Occidental College Website Privacy Statement

The web sites at Occidental College web site are provided to facilitate the exchange of information and the delivery of services among students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College community.

Occidental College is committed to ensuring the privacy and accuracy of your confidential information to the extent possible, subject to provisions of state and federal law. Other than as required by laws that guarantee public access to certain types of information, or in response to subpoenas or other legal instruments that authorize access, personally identifiable information is not actively shared. In particular, we do not re-distribute or sell personal information collected on our web servers.

By using the Site, you consent to the College’s collection and use of information about you in accordance with this Privacy Statement. This Statement is part of the policy that governs your use of the Site, so please read the entire Statement. If you do not accept the Privacy Statement, please do not use the College web sites.

Automatically Collected Information

When someone accesses Occidental College web sites, certain technical information is automatically collected. Examples of such information include the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using, the type of browser and operating system that you are using, web pages requested, referring web page, date and time of use. Occidental’s use of this information allows us to analyze trends and statistics to improve our Web site and your Web experience, and to troubleshoot problems. The information that is gathered automatically is kept for a short period of time and is not referenced to an individual unless a hacker is attempting to breach the computer security and an investigation must take place. In such cases, logs could be forwarded to law enforcement agencies.

Some Occidental College online activity sites may use "cookies". A "cookie" is a small text file that may be used, for example, to collect information about Web site activity in order to deliver web content specific to individual users' interests or to keep track of online purchasing transactions. Sensitive personal information is not stored within cookies. Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser.

Personal Information

You may also choose to provide the College with personal information such as name, address, email address, telephone number, education interests or credit card accounts through the web sites. Such information is created when you complete an online form. This information could include your name and address, as well as credit card information if you are conducting financial transactions with the College. When information is entered to complete a transaction, that information is only used for that transaction. Occidental College will never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the purpose described without a clear notice on the particular site and without also providing you with the option to consent to such use.
It is Occidental College’s policy to collect the least amount of personally identifiable information required to fulfill its required duties and responsibilities, to complete a particular transaction or as required by law. This policy applies to the collection of all personally identifiable information, regardless of the source or medium.

Children Under Age 13

Occidental College does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. In the event that the College learns that it has collected any personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, it will delete that information. If you are a parent or guardian and you believe that your child under age 13 may have provided personally identifiable information through the Occidental College web site, please contact

Third Party Services

On behalf of Occidental College, third parties may provide certain services available on the College’s web sites. Occidental College may provide information, including personal information, collected on the web to third-party service providers to help us deliver programs, products, information and services. Service providers are also an important means by which Occidental College maintains its web site and mailing lists. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that these third-party service providers are obligated to protect personal information on our behalf.

How To Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies and practices, please call us at 323-259-2880 or send us an e-mail at helpdesk@oxy.edu. If you prefer not to provide any information to the College online, you may cancel the transaction and contact the administrative unit responsible for the service to learn about available options for conducting business in person, by mail or by telephone. If you wish to review or change information gathered about you via an official Occidental College web site but you do not know how, the College Helpdesk will assist in locating the persons responsible for that site so that you may make your request directly to them.

The information provided in this privacy statement should NOT be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or as warranting the security of information provided through this web site. Occidental College reserves the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any point in the future.