Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. At Bellin College, we are committed to maintaining the privacy and accuracy of your personal information and to protecting such information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. 

This statement addresses the following information:

How Personal Information is Protected

Bellin College takes reasonable steps to protect Personal Information. Bellin College uses technologies and processes such as access control procedures, network firewalls, and physical security. These technologies and methods increase the security and privacy of information traveling to, from, and within the Bellin College network.

Bellin College also safeguards Personal Information from unauthorized access. Only authorized Bellin College employees or agents carrying out permitted business functions are permitted to access Personal Information. Employees who violate Bellin College privacy access policies are subject to disciplinary actions, including termination when appropriate.

Bellin College Website Collection and Use of Personal Information

You do not need to provide any information that identifies you ("Personal Information") to use the Bellin College Web site. In general, you can visit our Web site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information. When you do provide us with personally identifiable information, we may use that information in the following ways, unless stated otherwise: we may store and process that information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our products and services and we may use that information to contact you.

Administrative Systems

The privacy of student record information and the rights and responsibilities of handling the information is federally governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). All employees of Bellin College are required to abide by FERPA regulations and College policies regarding access to and use of College student, alumni development, or financial information.

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy

FERPA is the federal privacy law prohibiting disclosure of personally identifiable information from student education records – even to parents – without prior written consent. While a student is attending elementary and secondary school, and is under 18, parents/legal guardians exercise FERPA rights on behalf of the student. These rights transfer directly to the student upon his/her enrollment in a college or university, even if that student enrolls prior to reaching the age of 18. In accordance with FERPA, faculty, staff and administrators may not be able to provide information concerning a student to a parent/guardian without the student’s permission. See the FERPA section of this site for detailed information about student education & privacy rights.

E-mail

Bellin College will make every attempt to keep e-mail messages secure; however, privacy is not guaranteed and users should have no general expectation of privacy in e-mail messages sent through the College system. Users must be aware that e-mail can, depending on the technology, be forwarded, intercepted, printed, and stored by others. E-mail that is not encrypted can be viewed by people other than the intended recipient, while it is in transit or on mail servers. Because messages can be stored in backup systems, e-mail actually may be retrievable when a traditional paper letter would have been discarded or destroyed.

Bellin College collects statistical data about its e-mail systems consistent with generally-accepted business practices. The College monitors the use of e-mail to ensure the ongoing availability, reliability, and security of the system. The College may employ, at any time, tools to analyze statistical information to detect unauthorized usage, denial of service attacks, capacity planning, and network problems. Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary for the IT staff or other appropriate College officials to access e-mail files to maintain the system, to investigate security or abuse incidents, or violations of this or other College policies. Such access will be on an as-needed basis and any e-mail accessed will only be disclosed to those individuals with a need-to-know or as required by law.

Drug & Alcohol Policy Drug Screening Test Results

Confidentiality and privacy rights of Bellin College students will be protected. Test results and/or the identities of any student participating in a rehabilitation program will not be revealed by Bellin College to anyone outside [ the scope of the Drug & Alcohol Policy ] without the express written consent of the student.

Condifentiality of Protected Health Information

Clinical experience requires students to access protected health information about clients. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires health information about clients to be secured and kept confidential. As a student, there is a legal and ethical need to protect a client’s right to privacy. Client information will not be shared in any form or medium, including written, verbal or electronic methods, with anyone other than those who are directly responsible for the patient’s care and treatment. Patient identifiers include, but are not limited to: name, medical record number, visit number, dates including birth date, date of admission and date of discharge. Patient care information will be discussed only in patient care areas, and with acute awareness of who is within hearing range.

While students may write down essential information for the preparation and care of clients, information that identifies a client in any way may not be taken from the clinical site. No records may be photocopied for any reason. It is unlawful to disclose all individually identifiable information. This relates to information about past, present and future: Violation of this policy may result in clinical and/or disciplinary probation, dismissal, and/or legal and financial consequences.


Changes to Bellin College Statement of Privacy

Bellin College may make changes to this statement from time to time. We will post changes to our privacy statement here, so be sure to check back periodically.

Further questions? Please contact us at Bellin College.