Star of the North Meeting

April 23–25, 2020 St. Paul, MN

Future Dates: April 22-24, 2021 and April 28-30, 2022

Policies

We have policies for conduct at the Star of the North conference as well as a privacy policy for the use of this website.

Registration Policies

Dentists and Student Dentists

Under no circumstances may a dentist register as a guest, spouse, exhibitor, dental assistant, dental therapist, hygienist, technician, or office personnel. Spouses who are dentists must register as dentists. MDA/ADA membership status will be verified to determine eligibility for member rates.

CE Ticketing Policy

No one will be admitted to any program without registering for the course. A list of registered courses will be listed on the back of your name badge. Program tickets will NOT be available outside the program room doors. Tickets must be purchased either online or in Onsite Registration.

Children

Children under the age of 18 must be registered and accompanied by an adult at all times while at the Star of the North Meeting (registration is free for children under 18).

This conference is intended as a quality learning environment for dental professionals. As such, it is important to maintain a proper atmosphere conducive to learning and to respect others who have paid for CE classes and expect limited disruptions. Therefore, no children under the age of 16 will be allowed in lectures and workshops. If a child occupies a seat, then they must purchase a ticket for that program. If a child is disrupting the learning atmosphere of other attendees, the attendee and child will be asked to leave the room and no refund will be given.

For the safety of those visiting the exhibit floor, the Star of the North Meeting recommends that strollers not be used on the exhibit floor. If you do use a stroller in the convention center, you do so at your own risk. Neither the Minnesota Dental Association nor the RiverCentre will be responsible for accidents that occur due to the use of strollers.

A mother’s room is available at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Stop by the information booth, located in Kellogg Lobby, for information on the location and access to the room.

Paying By Credit Card

Please note the Star of the North Meeting registration charges or credits applied to your credit card will be identified on your credit card statements as “MDA” transactions. Please notify the cardholder of pending charges or credits.

Non-Solicitation Policy

With the exception of exhibitors operating within their designated booth space, no attendee may solicit business on the exhibit floor or in any other Star of the North Meeting space. Violation of this policy will result in expulsion from the meeting.

Smoking Policy

Smoking and/or vaping are prohibited in the RiverCentre complex.

Conference Photography Policy

The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any courses or events during the Star of the North Meeting without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The MDA may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced including but not limited to: brochures, postcards or websites. Attendee names will not be published without a written release.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

2019 Policy: Refund requests for cancelled registration fees or ticketed programs must be received by QMS by April 5. All cancellations are subject to a $15 per person cancellation fee. If an attendee registered online, cancellations should be submitted online. If an attendee registered by mail, cancellations must be submitted in writing to QMS (6840 Meadowridge Court, Alpharetta, GA 30005) by April 5. If tickets and name badges have been received, they must be returned to QMS before a refund will be processed. Cancelled credit card registrations will be refunded via a credit to the same credit card on file; other refunds will be made by check.

Requests for refunds after the April 5 deadline will be reviewed by the Scientific Session Committee on an individual basis at their May committee meeting. All special requests must be received before May 1 and mailed to QMS at the address listed above (attn: Refund Request). Please include a letter explaining any extenuating circumstances and enclose unused badges/tickets. Refund requests received after May 1 will NOT be reviewed.

Special Needs Policy

If you require special assistance due to a disability, please advise the MDA prior to the meeting by indicating your need on the Pre-Registration form or contacting the MDA office at (612) 767-8400 or (800) 950-3368.

Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

Please see below for important legal information about using this website.

Terms of Use

All rights reserved. Minnesota Dental Association. All rights are reserved and content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, unless specifically indicated otherwise or except with the prior written agreement of the Minnesota Dental Association or as indicated below. Members of the Minnesota Dental Association may download pages or other content for their own personal use on a single computer, but no part of such content may be otherwise or subsequently reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written agreement of, and with express attribution to the Minnesota Dental Association.

General Legal Notice and Liability Disclaimer

The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) makes available this website and the information and services contained herein in furtherance of MDA’s nonprofit and tax-exempt purposes. While the MDA makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this site, the MDA does not endorse, approve or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review by qualified experts. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the MDA (unless specifically indicated as such). At certain places on this site, live “links” to other websites can be accessed. Such external sites contain information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the MDA. The MDA does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external sites and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of information located at such sites. Use of any information obtained from such sites is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review by qualified experts. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the MDA (unless such endorsement is specifically indicated). The MDA assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from use of the information contained herein, or from use of the information obtained at linked sites, or in any respect for the content of such information. The MDA is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information.

