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Collection of Personal Information If you wish to apply for admission to University of the People (“UoPeople”, the “University”), the UoPeople Website offers you the opportunity to submit personally identifiable information. “Personally identifiable information” refers to data that allows University of the People to identify you, such as your name, gender, mailing address, telephone number, date and country of birth, government-issued identification number, e-mail address, etc.
If you subscribe to our newsletter we may also use your information in order to inform you of new services UoPeople will be providing, inform you of scholarship applications and academic programs provided by third parties, and send you requested information and promotional materials for marketing purposes and research.
Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information
University of the People also automatically collects non-personal information about your computer hardware and software for the purpose of improving the administration and content of the Website, facilitating use of the University’s Website by its users and to properly diagnose server problems and other issues.
University of the People may contract with third party providers to assist in better understanding visitors to the UoPeople Website. Third party providers are prohibited from using any information they collect on behalf of UoPeople for any purpose other than helping the University conduct and improve its services to you.
University of the People does not sell, rent or lease your personally identifiable information to third parties. Personally identifiable information collected in connection with applications for admission is, however, collected by a third-party service provider that hosts the UoPeople Website, and that information is released to application reviewers who may include University employees, contractors, volunteers and other parties. These individuals are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information except in connection with UoPeople services and any other products and/or services you have requested, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
The UoPeople Website will disclose your personally identifiable information, without notice, if: (i) required to do so by law, (ii) University of the People becomes involved in a merger, acquisition, or any form of sale of some or all of its assets, or (iii) in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on University of the People; (b) protect or defend the rights, system, network or property of University of the People; (c) protect the personal safety of users of the University of the People Website, or the public; or (d) prevent a crime or protect national security.
University of the People requires opt-in consent (meaning, your express permission) for the sharing of any sensitive personally identifiable information, such as confidential medical information, race or ethnicity, political or religious beliefs, and sexuality.
Security of your PersonalInformation
University of the People maintains reasonable measures to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The University stores the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled environment that has implemented protections against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. UoPeople 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 the UoPeople Website as part of University of the People’s 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 UoPeople Website for all users, the University employs software to monitor traffic and identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage the UoPeople Website. When personally identifiable information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records, and provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading information through informal and formal hearings. While FERPA does not apply to University of the People since it is not a federally-funded institution, the University nonetheless strives to meet the Act’s provisions to the greatest extent possible.
University of the People will not disclose a student's educational record without obtaining the student's prior written consent, except in certain instances where a student's educational record may be disclosed (i) to other school officials, including teachers with a legitimate educational interest and contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom UoPeople has outsourced institutional services or functions; (ii) to parents of a dependent student, as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; (iii) to accrediting organizations; (iv) in compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena ; or (v) for any other reason permitted under 34 CFR § 99.31.
University of the People depends on the accuracy of the records submitted by its students. False information on an application, or any other act to intentionally mislead or misinform instructional personnel or administrators, is grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal from the University. Students seeking access or amendment of their educational records should contact the Office of Student Services at Student.Services@uopeople.org.
Updating your Data
Upon receipt of your written request and sufficient data to permit University of the People to identify your personal information, the University will make reasonable efforts to disclose to you the information it holds about you. UoPeople will also make reasonable efforts to correct, amend or delete any personal information that is inaccurate and notify any third party recipients of the necessary changes. UoPeople may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, are extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Although neither this website nor any of University of the People’s services are intended for children under 13 years of age, the University complies with The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”) and does not knowingly collect any personal information online from children under the age of 13.
Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time.
Your California Privacy Rights and Do Not Track Notices
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers of a company who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the University is only required to respond to one request per customer each year.
Note that University of the People does not respond to “Do Not Track” signals.
The Microsoft CRM
The University of the People Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is hosted by Microsoft. There is a seamless transition from the University’s main website to the CRM. You enter the CRM every time you work on your application to the University or otherwise login to the Student Portal. The CRM processes and maintains all UoPeople applications, student records such as course registration history and grades, and data related to payment history such as invoices and tracking numbers. Note that the CRM does not store any of your personal bank account or PayPal information.
Microsoft is not allowed to use your personally identifiable information other than for the provision of services to the University or as otherwise permitted by law. For more information about the Microsoft Dynamics CRM, review the security and privacy pages at the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Trust Center and the Microsoft Privacy & Cookies page.
The Moodle Learning Platform
All University of the People courses, classroom discussions, assignments, testing, the academic advising messages system, and student and faculty forums are conducted through Moodle, an open-source learning platform. There is a seamless transition from UoPeople’s main website to the University’s Moodle platform.
No one outside the UoPeople community is permitted to access the UoPeople Moodle Platform. However, the UoPeople Moodle site administrators have access to nearly everything in the system and certain private information is also accessible by other UoPeople students, faculty and staff:
UoPeople profile page. Every UoPeople student has a profile page in Moodle, which contains their first and last name, email address (optional), profile picture (optional) and description (optional). This information is visible to classmates for each course in which a student is enrolled, and to all students, faculty and staff through the Academic Advising Virtual Office. UoPeople profile pages are NOT available to the general public.
UoPeople discussion forums. Since UoPeople is based on the peer-learning model, the University makes great use of discussion forums in its courses. Anything posted in a discussion forum is visible to the instructor and to all students enrolled in that course. For large classes that are divided into groups, only members of your group can see your posts, which includes your full name and profile picture if you have chosen to upload it to the system.
UoPeople peer-assessed assignments. All assignments assessed by other students in a particular course are submitted anonymously. Unless you put your name on your peer-assessed assignment, which is not a requirement, only instructors and administrators will be able to see who has evaluated your assignment.
Private messaging system. Only the sender and receiver can view the content of messages sent through the Moodle privacy messaging system.
If you withdraw from the University, your account will be disabled and will no longer visible to students and instructors. Old and inactive accounts are usually deleted after four years of nonuse.
The UoPeople Yammer Enterprise Network
UoPeople’s Yammer Enterprise Network provides a collaborative environment for UoPeople students, faculty, alumni, staff and volunteers from throughout the globe (“UoPeople Community”) to connect and share meaningful information. Note that there is a seamless transition from UoPeople’s main website to the University’s Yammer Network.
By enrolling in UoPeople’s Yammer Network, you understand that your personal profile and any content you post will be visible to other members of the UoPeople Community and to anyone outside the community who manages to log in to the UoPeople Yammer Network. Confidential student information and other sensitive or private content should not be posted.
Although UoPeople administrators monitor all posts and comments to the UoPeople Yammer Network, you are ultimately responsible for the content you post and UoPeople has a right and obligation to report any user who posts illegal content and threats of violence to the authorities.
Third Party Websites, Cookies and Privacy Policies
Certain pages of the UoPeople Website may contain links to websites that are not controlled by University of the People. Third-party cookies may be set by websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and other social media outlets for which UoPeople may implement plugins.
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