Website Privacy Statement & Disclaimer

Updated August 2016

The following is intended to explain our current internet privacy practices, but shall not be interpreted as a contract of any nature, either stated or implied. We reserve the right to amend our Web Privacy Statement & Disclaimer at any time without notice.

It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia that personal information about citizens will be collected only to the extent necessary to provide the service or benefit desired; that only appropriate information will be collected; and that the citizen shall understand the reason the information is collected and be able to examine their personal record that is maintained by a public body.

Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed in any individual web page are strictly those of the author and/or publisher. Any comments on the contents of any individual web page should be sent via e-mail to the responsible party through the e-mail address at the bottom of the page.

All parties storing materials (including but not limited to HTML files, images, audio, video, scripts, and programs) on the college web server represent and warrant to Tidewater Community College that the installation, copying, distribution, and use of such materials in connection with the TCC website will not violate any other party's proprietary rights and that these materials do not contain any libelous or defamatory statements.

Tidewater Community College is not responsible for any errors in the materials provided on the college web server. All materials maintained on the college web server are provided "as is" with no warranties of any kind.

Tidewater Community College does not guarantee that the college's web server will function error-free or uninterrupted.

Tidewater Community College will not be liable for any damages of any kind, including consequential or incidental damages, arising from the submission, installation, maintenance, transmission, copying, modification, distribution, or use of any materials.

The TCC website has links to other websites. These include links to websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on the TCC website and this statement will not apply. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. Reference on those websites to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark or other mark does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by TCC.

General Purpose Disclaimer

Tidewater Community College provides its website, catalog, handbooks, and any other printed materials or electronic media for your general guidance. The college does not guarantee that the information contained within them, including, but not limited to, the contents of any page that resides under the DNS registrations of tcc.edu is up-to-date, complete and accurate, and individuals assume any risks associated with relying upon such information without checking other credible sources, such as a student’s academic advisor.

In addition, a student's or prospective student's reliance upon information contained within these sources, or individual program catalogs or handbooks, when making academic decisions does not constitute, and should not be construed as, a contract with the college. Further, the college reserves the right to make changes to any provision or requirement within these sources, as well as changes to any curriculum or program, whether during a student's enrollment or otherwise.

Links or references to other materials and websites provided in the above-referenced sources are also for information purposes only and do not constitute the college’s endorsement of products or services referenced.

Virginia law

We protect our records in accordance with our obligations as defined by applicable Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the "Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act" Code of Virginia, § 2.2-3800, "Administration of systems including personal information; Internet privacy policy; exceptions" Code of Virginia, § 2.2-3803, the "Virginia Freedom of Information Act" § 2.2-3700, et seq., and by any applicable U.S. federal laws.

Download TCC’s Privacy Policy

Information we collect from the website

We endeavor to collect only the minimum amount of information needed to provide services.

If you do nothing during your visit to the TCC website but browse or download information, we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • the internet domain and IP address from which you accessed our site;
  • the type of browser and operating system you used;
  • the date and time you visited this site;
  • the pages visited; and
  • if you navigated from another website, the address of that website.


The information collected is used to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our pages. We analyze our website logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. The information in our web logs is not personally viewable and no attempt is made to link it with the individuals who browse our website.

If, during your visit to the TCC website, you send us an e-mail message, we will collect the e-mail address and contents of the message, including audio, video and graphic information formats you send us. This may be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve our website, or to forward your message to another agency for appropriate action.

We do collect personal information directly from individuals who volunteer to subscribe to our services, complete forms, or participate in surveys. Collecting personal information is necessary in order for TCC to deliver the services requested. We collect, retain and use personal information only where we believe it is essential to administer our business and to provide products, services and other opportunities requested by our customers.

Restrictions on the disclosure of customer information

We do not sell or rent our users’ information to any outside company or organization. We do not reveal specific information about users or other personally identifiable data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use, except if required to do so by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act or other law.

This website does not:

  • provide your information to any other organization or use in any unauthorized way; or
  • require you to provide personal information to download files or reports.


Protection of information via established security procedures

We maintain security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to customer information to prevent unauthorized removal or alteration of data.

Website security

We maintain security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to ensure that this service remains available to all users, and to prevent unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. Information on individuals causing damage to the web page will be traced and released to the appropriate law enforcement bodies (such as the Virginia State Police) to investigate suspected or alleged criminal activity.

Customer comments or review

If you have questions about this privacy statement or the practices of this website, or if you choose to review or correct any information you previously submitted, please contact TCC Web Communications

Cookies

"Cookies" are small files either stored on a server or sent back to a visiting computer. In certain applications, user information is stored as "cookies," which are then sent back to and stored on the user's computer.

Our website places "cookies" on your computer, unless your browser is set to reject them. The cookies enable our website to recognize you when you return to the website at a later date or time and enable us to personalize the website with preferences or information you have provided during prior sessions.

The cookie information placed on your computer by this website could include the following:

  • IP address;
  • browser type;
  • operating system;
  • date and time of your visit;
  • whether or not you have visited our website before;
  • where you went when you visited our website; and
  • any preferences or customization that you might have set (including usernames and passwords).


Some sections of the TCC website use cookies to customize the information presented to you. Cookies are also used to aggregate site usage information to help us improve our users' experience.

Copyright

The copyright to TCC's website is owned by Tidewater Community College. The pages constituting TCC's website are marked with the notice "(c) Tidewater Community College." If you are in doubt about whether your use constitutes fair use, please send a request for explicit permission to copy the contents to TCC Web Communications.

Linking

This website contains hypertext links to external websites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than TCC. TCC, at its sole discretion, will determine which external websites will be linked. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external website is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked website, the organizations sponsoring said website, or any views that might be expressed or referenced in the website.

Hypertext links to external websites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of TCC at any time without notice.

If a hypertext link on the TCC website is not working, please contact TCC Web Communications or use the contact information provided on the Contact Us page.