1. Overview
American University of St. Vincent and its affiliates (“American University of St. Vincent” or “we”) is committed to protecting the privacy of all website visitors including current and potential students, alumni, faculty, and any other group of users who either visit our websites or respond to our online ads and promotions in order to access services provided by admissions@aussom.org.
The intent of this policy is to disclose our website and online practices, including how we collect and use the information you provide to us, and the information privacy options available to you.

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on American University of St. Vincent web sites, unless otherwise specified.

2. Information Collected From You and its Use
We only collect personally identifiable information (i.e. information directly connected with your name), which you voluntarily provide when you express interest in our services through our websites. If you do not want your personally identifiable information collected, do not submit it to us.

American University of St. Vincent may collect other information from you that is not in conjunction with your name. Although most of this information is collected from you when you submit it voluntarily, some of it may be collected automatically by use of a “cookie.” Cookies are small text files that reside on your computer and identify you as a unique user. American University of St. Vincent may use cookies to store and sometimes track information about your use of our website. In addition to improving the general layout of the website, cookies allow us to customize our website to each visitor’s individual preferences. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site. Although most web browsers automatically accept cookies, you can usually change your browser to prevent you from receiving cookies or to notify you whenever you are sent a cookie so that you may decide whether or not to accept it. If you decide not to accept a cookie, you can still enjoy all of the features of our website.

We may use the information that we collect for the following purposes:

to complete a contact or request
to better understand your needs
to determine your admissibility and to register you for your selected educational programs
for our internal marketing purposes, which includes, but is not limited to, sending you material about products, services, updates, etc. that we think may be of interest to you
for online behavioral advertising purposes
to improve our products and services, and to contact you
for fostering communication and collaboration with you through social networks
to analyze how sites and services are being accessed and used and
to improve site and service performance and delivery
American University of St. Vincent will not give, sell, rent, or loan any of your Personal Information to any third party (with the exception of third parties performing functions on our behalf who have an obligation to keep your information completely confidential) unless you have authorized us to do so. American University of St. Vincent reserves the right to access and/or disclose Personal Information where required to comply with applicable laws or lawful government requests or, in American University of St. Vincent’s reasonable opinion, to operate the American University of St. Vincent  website properly and securely, or to protect American University of St. Vincent  or visitors to this website. To the extent reasonably possible, American University of St. Vincent shall attempt to obtain the prior consent of the individual to whom such Personal Information relates prior to disclosure to third parties.
In the event that American University of St. Vincent, or substantially all of American University of St. Vincent’s assets, are acquired, your information will be transferred to the acquiring entity. In such a situation, you will be provided with notice, prior to the transfer of your information, and you will be given an opportunity to opt-out of the transfer of your information.

3. Google Analytics Data and Display Advertising
American University of St. Vincent websites use Google Analytics data which also utilize cookies to help track your interaction with our website. After a visit to our site you may continue to see our ads which help optimize our online ad campaigns.

American University of St. Vincent  websites also utilize Display Advertising via Google Analytics for Remarketing. Third party vendors, including Google, show our ads on various sites on the internet and use cookies to determine which ads to display based on your prior visit to our website.

You may opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising by using the Ads Preferences Manager.

4. A Note to Parents

American University of St. Vincent is very sensitive to privacy issues and is committed to protecting the on-line privacy of children and making the Internet safe for our users. As a result, no Personal Information should be submitted to or posted on this site by children under the age of 18 without their parent’s or guardian’s permission. In addition, if a user younger than 18 wishes to send us Personal Information, he or she must first give us his or her parent’s or guardian’s e-mail address so that we can obtain their permission. No Personal Information will knowingly be accepted from a child under 18 before this permission is obtained. Be assured that American University of St. Vincent will not make a child’s participation in any website activity conditional on the child’s disclosure of more Personal Information than is reasonably necessary to participate in that activity. If your child has already provided us with Personal Information, you may ask to see this information for the purpose of correcting it, or ask us to delete this information from our records entirely (see “Who to Contact” below.)

5. Third-party web sites
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. If you decide to access a third-party site linked to the American University of St. Vincent  web site, you do so at your own risk. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

6. How can you correct your information?
If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy or would like to have your personally identifiable information modified or deleted from our records, please us at admissions@aussom.org.

7. How to contact us, and how we may contact you
Should you have other questions or concerns about this privacy policy, contact us at:

American University of St. Vincent Services
1727 South Indiana Avenue, Suite 2
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Tel: 1-866-602-9555
Email: admissions@aussom.org

If we are required to provide you with notice of a particular event or incident, we will send you that notice by e-mail, telephone, or mail.

8. Changes
In the event of changes, you may access the latest version of our privacy policy on this page at any future time. If significant changes are made to our policy, we would make reasonable attempts to inform you of this via the method of communication you have previously communicated to us. We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.

Last revised on November 15, 2013.