Privacy Policy

Protecting personal privacy is important at Concordia University Texas. Any information voluntarily provided to the Concordia website or other web services provided by Concordia, such as email addresses, names or phone numbers, will never be sold to other colleges, universities, non-profit organizations or businesses.

The University does NOT:

  • Ask for personal information unless absolutely needed.
  • Share personal information with anyone except to comply with Federal or State laws or protect the corporate rights of the University.
  • Store personal information on University servers unless required for the on-going operation of University services.

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Concordia University Texas (CTX) owns and operates concordia.edu and athletics.concordia.edu.

Definitions

  • Website visitor: any person who views, browses or interacts with a website
  • User: any person who views, browses or interacts with a website
  • Aggregate: publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website
  • Cookie: a string of information a website stores on a visitor's computer

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, CTX collects non-personally-identifying information about the browser type, language preference, referring site and the date and time of each visitor request. The purpose for CTX collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how web visitors use the University website. From time to time, CTX may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate (e.g.: publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website).

CTX also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The University does NOT use such information to identify visitors nor disclose such information, other than as described below.

What Information Do We Gather About You?

We collect general analytics information, such as your IP address and web browsing patterns, from you when you access any Concordia websites. Certain visitors to CTX websites choose to interact with the University in ways requiring CTX to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information the University gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.

What Do We Use the Information For?

We use your IP address and web browsing data to help diagnose problems with our server and to optimize the content on our websites. The email address or phone number you provide may be used to send you information, and/or to respond to inquiries, requests or questions.

CTX uses this information to provide requested information that is relevant and current. Whether a web visitor provides any information to CTX or participates in any survey or registration on any Concordia website is completely optional. Web visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Information web visitors submit to a CTX website remains the property of the web visitor. However, by submitting information, the web visitor grants the University the right to use information for marketing purposes, content improvement and/or feedback.

If a web visitor is a registered user of a CTX website, the University may send newsletters, other email communication on information requested, or other information/communication the University believes will be useful to the web visitor.

Concordia may share user information with third-party partners to the level necessary to deliver and expand our services. Third parties are restricted from using or sharing user information for any use other than providing aid to users.

We May Store Information in the U.S.

Our platform is intended for use in the United States. Information we collect may be stored in the United States. We may also store information in other countries. If you live outside of the United States, you understand and agree that we may transfer your information to the United States. This platform is subject to US laws, which may not afford the same level of protection as those in your country.

Device Information We Collect

We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access Concordia, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language or other information of this nature. We use this information in an aggregated fashion to track access to Concordia. At no time do we disclose site usage by individual IP addresses. Concordia retains, on a temporary basis, server logs and then these logs are automatically deleted.

Email Policy

We will not sell, rent, share, authorize or swap any email address for commercial marketing purposes without your permission. In the event you receive emails from Concordia and no longer wish to receive these emails, follow the unsubscribe instructions located within the email.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

CTX discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations who (i) need to know such information in order to process it on CTX's behalf or to provide services available at CTX websites, and (ii) have agreed not to disclose it to others. By using any CTX website, a web visitor consents to the transfer of such information to them. CTX will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, CTX discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by Federal or State law, or when CTX believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the University, third parties or the public-at-large.

A registered student of a CTX website who supplied an email address may occasionally receive an email from the University to communicate new features, solicit feedback or share updated CTX information. The University primarily uses its administrative email system to communicate this type of request (e.g.: a support email or feedback mechanism such as a survey), but reserves the right to publish it in order to help CTX clarify or respond to requests or to help support other users. CTX takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information a website stores on a visitor's computer. Cookies are generated when a user's Internet browser loads particular websites. These sites load information onto the browser that is then stored on the user’s device in the form of a text file. The visitors browser provides information to the website each time the visitor returns. CTX uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of a CTX website and their website access preferences. Web visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using any CTX website. The drawback to refusing cookies is that certain features of CTX websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Third-Party Cookies

Cookies may be set by an organization other than Concordia. Sites such as Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media services include third-party cookies for which Concordia has applied “plug-ins.” Therefore, users should review the privacy policies for these sites separately. Additionally, users do have the option of disabling cookies on their individual browsers.

Third-Party Links

This privacy policy applies solely to information collected through any Concordia website. A CTX website may contain links to third-party websites not owned or controlled by CTX. Concordia does not control third-party websites and is not responsible for the content of the linked-to, third-party websites or any hyperlink in a linked-to website. Concordia is not responsible for the privacy or content practices of third-party websites.

Policy Violation Procedure

In the event of a violation, all alleged violations will be reviewed by the Webmaster, Director of Information Systems, affiliated personnel and the Red Flags Task Force to assess both the validity, and the action of the University.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, CTX may change its privacy policy from time to time, and at its sole discretion. CTX encourages web visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its privacy policy. Continued use of any Concordia website after any change in the privacy policy will constitute acceptance of any changes by web visitors.

Questions Regarding our Privacy Policy

Concordia University Texas respects personal privacy and uses the information provided to the University with integrity and full disclosure. If you ever feel this policy has been violated, please contact CTX immediately. If you have any questions about the web Privacy Policy or the management of any Concordia website, please email: webmaster@concordia.edu or mail correspondence to: Concordia University Texas, Attn: Web Privacy, 11400 Concordia University Dr., Austin, TX 78726.

For other questions about this privacy policy, or the content or practices of our website, you can contact Concordia’s Security Office at securityoffice@concordia.edu.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License. Privacy policy acquired through Creative Commons, and adapted with permission from automattic.com and umhb.edu privacy policies.