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Disclaimer:

This Northeastern Illinois University web site includes both official and unofficial pages.

Official pages are those sanctioned by Northeastern Illinois University; unofficial pages are those not sanctioned by Northeastern Illinois University, including, but not limited to staff, faculty, student organizations, and student personal pages. Northeastern Illinois University has no control over and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the contents of any unofficial page. Information in the many World Wide Web pages that are linked to Northeastern Illinois University's official home pages comes from a variety of sources. Some of this information comes from official Northeastern Illinois University sources, but much of it comes from unoffi-cial or unaffiliated organizations and individuals, both internal and external to the University. Northeastern Illinois University does not necessarily author, edit, or monitor these unofficial pages and therefore cannot assume responsibility for their content.

The views and opinions expressed on any unofficial page are strictly those of the page author.

Privacy Statement:

Overview:

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is committed to protecting the privacy of its faculty, staff, students and visitors using its web services. To this extent, NEIU will only allow tracking or collection of specific client information on its site that facilitates business transactions of the University. This Privacy Statement describes how and what information we track and collect and how it is protected.

How and what information we track:
We collect information by creating cookies, the use of data collection programs, access to web based course management applications such as Desire2Learn and by access to library online resources.

Cookies:

We may enable "cookies." A cookie is a file of data or instructions that is placed on a client's computer by a web-site server to collect or store information about the client use of the site. These cookies are not designed to identify a person but intended to enhance navigation and the security of a client's session. NEIU is committed to fully complying with the State Agency Web Site Act (Public Act 093-117) which became effective January 1, 2004. Consequently, NEIU Web sites may use transactional cookies that facilitate business transactions and may not use permanent cookies or any other invasive tracking programs that monitor and track NEIU Web site viewing habits unless: (1) the use of permanent cookies adds value to the user otherwise not available; (2) there is a comprehensive online statement at the particular University Web site where such permanent cookies or other invasive monitoring and tracking programs are utilized that discloses: all types of information collected at that site; the University’s use of that information; and how the collection and use of this information adds value to the user

Data collection programs:

These programs use web forms to collect such data for admission applications, student related services, and other client business data intended to collect such information as is necessary to provide the client with the business service requested. This type of information is collected on a voluntary basis and it is not used for any purpose other than what is originally disclosed. At times, NEIU may collect data regarding client access to its web pages for statistical purposes. This is done to measure cumulative client interest in various areas of the web site to provide better services to NEIU clients. The statistics contain no personal information and will not be used to gather such information.

Web based course management applications:
These specific applications provide online interaction between and among students and faculty. Data and information available includes access to course syllabi and assignments, online course announcements, links to relevant Internet resources, and support for basic e-mail communication between instructors and students

Library online resources:

Periodical indexes and other databases are accessible to Northeastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff by contractual agreement with the commercial providers of those products. Authentication by account name and password is required for access to NEIU licensed databases.

Links to other sites and NEIU Web page hosting:

The NEIU website has links to other websites. When linking to another site, NEIU clients are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. Some of these sites provide web services to our clients that include grade inquiries, course management resources, and admission applications. NEIU is not responsible for the privacy practices of these agents. Please carefully review the Privacy Policy of each site you visit through NEIU links before complying with data requests.
NEIU provides web page hosting for faculty, staff and students from which external site links are made. This web hosting does not constitute an endorsement by the University. The University is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced and specifically disclaims any and all liability from damages that may result from accessing a third party site that is linked from the NEIU website.

LEGAL NOTICES OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Access to the NEIU Web is provided subject to the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully as use of the NEIU Web constitutes acceptance of all of the following terms and conditions:

Rules for Individuals under Thirteen Years of Age

NEIU is committed to complying fully with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Accordingly, if a user of the NEIU Web is under the age of thirteen, such user is not authorized to provide NEIU with personally identifying information, and the University will not use any such information in its database or other data collection activities. NEIU appreciates cooperation with this federally mandated requirement. Users under the age of thirteen and their parents or guardians are cautioned that the collection of personal information volunteered by unauthorized children online or by e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult until the University becomes aware that the user is under the age of thirteen and such information may be subject to public access.

Disclaimer of Liability

Neither NEIU, nor any of its units, programs, employees, agents or individual trustees, shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained in the NEIU Web and assumes no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information. In no event shall the NEIU Web, NEIU or its units, programs, employees, agents or individual trustees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of Data

Although the data found using NEIU’s access systems have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, express or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. NEIU provides this information on an “as is” basis. All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses and non-infringement of proprietary rights are disclaimed. Changes may be periodically made to the information herein; these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the publication. If a user has obtained information from any NEIU Web pages via a source other than the NEIU pages, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution. Data can also quickly become out of date. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of any data associated with a file, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

NEIU is a distributor of content sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, users, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of NEIU and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by NEIU.

Disclaimer for External Links

The NEIU Web has links to other Web sites. These include links to Web sites operated by Illinois agencies and officials, other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When a user leaves the NEIU Web and visits another site, the user is subject to the privacy policy of that new site. NEIU is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that NEIU is not liable for the defamatory, negligent, inaccurate, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user. Links from the NEIU Web pages on the World Wide Web to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from NEIU. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites. The NEIU Web contains links to other related World Wide Web sites and resources. Since NEIU and its Web site is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, the user should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or webmaster.

Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Provision of Data

Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, pages, and files are reorganized. The user expressly agrees that use of the University Web is at the user’s sole risk. NEIU does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free. The documents and related graphics published on this Web or server could contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. NEIU and/or its respective units and programs may make improvements and/or changes in the information and/or programs described herein at any time.

Copyleft:

The text of this website is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back cover texts).

Security:

NEIU conforms to security standards and Information Technology practices to assure the integrity of data and privacy of its clients. Such practices include authentication, monitoring, auditing and encryption. The computing infrastructure, network, and systems procedures are designed and maintained to ensure a high level of integrity and security. Access to information is restricted to faculty, staff and students who have legitimate need for the information.

Choice of Law:

Construction of the disclaimers above and resolution of disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of Illinois. The laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A., shall apply to all uses of this data and this system. By use of this system and any data contained therein, the user agrees that use shall conform to all applicable laws and regulations and user shall not violate the rights of any third parties.

Illinois Freedom of Information Act:

As a state institution, NEIU may be legally required under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act or other laws to provide specific information, such as some electronic correspondence sent via the NEIU Web.

FERPA:

NEIU also complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which generally prohibits the release of student education records without student permission. However, FERPA does permit the release of public or “directory” information about students. Information about suppressing the release of “directory” information

Social Security Numbers

NEIU follows appropriate procedures in collecting, maintaining and disseminating social security numbers of students, employees and individuals associated with NEIU and the NEIU Web.

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