Terms of Use

Updated:  March 10, 2016


Thank you for visiting The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s website. By using this website, you agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions of Use. 

Medical Disclaimer: In case of a medical emergency, please call 911. Our website is not designed to facilitate medical emergencies.  

Purpose: The information contained in this website is provided as a public service by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. It is posted for informational and educational purposes only. No information on this site should be used as personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Because each person's health needs are different, a healthcare provider should be consulted before acting on any information provided in this site. Although every effort is made to ensure that this material is accurate and up-to-date, it is provided for the convenience of the user and should not be considered definitive. To schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider, please call 614-293-5123. 

By using this site, you agree to use it in accordance with these Terms and Conditions of Use. These Terms and Conditions of Use may change without notice and such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting the modified terms and conditions on The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s website. Your access or use of the website constitutes your acceptance of the agreement as it appears at the time of your access or use. You agree to use this site appropriately and as it is intended. 

Prohibited Activities: You may not transmit any information or message that contains unlawful, threatening, fraudulent, libelous, defamatory, obscene or abusive information or language. This site may not be used for any illegal or unethical activities. You may not transmit spam, copyrighted materials or other confidential information. Hacking, attempted access or other forms of inappropriate use or access or attempted access to unauthorized areas or information on this site will lead to termination of use and potential legal prosecution. 

Indemnity: By using this website, you agree to indemnify and hold The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and all of their trustees, officers, employees, agents, predecessors, successors, assigns, attorneys and representatives, harmless from any loss, liability, claim or demand, including reasonable attorney’s fees, due to or arising out of your use of this website and/or breach of the Terms and Conditions of Use. 

Children: This website is only for use by individuals 18 years of age or older. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center does not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information from children under age 18. The content of our website is directed at adults, and therefore this site is intended for use only by adults over the age of 18.  By using this website and agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, you warrant and represent that you are at least 18 years of age.

Code of Conduct: We invite comments on this site because we believe that open conversation must occur to shape the future of medicine and improve peoples’ lives. We encourage open, honest and authentic conversation. Please use your real name and email address. We do not typically share individual user information with third parties; however, we will disclose user information as required by law or in circumstances where we believe the comments indicate a situation that could be illegal, harmful or dangerous to people or property. 

Cookies:  Like most companies, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center uses cookies (and similar technologies) on our website to facilitate and improve your online experience.  Cookies are small pieces of information that are downloaded to your device when you visit our website.  Cookies are sent back to our website to allow us to recognize your device.  Recognizing your device with cookies allows our site to help you navigate efficiently to obtain the information and services you have requested, to allow our site to remember your preferences, and help you to view information that is most relevant to your interests.  Cookies may also be used to make advertising messages more relevant to you.  Unless you disable the cookies on our website, by using our website you agree to our use of those cookies.  If you decide to disable cookies on our site, you may not be able to take full advantage of all website features once you have done so. 

Copyrights and Trademarks: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center name and logo and all related identifying trademarks and/or service marks displayed on this site are protected by U.S. copyright laws and use of such names, logos and identifying trademarks and service marks are strictly prohibited. Some content on this site is adapted from the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus database, which is not copyrighted under U.S. law. All other content is copyrighted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission of the copyright holder.  For permission, contact webmaster@osumc.edu

Disclaimer:  THIS WEBSITE AND ALL CONTENT OF THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT.  Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of implied warranties.  In such jurisdictions, the foregoing disclaimer may not apply to you.

Limitations of Liability: Your use of this website is at your own risk. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is not liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, punitive or other monetary damages, fees fines and penalties or liabilities arising from this site or your use of materials posted on this site. 

Links (Inbound): No links may be added to our site without our prior approval. 


Links (External): The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center may include links to sites that are not part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a convenience or as general information. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center does not endorse and has not verified the accuracy of the information on these sites. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any third party site. 

Using and Sharing Your Information:  On our website we may collect phone numbers, email addresses and postal mail addresses so that we can supply requested information back to you.  The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will only send health product or service communications to individuals who have opted to subscribe and have provided us their email address. If at any time you choose to opt-out of these communications, an unsubscribe link is provided in the footer of every email from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  


Surveys:  Occasionally, we may offer a survey to visitors to our site. The information from these surveys is used in aggregate form to help us understand the needs of our visitors so that we can improve our site. If we do request contact information for follow-up, you may decline to provide it.  If survey respondents provide personal information (such as email address) in a survey it is shared only with those people who need to see it to respond to the question or request. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the use of this website and our other digital channels, please contact digital@osumc.edu.