Hartnell Community College (HCC) recognizes your right to know what information is being collected about you online and how that information is used. You do not have to give us personal information to visit our websites. Sometimes we need information to provide services that you request, and this Privacy Statement explains our online information practices. HCC complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as it pertains to student records. This Privacy Statement applies to the hartnell.edu websites and governs data collection and usage. By using hartnell.edu websites, you consent to the data practices described in this statement. HCC does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending email or completing an online request, registration or application form.
During your visit to hartnell.edu, you may send an email to hartnell.edu. Your email address and the contents of your message will be collected. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats included in the message. Your email address and the information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, or to forward your message to another department for appropriate action. Please note that email is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive, or includes information such as your bank account, charge card or Social Security number, you should not send it by email.
During your visit to hartnell.edu website, you may complete a voluntary online information request form. The information collected, including personal information volunteered by you in completing the form, application or transaction, is used only for the purposes for which it was provided and will not be shared with another entity except as prescribed by law.
Students and employees are given online accounts and create passwords that are unique to their accounts. Passwords protect accounts from unauthorized use. HCC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or otherwise disclosed passwords. HCC employees will never ask you for your password.
Some of our web pages allow you to make donations, register and pay for classes, etc. In those instances, we will collect the information needed to fulfill your registration or acknowledge your contribution, just as though it had been made on paper. Your contributions are processed through a secure ecommerce solution.
HCC will only collect personal information through hartnell.edu or disclose personal
information collected through hartnell.edu if the user has consented to the collection
or disclosure of such personal information. The voluntary disclosure of personal information
to HCC by the user constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information
by HCC for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information.
However, HCC may collect or disclose personal information without consent if the collection or disclosure is:
- necessary to perform the statutory duties of HCC to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation;
- made pursuant to a court order or by law;
- for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or
- information to be used solely for statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person.
Further, the disclosure of information, including personal information, collected through hartnell.edu is subject to the provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). HCC may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to HCC information technology assets.
HCC may use your personally identifiable information to inform you of services provided and processes requiring your attention. HCC may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services.
HCC is committed to protecting personal information collected through hartnell.edu against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. HCC has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of hartnell.edu, as well as limited employee access to personal information collected through hartnell.edu as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information. HCC secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. HCC secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through one of HCC's social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, this information may be collected and used by others.
HCC encourages you to review the privacy policies of websites you choose to visit from links on hartnell.edu. HCC is not responsible for the privacy policies or other content on websites outside of the HCC family of websites.
Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by the user's browser on the hard drive of your computer. hartnell.edu utilizes temporary and long-lasting session cookies in certain portions of its website to manage your interaction activities and to provide convenience or personalized features to save you time. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies via your browser preferences and have the option to decline. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this site.
The information provided in this Privacy Statement should not be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through hartnell.edu.
HCC attempts to maintain the highest accuracy of content on its website. Any errors or omissions should be reported. HCC makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the content and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the content. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this website or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources. References or links on this website to any specific commercial products, processes or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name are for the information and convenience of the public, and do not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring by HCC, its employees or agents.
This Privacy Statement is subject to change without notice. HCC will occasionally update this Privacy Statement as the conditions and websites change. HCC encourages you to periodically review this Privacy Statement to be informed of how HCC is protecting your information.