Distance Education Privacy Procedure

Distance Education Statement of Privacy

Piedmont Community College is committed to protecting your privacy, employing technology that gives you a powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to Piedmont Community College’s Web sites, and governs data collection and use at all Piedmont Community College sites and services. Please read the complete Statement of Privacy to learn additional details about how some of these sites and services protect your personal information.

Personal Information
Piedmont Community College will not disclose your personal information, except as required to do so by law, or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Piedmont Community College; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Piedmont Community College or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Piedmont Community Colleges, its Web sites, or the public.

Under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a Student’s academic and financial files at Piedmont Community College will not be released to any third party without the written consent of the Student.

Use of Cookies
Cookies may be used to uniquely identify a user and they may be used to track individual preferences and other information about a web user. Blackboard products use this technology to provide secure learning experiences, track usage and manage application performance.  Piedmont Community College will not use cookies to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.

Content and Tools used in conjunction with Blackboard products may install additional cookies on your computer.  This third party content may include cookies from the content issuer.  These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. Piedmont Community College therefore has no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.   For your protection, Piedmont Community College suggests you review the privacy and security policies of the company websites for each link.

Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of Blackboard or other Web sites you visit.

Links to Other Websites
Piedmont Community College provides links to other websites that may be useful for our students and/or customers.  Piedmont Community College cannot make any representation of guarantee regarding the linked sites, their content or their security.  For your protection, Piedmont Community College suggests that you review the privacy and security policies of the company websites for each link.

Security of your Personal Information
Piedmont Community College secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Piedmont Community College secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled environment protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.  These measures include Secure Socket Layer (SSL) software during the transmission of your information, which encrypts this data.  However, we cannot guarantee that your submissions to our website, any content residing on our servers, or any transmissions from our server will be completely secure. 

WebAdvisor, Blackboard, and online exams can only be accessed with a valid student identification number. DATATEL assigns distance learning students a unique student ID at the point of application or inquiry. All students enrolled in Piedmont Community College's distance learning courses receive individual secure login and pass codes (student ID number) to the learning management system. Students are responsible for keeping their student number secret and confidential, and for notifying the College if they believe that their student number has been stolen or might otherwise be misused.

Changes to this Statement
Piedmont Community College may occasionally update this Statement of Privacy, and encourages you to periodically review this Statement to remain informed of how Piedmont Community College is protecting your information.