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Notice of Privacy Practices


Hamilton College (“Hamilton,” “College,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) is an institution of higher education.  If you visit our websites, apply to or attend Hamilton (as a student, employee, or faculty member), make online donations, use any of the systems or services Hamilton provides, or complete any associated online forms, you should be aware that we may be collecting certain personal information from you.  

The protection and privacy of your data is among our highest priorities.  We have tailored our compliance efforts appropriately in response to new data privacy and cybersecurity laws and regulations.  This notice is provided to inform you about our privacy practices and data privacy compliance efforts; however, our full privacy policy and privacy notices are available and may be accessed from this webpage.  If you are looking for more information, please visit our Privacy Policy at: (hyperlink general privacy policy).  If you are located within the European Union and are looking for more information, please visit our GDPR Privacy Notices at: (Hamilton College GDPR Privacy page).  We have been and remain fervently committed to protecting your data privacy.  

Information We Collect

Depending on the nature of our relationship with you, we may collect and process certain information and data that may be used to identify you (“personal information”).  This may include your: contact information; identity information; financial information; medical information; professional information; technical information; usage information; and any other information you may provide in any of the fillable forms throughout our webpages. 

Your personal data may be collected by any of the means listed above or as described in our policies (i.e. you applied to Hamilton, made an online donation, viewed or interacted with our website, etc.).  All of the data we collect is protected.  It is collected and processed for College-related purposes only.  Most of the personal data we collect is provided to us directly by you so that we may commence or continue our relationship with you.  We may also collect usage and technical data such as your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address.  In addition to cookie data, this type of usage data allows us to operate and maintain our website and make it accessible to you.  We do not, and will not, sell your personal information to third parties.  

How We Use Your Personal Information 

We may use your personal information for several purposes as outlined by our Privacy Policy and Privacy Notices.  We collect this information from you to improve the services Hamilton may provide to you and to enhance your experience.  We may use your personal information to contact you or for educational and/or research purposes; feedback purposes; promotional and recruiting purposes, including soliciting financial contributions and contacting prospective students; statistical and behavioral analysis of online behavior for development purposes; content improvement; usage analysis; and content customization.

Where we intend to process your personal information for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was collected, we will provide you with information regarding the purpose for the processing, as well as other relevant information, prior to processing your personal information for the new purpose.

With Whom Do We Share Your Personal Information

Your personal data may be collected by any of the means listed above (i.e. you applied to Hamilton, made an online donation, viewed or interacted with our website, etc.).  All of the data we collect is protected.  It is collected and processed for College-related purposes only.  Most of the personal data we collect is provided to us directly by you so that we may commence or continue our relationship with you.  We may also collect usage and technical data such as your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address.  In addition to cookie data, this type of usage data allows us to operate and maintain our website and make it accessible to you.  We do not, and will not, sell your personal information to third parties.  

Commitment to Data Security

Hamilton has taken certain administrative, physical, technical, and organizational measures to protect your personal information.  Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by persons who have special access rights to such systems and are required to keep the information confidential.  Hamilton will continue to update and modify its security systems to maintain and protect the personal information you provide to us.  Hamilton cannot guarantee or warrant absolute effectiveness of our security measures.  For more information regarding our security measures, please review our Privacy Policy. 

Retention 

Hamilton retains personal information of students and alumni for as long as necessary to maintain alumni relations, academic record-keeping, and archiving purposes.  Hamilton will process and store your personal information only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of the storage, or as permitted by law.  For more information regarding our retention policies, please review our Privacy Policy or contact us using the information below. 

Our Policies

For more information regarding Hamilton’s policies and procedures for collecting and processing your personal information, please review the following: 

In addition to these policies, Hamilton protects the privacy of current and past students in compliance with FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records.  For more information, please click here: (Hamilton College FERPA page).

Changes to Notices and Policies

Hamilton reserves the right to change these policies at any time.  Please regularly review these policies and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  Changes to these policies are effective upon posting to this privacy page. 

Contact Information 

If you have any questions concerning these policies, please contact us at: 

Information Security Officer
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Email: jtylutki@hamilton.edu

Last Reviewed: 8/18/2020
Last Updated: 8/18/2020

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