Last Updated June 6, 2018
At Virginia College and our affiliated campuses and schools, we know that privacy is an important concern for you when you visit websites—ours or anyone else’s. We take seriously the need to make sure you understand our privacy practices.
Information You Provide
On our websites, you may be asked to voluntarily provide us with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and other information that could be identifiable as your own personal information. You may refuse to provide certain categories of personal information, but by doing so, we may be unable to provide you with particular information or services you may be seeking.
Automatically Collected Information and Cookies
Our websites do not respond to “Do Not Track” signals.
How We use Your Information
We use your information to respond to your inquiries, process your application, ensure the functionality of our websites, save user preferences, improve our services, and for behavioral advertising purposes to help us and our vendors provide you with information about products and services that may be of particular interest to you.
Virginia College engages other companies or vendors to perform some services to aid us in gathering data or distributing information. These companies will only have access to your personal information to the extent necessary to accomplish the specific tasks for which they have been engaged. Virginia College contractually prohibits these companies and vendors from using your data for any other purpose.
In addition, we may disclose information about you to third parties where we have a legitimate purpose for doing so, including: (i) if required to do so by law or pursuant to legal process, (ii) in response to a request from law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.
If the assets of Virginia College should be transferred or sold to another entity, all personal information collected through our websites will be considered to be a part of those assets.
If at any time you decide that you do not want to continue receiving emails or calls from us, simply follow the instructions in our emails to opt-out of future mailings or visit https://unsubscribe.vc.edu. You can also contact us at the email or mailing addresses provided below.
Links to Other Websites
Security of Collected Information
Virginia College maintains commercially reasonable policies and procedures to protect the privacy and confidentiality of any personal information or other types of data that we collect. We take standard and acceptable precautions to keep our collection and storage systems secure and protected behind a firewall. However, since no security system is foolproof, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your personal information. We are also not responsible for the security of information you transmit to us over networks we do not control.
We retain the information collected from our websites for as long as reasonably necessary to provide you with services, fulfill the purposes described in this Privacy Statement, or as required under applicable law.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Our websites are neither designed for nor targeted to children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, do not provide your personal information to us. If you believe your child has impermissibly provided us with their personal information, please contact us using the information below, so that we can identify and delete their information.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
We comply with all FERPA requirements concerning the release of student transcripts and other education records.
For California Residents
Under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents who provide us with personal information are entitled to request us to disclose whether we shared any of their personal information with any other businesses for their own direct marketing purposes during the prior calendar year (e.g., requests made in 2018 will receive information regarding 2017 sharing activities).
To obtain this information, please send an email message or letter to one of the addresses below with the subject “Request for California Privacy Information” on the subject line and in the body of your message along with your full name, residential address, and email address so that we can respond to your inquiry.
Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements and only information on covered sharing will be included in our response.
How to contact Virginia College
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