Protecting Your Privacy

We want you to know what information we collect about users, how we collect that information, what we use the information for, who we disclose information to, and how users can limit the uses we make of personally identifiable information. Please read this policy carefully before using or submitting information on any of our websites. BY USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS POLICY.

We reserve the right to change or update this Privacy Policy at any time. When changes are made, we will post the updated policy and the date of the revision, so please re-visit this page occasionally to check for updates. By continuing to use the websites after the posting of such changes, you accept the policy as modified.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We collect various types of information from our visitors so we can adjust our site to meet our users’ needs and expectations. Some of the information collected automatically does not directly identify you by name or include your contact information, but which may be used to identify that a specific computer or device has accessed our website and which if combined with certain other information could be used to identify you. Other information is collected from information you provide to us when you register for any of our online services.

The information we process about you may include the following categories of information:

  • Name
  • Personal contact information (address, telephone, email address)
  • Educational history
  • Financial information
  • Demographic data
  • Online identifiers
  • Browsing data
  • IP address
  • Information collected from 3rd party cookies
  • Social media use and utilization
  • Geo-location data, as may be transmitted to use by your smart phone or other location-aware devices

Our websites may utilize the following technologies to collect information:

  • Web beacons. Our websites may use a technology known as web beacons that allows the collection of web log information. A web beacon is a tiny graphic on a web page or in an e-mail message designed to track pages viewed or messages opened. Web log information is gathered when you visit one of our websites by the computer that hosts our website (called a "webserver"). Web beacons also help analyze the effectiveness of websites by measuring the number of visitors to a site or how many visitors clicked on key elements of a site.
  • Cookies. Our websites may use a technology called a "cookie." A cookie is a small data file that a website can place on your computer’s hard drive, where your internet browser files are kept. A cookie saves you the trouble of reentering certain information in some registration areas because cookies can be used to enable a site to “remember” information a visitor has previously inputted. A cookie also helps deliver content used-specific information to you and track how sections of the website are used. Cookies can be placed on your computer both by us and by third parties with whom we have a contractual relationship, such as web analytic services and advertising network services. With most Internet browsers or other software, you can change your browser settings to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please check your browser instructions to learn more about these functions. If you reject cookies, functionality of the site may be limited, and you may not be able to take advantage of many of the site's features. First-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) will be used to report how your ad impressions, other uses of ad services, and interactions with these ad impressions and ad services are related to visits to this site.
  • Do Not Track. There are different ways you can prevent tracking of your online activity. One of them is setting a preference in your browser that alerts websites you visit that you do not want them to collect certain information about you. This is referred to as a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) signal. Please note that currently our websites and web-based resources do not respond to these signals from web browsers.
  • Google Analytics. Google Analytics may be used to help make our website work better and to help us understand what parts of the website are being utilized. Google Analytics uses technical tools such as, first-party cookies and JavaScript code, to collect information about visitors. Google Analytics service tracks visitors to the site who have JavaScript enabled. Google Analytics anonymously tracks how visitors interact with a website, including where they came from and what they did on a site. Google Analytics collects the information set forth above from users. This information is used to administer and update the website, and we will assess whether the visitors to the site match the expected site demographics and determine how key audiences are navigating the content.
    • Opt-Out Provision: Google analytics offers an opt-out provision for website visitors who do not want their data to be collected. You can receive more information about this option here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
    • Google's Use of Data: Google and its wholly owned subsidiaries may retain and use, subject to the terms of its Privacy Policy (located at http://www.google.com/privacy.html, or such other URL as Google may provide from time to time), information collected in your use of the Google Analytics Information Disclosures and Sharing
  • Social Media Plugins. Our websites may use Social Media Plugins to enable you to easily share information with others. When you visit our websites, the operator of the social media plugin that is on our website can place a cookie on your computer that lets that operator recognize individuals on their website who have previously visited our sites. If you have previously logged into the social media website while browsing on our website, social media plugins may allow that social media website to receive directly identifiable information about you that shows you have visited our website. The social media plugin may collect this information for visitors who have logged into social networks, whether or not they specifically interact with the plugin on our website. Social media plugins also allow the social media website to share information about your activities on our website with other users of their social media website. Grantham does not control any of the content from social media plugins. For more information about social plugins from social media websites, you should refer to those sites’ privacy and data sharing statements.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION

We may process your information, including recording, organizing, structuring, storing, using, disclosing, or otherwise making available, aligning, combining, or erasing the information, for the following purposes:

