Effective Date of Current Policy: August 6, 2015
The Information We Collect and How We Use It
GC collects two types of information about users of the GC Website and Systems:
(1) Personally identifiable information: Certain services, such as the Request Information Form, to which you may gain access through the GC Website and Systems, may require you to provide personally identifiable information. We use such personally identifiable information to respond to your inquiries and to send you information about our courses and programs. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive emails from us, please refer to the paragraph below headed “Changing or Deleting Personal Information.”
If you contact us by email through the GC Website and Systems or submit any information, such as a phone number, through the GC Website and Systems, we will collect any personally identifiable information that you transmit to us and we may keep a record of your contact information and correspondence, and we reserve the right to use your email address and phone number, and any information that you provide to us in your message, to communicate with you. In addition, we may send by email important administrative information regarding the GC Website and Systems or services to users who have provided us with their email addresses. Such information may be important to your use of the GC Website and Systems and is regarding our ongoing relationship with you.
- to learn more about the way you interact with the GC Website and Systems content;
- to help us improve your experience when visiting the GC Website and Systems;
- to remember your preferences;
- to identify errors and resolve them; and
- to analyze how well the GC Website and Systems is performing.
The key reason for using cookies is to make visits to the GC Website and Systems more convenient, more efficient and user-friendly for you.
How do I reject and delete cookies?
The privacy settings in your browser will enable you to customize your cookie settings, including deletion and disabling them. Typically, you will find the controls under the browser’s ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu. The exact level of customization will depend on your browser. Refer to your browser’s help facility or to the website operated within your country of residence.
Changing your cookie settings, including deletion and disabling them, may mean that the functionality of the GC Website and Systems and your ability to use some of its features is affected. You will still be able visit our website, but you may not be able to access all of the content and some of the functions may not operate correctly.
Use of Information
We may use the information collected for the following purposes, in addition to those described above:
- Tailoring the GC Website and Systems to user needs and improving our service;
- Generating data and reports about usage of the GC Website and Systems and its content;
- Supporting the functioning and security of the GC website and our network systems; protecting our rights, property, or safety or those of others; and research; and
- Providing customer service and application assistance to prospective students.
How We Disclose the Information We Gather
We reserve the right to provide the information we collect to our employees, contractors, agents, and designees to the extent necessary to enable them to perform certain services (e.g., web hosting and maintenance services, improving the GC Website and Systems and its features, or customer service) on our behalf. We also reserve the right to disclose such information to any third party if we believe that we are required to do so for any or all of the following reasons: (i) by law; (ii) to comply with legal processes or governmental requests; (iii) to prevent, investigate, detect, or prosecute criminal offenses or attacks on the technical integrity of the GC Website and Systems or our network; and/or (iv) to protect the rights, property, or safety of GC and its affiliates, its and their partners and employees, the users of the GC Website and Systems, and the public.
We may share the information we gather with third parties, including our Affiliates or Partners, to perform functions and provide services to us including, without limitation, outreach and assistance to you with regard to selecting a program of interest, completing an application, and other related activities. We may provide collected information, including personally identifiable information, to those third-party Affiliates and Partners for those purposes. In addition, we may share with third parties information about the use of the GC Website and Systems and its content that is aggregated or anonymized so that it does not identify any individual user.
Changing or Deleting Personal Information
If you would like to change your personal information or if you no longer wish to receive materials from us or want your personal information removed from the GC Website and Systems, please contact us at email@example.com. Alternatively, when you receive materials from us by email or other communications you can make use of the “opt out” or “unsubscribe” provision in such communications so that we know that you no longer wish to receive such materials from us.
GC will use reasonable security measures to assist in protecting against the loss, misuse, and alteration of personally identifiable information which is under our control. Unfortunately, no security system, or system of transmitting data over the Internet, can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. As a result, while we undertake commercially reasonable efforts to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot guarantee the security of our servers, the means by which information is transmitted between your computer and GC’s servers, or any information provided to us or to any third party through or in connection with the GC Website and Systems. You provide all such information entirely at your own risk.
Links to Other Websites
The GC website contains links to other websites that are independently owned and operated, and are not part of the “goshen.edu” domain. GC is not responsible for the privacy practices, activities or content of such independent websites. Any links to external websites and/or non-GC information are provided solely as a courtesy and should not be construed as an endorsement by GC of the content or views of the linked materials. The materials on these independent websites are the opinion of the specified author(s) and are not statements of advice, opinion, support or information of GC.
Website content and copyright information
The Goshen College Web pages are maintained by many departments and organizations across campus and are regularly updated and improved. As it is available, new content is added. Although we attempt to keep information in the Goshen College Web accurate, you assume the risk that the information and materials on this Web site could be incomplete, inaccurate, out of date, or may not meet your needs and requirements.
The personal employee, student and student group home pages maintained on the Goshen College Web servers are the sole responsibility of the users who make information publicly available on the Web. The personal home pages and the opinions or information contained therein, as well as any pages linked from the Goshen College Web, are the creation of the person or persons maintaining the pages and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Goshen College.
With respect to any information available from this Goshen College Web site, neither Goshen College nor its employees assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.
Most graphics, images and text, and all Goshen College-related seals, logos and wordmarks are protected by trademark or copyright. They may not be reproduced in any electronic or written medium without the prior consent of Goshen College.
Adapted with permission from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies