Terms and Conditions


Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) is committed to making its website attainable to all users. To do this, we have included several features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. To aid users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader, rather than reading the site, the following elements have been added:

  • A hyperlink is provided to circumvent repetitive navigation elements.
  • Navigation, linked items and forms are accessible via a logical tab sequence.
  • Descriptive alternative text is provided for non-text links and images.

CRI welcomes comments on how to improve the site’s accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact us (link to Webix email). Please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material and your contact information.

Links to CRI

Advanced permission to link to CRI’s Website is not necessary. However, pages within these sites may change at any time without notice. Links to CRI should be continuously checked.

Entities and individuals linking to CRI shall not capture our pages within frames, present CRI content as its own or otherwise misrepresent CRI content. Furthermore, they shall not misinform users about the origin or ownership of CRI content. Certain information on our site may be trademarked, service-marked or otherwise protected as intellectual property. Protected intellectual property must be used in accordance with state and federal laws and reflect the proper ownership of the intellectual property.

Any link to the CRI site should be a full forward link that passes the client browser to the site unencumbered. The “Back” button should return the visitor to original site if the visitor wishes to back out.

Links from CRI

This section outlines the criteria and requirements that external Websites must meet to have a link from our Website. It also details how links are accepted and removed from the CRI Websites. We reserve the right to link to external Website(s) that provide a service or are otherwise of value to our users.

1. Acceptance Criteria

Our Website has links to federal, state and local governments that provide information and services benefiting users. We will, at our discretion, consider link requests to non-governmental Websites containing information or services that further the purpose of CRI, including sites of CRI-contracted vendors, relevant technology-related associations and timely and relevant information technology publications.

Our Website is not a forum for public communication and debate. The criteria outlined in this section have been established to ensure our Website remains a non-public forum.

Each link request we received must undergo review to determine its relevance and appropriateness to the purpose of CRI. Approval is based on the following criteria:

  • The external Website corresponds with the purpose of CRI.
  • The Website’s content is appropriate with respect to the purpose of CRI.
  • The Website does not:
    • exhibit hate, bias, discrimination, pornography, libelous or otherwise defamatory content;
    • advocate or promote the use of alcohol or tobacco;
    • belong to or support a political affiliation; or
    • further the agenda of a political organization or candidate running for office.

CRI reserves the right to deny links we determine a Website contains misleading or unsubstantiated claims, conflicts with the purpose of CRI or does not meet one or more of the criteria out in this policy.

2. Review Process

  • E-mail link requests to the CRI Website contact, placing “Link Request” in the subject line. Each link request should address how the site meets the two acceptance criteria outlined above.
  • The link request will be reviewed against the acceptance criteria set forth above. The decision of CRI is final as to whether the requesting site may have a link from our Website.
  • Approved sites must comply with the following conditions for link maintenance and may be required to enter into a written linking agreement with CRI.

3. Conditions for Link Maintenance on CRI

To provide superior customer service our Website, we require any Website with a link from our site meet the following conditions to maintain that link:

  • The linked site must provide the user with access to an e-mail address and/or a customer service telephone number to contact if there are problems with format, accuracy, timeliness or payment processing.
  • Linked sites should not excessively burden the CRI Website customer support system or the link will be removed.
  • Users must have easy access back to the CRI Website one of two ways:
    • a link to the CRI Website established on the external Website’s main page; or
    • a “Back” button returning the user to the CRI Website.

Linked sites must have a privacy and security policy accessible from the home page informing the user of what personal information is collected, how it is collected and how it is used. CRI encourages linked sites to comply with industry-accepted accessibility standards to ensure users with disabilities may access these sites.

Linked sites must notify the CRI Website contact, if the site becomes inaccurate or inactive.

4. Removal Process

CRI reserves the right to remove links if it determines a Website contains misleading or unsubstantiated claims, conflicts with the purpose of CRI, or does not meet one or more of the criteria set forth above in this policy. The decision of CRI is final as to whether a link is to be removed. Links will be reviewed regularly and may be removed for the following reasons:

  • The link no longer points to the original information or resource to which it was intended to point.
  • The linked Website contains inaccurate or misleading information or has changed such that it is no longer in compliance with the acceptance criteria.
  • The linked Website violates the conditions for link maintenance.
  • Access to the information has become difficult due to non-standard formatting, lengthy download times or intrusive advertising.
  • The link is permanently unreachable or remains unavailable for a lengthy period.
  • The external Web site fails to comply with the written linking agreement, if any.