Privacy Policy

I. General Statement

PRIVACY is a word that conjures up strong convictions and an emotional reaction from many of us. In the modern world, however, wondrous forms of electronic communication render the protection of privacy interests much more difficult. We in the university community are not immune from the lure of convenience and speed when we utilize our information technology and electronic communication tools. It is, of course, part of our mission to share knowledge and to collaborate within our academic community. In doing so, however, we must recognize that these modern devices are never completely secure. It is a fact of life that all computer systems and communication systems are the subject of constant probing by outsiders ranging from the curious to the criminal.

The Southern Vermont College will endeavor to take reasonable precautions to maintain privacy and security within the sphere of operations. The school cannot guarantee that these efforts will always be successful and, therefore, users must assume the risk of a breach of University privacy and security systems. Individuals are advised to be discreet and cautious in their use of our systems. SVC Privacy Guidelines are reviewed periodically and may be modified in the discretion of the College. These changes will be posted on this site.

II. Personal Information

Southern Vermont College recognizes and respects the importance of confidentiality and security of personal information in this increasingly open electronic age. The College does not intend to sell, swap, rent, or otherwise disclose for commercial purposes, outside the scope of ordinary College functions, your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, or other information you provide. While the College makes reasonable efforts to protect information provided to us, we cannot guarantee that this information will remain secure and are not responsible for any loss or theft.

When an individual is connected to the Southern Vermont College network or uses a School-owned computer, or other School-owned equipment, he/she agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the College (see the College Acceptable Use Policy incorporated herein by this reference). While the SVC respects the desire and need for privacy in this setting, the College reserves the right, at all times, to search any and all hardware or software owned by the College, or connected to the University network, for the purposes of preventing or investigating improper or illegal use of College systems, or preventing or investigating system problems or efficiencies. In the course of an individual’s involvement with the College community, software or third party systems that are used may require the individual to divulge private or personal information. The College is not responsible for the content, use or privacy of this information.

III. College Website(s)

When users visit the SVC website(s), the webmaster collects information concerning their Internet connection, which pages they visit on the site, the Internet Protocol Number (IP) from which they accessed, and other general information about their visit to the website. (Information associated with an individual IP Number may be used for internal diagnostics and investigation of misconduct or security issues.) The collection of this information is intended to help the College deliver efficient and useful service and it may be used to analyze trends, create summary statistics for determining technical design specifications, and to otherwise aid in monitoring system performance. Such information is stored on a temporary basis and the College will exercise reasonable care to release it only if legally mandated by law enforcement investigators, required by court proceedings, or it is deemed necessary to internal investigations of violations of School rules and regulations. The College does not intend to sell, swap, rent, or otherwise disclose for commercial purposes, information regarding the behavior, habits, or demographics of those who visit University controlled websites. Certain parts of the College website(s) may require tracking techniques to follow the user’s progress through courses, materials or programs or to verify information acquired from other sources. The College provides links to websites outside the network and is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of any website to which it may link.

IV. Questions about Our Online Privacy Policy

If there are any questions or concerns about the College’s online privacy policy, the practices of the Southern Vermont College website, or use of the website, please contact us by e-mail at

V. Family Educational Rights and Privacy

The College is bound by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding the release of student education records and, in the event of conflict with the College Policy, FERPA will govern.

VI. Health Records/ Information

Users of the College Health and Counseling Center are protected under federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and state of North Carolina laws regarding confidentiality of medical and mental health information/records.

VII. Release or Access

All requests for release of or access to confidential information maintained in the records of the College must be directed to the office of the College’s Legal Counsel. Disposition of such requests will be made by the College’s Legal Counsel in consultation with the appropriate custodian of the particular college record(s).

VIII. Cookies

When you view our website, we may store some information on your computer in the form of a cookie.  Cookies allow us to tailor our website to better match your interests and preferences.  Cookies typically collect non-personally identifiable information to better understand the browsing behaviors of all users in order to make online ad experiences more relevant and engaging. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.  If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience all features and content of our website.