Atlanta University Center Consortium
  Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Effective:  Jan 28, 2021

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) values your privacy and makes this policy easily available on our site to assist you in understanding the handling of information in the course of using this site.

The AUCC reserves the right to make changes to this Policy at any given time.  If you want to make sure that you are up to date with the latest changes, we advise you to frequently visit this page.  If at any point in time the AUCC decides to make use of any personally identifiable information on file, in a manner vastly different from that which was stated when this information was initially collected, the user or users shall be promptly notified by email.  Users at that time shall have the option whether or not to permit the use of their information in this separate manner.

This Policy applies to the AUCC and it governs any and all data collection and usage by us.  Through the use of www.aucenter.edu, you are therefore consenting to the data collection procedures expressed in this Policy.

Please note that this Policy does not govern the collection and use of information by companies the AUCC does not control, nor by individuals not employed or managed by us.  If you visit a website that we mention or link to, be sure to review its privacy policy before providing that site with information.  It is highly recommended and suggested that you review the privacy policies and statements of any website you choose to use or frequent to better understand the way in which websites garner, make use of and share the information collected.

Specifically, this Policy will inform you of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through our website;
  2. Why we collect personally identifiable information and the legal basis for such collection;
  3. How we use the collected information and with whom it may be shared;
  4. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data; and
  5. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.

Information We Collect

It is always up to you whether to disclose personally identifiable information to us, although if you lect not to do so, we reserve the right not to register you as a user or provide you with any products or services.

In addition, AUCC may have the occasion to collect non-personal anonymous demographic information, such as age, gender, household income, political affiliation, race and religion, as well as the type of browser you are using, IP address, or type of operating system, which will assist us in providing and maintaining superior quality service.

Please rest assured that this site will only collect personal information that you knowingly and willingly provide to us by way of surveys, completed membership forms, and emails.  It is the intent of this site to use personal information only for the purpose for which it was requested, and any additional uses specifically provided for this Policy.

Why We Collect Information and For How Long

We are collecting your data for several reasons:

  1. To better understand your needs and provide you with the services you have requested;
  2. To fulfill our legitimate interest in improving our services and products;
  3. To send you promotional emails containing information we think you may like when we have your consent to do so;
  4. To contact you to fill out surveys or participate in other types of market research, when we have your consent to do so;
  5. To customize our website according to your online behavior and personal preferences.

The data we collect from you will be stored for no longer than necessary. The length of time we retain said information will be determined based upon the following criteria: the length of time your personal information remains relevant; the length of time it is reasonable to keep records to demonstrate that we have fulfilled our duties and obligations; any limitation periods within which claims might be made; any retention periods prescribed by law or recommended by regulators, professional bodies or associations; the type of contract we have with you, the existence of your consent, and our legitimate interest in keeping such information as stated in the Policy.

Use of Information Collected

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) does not now, nor will it in the future, sell, rent or lease any of its customer, student, faculty, or staff lists and or names to any third parties.  AUCC may provide such information to third party contractors to fulfill internal needs of its member organizations and affiliated units.

AUCC may collect and may make use of personal information to assist in the operation of our website and to ensure delivery of the services you need and request.  At times, we may find it necessary to use personally identifiable information as a means to keep you informed of other possible products and/or services that may be available to you from www.aucenter.edu.

AUCC may also be in contact with you with regards to completing surveys and/or research questionnaires related to your opinion of current or potential future services that may be offered.

AUCC uses various third party social media features including by not limited to Facebook, Twitter, LinkdIn, and other interactive programs.  These may collect your IP address and require cookies to work properly.  These services are governed by the privacy policies of the providers and are not within AUCC’s control.

Disclosure of Information

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. may not use or disclose the information provided by you except under the following circumstances:

  • As necessary to provide services or products you have ordered
  • In other ways described in the Policy or to which you have otherwise consented;
  • In the aggregate with other information in such a way so that your identity cannot reasonably be determined;
  • As required by law, or in response to a subpoena or search warrant;
  • To outside auditors who have agreed to keep the information confidential;
  • As necessary to enforce the Terms of Service;
  • As necessary to maintain, safeguard and preserve all the rights and property of the AUCC

Non-Marketing Purposes

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) greatly respects your privacy.  We do maintain and reserve the right to contact you if needed for non-marketing purposes (such as bug alerts, security breaches, account issues, and/or changes in the AUCC products and services).  In certain circumstances, we may use our website, newsletters, or other public means to post a notice.

Children Under the Age of 13

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.’s (AUCC) website is not directed to, and does not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13).  If it is determined that such information has been inadvertently collected on anyone under the age of thirteen (13), we shall immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that such information is deleted from our system’s database, or in the alternative, that verifiable parental consent is obtained for the use and storage of such information.  Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must seek and obtain parent or guardian permission to use this website.

Links to Other Websites

Our website does contain links to affiliate and other websites.  The AUCC does not claim nor accept responsibility for any privacy policies, practices and/or procedures of other such websites.  Therefore, we encourage all users and visitors to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of every website that collects personally identifiable information.  This Privacy Policy Agreement applies only and solely to the information collected by our website.

Security

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. takes precautions to protect your information.  When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.  Wherever we collect sensitive information that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way.  You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the webpage.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline.  Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, customer service, student advising) are granted access to personally identifiable information.  The computers and servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.  This is all done to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or modification of the user’s personal information under our control.

The company also uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for authentication and private communications to build users’ trust and confidence in the internet and website use by providing simple and secure access and communication of personal information.

Acceptance of Terms

By using this website, you are hereby accepting the terms and conditions stipulated within the Privacy Policy Agreement.  If you are not in agreement with our terms and conditions, then you should refrain from further use of our sites. In addition, your continued use of our website following the posting of any updates or changes to our terms and conditions shall mean that you agree and you accept such changes.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Privacy Policy Agreement related to our website, please feel free to contact us at the following email, telephone number or mailing address.

