Online classroom terms and conditions

These are our terms and conditions for booking courses and services, and for using our online classroom, which we created and manage in partnership with Professional Writing Academy Limited. By using the online classroom, you agree to these terms and conditions. If you have any questions please email us at learn@johnyorkestory.com and we’ll be happy to answer them.

Course and service information

All course and service information is correct at the time of publication.

We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised course or service, including, but not limited to, course content, tutors and timings, for any reason at any time. If we do make a change we’ll aim to provide as much notice as possible, and will always try to replace tutors with someone of equal experience and standing.

Booking information

You must be 18 or older to book and/or take part in any course or service.

Your place on a course or service is not confirmed until we receive your non-refundable deposit, full payment, or first payment if we’ve agreed that you can pay by instalments or on a session-by-session basis.

If we don’t receive the balance by the course or service start date, or as otherwise agreed, we reserve the right to offer the place to someone else and your deposit will be forfeit. You are only guaranteed a place for the sessions you have paid for.

Payment

Our course partner, Professional Writing Academy, helps us by processing all online payments through their website on our behalf. When you book through the John Yorke Story site you will be automatically directed to the Professional Writing Academy website where you will be able to make your payment securely and safely.

Deposits

Paying a non-refundable deposit secures your booking and means that you are committing to the course or service for its full duration. As such, you are liable to pay the full fees before the course or service starts, or as otherwise agreed.

Transfers

At our discretion, you may be able to transfer your booking to another course or service of the same cost and duration, subject to availability.

We’ll consider transfers up to two weeks before the course or service starts, and any payment made will be allocated to the new course or service you choose. If you ask to transfer a booking after this time, we may do so only if we have already received the full course fee from you and we are able to confirm another booking to replace yours.

If either of these conditions is not met, we will unfortunately have to treat your booking as cancelled and shall retain the full fee as forfeit.

Cancelling before the course or service starts

We accept cancellations up to six weeks before your course or service starts and we’ll refund the full cost.

If you need to cancel less than six weeks before, we’ll do our best to find someone to replace you. If we succeed, we’ll return the balance of your payment less a 10% charge. If we can’t find a replacement, we reserve the right to keep the full amount you’ve paid.

Cancelling after the course or service has started

If you leave the course or service after it has started, you’ll still have to pay the full fees. We may make exceptions to this in extreme circumstances and at our discretion.

What happens if we cancel the course or service?

We rarely need to cancel, but if we do we’ll give you as much notice as possible and we’ll either offer you an alternative course or service of the same standing, or return all fees paid, but shall not pay any other costs.

Newsletter

When you book a course or service we’ll automatically subscribe you to the John Yorke Story newsletter. We never share your details with other people and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Attending your course or service

By booking a place on a course or service you commit to attending all the sessions to the best of your ability. We ask you to do this because:

  • It’s not practical for someone else to take your place on a course if you cancel after it’s started
  • Attending all sessions means you’ll get the most benefit from your learning

Unfortunately, we cannot automatically offer refunds or exchanges if you miss a course or service session due to illness or any other reason, but we may give you the option of joining another course or service at a later date.

 

Using the online classroom

Your online classroom account and its security

You’ll need to give us your correct name and email address so that we can set up your online classroom account. We’ll give you a username and password and you’ll need to change the password the first time you log in to the classroom. For security, you must keep your login details confidential and not share them with anyone.

You’re responsible for any and all use of your account. You must tell us immediately if your account is used without your permission or if you become aware of any breach of security.

Availability of the online classroom

We aim to keep the online classroom open 24 hours except for routine updates or maintenance. If this happens, we’ll post a notice on the classroom home page.

The classroom, and everything in it, including course materials, forums, chatrooms and private messaging areas, are provided ‘as is’ without warranty of any kind.

While we aim to make the classroom available, accurate and secure, we cannot guarantee that it will be error-free, run uninterrupted, that defects will be corrected, or that the site or its server will be free of viruses or other harmful components. You use the online classroom solely at your own risk.

Using the online classroom

You must not use any robot, spider, crawling, scraping, or other automated device, process or means to access the online classroom. You must not use any device, software, routine, or take any action that interferes with the proper working of the site.

Our copyright and intellectual property

All classroom, course and service materials, whether provided via the online classroom, by email, phone or post, are owned by or licensed to John Yorke Story and/or Professional Writing Academy or used with permission, and are protected by UK and international copyright, trademarks, database rights and/or other intellectual property rights.

This includes, but is not limited to, podcasts, videos, written lectures, notes and transcripts, quizzes, forum content and discussions, images, graphics and photographs, as well as the design, logos, layout and appearance of the classroom.

You may use all provided materials during your course or service, but you are not permitted to reproduce, record, copy, distribute or share them in any format at any time during or after your course or service.

Copyright of work produced by third parties

We have a Further Education Licence from The Copyrighting Licensing Agency Ltd. This licence allows us to photocopy, scan or make digital copies of extracts from books, journals and periodicals, magazines, law reports, ebooks, e-journals and some websites, for the benefit of our students and staff in connection with the course or service that you are taking. The copyright of these materials belongs to their original author(s). As such, you may use the copied materials we provide during your course or service, but you are not permitted to reproduce, record, copy, distribute or share them in any format at any time during or after your course or service.

Your copyright

You retain copyright of any work you write during your course. You warrant and indemnify to John Yorke Story and Professional Writing Academy that any such work shall be your own and shall not infringe the copyright of any third party. This warranty shall survive any cancellation or termination of the course.

