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Terms of Use Agreement

ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS OF USE

This Terms of Use Agreement (the "Agreement") states the terms and conditions under which you may use the IEST website. Please read the Agreement carefully. The IEST website contains various information in the form of data, text, reports, and other materials relating to IEST and its products and/or services, as well as third-party content (collectively, the "Content"). By accessing, browsing, and/or using the IEST website and its Content, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to be legally bound by this Agreement.

IEST reserves the right to amend this Agreement at any time. You should check this Agreement each time you visit the IEST website to determine if any changes have been made. If you use the IEST website after the amended Agreement has been posted, you will be deemed to have agreed to the amended Agreement.


LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

The IEST website may contain links to other websites ("Linked Sites"). The Linked Sites are not under the control of IEST and IEST is not responsible for the content of any Linked Site, including, without limitation, any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. IEST is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by IEST of the Linked Site or any association with its operators. IEST is not responsible for missing, misdirected, or inaccurate links to other websites.


ADVERTISEMENTS

Advertisements appearing on the IEST website should not be construed as any type of endorsement by IEST. IEST rejects any such implied endorsement.


USE OF COMMUNICATION SERVICES

The IEST website may contain links to bulletin board services, chat areas, forums, communities, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with a group or IEST (collectively, "Communication Services"). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send, and receive messages and material for which you have the legal authority and related to the particular Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
  • Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information.
  • Upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents.
  • Upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer.
  • Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages.
  • Conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters.
  • Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
  • Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services.
  • Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines, which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service.
  • Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent.
  • Violate any applicable laws or regulations.

IEST has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, IEST reserves the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. IEST reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.

IEST reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post, or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in IEST’s sole discretion.

Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction, and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.


NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE / TERMINATION

As a condition of your use of the IEST website, you warrant to IEST that you will not use the IEST website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by this Agreement. You may not use the IEST website in any manner, which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the IEST website or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the IEST website.

The IEST website or any Content may not be copied, downloaded, stored in a retrieval system, published, transmitted or otherwise reproduced, transferred, stored, disseminated, used as a component of or a basis for a database or otherwise used in any form or by any means without written approval from the IEST Executive Director. Search result pages, outside the members only area, may be printed for individual use. Information in the members only area may not be used by or distributed to any person who is not a current IEST member. You may not make electronic copies of any Content. You may not resell Content for any purpose, or provide it to third parties by gift, copying on a charge basis, copying on a no charge or "cost recovery" basis, loan, rental, service bureau, external time-sharing, or similar arrangement.

IEST reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the IEST website, and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice.


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

"IEST" and the IEST logo are registered trademarks. IEST does not permit, under any circumstances, the use, or registration by others of “IEST” or the IEST Logo (individually and collectively “IEST Marks”). Doing so would give the false impression that IEST carries out certification activities, or has approved or authorized the organization using its IEST Marks. IEST will take whatever actions it considers necessary to prevent the misuse of its valuable IEST Marks.

Nothing on the IEST website should be construed as granting, by implication, or otherwise, any license or right to use any of IEST’s intellectual property marks displayed on the IEST website, without its prior written permission in each instance.

You acknowledge that the IEST website and its Content may be protected by copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, or other proprietary rights by IEST or third parties, and that these worldwide rights are valid and protected in all forms, media, and technologies existing now and hereinafter developed. You also acknowledge that the IEST website is and shall remain the property of IEST.

No portion of the IEST website may be reproduced in any form, electronic or otherwise, for any purpose other than personal use, without prior written permission of IEST. To the extent that IEST is not the copyright owner of some portion of an IEST Site, IEST has received permission to include such material in such IEST Site.

You agree to comply with all intellectual property rights laws and you shall not encumber any interest in, or assert any rights to, any Content on the IEST website. You may not modify, transmit, participate in the sale or transfer of, or create derivative works based on any Content, in whole or in part.

Examples of unacceptable use of the IEST Marks:

Use or registration of IEST Marks as identifiers in connection with third-party products, services, domain names, websites, logos, marketing materials, advertisements, and company letterheads is strictly prohibited. Use or registration of IEST Marks in self-declarations, such as logos combining IEST Marks with member (or other) names, is also strictly prohibited.

Examples of acceptable fair use of the IEST Marks

Certain limited uses (not registration) of the IEST mark are permitted strictly for accurate, informational reference, in text only – and not to identify goods, services, or organizations. Specifically, the following examples would be considered acceptable if accurate and included in text:

“This product complies with IEST [insert standard number] standard.”

“Manufacturer Certifies Compliance to IEST [insert standard number] standard.”


