Privacy Policy for Our Northwestern
Privacy Policy: Effective April 1, 2013

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Northwestern University ("Northwestern University") operates several websites including ("Our Northwestern") and It is Northwestern University policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating Our Northwestern as specified below.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Northwestern University collects non-personally identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Northwestern University’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Northwestern University’s visitors use Our Northwestern. From time to time, Northwestern University may release non-personally identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of Our Northwestern.

Northwestern University also collects potentially personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Our Northwestern. Northwestern University only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the website where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally identifying Information

Certain visitors to Our Northwestern choose to interact with Northwestern University in ways that require Northwestern University to gather personally identifying information. The amount and type of information that Northwestern University gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an Our Northwestern account provide a name and email address. In each case, Northwestern University collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Northwestern University. Northwestern University does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below. Additionally, visitors may refuse to supply personally identifying information, with the caveat that this may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Northwestern University does not intentionally or knowingly collect data through Our Northwestern from children under 13 years. If you have reason to believe that a child under 13 years of age is providing data on Our Northwestern, please contact .

Aggregated Statistics

Northwestern University may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Northwestern University may monitor the most popular content on Our Northwestern. Northwestern University may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Northwestern University does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally identifying Information

Northwestern University discloses potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information only to its employees, volunteers, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information for the legitimate business and stated mission of Northwestern University, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Our Northwestern, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Other than to its employees, volunteers, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Northwestern University discloses potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Northwestern University believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Northwestern University, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of Our Northwestern and have supplied your email address, Northwestern University may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Northwestern University and our services. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Northwestern University takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information obtained through Our Northwestern.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Northwestern University uses cookies to help Northwestern University identify and track visitors, their usage of the Our Northwestern website, and their website access preferences. Northwestern University visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Northwestern University’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Our Northwestern may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Northwestern University may change its Privacy Policy for Our Northwestern from time to time, and in Northwestern University’s sole discretion. Northwestern University encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy for Our Northwestern. If you have an Our Northwestern account, you should also check the Our Northwestern homepage for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy for Our Northwestern will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change log:

Not applicable at this time.