Michigan State University Division of Engineering Computing Services Privacy Statement

This online privacy statement is intended to inform you of the ways in which this website ("Site") collects information, the uses to which that information will be put, and the ways in which we protect information you choose to provide us. Please note that other Michigan State University websites may adopt different privacy practices as their specific needs require. Use of this Site is subject to all applicable state and federal laws, as well as general University policies.

Information Collected

This Site collects two general types of information: (a) information you voluntarily provide to us, which may include personal information (such as your name, address, email address, etc.), and (b) information we collect automatically when you visit this Site through cookies, third party tracking technologies and server logs. 

Information Voluntarily Provided by You

This Site will only collect personal information that you knowingly and voluntarily provide by, for example, responding to surveys, completing membership forms, sending emails, etc.  It is this Site's general practice to use personal information only for the purposes for which it was requested and any additional uses specifically stated on the Site.  However, information collected through this Site may be subject to the University's obligation to respond to subpoenas, court orders, discovery requests, and requests for public records under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.  Further, the disclosure of information collected through this Site is subject to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act.   

The University may also access or permit access to information collected through this Site in accordance with and subject to the limitations of the University's Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources.

Although this Site has security measures in place to protect personal information provided to us by users, users should also take steps to protect personal information by, for example, closing all web browsers after using the Site.  Information disclosed in chat rooms, news groups, forums, message boards and similar contexts may become public.  Users should therefore exercise caution before disclosing personal information in such contexts.

When you engage in financial transactions at our Site, you may be asked for a credit card number.  Unless otherwise noted on the Site, credit card transactions are encrypted and the server that processes your credit card information is secure.  Such information may also be saved in an encrypted format or in internal systems that are protected by a firewall system. This Site complies with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

Updating Personal Information

You may correct, update, or remove the personal information provided to us through the use of the Site. In particular: 

  • Faculty, staff, retiree, students and alumni contact information listed in the MSU people directory - to change personal information in the MSU people directory, visit the MSU IT Service Desk (Login): https://itservicedesk.msu.edu/CAisd/pdmweb.exe
  • Faculty, staff, academic staff, and research personnel contact information listed in the College of Engineering people directory (http://www.egr.msu.edu/people) - to change personal information in the people directory, contact your Engineering department supervisor or complete the College of Engineering Profile Change/Add request form: http://www.egr.msu.edu/form/profile-changeadd.

Information We Collect Automatically

This Site collects information automatically through the use of cookies, third party tracking technologies and server logs.  This information does not include any personal information.  We use this information primarily to monitor the use of this Site and to make improvements.  We may share this data with partners in order to enhance the functionality of this Site. 

Cookies

"Cookies" are small text files used to collect information about website activity.  No personal information is collected through our use of cookies.  This Site uses cookies for two main purposes: (a) to carry information about your current session at this Site from one web page to the next, which also allows you to automatically login to other Michigan State University websites, and (b) to identify you on this Site on return visits. 

You have the option of disabling or not accepting cookies by changing the preferences on your browser.  If you opt to disable cookies, you will still be able to use certain sections of our Site. However, you will not be able to use any parts of this Site that requires a login (e.g. accessing secured content, posting to message boards, etc.).

Webpage Tracking Technology

This Web Site uses Piwik for the internal (Engineering) tracking technology.  Piwik is an open-source analytics tool on the Engineering web servers with site specific IDs. Each site ID provides general data from the past 60 days to DECS webmasters and the sites' users such as number of page views, average time on the page and bounce rates, in order to improve the site's content and functionality.  To learn more about Piwik visit their website: https://piwik.org/

You may also wish to review the MSU Access to Student Information Guidelines.

Links

This Site may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we do not control or claim any responsibility for the privacy practices or content of such other sites. We encourage users to read the privacy statements of each website they visit.

Changes to Privacy Statement

If we make changes to our privacy statement, we will indicate this on our home page. 

Disclaimer

Neither Michigan State University, nor any of its units, programs, employees, agents or individual trustees, shall be liable for any improper or incorrect use of information obtained through the use of this Site.

Consent

By using this Site you consent to the terms of this privacy statement.

Questions and feedback

Your questions, comments and concerns are always welcome.  Please send us your feedback regarding the privacy statement or any other issues at: https://www.egr.msu.edu/decs/contact