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Lower Columbia College Affirmative Action & Website Privacy Policies

Contact Us
To review your personal information, or request correction of your personal information contact:
Student Inquiries

Lisa Matye Edwards
Vice President of Student Success

360.442.2301
Fax: 360.442.2379
Employment Inquiries

Kendra Sprague, Director of Human Resources & Legal Affairs

360.442.2121
Fax: 360.442.2129

Affirmative Action Policy

English

It is the policy of Lower Columbia College to provide equal opportunity in education and employment regardless of sex, race, color, marital status, creed, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, religious preference or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability. Program responsibility for Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity is designated to Lisa Matye Edwards, Affirmative Action Officer. Her office is located in the Admissions Center, Room 159; her telephone number is; 360.442.2301. You may also contact Human Resource Services at 360.442.2120.

Spanish

La política de Lower Columbia College es proveer oportunidades iguales en la educación y el empleo sin tomar en cuenta sexo, etnicidad/raza, color, estado civil, credo, edad, origen nacional, orientación sexual, estado militar, preferencia religiosa, o la presencia de cualquier incapacidad. La responsibilidad por el programa de Acción Afirmativa e Igualdad de Oportunidad está designada a Lisa Matye Edwards, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa. Su oficina está en Admissions Center, Cuarto 159, y su teléfono es (360) 442-2301. Se puede llamar también Human Resource Services, 360.442.2120.

Website Privacy Policies

This statement addresses collection, use, and security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of Lower Columbia College website. This Policy covers the following topics:

Information Collected and How it is Used

Information collected if you only browse this site

If you do nothing during your visit to our website but browse, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider (for example, xcompany.com or yourschool.edu)
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used
  3. The date and time you visited this site
  4. Web pages or services you accessed at this site
  5. The website you visited prior to coming to this website

The information we automatically collect or store is logged and used by Lower Columbia College only to improve the content of our Web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. Lower Columbia College analyzes the website logs to determine how our website is being used, so that we may continually improve the site's usefulness to the public.

What we collect if you volunteer information

If during your visit to our website you participate in a survey, send an e-mail, or perform some other transaction on-line, the following additional information will be collected:

  1. The e-mail address, and contents of e-mail, for those who communicate with us via e-mail.
  2. Information volunteered in response to a survey.
  3. Information volunteered through an on-line 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 use your e-mail to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you may identify, to further improve our website, or to forward the e-mail to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information is used for research and enhancement purposes. Information from other online forms is used fulfill requests for information and/or services.

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Personal Information and Choice

You may choose whether to provide personal information online.

“Personal information” is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.

We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us e-mail, participating in a survey, or completing an on-line form. You may choose not to contact us by e-mail, participate in a survey or to provide any personal information using an online form. Your choice to not participate in these activities will not impair your ability to browse LCC's site and read or download any information provided on the site.

If personal information is requested on the website or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you should contact the college. (See contact information.)

Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children online or by e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.

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Public Access to Information

In the State Of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.

All of the information collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in law exists. Statue RCW 42.56. 070 states that:

Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of *subsection (6) of this section, this chapter, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by this chapter, an agency shall delete identifying details in a manner consistent with this chapter when it makes available or publishes any public record; however, in each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully in writing.

In the event of a conflict between this Website Privacy Policies and the Public Records Act or other law governing the agency’s disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

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Nondisclosure of Certain Personal Information

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to provide the following services online:

  1. Pay tuition and fees using a credit or debit card
  2. Perform a degree audit of your records
  3. Obtain your financial aid status
  4. Allow you to view and copy course enrollment and payment information required in order to provide you with the tax information needed for compliance with the Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements
  5. Register for classes
  6. Obtain your registration appointment
  7. Check requisites while using schedule planner
  8. Change your address
  9. Change your Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  10. View your quarterly schedule of classes
  11. View your unofficial transcript

The following laws and regulations may prevent Lower Columbia College from disclosing the personal information about you except for directory information. Only directory information can be released without student's authorization. Students must sign a release in order to have any other information disclosed or to withhold all information. Education information may be released to other institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. Information may be released to a third party without student's consent if an emergency situation exists or if information is requested officially by means of a subpoena, court order or legal report. Additionally, Congress requires student information to be released to military recruiters if officially requested. Directory information may include student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major fields of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information.

