South Carolina AHEC is a state agency administratively housed at the Medical University of South Carolina. Except as noted, the information below applies to office South Carolina AHEC Web sites, which are defined as the official Web pages of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium, signified by the address www.scahec.net or within the range of Internet protocol addresses assigned to the South Carolina AHEC.

All text, images, logos and information contained on official South Carolina AHEC sites are the intellectual property of South Carolina AHEC unless otherwise registered and are protected under the U.S. Copyright Act 17 U.S.C. 1 01-810. Copyright gives the owner exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display or license a given work. Whether or not a Web site includes a statement about copyright, the US copyright act provides protection for such works, and they may not be used or reproduced without permission.

It is the responsibility of all parties storing materials on Web sites associated with South Carolina AHEC domain addresses to ensure that all such material does not violate other parties' proprietary rights and does not otherwise violate law or applicable University policy. South Carolina AHEC reserves the right to delete or make inaccessible files that contain material that is in violation of law or of applicable South Carolina AHEC policy. South Carolina AHEC is not responsible for any errors in the material provided on the Web and shall not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of any material found on official South Carolina AHEC web sites or on any other sites with South Carolina AHEC domain addresses.

The design, pictures, and logos used on the South Carolina AHEC owned Web sites may not be copied or used or posted by any other person or entity without the written approval of the Medical University of South Carolina. This includes but is not limited to the Home Pages, all Secondary Web Pages, news pages, and maps. Links may be directed to these pages, but images, logos, maps may not be copied and/or posted for any reason.

All questions concerning the use of South Carolina AHEC's design, pictures and logos should be directed to the Director of Communication at mcmenami@musc.edu.

Warranty Disclaimer

Information accessed through this site is provided "AS IS" and without warranty, express or implied. All implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are hereby excluded.

Although all medical information is reviewed by professional health care providers, the South Carolina AHEC, and all personnel and affiliated organizations make no warranty as to the reliability, accuracy, timelines, usefulness or completeness of the information.

The provider does not make any express or implied warranties, representations or endorsements whatsoever (including without limitation warranties of title or non-infringement, or the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose) with regard to the service, any merchandise, information or service provided through the service. Except as otherwise expressly specified, the provider does not warrant the accuracy, completeness or correctness, timeliness, or usefulness of any opinions, advice, services, merchandise or other information provided through the service or on the internet and in no event will the provider be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you or anyone else in reliance upon the information provided through the service.

Limitations on Liability

Neither South Carolina AHEC, nor any affiliated organizations shall be responsible for information provided herein under any theory of liability or indemnity.

The user agrees to hold harmless and indemnify South Carolina AHEC, all affiliated organizations, personnel from any and all claims brought against the South Carolina AHEC, all affiliated organizations, personnel arising from the user's use. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall we be liable for any direct, special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages whatsoever {including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of data, or any other pecuniary loss) arising out of or in any way connected with the use or performance of this web site, with the delay or inability to use this web site, the provision of or failure to provide services, or for any information, services and related graphics contained on or made available through this web site and the provision of or failure to provide the service, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Because some states and jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability, the above limitation may not apply to you.

Links to Other Sites

Provision of links from official South Carolina AHEC Web sites to sites located outside of the MUSC domains do not imply endorsement or credibility of the service, information, or product offered through the linked sites.

Commitment to Privacy

Each individuals' privacy is important to the South Carolina AHEC. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information policy and practices. To make this notice easy to find, we have made this link available on every page within www.scahec.net.

Our privacy and public records obligations are governed by applicable State and Federal Statutes. Certain information related to medical records and personal health information is deemed privileged and is protected while most other information, although confidential may still be accessible through the South Carolina Freedom of Information statutes or through judicial processes.

Information Collection Notice

This notice applies to all information collected by or submitted to official South Carolina AHEC Web sites (see the definition above). The following information explains the Internet/Intranet privacy policy and practices that South Carolina AHEC has adopted for its official Web sites In legal terms, it shall not be construed as a contractual promise, and South Carolina AHEC reserves the right to amend it at any time without notice.

The following information is therefore general, and we encourage you to read page-specific notices to ensure that you understand precisely the applicable privacy policies and practices which relate to those specific pages.

When you access our Web pages, South Carolina AHEC collects a series of information. Some of this information is collected automatically each time you visit any of our Web pages. Other optional information is collected only when the visitor and/or client chooses to provide us with specific information. The following is an overview of the information which we collect.

