Website Privacy Policy

The following policy applies only to the use of MWCC’s Website: http://mwcc.edu. As you navigate the site, you may see links that, when clicked, will take you to other websites operated by other organizations. MWCC is not responsible for the content or policies of these sites. These websites have individual privacy policies tailored to the interactions available through each site. We strongly suggest that you read the privacy policies of each website that you visit and any external site that you visit through a link appearing at this site.

The use of our site is governed by the MWCC Acceptable Use Policies.

Definitions

Cookies

Cookies are files that a website can place on your computer. A cookie file contains unique information that a website can use to track such things as your password, lists of Web pages you have visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific web page, or to identify your session at a particular website. A cookie file allows the website to recognize you as you click through pages on the site and when you later revisit the site. A website can use cookies to “remember” your preferences and to record your browsing behavior on the Web. Although you can prevent websites from placing cookies on your computer by using your browser’s preference menu, disabling cookies may affect your ability to view or interact with some websites.

Fair Information Practices Act

The Fair Information Practices Act is a state law that regulates the manner in which certain state agencies maintain non-public, personal data. The Act is found at Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 66A.

Internet Protocol Address

An Internet Protocol Address or “IP Address” is a series of numbers that identifies each computer and machine connected to the Internet. An IP address enables a server on a computer network to send you the file that you have requested on the Internet. The IP address disclosed to us may identify the computer from which you are accessing the Internet or a server owned by your Internet Service Provider. Because it is machine-specific, rather than person-specific, an IP address is not, in and of itself, personally identifiable information.

Public Records Law

The Public Records Law is a state law that regulates the maintenance of public records in the possession, custody or control of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Law is found at Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 66 and Chapter 4, Section 7(26).

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that regulates the maintenance and distribution of student record information by the institutions of higher education. The law is found at 20 U.S.C.1232(g), with regulations at 34 C.F.R. 99.

Website Access Privacy

The College will use reasonable efforts to maintain the privacy of users accessing its website. As with all online services, however, MWCC cannot guarantee users of its website absolute privacy over their use. In some cases, website user information may be subject to disclosure under state or federal public record or freedom of information laws. Further, while the College has in place a variety of security measures to safeguard against illegal access of information obtained through its website, the College cannot provide complete assurance against illegal access. Additionally, information obtained through the College’s website may be disclosed in the course of a civil or criminal investigation.

This policy informs you of the information that we may collect from you at this site, what we do with it, to whom it may be disseminated, and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed choice about your use of this site. You can maximize your privacy by making informed choices about whether to share personal data with us through this site.

Personal Data

We use the term “personal data” to mean any information that could reasonably be used to identify you, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, Social Security number, birth date, bank account information, credit card information, or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.

Information Voluntarily Provided By You

This site may collect voluntary information from you in four different ways: through a survey and emails, a personalization feature, an authentication feature, or the use of electronic payment functionality.

Surveys, online forms, and email –

This site may collect voluntary information from you through the surveys, online forms, and through any email messages that you choose to send to the addresses associated with this site. The surveys and online forms may collect personally identifiable information. Any email messages sent by you to this site may contain personally identifiable information such as your email address and any other information you choose to give us to help us answer your inquiry.

Personalization

In addition, should functionality such as personalization be added which enables you to create a personalized view of information that is specific to your interests, please be advised that such a service may result in your disclosure to the College of personal data, such as your name, passwords, and/or email address. Your decisions regarding the type and level of information that you provide to the website will determine the level of personalization possible. Your ability to navigate the website on your own is in no way affected by your choice to use the feature. Should the personalization service be made available, you must first register with the website by choosing a name (which need not be your legal name) and password and providing your email address.

Authentication

In order to engage in certain online transactions, and access certain restricted online information, you will also be required to be a member of the college community with appropriate access privileges controlled by a username and password. (If you are already registered with MWCC and have a username and password, you don’t have to register again). The authentication features vary from service to service and different usernames may be required.

Electronic Payments

The Website provides access to various electronic payment options for fees and tuition expenses. In order to use these features, you will have to provide certain information necessary to process your payment(s), including personally identifiable information such as your name, address and credit card number.

Electronic payments options are also offered through the use of an outside vendor. In this case, payment options are offered through their website(s). As with all websites administered by other organizations and linked to MWCC’s Website, MWCC is not responsible for the content or policies of these sites. These websites have individual privacy policies.

Communication

Through MWCC’s Website, you may subscribe to the college’s newsletter and/or receive information on upcoming events via email. You may opt-in or opt-out to these services at any time by following the instructions contained in the messages and on the Web page that allows you to subscribe/unsubscribe.

If you received one or more marketing or promotional emails from us, it indicates that you have provided us your email address so that we could contact you. If you believe you received an email from us in error, please contact us immediately at marketing@mwcc.mass.edu.

Information Automatically Collected and Stored by This Site

This Website may, in the future, use permanent “cookies”.

This website does collect and store indefinitely your “Internet Protocol (“IP”) address,” (which does not identify you as an individual), as well as information about the date and time of your visit.We use your IP address to assess the frequency of visits to this site and the popularity of its various pages and functions. The College does not attempt to match any personal data that you provide via use of the College’s WebSite with your IP address unless requested or required to do so pursuant to state or federal law or as part of an investigation conducted by the College into misuse of its Website.

On occasion, the College works with third-party vendors, including Google, to show ads on sites across the Internet for the purpose of delivering targeted advertising. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on past visits to our website. At any time, you can opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager. Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page .

Dissemination of Your Personal Data

The College will not sell or redistribute for commercial purposes any personal data voluntarily provided by you through your use of its Website. Personal data may be released, however, pursuant to a request for such data in accordance with state or federal public record or freedom of information laws, or in the course of a civil or criminal investigation. Further, if you are a student at the College, any personal data released by the College shall be done in accordance with the Federal Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

We will collect and aggregate the information you provide through any surveys for purposes of market research to improve this Website by making it more responsive to customer needs. Where appropriate, we may provide the information submitted by you through an email to the person responsible for the matters referred to in your communication. We will only use information provided by you for the personalization feature to provide you with a customized experience, and the information provided by you for the authentication feature for the purposes of authenticating you. We will transmit your electronic payment information to contracted payment processors and appropriate organizations, college divisions, and/or Commonwealth agencies for the purpose of completing your payment transactions.

Your Access and Opportunity to Correct

The College may maintain personal data you disclosed during your use of its Website. If you would like to review your personal data, if any, maintained by the College and you are not a current or past student, please contact the director of marketing at 978-630-9392. If you are a current or past student, the disclosure of any personal data is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In these cases, you should contact the Records Office to make any data requests.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

Any significant changes made by the College to this policy will be prominently noted on its Website.

Security

Because email sent to the college is not encrypted, you should not send messages containing information that you consider highly sensitive to any address on this Website.

We use standard security measures to ensure that information provided by you, including your personally identifiable information, is not lost, misused, altered, or unintentionally destroyed. We also use software to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for those grounds previously stated, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. The transmission of registration IDs and passwords, personalization information, and payment information to this Website is encrypted

For more information about MWCC’s Website Privacy Policy

Access the College’s Acceptable Use Policy.

Contact:
Lea Ann Scales
Vice President of External Affairs, Communications and K-12 Partnerships
Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
978-630-9320