Acceptance of Terms of Use

By using this website you agree to the terms of use listed below. These terms may be modified periodically without notice. Your use of the site(s), thereafter, signifies your acceptance of the modified terms.

Public Plans DATA Website

Within the Public Plans Data (PPD) website are web pages that support the PPD’s mission of education, research, and public service, and its administrative business functions. Site content may change without notice.

Also found within this web space is content generated by groups or individuals whose expressed views, content, references or links to other sites do not necessarily represent the views of the PPD, such as users’ comments. The PPD does not endorse, warrant, or otherwise take responsibility for the content on such sites or any material accessible from them.

Links to Third-Party Websites

This website may contain links to non-university sites (Third-Party Sites) and is not responsible for, and does not control the content of, linked Third-Party Sites. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site, entity, products or services. Checking the privacy statement of the Third-Party Site is recommended.


Generally, websites collect information to improve site or individual webpage content, monitor performance, and improve functionality. However, some pages collect information to provide services. Information that doesn’t fall under established legal protections is subject to public disclosure under law.

Access and Use of Services

Abuse or misuse of access or services, including the unauthorized access or disclosure of personally identifiable information is a violation of policy and may constitute violations of law. Violations of law or  policy may result in prosecution, as determined by due process. Violations of law or these terms of use by the public may result in prosecution.

As a condition of your access and use of services, you agree that you: 1) will not use the services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms of use; 2) will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any services, information, computer systems or networks connected to any PPD server; 3) will not use the services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any server or network(s) or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of any services.

Restrictions on Use of Materials

All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are not to be used by third parties without prior written permission. Materials available from the PPD website may be copied, reproduced, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed for non-commercial purposes without explicit permission provided that the authors are identified and full credit, including copyright notice, is given to the PPD. Modification or use of these materials for any other purpose may be a violation of copyright and other proprietary rights. The findings and conclusions expressed by the PPD are solely those of the authors. Contact for more information regarding restrictions on the use of these materials.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the PPD must specify an agent to receive notices of infringement from an owner alleging that a PPD website is infringing its copyright. The PPD has designated the following agent:

Joseph M. Herlihy
General Counsel
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
Telephone: (617) 552-2855
Fax: (617) 552-0961


The materials on this website are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind. To the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, the PPD disclaims all warranties, including, but not limited to: implied warranties of merchantability; fitness for a particular purpose; that functions will be uninterrupted or error-free; that materials are correct or reliable; that defects will be corrected; or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, the PPD shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of or the inability to use the materials on this website. In no event shall the PPD’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing these sites.