Terms of Service

Last updated: September 2020

Welcome to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) website (Site). This website is provided as a service of the Institute of Food Technologists.

IFT strives to ensure that all attendees feel welcome, included, and safe at IFT Virtual Events and on IFT Virtual Platforms. IFT is committed to honoring the diversity in our community and providing equal opportunity to all IFT Members and attendees regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, marital status, order of protection status, genetic information, sexual orientation, transgender status, and any other category protected by law.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior at IFT Virtual Events, social events, and virtual platforms, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.  By participating in IFT Virtual Events and IFT Virtual Platforms, all sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants (individually and collectively “Participants”) agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.

We invite all sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.

All determinations of appropriate or inappropriate behavior are in IFT’s sole discretion and the decision(s) of IFT will be final.

If you encounter a situation please text 312-286-2744, or email us confidentially at [email protected]
  

Expected Behavior

Be considerate, respectful, and kind to others. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech. Spam, or repeated contact of attendees that have requested no contact from another attendee is strictly prohibited. Plagiarism, uploading of inappropriate, pornographic or offensive material is also strictly prohibited. Attendees and exhibitors should be mindful of any copyright laws, music licensing etc. and not violate any terms or conditions related to such.

Thank you for helping to make this a welcoming event for all.


Unacceptable Behavior

Harassment and discrimination include any verbal, physical, or visual conduct based on sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, transgender status, race, age, national origin, or disability. Inappropriate display, sharing or use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); any physical or verbal intimidation, stalking or following of attendee(s); harassing, photographing or recording of attendee(s); sustained disruption of sessions, talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and any unwelcome sexual attention (physical or verbal) will not be tolerated. Violators may be removed from the meeting if found to be in violation and their ability to attend future IFT events may also be restricted or prohibited.

Any boisterous, lewd or offensive behavior or language, threatening, intimidation, coercion, use of sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct, profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious or ethnic slurs will not be tolerated. Participants violating this Code of Conduct will be asked to leave the site at the sole discretion of IFT staff. IFT retains the right to take any actions to ensure the event is a welcoming environment for all. This includes expulsion from the annual meeting with no refund.

By registering, attending and/or participating in IFT Virtual Events and IFT Virtual Platforms, Participants consent to and grant to IFT, the unrestricted, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free and transferable right and license to use and to distribute (both now and in the future) Participants’ image and/or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes (both live an on demand) of IFT InFocus.

Participants shall not photograph, audio, or video record any and all portions of IFT InFocus without the prior written consent of IFT.


Technology Use

Participants acknowledge that their use of technology during IFT Virtual Events and on IFT Virtual Platforms is not guaranteed. IFT and its vendors will use their best efforts to communicate with Participants regarding camera use in devices and computers, mobile app capabilities in iOS and Android, audio settings and headset use, and stylus use in the virtual event platform.

In no event shall IFT be held liable for interruptions to Internet access, power access, video camera access, or audio capabilities, nor of any similar interruptions to IFT Virtual Events or on IFT Virtual Platforms for the duration of the posted website(s).

Participants may not upload or otherwise provide infringing, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, threatening, abusive, illegal or otherwise improper content.

Participants may not upload viruses or harmful components to IFT Virtual Events and/or on IFT Virtual Platforms.

Participants may not use IFT websites, IFT Virtual Events and/or IFT Virtual Platforms to further any unlawful purpose or to violate the rights of any party.

Participants may not upload or otherwise provide content with a commercial purpose or attempt to solicit funds or advertise goods and services.

Participants may not utilize IFT websites, IFT Virtual Events and/or IFT Virtual Platforms to engage in communications leading or related to an agreement in restraint of trade, to exchange specific information relating to your prices, profits, or costs, or in any other manner to limit competition or restrain trade in violation of state and federal antitrust laws.


Dress Code

The dress code at IFT Virtual Events is business casual. Participants are required to adhere to this dress code during IFT Virtual Events including, but not limited to, live video chat.


Reporting Violations of this Policy

If you have a complaint or concern about harassment, discrimination, bullying or any other conduct which may violate the IFT Code of Conduct, we encourage you to notify us via email at [email protected]. You may request that your report remain confidential and only be shared with those on a “need to know” basis.

Please remember that notifying IFT staff does not constitute or replace notification to local law enforcement. This Code of Conduct does not replace any rules that are part of IFT’s contracts with its vendors, exhibitors and/or sponsors.


Compliance and Enforcement

IFT reserves the right to take any action that is reasonably necessary, in the sole judgment of IFT, for the protection of IFT, its participants, including but not limited to exhibitors, and/or attendees. IFT will maintain full discretion in the interpretation and enforcement of this Code of Conduct.

Participants will be asked to stop any behavior in violation of this Code of Conduct are expected to comply immediately. This Code of Conduct provides general guidelines and cannot cover every possible type of unacceptable behavior. IFT reserves the right to apply corrective action to instances other than the specific examples noted. IFT participants violating this Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the event (without refund) and all future events without a refund at the discretion of IFT.

We expect all conference Participants to abide by this Code of Conduct at all IFT Virtual Events and social events regardless of whether IFT is a sponsor of such meeting or event.

The information and materials contained on this website (the “Site”) are for marketing and informational purposes only and do not purport to be any measure of complete disclosure regarding the Institute of Food Technologists or its affiliates (hereinafter collectively referred to using “we,” “us,” “IFT,” the Organization, and similar terms).  Your eligibility to participate in any discussions or view any information or data listed on the Site is subject to the final approval and acceptance of the Organization.  WE MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES DESCRIBED ON THE SITE AT ANY TIME.  WE DO NOT UNDERTAKE, AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM, ANY OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY TO UPDATE OR AMEND THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES DESCRIBED IN THE SITE OR TO NOTIFY YOU OF SAME, EXCEPT BY POSTING SUCH CHANGES TO THE SITE.

