University Website Privacy Statement

Cornerstone University is committed to protecting the personal information you entrust to us as a visitor on our website. Our website privacy policy and terms of use provide a transparent look at our prioritization of data security and desire to enhance your user experience of our site. By using Cornerstone's website, you consent to our privacy policy and website terms of use.

Overview

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Cornerstone's website—cornerstone.edu. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by our university website. It will notify you of the following:

Information This Website Collects

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to and collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other means of direct contact with you. We will not sell or rent your information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of Cornerstone, other than as necessary to fulfill your request. And, unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about university events, campus news, services and/or changes to this privacy policy.

Personally Identifiable Information

Personally identifiable information is information that you may submit via a contact form, enrollment application, event registration form or employment application. When registering online on the Cornerstone website, you may be asked for your full name, email address, mailing address and/or phone number. We may use this information for the purposes of:

  • Communication.
  • Customer service.
  • Business activities.
  • Educational opportunities and services.
  • Notification of new services.
  • Transactions and/or donations.

Your information will not be sold to third parties, exchanged, transferred or given to any other company for any reason without your consent. We don't disclose personally identifiable information except for legal obligations, determinations of the potential for harm or in the instance that our organization merges with another company.

Non-Personally Identifiable or Aggregate Information

At times, we may share aggregated demographic information with university partners and our external vendors. This data is not linked to any personal information that can identify you.

Use of Google Services

This website is enabled with a number of Google services, such as Google Analytics, Google Search, Google Fonts, Google Forms, Google Tags and/or another Google service (or a successor service). As such, this website will collect information consistent with the terms of Google's Privacy Policy which could include but is not limited to the collection of device-specific information, log information, location information and cookie-related information as described in the Google Privacy Policy.

Because this website is enabled with add-on Google services, Google will have access to information that is collected by this website in conjunction with its services and may use such information to improve its services. University staff will use such information, to the extent available such as by way of Google Analytics, to better understand the use of the website and topics of interest among site visitors and to enhance the personalized user experience of our site.

Cookies

Cornerstone's website uses cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on your hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visits to our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of you and other users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information.

Some of our university affiliates and third-party vendors may also use cookies on our site. However, we have no access to and/or control over these cookies.

Public Forums

The information you choose to disclose on public forums (e.g., Disqus commenting platform utilized for university blogs) will not be protected under the terms of this privacy policy. This information may be accessed, disclosed, collected, stored and used by third parties without your knowledge.

Surveys

From time-to-time, our site requests information via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose information. Information requested may include contact information (e.g., name, mailing address) and/or demographic information (e.g., zip code, age level). Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of Cornerstone's website.

Security

We are committed to information security and take intentional steps to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via Cornerstone's website (e.g., credit card data), your information is protected both online and offline. Whenever we collect sensitive information, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page. Your transaction history may be stored, but it is kept on secure servers and will not be given to third parties outside of the university's approved banking relationships.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (e.g., billing, enrollment, registration) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers and servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Links to External Websites

Cornerstone's website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for and do not endorse the content and/or privacy practices of external sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to review the privacy statements of any other sites that collect personally identifiable information.

Because our privacy policy does not extend to external websites that are linked on our website, you visit these sites at your own risk, and we advise you to exercise caution with regard to the sites you choose to visit.

Privacy Statement Changes

Cornerstone reserves the right to make changes and amendments to this privacy policy at any time and for any reason. Changes to the website privacy policy and terms of use will be posted on this web page, and we may contact you via email to notify you of updates.

Contact Us

If you have a question about our website privacy policy and terms of use, its implementation or a related concern, you may contact us via phone at 616.949.5300 or via email (info@cornerstone.edu).

You may opt out of any future communication from us at any time. You can also do the following at any time by contacting us via phone or via email:

  • See what data we have about you if any.
  • Change and/or correct any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern(s) you have about our use of your data.