Email: info@aucenter.edu
Telephone:  404-523-5148
Mailing Address: 156 Mildred Street SW
P.O. Box 92527
Atlanta, GA 30314

Terms of Use Agreement for AUCC Website, Network, and Other Electronic Resources

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) recognizes the value of computer and other electronic resources to improve student learning and enhance the administration and operation of its member schools and affiliates. To this end, the AUCC encourages the responsible use of computers; computer networks, including the Internet; and other electronic resources in support of the mission and goals of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) and its member schools.

Because the Internet is an unregulated, worldwide vehicle for communication, information available to staff and students is impossible to control. Therefore, the AUCC adopts this policy governing the voluntary use of electronic resources and the Internet in order to provide guidance to individuals and groups obtaining access to these resources on AUCC owned equipment, through the AUCC website (www.aucenter.edu) or through AUCC-affiliated organizations.

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) Rights and Responsibilities

It is the policy of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all online network activities by staff and students. It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee, student, or other individual to engage in any activity that does not conform to the established purpose and general rules and policies of the network. Within this general policy, the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) recognizes its legal and ethical obligation to protect the well-being of students in its charge. To this end, the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) retains the following rights and recognizes the following obligations:

  1. To log network use and to monitor fileserver space utilization by users, and assume no responsibility or liability for files deleted due to violation of fileserver space allotments.
  2. To remove a user account on the network.
  3. To monitor the use of online activities. This may include real-time monitoring of network activity and/or maintaining a log of Internet activity for later review.
  4. To provide internal and external controls as appropriate and feasible. Such controls shall include the right to determine who will have access to AUCC-owned equipment and, specifically, to exclude those who do not abide by the AUCC’s acceptable use policy or other policies governing the use of school facilities, equipment, and materials. The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) reserves the right to restrict online destinations through software or other means.
  5. To provide guidelines and make reasonable efforts to train staff and students in acceptable use and policies governing online communications.

Staff Responsibilities

  1. Staff members who supervise students, control electronic equipment, or otherwise have occasion to observe student use of said equipment online shall make reasonable efforts to monitor the use of this equipment to assure that it conforms to the mission and goals of the AUCC.
  2. Staff should make reasonable efforts to become familiar with the Internet and its use so that effective monitoring, instruction, and assistance may be achieved.

User Responsibilities

  1. Use of the electronic media provided by the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) is a privilege that offers a wealth of information and resources. Where it is available, this resource is offered to staff, students, and other patrons at no cost. In order to maintain the privilege, users agree to learn and comply with all of the provisions of this policy.

Acceptable Use

  1. All use of the Internet must be in support of educational and research objectives consistent with the mission and objectives of the AUCC.
  2. Proper codes of conduct in electronic communication must be used. In news groups, giving out personal information is inappropriate. When using e-mail, extreme caution must always be taken in revealing any information of a personal nature.
  3. Network accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account for the authorized purpose.
  4. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.
  5. Subscriptions to mailing lists and bulletin boards must be reported to the system administrator. Prior approval for such subscriptions is required for students and staff.
  6. Exhibit exemplary behavior on the network as a representative of your school and community. Be polite!
  7. From time to time, the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) will make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are consistent with the acceptable use practice.

Unacceptable Use

  1. Giving out personal information about another person, including home address and phone number, is strictly prohibited.
  2. Any use of the network for commercial or for-profit purposes is prohibited.
  3. Any use of the network for product advertisement or political lobbying is prohibited.
  4. Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the network.
  5. No use of the network shall serve to disrupt the use of the network by others. Hardware and/or software shall not be destroyed, modified, or abused in any way.
  6. Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited.
  7. Hate mail, chain letters, harassment, discriminatory remarks, and other antisocial behaviors are prohibited on the network.
  8. The unauthorized installation of any software, including shareware and freeware, for use on The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC)computers is prohibited.
  9. Use of the network to access or process pornographic material, inappropriate text files (as determined by the system administrator), or files dangerous to the integrity of the local area network is prohibited.
  10. The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) network may not be used for downloading entertainment software or other files not related to the mission and objectives of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) for transfer to a user’s home computer, personal computer, or other media. This prohibition pertains to freeware, shareware, copyrighted commercial and non-commercial software, and all other forms of software and files not directly related to the instructional and administrative purposes of the AUCC and its member institutions.
  11. Downloading, copying, otherwise duplicating, and/or distributing copyrighted materials without the specific written permission of the copyright owner is prohibited, except that duplication and/or distribution of materials for educational purposes is permitted when such duplication and/or distribution would fall within the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC).
  12. Use of the network for any unlawful purpose is prohibited.
  13. Use of profanity, obscenity, racist terms, or other language that may be offensive to another user is prohibited.
  14. Playing games is prohibited unless specifically authorized by a teacher for instructional purposes.
  15. Establishing network or Internet connections to live communications, including voice and/or video (relay chat), is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the system administrator.

Disclaimer

  1. The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) cannot be held accountable for the information that is retrieved via the network.
  2. Pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (18 USC 2510 et seq.), notice is hereby given that there are no facilities provided by this system for sending or receiving private or confidential electronic communications. System administrators have access to all mail and may monitor messages. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  3. The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by our own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained is at your own risk.
  4. The AUCC makes no warranties (expressed or implied) with respect to:
    • the content of any advice or information received by a user, or any costs or charges incurred as a result of seeing or accepting any information; and
    • any costs, liability, or damages caused by the way the user chooses to use his or her access to the network.
  5. The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. (AUCC) reserves the right to change its policies and rules at any time.

 

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