We collect certain types of information from visitors of our website so we can improve our website to meet your needs and expectations. Some of this information is collected automatically while other information is provided by site users.
Information collected automatically includes limited, non-personal identifying information your browser makes available when visiting websites. This information helps us assess the effectiveness of our websites. This information may include such data as the following:
Southern Virginia also collects information that you manually provide when you fill out online forms on our website or use a login-required service. Information collected through application or other inquiry forms will be used to contact you by phone, mail, or email. Information collected in forms to purchase merchandise, pay fees, or donate to the university will be used for billing purposes and to contact you if necessary.
Southern Virginia will not sell, rent, or share this personal information to any outside organization. Collective information about site users is used in marketing, advertising, and other relationships with third parties, but never individuals’ information. Southern Virginia will abide by all applicable laws regarding the protection of privacy or the release of personal information. If you would like information you have submitted to this website to be altered or erased, please contact the Communications office of Southern Virginia University at 540-261-8441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you browse the Southern Virginia website, “cookies” will be placed on your computer so that we can understand what you are interested in. These “cookies” are small text files that your web browser places on your computer’s hard drive to store your preferences.
Personal information entered into forms on the student portal, mysvu, will be protected and kept private according to legal requirements and the policies described above. However, mysvu also provides forums, message boards, and other platforms for users to communicate with professors, staff, or other students. The content of these communications can be viewed by mysvu site administrators. In the context of a group or course, administrators may include group leaders (often other students) or professors respectively.
Users should not have an expectation of privacy when using these platforms. Users are responsible for their communications and should avoid sending or publishing anything inappropriate or contrary to the code of honor. Administrators may delete any communications they feel may be inappropriate. If students violate the law or university rules — or confess to having done so — over these platforms, their communications can be used to discipline or expel them.