Terms and conditions--Please read carefully

Before proceeding to the University of Ottawa’s Carpool Ridematching Website, please read the terms of this release form and click if you accept or decline the terms as outlined below.


IMPORTANT!  Your use of this website is subject to your agreement on the terms and conditions below.


Terms and conditions

www.uOttawaCarpool.ca is a University of Ottawa’s carpool system designed to help students, staff and faculty find suitable carpool partners. This state–of-the-art system is designed by RideShark Corporation. It matches people based on origin and destination points, on similar working hours and on compatible carpooling preferences.

This carpooling Web site is provided FREE of charge and solely to help students, staff and faculty members of the University of Ottawa identify potential carpool partners. The University of Ottawa does not assess the suitability of individuals, nor that of their vehicles, nor their drivers license or insurance status of anyone in the carpooling program.

Note that this site is for the exclusive use of University of Ottawa students and employees. To use this Web site, you need a valid uOttawa.ca e-mail account.

In exchange for using the ridematching website you agree to abide by the terms and conditions listed below:

  1. You acknowledge that the University of Ottawa does not conduct background checks or otherwise evaluate the suitability of the users of this Web site. Participants are themselves responsible for determining if it is appropriate or not to meet or share personal information with potential carpool partners.
  2. You freely accept and fully assume all risks, dangers and hazards involved in this process, and the possibility of personal and bodily injury, death, property damage, or loss that these risks, dangers and hazards might cause.
  3. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the University of Ottawa from any and all liability linked to personal and bodily injury, death, property damage or loss, and from resulting claims or actions arising from your participation in or involvement with this websites activity.
  4. You acknowledge that specific federal and provincial statutes (such as the Highway Traffic Act, the Commuter Services Act, the Public Vehicles Act, and the Insurance Act) contain legal obligations for carpooling. You therefore agree that it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with the legal requirements of carpooling partnerships. You also acknowledge that you are responsible for contacting your vehicle insurer to make sure you have enough coverage to protect yourself and your carpool passengers.
  5. For users to be able to identify potential Carpool partners you need to provide your name and at least one contact means (phone or e-mail). The University of Ottawa does not sell or disclose your personal information obtained through these processes unless legally required to by law.
  6. You acknowledge that the University of Ottawa retains the right to contact you about the use of this Web site.
  7. You acknowledge that the University of Ottawa reserves the right to remove any profile suspected of or found using this Web site for purposes other than carpooling.
DEFAULT Corporation, the licensor and supplier of this Website), "University of Ottawa". In addition, University of Ottawa does not make any assurances or certifications regarding the condition, suitability or safety of the vehicles being used by participants in the carpooling system, the reliability or driving ability of participants or drivers, or whether those participants and drivers are insured. University of Ottawa recommends that participants exercise caution when selecting a potential carpool partner.

By participating in the system, you are agreeing that you are entirely responsible for your own safety while using the carpooling system and will take reasonable precautions in all interactions with other users of the service.

Insurance Coverage
It is the responsibility of individuals participating in a carpool matching system to notify their insurance provider of their intent to carry non-family passengers and to ensure that they have adequate coverage to protect both themselves and their passengers. It is the responsibility of the individual accepting a ride in a carpool to ensure that the driver of the vehicle has an acceptable driving record, is licensed accordingly and has adequate insurance to protect both driver and passengers.

Certain information about your use of the Website and personal information that you supply to University of Ottawa are subject to our Privacy Policy. We may use this information to contact you in relation to a rideshare you are or have been involved in or to assist your employer, the police or other government authorities where we believe it is reasonably necessary to protect your safety or the safety of other people you have been ridesharing with where these rideshares have been organized directly or indirectly through the Website. For more information, please review our full Privacy Statement.

Reliance Upon Information and Password
To be a registered user of the Website ('Registered User') you must complete the registration process by providing us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the registration form ('Registration Data'). You agree to maintain and update this Registration Data as required to keep it current, complete and accurate. When you register you will be provided with a user ID and password. You must ensure that your password is kept secure and confidential and that it is not revealed to any person. You are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under or through the use of your password. You agree that University of Ottawa can reasonably rely upon any use of your password, including for our disclosure of information relating to your Registration Data. You should notify University of Ottawa immediately if you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or if you believe your password is no longer secret and we will cease relying on that password. You release University of Ottawa, its officials, officers, employees and agents from any claim and won't make any claim against University of Ottawa in respect of or arising from any reliance by University of Ottawa upon any use of your password, including University of Ottawa disclosing personal information relating to your Registration Data. You agree to indemnify and hold University of Ottawa, its officers and employees harmless from any claims, actions, costs (including legal costs), or losses by University of Ottawa or any third party due to or arising out of reliance by University of Ottawa or any third party upon any acts carried out, requests made or information provided through the use of your password.

