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DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE: and its staff; and the SAS Global User Group, including its Members, Executive Board, and Officers (all collectively referred to herein as “”); and SAS Institute Inc. or any of its affiliated companies or their staffs (all collectively referred to herein as “the Service Providers”) provide you (“the User”) with various publishing and community services on this Website (“the Website”), including but not limited to the capability to post information and participate in discussions (all collectively referred to herein as “the Service”). The Website is hosted by SiteGround, Inc., and its Terms of Use also apply to your use of the Website. Please note that SAS Institute Inc. will not address or resolve technical support issues involving SAS software or services in this forum. Such issues should be directed to the appropriate channels within SAS.

CHANGES: We reserve the right to make changes to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy at will and your continued use following such a change constitutes acceptance of the new terms or policy.

MEMBER ID, PASSWORD, AND SECURITY: Members have the privilege of contributing content to When you become a member of the Service, you choose a user ID and a password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user ID and password, and for any and all activities which occur under your account. You agree to immediately notify of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security known to you. You represent and warrant that you will not knowingly and with intent to defraud provide material and misleading false information, including disguising the origin of your content or misrepresenting your affiliation or identity.

WEB HOSTING: The Web site is hosted by SiteGround, Inc., a Web hosting service provider that has been in business since 2004. The data you enter is stored on the SiteGround web server within an account maintained by For more information see SiteGround Website Terms of Use and SiteGround Privacy Policy.

MEMBERSHIP: Membership is limited to individuals using, planning to use or involved with SAS software or services from SAS Institute and its affiliates, and who, by submitting the information required for Website registration, consent to our Privacy Policy.

USE BY MINORS: Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to submit content to this Website. Collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 ("minor children") through this Web site is prohibited.

PRIVACY POLICY: see Privacy Policy

USE OF CONTENT: Content posted on must be related to software and services provided by SAS Institute Inc., its business divisions, and its affiliates. Use of a resource on this Website to advertise for goods, services, or employment opportunities is prohibited where such postings are unrelated or otherwise inappropriate to the topic of such resource. You agree not to post or otherwise transmit software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment. You represent and warrant that the content you supply does not violate these Terms.. (The foregoing does not apply to SUGI and SAS Global Forum Proceedings, which are the property of their respective owners, or of SAS, as applicable. All rights to such proceedings are reserved. It is your responsibility to post attribution requirements and/or usage terms along with your content if such requirements and terms are desired. Any unauthorized reproductions are prohibited).

CONTENT OWNERSHIP: Unless you indicate otherwise in the particular posting, by posting your content, you are granting and all other users of the Website an unrestricted, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and fully transferable, assignable, and sublicensable right and license to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create collective or derivative works from, distribute, perform and display your content in whole or in part and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, and you further warrant that all so-called moral rights in such content have been waived. (SUGI and SAS Global Forum Proceedings are copyrighted to SAS Institute Inc. or the authors. All rights are reserved. Any unauthorized reproductions are prohibited).

By posting your content, you warrant and represent that you either own or otherwise control all of the rights to that content, including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the content, or that your use of the content is a protected fair use, and that such content is not confidential. If you are using this Website on behalf of your employer, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to accept these Terms on your employer's behalf, and that your employer agrees to indemnify you,, and the Service Providers for violations of these Terms. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your postings do not disclose confidential and/or proprietary information, including information covered by a nondisclosure agreement, that you are not authorized to disclose.

You are cautioned not to disclose personal information about yourself or your children, such as social security numbers, or credit card numbers. and the Service Providers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify, to remove, to publish, or not to publish your content.

DISCLAIMERS: In no event shall or the Service Providers be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, reliance, punitive, or consequential damages, or damages for loss of profits, revenue, data or use, incurred by you or any third party, whether in an action in contract or tort, arising from your access to, or use of, this Website, the services provided on this Website, or any other hyperlinked website or arising from the unauthorized access to or alteration of a user's transmissions, personal information or data.

You expressly agree that use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. and the Service Providers expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. and the Service Providers make no warranty that the Service will meet your requirements, or that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free; nor do they make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information obtained through the Service or that defects in the software will be corrected. You understand and agree that any material and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such material and/or data. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from or through the Service shall create any warranty not expressly made herein. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages, so some of the above may not apply to you and you may have additional rights.

You acknowledge and agree that and the Service Providers neither endorse the contents of any User’s communications nor assume responsibility in any way for any material contained therein, any violation of third party intellectual property rights or breach of confidentiality obligations arising therefrom, or any crime facilitated thereby. The Service Providers are not responsible for how others may use content you have posted, including changing or removing it. and the Service Providers assume no responsibility for the content of this Website or for the conduct of users of this Website.

