Privacy Policy


Thank you for visiting the Onondaga Community College website. This website is designed to make it easy for individuals and businesses to learn about and interact with the College. Onondaga Community College recognizes that it is critical for individuals and businesses to be confident that their privacy is protected when they visit our website.

Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes Onondaga Community College's privacy practices regarding information collected from users of this website. This policy describes what information is collected and how that information is used. Because this privacy policy applies to only Onondaga Community College websites, those in the domain, you should examine the privacy policy of any website, including other government websites, that you access by linking from this website. For purposes of this policy, "personal information" means any information concerning a natural person which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person. Onondaga Community College does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by completing a form, sending an e-mail, responding to a survey, or completing an on-line transaction.

Information Collected Automatically When You Visit this Website

When visiting this website Onondaga Community College automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit: User client hostname. The hostname or Internet Protocol address of the user requesting access to a state agency website. HTTP header, "user agent." The user agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system on which that the browser is running. HTTP header, "referrer." The referrer specifies the web page from which the user accessed the current web page. System date. The date and time of the user's request. Full request. The exact request the user made. Status. The status code the server returned to the user Content length. The content length, in bytes, of any document sent to the user. Method. The request method used. Universal Resource Identifier (URI). The location of a resource on the server. Query string of the URI. Anything after the question mark in a URI Protocol. The transport protocol and the version used.

None of the foregoing information is deemed to constitute personal information. The information that is collected automatically is used to improve this website's content and to help Onondaga Community College understand how users are interacting with the website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users, and to improve the utility of the material available on the website. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and Onondaga Community College is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.


Cookies are simple text files stored on your web browser to provide a means of distinguishing among users of this website. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. To better serve you, we may use "session cookies" to enhance or customize your visit to this website. Session cookies, which can be created automatically on the device you use to access this state agency website, do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We may use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying tag on the device you use to access this website. A session cookie is erased during operation of your browser or when your browser is closed. The software and hardware you use to access the website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some features of this website.

Information Collected When You Submit a Form, Send an email or Complete a Transaction

During your visit to this website you may send an e-mail to Onondaga Community College. The information, including your email address and the contents of the email message will be collected. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats included in the message. The information you provide will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, and/or to forward your message to another State agency for appropriate action. Your e-mail address is not collected for commercial purposes and Onondaga Community College is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your e-mail address for commercial purposes.

During your visit to this website you may complete a transaction such as a survey, registration, or order form. The information, including personal information volunteered by you in completing the transaction, is used by the College to operate Onondaga Community College programs, which include the provision of goods, services, and information. The information collected by the College may be disclosed by Onondaga Community College for those purposes that may be reasonably ascertained from the nature and terms of the transaction in which the information was submitted. Onondaga Community College does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through this website. Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an e-mail will be treated as though it was submitted by an adult, and may, unless exempted from access by federal or State law, be subject to public access. The Agency strongly encourages parents and teachers to be involved in children's Internet activities and to provide guidance whenever children are asked to provide personal information on-line.

Information and Choice

As noted above, Onondaga Community College does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail, responding to a survey, or completing an on-line form. You may choose not to send us an e-mail, respond to a survey, or complete an on-line form. While your choice not to participate in these activities may limit your ability to receive specific services or products through this website, it will not normally have an impact on your ability to take advantage of other features of the website, including browsing or downloading information.

Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Website

The collection of information through this website and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act. Onondaga Community College will only collect personal information through this website or disclose personal information collected through this website if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. The voluntary disclosure of personal information to Onondaga Community College by the user, whether solicited or unsolicited, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by Onondaga Community College for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to Onondaga Community College, as was reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the disclosure. However, Onondaga Community College may collect or disclose personal information without consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of Onondaga Community College, or necessary for Onondaga Community College to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation; (2) made pursuant to a court order or by law; (3) for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or (4) of information to be used solely for statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person. Further, the disclosure of information, including personal information, collected through this website is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law. Onondaga Community College may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to Onondaga Community College's information technology assets.

