Terms of Use

By using our site, you agree to the following terms of use:


MSTA makes available this website and the information and services contained  herein in furtherance of MSTA’s nonprofit and tax-exempt purposes. MSTA’s maintains this website in an effort  to improve and support the teaching profession and public education by providing a variety of information resources, workshops and services to teachers, prospective teachers, parents and care-givers of Missouri students.


This entire site is copyrighted ©2010 by Missouri State Teachers Association., 407 S. Sixth Street, Columbia, MO 65201. All rights are reserved. Elements of this web site are protected by trade dress and other laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part.

No permission is given to our competitors to copy, publish or republish any material on this site, although they may view the material in our public areas.

Permission is given to current members of MSTA to make reasonable numbers of copies of materials from the public or member areas but only for their own internal use and with the exception that they are not permitted to create manuals, guides or other materials for sale.

Any permitted copying, publication or republication must be done without altering the material quoted or distorting the information quoted or conveying a concept different from what is on the site and must include clear attribution to the Missouri State Teachers Association. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. We are liberal about making exceptions, so contact us if you have any doubts.


Information on this web site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. We have attempted to be as accurate as possible at the time that information is added to this site, but the pace of change in the computer field makes information quickly out of date. Always contact us to verify information before relying upon it, even for planning purposes. We may also make improvements and/or changes in the products and/or the programs described on the site at any time without notice.


Sometimes we provide links to other web sites established by third parties These links are provided only as a convenience and service to you and we do not make any representations about these sites or the materials available there.

Listservs; Members-only areas; The Lounge

We host a number of social networking tools for Members to exchange information and help each other. We are not responsible for the content of the messages. Use them at your own risk. Goods and services advertised in The Lounge are not endorsed, reviewed or advocated by us. Investigate them thoroughly and buy and use them at your own risk.

We are not responsible for the messages posted on any message board that are not signed by MSTA, as an organization. We are not responsible for the accuracy, truthfulness, content or use of any message posted on a message board. All messages that you post are assumed to be in the public domain and can be read, copied and republished by anyone without any restrictions. If this is not true for a particular message, you must state so explicitly in the message. All messages that we post, however, are subject to all of the restrictions of this site, including copyright and access. We may or may not review messages and comments to see if they are technically correct or even if they are offensive. We reserve the right to remove any offensive messages that we do review, but it is our policy not to edit any posting. By using The Lounge, you agree to read and adhere to the Listserv requirements.

Any information that you post is at your own risk. We do not enforce copyright protection and often posting ideas, lesson plans or similar material may cause you to lose any trade secret protection you had in the ideas. We can make commercial use these ideas, ourselves. If you are selling these goods or services, we do not collect for you nor create or enforce any agreements between you and your prospect or customer.


Access to the public areas is available to anyone, even our competitors. Access to the member areas is reserved for active members of MSTA and a password is required. Accessing an area for which you are not authorized involves your downloading copyrighted information, violates our copyright and is prohibited. If you need information that is not available in your authorized area, contact us. We can almost always help.


We consider the contact information that you give us to be some of the most important information that we have and take active steps to keep it confidential. We would appreciate your updating your contact information if it changes by resigning our guest book and telling us in the comment box what you are updating.

If you call us with problems, questions or comments, we may monitor (listen to or record) the conversations for quality assurance reasons. By using this web site, you agree to this monitoring.


We sometimes use cookies to track your visit to and through the site. A cookie, which is small amount of data that is transferred to your browser by our web server and that only has meaning to us, functions as your identification card, recording your passwords and previous access. It cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. We use it mainly to keep track of items in your shopping cart. This information does not identify you personally and you remain anonymous unless you have otherwise provided us with personal information.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it.

Credit and Liability

If you are buying any goods or obtaining any services from us (even free services) through this web site, your transactions are subject to the following terms.

(Credit) You will be billed for all charges, either directly or through your charge card and agree to pay all bills within thirty days and not to stop or reverse any payment without our permission.

