Privacy Policy

1. Purpose

Villanova University takes personal privacy seriously.  The following policy explains the information we collect when a person visits the Villanova website and how Villanova uses this information.

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2. Policy Statement

2.1 Information Villanova Collects

Villanova collects two kinds of information on this site:  1) Information that is voluntarily supplied by visiting the site and enrolling in programs and 2) Information that is automatically collected as you navigate the site.

In addition to information actively provided by individuals using the website, Villanova web servers automatically record certain non-personal information, including the name of the domain and host from which you access the Web; the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using; the browser used and the operating system; the date and time you access this site; and the Internet address of the web site linked directly to this site.  We may also collect tracking information through the use of cookies, which place certain information on your computer to facilitate your future access.

This site also includes links to other websites hosted by third parties.  When you access any such website from this site, any information you provide will be governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you are visiting.

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2.2 How Villanova Uses This Information

Villanova does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others.  We may provide aggregated statistical data to reputable third-party vendors, but this data will include no personally identifying information.  We may release account information when we believe, in good faith, that such release is reasonable necessary to (i) enforce law, (ii) enforce or apply the terms of any of our user agreements or (iii) protect the rights, property or safety of Villanova University, our users, or others.  Upon appropriate review by the Office of General Counsel, the University will comply with all subpoenas or other legal orders to release such information.

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2.3 Sharing of Information

Villanova University does, upon explicit request of users, share information with other parties and gather information from other private data providers.  For example, the University receives test scores from testing agencies and will send transcripts to persons or institutions outside the university.  This is done only at the request of users (persons to whom the information applies).  It is against University policy to release confidential information gathered through the Web.

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2.4 How Villanova Protects Your Information

When you access your personal information, we use a secure server.  Industry standard encryption (TLS) is employed before any information you input is sent to us.  Furthermore, all of the data we collect is protected against unauthorized access.  As effective as encryption technology is, however, no security system is completely impenetrable, so Villanova cannot guarantee absolute security of our systems, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

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2.5 Online Forums

Villanova University makes forums, message boards, and other collaborative features available to its users.  The University does not ordinarily log public chat sessions, however, any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should therefore exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information in such places.  Villanova may collect such information if it has reasonable cause to suspect misuse, unlawful conduct, breach of University policy, or other reasonable cause to collect such information.  Specific academic collaboration conducted in connection with Villanova classes may be logged but would be treated as non-public educational records.

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2.6 Online Surveys

Villanova employs the use of online surveys which may be conducted on the University’s website.  It is University policy that confidential information gathered in these online surveys is used only for the research purposes indicated in the survey.  Unless otherwise noted on the specified survey, your answers are confidential and individual responses will not be shared with other parties.  Aggregate data from surveys may be shared with external third parties.

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3. Scope

This policy applies to all visitors of Villanova’s website, which is generally located at


The latest version of this document can be found on the Villanova University website at:


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4. Approval and Revisions

Version 1.0 Approved February 10, 2016 by VP&CIO Stephen Fugale and the University Council on Information Technology (UCIT).

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