Privacy Policy

Averett University respects your privacy. External users not on the university network or using university computers may visit official Averett web sites without revealing personal information. Should you choose to provide us with any personal information, it will only be used by Averett University to conduct official university business. Personal information obtained through the university’s web sites will not be disseminated to unaffiliated third parties, except as required by law.

How We Collect Information

Averett may collect your personal data in a number of different ways:

  • You provide information to us voluntarily through your interactions with us as you consider studying or working at Averett
  • You provide information to as part of the enrollment or employment process at Averett
  • You agree to receive information about colleges through College Board, ACT, and other testing services/sites
  • You communicate with us by telephone, email, or our websites
  • You participate in Averett social media pages
  • A third party, such as a prior school or employer, who provides a reference to us about you
  • We automatically collect information about visitors to our websites: About your equipment, browsing actions and use patterns. This information is statistical data and does not include personal information.It is used for internal purposes such as improving our web presence and website experience.

We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer our web site. For example, we employ statistical software to identify that parts of our web site are most heavily used and which portion of our audience comes from within the Averett network. However, we do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable.

Like many other web sites, portions of Averett University’s web site may use messages given by web browsers to web servers, commonly known as “cookies”, which can be used to provide you with tailored information from a web site. A cookie is an element of data that a web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your computer system. This element of data is a piece of text, not a program.

The site can only access the information from a cookie sent by the web site. We cannot access other cookies sent by other web sites or the information contained therein. Additionally, we do not access your e-mail address or any other information about you through the use of a cookie. The only way the university would learn such information is if you specifically submit that information.  Overall, the use of cookies helps to give you a customized experience at the web site. Through the use of cookies, the university will know what’s working and what’s not. That information is then used to keep our web site fresh and relevant to you the user. Cookies also allow the personalization of any online services the university or its affiliates may provide to you.  You may decline to accept cookies sent by the web site by selecting an option on your browser to reject cookies. Other sites linked to the web site may also send cookies; however, the university does not control such activities. If you decline a cookie, you may not be viewing the website in a way in which it was designed to optimally be presented.

Third-Party Hosting

The university may contract with one or more third parties to maintain and host its web site(s). Therefore, any information you submit, including personal information, may be placed and stored on a computer server maintained by this third party. Your use of our web sites and any provision of personal information you submit to the web site constitutes your acknowledgement that such information or content could pass through and may be stored in servers outside our control. You agree that the university has no liability or responsibility for any such pass-through or storage of same.

Third-Party Sites

Sites within the Averett web may link to external sites outside of the Averett domain as a convenience to you. If you use these links, you will leave the Averett web site. Averett University is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites, and does not make any representations about them.

GDPR Disclosure – How We Process Your Information

The personal data we process will be used to evaluate your application for study, register you as a student, administer courses, provide facilities to you as a student, receive and register your payment for courses and materials, maintain your student record, manage your academic progress, provide advice and support, determine financial aid eligibility, register you for events, manage accommodation services, determine your eligibility for placement in internships, to ensure safety and security, prevent and detect crimes, to provide on-campus housing, undertake compliance with nondiscrimination laws and policies, determine eligibility and authorization to work in and to enter the United States, enable access and use of Averett facilities, for identification and security purposes, to determine eligibility to participate in athletics, to inform you of the scope of services offered, to contact you for upcoming events, to provide you with information about Averett, to promote Averett services, to receive and register donations, to provide travel information for study abroad programs, service learning trips and opportunities, and to allow us to fulfill our obligations.

In short, Averett uses information as necessary to create and support the admission of foreign students and scholars, the hiring of employees from foreign countries, and the study abroad program. Information is processed to manage student accounts and payroll, provide academic advising, develop and deliver education programs, track academic progress, provide access to medical services, and enforce Averett policies.

We may process your personal data because it may be necessary for a legitimate interest by us or a third party; we may use your personal data to:

  • Provide you with services that may not be listed in our student or employee handbook but which are part of our academic or educational mission
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of Averett, including training our staff or monitoring their performance
  • Maintain and improve the academic, corporate, financial estate, and human resources management of Averett
  • Promote equality and diversity
  • Seek advice on our rights and obligations, such as where we require legal advice
  • Recover money you may owe to us
  • Engage in fundraising activities
  • Protect the vital interests of you or other persons
  • Enable medical purposes such as diagnosis, provision of care, or contract with a professional
  • Engage in other activities where we have your consent to do so.

We may process your personal data to send information about Averett, upcoming events, opportunities for giving, and news regarding our programs by email, phone, and postal services.

For purposes described above, Averett may share your personal information with select third parties. Averett will not share your personal data with third parties unless it is necessary for the legitimate interests of Averett to provide you services or where it is necessary for the purposes of entering into or carrying out a contract between you and Averett. Averett may also share your personal information where there is an obligation to so, such as a national security threat, to respond to an urgent need to prevent injury or death, in response to a legally valid request by a government agency/department, or to assist in the prevention or detection of a serious crime.

Third parties that will receive your personal information as part of Averett’s processing activities:

  • Our employees, agents, and contractors where there is a legitimate reason for their receiving the information including, but not limited to:
    • Third parties who work with us to provide student accommodations
    • Third parties who work with us to provide student support services
    • Third parties who work with us to collect outstanding monies owed
    • Auditors
    • Third parties who work with us to provide services necessary in order to enter into contracts or to carry out our contractual duties
    • Third parties who work with us to book and provide travel arrangements
  • Those with an interest in tracking student process and attendance, including:
    • Student sponsors
    • Current or potential education providers (ex: study abroad)
  • Professional and regulatory bodies in relation to the confirmation of qualifications, professional registration and conduct and the accreditation of courses
  • Government departments and agencies where we have a statutory or other regulatory obligation to provide information
  • If you are a student in a licensure program (ex: Nursing or Education), information pertinent to your educational achievements along with a criminal background check will be shared with clinical/field experience providers, regulatory organizations, employers and other schools for purposes of clinical/field placement and/or future employment
  • If you live in Averett housing, information you provide in your housing application will be used to administer your application, provide appropriate services and support, and provide a safe and secure housing environment

All third parties with which we share your data are obliged to keep your details secure and to use them only to fulfill the service they provide on your behalf.

Children Under Age Thirteen

Averett does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

Disconnecting your Averett Account from Third Party Websites

You will be able to connect your Averett account to third party accounts. BY CONNECTING YOUR AVERETT ACCOUNT TO YOUR THIRD PARTY ACCOUNT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE CONTINUOUS RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT YOU TO OTHERS (IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS ON THOSE THIRD PARTY SITES). IF YOU DO NOT WANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, INCLUDING PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, TO BE SHARED IN THIS MANNER, DO NOT USE THIS FEATURE. You may disconnect your account from a third party account at any time. Users may learn how to disconnect their accounts from third-party websites by visiting their “My Account” page. Users may also contact us via email or telephone.

E-mail Communications

From time to time, Averett may contact you via email for the purpose of providing announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication.

If you would like to stop receiving marketing or promotional communications via email from Averett, you may opt out of such communications by Customers may unsubscribe from emails by “replying STOP”.

Security

All official Averett web servers have appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures in place to safeguard and secure all information we collect online. Furthermore, we use encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information.

Effective Dates and Changes

This Privacy Policy is effective as of June 2019. The university reserves the right to modify the terms of this policy at any time and in its sole discretion, by posting a change notice to this page. Your continued use of the web site following our posting of a change notice will constitute binding acceptance of those changes and this Privacy Policy.