Purchase College Website: Web Accessibility and Privacy Policy

Web Accessibility
The Purchase College website is designed to comply with Web accessibility guidelines. You can adjust the site in a number of ways to fit your needs. We aim to create an environment that enables anyone, to participate fully in the mainstream of college life.

Feedback
We continuously make improvements and enhancements to our accessibility features. Please let us know of any problems you may have encountered, or of any features that you have found particularly useful. You can contact us at:

Customize the Site to Fit Your Needs
To make the Purchase College website easier to read and navigate, you can change the display settings, such as:

  • Text size
  • Color and contrast
  • Screen magnification
  • Style sheets
  • The BBC website “My Web My Way” offers a useful guide to adjusting these and other features in your specific operating system and browser.

    Standards Compliance
    The website is built using XHTML and CSS, according to W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards. It is designed to comply with our own accessibility standards, in line with recognized best practice, such as the W3C Web Content Accessibility.

    Contact Information
    For questions regarding this Internet privacy policy, please contact:

    Bill Junor
    Director of Campus Technology Services
    Purchase College
    735 Anderson Hill Road
    Purchase, NY 10577
    helpdesk@purchase.edu

    Introduction
    Thank you for visiting the Purchase College website. This website is designed to make it easier and more efficient for individuals and businesses to interact with the Purchase College. Purchase College recognizes that it is critical individuals and businesses to be confident that their privacy is protected when they visit the Purchase College website.

    Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes the Purchase College privacy practices regarding information collected from users of this website. This policy describes what information is collected and how that information is used. Because this privacy policy only applies to this website, you should examine the privacy policy of any website, including other state agency websites, that you access using this website.

    For purposes of this policy, “personal information” means any information concerning a natural person, which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person. Purchase College does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an email, responding to a survey, or completing an online transaction.

    Information Collected Automatically When You Visit this Website
    When visiting this website, Purchase College automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

    1. User client hostname. The hostname or Internet Protocol address of the user requesting access to a Purchase College website.
    2. HTTP header, “user agent.” The user agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system on which that the browser is running.
    3. HTTP header, “referrer.” The referrer specifies the Web page from which the user accessed the current Web page.
    4. System date. The date and time of the user’s request.
    5. Full request. The exact request the user made.
    6. Status. The status code the server returned to the user.
    7. Content length. The content length, in bytes, of any document sent to the user.
    8. Method. The request method used.
    9. Universal Resource Identifier (URI). The location of a resource on the server.
    10. Query string of the URI. Anything after the question mark in a URI.
    11. Protocol. The transport protocol and the version used.

    None of the foregoing information is deemed to constitute personal information. The information that is collected automatically is used to improve this website’s content and to help the Purchase College understand how users are interacting with the website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users, and to improve the utility of the material available on the website. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes, and Purchase College is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes. As a campus of the State University of New York, Purchase College does report application information to SUNY, and that information may include information collected through the Purchase College website.

    Cookies
    Cookies are simple text files stored on your Web browser to provide a means of distinguishing among users of this website. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites.

    To better serve you, we may use “session cookies” to enhance or customize your visit to this website. Session cookies can be created automatically on the device you use to access the Purchase College website do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We may use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying tag on the device you use to access this website. A session cookie is erased during operation of your browser or when your browser is closed.

    If you wish, you may complete a registration to personalize this website and permit a “persistent cookie” to be stored on your computer’s hard drive. This persistent cookie will allow the website to recognize you when you visit again and tailor the information presented to you based on your needs and interests. The Purchase College website uses persistent cookies only with your permission.

    The software and hardware you use to access the website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some features of this website.

    Information Collected When You Email This Web Site or Complete a Transaction
    During your visit to this website you may send an email to Purchase College. Your email address and the contents of your message will be collected. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats included in the message. Your email address and the information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, or to forward your message to another state agency for appropriate action. Your email address is not collected for commercial purposes and Purchase College is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your email address for commercial purposes.

    During your visit to this website, you may complete a transaction such as a survey, registration, or order form. The information, including personal information, volunteered by you in completing the transaction is used by the Purchase College to operate Purchase College programs, which include the provision of goods, services, and information. The information collected by Purchase College may be disclosed by Purchase College for those purposes that may be reasonably ascertained from the nature and terms of the transaction in which the information was submitted.

