Online Privacy | University of Southern Arkansas


Southern Arkansas University may collect personal information from visitors to SAU’s web properties and social media platforms, most of which is provided voluntarily through web forms and applications, but also involuntarily through browser cookies and social media tools. traffic measurement.

Data collection and cookies

Information collected involuntarily through our website is used for statistical purposes to measure the performance of the University’s website and content. This information may include data such as website page requests, device information, IP addresses and other regularly collected website analytics data. In addition to first-party cookies, SAU may place selected third-party cookies on certain pages.

Across the University’s web properties, online forms exist to support applications and various departmental operations. These forms allow website visitors to voluntarily provide personal information for the purposes of admissions, scholarships, campus events, information requests, and more.

All information collected is stored online in secure, encrypted databases with strict procedures for access to authorized personnel and faculty members. Numerous strict data security measures are in place to prevent unauthorized access to this data, including but not limited to firewall networks, brute force protection, rate limiting, multi-factor authentication and password complexity and security assessments.

Data usage

Data collected, whether voluntarily or involuntarily provided to SAU’s online platforms, is used exclusively to support the functions of our registration management system (Salesforce), website performance measurement (Google Analytics), recruitment marketing platforms and the operation of various offices on campus.

The information obtained by the site is only used for the purpose indicated when collecting the information.

Under no circumstances does SAU sell personal information or use collected data outside of University recruiting, marketing and management purposes.


SAU is committed to following the W3C WCAG 2.1 guidelines and making the digital content of the University website accessible to all visitors, regardless of disability, including future laws that may be established. If visitors encounter accessibility barriers or wish to share feedback regarding the accessibility of the University’s website, please contact [email protected]

Privacy and FERPA

Southern Arkansas University is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Students are informed through the course calendar published each semester that they have the right to inspect and review their academic records; request an amendment to their records to ensure that they are not inaccurate and misleading or otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights; to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their student records, except to the extent that the Act and regulation permit disclosure without consent; file a complaint with the US Department of Education regarding the school’s alleged failure to comply with legal requirements; and obtain a copy of the facility’s policy regarding how the facility meets the requirements of the Act. A copy of the policy can be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in Overstreet Hall, Room 114.

The Family Educational Rights and Protection of Privacy Act provides that directory information will be accessible to the general public. Directory information means information contained in a student’s school record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. It includes the student’s name, address, phone list, major field of study, participation in officially recognized sports, weight and height of members of sports teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, as well as the most recent agency or educational institution attended. .

If a registered student does not wish to have yearbook information released to the general public, the student should notify the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in Overstreet Hall, Room 114, no later than the end of the enrollment week of each semester or quarter that all or any part of the directory information shall not be disclosed without prior consent.

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