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This World Wide Web site is created and maintained by the Data Coordination Unit(DCU), Department of Public Health Sciences of Medical University of South Carolina. The Website is also hosted by the DCU.

Privacy Policy
The DCU has a clear and simple privacy policy: it will NOT collect personal information about visitors to the Website unless the visitor chooses to provide that information to it.
If a visitor does nothing more than browse the Website, read pages and download information, then DCU may gather and store certain information about that visitor automatically:
  • the Internet domain and IP address from which the visitor accesses the Website
  • the type of browser and operating system used
  • the date and time of access
  • the pages visited the Uniform Resource Locator from which the visitor arrived at the Website.
This information does not identify the visitor in any specific way. It does, however, allow the DCU to make the Website more useful to visitors by learning about their general patterns of use.

Visitors may choose to provide the DCU with specific personal information, via e-mail or by filling out a form submitted to the DCU. This information will only be used to respond to the original message and to assist visitors with specific questions or concerns. The DCU shares this information with other MUSC affiliates or government agencies only when the question relates to that affiliate, or as required by law. The DCU does not create individual profiles with the information provided, and does not provide personal information to private organizations or commercial marketing groups.

Use of Materials Found on the DCU Website
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested. The DCU strongly recommends that data be acquired directly from this Website and not through other sources that may change the data in some way. While the DCU makes every effort to provide accurate and complete information, various data may change prior to updating.

Links to the DCU Website
Third-party sites may create links to the DCU Website, as long as they do not replicate the content of the Website. Third-party links should not create a frame or border around DCU content. Links should neither imply an endorsement from nor misrepresent the site's relationship to DCU. The third-party site should not present false information about DCU, nor should it contain content that could be construed as inappropriate, offensive, or controversial.

Links to Third-Party Sites
As a convenience to its visitors, this Website may provide links to third-party websites, created and maintained by other organizations. Visitors who follow these links will leave the DCU Website. DCU has not reviewed all of these third-party websites. DCU neither controls nor has any responsibility for the relevance, timeliness, or accuracy of the content or operation of third-party websites. DCU does not endorse or make any representations about these third-party websites, or any information, software or other products or materials found there, or any results obtained from use of those sites. Visitors choosing to access a third-party website from this Website do so entirely at their own risk.

Disclaimer of Sponsorships and Endorsements
References within this Website to any specific commercial product, process or service, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise, do not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Medical University of South Carolina, its affiliates and its employees. Views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect the views and opinions of MUSC, its affiliates or its employees.

Disclaimer of Liability
THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS FOUND AT THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. No responsibility is assumed by DCU, MUSC, the SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GOVERNMENT, its agencies or its employees in the use of this information or related materials. Applicable law may not permit the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.

General Terms
DCU may revise these terms, conditions and policies at any time by updating this document. Visitors should check this document occasionally to keep themselves aware of this information. Certain provisions of this document may be superseded by express legal notices or terms located on particular pages of the Website.
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