The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) provides a Web site and other electronic services intended to provide the public, project partners and ISGS staff with online access to information about Illinois geology.
The services are provided at no cost and we reserve the right to change these terms of service and/or the nature or functionality of the services at any time. Throughout this document, the term ISGS refers to the Illinois State Geological Survey, whose main office is located on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. The term University refers to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
The ISGS and the University do not assume responsibility for, nor can we be held accountable for, the content of non-University sites to which we link. This extends to your use of or losses incurred by your use of those links or the information they contain.
Warranties and Liability
Copyright and Licensing
ISGS electronic services and most information contained therein are copyrighted with all rights reserved. Copyright may be held by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, a different individual or entity, or the item may be in the public domain. It is your responsibility to determine the copyright holder for any particular item and to determine what permissions may be needed to reproduce it. Individuals or entities may make fair use of copyrighted ISGS material, such as reproducing a single figure or table, or using a brief text quotation, without obtaining formal permission, but in all cases the Illinois State Geological Survey must be credited as the source of the material. To reproduce ISGS information beyond the fair use standard, permission must be obtained from the ISGS Information Office, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820, 217-333-4747, email@example.com. License fees and a license agreement may be required, depending on the proposed usage.
Applicable Laws and Policies
You agree to use our services in compliance with any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, any regulations having the force of law. This applies whether your use is intentional or unintentional. The use of our services is subject to all the policies and regulations of the University, including, but not limited to, those detailed at: https://cam.illinois.edu/policies/fo-36/.
The ISGS Web site is intended for use by anyone who wishes to access information provided by the ISGS about the geology of Illinois. Some electronic services provided by the ISGS are available to the public and some are restricted to authorized users. Minors under 18 require parental consent before providing us with any information. Minors under 13 may not provide us with any information in any way. Anonymous posting to our services is forbidden, with the exception of the ISGS FTP service.
Our online shopping transactions are commercially secure and utilize a centralized process. All personally identifiable information gathered on the Shop ISGS site remains private. Without your express permission, it will not be sold or shared with any non-University organization. Shop ISGS transaction information is stored in a secure database and is protected from loss, misuse, or alteration.
Some of our services provide communication and collaboration forums, the ability to upload information to our servers, and similar functions. Any information that is disclosed in these areas may become public information and a user should therefore exercise caution when deciding to disclose one’s personal information in such places.
The ISGS may log and replicate any or all user-provided content. By posting any content to our services (other than online shopping) you grant the ISGS permission to display said content in any way we see fit. You hereby agree and provide your express consent that the University may access your account for administrative and other purposes such as compliance with university policies and other rules governing this service, including the investigation of security incidents. This right extends to any information stored within the account.
You may be required to identify yourself and may not impersonate others.
The following are forbidden: sharing your account with others, use of accounts for the creation or delivery of unsolicited commercial email (a.k.a. SPAM), use of accounts to store or transmit copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright owner, violation of the intellectual property rights of others, use of services to support cheating, use of services for commercial or profit-making purposes, use of services to campaign for political office or on behalf of political candidates, and any other actions we deem inappropriate.
Users are encouraged to report violations of these rules or inappropriate behavior to the ISGS by phone at 217-333-4747 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois State Geological Survey
Institute for Natural Resource Sustainability
University of Illinois
615 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820