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Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

This Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (collectively, “Agreement”) is between You and CICP Foundation, Inc., dba Ascend Indiana, Inc. (“Ascend” or “Ascend Indiana”), which may be contacted at 111 Monument Circle, #1800, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

By accessing the website currently located at www.ascendindiana.com (the "Site"), using the Ascend Network platform (the “Network”) through the Site or directly at https://network.ascendindiana.com, or by accessing any other Ascend service (the “Services”), You are entering into a legally binding contract with Ascend, and will be bound by this Agreement.   If You do not consent to be bound by this Agreement, You are not authorized to use this Site, the Network, or the Services.  The Ascend Network is wholly owned and operated by Ascend.

YOU USE THE ASCEND NETWORK, SITE, AND SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Ascend may modify this Agreement from time to time. While Ascend will endeavor to notify You of material changes to this Agreement, it is Your responsibility to ensure that You consent to the terms of the then-current Agreement.  Your continued use of the Network, Site, or Services will constitute Your acceptance of any modifications.

Ascend offers job seekers ("Candidates") and prospective employers ("Employers") (collectively, “User” or “You”) certain Services described on the Site and the Network. The Network consists of the following, without limitation: 
  • A Service for Candidates seeking to view employment opportunities (jobs and internships) with compatible Employers, which may include in-person interaction with Ascend staff; 
  • A Service for Employers to post employment opportunities; and 
  • Any other related Services offered by or on behalf of Ascend.

From time to time, Ascend may revise existing or offer additional Services at its discretion, and without further notice.  Unless otherwise exempted in writing, this Agreement will apply to all additional or revised Services.  Ascend also reserves the right to cease offering any Service.

Eligibility

  • To use the Network and Services, You must be and You represent and warrant that:
  • You are at least 18 years old at the time You use or register to use the Network, Site, or Services; 
  • You will only share information with Ascend, or post information on the Site or through the Network, that You have the right or authorization to share;
  • The information You provide to Ascend and post on the Site or though the Network is accurate   and is not false or misleading in any manner; and 
  • Your registration and use of the Network, Site, or Services does not violate any applicable law, regulation, or legal obligation to a third party.

Use of the Network, Site, and Services

As a Candidate and user of the Network, Site, or Services, You must complete the Ascend questionnaire and participate in an in-person interview with Ascend staff to obtain an Ascend account on the Network, which Ascend may or may not provide to You, in its sole discretion. You may only use the Network if You have a Network account. Information collected from You will be analyzed by Ascend using its proprietary tool that creates the Ascend Fit Rating. The materials You submit to Ascend, Your Ascend Fit Rating, and Your in-person interview will inform what Ascend includes in the “Ascend Says” portion of Your profile. You acknowledge that these components: Your in-person interview, Your Ascend Fit rating, and the Ascend Says portion of Your profile, will make up the information disclosed to potential Employers. Neither Your Ascend Fit rating nor the Ascend Says portion of Your profile will be disclosed to You. You are not permitted to make any revisions to Your Ascend Fit rating or in the Ascend Says portion of Your profile. While Ascend may provide comments in the Ascend Says section of Candidate profiles, Ascend is not an employer of such Candidates, and expressly disclaims any liability that may be associated with the use of the Ascend Says profile, whether for negligent hiring or otherwise, to the fullest extent allowable by law. 

Posting and Communication Restrictions.

Information You post should relate only to Yourself, if a Candidate, or Your organization, if an Employer. You will not post on or transmit through the Network to other Users any content that: 

  1. Is in any way unlawful, or promotes or enables illegal or unlawful activities;
  2. is unprofessional or is unrelated to the purpose of seeking and/or filling employment opportunities; 
  3. promotes racism, bigotry, hatred, or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
  4. is intended to or tends to harass, annoy, threaten, intimidate, defraud, or deceive any other users of the Network, Site, or Services;
  5. is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, overtly sexual, obscene, harmful, harassing, or otherwise unreasonably objectionable;
  6. contains information or images/representations of another person (whether video, audio photographs, still images or otherwise) without his or her permission (or in the case of a minor, the minor's legal guardian);
  7. is in any way used for: (a) scripts, bots, or other automated technology to access the Site or Network; (b) viruses, time bombs, trojan horses, cancelbots, worms or other harmful or disruptive codes, components, or devices; (c) spamming, skimming, phishing, trolling, chain letter, junk mail, or related activities; 
  8. uses the Site or Network to post jobs or consultancy opportunities: (a) that require any form of payment to apply; (b) that require the recruitment of others to apply; (c) that request the donation or use of human body parts (including egg donation and surrogacy services); (d) violate laws that regulate multi-level marketing, or any similar type of arrangement; or (e) that make citizenship or permanent residency a condition of employment if not required by applicable law; 
  9. reverse engineers or attempts to derive the proprietary source code of the Network or Site; 
  10. interferes or overrides any security feature of the Network or Site; or
  11. otherwise violates the terms of this Agreement, in letter or spirit.

