Site Policies

Website and Print Edition Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing and/or any of the Bellarmine Political Review print publications, you are agreeing to be bound by these website Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this website are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law.

2. Relationship to Bellarmine College Preparatory

  1. Although Bellarmine Political Review is an official club sanctioned by Bellarmine College Preparatory, the opinions expressed on this website are those of the writers, and are not the viewpoints of Bellarmine College Preparatory.
  2. Bellarmine Political Review identifies itself as an open student forum in addition to a news website, which exempts BPR from external review from the administration before it publishes its content. However, the administration reserves the right to request removal of content from the magazine and its website as it sees fit (see Section 2, Subsection 4 and Section 2, Subsection 5 for more information) once that content is published.
  3. In addition to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, California Educ. Code Sec. 48950, also known as the “Leonard Law,” prohibits private high schools from making or enforcing any rule that would subject a student to disciplinary action for engaging in expression on campus that would be protected by the First Amendment or the California Constitution if it occurred off campus. It states: “It is the intent of the Legislature that a student shall have the same right to exercise his or her right to free speech on campus as he or she enjoys when off campus.” Nothing in section 48950 will be construed to supersede, or otherwise limit or modify, the provisions of Section 48907, commonly known as the Student Free Expression Law. Section 48907 gives students the “right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press” and protects teachers and other school personnel against retaliation for students’ lawful exercise of their free-speech rights. “Free Speech” as defined by the Student Free Expression Law, “Leonard Law,” and the First Amendment does not include libel, obscenity or invasion of privacy.
  4. All requests from the administration for content to be removed must be submitted formally in writing from the current Principal (in the form of a letter or email from a school-issued email address) to the current Editor(s)-in-Chief, as well as the staff moderator(s).
  5. If a formal request is made, the current Editor(s)-in-Chief will have a face-to-face conversation with the current Principal to discuss the reason for removal.

3. Use License

  1. Permission is granted to download individual articles on Bellarmine Political Review’s website or print editions for personal and commercial use under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Bellarmine Political Review maintains full ownership of the article at all times (see Section 10 for Author Rights). Thus, this is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not copy individual articles without first attributing the work to both Bellarmine Political Review and the article’s original writer. Bellarmine Political Review reserves the right to revoke or modify the terms of this license as it sees fit on any of the content released on its website or print publications. Any exceptions or requests for waivers to this policy may be emailed to
  2. This license previously mentioned in Section 3, Subsection 1 shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Bellarmine Political Review at any time. Upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format. If the violator is currently a student at Bellarmine College Preparatory, full disciplinary action with the school might be pursued by the editors and moderator of Bellarmine Political Review.
  3. The theme used for the Bellarmine Political Review’s website is copyrighted by WPZOOM. This website cannot be “mirrored” on any server without the consent of Bellarmine Political Review.
  4. Most images used on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons, are in public domain, are property of the Bellarmine Political Review, or are pictures of the Bellarmine College Preparatory campus. Images that have been licensed under the Creative Commons are attributed to their original authors. Images licensed under the Creative Commons are not the property of Bellarmine Political Review, and are owned by their original authors. They may be reused and distributed according to the terms provided by their author. All images that are not in public domain, are not licensed under the Creative Commons, are not property of the Bellarmine Political Review, and are not pictures of the Bellarmine College Preparatory campus were used only because there was no free equivalent available at the time of publishing. Full credit for these images are given to their original authors, who own them entirely.

4. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on Bellarmine Political Review’s website are provided “as is”. Bellarmine Political Review makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Bellarmine Political Review does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.
  2. Bellarmine Political Review is not a commercial organization, and does not make any profit from the content posted on this website or in published print issues of its magazine. All funds provided to the organization are spent on equipment and printing, and all staff members and editors work for Bellarmine Political Review on an unpaid volunteer basis.
  3. Bellarmine Political Review does not engage in or condone plagiarism of any form and does not publish any content that is construed as libel, obscenity or an invasion of privacy. The editorial staff will determine what content is appropriate and will make a final judgment on all content published on this website or in the Bellarmine Political Review newsmagazine.

5. Limitations

In no event shall Bellarmine Political Review, its suppliers, or Bellarmine College Preparatory be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption), arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Bellarmine Political Review’s Internet site, even if Bellarmine Political Review or a Bellarmine Political Review-authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

6. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Bellarmine Political Review’s website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Bellarmine Political Review does not warrant that any of the materials on its website are accurate, complete, or current. Bellarmine Political Review may make changes to the materials contained on its website at any time without notice. Bellarmine Political Review does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

7. Links

Bellarmine Political Review has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet website and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Bellarmine Political Review of the site. Use of any such linked website is at the user’s own risk.

8. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Bellarmine Political Review may revise these terms of use for its website and print editions at any time without notice. By using this website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use. See Section 3, Subsection 1 for further details.

9. Governing Law

Any claim relating to Bellarmine Political Review’s website or print editions shall be governed by the laws of the United States federal government, the State of California and the policies of Bellarmine College Preparatory.

General Terms and Conditions applicable to use of a website.

10. Author Rights

By submitting their articles, authors are giving Bellarmine Political Review sole ownership of the article. Bellarmine Political Review maintains the right to modify, unpublish, publish, or destroy articles on this website or print editions at any time and for any reason. Bellarmine Political Review maintains the right to distribute and publish all articles as it sees fit. Bellarmine Political Review will attribute all articles to their original authors on this website and in the print editions. Articles are available for public use by the terms of the CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, but must be attributed back to the original author and Bellarmine Political Review itself (official terms of use are in Section 3), and Bellarmine Political Review retains full ownership of the article at all times (therefore this license may be revoked or revised at any time by Bellarmine Political Review, as per the conditions laid out in Section 3, Subsection 1).

11. Comment Policy

Once any comment has been posted on the Bellarmine Political Review website, it is owned by Bellarmine Political Review and may be removed or edited at any time and for any reason by the editorial staff of the Bellarmine Political Review.

12. Editorial Staff

Bellarmine Political Review shall hire staff and determine leadership roles as it sees fit with the assistance and guidance of the club moderator. All decisions made by the Editor(s)-in-Chief and the club moderator regarding club operations are considered final and can only be challenged by school administration.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.