Information Which We Automatically Collect from Each Visitor

Information which we automatically collected with each visit to South Carolina AHEC's Official Web Sites:

  • Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using
  • Identification of the page or service you are requesting
  • Type of web browser you are using
  • Type of operating system you are using
  • The date and time of access
  • The amount of time you spent on our site
  • The path (links) you took to arrive at our Web. Examples include, GoogleTM, Yahoo® or any of the various other search engines with links to South Carolina AHEC.
  • Internet "cookie information

Information You Provide to Us

When you choose to communicate with us via email, we collect the following information:

  • Your name as it appears on your email
  • Email address
  • Date and time of communication
  • The content of your email

When you choose to communicate or register with us through online forms we may collect the following information or in some cases this information may be passed onto a trusted third party for processing your request. Examples of the type of information we may collect include:

  • Any data you choose to fill in
  • Any information you provide us on the form, including credit or debit card information if you are paying for a program registration, as well as information about other people if you are registering another individual and their behalf.

How We Use the Information We Collect

Visitor/client information is used to route the requested Web information page to your computer browser for viewing. In theory, the requested Web page and the routing information could be discerned by other entities involved in transmitting the requested page to you. We do not control the privacy practices of those entities. The information we collect automatically each time you visit our sites helps us to better respond to your request in an appropriate format. In addition, this information is also used to better develop our sites to meet the demands of our audience.

The optional information we collect is essential for us to provide services or information tailored more specifically to your needs or to forward your message or inquiry to another entity that is better able to do so.

We may keep client information from our systems indefinitely after the Web page is transmitted, but we do not try to obtain any information to link it to the individuals who browse our Web site. However, on rare occasions when a "hacker" attempts to breach computer security, logs of access information are retained to permit a security investigation and in such cases may be forwarded together with any other relevant information in our possession to law enforcement agencies.

Under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, any records in our possession at the time of a Freedom of Information Request might be subject to being inspected by or disclosed to members of the public for any purpose they may desire. As indicated above, client information may be retained after transmission of the requested Web page and might be subject to disclosure.

We use the information you provide about yourself when registering for a program or submitting a request to complete that registration or request. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order or request or as outlined in our Privacy Policy. Similarly, we use the information you provide about someone else when registering for a program or submitting a request only to complete that registration or request. Again, we do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order or request or as outlined in our Privacy Policy.

We generally use return e-mail addresses only to answer the e-mail we receive or facilitate participation in an event or project. Such addresses are generally not used for any other purpose unless authorized to do so by the originator of the e-mail communication.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without a clear notice on the particular site or without providing you an opportunity to opt-out. Any use of your information other than for those purposes or in conjunction with the notice provided at the time of the collection of such information is strictly prohibited by the South Carolina AHEC.

Use of Internet "Cookies"

Some official South Carolina AHEC Web sites use "cookies." Often a cookie enables the South Carolina AHEC Web site to ensure a seamless experience as you navigate between our web pages.

Providing Information is Your Choice

There is no legal requirement for you to provide any information at our Web site. However, we cannot deliver certain services to you without routing certain required information to the appropriate parties. Failure of your browser to provide nonessential technical information (such as Web ''Cookies”) will not prevent your use of our Web site but may prevent certain features from working. For any optional information that is requested at the Web site failure to provide the requested information will mean that the particular feature or service associated with that part of the Web page may not be available to you.

Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online, or that which select business partners operating under a Business Associates Agreement or contract/agreement, collect on our behalf, consistent with the policies of the South Carolina AHEC and with the laws and regulations of the State of South Carolina.

Collection of Fines and Fees

SC AHEC does not collect fines and fees or impose regulations on behalf of the state of South Carolina. Some trainings and federally-funded programs may have costs associated with them, but participation in such programs is voluntary.

How to Contact Us

This service is not targeted to users in a particular locality, nor is it intended to constitute the doing of business in any jurisdiction, nor to be a solicitation of business anywhere on behalf of the South Carolina AHEC or any affiliate organizations, nor to constitute any contacts with any jurisdiction outside of the state of South Carolina. This agreement is entered-into and performed in the state of South Carolina, United States of America, and is governed by and shall be construed in all respects under the laws of South Carolina, exclusive of its choice of law or conflict of laws provisions. In any claim or action directly or indirectly arising under this agreement or related to the service, each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the South Carolina state district court sitting in Charleston county, South Carolina, or if such court does not have subject-matter jurisdiction, then each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the United States court for the district of South Carolina, and whichever of those two courts has jurisdiction, each party waives any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such court. If any of the provisions of this agreement are held by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction not to be enforceable, then such provisions shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that this agreement shall otherwise remain in full force and effect. This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties pertaining to its subject matter. It may not be modified except as described elsewhere in this agreement. Anything in the service inconsistent with or conflicting with the terms of this agreement is superseded by the terms of this agreement.