Terms of Service

Terms of Service

Connect has adopted the following Terms of Service which govern your relationship with Connect and provide important information about your legal rights (“Terms”). These Terms use you interchangeably with user, and also use you interchangeably with Member; and use us, we and Connect interchangeably.

These Terms explain the guidelines you need to follow when visiting and interacting with the Connect site located at Connect.cen.edu.au

The Connect site offers a platform for Christian educators to discuss educational issues and share resources, polices, and strategies. To browse forums and resources, users must register for a Connect account (Account) and become a Connect member (Member).

By using our Connect Services as a Member, users agree to follow these Terms, including the terms of our Conditions of Membership, the Connect Community Guidelines, Forum Guidelines and Rules, Resource Guidelines and User Agreement, and Privacy Policy.

Conditions of Membership

This section provides information on who is eligible to join our Connect community, how to create an account, and the types of accounts we offer. To use many of the features of our Services, we require you to register as a Member with us.
Connect is administered by the Connect Team. The Connect Team oversees the following guidelines and member use agreements:

ELIGIBILITY

To access the services and resources provided by Connect, you will be asked to become a Connect Member. Only individuals who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to become Members. By registering for an Account or using our Services, you represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years old.

Members are to have an interest in Christian Education, either as a tertiary preservice or post-graduate student, and or as a relief, part-time or full-time employee at a school or educational organisation (this may be Christian, independent or government, primary, secondary or tertiary). Members are to act always in a manner consistent with the Christian faith and work towards the best interest of Christian education.

When users create an Account, the information provided needs to be true and accurate.

Provision of false information or information that violates someone else’s rights may be cause for the Connect management to disable membership.

We may ask for proof of age or identity at any time in order to verify Account membership and we may close or suspend access to member Accounts if we are unable to verify your identity.

If your Account has been deactivated by the Connect Team you will be notified and can contact the Connect Team for clarification.

USERNAME AND PASSWORD

On registration, users will be asked to provide a username for the Account. The username must be unique, and must not be inappropriate, nor offensive, nor in violation of another person’s rights.

Users will be asked to create a password to protect the Account. Together this information is used to access the Account.

It is the responsibility of members to keep login information confidential. Members are responsible for any and all activity that happens under their Account whether or not you authorized it. If members believe that their Account has been accessed by an unauthorized person, please contact the Connect Team as quickly as possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help.

Connect membership is free to all users. There may be some services that require fee for use or resources that require purchase.

We may, in our discretion, make changes to the Memberships we offer, the privileges and features available to each Membership.

These Terms are the entire agreement between you and Connect, and they govern your relationship with Connect. Becoming a Member of our Services does not create an agency, employment, or partnership relationship between you and Connect. Connect is not an employer of and does not act as an agent for any Member.

All members will be sent notification to renew their Membership after five years.

ACCOUNT CLOSURE

We may, in our discretion, close or suspend the Account of any Member at any time for any reason, with or without notice. However, in this case, Members will be notified of our action.

Members have the right to close their Connect account at any time. You can close your Account from your Membership profile or by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Effect of Account Deactivation and or Closure

After your account is deactivated or closed, Members will no longer have access to their Account information and the features of our Services that require an Account.

Communications you have posted on the Connect site will not be removed if your Account is closed. You may be able to remove or edit some Communications at your discretion before you close your account. For more information about your Account information and our data retention practices, see our Privacy Policy.

Discontinue Services

We may change, suspend, or discontinue offering our Services at any time. Any suspension or discontinuation in our Services may mean that that your Account, including any Resources or other materials you may have purchased from our Services, and any Resources or Communications (collectively “Content”) you may have uploaded to our Services, may not be available to you or to other Users. We are not liable to you for any impact a change, suspension, or discontinuation of our Services may have including the loss of access to any Resources.

OUR SERVICES

We work hard to ensure that our Services are always available and working properly, but disruptions do occur from time to time and we cannot guarantee that any or all features will always work, or that our Services will be continuously available.

Connect is constantly working to improve our Services for all of our community Members. We may update or change available functionality at any time.


ACCOUNT INFORMATION

Members can view, update, and correct the information provided by visiting your My Account page.

Members can close their account at any time.

EMAIL PREFERENCES

Connect uses your contact information to communicate with Members about Connect services and to provide notifications related to your account or activity.

Certain communications related to your account or your activity are required and you cannot opt out of receiving them.

You can manage your preferences related to Optional Communications in the Email Preferences section of your account, or by using the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any Optional Communication you receive.

ACCOUNT SECURITY

Access to your Connect account is secured by the password you choose. For your security, we store only a hashed version of your password. This means that we do not know your password and your password is not visible to us when members of our team view your account.

To prevent unauthorized access to your account, choose a password that can’t be easily guessed and don’t share your password with anyone else. Whenever you use a shared computer or other shared device to access your Connect account (for example, a school computer), be sure to log out of your account completely before you leave your workstation, uncheck the “remember me” option at login, and select “no” if the web browser prompts you to save your login credentials. You’re responsible for keeping your password confidential, and for all activity that occurs under your account, whether or not authorized by you.

You can change or update your password anytime by visiting your My Account page. If you forget your password, you can request a reset password link.

MONITORING CONTENT

Connect has the right to monitor any activity and Content associated with our Services. We may investigate any complaints or reported violations of our policies and take any action that we deem appropriate. Such action may include, but is not limited to: issuing warnings, suspension or termination of your Membership, denying access, and/or removal of any Content on the site, including Resource Listings.

