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Thank you for visiting us at ndsmcobserver.com, which is owned and operated by The Observer, the independent newspaper of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross. We have adopted this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) and terms of service (“Terms of Service”) to inform you of our policies and practices concerning our collection and use of your personal information.

We reserve the right to revise the Terms of Service at any time. Any revisions will be immediately updated on this page and effective immediately. Your use of this website is subject to the Terms of Service below, and If you do not agree to the terms below, please do not use this website.

Things you need to know:

  1. We will never sell, rent, lease or transfer your Personal Information. Period.
  2. You need a Disqus account to comment on stories,
  3. We reserve the right to monitor or delete inappropriate, libelous or otherwise damaging user-generated content, such as comments, at our discretion,
  4. We will never, however, edit a portion of a piece of user-generated content to remove inappropriate, libelous or otherwise damaging material,
  5. Your use of this site is subject to the full policy below,
  6. Please contact us with any questions regarding our Privacy Policy or Terms of Service.

Terms of Service


All content on this site, including text, graphics, photographs, design, code, archived material, etc., is copyrighted by The Observer.

No content may be used without the express permission of The Observer. If you would like to republish or use any content, including photographs, please contact the Editorial Board at [email protected]

User-Generated Content

We believe that discussion is great. To help facilitate that, we provide a service to allow comments and other user-generated content on our website. The ability to post user-generated content on the Site is provided as a service to our users, intended to facilitate the exchange of informed ideas that promote productive dialogue about the news. We will remove user-generated content that we believe violate the Terms of Service, and we will do our best to be careful and consistent in moderating. We ask that you keep discussion on our site clean and respectful.

In order to comment on posts on the site, users must create a free account with Disqus. We ask that you use a valid email address when registering; we will not spam you or release your email address to anyone outside The Observer, except as required by law. Because we do not host comments physically, comments are additionally governed by the privacy policy of Disqus, Inc.

For the most part, comments are automatically posted on the website, but we reserve the right to moderate comments. Comments that contain spam, links or suspected objectionable material may be held by our automated systems until reviewed by The Observer. Comments personally attacking a particular person or another user of the site without grounds is subject to deletion.

Users may flag comments for moderation and review by The Observer. We do not guarantee that flagged comments will be removed. Each will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and we will remove or moderate comments at our discretion.

The Observer will never edit a portion of a piece of user-generated content to remove inappropriate, libelous or otherwise damaging material, or otherwise change the meaning of a comment. Comments deemed inappropriate will be removed in its entirety, even if the remainder of the comment does not contain inappropriate material.

The Observer is not responsible for user-generated content or the content of third-party websites to which links may be found to on our Site. We do not endorse any user-generated content or the content found on any third-party websites.


We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

We do not endorse the products and services portrayed by any paid advertising on our site. Any advertising will be clearly delineated as such. Because we use third-party advertising, the use of the Site is additionally subject to the Terms of Service of Google, Inc.


Users under the age of 13 must obtain permission from a parent or guardian before using the Site.

You may choose to subscribe to our email edition, a service operated for free on an opt-in basis. Subscribers will receive a summary of the top stories of the day each morning from The Observer. You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email from the service.

This service, and any other service on the site that requires registration or submission of personal information, is not available to users under 13 years of age. By signing up for this service, you confirm that doing so does not violate any laws or regulations in your place of residence.

Prohibited Activities

This Site may include interactive features such as blogs, comment tools and email services. Responsibility for what is posted using these features lies with each user. You are responsible for the material you post or send. Conditions for your use of the site assumes that you will not:

While we will do our best to, we have no obligation to monitor any bulletin boards, chat rooms, blogs or other interactive areas of the site for prohibited activity. We will remove any prohibited content when brought to our attention (see “User-Generated Content”).

While we will not freely give, sell or provide any content, we reserve the right to disclose any information to satisfy any law, regulation or governmental request.

We may also remove or refuse to post information or material that is objectionable or in violation of our Terms of Service. Violation of our Terms of Service may result in denial of services.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2014