John Yorke Story and Professional Writing Academy do not assert ownership rights over the content you post, transmit, or otherwise make available for inclusion on the forums, chatrooms, messaging or anywhere within the classroom. We may want to use comments you’ve made in discussions to help provide, promote or advertise our courses and services. By using the online classroom, you give us permission to do that at any time, even after the course or service has ended. However, we will always check with you before we do this.

Partner and third-party sites

John Yorke Story and Professional Writing Academy partner with a range of other websites by sharing some site content. All partner websites are covered by these terms and conditions.

We may include references or links to third-party sites. John Yorke Story and Professional Writing Academy have no control over third-party sites or the content within them. This means that we cannot guarantee that those sites, or their content, are secure, accurate, legal or inoffensive, and we take no responsibility for any damages or losses whatsoever resulting from your use of the online classroom or partner sites to obtain search results or to link to third-party sites. Your use of third-party sites is solely at your own risk.

Using the classroom forums, chatrooms and messaging

We provide forums, chatrooms and messaging to support your learning, networking and socialising with other people in the online classroom.

You are responsible for any and all content that you share on your personal profile and on the forums, chatrooms, messaging and anywhere else in the online classroom. We have a code of conduct to help you, which you must follow at all times (see Conduct section).

Because the online classroom is a place to experiment with and explore your writing, we do not want to censor anyone’s work. So by using the classroom you understand and agree that despite our guidance on conduct you may be exposed to content that you may consider offensive, indecent or objectionable.

We may monitor and review any content shared in the online classroom and have the right to pre-screen, refuse, move or remove any content at any time, at our sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, any content that violates these terms and conditions. If you have any questions or concerns about any content shared in the online classroom, please raise them with your tutor or moderator who will be happy to answer them (see Questions, concerns and complaints section).

John Yorke Story and Professional Writing Academy cannot control or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, usefulness, integrity or quality of any content shared by other people in the classroom. This means that we are not liable in any way for any such content, including any errors or omissions, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content shared in the classroom.

Emails sent from the classroom forums

Whenever you post your work to one of the online classroom forums a copy of your post is emailed to everyone in your course group, including tutors, guest tutors, moderators, and our classroom administrators. These posts will often contain a student’s written work and, as such, the copyright of individual forum posts belongs to the person who wrote them (see Your copyright section). You are not permitted to reproduce, record, copy, distribute or share those emails in any format at any time during or after your course or service.

By posting to the forums, you agree and accept that your posts will be emailed to your course group. John Yorke Story and Professional Writing Academy have no control over what happens to such posts after they have left the online classroom and we cannot control or guarantee that they will not be copied, shared or distributed by the recipient(s). We therefore ask everyone who uses the online classroom to respect the work of others and not share it in any way.

If you wish to stop receiving forum emails you can update your message settings in your profile. However, your posts will continue to be emailed to your course group, even if you opt out of receiving emails yourself.

Conduct

We’re proud to run professional and friendly courses and services designed to inspire and support your writing, learning and creativity. To make sure they’re a productive learning opportunity for everyone, we expect you to be respectful and thoughtful, and not behave in any way that may cause offence to anyone.

This means that you must not use any part of the online classroom (forums, chatrooms, personal profiles, messaging and webinars) to bully, intimidate, coerce, demean or behave in any way that may cause offence to any anyone using the classroom, including students, tutors, moderators, administrators and guests.

All classroom discussions during the course or service are private and confidential. You agree to keep confidential any information and/or material, which is divulged by other students, tutors, moderators, administrators and guests (either written, online or oral) both during and after the course or service.

You agree not to make any audio or visual recordings of the sessions (whether delivered through the online classroom, Skype, phone or other messaging service), the work of the tutor, guest speakers or of other students.

If your writing includes any sensitive content that other people may find upsetting or offensive, then you should include a warning when you share that work anywhere within the classroom.

Indemnification

You will defend, indemnify, and hold John Yorke Story and Professional Writing Academy, our affiliates and agents harmless from:

  • Your access to and use of the online classroom
  • Your violation of any of these terms and conditions
  • Your violation of any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, trade secret, or privacy right of any content in the online classroom

This indemnification will continue after your course or service, and your use of the online classroom, has ended.

Limitation of liability

In no event will John Yorke Story, Professional Writing Academy, our affiliates or agents be liable for any indirect, consequential, special, incidental or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the online classroom or its contents, including any co-branded site, whether in a contract action or based on negligence, or other tort action, or any other claim whatsoever, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damage.

Violating these terms and conditions

If you violate any of these terms and conditions we may suspend your access to the online classroom. If this happens, you will not be entitled to a refund. Depending on the violation, you may be investigated and appropriate legal action may be taken, including civil, criminal and injunctive redress.

 

Questions, concerns and complaints

We’re dedicated to providing a positive learning experience. If you have a question about the way we provide your course or service, or if something goes wrong, please tell us so that we can continue to improve.

How to ask a question or tell us if you have a concern

If you have a question or concern about your course or service, please email either your tutor or moderator, as they’re able to answer most questions and address most concerns. If they cannot immediately answer your question then they may need to discuss it with the wider John Yorke Story team, if appropriate. All such conversations are held in confidence.

How to make a complaint

First, please raise it with your tutor or moderator via email who will do their best to resolve it. If, after that, you want to take your complaint further, please email us at learn@johnyorkestory.com. We’ll do our best to reply within two working days, even if that’s just to acknowledge your message, and we aim to respond to your complaint within 10 working days.

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