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Website Privacy Policy

Purpose

Monmouth University (MU) is committed to respecting Users of MU’s websites. For that purpose, this Privacy Policy has been adopted to address the collection and use of information from MU’s websites. The University adheres to all applicable federal and state laws, as well as general university policies that are applicable to the use of computing resources. In order to maintain effective privacy practices, MU retains the right to update this policy without prior notice.

User Consent to Privacy Policy

Any person accessing, browsing, or otherwise using the Site, either manually or via an automated device or program, shall be considered a “User.” All Users are bound by the terms of this Policy. Users consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable User information and anonymous browsing information to the extent not prohibited by law. By visiting this site, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not consent to this Policy, please do not access, browse, or use this Site. If you are more comfortable communicating with the university offline, feel free to contact us by mail or telephone using the contact information below.

Information Gathering

MU collects two types of information from Users:

  1. Information provided by the User in order to receive requested information and/or services.
  2. Information anonymously collected upon a User’s visit to MU’s websites.

Information Provided by the User

Users may provide MU with non-personally and personally identifiable information in order to utilize certain services and retrieve information. Such instances may not be noticeable to the User and include, but are not limited to: filling out surveys, purchasing goods and services, submitting tests, registering for courses and submitting certain forms. Should the User choose to provide MU with any personal information, MU will use such information only to conduct official university business and will disclose it only when such disclosure may be appropriate to comply with applicable law, or to protect the rights, property or the safety of visitors to MU’s websites, the university community or the public. MU does not sell, trade, or rent Users’ personal information to others.

Anonymously Collected Information

When a User visits one of MU’s websites, some information such as the visitor’s Internet protocol (IP) address, Internet service provider, operating system, the site from which the visitor arrived, the time and date of the User’s visit and demographic and interest data of Users may be collected automatically by MU and third-party vendors as part of the software operation of the website. This intake of information is not personally identifiable. MU uses this information solely for internal purposes, such as, to see what pages are most frequently visited, in order to improve the site.

Distribution of Collected Information

In certain instances, in order to provide information and services, or as required by law, MU may disseminate non-personally and personally identifiable information to third parties and officials/departments within MU. In these instances, the information provided to the third-party or MU entity shall be limited to the extent necessary to provide the User-requested information and/or services, or as required by applicable law enforcement agencies.

External Links

MU websites may contain links to other websites owned by third parties as a convenience to the User. If a User decides to use these links, he or she will leave the MU website. MU is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites, and does not make any representations or endorsements about them. If a User decides to leave the website and access any third-party site, it will be at the User’s own risk, and Users should be aware that MU’s policies will no longer govern. Users should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which the User navigates away from MU’s websites.

Third Parties and Locally Stored Data Devices

MU’s websites use locally stored tracking information devices that include, but are not limited to “cookies”, in order to collect and analyze information about the User’s browsing on this site. These devices may be used by MU and our third party vendors that include, but are not limited to Google Analytics, to show advertisements on non-MU websites and digital properties based on a User’s prior visits to MU websites. MU and third party vendors may also use locally stored data devices to collect demographic data on website Users, including demographic and interest reports, in order to serve Users more appropriate advertising and to assess the effectiveness of advertising.

The User’s Personal Account

Any User that chooses to use MU’s websites is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of his or her account and password, if any, and for restricting access to his or her computer, and agrees to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under his or her account or password. The User agrees that any billing and registration information provided on the websites will be accurate and complete.

Children

MU maintains information collection procedures that comply with The Child Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. MU does not knowingly collect any personal information from children under 13 years. If you are under 13 years old, please do not use this site. If we discover a minor under thirteen (13) has submitted information to the site, we will delete that information as soon as possible. If you are a parent or guardian and your child is accessing our site, we suggest that you become involved with your child’s access to the Internet and to our site to ensure that his or her privacy is well protected.

Security

MU implements stringent security measures to promote the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of any information in the possession (or control) of MU. While the security of Users’ personal information is of the utmost importance to MU, MU cannot guarantee the security of any information the User chooses to disclose online. Any information the User chooses to disclose to MU is done at his or her own risk.

Contact Information

If Users have any questions about our services, programs, the Site or this Policy, please contact Edward W Christensen, Ph. D, Vice President for Information Management at 732-263-5500 or at echriste@monmouth.edu.