdrawal due to non-delivery of course, Emeritus will notify students in writing in the event of any of the following:
a) The course does not commence on the course commencement date;
b)It terminates the course before the course commencement date;
c) It does not complete the course by the course completion date;
d) It terminates the course before the course completion date;
e) It has not ensured that the student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the organization or:
Within 3 working days, Emeritus will inform students in writing of the alternative study arrangement (if any). If a student decides to withdraw, the student will be refunded 100 percent of course fees and any miscellaneous Fees paid within seven working days from the day the student submits the request to withdraw.
- If the student withdraws from the course for any reason other than those stated above, Emeritus will refund to the student an amount based on the following:
Withdrawal and Refund (Certificate Courses – Cohort-Based)
You can request a full refund up to 7 days of your payment or 14 days after course commencement, whichever comes later. If your enrolment had previously been deferred, you will not be entitled to a refund. Partial (or pro-rated) refunds are not offered.
Withdrawal and Refund (Certificate Courses – Self-Paced)
You can request a full refund up to 7 days after course commencement. You will get immediate access to all content as soon as you are enrolled (course commencement).
All withdrawal and refund requests should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deferrals (Certificate Courses)
After a cohort commences, you can request to change to a future cohort of the same program within 50% of course completion. A deferral request must be submitted along with a selected reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrolment and is subjected to availability of cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period and the limit of one deferral per enrolment remains.
Deferrals (Certificate Courses – Self-Paced)
There will be no deferrals since you will be given a defined period of course access.
All deferral requests should be sent to: email@example.com
- The fee will be refunded to the student within seven working days from the day Emeritus receives the student’s written notice of withdrawal with complete documentation as required. Application fee for courses is non-refundable and non-transferable. Requests that are received after noon as per the student’s local time would be considered as a submission on the next working day.
- The refund process time of seven working days excludes the time taken for processing by the bank. All refunds will be paid directly to the student only, unless written and signed instruction is provided by the student to pay the refund to an account belonging to a person other than the student.
Applicable to Certificate Course enrollments on and after April 20, 2022
Special Cancellation and Deferral Provisions Applicable to Certificate Courses Provided in Cooperation with Universities in Latin America and Global Certificate Courses that have been translated from their original language to Spanish or Portuguese:
- If the withdrawal or deferral occurs before the start date of the Certificate Course, Emeritus shall refund the student the full amount paid, less $150 which shall be retained by Emeritus.
- If the withdrawal or deferral occurs at any time on or after the start date of the Certificate Course, Emeritus shall not issue any refunds to the students.
- Emeritus’ refund policy (“Refund Policy”) and related procedures is designed to be fair and equitable to all. The Refund Policy is communicated to potential participants prior to enrolling in a course or program via the Emeritus’ website, and once enrolled in a course or program, through Emeritus’ Learning Management System (“LMS”). To request a refund for a course or program, participants must adhere to the Refund Policy and procedures for such request as described below.
a. Emeritus will notify participants in writing as soon as practicable in the event any of the following shall occur relating to a course:
i. The course will not commence on the stated course commencement date;
ii. The course will not be completed by the stated course completion date; or
iii. Emeritus terminates the course before the course completion date;
b. Within 3 working days of notice to the participants, Emeritus will inform participants in writing if there are alternative study arrangements available. If a participant decides not to pursue alternative student to withdraw, the student will be refunded 100 percent of course fees and any miscellaneous fees paid within seven (7) working days from the day the participant submits the request to withdraw to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Refunds Requests and Amounts
a. If the participant withdraws from the course for any reason other than those stated in paragraph 2 (a)-(c) above, Emeritus will refund to the participant certain amounts based on the following schedule upon receipt of a refund request to email@example.com:
Time of Refund Request Amount Refunded Within 21 days after course commencement Full refund of course fee (assuming no prior course deferral) 21st day after course commencement through 60% of course completion Pro rata refund of course fee (assuming no prior course deferral) More than 60% of course completion No refund
a. Within thirty (30) days of commencement of the applicable course cohort, a participant may request a one-time deferral to change to a future cohort of the same course or program. A deferral request must be submitted to Emeritus, together an reasonable explanation of why the deferral has been requested. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of cohorts scheduled at the sole discretion of Emeritus. All deferral requests should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Refunds of course fees, if applicable will be made to participant within seven (7) working days from the date that Emeritus receives the participant’s written notice of withdrawal with complete documentation as required. Requests that are received after noon as per the student’s local time would be considered as a submission on the next working day.
- The seven (7) working days noted above in paragraph 5 above to process refunds excludes bank processing time (which is out of Emeritus’ control). Refunds will be paid directly to the participant only, unless written and signed instruction is provided by the participant to pay the refund to an account belonging to a person other than the participant.
- Emeritus reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to dismiss a participant from a course or program at any time and provide a refund to the participant pursuant to the stated refund policy in paragraph 2 above. Participants who are dismissed from a course or program due to a violation of Emeritus’ Code of Conduct are not entitled to any refund.
- Emeritus has a fair policy in place for refunds (Refund Policy). The Refund Policy and the procedure to request a refund shall be communicated to all students (both existing and prospective) clearly via Emeritus’ website, as well as during a student’s pre-course counselling. The Refund Policy shall be reviewed regularly to ensure it is fair and equitable to all students. Students are required to adhere to the Refund Policy to request a refund.
- If any of the following events occur, Emeritus will notify students in a timely fashion to enable them, in their discretion, to withdraw from a course or program and to seek a refund:
a) The course or program did not, or will not, commence on its commencement date; or
b) Emeritus terminates the course or program before its commencement date; or
c) Emeritus does not complete the course or program by its scheduled completion date; or
d) Emeritus terminates the course or program before its completion date; or
e) The student does not meet the course or program entry, or matriculation requirement as set by the University Partner.
- In addition, within three (3) working days of notice of an event identified in paragraph 2 above, Emeritus will also inform students in writing of alternative course or program arrangement (if any).
- The student will have seven (7) working days from the date of the notice of an event identified in paragraph 2 above to either (a) accept the alternative course or program arrangement offered by Emeritus; or (b) submit a refund request to Emeritus. A refund request received after 12:00 noon local time on a working day is considered made as of the next working day.
- If the student submits a refund request to Emeritus as per paragraph 4 above, within seven (7) working days of receipt of such request, Emeritus will refund the student 100% of the course or program fees and any related fees paid.
- In the event that the student withdraws from a course or a program for any reason other than those set forth in paragraph 2 above, no refund of any fees will be provided to the student.
- A student may request in writing to change to a future cohort upon payment of a deferral fee of 20% of the course or program fee being deferred. The balance shall be due when the future cohort is finalized. A deferral request must be submitted by the student to Emeritus in writing, together with the reason for requesting said deferral. Cohort changes may only be made once per enrollment and are subject to course or program availability and approval by course or program leadership.
- Application fees paid by student for courses and programs are separate and apart from course or program fees paid by student. Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
- Refunds will only be paid directly to the remitter/company who did the initial fee transfer and not to a third party.
- The refund processing time for all refunds to students is fourteen (14) working days exclusive of bank processing time.
- In case participant defaults on future instalments after course start, access will be revoked and candidature will be rolled over to the next cohort. In case the instalments are still not honored, the enrolment will be cancelled and no refund will be provided.
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Effective date: 05 January 2016