MATERIAL PROVIDED TO IEST OR POSTED ON THE IEST WEBSITE

IEST does not claim ownership of the materials that any third parties (including you) provide to IEST (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to the IEST website or their associated services (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting Submissions, such third parties grant IEST permission to use Submissions in connection with the purpose of such Submission and the operation of the IEST website, including, without limitation, the rights to, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat such Submission; and to publish the name of the persons or organizations submitting such Submission, solely in connection with such Submission.

No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. IEST is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in IEST's sole discretion.

By posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submission.


LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

You acknowledge and agree that the IEST website is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. IEST or its officers, directors, employees, or agents (collectively the “IEST Parties”) do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, reliability, suitability, or usefulness of any portion of the IEST website. None of the IEST Parties warrant that the IEST website will be uninterrupted or error free, that any specific information that is requested will be provided, or will be free of computer viruses or other harmful elements. You expressly agree that the entire risk as to the quality and performance of the IEST website and the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of the content or services is assumed solely by you. None of the IEST Parties makes any, and they hereby specifically disclaim any representations, endorsements, guarantees, and warranties, expressed, or implied, regarding the IEST website.

You understand and agree that any content, material, and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the IEST website are used at your own risk, and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such content, material, and/or data.


LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Under no circumstances will any of the IEST Parties be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information obtained through the IEST website. It is your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the IEST website. In no event shall any of the IEST Parties be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of or relating to the IEST website or this agreement, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory. If you are dissatisfied with any portion of the IEST website, or with any of these terms of use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the IEST website.


ACCESS RESTRICTION

To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A. and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A. in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the IEST website. Use of the IEST website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and IEST as a result of this agreement or use of the IEST website. IEST’s performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of IEST’s right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the IEST website or information provided to or gathered by IEST with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect. Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and IEST with respect to the IEST website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and IEST with respect to the IEST website. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be drawn up in English.


COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK NOTICES:

All contents of the IEST website are: Copyright © 2012 IEST and/or its suppliers. All rights reserved.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

The example companies, organizations, products, people and events depicted herein are fictitious. No association with any real company, organization, product, person, or event is intended or should be inferred.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.


Policy Agreement
Bookstore Orders Registration Orders

This Policy Agreement states the general, bookstore orders, and registration orders policies of IEST. Please read carefully.

IEST reserves the right to amend the policies at any time. You should check the Policy Agreement periodically to determine if any changes have been made.

IEST reserves the right to charge a 5% administrative fee on additional transactions arising from customer order errors.

All orders must be paid in full at the time the order is processed. IEST does not invoice or accept purchase orders as payment. IEST will provide a Proforma Invoice if requested.

A $40 fee will be charged for nonsufficient fund checks or credit card charge claims in error.

All member dues must be current at the time of order to qualify for the member rate.

 

A Membership of IEST belongs to the joining member. Benefits of membership can only be used by the individual member and cannot be transferred or used by other individuals, even within the member’s organization. Membership dues are non-refundable and transferable. Membership transfers require the member’s permission.   

Membership period runs on a fixed billing cycle. Membership period runs from May 1 - April 30 for all members.

 

Incoming New Members pay the full annual dues rate at the time of application. Upon renewal of membership, the member dues will be prorated for the unused months. The prorated amount will apply only if the membership is renewed. No refunds will be given. 

Renewal notices are sent February - June via e-mail and US mail. 

Non-U.S.: Place orders online with international credit card or send check payable to IEST drawn on a U.S. bank in USD. Balance of payment after any bank charges or fees must be equal to the full cost of the order. IEST does not accept bank/wire transfers.


BOOKSTORE ORDERS

All sales are final.

IEST does not accept phone orders. All orders must be placed online with credit card payment. Alternately, an order form can be downloaded from the website and the order faxed or mailed to IEST Headquarters. IEST is not responsible for any damages resulting from late or misdirected mail or electronic communications.

IEST Memberships are on an individual basis. Membership discount is a benefit of membership and can only be used by the individual member. Membership benefits cannot be transferred or used by other individuals, even within the member’s organization except in the case of a member through a corporate sponsorship.

Publications purchased by members at a discounted rate cannot be resold. IEST prohibits reselling of publications without expressed written approval from the IEST Executive Director.

Orders received by 12 Noon Central Time Monday - Friday will be processed and shipped the same day. Orders received after 12 Noon Central Time Monday - Friday, or orders received on weekends or holidays, will be processed the following business day. IEST reserves the right to change the processing times and will post a notice of any changes on the IEST website. IEST is not responsible for delays in processing times due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to acts of God, war, disaster, strikes, civil disorder, weather, or other emergencies.

IEST is not responsible for lost or undeliverable documents if the address provided by the customer is in error.

