Southern Arkansas University may collect personal information from visitors to SAU’s web resources and social media platforms, much of which is provided voluntarily through web forms and applications, as well as involuntarily through browser cookies and traffic measurement tools.
Data collection and cookies
Information that is involuntarily collected through our website is used for statistical purposes to measure the effectiveness of the University’s website and content. This information may include data such as website page requests, device information, IP addresses, and other regularly collected website analytics. In addition to basic cookies, SAU may place selected third-party cookies on selected pages.
Online forms are available on the university’s web resources to support applications and various departmental operations. These forms allow website visitors to voluntarily provide personal information for the purposes of admissions, scholarship applications, campus events, information requests, and more.
All information collected is stored online in secure encrypted databases with strict access procedures for authorized staff and faculty. Numerous strict data protection measures are in place to prevent unauthorized access to this data, including but not limited to firewall networks, brute force protection, rate limiting, multi-factor authentication, password complexity and security assessments.
Use of data
Collected data voluntarily or involuntarily provided to SAU’s online platforms is used solely to support the functions of our enrollment management system (Salesforce), measure website performance (Google Analytics), recruitment marketing platforms, and the operation of various campus offices.
The information received on the site is used only for the purpose specified at the time of information collection.
Under no circumstances does SAU sell personal information or use collected data outside of recruiting, marketing, and University administration purposes.
SAU is committed to complying with the W3C WCAG 2.1 guidelines and making digital content on the University website accessible to all visitors regardless of disability, including any future laws that may be established. If visitors encounter any accessibility barriers or would like to share feedback regarding the accessibility of the University website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Privacy and FERPA
Southern Arkansas University is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Students are notified through the class schedule published each semester that they have the right to inspect and review their academic records; request that their records be amended to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise infringing on their privacy or other rights; consent to the disclosure of personal information contained in their educational records, except where the Act and regulations permit disclosure without consent; file a complaint with the US Ministry of Education regarding the institution’s alleged non-compliance with the requirements of the Law; and obtain a copy of the institution’s policy on how the institution complies with the requirements of the Act. A copy of the policy may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in Overstreet Hall, Room 114.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act requires that directory information be available to the general public. Directory information means information contained in a student’s educational record that would not ordinarily be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. It contains the student’s name, address, telephone list, specialty field of study, participation in officially recognized sports, weight and height of members of sports teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the last previous educational agency or institution attended.
If an enrolled student does not wish directory information to be made publicly available, he or she must notify the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in Overstreet Hall, Room 114, no later than the end of registration week of each term or semester, that all or part of the directory information shall not be be disclosed without prior consent.