(Liability and Remedies) Our liability is only for direct damages and not for consequential, indirect or other special damages such as lost profits Your only remedy is to have us to fix the problem or refund to you an amount not to exceed what you paid us for the goods or services in dispute.

Refund/Return Policy

MSTA-branded merchandise
MSTA sells merchandise through a third-party vendor. These items are ordered and processed by the third party, Elite Promotions. The store policies are as follows:

  1. Refunds and Cancellations: No refunds on items purchased in the MSTA store. Elite Promotions will be happy to answer questions about the products prior to ordering. You can find their contact information at the store site.
  2. Returns: Items may be returned for size or defect and a replacement item (if available), or equivalent valued item, may be substituted.

Event/Conference Registrations
Members and non-members can register for a variety of events and conferences organized by MSTA. All sales are final and no refunds will be issued unless other arraignments are noted on the event or conference registration.

Data Stored on our Site

In some cases you may store data on our site and we will backup and guard your data at least as well as we backup and guard our own data. However, you should also backup your data at your own site and review it periodically to make sure that it is not corrupted. Note the limitations on our liability in the Credit section, above, and remember that you are the one primarily responsible for your data.


If you are using a password to access an area on our site, that password is only for your use and must not be shared with anyone inside or outside your organization. If you have a temporary password, you can only use it to educate yourself about the scope of the services and you agree not to rely on any information you obtain in the process.

Personal Information

In general, you can visit the public areas of our site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. You may request more information be sent to you and, in that case, we will ask you to provide contact information, which may include your name, company, mailing address, e-mail address or other personally identifying information.

When you submit personal information to us, you understand and agree that we and our affiliates may access, store, and use your member profile in any of the areas in which we and our affiliates maintain offices.

Some areas of our site require a password and you have to identify yourself to apply for the password. We should already have information about you and will update that information and record your password.

This site is not designed to be of interest to children and we do not knowingly collect, keep or use any information provided by or relating to minors.


Individuals and businesses that send spam should take notice that Missouri State Teachers Association regards spam (and junk faxes) as an interference with our business and reserves the right to initiate legal action against spammers and junk faxers. Anyone sending us spam or junk faxes will be responsible for all business and legal costs associated with that spam, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

Notice to junk faxers: Sending unsolicited commercial faxes has been illegal under Federal law since 1991 (47 USC § 227.) We may sue companies and individuals who send us unsolicited commercial faxes. If you send us a junk fax (unsolicited advertisement or promotion) you agree to pay us $500 or $1,500 per fax, in accordance with 47 USC § 227, plus any legal costs we incur.

Notice to spammers: Certain types of spam is prohibited by the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Chapter 47 of title 18, United States Code). In such cases, we will notify the State Attorney General as well as the federal authorities and help them to prepare a case against you.

Do we send spam? We do not think so. We only mail to people who have expressed an interest in our services or who are active members of MSTA. If you have received unsolicited e-mail from us that is of no interest to you, please let us know and we will usually take you off of the list we used and try and shield you from future mailings. We comply fully with the CAN-SPAM Act.


We sometimes conduct surveys for our own use. We will not reveal your answers to survey questions to third parties unless you have given us your consent. We can use the information in the survey any way we like as long as we do not identify you as the person giving a particular answer.


The names of other companies and their products mentioned on this site are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Use of Information

We collect information about you for a variety of reasons, including to promote our products and services to you. We may selectively provide certain information to other companies or organizations whose products or services we think may interest you and that are related in some way to ours. By giving us your telephone number, your facsimile number or your e-mail address, you give us expressed permission to use that information to contact you.

We do not sell our mailing lists to spammers. If you want to be removed from our database, please let us know by e-mail. If we obtained the contact information solely from your providing it through this web site, we will delete it, but if you were already in our database, we may or may not remove it.

Policy is subject to change without notice.