University of Miami
Blackboard Course Web Site System
Thank you for visiting the University of Miami Blackboard Course Web Site System. Your privacy is very important to us. This Privacy
Statement describes how we collect, use and/or share information gathered
by our websites.
When you visit our websites, some information is collected
electronically or by technology. For example, our log files maintain
a record of who accessed the system and to varying degrees what they
did on it. Identification may be by IP address (a unique identifier
assigned to each computer on the Internet) and user name. Information
within course sites can provide instructors with details of who has
accessed the site, when the access took place, and what areas were accessed.
Instructors have the option, when posting documents, to track who and
when those documents have been viewed.
Our website uses a cookie to provide
a continuous session. A cookie is a collection of information stored
on your computer that usually includes a username and the current date
and time or other user specific information. The session cookie for
Blackboard is stored in memory, not on your computer. Your web browser
(Netscape, Explorer, etc) allows you to be warned when cookies are being
placed on your computer or to refuse all cookies. Not accepting or disabling
cookies from our websites will prevent you from accessing our website.
Accounts are automatically created
for every student and employee at the University of Miami. Information provided when creating the accounts, and therefore available
on this system, includes full name, UM E-mail alias, birth date, UM
ID number, and course enrollments.
In addition to information collected by technology, some parts of our
websites may ask you to provide personal information. You will know
when you are sharing personal information with us because you will need
to send a message, fill out a form or answer questions, and then submit
this information to us. If you provide personal information to us, the
information will be available to individuals managing your courses site
and to system managers. The information will not be shared with other
users or people other than those managing your course.
Our site uses on-line assessments.
The results are stored on the server and made available to those people
managing your course site as well as to system managers. The system
is managed by individuals at the University of Miami as well as hosted by Blackboard, Inc.
Some of the information we collect
or that you provide may be saved for a designated for an indefinite
period of time, but we will not disclose the information to third parties
or government agencies, unless required to do so by state or federal
law, in support of University sponsored programs or activities, or to
protect the integrity, safety, and security of our websites (see below
for information about how to update or limit viewing of your information).
Contained on Our Websites
Course Web sites may contain links to other non-University of Miami sites. The University of Miami is not responsible for the privacy practices and/or
the content of such websites. Please be sure to check the individual
privacy policies of those sites. The University of Miami is also not responsible for the privacy practices and/or content of
the University of Miami's business partners and/or their websites, even if the University of Miami's brand appears on their page. The University of Miami is not responsible for any information collected by such websites.
Course Web sites may make forums, message boards, e-mail systems, and
other communication services available to you. Please remember that
any information that is disclosed by you or others in these areas may
be viewable by other members of your class and thus becomes public information.
You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal
information in these or other similar areas of our websites.
The University of Miami does not knowingly collect online contact information
from children under 13 years of age without prior parental consent or
parental notification, which will include an opportunity for the parent
to prevent use of the information and/or participation in the activity.
In the absence of prior parental consent, online information will only
be used to respond directly to the child's request. Such information
will not be used for other purposes without prior parental consent.
We do not distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information
without prior parental consent. We do not give the ability to publicly
post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information
without prior parental consent. We do not offer special games, prizes
or other activities, to entice users to divulge more information than
is needed to participate in the activity. We will, however, provide
personal information collected about children if required by law, for
example, to comply with a court order or a subpoena, or to protect the
integrity, safety and security of our websites.
Course Web sites provide full information to those people managing your
course site, but can limit access to your information from other students.
Students may not opt out of receiving e-mail messages from the people
managing their course Web sites.
The Blackboard system uses your
privacy settings specified through the Registrarís office or on EASY
to control whether you receive e-mail from other students and whether
other students can view your e-mail address in the Course Roster, if
a decision is made by the people managing your course site to make this
information available. To change your privacy setting, go to EASY at
and make the change, or contact the Registrarís office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information provided by other systems, including the UM Registration
System for students and the Human Resources system for faculty and employees,
should be corrected on those systems by going to EASY at http://www.miami.edu/easy,
or by contacting the Registrarís office at email@example.com
or 305-284-2294 for students, Faculty Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-284-3386
for faculty, or the Human Resources office at email@example.com or 305-284-3798 for employees . The changes will be updated on the Blackboard system through daily
To change or modify information
provided directly to the Blackboard course Web site system, contact
either your instructor, if the information is within a specific course
site, or the Blackboard System Manager, listed below.
to Contact Us
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices
of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact the
Blackboard System Manager.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
May 27, 2003