Exclusive Account Use.  

Exclusive use requirements are as follows:

  • If You are a Candidate, Your account is for Your personal use only. You may not authorize others to access or use Your account, provide Your log-in credentials (including User name or password) to another individual, or create an account for another individual. You acknowledge that You are solely responsible for the security of Your log-in credentials and that Ascend is not responsible for third party access to Your account that results from or is related to theft or misappropriation of Your account access information. You may have only one unique profile. Your use of the Network must be for bona fide career enhancement, career search, or acquiring information about the labor market or individual employability prospects.  You assume liability for any risks or breaches, as defined by applicable law, associated with Your account that directly or indirectly arise from Your use of the Network, Site, or Services.
  • If You are an Employer, You may authorize multiple Users (subject to any restriction on the number of Users that Ascend may assign to You) to access Your account and utilize the Network’s recruitment functions.  The Employer must assign administrative access and control to a single Administrative User.  In addition to the access provided to Users, the Administrative User is authorized to define profile attributes and functional preferences for the Employer account.  You may not authorize others to access, create an account for another, or use Your account, except as described.  Ascend is not responsible for third party access to Your account that results from theft or misappropriation of Your account access information.

All Users with access and control to Your profile must use the Network for bona fide candidate search and hiring purposes. You assume liability for any risks or breaches associated with Your account that directly or indirectly arise from Your or Your Users’ use of the Network, Site, or Services.

Risk Assumption and Precautions.  

You are solely responsible for taking all necessary precautions when communicating with and/or meeting others through the Site or within the Network, including interactions that arise from Your Use of the Site, Network, or Services.  

Liability Concerning Information Submitted and Received.  

You are solely responsible for, and assume all liability regarding, and waive any liability of Ascend, its officers, employees, directors, agents, and representatives relating to, the information and content You contribute, post, transmit, publish, or otherwise make available through the Site or within the Network.

No Guarantees.  

Ascend makes NO GUARANTEES, either express or implied, as to the following:
  • For Candidates, the number, frequency, availability, or compatibility of potential jobs available via the Site, Network or Services;
  • For Employers, the number, frequency, availability, qualifications, employability, or compatibility of potential Candidates provided via the Site, Network, or Services.

Third Party Connections.  

We may provide You with the option to connect Your Network account to Your account on other professional or social networking apps or sites (such as LinkedIn) for logging in, uploading information, or enabling certain features on the Network (“Connected Site”).  


  • When enabling a connection with a Connected Site, we will disclose the information collected from the Connected Site and use such information in accordance with our Privacy Policy. 
  • By connecting Your Network account to Your Connected Site account, You consent to the ongoing release of Your information collected from the Connected Site to Ascend, and You affirm that You have read and consent to the terms of use and any applicable policies of the Connected Site.  
  • You will be able to disconnect from any Connected Site through the Network Account Settings page. 

Connected Site features on the Network are subject to continuous change and improvement, and therefore may be changed or updated without express notice to You.

Reporting of Violations. 

You shall promptly report to Ascend any known or suspected violation of this Agreement by others, including other Users, to support@ascendnetwork.com.

Geographic Limitations.  

The Network, Site, and Services are intended for use only in the United States. You will use the Network, Site, and Services in a manner consistent with this Agreement and all applicable laws and regulations. By using the Network, Site, and Services, You represent that You have not been designated by the United States government as a "Specially Designated National" or other person to whom the provisions of the Services are prohibited. Registration for, and use of, the Network, Site, and Services are void where prohibited. You are responsible for determining whether Your use of the Network, Site, or Services is legal in Your jurisdiction and assume any and all liability arising from jurisdictional violations or noncompliance. 

Content Removal.  

Ascend reserves the right, but has no obligation, to: monitor the information or material You submit to or post through or within the Network or Site; remove any such information, content, or material that in its sole opinion may violate any applicable law or part of this Agreement or upon the request of another; or remove User profiles to ensure a quality experience on the Network or Site.

Limitations on Oversight and Enforcements.

