Terms of Use for the LEXA e-Learning Platform of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

1. Scope 

These Terms of Use shall apply to usage of the LEXA e-learning platform provided by the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. In using the LEXA platform, the user expressly agrees to these Terms of Use, without any further declaration being necessary to this effect.

2. LEXA

LEXA (LEA Exam Center) is based on the ILIAS open source software (an integrated learning, information and work cooperation system); it is made available by the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University and District Library for the purpose of supporting the teaching and learning process. Software development is coordinated by ILIAS Open Source e-Learning e.V. Software usage is subject to the General Public Licence – GPL.

LEXA is aimed at improving the research, tuition and study situation. The offerings shall be designed in such a way as to optimally support your research, tuition and study efforts. To achieve this objective, research is conducted to accompany the implementation process.

3. Access code

The LEXA services are available to all members of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University. Students automatically get a LEXA and a Library account by registering for the BRSU. The LEXA login consists of the SIS code (user name) and the library password. Lecturers obtain access with their university e-mail-account, provided by the Institute for IT-Services (ITS). Lecturers from FB02 obtain their access details from the Department of Computer Sciences.

You are liable for any usage of the LEXA offerings that is implemented with the aid of your access data (username and password). In particular, you are required to make sure that your password is protected from unauthorized use. In the event that you suspect or know about misuse of your access data, the E-Learning Team must be notified without delay. Users who make course contents available to unauthorized third parties shall immediately forfeit their entitlement to use the platform.

4. Scope of usage for the materials made available in LEXA

The teaching and learning materials that are made available via LEXA are exclusively intended for private and academic use in tuition within the framework of the legal provisions on copyright.

In the event that LEXA materials are used for purposes other than the aforementioned, you are required to obtain permission from the entitled authors of the materials in question.

Any reproduction of contents (storage on data carriers, print-outs or analogous copies, etc.) or transfer to third parties for commercial purposes without the authors’ consent is prohibited during or after the period of a user’s access entitlement; the aforementioned activities are subject to criminal and civil prosecution. Additionally, the user shall immediately forfeit his or her entitlement to use the platform.

5. Making materials available in LEXA through users

You are liable for the materials you make available in LEXA (information, texts, software, images, videos, charts, audio and other materials). In particular, you are responsible for making sure that the documents do not contain any illegal contents or violate third-party rights (e.g. copyrights, personality rights).
Publication of the materials in LEXA shall not involve the transfer of rights to the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.
The University shall not accept any liability for the contents published in discussion forums, uploads and e-mails within LEXA.
The materials provided within courses, groups, etc. may be checked and inspected by the platform administrators at any time and even without your explicit permission. Materials uploaded to LEXA that contravene legal provisions will be removed.

6. Netiquette

To ensure a good learning and working atmosphere please observe the rules of our netiquette.

7. Accompanying research and personalised examinations carried out online

Usage behaviour in the platform is recorded by the system. Some activities you are involved in within the LEXA platform, such as participation in interactive (learning) objects, shall be recorded. In accordance with the Terms of Use, you agree that your data is evaluated in anonymized form for academic purposes only, e.g. for the purposes of optimizing tuition, drawing up user statistics, etc.
LEXA provides you with anonymous performance level tests. The related anonymous user behaviour may be viewed by the course administrators and/or other authorized people for the purpose of tracking a user’s learning progress and success.

Additionally, personalized exams are carried out online within the framework of LEXA. The users agree to sit the exam online. They agree that their personal data is inspected and processed by the course administrators and/or other authorized people within the framework of the examination procedure.

8. Data protection

In order to set up an account, we process certain personal data which we either obtain from the central student directory (students) or from the user directly (university staff or other users). A detailed overview can be found in our privacy statement.
For reasons of data protection, data may only be inspected by the E-Learning Team. By default, only your username und full name are visible to other LEXA users. However, you have the option to release additional data, to add further information to your personal profile and make it accessible to other users.
Please find more detailed information in our privacy statement.

9. Changes to the offerings

Certain LEXA offerings – or part of them – may be changed or put out of operation at any time if there is good reason to do so.

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University and District Library is entitled to amend each section of these Terms of Use at any time. The updated Terms of Use will flash up subsequent to each amendment as soon as you log in to LEXA for renewed activation of its functions. If a user agrees to the amendments to the Terms of Use, he or she shall be bound by the regulations set forth in the amended Terms of Use.

10. Disclaimer

The functions of LEXA are offered based on “as-is” and “as available”, i.e. without engagement and without any claim to completeness. It is not possible to claim compensation for damage resulting from LEXA usage or hindrances to LEXA usage.

You expressly agree to use the LEXA offerings at your sole risk. This also includes the risk of downloading data files that contain bugs and can harm your computer. You accept the sole liability for sufficient protection of your computer (e.g. by using virus scanners). The sole responsibility for data security also lies with you as the user. The University shall not be held responsible for any data loss or damage resulting from the loss of data.

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University shall accept no liability for the contents of the links to websites of third-party suppliers or any other pages linked to them, unless they are operated by the University.

11. Termination of the entitlement to use the platform

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University may restrict usage of and access to the LEXA offerings as well as the duration of and scope for usage at any time.

The LEXA usage entitlement automatically expires on the date of de-registration from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University. The E-Learning Team may delete your LEXA account if it has not been in use for more than 12 months.

As soon as you notify the E-Learning Team in writing or by e-mail (contact data below) that you are no longer interested in using the platform, your data will be deleted.

12. Contact

These Terms of Use may be inspected online via the LEXA start page.

If you have any queries, ideas or criticism concerning usage of our University’s LEXA platform, please contact the E-Learning Team of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University: lea-support@h-brs.de

Postal address: Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University and District Library (Hochschul- und Kreisbibliothek Bonn-Rhein-Sieg), E-Learning, Grantham-Allee 20, 53757 Sankt Augustin.