External Linking Policy

The City of Tega Cay views the provision of links to external websites as a public service that can benefit its citizens and other site visitors. Overall, the City’s website should provide useful information and reflect a positive image of Tega Cay, SC. The City of Tega Cay will select links to the external websites to the extent the links help support these goals. In establishing and maintaining its official website, the City does not intend to create any forum or other means for public discourse. Rather, the sole and limited purpose of the permitted external links is to provide information about the City for residents, businesses and visitors.

The City has created several online calendars for the purposes of notifying the public when different meetings and events occur. The City will at all times maintain a calendar that is specific for City managed or City sponsored public meetings and Community events that are run by, or on behalf of, the City. The City may also maintain a public calendar that lists events and gatherings open to the public. The City makes no claim that the information on the calendars listing non-City sponsored events are accurate or current. The information that is provided on that calendar is supplied to the City by the organization hosting the event.

At no time will the City post any event information that is sponsored by or serving a campaign for elected office or other types of political events.

The City does not endorse or provide preferential treatment to any third party websites or associated organizations or persons. Since the City does not control third party websites, it does not warrant that third party websites are accurate or reliable or that they have operational links. The user acknowledges and agrees that the City of Tega Cay is not liable in any way for the content, accuracy, reliability, viewpoints, policies, or products provided by these external resources.

In order to avoid the appearance of City endorsement of political content, links shall not be made to sites that are associated with, sponsored by or serving a campaign for elected office, any political party or organization supporting or seeking to defeat any candidate for elective office or ballot proposal.

It is the City's policy to limit external links to the following entities and organizations:
1. Chamber of Commerce, Neighborhood Associations and/or Visitors Bureau;
2. Other governmental agencies;
3. Hospitals;
4. Museums, libraries, historical organizations, attractions and similar kinds of established, bona fide organizations that provide resources and activities for residents and visitors of the City;
5. Public and private, bona fide educational institutions;
6. Entities and organizations whose primary purpose is to provide the location, telephone number, and/or description of tourism events in the City of Tega Cay.
7. Public Utilities and public transportation entities.
8. Entities that the City has an existing formal, contractual relationship with through direct funding or co-partnership on programs.
9. Churches in the immediate Tega Cay area

Entities and organizations wishing to establish external links on the City’s websites must submit a request to the City Manager, which shall contain all information necessary to verify the facts stated and as may be necessary to establish that the proposed link complies with this policy.

The City of Tega Cay’s website will not provide links to:
• Sites associated with, sponsored by, or serving a campaign, for elected office.
• Sites promoting illegal activities.
• Sexually explicit sites.
• Sites containing information that violates any of the City’s affirmative action or equal
opportunity policies.

The City of Tega Cay reserves the right, at any time and without notice, a) To determine which links to provide on its website; b) Deny a link that does not meet the criteria set forth in this policy; c) Deny or discontinue an external link at any time if the website provides or promotes false, slanderous, illegal, infringing or incorrect information; d) Remove any external link if the nature of the organization to which the link relates no longer complies with the City's external link policy; e) Revise this policy without prior notice when the City considers such revision to be in its best interests.

Links may be made to City websites, but we ask the following criteria be met:
1. Do not create frames around the City’s website or use other techniques that alter the visual presentation of the City’s websites.
2. Do not imply that the City is endorsing an individual, product or service.
3. Do not imply an affiliation between a company and the City without the prior written consent of the City.
4. Do not misrepresent relationships with the City or present false or misleading impressions about City services.
5. Sites should not contain materials that may be interpreted as distasteful or offensive and must be appropriate for all age groups.
6. Sites shall use a text hyperlink only and shall not use any official City logo or other image.

The City of Tega Cay shall have no responsibility or liability for any content appearing on an external website. The City may amend these Linking Conditions at any time. By linking to the City’s website, the individual agrees to abide by these Linking Conditions and other legal terms and conditions on the website, as amended from time to time. All terms and conditions related to the use of the official City of Tega Cay website will be construed according to the laws of the State of South Carolina, United States of America, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.