All Publications are protected by copyright. Therefore, and unless otherwise specified, no part of a Publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, and scanning, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Electronic PDF Documents:

Electronic documents are not available for immediate download. Electronic documents will be delivered via e-mail, following the above noted processing times.

All electronic documents are watermarked with the Buyer’s name and organization name (if listed), and will be password protected. If documents should be watermarked to a name other than the Buyer’s, the name should be specified in the Ship To field. The protected file cannot be changed once the file has been delivered.The password may not be changed or provided to any additional persons.

An electronic PDF document is a single-user license and can be stored on the Buyer’s personal computer. Under no circumstances may the electronic file be copied, transferred, altered, or placed on a network without IEST authorization. Full License and Copyright Agreement.

It is the document user’s sole responsibility to save the electronic file where it can easily be found. IEST will not replace lost files. A new file must be purchased.

Adobe 7.0 or higher is required to open all electronic documents. A current Adobe reader can be downloaded free at www.adobe.com.


CONFERENCE OR COURSE REGISTRATION ORDERS

Transfers: All registrations are transferable to another person for the same event A $35 transfer fee applies. Transfer of a member registration to a nonmember registration will be charged the difference in fees.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests received 60 days or more prior to the start of the event will receive a full refund LESS a $75 administration fee. Cancellation requests received 30-59 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than 30 days prior to the start of the event. IEST reserves the right to cancel course(s), in which case registrants will receive a refund of the fee. IEST is not responsible for any refund or remuneration for hotel, transportation, additional registration fees, tours, or other expenses related to attendance beyond the registration fee refund.

When registering three participants for an education course, the complimentary registration received will be equal or lesser value.

IEST reserves the right to cancel courses, in which case registrants will receive a full refund of the tuition fee. IEST is not responsible for any refund or remuneration for hotel, transportation, addition registration fees, tours, or other expenses related to attendance beyond the registration fee refund.

Registrant is responsible for providing for his/her own hotel accommodations.

IEST assumes no responsibility for the statements and opinions made by instructors and presenters.

By attending an IEST conference, meeting, or other event, you authorize the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or video that may pertain to you, including image, likeness, and/or voice without compensation. This material may be used in various publications, public affairs releases, recruitment materials, broadcast public service advertising (PSAs) or for other related endeavors. This material may also appear on the IEST website. IEST may publish materials, use your name, photograph, and/or make reference to you in any manner that the IEST deems appropriate in order to promote/publicize service opportunities.

Conference registrants must abide by IEST Policy and local and federal law and conduct themselves in a professional manner during the conference and social events. During conference educational or technical presentations, registrants are prohibited from bringing alcohol into the education, meeting, and conference areas and from engaging in drinking alcohol; illicit drug use; and any and all activities that may be potentially disruptive or hazardous. During IEST social events, the venue reserves the right to refuse service to any attendee under the legal drinking age or any visibly intoxicated person. IEST reserves the right to restrict conference access for any person whose conduct is disruptive or hazardous.

Be sure to review the registration information of the conference or meeting for full details specific to the conference/meeting.

International Registrants: 

As a general planning guideline for attendees from outside the United States requiring entry visas, due to the scientific nature of the IEST meeting, the US State Department recommends that any required visa applications should be made no later than 90 days in advance of the travel. Your registration information and correspondence may be forwarded to US authorities. Whenever possible, IEST conferences are registered with the US State Department. Below is the general International Attendees policy. Please be sure to view the International Attendees Requirements page specific to the meeting you plan to attend.

All International Attendees must be pre-registered prior to IEST granting invitation letter requests. Invitation letters will be mailed via US Postal Service. If registrant prefers to have the letter sent via UPS, FedEx, or US Express Mail, the registrant is responsible for paying shipping charges prior to the letter being sent or should provide a shipping account number to which billing charges can be charged.

IEST will send ONE invitation letter by US Postal Service per registrant. No electronic copies will be supplied. IEST is not responsible for missing, lost, or undelivered invitation letters.

If additional copies of the invitation letter are requested, a $25 processing fee per letter will be charged plus shipping charges (if applicable). The processing fee must be prepaid prior to the invitation letter being sent.

For individuals pre-registered by the specified date for the conference, who fail to obtain a Visa, IEST will refund the registration amount less $50 processing fee. NO REFUNDS will be granted for individuals pre-registering after the specified date for the conference who fail to obtain a Visa.


CODE OF CONDUCT 

Preamble

This Code of Conduct embodies the ethical responsibilities IEST stakeholders have to each other, to the profession, and to IEST when engaged in IEST activities, participating in IEST events, or acting on behalf of IEST. Stakeholders include IEST members, volunteers, leadership, faculty, training and event participants, vendors and sponsors, independent consultants, and employees.