Ascend generally cannot prevent violations of this Agreement or misuse of the Network.  By using the Network, You may be exposed to inaccurate, misleading, offensive, or harmful content, including content in violation of this Agreement.  Ascend cannot be and is not responsible and is not liable for the conduct of other Users on the Network.

Account Term and Termination.  

This Agreement shall remain in force until terminated. Either You or Ascend may suspend, limit, or terminate Your access to Your Network account at any time, for any reason or no reason, without explanation, effective upon sending emailed notice to the other party.  If Ascend terminates Your account, notice will be sent to the email address then associated with the account at issue.

Proprietary Rights

Proprietary Information and Intellectual Property.  

Ascend owns and hereby retains all proprietary rights and intellectual property in the Network, the Site, and the Services. Your access or use of the Network, Site, or Services does not in any way grant You ownership rights to any of Ascend’s proprietary content or information, or intellectual property.  Trademarks, logos, graphics, service marks, and trade dress accessed in connection with the Network, Site, or Services are the property of their respective owners.  

Grant of License to Posted or Accessed Content. 

By posting information or content to any of the Site or Network, or making it accessible to us by linking Your Network account to any of Your Connected Sites, You automatically grant, and You represent and warrant that You have the right to grant, to Ascend, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-paid, worldwide license to use, reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such information and content, and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sub-licenses of the foregoing.

User Information

Privacy Policy. 

For information about how we may collect, use, and handle Your personal information, please see our Privacy Policy located on this web page and fully incorporated herein.

Disclosure by Law. 

Ascend may disclose information You provide if required by law, at the request of a third party, or if we, in our sole discretion, believe that disclosure will benefit efforts to:

  • comply with the law, requests or orders from law enforcement, or any legal process;  
  • protect or defend Ascend’s or a third party's rights or property; or
  • protect someone's health or safety.

Use of Anonymous Information for Research.  

Ascend may use de-identified information associated with Your account, profile, and User experiences through the Network.  All of Your information will be processed and used in compliance with applicable laws prior to publication in research or any public-facing medium.  This information will be used to support Ascend 's research initiatives and make improvements to the Network, Site, and Services.  

Disclaimer of Warranties

No Warranties. 

THIS SECTION WILL APPLY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. ASCEND PROVIDES THE SERVICES, SITE, AND NETWORK ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND GRANTS NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE WITH RESPECT TO THE NETWORK, THE SERVICES, AND THE SITE.  ASCEND DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. ASCEND DOES NOT WARRANT THAT YOUR USE OF THE NETWORK, SITE, OR SERVICES WILL BE SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED, ALWAYS AVAILABLE, ERROR-FREE, OR WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT ANY DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. ASCEND IS NOT LIABLE FOR AND MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING THE CONNECTIVITY AND AVAILABILITY OF THE NETWORK, SITE, OR SERVICES.

Limitation of Liability

Incidental Damages and Aggregate Liability.  

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL ASCEND BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES, NETWORK OR THE SITE INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OR CORRUPTION OF DATA OR PROGRAMS, SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS AND PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES, EVEN IF ASCEND KNOWS OR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ASCEND'S AGGREGATE LIABILITY, IN ANY FORM OF ACTION WHATSOEVER IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR THE USE OF THE NETWORK OR THE SITE, EXCEED THE PRICE PAID BY YOU FOR YOUR ACCOUNT, OR, IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID ASCEND FOR THE USE OF ANY SERVICES, THE AMOUNT OF US$25.00 OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

No Liability for Non-Ascend Actions.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU RELEASE ASCEND FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND SHALL  NOT HOLD ASCEND LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, GENERAL, SPECIAL, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL, AND/OR INCIDENTAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE NETWORK, SITE, OR SERVICES,  INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, FINANCIAL LOSS, BODILY INJURY, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE THAT MAY RESULT FROM COMMUNICATIONS OR MEETINGS WITH OTHER USERS OF THE NETWORK, SITE, OR SERVICES. 

Indemnification

You shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Ascend, its subsidiary and parent organizations, its affiliates, and each of their officers, directors, employees, agents and related third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) relating to or arising out of any third-party claim that arises from:

  1. Your use of or inability to use the Services, Site or Network, 
  2. any postings made by You, 
  3. Your violation of this Agreement or of the rights of a third party, or 
  4. Your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. 

Ascend reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by You, in which event You will fully cooperate with Ascend in asserting any available defenses.

