Studies Weekly Data & Legal Policy

Data and Online Usage Policies

Studies Weekly Online User Policy:

Each educator must have their own Studies Weekly Online (SWO) account and ensure that usernames and passwords are not shared. Each Teacher Account is valid for one classroom only (or one homeschool family). You may not resell, distribute, or otherwise share logins or printed materials. You must always have an active subscription to use downloaded, copyrighted materials.

 

Each educator must ensure that students, families, and classrooms do not share accounts. Every student assigned to a teacher must have their own student account and username. Sharing of student accounts or usernames or failure to follow this agreement, may result in immediate termination of your rights to use the resources or access the account.

 

Registration

To use SWO, each user must register their name, email address, and other details. Information collected about educators may be used to contact them with updates, including other product and service information.

 

How do we protect your information?

We use a secure server. All sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and encrypted into our payment gateway provider’s database. To keep the information confidential, this information is only accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems. We do not store private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) after a transaction.

 

Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to a computer’s hard drive through your web browser to recognize the browser, capture, and remember certain information.

 

We use cookies to help us process the items in the shopping cart, understand and save user preferences for future visits, and compile aggregate data about site traffic and interaction to improve site experiences and tools. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist in understanding site visitors. These service providers may only use the information collected to help us conduct and improve our business. No identifiable information is shared with third party service providers.

 

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or transfer your personally identifiable information to outside parties except when sharing necessary information to trusted third parties to assist us in conducting business and that agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when such release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

 

Third party links

We may include or offer third party products or services on our website. Any third party sites may have separate and independent privacy policies. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback.

 

What data information do we collect?

We only have access to and collect information that you voluntarily provide. We do not sell or share this information. Data provided by you or your organization (either through automated rostering or by interaction with user accounts) is and shall remain the property of the provider.

 

All data released is in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Studies Weekly policies as set forth in this document, as set forth in this document, for managing student education records and other confidential information.

 

Partnering organizations grant Studies Weekly license to use such data for:

  • Communication
  • Shipping
  • Creating accounts
  • Identifying user access to their data
  • Creating aggregate reports

 

Data will not be divulged to unauthorized third parties or used in any way that would violate FERPA.

 

Your Access to and Control Over Information

We may send emails to educators about promotions, new products, and services, but they may unsubscribe at any time. Although one may unsubscribe from all marketing emails, we reserve the right to contact any customer with product updates and other information that relates to purchases and subscriptions.

 

Anyone may contact us to:

  • See what data we may have about them
  • Change or correct their data
  • Ask us to delete their data
  • Express concern about use of their data

 

Security

We take precautions to protect information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. We will notify you by email or phone within 48 hours should we ever discover a data breach.

 

When we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and securely transmitted. To verify, check the closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or for “https” at the beginning of the web page address.

 

We also protect your information offline. Only employees that need the information to perform a specific job (e.g., billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers and servers which store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

 

If you have concerns about how we comply with this privacy policy, please contact us at (866) 311-8734 or email support@studiesweekly.com.

 

Legal Compliance

We maintain strict compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), and state privacy laws. If you have a specific question about adherence to your state laws, please email contracts@studiesweekly.com.

 

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

 

Changes to our Legal and Privacy Policy

If we change any policy, we will post changes here.

 

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) & Section 508 Compliance

ADA Compliance (508 Compliance) provides accessibility for digitally published material

 

Studies Weekly is committed to providing access to our online curriculum for all students, regardless of ability, by complying with the guidelines set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Below, we’ve outlined the different ways that our site meets web accessibility best practices:

 

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines compliant
  • Article narration with variable speed
  • Audio reader can read assessment questions to a student
  • Article narration highlighting tool is color blind accessible
  • The application is screen-reader software compliant
  • Digital versions of all articles, images, and related media
  • Annotation features and highlighting (code text for improved comprehension and retention)
  • Many videos include closed captioning
  • Large-print

Ordering, Shipping, and Returns

Studies Weekly Payment Terms

Studies Weekly orders placed before August are due on September 1. Orders placed in August or after are Net 30.

 

Duplicate Orders

Studies Weekly is not responsible for duplicate orders. Duplicates may occur when an order is sent in separately from a PO, creating the appearance of two unique orders. To avoid such confusion, please send your order and PO together. If you notice that your order has been duplicated, please contact Customer Service at (866) 311-8734 to cancel the duplicate order and arrange for a return, if necessary. Please see our return policy for further details.

 

Studies Weekly Return Policy

If you need to cancel your order prior to shipment, please notify our Customer Service Department. Studies Weekly will gladly accept returns and issue a refund under the following conditions:

  • The customer is responsible for all return shipping costs.
  • Returns are not accepted after February 1 of the current school year.
  • To be eligible for a return and refund on print products, the publications must be in their original condition, boxed, unused and unseparated. 
  • A $10 restocking fee will also be applied to each classroom box.
  • A refund will be issued after the product is returned and the condition is verified. The restocking fee will be subtracted from the total refunded amount.

 

Studies Weekly Shipping Policy

Shipping for the new school year begins as early as May, and product is shipped within a mutually agreed upon shipping window, based on customer availability to receive and sign for delivery. Please note:

  • The shipping carrier is typically UPS or Freight and is determined by order details. 
  • Products can be expected to arrive within 14 days of shipping. 
  • Studies Weekly is not responsible for delayed delivery of product due to backorder, acts of nature, carrier problems or other unforeseeable issues.
  • Publications that are delivered damaged or lost in shipment will be replaced at no additional cost.
  • Free Shipping is not applicable to Hawaii and Alaska, and shipping time takes 3-4 weeks.

Temporary COVID Policy to Allow Limited Rights to Reproduce Studies Weekly

Due to the challenges presented for the 2021-2022 school year, Studies Weekly will continue supporting teachers and students engaged in distance learning. Current customers are allowed greater liberties in use and dissemination of our materials including, but not limited to, print, audio, video, and online content. Educators may use Studies Weekly curriculum materials in online lessons and read-alouds under the following guidelines and conditions:

  1. These permissions are only in effect for the 2021-2022 school year to support student learning during flex schedules and school closures. Only classes with a current Studies Weekly subscription have permission to view and use Studies Weekly’s intellectual property. Online access to these video resources must be disabled, and any intellectual content stored outside of Studies Weekly be destroyed, by the end of the 2021-2022 school year or no later than July 1, 2022, whichever comes first.
  2. Each shared item, lesson, or reading must be presented “with permission from Studies Weekly” at the beginning of every video and end with “permission to record or duplicate this content is denied.”
  3. Online videos of lessons and read-alouds should be delivered to students through a closed platform that has restricted access. If you are unable to limit access, please provide the content on your school or district website rather than more publicly available platforms, such as social media, YouTube, or public television.
  4. Before posting such content, you must complete the Studies Weekly Intellectual Rights Permission Form with your name, state, city, district, and school and a brief description of the product(s) you are using and how.

 

By posting an online video of a lesson or read-aloud featuring Studies Weekly curriculum materials, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions above.