Privacy & Security Statement, Copyright & ADA Disclaimer

Privacy Statement:
Overview:
WITC is committed to ensuring the privacy and accuracy of all confidential information. The college does not actively share personal information gathered from Web servers. However, because WITC is a public institution, some information collected from My WITC, including the summary server log information, e-mail sent to My WITC, and information collected from Web-based forms, may be subject to the Open Records Law. This means that while information is not actively shared, in some cases the college may be compelled by law to release information gathered from Web servers.

As part of the college commitment to maintaining the privacy of Web users, WITC has developed this privacy statement. The statement has two purposes:

  1. To educate users about privacy issues
  2. To inform users about specific privacy policies and guidelines employed at WITC

WITC complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the release of education records other than public directory information, without student permission. For additional details on FERPA, the statute is available for review at www.ed.gov/offices/OII/fpco/ferpa/. My WITC contains links to other external Web sites. WITC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of external Web sites.

Disclaimer and Warranties
My WITC is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. WITC makes no warranty that My WITC will meet your requirements, or that My WITC will be uninterrupted, timely, or error free. WITC makes no warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of My WITC. You agree that WITC shall not be liable for any direct consequential or incidental damage, whether foreseeable or not, which may result from use of My WITC.

As referenced below, information provided in the course of E-commerce transactions is encrypted. The WITC web site and system have been rendered as secure as possible. However, WITC is unable to guarantee that the security of the system cannot be breached through unauthorized access or use, resulting from extraordinary and unlawful means.

Information collected and stored automatically
For Web site management and improvement, WITC collects usage information.  WITC may collect and store the following information:

Cookies
In addition to information collected automatically, we may also collect cookies, which are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a Web site that you visit. Cookies are used to track usage patterns, traffic trends and customer behavior, as well as to record other information from the Web site. WITC’s portal system uses cookies so individuals will not have to repeatedly enter user names and passwords when going to different areas of the student information system. This login process uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) so the user name and password are encrypted between the Web browser and the college Web server. 

It is against college policy to share this information with external third parties.

Personal information
WITC will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide, for example, as a student: sending emails, completing forms, registering for classes, events, or other programs, responding to surveys or ordering merchandise. If you provide us with personal information, we will use this information to respond to your request. We may also contact you to provide information about college activities, programs, membership and development opportunities and special events that may interest you.

WITC will only share information about you to other parties when one or more of the following conditions apply:

Links to other Web sites
You agree that any material obtained through My WITC by download or otherwise is at your own discretion and risk. You agree that WITC is not responsible for the content of the Internet or the worldwide Web pages that are contained outside the College site. As a convenience to members of My WITC, the College may provide links to resources that are beyond College control. WITC makes no representations as to the quality, suitability, functionality or legality of any sites to which it may have provided links. You hereby waive any claim that you may have with respect to such sites.

Security and accuracy of confidential information
WITC does its best to ensure that the personal information retained about individuals is accurate. Every faculty member, staff member and student has the ability to check and update personal information such as his or her name, address, phone, etc. through My WITC.

Although no computer system is 100% secure, WITC has deployed extensive security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under college control.

E-commerce and revenue generation / Encryption
My WITC may enable users to pay for products or services online with a credit card. Unless otherwise noted, these transactions are encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.  The SSL technology helps ensure the private, secure transmission of any personal information that you provide via a Web browser.  It is College policy that confidential information entered in the transaction is used only for the purpose described in that transaction, unless an additional use is specifically stated on that site.

Sharing information
WITC does, upon explicit request of users, share information with other parties and gather information from other private data providers. Consistent with FERPA, the college does not release personal student information, other than public directory information, to other parties unless an explicit written authorization is submitted requesting the institution to do so.  Students who wish to have their information removed from the campus directory should visit their campus Student Services office.

Open records request
Except for educational records governed by FERPA, all information collected from My WITC, including the summary server log information, e-mail sent to My WITC, and information collected from Web-based forms, may be made available to requesting parties under the Wisconsin Open Records Law, if the information is not otherwise exempt from public disclosure.

Changes to this privacy statement
This document was last updated January 10 , 2005.  We will occasionally update this privacy statement.  When we do, we will also revise the “last updated” date.

Comments and feedback
If you have questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us via email @ webmaster@WITC.edu

Copyright Statement:
Use of text, images and other content on My WITC are subject to the following terms and conditions:

Content is Protected by Intellectual Property Laws
Text and image files, audio and video clips, and other content on My WITC is the property of the College and may be protected by copyright and other restrictions. Copyrights and other proprietary rights in the content on My WITC may also be owned by individuals and entities other than, and in addition to WITC. The College expressly prohibits the copying of any protected materials on My WITC, except for the purposes of fair use as defined in the copyright law, and as described below.

Warranty
By downloading, printing, or otherwise using text and image files from My WITC, users agree and warrant that they will limit their use of such files to fair use and will comply with all other terms and conditions of this license, and will not violate the rights of the College or any other person or entity.

Commercial Use is Restricted
Unauthorized commercial publication or exploitation of text, images or content of My WITC is specifically prohibited. Anyone wishing to use any of these files or images for commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than fair use as defined by law, must request and receive prior written permission from WITC.

College Logo
The college logos displayed on My WITC, may be registered and/or unregistered common law trademarks of WITC. The trademarks of third parties may also be displayed on My WITC. Nothing contained in My WITC should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any logos displayed on My WITC without the express written permission of WITC or any third party that may own the logos displayed on the site.

Copyright Infringement
Any copyright owner who wishes to notify WITC of a possible copyright infringement on the college campus network, should do so in writing to webmaster@WITC.edu

Contact Information
For permission to reproduce or use the materials on My WITC for other than educational, non-profit and fair use purposes, please contact webmaster@WITC.edu

ADA Disclaimer:
WITC seeks to make all programs and services, including electronic and information technology, accessible to people with disabilities. In this spirit, and in accordance with the provisions of Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the college provides students, faculty, staff, and visitors with reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the college.

If you are having difficulty accessing these Web pages, we would like to know so that we may evaluate the page for accessibility and/or provide you with the information in an alternate format. You may contact us by emailing us @ webteam@witc.edu

 

01/13/2006