Unsolicited Communications:  

If You send or post unsolicited bulk email, "spam," or other unsolicited communications of any kind through the Network, You acknowledge that You will have caused substantial harm to Ascend, but that the amount of such harm will be very difficult to ascertain, entitling Ascend to seek injunctive relief in addition to money damages. 

Complaints / Questions/Law Enforcement Contact

To resolve complaints or if You have any questions regarding the Service, You should contact us by email at the following email address: support@ascendnetwork.com. Law enforcement officials may send correspondence to Ascend via mail to 111 Monument Circle, Suite 1800 Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Arbitration

Arbitration of Disputes.  

Any disputes arising out of or related to the Network, Site, Services, this Agreement, and/or any related policies of Ascend (a "Dispute") will be subject to FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION and may only be resolved through an individual arbitration governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, provided, however, that Ascend may elect to have claims of intellectual property infringement resolved by means other than arbitration. Notwithstanding the above, Ascend will be entitled to seek extraordinary relief by injunction in court to avoid irreparable harm. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, WE ARE EACH GIVING UP OUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT in connection with any Dispute and our rights will be determined by a NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR, INSTEAD OF A JUDGE OR JURY. Notwithstanding the above, Ascend prefers to resolve any Dispute by amicable and informal means.  Therefore, we request that You contact us at support@ascendnetwork.com to resolve any Dispute(s) before You pursue arbitration.  

One Year Period to Commence a Dispute. 

A Dispute must be filed within one (1) year after the date in which the incident giving rise to the Dispute occurred. Failure to file an arbitration claim or court action as described above within the applicable limitations period constitutes a waiver of such claim and serves as complete bar to any claim based on any Dispute. 

No Class Actions. 

NEITHER YOU NOR ASCEND WILL BRING OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLASS ACTION OR OTHER CLASS PROCEEDING IN CONNECTION WITH ANY DISPUTE WITH THE OTHER PARTY, and neither of us consents to class arbitration or any arbitration where a person brings a dispute as a representative of other person(s). 

Arbitration Procedure. 

If the parties are unable to resolve a Dispute by informal means, the arbitration of Disputes will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), a non-profit organization not affiliated with Ascend, in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules. 

General Provisions 

Entire Agreement. 

This Agreement comprises the entire agreement between You and Ascend regarding Your use of the Network, Site, and Services, and supersedes any prior contracts or agreements between You and Ascend related to Your use of the Network, Site, and Services (including any prior versions of this Agreement), whether written or oral. 

Non-Waiver. 

The failure of Ascend to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. 

Severance of Invalid Provisions. 

If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, the remainder of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect.

Ascend Employer Status.  

A reference to employment, jobs, internships, or hiring in the Network is attributable to the Employer that makes the employment opportunity available within the Network.  Ascend will never conduct its hiring or employment-related activities through the Network.

Revision Date

This Agreement was last revised on September 11, 2017



Privacy Policy

Effective Date:  September 11, 2017

Purpose 

This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) provides information about how Ascend (“Ascend”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) collects, uses, and handles personal information collected on or through the Network, Site, or Services.  This Policy is part of, and fully incorporated into, our Terms of Use.  Unless otherwise specified herein, defined terms or phrases in the Terms of Use have the same meaning in this Policy.

This Policy applies only to information we collect online and does not apply to information we collect in person or through other means.  This Policy applies to visitors to the Site and to Users of the Network and Services who have created accounts through the Site (“You” or “Your”).  Except as otherwise specified herein, the term “Site” shall include and incorporate activities conducted on and through the “Network” and “Services.”

By using the Site, You agree to our Terms of Use and this Policy.  If You do not agree, You may not, and are not authorized to, use the Site and You must cease all engagement in any Ascend offerings.

This Policy may change from time to time.  We reserve the right to make such changes in our discretion, and without further notice, so You should check our Site periodically to view the current Policy.  When changes are made to this Policy, a revised Policy will be posted to the Site.  We will revise the “effective date” of this Policy and may include a description of material changes.

Children’s Online Privacy

We do not intentionally collect information on this Site from children.  The Site is designed and intended to be used only by individuals age 18 and older and is not directed to and may not be used by children.  If You are a parent or guardian and discover that personal information from or about Your minor child has been provided on this Site, please contact us at support@ascendnetwork.com.

