Last updated: August 28, 2019


Privacy Policy

We are committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality, and security of your personally identifiable information ("Personal Information"). As part of this commitment, our privacy policy governs our actions as they relate to the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information.

How We Collect and Use Information

We ask for certain types of personal information when a Teacher, or a representative acting on behalf of a School, corresponds with us, requests an account, and agrees to the use of our application according to our Terms of Service; this may include a name, school name, school district, school email address and/or account name and password. Once a School or Teacher begins using the Service, the information we collect may be combined with records relating to the School’s or Teacher’s use of our Service.

We use the personal information we collect to operate, maintain, and provide the features and functionality of the Service, to analyze our Service functionality, and to communicate with our Teachers, Schools, and Students, as necessary and appropriate, including:

Account Creation and Student Data

GradeIt instances and instructor accounts are created by University of Washington personnel according only to information that is necessary for use of the Service.

GradeIt student accounts are created by the teacher (HS courses) or internally by us (UW courses), not the student. If you are a high school student whose School or Teacher has enrolled in our Service, we will not directly collect your information. All high school student data in GradeIt is provided by the high school teacher when creating course enrollment files. We strongly emphasize that teachers should anonymize any student personally identifiable information (PII) through adoption of alternate naming conventions. Student records, including assignments and grades, should be attributed to actual student data by the respective teacher of the high school course. We emphasize that this attribution take place external to the GradeIt application.

Consent

Knowledge and consent are required for the collection, use or disclosure of Personal Information except where required or permitted by law. Providing us with your Personal Information is always your choice. However, your decision not to provide certain information may limit our ability to provide you with this Service. We will not require you to consent to the collection, use, or disclosure of information, except as required to be able to supply the service.

How we collect information

With your consent, we may collect Personal Information from you in person, over the telephone or by corresponding with you via mail, facsimile, or the Internet.

Limiting Use and Disclosure

The Personal Information collected will be limited to those details necessary for the purposes identified by us. We will use personal information only in ways that are compatible with the purposes for which it was collected or subsequently authorized by the individual. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is relevant to its intended use, accurate, complete, and current.

Accuracy

Personal Information will be maintained in as accurate, complete and up-to-date form as is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it is to be used.

Protecting End User Information

GradeIt maintains strict administrative, technical and physical procedures to protect information stored in our servers, which are located at the University of Washington in the United States. Other security safeguards include but are not limited to hashing, firewalls, and limiting access to personal data to employees who require it to perform their job functions. We take all reasonable precautions to protect your Personal Information from any loss or unauthorized use, access, or disclosure.

Openness

We will make information available to you about our policies and practices with respect to the management of your Personal Information.

End User Access

Upon request, you will be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of your Personal Information, and will be given access to it. You may verify the accuracy and completeness of your Personal Information, and may request that it be amended, if appropriate. However, in certain circumstances permitted by law, we will not disclose certain information to you. For example, we may not disclose information relating to you if other individuals are referenced or if there are legal, security or commercial proprietary restrictions.

Handling Complaints and Suggestions

You may direct any questions or inquiries with respect to our privacy policy or our practices by contacting: gradeit@cs.washington.edu

Additional Information on Cookies

GradeIt uses cookies. What does this mean for visitors to our site and users of our Service?

A cookie is a small computer file or piece of information that may be stored in your computer's hard drive when you visit our website. We may use cookies to improve our website’s functionality and in some cases, to provide visitors with a customized online experience. Cookies are widely used and most web browsers are configured initially to accept cookies automatically. You may change your Internet browser settings to prevent your computer from accepting cookies or to notify you when you receive a cookie so that you may decline its acceptance. Please note, however, if you disable cookies, you may not experience optimal performance of our website. Our website may contain links to other third party sites that are not governed by this privacy policy. Although we endeavour to only link to sites with high privacy standards, our privacy policy will no longer apply once you leave our website. Additionally, we are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by third party websites. Therefore, we suggest that you examine the privacy statements of those sites to learn how your information may be collected, used, shared and disclosed.


Terms of Service

When we refer to “GradeIt”, "We", "Our" and "Us" we mean GradeIt and the University of Washington staff involved in maintenance of this service. When we refer to "Service" we mean the GradeIt application in its entirety, or any feature or function that is utilized therein.

When we use "you" we mean any individual who has been given an account to use this service (for UW users), or, the legal entity the individual is authorized to represent (for non-UW users). If you are accessing the service on behalf of your school and students, you warrant that you have the authority to agree to these terms on their behalf.

Acceptance of terms

This is an agreement between you and GradeIt. By using this service, you consent to all parts of this Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy. Do not use this service if you do not agree to all terms.

Registration

In order to use the service, an account must be created for you. GradeIt teacher accounts for existing instances can be requested by emailing gradeit@cs.washington.edu. Once an account is created for you, you are responsible for your account and any related activity. We emphasize that you create a strong password and limit its use to this account exclusively. By agreeing to these terms, you verify that you or anyone for whom this service is being utilized is at least 13 years old.

User content and ownership

You agree that you are fully responsible for the content you submit or upload, and have the necessary permissions to do so. We do not claim any ownership over content you submit or upload to this service. However, we store and use the content to provide this service.

Data security

We take data security seriously and strive to follow best practices for securing your data:

Service availability

Though we strive to provide high availability of this service to existing users, we make no guarantees of service availability.

We will do our best to respond to issues or inquiries within two (2) business days. However, please note that GradeIt support is provided as a courtesy and may be limited on weekends and holidays and response times may exceed this expectation.

Fair usage

You agree that you will not attempt to hack into this service or on purpose try to overload or disrupt it. If we suspect that you do so, you agree that your account may be suspended or removed without warning.

Limitation of liability

THIS SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY THE CONTROLLERS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER, CONTRIBUTORS, OR CONTROLLERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO; LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA; OR OPERATIONAL INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Privacy

Please read our Privacy Policy for how we manage the personal data you provide to us when using our service.

Changes to our Terms of Service

If we decide to change our Terms of Service, we will post those changes on this page. For significant changes you will be prompted from the application and/or by email to accept those changes to keep using the service.

Contact information

If there are any questions regarding these Terms, you may contact us at gradeit@cs.washington.edu

Additional Terms & Conditions

Modifications to the Application or Service

We reserve the right to make modifications to GradeIt, including terminating, changing, suspending or discontinuing any aspect of the application or service at any time for any reason, without notice. We may impose additional rules or limits on the use of this web application and its services. You agree to review the Terms regularly and your continued access or use of our web application will mean that you agree to any changes. You agree that we will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of our web application or for any service, content, feature or product offered through the use of this application.

Assignment Customization Policy

As of July, 2019, GradeIt prohibits the design, creation, and implementation of custom assignments and JUnit testing and will not support troubleshooting or resolution in the event that something goes wrong. Utilization of the GradeIt application should be limited exclusively to pre-designed CSE142 and CSE143 assignments.

Discontinuation of New Instances

As of July, 2019, new GradeIt instances will not be created nor supported for the foreseeable future. Existing instances will be minimally supported, and we continue to reserve the right to suspend service and support at any time. However, in the event that service or support around the application is discontinued in full, we will do our best to notify existing users within a reasonable time-frame prior to service disruption (45 business days, excluding weekends and holidays).