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PRIVACY POLICY

General Policy Statement (Policy #002)

The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity (“Institute”) recognizes its responsibility to safeguard and protect the nonpublic personal information of its directors, officers, employees, and agents, along with event attendees and other parties with whom business is conducted. The purpose of this policy is to set forth guidelines under which such information may be shared with third parties, and the measures employed to protect and keep such information confidential. It is the intent of the Institute to comply with all applicable laws and regulations governing privacy.

Best Practices and Procedures

  1. Collection of Information
    The Institute will only collect information that is necessary to conduct its business.
  2. Maintenance of Information
    The Institute takes reasonable steps and will implement procedures to assure that information it gathers is accurate and maintained in a manner to assure its accuracy. In the event inaccurate information is discovered, the Institute will correct the inaccuracy as promptly as possible.
  3. Sale of Information Prohibited
    It is the policy of the Institute not to sell nonpublic personal information to any third party under any circumstance.
  4. Disclosure of Information to Third Parties
    In an effort to provide services and to comply with state and federal laws and regulations, the Institute may share nonpublic personal information with third parties. Such information sharing will be done in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  5. Responsibility of Non-Affiliated Third Parties
    The Institute selects its service partners with due diligence and care. If nonpublic personal information will be shared, the Institute will only select a service partner with an established privacy policy that is consistent with the privacy policy of the Institute and the laws and regulations governing privacy. When appropriate, the Institute will protect nonpublic personal information through contractual provisions that prohibit non-affiliated services partners from using information for any other purpose than for which the Institute provides the information to the service partner.
  6. Internal Security and Privacy
    The Institute will restrict access to nonpublic personal information it obtains to only those directors, officers, employees, and agents who have a specific business purpose for accessing and utilizing such information. All directors, officers, employees, and agents shall be required to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of all personal information they access.

COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

General Policy Statement (Policy #008)

The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity (“Institute”) recognizes its responsibility to respect the intellectual property of others and to safeguard and protect its own intellectual property. The purpose of this policy is to set forth our own copyright policy and guidelines under which infringement reporting is conducted. It is the intent of the Institute to comply with all applicable laws and regulations governing intellectual property.

Copyright

Unless credited otherwise, all images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) license, and all videos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNonDerivative 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. All other resources and intellectual property are owned by the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity (“Institute”), with all rights reserved.

If you’re interested in reproducing content you’ve found on our website, contact marketing@sgdinstitute.org with a description of your purpose, medium, and distribution.

Copyright infringement

The Institute has adopted the following general policy toward copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf). The address of the Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement ("Designated Agent") is listed at the end of this policy.

Procedure for Reporting Copyright Infringement:

If you believe that material or content residing on or accessible through Institute websites or services infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed;
  2. Identification of works or materials being infringed; this includes, at a minimum and if applicable, the URL or IP address of the link shown on the Site where such material may be found, as well as the reference or link to the material or activity that you claim to be infringing, that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate that reference or link, including at a minimum, if applicable, the URL or IP address of the link shown on the Site where such reference or link may be found.
  3. Contact information about the notifier including address, telephone number and, if available, e-mail address;
  4. A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; include this statement in the body of the Notice:
    I hereby state that I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material or reference or link to such material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., as a fair use).
  5. A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the notifying party is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the copyright owner; include this statement in the body of the Notice:
    I hereby state that the information in this Notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.

Please contact the Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement for the Institute at ip@sgdinstitute.org or at:

Nick Pfost
c/o Midwest Institute for Sexuality & Gender Diversity
Attn: IP Abuse
PO Box 1053
East Lansing, MI 48826-1053

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The Institute is committed to a policy of equity and justice or all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identification or expression; sexual orientation or identity; romantic orientation or identity; affectional preference; sex; race; ethnicity; color; age; physical handicap or disability; class, socio-economic status, or background; religious, spiritual, or secular beliefs; political affiliation and views; public assistance status; veteran status; marital or familial status; weight; national origin; status of residency; or openness of any of the aforementioned; or any other basis prohibited by law.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the vice president for community accountability, Lee Dyer (lee@sgdinstitute.org). For other Institute information email our chief marketing officer, Nick Pfost (nick@sgdinstitute.org).