Information We Collect in General

In general, You can visit our Site without disclosing Your identity or personal information.  There may, however, be instances when we ask You to provide certain personal information, such as Your name, address, telephone number, email, job title, or place of employment.  If You voluntarily provide us with Your personal information through the Site, You consent to the collection and processing of such information by Ascend and our third party partners.  You are not required to provide such personal information, but if You choose not to do so, it may impact our ability to provide You with certain services or assistance.  You may withdraw Your consent at any time by contacting us as provided below and terminating your account.

We may use Your email address to send You messages, including to communicate about the Network and Services, provide regular updates, or convey special offers. We may also contact You by telephone if You voluntarily provide us with Your telephone number to discuss the Network and our Services.  You may opt out of receiving communications from us at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the email or by contacting us as provided below.

We may use the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device You use to access our Site to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our web site.  Your IP address identifies Your device and allows us to gather broad demographic information on Site visitors.  Individual visitors will remain anonymous, unless You voluntarily tell us who You are.

In general, we use the information we collect through the Site:  
  • to provide the information and services You request;
  • to provide You with a personalized experience when You use our Site;
  • to contact You with information and notices related to Your use of our Site;
  • to improve the functionality and usability of our Site;
  • to better understand Your needs and interests;
  • for security or fraud prevention purposes; and
  • for any other purpose identified in an applicable privacy notice, click-through agreement, or other agreement between You and us.

Information We Collect from Candidates

In addition to information we may collect from You when You visit our Site or when You create an account to use our Network and Services as a Candidate, we may collect additional information as described below.  You will be asked to disclose general information about You to initiate the Candidate evaluation process, activate Your Network account, and build Your profile.  Information labeled “optional” will not be required to activate a Network account and will not be considered in Ascend’s decision to extend an offer to activate Network accounts.   
  • First and Last Name 
  • Email Address
  • Photo (optional) 
  • Resume 
  • Connection to LinkedIn (optional)
  • Institution of Current Enrollment
  • Anticipated Graduation Date
  • Grade Point Average
  • Degree type (Bachelors vs. Associate) 
  • Major(s) and Minor(s)
  • Pell Eligibility (optional)
  • First-Generation College Student Status (optional)
  • Government-Sponsored Scholarship Awards (optional)
  • Race/Ethnicity (optional)
  • Citizenship/Work-Eligibility (optional)
  • Ascend Fit Rating (mandatory for Network account activation; see “Use of the Network, Site, and Services”)

Candidates may also be asked to provide information, such as name, resume, email, phone number, and information relating to Your education and work experience, in order to create a candidate profile (“Profile Information”).  Profile Information will be accessible to all Employers on the Network.  When requesting additional information from a Candidate, we will provide guidance in the Network concerning these disclosures.  You are not required to provide this information to complete the profile, but if You choose not to do so, it could impact Your experience on and the functionality of the Network.  

Candidates may also be asked to provide certain information which we, or our third party partners, may use for research or product development and improvement purposes.  This information, hereinafter “Private Information,” includes:  Pell Grant Eligibility; First-Generation College Student Status; Government-Sponsored Scholarship Awards; Race/Ethnicity; and Citizenship/Work-Eligibility Status.  You are not required to provide Private Information.    Except as otherwise provided in this Policy, Ascend will not share Private Information on Your candidate profile or with any 3rd party without Your permission.  Additional instructions and guidance concerning these disclosures will be clearly provided within the Network when the disclosure is requested.

Protecting Your Information

The Site maintains appropriate security measures to ensure the security of personal information covered by this Policy and to protect such information from unauthorized use, access, or loss.  We follow reasonable policies and procedures to protect personal information and comply with all applicable laws, including by limiting access to personal information and maintaining a written data security policy that describes the policies and procedures by which we maintain data security.  We maintain reasonable administrative, physical, and technological measures to protect the confidentiality and security of information You submit on or through our Site in accordance with applicable laws.   Unfortunately, no website or server is completely secure.  We cannot guarantee that Your personal information will not be disclosed, misused or lost, including by the unauthorized acts of others.

Sharing Your Information

We do not sell or rent any personal information we collect on this Site to any third party.  We do not disclose any personal information to any third party except as needed to fulfill the purposes of this Site. We may share Your personal information: 
  • With an Employer, including the Employer’s designated Users, as described in the Network and authorized by the Candidate;
  • With the Candidate, as described in the Network and authorized by the Employer’s account Administrator; and
  • With our subcontractors or third party partners who provide services to us, including relating to business operations, our hardware, software, databases, data security, and communications infrastructure.

