1. Website contents
The editorial department assumes no liability for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Any liability claims against the editorial department, which refer to material or non-material damage, and which may be caused by the usage or non-usage of the information provided, or, respectively, by the usage of any incorrect or incomplete information, are generally excluded unless in cases of evidenced wilful or gross negligence on the part of the webmasters. All offers are non-binding and without obligation. The editorial department reserves the right to modify, append or delete parts or the complete online content without prior notice, or to cancel the publication temporarily or permanently.

2. References and links 
With regard to direct or indirect references to third-party websites (“links”) that are beyond the scope of the webmasters’ responsibility, a liability obligation only applies if the contents of such pages was known to the webmasters, and if it is reasonable and technically possible for the webmasters to prevent their use in the case of illegal content.
The editorial department herewith explicitly declares that at the time of creating the link, no unlawful content could be detected on the pages linked. The editorial department has no influence on the current and future design, content or copyright of the linked/hyperlinked pages. For this reason, it hereby expressly distances itself from the contents of all linked/hyperlinked pages that have been modified since the link was created. This declaration applies to all links and references within this website, as well as for postings and outside contributions to the discussion forums, link directories, mailing lists and all other forms of databases which the webmasters have created and in which the content can be modified externally. Please notify the webmasters about any web page that can be accessed from the Hochschule Ruhr West – University of Applied Sciences site with content that gives grounds for complaint. 

Hochschule Ruhr West – University of Applied Sciences accepts no responsibility for external hyperlinks, which were not created by Hochschule Ruhr West – University of Applied Sciences, but by linked third-party providers. 
Where illegal, erroneous or incomplete content is concerned, especially damages arising from the usage or non-usage of the information offered, the provider of the page to which the reference is made shall be solely liable, and not the party who merely makes reference to the respective publication via links.

3. Copyright and trademark law 
The editorial department endeavours to observe the copyrights of the graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts used in all publications or to use graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts produced by itself, or to make use of graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts that are not subject to licence. All brand names and trademarks referred to on the Internet site and possibly protected by third parties are subject in all respects to the regulations of the relevant trademark law and the rights of possession of the respective registered owner. It cannot be assumed that trademarks are not protected by third parties simply because this is not explicitly stated! The copyright for information published by the editorial department lies exclusively with the pages’ responsible editors. Duplication or use of such graphs, audio documents, video sequences and texts in other electronic or printed publications is prohibited without the explicit consent of the editorial department. 

4. Data protection 
If the possibility to enter personal or business-related data (e-mail addresses, names, postal addresses) within the Internet site is used, the disclosure of such data by the user is made explicitly on a voluntary basis. The use and payment of all offered services are as far as technically possible and reasonable permitted without entering such details, or by entering anonymous details or a pseudonym.
We do not record any personal data (e.g. names, postal addresses, telephone numbers or e-mail addresses) via our website unless this data is voluntarily provided or consented to, or the respective legal requirements relating to data protection permit this. Online forms that query personal data correspond to requisite written forms and are processed for a specific purpose within the scope of the procedure intended for this purpose. 
When our websites are accessed, we may automatically (i.e. not by registration) collect non-personal data (e.g. the type of Internet browser and operating system used, domain name of the website from which access was made, number of visits, average time spent on the site, pages viewed). Furthermore, so-called “cookies” may be used which make it possible to analyse the navigation paths on the website. This information will only be used to determine the appeal of our websites and for the ongoing improvement of the respective contents and performance. The use of cookies can be prevented by setting your browser accordingly, without impairing the use of our web pages in any way. 

5. Legal validity of this disclaimer
This disclaimer is an integral part of the website on which you found the link to this page. If parts of this text or individual formulations do not comply with, no longer comply with, or do not entirely comply with the valid legal regulations, this will not affect the content or validity of the remaining parts of the document.