Links to other third-party websites from must be links applicable to SAS products and services. and the Service Providers have neither reviewed the contents of these third-party Websites nor do they claim any responsibility for the content or suitability of these third-party Websites. and the Service Providers make no express or implied warranty about the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, merchantability, or any other aspect of the content of such links. The inclusion of links does not imply endorsement of the Websites or any association with their operators. and the Service Providers assume no responsibility for the deletion or failure to store or back-up information entered into

You acknowledge and agree that our Website, our servers, or their contents may not be free of viruses or other harmful components. Accordingly, you agree to exercise caution when using and downloading any content or materials from the website and to use industry-recognized software to detect and remove viruses. Any content you download is provided "AS IS" and sasCommunity and the Service Providers disclaim any and all liability for such content. By submitting your content for upload, you represent and warrant that your content does not contain any viruses or other harmful elements that would cause damage to the Service, the Website, or any network or third party property. You agree to indemnify and the Service Providers in accordance with these Terms for any claims, liabilities, or damages we incur as a result of your uploaded content.

The security of all the information our users send to our website is important to us and we take every reasonable means to protect it. However, the Service Providers cannot guarantee the security of any information you post to this website - including personal information - from unauthorized access, use, alteration or deletion. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.

MEMBER CONDUCT: You are solely responsible for the contents of your transmissions through the Service. Your use of the Service is subject to all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations. Member acknowledges that posting technical data or other items for download may be considered an export and may be subject to United States export laws and regulations and the laws and regulations of other countries. Accordingly, Member agrees to comply with all applicable export and import laws and regulations when posting and transmitting technical data and other items through the Service.

Member is solely responsible for such compliance with respect to Member's postings and transmissions.

You agree: (1) not to use the Service for illegal purposes; (2) not to interfere or disrupt networks connected to the Service; and (3) to comply with all regulations, policies and procedures of networks connected to the Service.

You agree not to post through the Service or hyperlink to any unlawful, harassing, obscene, defamatory, libelous, abusive, threatening, or harmful material of any kind or nature. You further agree not to post any material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation. Attempts to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems through the Website are prohibited.

You agree not to harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, or to use this Website or information obtained from this Website to send other users unsolicited email of any kind. The content on this Website is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended for trading or investing purposes.

You agree not to interfere with another User's use and enjoyment of the Service or another entity's use and enjoyment of similar services. and the Service Providers retain the right, in their sole discretion, to determine whether or not your conduct is consistent with these Terms of Use and may terminate the Service and remove any User’s content if that User's conduct is found to be inconsistent with these Terms of Use.

INDEMNIFICATION: You agree to indemnify and hold; SAS Institute Inc., and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers and employees; and the Service Providers harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the Service, any content you supply to this Website, the violation of these Terms of Use by you, or the infringement by you, or another user of the Service using your computer, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.

TERMINATION OF SERVICE: Either you or may terminate the Service with or without cause at any time and effective immediately. and the Service Providers shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of the Service.

Should you object to any terms and conditions of these Terms of Use or any subsequent modifications thereto or become dissatisfied with the Service in any way, your only recourse is to immediately discontinue use of the Service.

Upon termination of the Service, your right to use immediately ceases. You have no right, and and the Service Providers have no obligation thereafter to transmit any content to you or any third party.

COPYRIGHT COMPLAINTS: We respect the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify us of your claim of infringement by sending the following written information to’s designated Copyright Agent:

  • An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon;
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site, including the URL and date on which the material was displayed;
  • Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
  • A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on its site can be reached as follows:

 DMCA Complaints
 SAS Institute Inc.
 SAS Campus Drive
 Cary, North Carolina 27513 

GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION: This website is controlled by the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board from its offices in Cary, North Carolina, United States of America. All matters relating to your access to, or use of, this website shall be governed by U.S. federal law or the laws of the State of North Carolina. Any legal action or proceeding relating to your access to, or use of, this Web site shall be instituted in a state or federal court in Raleigh or Wake County, North Carolina. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, these courts in any such legal action or proceeding.

TRADEMARK INFORMATION: SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration.

Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.

Any of the trademarks, service marks, collective marks, design rights, personality rights or similar rights that are mentioned, used or cited in are the property of their respective owners. cannot grant any rights to use any protected materials. Your use of any such or similar incorporeal property is at your own risk.

VIOLATIONS: Any improper or inappropriate content posted on is a violation of the Terms of Use and should be reported to reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any posting.

HOW TO CONTACT If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, or want to report abuse, please email the webmaster. P