Purpose of the Infinite Connection

The purpose of the Infinite Connection is to allow alumni, students, and friends of MIT engage with the Institute and each other through registration for face-to-face and online events, volunteering, use of social platforms, connecting to online content. and supporting MIT philanthropically.

Services

The Infinite Connection (the "IC") is a secure area requiring login where alumni, current students, associate members and friends of the Association may manage their own account and benefit from various services. Each user must register and agree to this privacy and usage policy.

Cookies are used to store active login sessions to allow visitors to move between the public MIT Alumni Association site and the secure login areas of the Infinite Connection without repeated logins. Cookies are also used to gather aggregate data that will help us improve our services in the future.

The MIT Alumni Association site also contains links to the websites of third-parties, who may use Infinite Connection authentication for log in. If you leave the MIT Alumni Association site you will become subject to the policies of those third-parties. MIT is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. Certain MIT personnel and third party service providers may have access to any information on the Infinite Connection for MIT purposes.

Services are provided based on user role (alumni, students, friends of MIT.) The Online Alumni Directory, which is only accessible to MIT alumni, current MIT students in a full time degree granting program, associate members of the Association who register, as well as to certain MIT personnel, may contain the following types of information about MIT alumni: name; MIT course, degree and degree year; contact information including telephone number and email addresses; professional history; MIT activities as a student and as an alumnus; and living groups while at MIT. Updates made online in the Infinite Connection with also be synchronized with the MIT MySloan Alumni Directory as appropriate. Alumni and associate members of the Association can choose to suppress publication of their information on a field-by-field basis, with limited exceptions. Also, alumni can choose to have their information unavailable to current MIT students. Email Forwarding for Life services, (@alum.mit.edu forwarding email address) are only available to alumni, and are provided by the MIT Alumni Association to facilitate communication among members of the MIT community.

While the Infinite Connection allows users to update their biographical information online, information can also be updated by contacting the Office of Records at alumnirecords@mit.edu.

Usage

Certain uses of the Infinite Connection or any of the information obtained through these services which are inconsistent with the Purpose, constitute a violation of this policy and are prohibited. Such prohibited uses include but are not limited to:

(a) activities that are illegal (e.g. are fraudulent or violate copyright or other laws);

(b) activities that defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights of others;

(c) publication, posting, uploading, distributing or disseminating any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful content;

(d) uploading files that contain viruses or other similar software or programs that may affect or damage the operation of another's computer or another's property, or that may affect the operation of the Infinite Connection or networks connected to the Infinite Connection;

(e) use that inaccurately implies endorsement, approval, or sponsorship by MIT or the MIT Alumni Association (or any individual employee or officer of the Institute or the Association);

(f) use that can be confused with official communications of MIT or the MIT Alumni Association (or any individual employee or officer of the Institute or the Association);

(g) use that can be confused with official communications of MIT clubs, classes or groups, or their officers;

(h) use that violates MIT or MIT Alumni Association policies and procedures (you may not use information about MIT alumni for non-MIT purposes or for use by organizations not affiliated with MIT and may not use this information in conjunction with any commercial purpose(s).); and

(i) mass mailings, faxes or emails (sometimes known as spamming).

The MIT Alumni Association may deny further access to all or a portion of the Infinite Connection, including but not limited to the Online Alumni Directory or Email Forwarding for Life services to anyone who violates this policy.

Sharing of your Contact Information Within MIT

When a user subscribes to the Infinite Connection and provides an email address, postal address or phone number for any purpose to the MIT Alumni Association, it may be used by the Association and MIT to communicate with the user for any reason in the future. Users may opt- out of email communication on their account page or by contacting the Office of Records at alumnirecords@mit.edu.

Limitations on Use

This Infinite Connection services are for the convenience of MIT alumni, current MIT students, associate members of the Association, and friends of MIT, and is not intended to expose MIT or the MIT Alumni Association to liability.

NEITHER MIT NOR THE MIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING ANY SERVICES, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, ACTIVITIES, AND/OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS UNDER OR RELATED TO THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION WHETHER THIS WEBSITE IS FREE OF ANY VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR ADVERSE ATTRIBUTES. YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

NEITHER MIT NOR THE MIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE MEMBERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES OR CONTRACTORS, SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, OR FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, TREBLE, OR OTHER SPECIAL OR INDIRECT, LOSSES, DAMAGES AND/OR LOST PROFITS ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR MISUSE OF THIS WEBSITE AND/OR THE INFORMATION OR SERVICES UNDER OR RELATED TO IT, REGARDLESS OF THE BASIS OF ANY CLAIM OR THE KNOWLEDGE OF MIT AND/OR THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.