Thank you for visiting the Web Admissions Center at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reviewing our Privacy Notice. This statement addresses collection, use and security of, and access to information that may be obtained through use of the SBCTC Web Admissions Center. This notice covers the following topics:
Information collected if you only browse this site
If you do nothing during your visit to the SBCTC Web Admissions Center but browse, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
The information we automatically collect or store is logged and used by SBCTC only to improve the content of our Web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. SBCTC analyzes the Web Admissions Center site logs to determine how the Web Admissions Center is being used, so that we may continually improve the site's usefulness to the public.
What we collect if you volunteer information
If during your visit to the Web Admissions Center you participate in a survey, send an e-mail, or perform some other transaction online, the following additional information will be collected:
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us.
We use your e-mail to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you may identify, to further improve our Web site, or to forward the e-mail to another agency for appropriate action. Information from other online forms is used to process your application for admission to the Washington community or technical college(s) of your choice.
You may choose whether to provide personal information online.
Personal information is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.
We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us e-mail or by completing an online form. You may choose not to contact us by e-mail or to provide any personal information using an online form. Your choice not to participate in these activities will impair your ability to browse the Web Admissions Center and read or download any information provided on the site. If you choose not to use e-mail or an online form, you can contact any of the Washington community and technical colleges by mail, fax, or telephone and request a paper application.
If personal information is requested on the Web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.
If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact SBCTC Customer Support as shown in the Contact Information section of this statement.
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children online or by e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.
In the State Of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.
All of the information collected at this site becomes public records that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in law exists. RCW 42.17. 260(1) states that:
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the agencys disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.
The complete Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is available at: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx
The Web Admissions Center may require you to provide certain personal information in order to apply for admission at the community and technical colleges in Washington State. The information is required in order to complete the admissions process. You may choose not to provide this information; but if you choose not to provide it, we will be unable to process your application for admission, and you will have to apply for admission either in person or by mail.
The following laws and regulations may prevent the college to which you are seeking admission from disclosing the personal information about you except for the purposes of admission. Only admissions information can be released without a student's authorization. Students must sign a release in order to have any other information disclosed or to withhold all information. Education information may be released to other institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. Information may be released to a third party without a student's consent if an emergency situation exists or if information is requested officially by means of a subpoena, court order, or legal report. Additionally, Congress requires student information to be released to military recruiters if officially requested. Admissions information may include student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major fields of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information.
You can review any personally identifiable information the Web Admissions Center collects about you by using the information in the Contact Information section at the end of this Notice. You may recommend changes to your personally identifiable information you believe to be inaccurate by submitting a written request that credibly shows the inaccuracy. We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections (RCW 43.105.310).
To better serve our users, we use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience with the Web Admissions Center. Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by your Web browser. The cookies expire at the end of each Web Admissions session and are created at the beginning of each new session.
Cookies created on your computer by using this Web site do not contain personally identifying information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature to store the following information on your computer:
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), as developer and manager of Web Admissions Center, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained by SBCTC. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in our possession.
This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via SBCTC's Web sites.
Neither the State of Washington, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Washington warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.
If you have questions or want to offer comments about Web Admissions Center or about the information presented in this Privacy Notice, contact: