This Privacy Notice establishes Clayton State University’s (“CLSU”) data privacy and legal     notice with respect to the gathering and dissemination of information we obtain from you on CLSU’s websites located at clayton.edu (“Site”) and with any applicable privacy standards and legal requirements regarding the data collected.

CLSU is the operator of this Site, although software, hosting and other functions may be provided by third parties (“Service Providers”). This Privacy and Legal Notice (“Notice”) describes the type of information CLSU, and its Service Providers collect from visitors to this Site, what we do with that information, and how visitors can update and control the use of information collected by this Site.

This Notice does not necessarily describe information collection policies on other sites, such as separate sites operated by our Service Providers that CLSU does not control. Many of the resources linked from CLSU’s site are not maintained by CLSU. CLSU cannot monitor all linked resources, only those pages that fall directly within CLSU’s World Wide Web structure. CLSU is in no way responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these linked resources, and the statements, views, and opinions expressed therein are neither endorsed by nor do they necessarily reflect the opinion of CLSU. Any links to non- CLSU information or resources are provided as a courtesy. They are not intended to, nor do they constitute an endorsement by CLSU of the linked materials.

This Notice may be changed from time to time and without notice. Continued use of the       Site after any such changes constitutes acceptance of the new terms. If you do not agree to abide by these new terms or any future terms, please do not use the Site. This site is not directed to children under 13 years of age, and children under 13 years of age shall not use this Site to submit any personal information about themselves.[1]

Information Collected

When visiting the Site, CLSU may collect certain routing information, including, but not limited to, the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of your originating Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), and information provided by “cookies” stored on your hard drive. CLSU may also collect aggregate information about the use of the Site, including, but not limited to, which pages are most frequently visited, how many visitors the Site receives daily, and how long visitors stay on each page. CLSU may disclose and publish aggregate information on an aggregate basis to any party through any means, but such aggregate information will not disclose any personal information. Any information collected through this Site may also be used in aggregate by system administrators in the administration of the Site. This information helps CLSU understand aggregate uses of the site, track usage trends, and improve services. Visitors may also be required to provide certain personal information in order to access various features and information on the Site. Such information may include, among other things, name, address, and phone number. If you do not want to provide such information, you may choose not to access those features of the Site. Any personal information that you choose to provide through the Site will be protected in accordance with the provisions of this Notice.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of data that may be stored by a Web browser. Cookies are often used to remember information about preferences and pages visited. This information is stored for visitor’s convenience and also may be used in the aggregate to monitor and enhance the Site. For example, when you visit some sites on the Web you might see a “Welcome Back” message. The first time you visited the site a cookie may have been set on your computer; when you return, the cookie is read again. You can refuse to accept cookies, disable cookies, and/or remove cookies from your hard drive. However, if you do not accept cookies from the Site, you may lose access to the Site or experience decreased performance of the Site.

Security and Accuracy of Confidential Information

CLSU does its best to reasonably ensure that the personal information obtained from you is accurate. Visitors may review the information saved or submitted via the Site at any time up to the point when it is purged. In the event that there is an error in your personal information, we will correct the information upon your request.

We have put in place reasonable physical, technical, and administrative safeguards designed to prevent unauthorized access to our use of the information collected online. While we strive to protect visitor’s personal information by encryption and other means, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of the information you transmit to us, and if you choose to use the Site, you do so at your own risk.

Please keep in mind that any information disclosed on this Site can be collected and used by visitors to the Site.

If you post any data within a public forum on any CLSU websites that data is now public.

Sharing of Information

CLSU is committed to maintaining the privacy of your personal information. CLSU does not actively share personal information gathered from the Site. However, there may be some instances in which CLSU will need to do so as required by law (including but not limited to the Georgia Open Records Act), as necessary to protect CLSU interests, and/or with Service Providers acting on CLSU’s behalf. CLSU also complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), which generally prohibits (with some exceptions) the release of education records without student permission. For more details on FERPA, currently enrolled students should review:

Questions

If you have questions about this Notice or believe that your personal information has been released without your consent or if you wish to correct information held by CLSU, please contact us at dataprivacy@clayton.edu.


[1] In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”).