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North Central Michigan College Privacy Policy


North Central Michigan College is committed to protecting the privacy and personal information of students, staff, and visitors. This privacy policy is provided to inform you of what personally identifiable information might be collected from you when you visit one of North Central’s websites or use contracted online partner services.


Information collected about you

As industry standard practices, North Central’s websites can collect information, such as:

  • Computer and Internet Provider Information
    Web servers automatically recognize a user’s domain, internet service provider, web browser and operating system. Servers also log and collect records of page usage. North Central aggregates this non-personally identifiable information for research used to improve site design, delivery, and content.
  • Cookies
    To personalize and enhance your experience, some websites use cookies, which are text files that your web browser places on your computer’s hard drive to store your preferences. North Central does not store personally identifiable information within the cookie file.
  • Surveys & Forms
    North Central collects information through various online surveys and forms to provide services and help guide improvement efforts. Delivery of online forms and surveys may be offered by third-party providers, but those providers are contractually required to honor North Central’s commitment to privacy, as well as be in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Data collected from surveys may be shared with external third parties in ways that do not compromise privacy.
  • Online payment / e-commerce
    North Central websites and its partners may enable the ability to pay for products and services online. North Central requires that these transactions are secure and that any confidential information one provides through the transaction is used solely for the purposes of that transaction, unless an additional use is clearly stated.


How Information is Used

North Central utilizes and protects student and website user information as required by law.

  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
    As a public institution, some information collected through our website may be subject to release under the provisions of the FOIA.
  • Directory Information
    North Central may publish directory information (such as name, address, and phone number) consistent with FERPA regulations. Students who do not wish for their information to be published in such a directory may contact the Registrar to elect to not have their information published.
  • Federal and state legislation compliance
    In compliance with federal and state legislation, North Central retains the right to release both personally identifiable and collected information to state and federal agencies as required.

Public Forums

North Central may provide public areas for comment, such as discussion forums, chat, social media channels, and message boards. Information a user discloses in such an area may become public information and such information could be logged. North Central encourages users to exercise caution when deciding to disclose personal information in public forums.

Data Protection & Security

North Central has put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard against unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use any information collected. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, there is always a risk that third parties may unlawfully intercept or gain access to information. This is a reality associated with all internet use. As a result, North Central cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit, and you transmit all information at your own risk.

Consent to Data Use

By using our web site and provided services, you consent to the collection and use of your information by North Central Michigan College as described in this policy. If this policy is updated, those changes will be posted on this page so you will always be aware of what information is collected, how it is used, and under what circumstances it might be disclosed.

Questions About this Privacy Policy

Questions about this privacy policy, the content or practices of our website or partners,  contact the college at:


North Central Michigan College

1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770