Privacy Policy

Effective June 4, 2019

OUR PRIVACY PRINCIPLES

The privacy of our Users’ (“you”) is important to us (“Bethel University” or “the Site”). With a goal of providing you with a positive and safe website experience, it may be necessary for us to collect and store some information about you and your online session on our site (“BethelUniversity.edu”). This Privacy Policy explains what information we might collect about you and your session and how we may use it.

This Privacy Policy may be amended at any time and it is the responsibility of the User to review it from time to time. Any revisions to the Policy will be effective upon posting.

Information Gathered from Visitors and How it Used

In common with other websites, log files are stored on the web server saving details such as the User’s IP address, name of domain and Internet host, browser type, referring page and time of visit. This information is anonymous and cannot be directly linked to individual users. We may use it to identify high-use or low-use areas of the site, pinpoint problem areas of the site, analyze broad demographic trends in our visitors, and make decisions about how to make it easier for people to find and navigate our website.

We do not collect any personal information unless you voluntarily supply it (via an email, through a survey or online form). Personal information will not be transferred to any non-affiliated third parties unless it  is stated at the time of collection.

We collect information to provide information about Bethel, to process an application, to improve our site by analyzing User behavior. E-mail addresses collected through forms or applications will not be sold, rented or leased to 3rd parties.

We may also use information to monitor security, to administer the site, to prevent fraud and to troubleshoot the site. We may use information, such as User behavior while on our site, to improve the site experience.

Cookies

Cookies may be used to remember visitor preferences when interacting with the website. Cookies are small digital signature files that are stored by your web browser that allow your preferences to be recorded when visiting the website. Also they may be used to track your return visits to the website. Usage of cookies is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site.

Our website partners use cookies or similar technologies to analyze trends, to provide services to our users, administer the website, track users’ movements around the website, and to gather information about our user base as a whole (location, browser, etc.) You can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level, but if you choose to disable cookies, it may limit your use of certain features or functions on our website or service. We retain cookies for as long as needed for their purpose.

Our platform uses several different categories of cookies:

Necessary for the operation of the site
Certain cookies are necessary for the operation of the site. For example, certain cookies are used to help keep track of your session status. This makes it possible for you to stay logged into the site as you move from page to page.

User Preferences
We may use cookies to store certain user preferences that you make as you use our site. This allows your preferences to be used when you visit the site at a future time.

Tracking
We use cookies and other tracking technologies to track what pages you visit and how long you stay on a page. We use this information to measure how our site is used and to improve our product. We also use this information to track what users have received administrative notices so we can only show these notices to each user once.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics to help understand how visitors engage with the site. Your web browser automatically sends certain information to Google. This includes, for example, the web address of the page that you're visiting and your IP address. Google may also set cookies on your browser, or read cookies that are already there. If you would like further information on how Google uses data when you use our website you may visit, Google's privacy page.

Google Ads

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads. This use of cookies allows Google to serve ads to visitors based on their web site visits. Learn more about how Google does this.

Links

This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

Consent

Where consent for the use and disclosure of personal information is required, the school will seek consent from the appropriate person. In the case of a student’s personal information, the school will seek the consent from the student and/or parent depending on the circumstances.

Your Rights Under The Family Education Rights And Privacy Act

If a User enrolls in a program at Bethel, the disclosure of any personal information he or she provides and/or information that we may create that pertains to the User, may be protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The User may have specific rights related to accessing and/or updating his or her personal information. For more information related to the applicability of FERPA and your rights under it, please contact us. Learn more about FERPA.

Children's Internet Protection Act

This Site is directed at Users interested in continuing their education. We do not knowingly collect, use or disclose information from or about a child under the age of thirteen (13). Learn more on the FCC site.

Subscriber Options

Bethel University allows you to subscribe to emails and enewsletters according to your interests. If you wish to change your preferences at any times, follow the instructions in that publication.

How We Protect Your Information

This website takes every precaution to protect our users' personal information. All connections to our site are encrypted via SSL (secured socket layer) including any submissions of personal information (such as contact info or credit card info) via online forms, registration, or online purchases. Servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment. Under no circumstances are credit card numbers permanently stored on our website servers.

Contact Information

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us by email: Privacy@BethelUniversity.edu.