Northeast Community College Website Privacy Policy

This policy was last modified on 4/06/2010

We respect your privacy and are committed to the protection and security of your personal information. Northeast Community College (the College) has established this policy and security measures described below to protect the following types of personal information that may be requested from you as you visit our websites:

  • General information, including interests, hobbies, opinions, likes and dislikes
  • Directory information, including name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Personally identifiable information, including birth place and birth date
  • Confidential information, including social security number, credit card number, college-wide ID, PIN number, and passwords

Websites Covered by this Policy:

This policy applies to official websites only. This includes websites of academic and administrative units of the College that contain “northeast.edu” or “northeastcollege.com” in the URL address. Unofficial or individual websites of students, faculty, and staff should not request confidential and personally identifiable information from website visitors. You should not provide any of these types of information when in doubt about the authenticity of a webpage.

Our websites are not directed at children under the age of 13, and it is not our intent to collect their personal information. Children under the age of 13 should not submit any personally identifiable or confidential information to a College website. In the event a child under the age of 13 is interested in any Northeast event or program, a parent or guardian must contact the appropriate department for additional information.

The Information We Collect and How it is Used:

  1. As a visitor of many of our web pages, you may remain anonymous if desired. However, web server usage logs may include the Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer used to access our websites, as well as other non-personal information including the type of web browsers used, the operating systems used, and the websites from which our visitors are referred to our site. We aggregate and use this information to determine general activity levels on our website, as well as to identify broken links and related problems, and to also help organize the content on our websites to make the most popular content easy to find.

    Web “Cookies”: Our websites use cookies to help your browser keep track of your browsing session and to manage your preferences. It also helps the College understand web browsing and usage patterns. If you have configured your web browser to reject all cookies, please be advised that this may cause certain sections of the websites to fail or function in unpredictable ways.

  2. In order to provide the best service to you, we ask for general and directory information on some web pages. On pages where this type of information is collected, the web page will identify the purposes for which the information will be used. Uses for general and directory information include:

    • To personalize your experience and improve customer service
      Your directory information helps us to better respond to your needs and requests for college-related information.

    • To improve our websites
      We continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the feedback we receive from you.

    • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature
      Your directory information may be requested when registering or participating in a contest or promotion, responding to a survey, or participating in another site feature. We may ask you for your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number. Occasionally date of birth may also be requested to ensure you are eligible to participate.

    • To provide for order processing, information requests, or account management
      When opting-in to our mailing lists by providing your email address, you may receive emails that include news; updates; related class, product, or service information, etc. In certain cases, we contract with third party vendors to execute or provide a variety of business transactions, and in such cases we will disclose your e-mail address for the limited purpose of facilitating your request to receive additional information from the College. Third-party vendors will be required to enter into an agreement with the College to not use information shared by the College for their own use beyond what they have contracted with the College to do, or to share or sell this information to other parties without permission.

      Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we will provide instructions on how to unsubscribe.

  3. Personally identifiable and confidential information will be requested for the following types of service: applying for admission, paying tuition and fees, and registering for a class. Please see How We Protect Your Information below.

Release of Information:

Disclosure of Information to Outside Parties: We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer personally identifiable or confidential information to outside parties. This, however, does not include trusted third parties who assist the College in operating our websites, conducting our business, or servicing you and your needs, so long as those parties agree with the College in writing to keep this information confidential.

Compelled Disclosure: There may be times when we are required by law to disclose the information that you have submitted on our websites. You should be aware that while certain records we maintain are protected from disclosure by laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the College is also required to disclose other records as required by state and federal regulations.

Students

The release of student personally identifiable information is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act . FERPA is applicable to all students who have enrolled at the College.

Under FERPA guidelines, we can release directory information, such as names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers, except if a student has indicated to the College in writing they do not want pieces of their directory information released. It is not the practice of the College to release directory information publically except name and hometown for news release purposes, with the exception of those students who have requested in writing that the College not release directory information.

Non-directory pieces of information will not be released unless we have the students’ written permission or it falls in a prescribed section of signature exceptions allowed under FERPA, or as required by law.

Alumni

The College maintains a secured, password-protected directory for alumni, Alumni & Friends Online, to provide an avenue for alumni to stay in touch with classmates. Alumni directory information may also be released to alumni for the purposes of class reunions and staying in touch following graduation. Alumni may request to not have their personal information released or available in the online directory.

Employees

The College maintains a directory of employees that lists name, position, and college contact information including address, office location, phone number, and email address.

Other Constituents

The College does not release information pertaining to other constituents, such as donors and volunteers, except when recognizing them for donations or service. Names, hometowns, and business affiliations are the types of information that may be published. Constituents may also request in writing that their information not be published.

How We Protect Your Information:

Web pages which solicit personally identifiable or confidential information use encryption to protect your privacy. Before entering personally identifiable or confidential information, verify that the web page is using encryption (https instead of http) and by viewing the “lock” which normally appears in the lower right hand corner of the bottom toolbar. A closed padlock icon indicates the page is encrypted, while an open padlock indicates that the page is not encrypted. Your specific browser may indicate the presence of encrypted pages differently than described. Please check and confirm your browser’s encryption setup before proceeding. If the web page you are visiting is not encrypted, do not enter any personally identifiable or confidential information or login using your PIN number or password. Instead notify the College webmaster by e-mail at webmaster@northeast.edu or by calling 402-371-2020, extension 7060. Be sure to provide the web address (the complete URL) of the page which asked for the information when calling or writing the webmaster.

Online Accounts and Passwords

Our students, alumni, and employees are given online passwords (or PIN numbers) that are unique to their accounts. Individuals interested in attending the College will be required to establish a password if applying online. Your passwords are designed to protect your accounts from unauthorized use. You should guard your passwords and not provide them to anyone. The College will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, or otherwise disclosed passwords. College employees will never ask you for your passwords. If you have forgotten your passwords, you can request that they be reset.

Third Party Links:

While visiting our websites, you may encounter links to web pages and sites which are not owned or controlled by the College. Be aware that these remote sites are not under our control and no warranty or claim concerning these services is implied or should be assumed. These third party sites have different policies regarding privacy (or no policies at all) and hence you should avoid entering personal information into such remote sites unless you have an independent and reasonable belief these sites can and should be trusted. If you have any doubts about entering your personal information, do not do so; instead contact the College by using the information provided below.

Changes to our Privacy Policy:

We may occasionally make changes to our privacy policy to reflect changes in legal and regulatory requirements, or as necessitated by upgrades or modifications in technology, applications, or offerings. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and update the privacy policy modification date above. We recommend you visit our site occasionally to review any such changes.

Your Consent:

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Questions:

If you have questions about the College’s privacy policy, related practices, or if you need to report an incident or have concerns about our privacy or information security practices, contact:

Web Development Manager
801 East Benjamin Ave
Norfolk, NE 68702
Email: webmaster@northeast.edu
Phone: 402-371-2020, extension 7060