The Taft University System Online Privacy Policy


The Taft University System understands the importance of protecting the privacy of applicants and students. The privacy policies which follow explain what data the System collects from visitors to its website and how that information may be used.

The System is the sole owner of the information it gathers on its website. It will only share collected information with outside parties in ways that are described in this privacy statement or if it is required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law, cooperate with law enforcement agencies, or comply with a legal process served on the School.

Information Collected and Use of Information

The System may collect online and store personal identifiable information about persons who visit its website and voluntarily submit information. It routinely collects information such as name, mailing address, email address, phone number, employment, former education and other information related to the application process. It will not sell any of this information to third parties without the advance explicit permission of the applicant/student. However, in the normal course of business it may share such information with employees assisting an applicant or student, as well as regulatory, licensing, and accrediting agencies acting within the scope of their responsibilities.

The System uses email links located on the "Contact Us" page and other areas of the site to allow interested parties to contact the School directly with any questions or comments. System personnel read every message submitted and attempt to reply promptly. This information is used to respond directly to questions or comments. The System may also file such questions or comments to improve this website and System systems and procedures.

Electronic Group Participation Activities

During the course of study at The Taft University System, students may be participating in online Course Forums, Electronic Classrooms, and other group activities. During such activities, a student’s name will be viewable by classmates, faculty members, and administration.

Privacy Policies of Other Websites

This site contains links to other sites. The System is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. Readers are encouraged to review the privacy statement of any website that they may visit.

Privacy Precautionary Warning

It should be noted that no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. As a result, the System cannot guarantee the security of the information that is transmitted via its online services. However, a digital certificate has been installed on this website and SSL encryption is in place for all application forms submitted electronically.

Reservation of Rights

The System reserves the right to access and/or disclose the user information discussed herein (including personal information) as required by courts, regulators, administrative agencies or accrediting bodies and to the extent required to permit the System to investigate suspected fraud, harassment or other violations of law or its usage policies.

Consent

By using this site, you consent to the collection, use and storage of your personal and non-personal information as described in this policy. You further authorize the export of personal information to the United States and its storage and use as specified in this policy. This policy and all legal obligations of the System are subject to the laws of California and the United States, regardless of the location of any user. Any claims or complaints must be filed in the State of California.

Notification of Changes

If the System intends to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection through this website, it will notify the parties via email. They would then have a choice as to whether or not the System may use the information in this different manner. In addition, if it makes any material changes in the privacy practices that do not affect user information already collected through the website, the System will post a prominent notice in this section of our website notifying users of the change.

Effective Date

The effective date of the above online privacy policies is August 12, 2004.