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Drake University Online Privacy Statement

This document discloses the privacy practices for this web domain ( and all of its subdomains. Please note that Drake Colleges and Schools, Departments and Offices, Centers, and/or other Drake units and affiliates may have additional privacy documents. By using this website, you are consenting to our collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

What information do we gather about you?
We and our third-party vendors collect certain information regarding your use of this website and all of its subdomains, such as your IP address and browser type. Your session and the pages you visit on these websites will be tracked, but you will remain anonymous. We may use your IP address to identify the general geographic area from which you are accessing our web domain. We connect data from different systems but do not link IP addresses to any personal information. We may also collect other information as described in this Statement.

What do we use your information for?
We use the information we gather from you for systems administration purposes, abuse prevention, and to track user trends, and for the other purposes described in this Statement. If you send us an email, the email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions. We will not share, sell, rent, swap, or authorize any third party to use your email address for commercial purposes without your permission. 

User information may be shared with third-party vendors to the extent necessary to provide and improve web services or other communications to users. For example, we use third parties such as CrazyEgg and Google Analytics to generate reports on site usage, web traffic, user behavior, and user interests in order to optimize our website for our visitors. We also use geographic, demographic, and interest-based reports of our website visitors to create custom audience lists. We prohibit any third parties who receive user information for this purpose from using or sharing user information for any purpose other than providing services for the benefit of our users.

We may also provide your information to third parties in circumstances where we believe that doing so is necessary or appropriate to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request; detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; or protect our rights and safety and the rights and safety of our users or others.

How is this information collected and how can you opt out?
Google and other third parties may use cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect or receive information from these websites and elsewhere on the internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads. For more information on Google Analytics, consult their terms of use, privacy practices, and ads settings. 

Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer (unless you block them). We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. You may disable cookies through your individual browser options. To review or manage the cookies being collected, see our cookie consent list

If you are a California resident, the information below also applies to you. Certain terms used in this section have the meanings given to them in the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). As a California resident, you have the right to request more information about the categories and specific pieces of personal information we have collected, sold and disclosed for a business purpose in the last 12 months. You also have the right to request deletion of your personal information and to opt-out of sales of your personal information, if applicable. You may make these requests by filling out the contact form below, or calling 1-515-271-2169. Once we receive your request, we will verify it by asking you to provide contact information and information related to your recent interactions with us. If you would like to use an authorized agent registered with the California Secretary of State to exercise your rights, we may request evidence that you have provided such agent with power of attorney or that the agent otherwise has valid written authority to submit requests on your behalf. We will not discriminate against you if you exercise your rights under the CCPA.

Other Websites and Cookies
This website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Cookies may be set by parties other than us. These “third-party cookies” may, for example, originate from websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social media services for which our web domain has implemented “plug-ins.” Since the cookie policies of these sites change over time, you should determine their policies by visiting the privacy Statement pages of these sites directly.

Information Protection
This site has reasonable security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure.

Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA)
The Child Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) regulates online collection of information from persons under the age of 13. It is Drake’s policy to refrain from directing its website or online services to children under the age of 13, or knowingly collecting or maintaining personally identifiable information relating to any person under the age of 13. If you are a child (under 13 years of age), please do not supply any personally identifiable information through the site. If this has already occurred, the child’s parent or guardian should contact Drake immediately using the privacy concern form at the bottom of this page so that we can remove such information from our files. Minors between the ages of 13 and 18 should only use the site only in conjunction with your parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult.

The  (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.

Changes to this Statement
This Privacy Statement may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page.

Effective Date
The effective date of this statement is December 20, 2019.



Privacy Concerns Contact Form

The purpose of the following form is to contact communications and information security staff regarding questions, issues, or other concerns as they related to the Drake University Online Privacy Statement.

Users may submit comments anonymously, but please be aware our team will not be able to respond or provide clarification without a means to reply. Information given on this form will only be used to respond to comments and will not be stored or recorded for other purposes.