IEST stakeholders commit to work in accordance with the ethical standards outlined in this Code of Conduct and to encourage the development and implementation of these ethical standards within the industries and professions represented by IEST stakeholders. When acting on behalf of IEST, stakeholders commit to uphold fair, honest, and courteous dealings that help advance the IEST Mission.

IEST Mission

IEST is an international technical society of engineers, scientists, and educators that serves its members and the industries they represent (simulating, testing, controlling, and teaching the environments of earth and space) through education and the development of recommended practices and standards.

IEST stakeholders contribute to the success of the industry and the organization in the pursuit of IEST long-term goals to be (a) a global leader in the development of recommended practices and standards and (b) a primary source for educational programs for technical professional development. Stakeholders agree to represent IEST at all times in a manner that reflects positively on the organization.

IEST commits to providing equitable access to opportunities in membership, volunteer engagement, participation in activities, and employment to stakeholders who agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.

No part of this Code of Conduct may be waived or suspended. The IEST Executive Board is responsible for initiating and supervising the investigation of reports of violations of this Code of Conduct and taking appropriate disciplinary action.

Standards of Conduct

The broad ethical concepts embraced by this Code of Conduct are the following:

Honesty: Understanding the truth; acting in a truthful manner in communications and conduct; striving to create an environment in which others feel safe to tell the truth.

Respect: Demonstrating a high regard for self and others; encouraging trust, confidence, and performance excellence by fostering mutual cooperation; embracing diverse views and perspectives.

Fairness: Behaving and making decisions in an impartial, objective manner; avoiding competing self-interest, prejudice, and favoritism.

Responsibility: Taking ownership for behavior, decisions or failure to make decisions, actions or failure to take actions, and the consequences that result.

Based on these concepts, IEST stakeholders are committed to uphold the following standards of conduct:


STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE

  • Adhere to the highest scientific and professional standards.
  • Provide the highest level of service to other stakeholders.

OBEY THE LAW
  • Know and abide by the laws and regulations that govern the profession and industry.
  • Never ask another stakeholder to violate the law.
  • Question and report activities that appear to violate the law.

RESPECT COLLEAGUES
  • Treat all stakeholders with respect, honesty, fairness, courtesy, and good faith.
  • Maintain respect for colleagues when disagreeing on theoretical, methodological, or personal approaches to professional activities. 
  • Accept group decisions and consensus.
  • ​Honestly and accurately describe personal knowledge, experience and expertise, and credentials.
  • Never knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.
  • ​Never engage in discrimination, harassment, bullying, inappropriate language, or humiliation of any kind in regard to another’s age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, knowledge or skill level, or any other factor.
  • Never act violently or threaten violence.
  • Never take unfair advantage of another stakeholder through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts, or any other unfair-dealing practice.
  • Raise concerns and report dishonest or improper conduct by stakeholders.

MAINTAIN FAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES
  • Behave in a professional, businesslike manner.
  • ​Refrain from any unethical business dealings including, but not limited to, payments for illegal acts, indirect contributions, rebates, and bribery.
  • Refrain from collusive or anti-competitive behavior.
  • Refrain from using position or knowledge gained from position for private or personal advantage.

PROTECT PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
  • ​Respect the confidentiality of information gained through business and professional activities.
  • Use only reputable and reliable sources when obtaining information.
  • Use confidential information only for the purposes for which it was originally obtained. 
  • Protect the physical security of confidential information.
  • Retain confidential information only for as long as necessary or as required by law. 
  • Continue to observe confidentiality after the information has been used or is no longer needed and after related activities have concluded.

SUPPORT IEST AND FELLOW STAKEHOLDERS
  • Advance, support, and promote IEST membership through word and deed.
  • Provide IEST stakeholders with information needed to make informed decisions regarding IEST interests in a timely manner.
  • Promptly and completely disclose to appropriate parties all potential and actual conflicts of interest.
  • Never advance private interests at the expense of the interests of IEST or its stakeholders.
  • Never undermine the efforts of other IEST stakeholders engaged in IEST activities.
  • Place the net benefit of the IEST community over and above the interests of any individual or organization.
  • Distinguish between personal convictions and professional duties and prevent personal beliefs from interfering with fair representation of the aims of IEST.
  • When communicating publicly on matters that involve IEST activities, never presume to speak for IEST on any topic unless requested by IEST to disseminate expressed views.
  • If entrusted with confidential information when engaged in IEST activities, disclose such information only with written authorization or when required by law.
  • Work within IEST policies and established systems and process.
  • Never ask another stakeholder to go against IEST policy or the ethical standards set forth in this Code of Conduct.