BergApps Terms of Service

As a BergApps user, you have several powerful software components available to you @heidelberg.edu from Google. However, not all of the components are subject to the same terms of service and privacy policies.

The "Core" Google Apps

Google Apps Core Apps

As part of its Google Apps for Education product suite, Google provides a set of what it calls "core" apps. Those apps currently include the following Google products: Gmail, Calendar, Drive (Docs), Groups for Business, Sites, and Talk (Chat).

These core apps are covered by the agreement that Heidelberg University has with Google.  For these core apps offered under, and data stored in, the Heidelberg BergApps system:

  • No ads are served to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Heidelberg (not Google) owns the data.
  • Your privacy is protected at a level comparable to that of other Heidelberg services.
  • Google is in compliance with FERPA (it is considered a "school official" and is thus subject to relevant FERPA regulations).

Google reserves the right to change the set of available core apps at any time; however, the list should remain fairly stable.

Other Google "Consumer" Apps

The University has decided to make available additional Google apps and services that may be of interest to you under your BergApps login. Be aware that these additional apps and services are not covered by the Heidelberg contract with Google.  When you first use any of these other "consumer" (i.e. non-core) apps, you'll be required to agree to Google's consumer Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.  Those policies apply to your use of any of the non-core apps. The value of enabling these non-core apps is that you can then use your Heidelberg credentials when you want to use any of these services for school or work purposes.

We encourage you to use these non-core apps if you find them useful; however, remember that they are subject to ads and are not governed by the same privacy terms and conditions as are the core apps noted above--they are governed by a contract between you and Google.  CNIT cannot provide support for these services.

Heidelberg reserves the right to enable and disable access to any "consumer" (i.e. non-core) apps at any time.  Some of the consumer apps available under your BergApps login include

  • Blogger
  • Chrome Web Store
  • FeedBurner
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Google Chrome Sync
  • Google Maps
  • Google News
  • Picasa Web Albums
  • Web History
  • YouTube

We are currently evaluating the viability of other non-core apps for possible inclusion in our BergApps offering.

Connecting Other Services

Occasionally, you may find sites that offer products or services that work with Google and can connect directly to your individual BergApps account, integrating the service with your BergApps logon.  Keep in mind that you are accepting some risk when you connect such a service to your BergApps account.  CNIT cannot provide support for such services.