Online Privacy Policy

How we use website data


Thank you for visiting our website and reviewing this Online Privacy Statement. This Privacy Statement explains what we do with data collected as a result of your visit to this website. It also describes several state and federal laws that apply to personally identifiable information that you might provide in the course of navigating this site.


Data Collection and Use

Information collected if you only browse this site
When you browse this website, we may gather and store certain information about your visit. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

1. The Internet domain and network address you use to access our site;
2. The type of web browser and operating system you are using;
3. The date and time of your visit;
4. The pages you visit on this website;
5. The last website you visited before coming to ours; and
6. Other web traffic statistics such as Google Analytics or Piwik Analytics.

The information we automatically collect is saved and used by the College to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our services.

Information collected if you volunteer information
If during your visit to our website you participate in a survey, send us an email, or perform some other transaction online, the following additional information may be collected:

1. Your email address and contents of the email.
2. Information volunteered in response to a survey.
3. Information volunteered through an online form for any other purpose.

The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us. We will not usually ask for or collect this kind of information from the general public through this website.

Emails you send to us may be used to respond to issues and to further improve our services. We may forward your email to another agency or a vendor for appropriate action.

The records retention schedules published by the State Archives require us to keep this information only so long as it is useful, and then destroy it; these schedules change from time to time.


User Tracking and Customization of Pages

To better serve our users, we use a variety of indicators to customize your browsing experience with this website, including “cookies.” If you use your browser settings to opt to block all cookies in the settings to your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome or Firefox), (including essential cookies) this could affect the availability and functionality of this website. We only have control over indicators we provide and not over third party tools or other technologies deployed on this website that may be created by using embedded third party applications.


Personal Information

Personally identifiable information (“PII”) means information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as your name, address and phone number.

We will not collect PII about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us email, or completing an online form or survey. You may choose not to contact us by email or to provide any PII using an online form or survey. Your choice to not participate in these activities will not restrict or impair your ability to use our site and read or download any information provided on the site. If you choose to provide PII by emailing us, participating in a survey, or completing an online form, we may store this information.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) governs online information gathering from or about children under the age of 13. We are especially concerned about protecting children's privacy and do not knowingly collect personal information from children or minors as defined by COPPA on our website. Under COPPA, parental consent is required to collect, use or disclose personally identifiable information about a child under the age of 13.

If you have questions about how we use your personally identifiable information, you can contact the College as shown in the Contact Information section of this statement.

Public Access to Information

Columbia Basin College is an agency of the State of Washington, therefore, our records are governed by federal and state laws, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA); 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99; and Washington’s Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). Information you send to us may become a public record, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not otherwise protected from disclosure by federal or state law. Please see Access to Public Records for further information on Public Records.

In the event of a conflict between this On-line Privacy Statement and the Public Records Act or other law governing the College’s disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.



Rights Regarding Your Data

You may have additional rights under applicable laws to request access to, erasure, correction or transfer of your data. For example, State law requires agencies that collect personally identifiable information to provide “procedures for correcting inaccurate information, including establishing mechanisms for individuals to review information about them and recommend changes in information they believe to be inaccurate.” (RCW 43.105.365).

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) provides certain rights to persons who were/are residing in the European Union when their data were/are collected to request access to, correct, erase, or transfer their data.

To the extent allowed by law, you may also withdraw consent you have given to certain data processing, without penalty. Your withdrawal will not affect the legality of the processing of your data up to the date on which you withdraw your consent.

You can access any personally identifiable information we collect about you by using the information in the Contact Information section of this page. We will do our best to correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information if you send us a written request that clearly shows the error. We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.


The College has taken steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained by us. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of information in our possession.


The State of Washington, Columbia Basin College, its officers, and employees neither warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorse any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity who relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.

Our website contains links to other websites. These include links to websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses, including but not limited to the websites of our vendors. When you follow a link to another site, you are no longer on our website and this On-line Privacy Statement will not apply-- you will be subject to the privacy terms of that new site.

Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Washington, Columbia Basin College, or its officers, employees or agents.

We reserve the right to revise and update this Online Privacy Statement at any time without notice by posting the revision on our site.


A network address is assigned to your computer or mobile device whenever you are using the Internet. Network addresses can be IP address like this: or like this: fc00:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:/7 or Ethernet addresses like this 00:00:00:FF:EE:11.

Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive or in your device memory when you visit a website. Cookies and similar technologies are widely used by websites to make them work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the website operator about how users are using their website. Most browsers allow you to block cookies by adjusting the “settings,” “preferences” or “internet options.” To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please refer to your browser ‘help’ section, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s explanation on its website, or the Washington State privacy resources website.

If you have questions about how we use your personally identifiable information, you can contact the College by using the information in the Contact section at the bottom of this page.

Last updated July 2019.


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