Houlton collects information in several ways from different parts of our sites including websites that may require registration and information. Houlton may ask you for personal information, including (but not limited to) information related to a download of a file(s) (such as a .PDF file) from us; when you ask us to contact or communicate with you; when you join our mailing list; when you report a problem with one of our sites or services. If you contact or communicate with Houlton, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
Houlton also conducts research on users and applicant demographics and behavior in order to create better support and educational experiences for students. Houlton’s Information is compiled and analyzed in order to locate trends. This is for the purpose of the tailoring Houlton’s educational opportunities to existing and potential markets.
Houlton also tracks data regarding site usage and classroom issues. Houlton reserves the right to combine student information obtained from third parties, subsidiaries and affiliates with Houlton’s existing information about students. Under this policy, we will hold all information as though we have collected it ourselves. Houlton may also collect information in accordance with referral programs or outreach programs.
In order to enable institutional efficacy, Houlton students will be asked to participate in assessment instruments. At the end of courses, programs and exercises, students may be asked to give feedback regarding specific components.
Houlton also uses user information in order to send newsletters, announcements and communications to its users. All students can elect to not receive these types of communications by opting out through the opt-out option provided inside the communication itself.
Houlton also collects information such as IP Addresses, browser information and other computer information for marketing purposes. However, everyone has options with respect to cookies. By modifying browser preferences, users have the choice whether to accept, reject or be informed when a cookie is set. Users can refer to browser’s help for further information about options for controlling or monitoring cookies.
Houlton may also use Flash cookies to store preferences in order to personalize visits. Flash cookies are different objects from browser cookies. Houlton also may use a host of third-party solutions in order to track aggregated, non-personally identifiable information about website visitors.
Houlton may also collect information in accordance with referral programs or outreach programs.
Houlton reserves the right to modify this policy.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, requires that schools establish and publish a written institutional policy covering student privacy rights. The law provides that the institution maintain the confidentiality of all education records for its students. At Houlton, an applicant is considered a learner as soon as orientation is completed.
Student rights under FERPA at Houlton include the following:
Houlton discloses education record information without a learner’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Houlton defines the following as institutional officials:
FERPA also allows schools to disclose education record information, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:
Officials from the following entities:
Although most information contained in a student’s educational record is confidential, some of that information is not considered under FERPA to be harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed and is referred to as directory information. Houlton considers the following to be directory information for the purposes of FERPA and may be released without student consent:
FERPA also gives a student the right to block public display (DIB) and release of directory information. Students who request for Houlton to apply such block should be aware of the following:
Students who request a DIB should also be aware that this request does not restrict administrative access to their information when there is a legitimate educational interest. For example, a DIB will not keep advisors from seeing the individual’s information or prevent the students from being shown in their online class tools as long as use of such tools is restricted to members of the class.
Updated: September 26, 2011
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