Privacy Policy

At www.sunydutchess.edu, we are committed to protecting your privacy and making it easier and more efficient for individuals and businesses to interact with us. We recognize that it is critical for individuals and businesses to be confident that their privacy is protected when they visit www.sunydutchess.edu. You can travel through most of www.sunydutchess.edu without giving us any information about yourself. Sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request, and this commitment of privacy explains our online information practices.

Dutchess Community College does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail, completing an online request for information form, or completing online applications.

This policy is consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

Information Collected Automatically When You Visit www.sunydutchess.edu

When visiting www.sunydutchess.edu, Dutchess Community College automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet Protocol address of the computer that accessed our Web site
  • The type of browser, its version and the operating system on which that browser is running
  • The Web page from which the user accessed the current Web page
  • The date and time of the user's request
  • The pages that were visited and the amount of time spent at each page

None of the above-mentioned information is deemed to constitute personal information by the Internet Privacy and Security Act. The information that is collected automatically is used to improve www.sunydutchess.edu content and to help Dutchess Community College understand how users are interacting with its Web site. This information is collected for statistical analysis and to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and Dutchess Community College is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from www.sunydutchess.edu for commercial marketing purposes.

Information Collected When You E-mail www.sunydutchess.edu or Complete a Transaction

During your visit to www.sunydutchess.edu you may complete a transaction such as an online application or a request for information form. The information collected by Dutchess Community College, including personal information volunteered by you in completing the transaction, is used by Dutchess Community College and may be disclosed by Dutchess Community College for those purposes that may be reasonably ascertained from the nature and terms of the transaction in which the information was submitted.

www.sunydutchess.edu does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 or create profiles of children under the age of 13. 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.

Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Web site

The collection of information through www.sunydutchess.edu and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act. Dutchess Community College will only collect personal information through www.sunydutchess.edu or disclose personal information collected through www.sunydutchess.edu if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. The voluntary disclosure of personal information to Dutchess Community College by the user, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by Dutchess Community College for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to Dutchess Community College.

However, Dutchess Community College may collect or disclose personal information without consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of Dutchess Community College, or necessary for Dutchess 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 www.sunydutchess.edu is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

www.sunydutchess.edu may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to Dutchess Community College’s information technology assets.

Retention of Information Collected Through this Web site

The information collected through www.sunydutchess.edu is retained by Dutchess 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 http://www.archives.nysed.gov/services/recmgmt.htm. In general, the Internet services logs of Dutchess Community College, comprising electronic files or automated logs created to monitor access and use of Agency services provided through www.sunydutchess.edu, are retained for 21 business days and then destroyed. 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 www.sunydutchess.edu

Any user may submit a request to Dutchess Community College's privacy compliance officer to determine whether personal information pertaining to that user has been collected through www.sunydutchess.edu . 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 address of the privacy compliance officer is:

Privacy Officer
Director of Computer Information Systems
Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

The 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 Dutchess Community College has collected personal information pertaining to a user through www.sunydutchess.edu 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.

Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through www.sunydutchess.edu

www.sunydutchess.edu is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through www.sunydutchess.edu against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Consequently, Dutchess Community College limits employee access to personal information collected through www.sunydutchess.edu 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, Dutchess Community College has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, authorization, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of www.sunydutchess.edu as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For Web site security purposes and to maintain the availability of www.sunydutchess.edu for all users, Dutchess Community College employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage www.sunydutchess.edu.


Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by the user's browser on the hard drive of your computer. The Web E-Mail interface, Blackboard on-line learning environment, and the Library's on-line catalog use temporary cookies for session identification. Cookies are also used to provide statistical analysis and to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users.


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 www.sunydutchess.edu.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this Internet privacy policy, please contact our privacy officer via e-mail at webmaster@sunydutchess.edu or by regular mail at:

Privacy Officer
Director of Computer Information Systems
Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601