Information Privacy Policy

Lynchburg College (LC) provides online information and services to students, employees and the public to supplement services provided on campus.

This privacy statement provides information required by Virginia and federal laws about privacy, confidentiality and related policies for individuals who use our official Web sites and other electronic services.

Individual Web sites may provide additional information about privacy. This statement applies to all information collected by or submitted to LC. It is not to be construed as a contractual promise. Additional LC policies that provide information about the use of computing and communications systems at LC can be found at /itr

LC Web sites may contain links to external Web sites. LC does not endorse or take any responsibility for the privacy practices or policies of external Web sites.

Information Collected by Lynchburg College

Email and Form Information. LC does not obtain personal information about you when you visit our Web sites or through other online services unless you provide us that information voluntarily.

If an individual sends an email message with a question or comment or fills out a Web-based form, and either form or communication contains personally identifying information, that information will only be used to directly respond to the requestor, unless otherwise stated specifically.

The request for information may be redirected to another part of the College that may be in a better position to respond to the request. Any personal information you provide will not be released to outside parties unless we are legally required to do so in connection with legal proceedings, law enforcement investigations, or state law.

System-Generated Information. In addition to information actively provided by individuals using LC Web sites and other online services, LC may record information such as but not limited to the following types of information each time these access points are used:

  • Internet address of the computer being used
  • Web pages requested
  • Network software access
  • Referring Web page
  • Browser used
  • Date, time and duration of activity
  • Passwords and accounts accessed
  • Volume of data storage and transfers

LC uses this information to monitor, preserve and enhance the functioning and integrity of the system. Information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes, and is used to help diagnose problems with the server and to carry out other administrative tasks, such as assessing what information is of most interest, determining technical design specifications and identifying system performance and/or problem areas.

This information is not used in any way that would reveal personal information to external constituencies except as described above.

Monitoring. In cases of suspected violations of LC policies, especially unauthorized access to computing systems, the system administrator concerned may take such measures as are necessary including authorizing detailed session logging.

This may involve capturing and retaining a complete keystroke log of an entire session. In addition, a system administrator for the equipment involved may authorize limited searching of user files on individual or networked computers to gather evidence on a suspected violation.

Cookies. Cookies are short pieces of information used by Web browsers to remember information provided by the user, such as passwords and preferences from past visits.

Some LC Web sites may use cookies to store service information. Some Web-based services may require cookies for access. Any information that LC may store in cookies is used exclusively for internal purposes only.

Alternatives to Electronic Transactions

LC provides online access to information and services for students, employees and members of the public. If you prefer not to provide any information to the College online, you may cancel the transaction and contact the administrative unit responsible for the service to learn about available options for conducting business in person, by mail or by telephone.

Disclosure of Information

LC does not sell or distribute confidential information it collects online to individuals or entities not affiliated with the College.

LC policies protect the confidentiality of student educational records and employee personnel information. These policies explain what information may be shared with the public or anyone who requests it. They also explain what information is protected as confidential; confidential information will not be disclosed without the consent of the student or employee, except under subpoena or court order or in case of an emergency.

Student records. Student records are protected by the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Virginia law, and College policy. The College policy also provides information on a student’s right to limit access to otherwise public directory information.

Chat rooms, forums, message boards, and news groups. LC does not routinely retain logs or copies of chat rooms, forums, message boards or news groups available to its users. However, information disclosed in these areas is public.

Employee records. Employee records are protected by LC policy and by Virginia law.

Public records law. Under Virginia law, LC may be required to provide information in College records to a third party. Information protected by FERPA or by other laws or Board policy will not be disclosed in response to a public records request.

Contractors. From time to time, individuals or companies under contract with the College may have access to information in the course of the service they provide to the College, but those entities are not permitted to use or re-disclose that information for unauthorized purposes. No other entities are authorized to collect information through LC’s sites.

Security

Although every effort is made to secure network communications, LC cannot ensure the privacy of online communications. Individuals using online services should also take steps to protect personal information, such as closing the Web browser when finished using the site. Failure to do so may result in personal information being viewed by someone else using the same computer.

LC accepts credit card payments online for a variety of goods and services. Unless otherwise noted on the site, all College credit card transactions are encrypted. Information entered to complete a transaction will not be used by LC for any other purpose unless the purpose is described on the site.

College-owned or controlled computers and equipment are public property and may be examined by authorized individuals to detect improper, illegal, or non-governmental use, to evaluate the security of the network, or for other governmental purposes. Please be aware that any information placed or stored in a College owned or provided computer is subject to review by the College at any time.

If you have additional questions about online privacy or security, you can contact the Information Technology and Resources office via email to help@lynchburg.edu, by phone, 434.544.8350, or by mail to Information Technology and Resources, Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501.


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