Privacy Policy

www.mndental.org and star.mndental.org are websites owned and operated by the Minnesota Dental Association (“MDA”). This Privacy Policy explains how the MDA and its subsidiaries, charities, and affiliate entities (including star.mndental.org) collect information about you through our websites and how this information is then used or disclosed. The MDA respects the privacy of our members and other users of our websites. You may contact us about this Privacy Policy via email to info@mndental.org.

Collection of Information

The information collected via these websites is used to improve the content of www.mndental.org and star.mndental.org, and to advance the MDA’s mission. For each visitor to these websites, the MDA web server automatically recognizes only the user’s domain name, but not the email address (where possible). The MDA collects the domain name and Internet Protocol (IP) address of visitors to mndental.org and star.mndental.org, aggregate information on what pages users access or visit, user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, and information volunteered by users, including from surveys, purchases, and/or registrations. The MDA also may collect the email addresses of those who submit requests for various electronic publications.

How Collected Information May Be Used

If you submit a request to receive an electronic publication or communication from the MDA or Star of the North, you will receive these publications or communications from the MDA or Star of the North until you elect to unsubscribe or otherwise notify the MDA or Star of the North that you wish to discontinue receiving said publications or communications. The MDA maintains a directory of dentists that may include information dentists submit via the mndental.org website. Some portions of this directory, containing information about MDA members, are publicly accessible on www.mndental.org for patients to use. This may include a link to a dental practice website which may contain an email address.

The MDA, its subsidiaries, charities, and affiliates (including star.mndental.org) may use or disclose individual’s contact information and other information about you, such as your occupation, specialty, member status, graduation date, and dental school, to alert you to new information, products and services, events and other opportunities. From time to time, we may also make your contact information and other information about you available to other organizations we believe to be reputable, such as companies whose products or services we think you might find interesting. If you register on mndental.org and star.mndental.org to attend an event, the MDA may provide an attendee list to other attendees and to entities that collaborate with the MDA on the event.

With respect to email addresses: We generally do not knowingly disclose an individual’s e-mail address without the individual’s express or implied consent outside the MDA, its service providers, subsidiaries and affiliated entities (including star.mndental.org), MDA members, and national, state, and local dental societies. However, we may disclose your e-mail address in certain situations; for example, if you serve in a leadership capacity or if you provide your e-mail address in connection with an event or an attendee list.

The MDA and Star of the North may also occasionally hire other individuals and entities to provide services on their behalf, including, but not limited to, hosting of online resources, processing credit card transactions, packaging, order fulfillment, answering customer questions about products or services, consulting services, data modeling, printing, sending postal mail, and processing membership and event registration. We will provide those companies with the information they need to complete the service. Third parties may collect information such as your IP address that may indicate your online activities over time or across different websites when you use our websites.

Your Rights

To help the MDA and Star of the North keep their promise to respect your privacy, it is important when you wish to exercise your rights that you contact us via any of the means listed in the first section of this Privacy Policy.

If you do not want to receive e-mail, postal mail, telephone calls, or faxes from us in the future, or if you do not want us to share your contact information in the manner described above, please provide us with your exact name, e-mail and postal addresses, phone and fax numbers, and, if appropriate, ADA membership number. While the MDA will continue to share information we maintain about you with national and local dental societies, the MDA and Star of the North will do their best to be sure any other specific contact information you so identify is removed from any list we share with other organizations.

On request, we may provide you with access to information that you submitted via mndental.org and star.mndental.org such as certain transaction information (e.g. dates on which you made purchases, amounts and types of purchases), communications that you have directed to our site (e.g. emails or user inquiries), and contact information (e.g., name, address, or phone number).

On request, we may also offer the ability to have inaccuracies corrected in contact information, financial information, unique identifiers, transaction information, and certain other data.

You may also contact us at info@mndental.org if you believe your information is being used improperly.

Children’s Privacy

The MDA and Star of the North do not knowingly solicit data online from, or market online to children. If you are under 18 years of age, you may not purchase products or services from, and you should not provide information to, www.mndental.org and star.mndental.org without the involvement of a parent or guardian.

Security

The website company the MDA uses to host www.mndental.org and star.mndental.org uses industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving consumer data. When certain types of sensitive information such as financial or health information are exchanged or received, the MDA or Star of the North site redirects visitors to a secure server. The web host has appropriate security measures in place at its physical facility to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site. When users choose to make payments via credit cards, we submit the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouses. We do not store or reuse this credit card information, unless you have given your authorization for us to do so.

Changes, Comments, and Questions

If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post the policy changes to our websites to notify you and allow you to opt out of new uses. The latest version of our Privacy Policy will always be available at www.mndental.org and star.mndental.org. If you are concerned about how your information may be used, please check back at our websites periodically. We welcome your comments or questions about our Privacy Policy and privacy practices. If you feel that this site is not following its stated policy, please let us know.