The IFT Community (“Community”) is provided as a service for our members.  IFT is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this Site by others.  IFT disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this Site, whether posted by IFT or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall IFT be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on IFT Sites.

As part of your use of this website, we may obtain certain information about you which we will hold in confidence according to these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy. IFT and our members are bound by our Code of Professional Conduct.  In addition, no user of this Site may post any libelous, defamatory, discriminatory (link to IFT Statement on Diversity), abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials.

“[Company Name and or trademarks],” and the accompanying logo/design, as well as other elements appearing in the Site, are our property.  Other featured words or symbols, used to identify the source of goods and services, are the trademarks of their respective owners.

No user of this Site may post any material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner or in violation of any agreement or other restriction applicable to the material any user posts on the Site. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. The posting party grants IFT the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such material.  In addition, the posting party grants other users the nonexclusive right and license to share such material through various discussions and blogs available to users as part of the IFT Community.   IFT cannot guarantee that others will not use the ideas and information that are posted. Therefore, if you have an idea or information that you would like to keep confidential and/or that you do not want others to use, do not post such information or ideas.  IFT is not responsible for the misuse or misappropriation of any content or information that you submit. 

The Site contains original works of authorship and we reserve all rights with respect to such material, including but not limited to all design elements, text, images, and multimedia content, all of which material is protected by applicable copyright laws (collectively, the “Copyrighted Materials”).  You may not copy, transmit, display, distribute, alter, frame, store for subsequent use, or otherwise use the Copyrighted Materials in any manner without our prior written consent, with the exception, however, that you may download and print one copy of the Copyrighted Materials provided in the public areas of the Site for your own personal, noncommercial use.  If you download any information from the Site in accordance with the preceding sentence, you agree you will not copy it or remove or obscure any copyright or other notices or legends contained in any such information.

IFT is an individual membership organization and opinions expressed within the Community are those of the individual users and do not reflect the views of any organization with which they may be affiliated. 

Messages may not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade.

We may include in the Site links to Internet sites that are not controlled or maintained by us (“External Links”).  If you leave the Site via an External Link, you do so at your own risk.  External Links are provided solely as pointers to information that may be useful to you or to users of the Site generally.  We have no control over the content on any such linked sites.  We make no warranties, either express or implied, concerning the content of any such linked website including, without limitation, the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability thereof for any particular purpose, nor do we warrant that such sites or content is free from any claims of copyright, trademark, or other infringement of the rights of third parties or that such sites or content is free from defects, viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, or other destructive or harmful devices.  The presence of an External Link in the Site does not imply our endorsement of, or responsibility for, the opinions, ideas, products, information, or services offered at such sites, or any representation regarding the content at such linked sites.

The internal laws of the State of Illinois and the laws of the United States of America govern access to and use of the Site and the terms of this disclaimer, no matter where you may be located, unless local law provides to the contrary.  The Organization makes no representation that materials in this website are appropriate or available for use in other locations.  If you access this website from outside the United States, please understand that this website may contain references and/or links to products and services that are not available or are prohibited in your country.

THE INFORMATION ON THE SITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS.”  WE DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OF THE MATERIALS AND INFORMATION PROVIDED HEREIN, EITHER EXPRESSLY OR IMPLIEDLY, FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  ALTHOUGH THE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO YOU ON THE SITE IS OBTAINED OR COMPILED FROM SOURCES WE BELIEVE TO BE RELIABLE, WE CANNOT AND DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, VALIDITY, TIMELINESS, OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION OR DATA MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT MAY RESULT FROM INTERCEPTION BY THIRD PARTIES OF INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU VIA THE SITE.  NEITHER WE, NOR ANY OF OUR AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, OR EMPLOYEES, NOR ANY THIRD-PARTY VENDOR SHALL BE LIABLE OR HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY KIND FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT YOU INCUR IN THE EVENT OF ANY FAILURE OR INTERRUPTION OF THE SITE, OR RESULTING FROM ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN MAKING THE SITE OR THE DATA AND INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN AVAILABLE TO YOU, OR FROM ANY OTHER CAUSE RELATING TO YOUR ACCESS TO, INABILITY TO ACCESS, OR USE OF THE SITE, WHETHER OR NOT CIRCUMSTANCES GIVING RISE TO SUCH CAUSE MAY HAVE BEEN WITHIN OUR CONTROL OR OF THE CONTROL OF ANY VENDOR PROVIDING SOFTWARE SERVICES OR SUPPORT.  NEITHER WE, NOR ANY OF OUR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, OR EMPLOYEES WILL BE LIABLE OR HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY KIND FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT YOU INCUR AS A RESULT OF THIS INFORMATION OR THE SITE BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

These Terms of Service incorporate by reference any notices contained on this website and constitute the entire agreement with respect to your access to and use of this website. If any provision of these Terms of Service is unlawful, void or unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Service and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining terms.

For an explanation of the Organization’s practices and policies related to the collection, use, and storage of online information supplied directly or indirectly by you as a result of your use of our website, please read our Privacy Policy.  By accessing this website, you are consenting to our information collection and use practices described in these Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy.

The Community is a collegial, professional community and members are encouraged to report postings in violation of the above.  While IFT reserves the right to actively monitor the Community, IFT is not responsible for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings.  In the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to IFT’s attention, IFT will take all appropriate action.

IFT reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these terms.