    Purchase College does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through this website. Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an email will be treated as though it was submitted by an adult, and may, unless exempted from access by federal or state law, be subject to public access. The Agency strongly encourages parents and teachers to be involved in children’s Internet activities and to provide guidance whenever children are asked to provide personal information online.

    Information and Choice
    As noted above, Purchase College does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an email, responding to a survey, or completing an online form. You may choose not to send us an email, respond to a survey, or complete an online form. While your choice not to participate in these activities may limit your ability to receive specific services or products through this website, it will not normally have an impact on your ability to take advantage of other features of the website, including browsing or downloading information.

    Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Website
    The collection of information through this website and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act. Purchase College will only collect personal information through this website or disclose personal information collected through this website if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. The voluntary disclosure of personal information to Purchase College by the user, whether solicited or unsolicited, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by Purchase College for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to Purchase College, as was reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the disclosure.

    However, Purchase College may collect or disclose personal information without consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of the Purchase College, or necessary for Purchase College to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation; (2) made pursuant to a court order or by law; (3) for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or (4) of information to be used solely for statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person.

    Further, the disclosure of information, including personal information, collected through this website is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

    Purchase College may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to Purchase College’s information technology assets.

    Retention of Information Collected Through this Website
    The information collected through this website is retained by Purchase College in accordance with the records retention and disposition requirements of the New York State Arts & Cultural Affairs Law. Information on the requirements of the Arts & Cultural Affairs Law may be found at www.archives.nysed.gov/a/records/mr_laws_acal57A.shtml. In general, the Internet services logs of Purchase College, comprising electronic files or automated logs created to monitor access and use of services provided through this website, are retained for one week and then destroyed. Information, including personal information, that you submit in an email or when you complete a survey, registration form, or order form is retained in accordance with the records retention and disposition schedule established for the records of the program unit to which you submitted the information. Information concerning these records retention and disposition schedules may be obtained through the Internet privacy policy contact listed in this policy.

    Access to and Correction of Personal Information Collected Through This Website
    Any user may submit a request to the Purchase College privacy compliance officer to determine whether personal information pertaining to that user has been collected through this website. Any such request shall be made in writing and must be accompanied by reasonable proof of identity of the user. Reasonable proof of identity may include verification of a signature, inclusion of an identifier generally known only to the user, or similar appropriate identification. The address of the privacy compliance officer is:

    Bill Junor
    Campus Technology Services
    Purchase College, SUNY
    735 Anderson Hill Rd.
    Purchase, NY 10577
    helpdesk@purchase.edu

    The privacy compliance officer shall, within five (5) business days of the receipt of a proper request, provide access to the personal information; deny access in writing, explaining the reasons therefore; or acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing, stating the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied, which date shall not be more than thirty (30) days from the date of the acknowledgment.

    In the event that Purchase College has collected personal information pertaining to a user through the website and that information is to be provided to the user pursuant to the user’s request, the privacy compliance officer shall inform the user of his or her right to request that the personal information be amended or corrected under the procedures set forth in section 95 of the Public Officers Law.

    Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal
    Information Collected Through This Website

    Purchase College is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through this website against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Consequently, Purchase College limits employee access to personal information collected through this website to only those employees who need access to the information in the performance of their official duties. Employees who have access to this information follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information.

    In addition, Purchase College has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

    For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the website for all users, the Agency may employ software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage this website.

    Disclaimer
    The information provided in this privacy policy should not be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through this website.

    External Internet Site Disclaimer
    The Purchase College website may contain hyperlinks to other World Wide Web/Internet sites. These linked sites are created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations, and are in no way connected to, under the control of, or associated with Purchase College. Purchase College neither endorses nor maintains these linked sites, and is therefore not responsible in any way for any content, advertising, products, services, or information on or available from them. Because Purchase College has no control over linked sites’ content, it makes no guarantees, and accepts no liability, regarding it, including, but not limited to, its availability, accuracy, currency, content, quality, or lack of objectionable or offensive content. This disclaimer also applies to any other websites that those sites may link to.

    External linked websites are not provided as a benefit to the linked party. Inclusion of the linked websites does not imply or constitute an endorsement or promotion by SUNY or Purchase College of any persons or organizations sponsoring the displayed websites.

    If you decide to visit any linked site, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements inherent on the Internet.