Privacy Policy

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Harvard Divinity School website (www.hds.harvard.edu).

Information Gathering

Our web server software generates logfiles of the IP addresses of computers that access this website and of what files they access. These web server logs are retained on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems. 

We also collect information volunteered by visitors to this website, such as survey information and/or event registrations.

We may use cookies to maintain a user's identity between web sessions.

Use of Information

We use your IP address and files you access to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website by identifying (1) which parts of our site are most heavily used, and (2) which portion of our audience comes from within the Harvard network. We also use this information to tailor site content to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. At no time do we disclose site usage by individual visitors.

Harvard Divinity School also uses Google Analytics to gather statistics for some of its web pages. The information gathered is used to improve web services. Google Analytics uses a browser cookie for statistical analysis related to your browsing behavior on these websites. If you choose, you can opt out by turning off cookies in the preferences settings in your browser, or download and install Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/.

If you supply us with your postal or email addresses online, we will not share your information with commercial or other nonprofit organizations, and you will receive mailings only from Harvard University. If you do not wish to continue receiving such mailings, please let us know by sending email to us.

Security

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Contacting This Website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you may contact Susan Worst in the HDS Office of Information Technology and Media Services.

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

Effective Date

The effective date of this policy was August 28, 2006; revised August 5, 2011.