Web Privacy Statement
Houston Christian University (HCU) is devoted to safeguarding the privacy of personal information; however at times we may share information gathered from our web servers. Since we are a private institution, some information collected from this web site, including summary server log information, emails and information collected from web-based form, may be subject to public information requests under the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA). This means that while we do not share information, in some instances we may be required by Open Records law to discharge information.
Student directory information is routinely requested by vendors through the TPIA. Students have the option of excluding their personal information from the directory during registration.
HCU fully complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which disallows the release of educational records without the student’s consent.
The HCU web consists of several web servers. Some servers hosted by HCU may embrace different privacy statements as their specific needs require. If another HCU web server has a privacy statement that is different from this statement, that policy will be posted on their site. The HCU web site encompasses links to external web sites; however HCU is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of external web links.
Information We Gather
The following information is collected and stored automatically from all users accessing the HCU web site to browse or download information:
- Internet address of computer being used
- Web pages requested
- Referring web page
- Date and time
- Type of web browser being used
This information is used to create summary statistics which are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest to users, determining technical specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. This information is not reported or used in any means that would disclose personally identifiable information, and will not be released to outside third parties unless legally obligated.
Terms and Conditions of Use
- Acceptance of terms and use and amendments
- Your responsibilities and registration obligations
- Registration and password
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and you will be responsible for all usage of your user account and/or user name, whether authorized or not authorized by you. You agree to immediately notify HCU of any unauthorized use of your user account, user name or password.
- Disclaimer of Warranties
You understand and agree that your use of this web site and of any services or content provided (the “service”) is at your own risk. Services and content are provided to you “as is,” and HCU expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, either implied or expressed, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. HCU makes no warranty, either implied or expressed, that any part of the service will be uninterrupted, error/virus-free, timely, secure, accurate, reliable, or of any quality, nor is it warranted either implicitly or expressly that any content is safe in any manner for download. You understand and agree that neither HCU nor any participant in the service provides professional advice of any kind and that any advice or any other information obtained via this web site may be used exclusively at your own risk and that HCU will not be held liable in any way.Some jurisdictions may not allow disclaimers of implied warranties, and certain statements in the above disclaimer may not apply to you as regards implied warranties; the other terms and conditions remain enforceable notwithstanding.
- Limitation of Liability
You specifically recognize and agree that HCU will not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages; this includes, but is not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if HCU has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from the following:
i. the use of services or the inability to use services,
ii. the cost of obtaining substitute goods and/or services resulting from any transaction entered into on through services,
iii. unauthorized access to or alteration of your data transmissions,
iv. statements by any third party or conduct of any third party using services, or
v. any other matter relating to services.
In some jurisdictions, it is not permitted to limit liability and, therefore, such limitations may not apply to you.