Online Privacy Statement

St. Cloud Technical and Community College is firmly committed to maintaining appropriate data privacy; our data gathering and dissemination are governed by state and federal laws, including the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13. The following discloses our data practices policy for all St. Cloud Technical and Community College sites.

For security purposes and to ensure that the web site remains available to all users, we use software to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Online forms

The information that you provide may be classified as private by law. You are not legally required to provide this information, but if you do not supply this information on a contact, help or registration form, we will be unable to contact you. Contact information missing from a registration form may mean that your registration will be incomplete and may not be able to be processed.

The information you provide will be available to our staff to allow them to perform their work-related duties.

Server logs

We store only the following information:

  • the IP address from which you access the internet
  • the date and time you visit our site
  • the internet address of the web site from which you direct-linked to our site
  • the web pages on our site that you visit
  • the browser you use to access our site

We use this information to determine the number of visitors to the site and to different sections of the site, to monitor system performance, to assess technical design requirements, and to design our site to support our users' needs. We only analyze the above information in aggregate; we cannot and do not use the information in our server logs to identify an individual.

Cookies

We use “cookies” to customize your browsing experience. “Cookies” are pieces of information stored by your web browser on your computer on behalf of a website and returned to the website on request.   

We may also use cookies to evaluate our website and to track advertising campaign performance from banner ads, opt-in e-mails, and third-party advertising services. These cookies and tracking pixels contain an ID number that allows us to track the pages you’ve visited within our website.  

We compile this data with that of other users to track overall traffic patterns to help us improve the layout of our site and to understand, for example, the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing campaigns.  The tags are industry-standard technology and are anonymous.  No personally identifiable information is stored on these cookies or web pixels.

We also use Google Analytics to analyze traffic to our site.  Google uses cookies to provide this service to us.  Google’s cookies are used to store information, such as what time your visit occurred, whether you have been to the site before, and what site referred you to our web page.  We may use cookies to target and retarget ads through platforms such as Google AdWords, YouTube, and Facebook.  We also use Google Signals to better understand how users access our website from multiple devices.    

You may opt-out of the collection of ad-related information here and Google Analytics information here.  

Cookies remain on your computer until you delete them.  If you prefer not to receive cookies, you may turn them off in your browser settings, or you may set your browser to ask you before accepting a new cookie. 

If you wish to visit our site anonymously, there are services for this available on the internet. For more information, search for "anonymous web surfing" using your favorite internet search engine or directory.

Concerns about SCTCC’s online privacy policy should be directed to the Chief Information Officer, Vi Bergquist, at vbergquist@sctcc.edu.