Privacy Policy

About the Meridian Community College Website
Meridian Community College is committed to the privacy of all constituents. This policy refers to the gathering and dissemination practices for all domains owned by the college, including: meridiancc.edu and meridian.cc.ms.us.

INFORMATION COLLECTED
Meridian Community College occasionally collects information from our users at different points on our web sites. Typical points of collection are forms.

FORMS
There are a number of forms throughout the site including, but not limited to, an online application for admission, athletic recruiting and information requests.

How Information is Used
Information gathered through our site is used only for the purpose stated.

COOKIES
Cookies are small pieces of data stored by your web browser that can later be used to reference database or session records on the web. Meridian Community College commonly uses cookies to pass session data from one web page to the next, and to interpret session constructions/destructions. The storage of cookies on your browser is optional, however many areas of the website may require the use of cookies or your experience may lack and that area may not function properly. Cookies are private identifiers known only by your computer, and we follow strict policy to never share them to any external parties. Cookies are saved in a hashed format for your protection. We do not use cookies to monitor the activity of specific individuals on our websites.  

LOG FILES
Like most standard website servers we use log files.  This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.  IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.

How Information is Shared?

AS REQUIRED BY LAW
Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our web site.

WITH THIRD PARTIES
Some of our technology partners have access to personally identifiable information. They do not retain, share or use this information for any secondary purposes.

CHOICE/OPT OUT
External users are given the opportunity to opt-out of receiving information from us. Users who no longer wish to receive newsletter(s) and promotional communications may opt-out of receiving these communications by sending an email with a subject of unsubscribe to webmaster@meridiancc.edu or by using the opt-out mechanism included in the footer of messages generated by our broadcast email providers.

LINKS
This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Meridian Community College is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.  We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.  This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site. 

SECURITY
This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information.  When users submit sensitive information via the web site, their information is protected both online and off-line.

When our registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with SSL - the best encryption software in the industry. Most browsers have a visual identifier when on a secure page. 

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user information offline. All of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees must use a password-protected logon screen to access identifiable information. Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment.

If users have any questions about the security at our website, users can send an email to: webmaster@meridiancc.edu

CORRECTING/UPDATING/DELETING/DEACTIVATING PERSONAL INFORMATION
If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users’ personally identifiable information. This can be done by emailing webmaster@meridiancc.edu

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.  

If, however, we are going to use users’ personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users by posting a notice on our website for 30 days.