  • Administrative Uses: We may use and disclose the information you provide to send you requested information or other information from us that we think may be of interest to you, respond to your inquiries, improve our website, verify your relationship with us, and take other actions that may be necessary to respond to your requests.
  • Business and Marketing Uses: We may use information internally to improve or develop new products, services, and communications strategies and protect our legal interests. We may use information for marketing purposes.
  • Application/Registration Information: Information provided in applying for employment or admission to the University or in registering for courses is used solely for those purposes. Data collected during these processes, either collectively or individually, may be shared with third-party government agencies as required by law. Details can be obtained from either Admissions or Compliance.
  • Name and Address Information: We maintain a database of names and addresses (e-mail and paper mail) of people who may be interested in hearing about new and upcoming events, publications, or various University activities. Names on this list come from requests for materials and requests for other information or services. We do not share this list with organizations outside of Grantham University.
  • Payment Information: In the course of providing our students with automated services, Grantham University receives some personal payment information in the form of checks and credit cards. It is the policy of the University to protect all information provided to us by all participants through the payment process. Grantham University does not sell or share any non-public personal information with any third party, except as may be necessary to complete a transaction in the ordinary course of business, or as required under an applicable law.
OUR LEGAL BASIS

We process your information for the specific purposes listed above pursuant to a legal basis, including the following:

  • Based on your consent: In some cases, at the point at which you provide information, we may ask you for your consent to collect and process your information. If you choose to provide us with your consent, you may later withdraw your consent (or opt-out) by contacting us as described in the “how do you contact us” section below. Please note that if you withdraw your consent it will not affect any processing of your information that has already occurred. Where we process your information based on consent, we will provide more detailed information to you at the time when we obtain your consent.
  • Compliance with applicable laws or performance of a contract: In specific circumstances, we may need to process your information to comply with a relevant law/regulation or to fulfill our obligations under a contract to which you are subject. Where we process your information to meet our legal obligations, you will likely not be permitted to object to this processing activity, but you will usually have the right to access or review this information unless it would impede our legal obligations. Where we are processing to fulfill our contract obligations under a contract where you are a party, you might not be able to object to this processing, or if you do choose to opt-out or object to our processing, it may impact our ability to perform a contractual obligation that you are owed.
  • Our legitimate interest: We may process your information based on our legitimate interests in communicating with you and managing our interactions with you regarding our products, services, and education opportunities. In addition to the other rights you may have described below, you have the right to object to such processing of your information. You can register your objection by contacting us as described in the “how do you contact us” section below.
CHILDREN'S INFORMATION

Our websites are not intended for or designed for individuals under the age of 16. We do not knowingly collect information from any person under the age of 16.

PROTECTION OF YOUR INFORMATION

Our University websites have administrative, technical, and physical safeguards measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. We utilize industry standard SSL encryption when accepting your credit card information during the online ordering process, as well as whenever we ask you to login to any of the University’s online student services, such as our library or the student website. We do not sell, rent, or share any information submitted by visitors to our site to any third parties except as described in this policy.

As an institution of higher learning, Grantham University adheres to the rules and regulations as set forth by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

DISCLOSURE & TRANSFER OF YOUR INFORMATION

We share your information with our service providers who facilitate the purposes described above. We disclose information to third parties who provide us with various business services, including marketing or monitoring and maintaining the website, for example. We also share information with third parties with whom we are working to provide you with other services or information. We may also disclose information where required to fulfill our legal or contractual obligations. We may share aggregate, non-personally identifiable visitor information with third parties for marketing, advertising, or other lawful uses.

Other than directory information, data you provide to us as you use Grantham University’s website will be held in strict confidence by the University and will be used for University purposes only. The University may share aggregate information about our users with advertisers, business partners, sponsors and other third parties. However, the individual information you provide us within the Grantham University website will be known only to you and the University. We will not share your information with anyone else, except as may be required by law.

Our website and online resources are owned and operated in the United States, and the information you provide may be accessible by our affiliates and vendors in other countries. If you are visiting this site from a country other than the United States, your information will cross an international boundary. The level of protection for your information in the United States may not be the same as the level of protection in your country. Your use of the website will result in the collection, storage, and processing of your information in the United States and in any country to which we may transfer your information in the course of our business operations.

THIRD PARTY LINKS

Grantham University provides links to other third-party websites. When you leave our website, please be aware that Grantham University is not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites.

YOUR RIGHTS, OUR OBLIGATIONS

You have the right to see and get a copy of your information, including an electronic copy, that we have as well as to ask us to make any corrections to inaccurate or incomplete information that we have about you. You can also request that we erase your information when it is no longer needed for the purposes for which you provided it, restrict how we process your information to certain limited purposes where erasure is not possible, or object to our processing of your information. In certain circumstances, you may be able to request that we send a copy of your information to a third party of your choosing. If you tell us that you do not wish to have information we collect used as a basis for further contact with you, we will respect your wishes.

Our student services site provides you with the option of changing and modifying information you have previously provided to us. To change or modify your student account information, please log into the FS Management Portal or email studentrecords@grantham.edu.

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write to the email address provided below. Be sure to include your name and contact information and we will respond within the time required by law.

To exercise any of your rights as described above, please contact Grantham University directly:
Telephone: (888) 947-2684
Email: studentrecords@grantham.edu

If you do not want to receive our e-mail marketing, please submit a request to have your e-mail address removed at the following e-mail address: unsubcribe@grantham.edu.

Updated 11/14/2018