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
    Section 438, Public Law 90-247 Title IV, as amended, 88 Stat 571-574 (20 USC 1232g) otherwise known as the Buckley Amendment Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • RCW 42.56.210 (a) and (ss) exempts the following from public inspection and copying: (a) Personal information in any files maintained for students in public schools, patients or clients of public institutions or public health agencies, or welfare recipients; (ss) Credit card numbers, debit card numbers, electronic check numbers, card expiration dates, or bank or other financial account numbers supplied to an agency for the purpose of electronic transfer of funds, except when disclosure is expressly required by law.

1. Pay tuition and fees using a credit or debit card

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to pay tuition and fees over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identify and to verify your credit card number and expiration date. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to apply tuition and fee payment over the Web, and you will have to pay your tuition and fees in person.

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2. Perform a degree audit of your records

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to perform a degree audit of your records over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to display a degree audit of your records over the Web, and you will have to request a degree audit in person.

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3. Obtain your financial aid status

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to obtain your financial aid status over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to give you your financial aid status over the Web, and you will have to obtain this information in person.

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4. Allow you to view and copy course enrollment and payment information required in order to provide you with the tax information needed for compliance with the Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements.

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to allow you to view and copy course enrollment and payment information. The information is required in order to provide you with the tax information needed for compliance with the Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements for the American Opportunity Tax Credit (previously the Hope Tax Credit). You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it, we will be unable to display your enrollment and payment information and you will have to obtain a copy of your enrollment and payment records either in person.

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5. Register for classes

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to register for classes over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it you will be unable to register for classes over the Web, and you will have to register for classes in person.

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6. Obtain your registration appointment

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to obtain your registration appointment information over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to display your registration appointment information over the Web, and you will have to obtain your registration appointment information address in person.

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7. Check requisites while using schedule planner

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to check requisites while using schedule planner. The information is required in order to access your academic and testing records. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to verify your eligibility for enrollment into certain classes and you may be blocked from enrolling into those classes.

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8. Change your address

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to change your address over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to change your address over the Web, and you will have to change your address in person.

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9. Change your Personal Identification Number(PIN)

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to change your personal identification number over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to change your PIN over the Web, and you will have to change your PIN in person.

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10. View your quarterly schedule of classes

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to view your quarterly schedule. The information is required in order to verify you identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to display your quarterly schedule over the Web, and you will have to obtain a copy of your quarterly schedule in person.

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11. View your unofficial transcript

Lower Columbia College may require you to provide certain personal information in order to view your unofficial transcript over the Web. The information is required in order to verify your identity. You may choose not to provide this information, but if you choose not to provide it we will be unable to display your unofficial transcript over the Web, and you will have to view your unofficial transcript in person.

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Review and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information

You can review any personally identifiable information Lower Columbia College collects about you by using the Contact Information at the end of this Policy. You may recommend changes to your personally identifiable information you believe to be inaccurate by submitting a written request that credibly shows the inaccuracy. We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections (RCW 43.105.310).

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Cookies

To better serve our users, we are now using "cookies" to customize your browsing experience with http://lowercolumbia.edu. Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by your Web browser.

Cookies created on your computer by using this website do not contain personally identifying information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature to store the following information on your computer:

  • Session login information
  • Limited personal information, such as name

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Security

Lower Columbia College, as developer and manager of http://lowercolumbia.edu, has taken steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained by Lower Columbia College. 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 private information in our possession.

This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via Lower Columbia College websites.

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Disclaimer

The Lower Columbia College website has many links to other websites. These include links to websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on the Lower Columbia College website and these Website Privacy Policies will not apply. When you link to another website, you are subject to the website privacy policies of that new site.

Neither the State of Washington, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Washington warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses 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 that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.

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