Retention of Information Collected Through this Website

The information collected through this website is retained by Onondaga Community College in accordance with the records retention and disposition requirements of the New York State Arts & Cultural Affairs Law. Information on the requirements of the Arts & Cultural Affairs Law may be found at in the New York State Archives general, the Internet services logs of Onondaga Community College, comprising electronic files or automated logs created to monitor access and use of Agency services provided through this website, are retained for 60 days and then destroyed. Information, including personal information, that you submit in an e-mail or when you complete a survey, registration form, or order form is retained in accordance with the records retention and disposition schedule established for the records of the program unit to which you submitted the information. Information concerning these records retention and disposition schedules may be obtained through the Internet privacy policy contact listed in this policy.

Access to and Correction of Personal Information Collected Through this Website

Any user may submit a request to the appropriate Onondaga Community College privacy compliance officer to determine whether personal information pertaining to that user has been collected through this website. Any such request shall be made in writing and must be accompanied by reasonable proof of identity of the user. Reasonable proof of identity may include verification of a signature, inclusion of an identifier generally known only to the user, or similar appropriate identification. The addresses of the privacy compliance officers are as follows: For student related requests: Office of Registration and Records Onondaga Community College 4941 Onondaga Road Syracuse, NY. 13215 For all other requests: Director of Human Resources Onondaga Community College 4941 Onondaga Road Syracuse, NY. 13215 The appropriate privacy compliance officer shall, within five (5) business days of the receipt of a proper request, provide access to the personal information; deny access in writing, explaining the reasons therefore; or acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing, stating the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied, which date shall not be more than thirty (30) days from the date of the acknowledgment. In the event that Onondaga Community College has collected personal information pertaining to a user through the state agency website and that information is to be provided to the user pursuant to the user's request, the privacy compliance officer shall inform the user of his or her right to request that the personal information be amended or corrected under the procedures set forth in section 95 of the Public Officers Law.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

In conformance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, Onondaga Community College gives students the right to inspect and review their educational records and to challenge the contents of these records to ensure that such records are not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. In addition, Onondaga will not release personally identifiable records of students to any individual, agency or organization without the prior written consent of the student, except as provided by law.

Directory Information

The Act designates certain information as “Directory Information” and gives the College the right to disclose such information to anyone inquiring, without having to ask the student for permission, unless the student specifically instructs the College not to do so. Directory Information at Onondaga Community College is defined as: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, grade level, enrollment status, dates of attendance; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors, and awards received; and the most recent educational agency or institution attended. Directory Information does not include a student’s social security number, a student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used by the student for purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems, only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to Education Records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a personal identification number (PIN), password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.

Note: FERPA does not mandate the disclosure of Directory Information to anyone, but simply allows the College to make such disclosures in the absence of a student’s election to opt out by using the procedure described in this policy. A student has the right to withhold the public release of any or all Directory Information directly pertaining to him or her by giving notice to the Certification and Records office. Such notice must be received by the Certification and Records office at least 10 days prior to the first day of the term for which the request is first to be effective, and except as described below will become effective on the first day of that term. Elections to withhold release of Directory Information will remain effective until revoked by the student by subsequent direction to the Certification and Records office. Because certain Directory Information is distributed by the College in pre-printed materials, Directory Information may continue to be included in materials printed prior to the effective date of the election, but the student’s election will be effective for materials printed after the effective date and for online and other disclosures from and after the effective date.

Students wishing to have directory information withheld should contact the Certification and Records office, Gordon Student Center, Room 220, (315) 498-2000.

Disclosures to Other Schools

Upon request, the College also discloses Education Records without consent to officials of another school in which a student is enrolled or seeks or intends to enroll, for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer

Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through this Website

Onondaga Community College is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through this website against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Consequently, Onondaga Community College limits employee access to personal information collected through this website to only those employees who need access to the information in the performance of their official duties. Employees who have access to this information follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information. In addition, Onondaga Community College has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information. For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the website for all users, the Agency employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage this website.


The information provided in this privacy policy should not be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through this website.

Contact Information

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