Web Privacy Statement

It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia that agencies of the Commonwealth will collect and retain personal information about citizens only to the extent necessary to provide the service or benefit desired; collect only appropriate information; provide the reason the information is collected so that citizens shall understand that reason clearly and enable citizens to examine their personal record which is maintained by a public body.

The Virginia Western College Web site:

  1. May collect one or more of the following pieces of personal information: your email address, name, social security number, date of birth, phone number, or course assignments.  Any of this information is collected to meet your specific online requests. If you choose not to provide this personal information, you will be unable to receive some of the services this Web site offers.
  2. Collects your IP address, pages browsed, and date and time of your visit.  This information is used for internal College statistical purposes only.
  3. Uses only temporary cookies (i.e., files which may contain a variety of information) on some Web pages for screen colors and graphics or to track movement on the site but will not place them permanently on your hard drive.  When you exit the Web site, the file is automatically removed.
  4. May link to other Web sites that may or may not collect data that does not have a relationship to the College through using cookies. You should check for a policy on the linked to Web page.
  5. Safeguards any information gathered in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and does not supply any gathered information to other individuals or organizations, except in compliance with those laws.

Approved by ITC and Admin. Council 11/07/00

Embedded content from other websites

Pages on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Links to third-party websites

The Websites may contain links to third-party sites or apps. If you follow a link to any of these third-party sites or apps, please note that they, and any services accessible through them, are not covered by this Privacy Statement. We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Websites and to read the privacy policies applicable to those third-party sites or apps.

What information we collect

Personal Information

This is information you directly and voluntarily provide to us, such as when you submit a form requesting information about one of our programs. Information we directly collect may include your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address and other information you voluntarily provide.

Non-personal Information

This is aggregate information automatically collected when you visit the Websites. This may include your IP address and domain name, general geographic location (as inferred from your IP address), your internet service provider, the date and time of your visit to the Websites, your use of the Websites during your current session and over time (including the pages you view and the files you download), the URLs from sites you visit before and after navigating to the Websites, your computer or device’s operating system, browser type and version, and software and hardware attributes.

How we collect information

We collect Personal Information only when you voluntarily provide it to us. We automatically collect Non-Personal Information using the following methods:

Server Logs

When you visit the Websites, we automatically receive and record certain information from your computer or device and your browser. This may include data such as your IP address, operating system, browser type and version, the pages you visit, or features you use on the Website, and general geographic location (as inferred from your IP address).

Cookies & Pixels

These Websites use cookies and pixels. When you use the Websites, cookies are placed in the browser files of your computer or mobile device. A cookie is a piece of data stored on your computer hard drive containing information about you. Pixels are small pieces of code on webpages often are used in connection with cookies that allow us to track the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns.

We use cookies for performance monitoring, analytics and marketing purposes. Below are the types of cookies that may be used on the Websites:

PERFORMANCE COOKIES

Cookies placed by tools we use to monitor the Websites’ performance and visitor behavior on the Websites.

ADVERTISING COOKIES

We sometimes use tracking pixels that assist us with delivering targeted online advertising. By better understanding what our audiences are interested in, we can more efficiently promote the College.

GOOGLE ADWORDS AND GOOGLE DISPLAY NETWORK

We use Google Adwords tracking cookies to serve relevant advertising and measure advertising performance (on third-party sites) based on visits to the Websites.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

We use Google Analytics to provide us with insight into how users are accessing the Websites’ pages, and users’ activity around the Websites. User data does not include Personal Information, but does include things like city location, browser and platforms used, and aggregated demographic information from users’ Google profiles such as gender, age-bracket and interests.

How we use information

The College uses information available in the Websites’ server logs and cookies to:

  • measure performance of the College’s Websites and online advertising
  • provide interest-based advertising messages
  • inform development of new content and functionality on the Websites

We use the Personal Information that you voluntarily provide on the Websites to correspond directly with you, and send you promotional communications about the College’s programs.

Web Accessibility

The college also strives to provide an electronic environment that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of ability.

This website endeavors to comply with best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

All site pages are regularly run through a W3C compliant validation product to monitor compliance with WCAG guidelines. 

Some information on this site is available only in Adobe© Acrobat (PDF) format.

Download a free copy of Adobe Reader.

Security Statement

Virginia Western Community College ensures the integrity of our systems and that the data we store is protected. The college has gone beyond industry standards to protect our systems by using firewalls, IDS/ISP devices, NAC protection, requiring authentication (systems, networks and data), requiring encryption of all sensitive data and applying all physical security possible. We perform monitoring of all systems and networks; network modeling and shaping, employ the latest Anti-virus / Anti Spam protection, and performing audits of all systems and networks. We instill the concept of security and data protection in everything we do including our day to day business practices; new systems, network and building designs; and as a overall part of the colleges desire to keep our environment and data safe and private.

Content Disclaimer

Virginia Western Community College provides its website, catalog, and handbooks for your general guidance.  The college does not guarantee that the information contained within them, including, but not limited to, the contents of any page that resides under the DNS registrations of www.virginiawestern.edu and the associated social media sites of http://www.facebook.com/virginiawestern, http://www.twitter.com/virginiawestern, and http://www.youtube.com/virginiawestern is up-to-date, complete and accurate, and individuals assume any risks associated with relying upon such information without checking other credible sources, such as a college advisor.  In addition, a student’s or prospective student’s reliance upon course information contained within these sources, or individual program catalogs or handbooks, when making academic decisions does not constitute, and should not be construed as, a contract with the college.  Further, the college reserves the right to make changes to any provision or requirement within these sources, as well as changes to any curriculum or program, whether during a student’s enrollment or otherwise.

Links to other materials and websites provided in these sources are also for information purposes only and do not constitute the college’s endorsement of products or services referenced in such materials.

Social Media Disclaimer

All opinions expressed by individuals purporting to be a current or former student, faculty, or staff member of this institution, on websites not affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, social media channels, blogs or other online or traditional publications, are solely their opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or values of Virginia Western Community College, the Virginia Community College System, or the State Board for Community Colleges, which do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any such content.