Central Piedmont Privacy Policy

Effective July 2023

This privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) describes Central Piedmont Community College's (“Central Piedmont” or the “College”) policy regarding the collection and use of Personal Information when an individual (“User”) visits Central Piedmont’s website, https://www.cpcc.edu, and other sites maintained by the college (the "Site"). “Personal Information” refers to information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with User or User’s household. If User does not consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information as described in this Privacy Policy, User must not use the Site or submit any Personal Information to the College through the Site.

Limitation on Scope of Content

The Site contains information regarding Central Piedmont and its education, financial, and training services. Any pricing information referred to on the Site is in U.S. dollars.

No Representation or Warranty

Central Piedmont reserves the right to modify the information contained in this Privacy Policy at any time without notice. It is User’s responsibility to review this Privacy Policy for any updates or modifications. User’s continued use of the Site after the College posts changes to this Privacy Policy constitutes User’s consent to and acceptance of revisions to this Privacy Policy. While the College makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that all material on the Site and in this Privacy Policy is correct, accuracy cannot be guaranteed and Central Piedmont does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of any information contained on the Site.

The Site, including all information and materials contained herein, are provided to User "as is" without warranty of any kind, and Central Piedmont expressly disclaims any such warranties.

Types of Personally Identifiable Information

When User visits the Site, Central Piedmont may collect Personal Information from User. Central Piedmont uses this information for a variety of business reasons as indicated in this Privacy Policy. Please note that the type of Personal Information collected may vary depending on the nature of User’s interactions with Central Piedmont. Personal Information does not include information that is publicly available, de-identified, or aggregated. Please review the Privacy Policy carefully to understand how Central Piedmont collects, uses, protects, or otherwise handles User’s Personal Information.

Types of Personal Information Central Piedmont may collect include:

  • Identifiers, such as name, mailing address, email address, age, phone number, unique personal identifiers, IP addresses, collected directly from User and used to fulfill User’s request, when User communicates with Central Piedmont, and other activities where User submits Personal Information to the College
  • Internet or other electronic network activity information which includes browsing history, search history, and information regarding a consumer’s interaction with an internet website, web beacons, pixel tags, application or advertisement
  • Geolocation data

How We Collect Your Personal Information

  • The College may request Personal Information directly from User to provide User services or correspondence (e.g., mailed class schedules and brochures)
  • User may submit Personal Information directly to Central Piedmont when User creates an account and engages in other activities on the Site
  • Central Piedmont may obtain Personal Information through third parties including business partners, service providers, etc.

Use of Cookies

In addition to the Personal Information User provides directly to Central Piedmont, Central Piedmont and its agents, vendors, and consultants may collect information automatically about the Site and how User uses it through the use of cookies. A cookie is a small text file, typically generated by a website and saved in User’s web browser. Its purpose is to store information that can be used by the website on subsequent visits. Central Piedmont uses cookies in various ways, as described in the following Cookie Policy, that may persist in User’s browser until expiration or until they are deleted. If User would like to opt-out, User can manage or delete cookies by adjusting their device settings.

Read the complete Central Piedmont Cookie Policy that includes instructions for how to opt-out.

How Central Piedmont Uses, Shares, or Discloses User's Personal Information

The information User provides is used by Central Piedmont to provide the services or improve the services Central Piedmont provides to the User. It is never provided to any other company for that company's independent use. Specifically, the College uses User’s Personal Information:

  • To provide User services or correspondence (e.g., mailed class schedules and brochures)
  • To register or maintain a user account
  • To improve the Site
  • To process transactions, purchases, or payments
  • To send User information about Central Piedmont’s services and offerings with User’s permission
  • To ask for ratings, surveys, and reviews of services
  • To detect and prevent fraud against User and/or Central Piedmont
  • To show User relevant ads
  • To assist with Central Piedmont employee recruiting and application process
  • To provide customer service and support
  • To display custom content to User based on User’s location

Third Party Links

The Site may contain links to third party websites and services that are not owned or controlled by Central Piedmont, including links to social media platforms. This Privacy Policy applies only to Personal Information collected by the Site. Links to other websites or social media platforms do not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by Central Piedmont of the content on third-party sites. Third-party sites may have their own cookies, web beacons and other tracking technologies to collect information about User or ask User to provide Personal Information directly to them. Central Piedmont is not responsible for the privacy and security practices of other websites or social media platforms or the Personal Information they collect. Please refer to the applicable third parties’ privacy policies to understand their privacy practices and User’s rights.

Email Communications

User may unsubscribe from any of Central Piedmont’s marketing communications by clicking the “unsubscribe” link found in every commercial email sent by the College. If User opts-out of receiving marketing email communications, Central Piedmont may still send User email messages related to User’s account with Central Piedmont, including specific transactions, identity verification, or Services. Unsubscribing from Central Piedmont’s marketing communications will not affect Central Piedmont’s service to User.

This Site is Not Intended for Children

The Site is not intended for children nor targeted to children under the age of 13. Central Piedmont does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If Central Piedmont learns that it possesses information from a child under the age of 13, Central Piedmont will delete such information in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and other applicable laws. If User is a parent or guardian and believes that their child under the age of 13 has provided Central Piedmont with personal information without User’s consent, please contact the College.

Data Retention

Central Piedmont may retain User’s Personal Information for the periods necessary to: (a) fulfill the purposes described in this Privacy Policy, (b) meet the timelines required or recommended by regulators, professional bodies, or associations, (c) comply with applicable laws, legal holds, and other legal obligations (including contractual obligations), and (d) comply with User’s requests.

Information Security

Central Piedmont has implemented appropriate and reasonable physical, technical, and administrative safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access to, use of, and disclosure of, User’s Personal Information. Central Piedmont makes every effort to ensure the secure collection and transmission of sensitive User information using industry accepted data collection and encryption methodologies such as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). However, there is no perfect security. Central Piedmont cannot ensure or warrant the security of any Personal Information collected by the Site. Central Piedmont will not accept any liability for any unauthorized disclosure of User’s Personal Information. User is responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any credentials used to access User’s account with Central Piedmont. User should report actual or suspected unauthorized activity to Central Piedmont immediately, and in no event later than 24 hours after discovery.

Central Piedmont specifically reserves the right to terminate User’s access to the Site and any contract User has with us in the event Central Piedmont learns or suspects User has disclosed their account or password information to an unauthorized third party.