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Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Use of the Association of American Universities’ ("AAU") World Wide Web pages (“AAU website”) is subject to the terms and conditions (“Terms of Use”) set forth below. Any use of the AAU website constitutes the user’s agreement to abide by the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree with these Terms of Use, you must immediately terminate use of the website.  AAU may change these Terms and Conditions of Use from time to time, without notice and at AAU’s sole discretion. Continued use of the AAU website following the posting of such changes will constitute the user’s assent to all such changes. If you violate any of these Terms of Use, your permission to use the website automatically terminates.

Copyright and Trademarks

All website content (“AAU Content”) on this site is owned by AAU, its licensors, or other third parties and is protected by law including, but not limited to, United States copyright, trade secret, patent, and trademark law.   Except as specified below, reproduction, retransmission, distribution, sale, publication, broadcast, circulation, reprinting, or dissemination of any AAU Content is prohibited without prior written permission from AAU or the other copyright owner if AAU is not the owner. You may not alter, delete, obscure, or conceal any copyright or other notices appearing on the AAU Content. Any use of the AAU Content not expressly permitted by these Terms of Use is a breach of these Terms of Use and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.
The name Association of American Universities®, the initials AAU®, and AAU Logo trademarks are proprietary marks registered to AAU. Misuse, appropriation, or other violation of AAU’s trademarks is prohibited and may violate federal and state laws.

Use of Content

AAU’s website is designed for informational purposes only. AAU authorizes you to view or download a single copy of the material on the website solely for your personal, noncommercial use if you include the following copyright notice: "Copyright © [year], by the Association of American Universities. All rights reserved" and any other copyright and proprietary rights notices that are contained in the AAU Content.

A user may create a hyperlink to any document on AAU’s website, provided that the hyperlink does not create the appearance that there is any sponsorship or endorsement between AAU and the user and/or the user’s organization.

All other reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting of all or part of any AAU Content found on this website is expressly prohibited, unless AAU has expressly granted its prior consent to so reproduce, retransmit, or reprint the material. If you violate any of these Terms of Use, your permission to use the AAU Content automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of any portion of the AAU Content.

If you have any doubt about whether a particular use of the AAU website is permitted or prohibited, or if you are a commercial user, please contact us here.

Online Conduct

You warrant that you will abide by all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations with respect to your use of the AAU website and not interfere with the use and enjoyment of the AAU website by other users or with AAU’s operation and management of the website. You agree to use the website only for lawful purposes and are prohibited from posting on the website any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law.


You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold AAU, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and licensors harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of any of these Terms of Use.

Disclaimer of Warranties


Disclaimer of Endorsement

The AAU website may also include links to other websites or social media platforms. These links, offered solely for the convenience of users of the AAU website, do not express or imply AAU’s endorsement of the linked websites. AAU hereby disclaims all responsibility for the content of, or views expressed on, the linked websites.

Disclaimer of Liability

You assume all responsibility for the use of this website. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall AAU or anyone else involved in creating or maintaining this website be liable for any claim, loss, or damage (including, without limitation, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL or CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, or LOST PROFITS of any kind whatsoever) in connection with, as a result of, or arising from the use or inability to use the website and/or any other websites that are linked to this website, including, but not limited to: (i) reliance by a member or visitor on any information obtained via the website; (ii) mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, viruses, errors, defects, or any failure of performance, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access; ) any interruption in the availability of the website or AAU Content; (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on the website; (iv) any other matter relating to the website.

Any claims arising in connection with your use of the website or any of the AAU Content must be brought within one (1) year of the date of the event giving rise to such action occurred.  Remedies under these Terms of Use are exclusive and are limited to those expressly provided for in these Terms of Use.  In states which do not allow some or all of the above limitations of liability, liability shall be limited to the greatest extent allowed by law.

Governing Law/Forum

These Terms of Use are governed by the internal substantive laws of the District of Columbia, without respect to its conflict of laws principles.

You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with AAU, or in any way relating to your use of the website, resides in the courts of the District of Columbia and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the District of Columbia in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving the website or AAU and its employees, contractors, officers, directors, telecommunication providers, and content providers.  In any court action arising out of these Terms of Use, the prevailing party shall have its reasonable costs and attorney’s fees paid by the other party.

Privacy Policy

The Association of American Universities (“AAU”) respects the privacy of users of the AAU website. AAU never sells or rents any information it collects or gathers from users to any third party. Under no circumstances will AAU divulge any information about an individual user, including nonpublic information about a corporate person, to any third party.

AAU shares the details of this privacy notice with all of its employees to ensure they are aware of their obligation to use all reasonable measures to protect users’ information.

Use of Information

AAU utilizes information voluntarily provided by users of the AAU website to prepare future content based on users’ interests and to improve users’ experiences with the AAU website. AAU also utilizes such information to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums.

Users’ visits to the AAU website generate certain information that is automatically stored in log files, including Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data. AAU may also store information collected through cookies, log files and other technologies to create a “profile” of users’ preferences. AAU utilizes this information, which does not in itself identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the AAU website, to track users' movements around the AAU website, and to gather demographic information about AAU’s user base as a whole.

AAU shares aggregated demographic information with its partners. This information does not identify individual users. AAU does not link aggregate user data with personally identifiable information in these cases.


AAU operates secure data networks protected by firewall and password protection systems that are at least industry standard. AAU periodically reviews and enhances its security and privacy policies as necessary. Only authorized AAU employees and contractors have access to the information provided by AAU’s constituents. Any personally identifiable information provided in connection with purchases is encrypted end-to-end with industry-standard 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology and digital certificates. Unfortunately, no information transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure.  Accordingly, despite our efforts, AAU cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.

Opt-Out Policy and Correction or Removal of Personally Identifiable Information

AAU gives users practical options to remove themselves from AAU mailing lists and from participation in certain interactive areas of AAU’s website. You may correct, update or deactivate your personally identifiable information by emailing us at, or by contacting us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below.


This website is not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13.  Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), AAU will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Legal Disclaimer

AAU reserves the right to disclose personally identifiable information as required by law or when it reasonably believes that disclosure is necessary to protect AAU’s rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process.

AAU reserves the right to modify this privacy statement at any time and in its sole discretion, and such changes are effective upon posting.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding AAU’s privacy policy, please contact us here.