We may share Your personal information as required by law, or in order to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, or to otherwise protect our legal or contractual rights or obligations.  We may also disclose, transfer, or otherwise provide, in connection with a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other transaction involving all or part of our assets, Your personal information to one or more third parties as part of, or in relation to, that transaction.  In such circumstances, You will be notified via a prominent notice on our Site of any change in ownership or uses of Your personal information, as well as any choices You may have regarding Your personal information.

Ascend does not permit third parties, and such parties are not authorized, to bulk collect student data or other marketable information from the Network through the use of scripts (“scraping” technology) or similar technologies or methodologies.

Third Party Websites  

You may visit other websites, through links on our Site, which may collect, use and share Your personal information in accordance with their own privacy policies. The information practices of those websites linking to or from our Site are not covered by this Policy and we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such sites.  We do not assume any responsibility, and are not liable, for any acts or omissions of third parties, including the manner in which they use information received either from us or independently.  For more information about how Your information may be collected, used, or shared by any of these third parties, please refer to their privacy policies, terms of use, and any other agreements.  

State Privacy Rights

If You are a resident of certain states, including California, You may have the right to learn additional information about how we protect Your personal information.  
Your browser may deliver a “Do-Not-Track (‘DNT’) signal” to this Site that is designed to provide You the ability to exercise choice about the collection of Your personal information and online activities over time and across third party sites.  Because of the changing state of technology, we currently do not make any guarantee that we will honor DNT signals.  To learn more about Do Not Track, You may visit https://allaboutdnt.com.

California residents who have an established business relationship with us have the right to prevent us from disclosing their personal information to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes.  You may exercise this opt-out right, free of charge, by contacting us as described below.  

Cookies

Parts of our Site may use a browser feature called "cookies."  A "cookie" is a small data file that is placed on the hard drive (or equivalent storage device) of Your computer (or similar computing device) when You visit a web site so that the website can recognize You when You revisit and remember certain information about You.  This can include which pages You have visited, choices You have made from menus, any specific information You have entered and the time and date of Your visit.  A "session cookie" expires immediately when You end Your session (i.e., close Your browser).  A "persistent cookie" stores information on the hard drive so that when You end Your session and return to the same web site at a later date, the cookie information is still available.  In addition to session cookies and persistent cookies, there may be other cookies which are set by websites which You have chosen to visit, such as this Site, to provide us or third parties with information.

We may use cookies to recognize visitors when You return to our Site so that we can customize Your online visit or alert You to new web site features.  Cookies help us to learn what content is important to You and what is not.  We may also evaluate and improve our content and services and tailor our Site for visitors, based on other information we collect such as IP addresses, pixel tags, and the type of browser or operating system You are using. This information is collected in the aggregate, but we may tie it to Your personal information through use of cookies.

We contract with service providers to provide us with data collection and reports regarding customer activities on our Site. These service providers may use cookies on our behalf and may receive information about Your browsing activity.  They may store information such as city, state, zip code, and/or email address on our behalf.  Under no circumstances may our service providers use Your information other than in connection with providing services to us so that our Site can become more useful and efficient.  

To help us understand how visitors interact with our Site, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics tool.  To learn more about Google Analytics, click here.  If You do not want information about Your visit to our Site sent to Google Analytics, You may download an Opt-out Browser Add-on by clicking here. Please note that the Add-on does not prevent information from being sent to us.

Other third parties may deliver cookies to Your device for the purpose of tracking Your online behaviors over time and across nonaffiliated sites.  We are not responsible for the activities of such third parties.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies.  However, You can disable cookies if You wish, generally through changing Your internet software browsing settings. It may also be possible to configure Your browser settings to enable acceptance of specific cookies or to notify You each time a new cookie is about to be stored on Your computer enabling You to decide whether to accept or reject the cookie.  You can also disable or delete the stored data used by technology similar to cookies, by managing Your browser’s “add-on settings.”  As our cookies allow You to access some of this Site’s features, we recommend that You leave cookies enabled.  Otherwise, if cookies are disabled, it may mean that You experience reduced functionality of the Site or Network.

Please be aware that if You do not configure Your browser, or actively opt out, You will accept cookies provided by our Site.

Contact Us

If You wish to review or make changes to Your personal information in Your account on the Network, You may send a written request to Ascend at support@ascendnetwork.com or 111 Monument Circle #1800, Indianapolis, IN 46204.  You always have the opportunity to review and change the information You provide to us by logging into Your account and entering in the new information Yourself.  If at any time You would like additional information about any requested disclosure or this Policy, or would like to exercise any of Your choices under this Policy, please contact support@ascendnetwork.com.

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