 

Connect Community Guidelines

It is important to us that Connect is a safe, supportive, collaborative community for those involved in Christian education.

This section outlines the guidelines members need to follow when using Connect.

As a User of our Services, you are required to follow these Forum Guidelines and the Resource Sharing Guidelines and Resource User Agreement which are incorporated as part of these Terms.

We may modify or add to these rules at our discretion.

INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER MEMBERS

Members have the ability to communicate, interact, or otherwise Connect with other Members through our Service. It is each Member’s responsibility to take precautions when sharing any information about themselves with another Member or anyone else, and you release Connect from any liability that may arise out of your interactions with another Member of our Service.

HOSTED CONTENT

Connect does not control and is not responsible for the Content posted by our Members, including any disclosures of personal information by our Members. Connect does not endorse information shared as resources or about themselves by members.

Connect does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, reliability or fitness for purpose of any Content or Resources and expressly disclaims all liability with respect to the use of such Content or Resources. Connect does not warrant that it or its Members have intellectual property rights in any hosted materials or that the materials may be used without obtaining any other third party permission or licence.

 

Forum Guidelines and Rules

The Connect forums are for the mutual benefit of all users. Please read the following User Guidelines carefully. By proceeding to post you agree to these FORUM guidelines. Refusal to follow these guidelines will result in the appropriate responsive actions.

FORUM GUIDELINES

The following guidelines for using the forums have been implemented. The guidelines are designed to strike a balance between the main goal of the forums (nurturing professional support and solidarity) and keeping the atmosphere relaxed and characterised by community and friendship. Hence, all posts are required to be polite, constructive, respectful and on topic.

All material posted or uploaded to the forums remain property of the original poster and Connect is the distributor of such content.

Connect reserves the right, without notice, to access or view all such material, to edit the subject of a post, or to move, rename, or delete any post or other material deemed inappropriate, disruptive or that fails to conform to these forum guidelines.

Connect reserves the right to bar any member who violates the guidelines or disrupts the Connect community.

If you have an issue concerning Connect services, policies or staff, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Complaints will be taken seriously and all efforts will be taken to address them.


THE FORUM RULES

The forum rules are:

  1. There will be no profanity or foul language. Any inappropriate language will be removed and you will receive a final warning.
  2. There will be no racial, ethnic or gender based insults or any other personally offensive remarks. You must not bully or harass any other Member.
  3. Spamming is not permitted.
  4. Illegal transactions may NOT be facilitated in these forums.
  5. Users will not argue the Connect Team’s decision on the website. Any and all complaints directed at a moderator must first address the moderator privately. If the problem cannot be resolved, then the moderator and user must send their issues or concerns to the Connect Team. The Connect Team’s adjudication will be final.
  6. Advertising commercially-related or competing products are not permitted.
  7. You must not infringe or permit the infringement of any intellectual property rights held by any third party.
  8. You must not defame or make or repeat any untrue allegations against anyone.

 

Resource Guidelines and User Agreement

The Connect Resources section contains practical teaching resources shared by Christian educators to benefit and strengthen the work of educators around the nation and beyond.

RESOURCES

Members are encouraged to share resources.

Members may not use any Resource, in part or in whole, for commercial purposes. This means users cannot sell it, use it for advertising or marketing purposes, or use it in any other way in Connection with a business or profit making activity.

Members posting resources should make clear the author or the resources and the intended use.

Where Members download resources, they are to respect the intended use of the resource and where possible and as appropriate, acknowledge the source of the resource.

When Members post or upload Content to our Services, Members grant Connect limited rights to store, use, and display, and provide access to the Content posted as necessary to provide our Services, such as to display your Resource in your store and in search results, to make Resources available for download, and to display and promote Resources through our Services, and through email.

When a Member downloads free Resources from the Connect site, Members allow other Members to use Resources as described in the Resource Sharing Guidelines.

RESOURCES GUIDELINES

The following guidelines have been implemented to oversee the distribution and use of resources from the Connect website. These guidelines have been developed to help maintain the quality of resources uploaded and ensure that these resources are used to strengthen the quality of Christian education and nurture the growth of individual educators as professionals.

Connect reserves the right to access and review all material posted and or uploaded on Connect. Connect reserves the right to move, rename, or delete any resource that is deemed inappropriate, disruptive, or fails to conform to the Connect user guidelines.

If you have an issue concerning Connect services, policies or staff, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Complaints will be taken seriously and all efforts will be taken to address them.

RESOURCES USER AGREEMENT

  1. All resources that are uploaded to Connect are void of profanity or foul language.
  2. The content of uploaded resources does not contain links to inappropriate websites that may violate any applicable Child Protection legislation.
  3. On uploading a resource, you give permission for other users to download and use these programs within their own educational context. Other users may make adjustments to your resources. Specifically you warrant that you either own any intellectual property rights in the resources or hold a sufficient licence from the true owner to permit you to make the resources available for download on the platform and freely for use by Members.
  4. In downloading resources for your own use, you agree to adhere to professional principles, recognising that the use of teaching resources requires thought, reflection and adjustment to fit your own educational context.
  5. Where a program or resource is a work in progress, it is clearly tagged with ‘work in progress’ when uploaded.

 

How to Contact Us

For any questions you have about this policy or if you need assistance with your account, you can reach us anytime using the following methods:

  • Submit a question using our Contact Us form
  • Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.