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Website Privacy Statement

Grinnell College is committed to protecting your privacy. Any information you voluntarily provide to us such as email address, name, or phone number through a College website will never be sold or traded to other colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, or businesses.

Information gathered automatically

Each time you visit Grinnell.edu or affiliated properties or open an email from the College, web analytical information is automatically gathered. Examples of web analytical information include, but are not limited to:

  • IP address
  • Collection date
  • Publisher name
  • Connection speed
  • Day of week, time of day (hour)
  • Language settings
  • Country, state, designated market area (DMA), city (relating to IP address, if available)
  • Web pages viewed
  • Email clicks or other actions taken

This web analytical information may be linked with voluntarily-provided personal information to accomplish the following purposes:

  • To provide requested products and services
  • To respond to your inquiries and provide customer support
  • For our internal marketing purposes, which include, but are not limited to, sending you material about products, services, updates, etc. that we think may be of interest to you
  • To analyze how sites and services are being accessed and used
  • For investigation of information security and information asset protection-related incidents
  • To test, correct and improve our content, applications and services
  • To develop new applications, products and services
  • To improve site and service performance and delivery

Unless you take steps to browse the Internet anonymously, or opt-out, Grinnell College, similar to most institutions and organizations on the Internet, tracks web browsing patterns to inform understanding of how our sites are being used. Generic information is collected through the use of "cookies," which are text files placed on your computer, to evaluate usage patterns so that we can improve both content and distribution. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, doing so may prevent you from using the full functionality of all of our websites.

Some sections of College-owned websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how users use our sites. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website includes your IP address. This information will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

 In addition to the standard Google Analytics setup, Grinnell College has implemented Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. We have minimal control over the code that is provided to us by Google.  Grinnell College does not receive personally identifiable information from the use of Google Analytics.  The information we do receive is provided in aggregate form and used to improve the content of this website.

Please visit the following pages for more information on Google Analytics terms of use and Google's privacy practices.

To opt-out of Google web traffic data collection you may alter your browser settings to refuse the use of cookies.  However please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. If you are visiting this site using a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how to manage cookies. Google also provides the following option to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking.

Information you provide to us

To communicate effectively with visitors to our website, we may ask you for personally-identifiable information that can include, by way of illustration, name, email address or phone number. Grinnell College will never sell or trade personally-identifiable information you voluntarily provide to us such as name, email address or phone number, to other colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, or businesses unless one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • We have your consent to share the information.
  • We are sharing such information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal processes

Applicant data

Applicant information may be used by Grinnell College faculty and staff (including temporary and student workers and volunteers) for admissions-related processes such as collecting application materials, reviewing applications, and communicating with applicants and prospective applicants regarding Grinnell College, the admissions process, and their status. It also may be used for institutional research.

Applicant information may be shared with an approved external entity such as a contractor or agent, for the purposes of advancing the College’s admissions process when that entity has strong measures in place to protect the privacy and security of applicant data.

External links

Some Grinnell College websites may contain links to external websites not owned by, or officially affiliated with, Grinnell College in any way. Grinnell College is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.


Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer (unless you block them). We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

Third-Party Cookies

Cookies may be set by an organization other than Grinnell.edu. These “third-party cookies” may, for example, originate from websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or other social media services for which Grinnell.edu has implemented “plug-ins.” Since the cookie policies of these sites change over time, you should determine their policies by visiting the privacy policy pages of these sites directly.

You may disable cookies through your individual browser options. If you would like to learn more about cookies please refer to the following website: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

User Generated Content (Including Comments and Profiles)

We may offer opportunities for you to engage in discussions on Grinnell.edu, including submitting comments and replies on selected news stories. Any information you disclose in your submission of comments, including name, email, website, and the comment itself is property of Grinnell College and visible on internal servers. Additionally, information regarding name and comments shall be public on the site once a comment or reply is approved for submission on the website. Comments are up to the discretion and approval of Grinnell College moderators.

Grinnell College reserves the right to reject or remove thereafter any content from appearing on its site.

User Generated Content Terms of Use

You shall not upload to, or distribute or otherwise publish on to the Grinnell College website any libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise illegal material; any comment deemed to contain any of the above following. You agree that you will not deliberately disrupt discussions with repetitive messages, meaningless messages or "spam.” You agree not to use language that abuses or discriminates on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual preference, age, region, disability, etc. You may not impersonate another user or a Grinnell College faculty or staff member by choosing a similar screen name. You must disclose conflicts of interest. Any comments deemed containing the above will not be approved for distribution or, if approved, will removed thereafter.
You acknowledge that any submissions you make to the site (i.e., user-generated comments [each, a "Submission"]) may be edited, removed, modified, published, and displayed on the Grinnell.edu website and you waive any rights you may have in having the material altered or changed in a manner not agreeable to you. Submissions made to the site may also be included in our RSS feeds, APIs and made available for republishing through other formats.

Grinnell College reserves the right to delete, move, or edit submissions that it deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.

By making a submission, you are consenting to its display and publication on the site and in the services and for related online uses.

When you share or recommend (with or without adding your own comments) any articles or content from the Services to your Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ profile, that action is governed by their respective Privacy Policies.

Site Access

Grinnell College may terminate your account or access rights to College websites at any time, without notice, for conduct that the College believes violates this agreement or other policies or guidelines. Grinnell may terminate your account or your access rights to the websites for online conduct that the College believes is harmful to other users, to College business, or to other information providers.

Information Protection

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information we gather about you, we have taken commercially reasonable steps to protect the information. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure.

Changes to this Statement

This Privacy Statement may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page.