Registered User Conduct
You agree that:
  1. you will not use your access to the Website, or any rideshare organized directly or indirectly through the Website, for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by the Terms of Use;
  2. you will use your access to the Website solely to arrange rideshares for your own purpose and will not use the Website for any other purpose including arranging rideshares on behalf of any other person;
  3. you will not use the Website to directly or indirectly:
    1. defame, abuse, harass, stalk or threaten others;
    2. collect information about others, including email addresses, without their consent;
    3. create a false identity;
    4. transmit or upload any material that contains harmful or deleterious computer programs (including, without limitation, viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs or cancelbots);
    5. transmit or upload any computer programs or other material in breach of any intellectual property laws, rights of privacy or any other applicable laws;
    6. interfere with or disrupt networks connected to the Website or violate the regulations, policies or procedures of such networks;
    7. attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Website, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Website, through password mining or any other means; and
    8. interfere with another member's use and enjoyment of the Website.
  4. you will comply with all relevant laws and regulations and are solely responsible for all acts or omissions that occur under your or through the use of your password.

Provision of Services
We may modify, suspend or discontinue any or all of the contents of the Website from time to time in our absolute discretion.

We may terminate your access to the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately, for any reason whatsoever. If you wish to terminate your status as a Registered User of the Website your only recourse is to discontinue your use of the Website and notify us that you have terminated your membership. Upon termination, your right to use the Website immediately ceases.

Communications from University of Ottawa
You agree that University of Ottawa may send email, newsletters and other forms of communications (whether or not in electronic form) to you from time to time.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
You understand and agree that you use uOttawa Carpool and related services at your own risk. University of Ottawa’s service is provided on an "as is" basis and “as available” basis without representations or warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of title, non-infringement, or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, other than those warranties which are incapable of exclusion under law. University of Ottawa does not warrant that your use of the service will be secure, uninterrupted, always available, error-free or will meet your requirements, or that any defects in the services will be corrected. University of Ottawa disclaims liability for, and no warranty is made with respect to, the connectivity and availability of the services.

You hereby acknowledge and agree that under no circumstances will University of Ottawa, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third party content providers or licensors be liable to you or any third party for any loss whatsoever caused by your use or reliance on information obtained through the content distributed by University of Ottawa as well as any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages or injury arising out of the use or inability to use the University of Ottawa service or out of the breach of any warranty, or caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to and/or alteration of the uOttawa Carpool website, no matter whether such claims are based in contract, tort, negligence, strict liability or any other cause of action, and regardless of whether University of Ottawa has been advised of the possibility of such damages.


You agree to indemnify and hold harmless University of Ottawa, its officials, officers, employees and its agents from any claims, actions, costs (including legal costs), or losses by any third party due to or arising out of (a) your use of or inability to use the uOttawa Carpool Website or University of Ottawa service, (b) any user postings made by you, (c) your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third party, or (d) your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless University of Ottawa, its officers, directors and employees, from any and all liability for personal injury, death, property damages and any other loss, and resulting claims (including legal costs) or actions, arising from your participation in or involvement in the uOttawa Carpool program.

Copyright and Limited Reproduction Notices
The contents of the Website are the copyright of University of Ottawa and its licensees. No part of the Website may be distributed or copied for any commercial purpose and you are not permitted to incorporate the material or any part of it in any other work or publication (whether in hard copy, electronic or any other form). No part of the Website may be resold, published, copied, reproduced, transmitted or stored (including in any other website or other electronic form) except that you may print, or download to your hard drive, extracts from the Website only for your own use.

University of Ottawa reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, alter or otherwise update these Terms of Use at any time. Such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting. We will notify you of any changes by updating the "Last Updated" notice next to the link to these terms and conditions on the Website. By using this Website after we have posted notice of such modifications, alterations or updates you agree to be bound by such revised terms. These terms and conditions were last updated on April 6, 2012.

The contents of the Website may include links to third party materials ('linked sites'). University of Ottawa is not and will not be responsible for the contents of any linked site or liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage suffered by you from accessing, using, relying on or trading with third parties. These links are provided to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply our endorsement of the site or any association with their operators. We reserve the right to prohibit links to the Website and you agree to remove or cease any link upon our request. You may not frame any part of the Website material by including advertising or other revenue generating material.

Any dealings with any advertiser appearing on the Website are solely between you and the advertiser or other third party. We are not responsible or liable for any part of any such dealings or promotions.

These Terms of Use are governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada.

If any portion of these Terms of Use are deemed to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

If you have any questions or concerns in relation to the Website or these Terms of Use, wish to report unauthorized use of your password or wish to terminate your registration please contact us at Admin@uOttawaCarpool.ca.