Privacy

Who We Are

Bethany Lutheran College is a private liberal arts college located in Mankato, Minnesota. Our web site address is https://www.blc.edu/. Our physical and mailing address is 700 Luther Dr., Mankato, MN 56001.

What Personal Data We Collect on BLC.edu and Why We Collect It

Bethany Lutheran College is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. Bethany Lutheran College collects information from our users ("you") at a number of different points on our web site. Whenever you are asked to provide personal information, we will tell you why the information is needed and who will use the information.

Third-party Services

We partner with third parties to provide specific services, such as form and payment processing. In connection with these services, we may share your name and other information about you that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. Before we send your information to a third party, we will tell you that we are about to do so and give you the opportunity to stop transmission of your information.

We have entered into privacy agreements with these parties stating that they are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Links

This web site contains links to other sites. Bethany Lutheran College is not responsible for the privacy policies of these sites. Links from our web site to other web sites will generally open in a new window. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of all web sites that collect personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
Bethany Lutheran College is not responsible for content on linked sites. This includes sites created by students, faculty, staff, or friends of Bethany Lutheran College.

Web Visitor Logs and Cookies

The Bethany web site automatically stores information about devices and users that connect to it. This includes your IP address, web browser and device information, and the pages visited on our site. This information is generally anonymous and is not associated with any personally identifying information unless you create or log in to a web site account or manually enter personal information into forms on the site. Your approximate geographic location, such as city or neighborhood, may be inferred from your IP address.

Bethany uses Google Analytics, AddThis, and similar third-party tracking tools to analyze traffic trends, measure marketing response rates, allow easy content sharing on social networks and other sites, and improve the content provided on our site. Those third-party services may collect information about you subject to their privacy policies. If you are logged in and have shared your personal information with those services, they may be able to associate your activity on the Bethany web site with your personal information. Using your web browser’s incognito, private browsing, and/or no-tracking modes when visiting the Bethany web site will significantly reduce the information that can be linked to you personally.

Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your device by our web site to aid in tracking visitor behavior across multiple sessions, keep account logins active, and remember user preferences. Login cookies expire when you sign out or after 2 days. Other cookies generally expire in 30 days or less.

Contact Forms

If you use a contact form on this site, we will ask for your name and email address and use it to send your message to the intended recipient. This information is not stored after your message is sent.

Event Registration, Information Request, Online Application, and Donation/Payment Forms

Forms on the site will request personal information such as your name, address, phone number, and email address needed to process your registration, request, or purchase. If you provide this information, it will be used to process your request and may be stored indefinitely.
If you subscribe to an email newsletter, we will ask for and store your email address while your subscription is active. We may use Constant Contact or Google Groups to send email newsletters and manage subscription information.

All payment forms on our site use third-party payment processors (PayPal, Stripe, or Vanco) which are subject to their respective privacy policies. Credit card and other financial information is NOT stored on or visible to Bethany Lutheran College servers. When completing payment forms, you may opt to have your credit card and other information stored by the third-party payment processor.

If you wish to apply for admission to the college, we require your Social Security Number in order to process your application. If you request a college transcript, we require a partial Social Security Number in order to process your request. If you request a personal Financial Aid estimate, we will request but do not require your personal and financial information in order to provide an accurate aid estimate.

Current Students, Faculty & Staff

If you are a current member of the student body, faculty, or staff of the college, your web account is already established. You can sign in using the same username and password as you do for computer and e-mail access at Bethany.

Unless students request otherwise, their name, photograph, and other personal information will be posted in a password-protected area of our web site. Only other Bethany students, faculty, and staff will be able to access this information. The office, phone number, job titles, and departments of Bethany faculty and staff will be posted in a public directory.

Information Security

We take every precaution to protect your personal information. All traffic on the Bethany web site is protected in transit with industry-standard SSL encryption.

While we use SSL encryption to protect your sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect your information offline. All of our users' personally identifiable information is restricted in our offices. Our employees have access only to that information which they require to provide a service to you. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices and strive to protect the confidentiality of your information. Also, the computers that store your information are located in a secure environment and regularly updated to include new electronic security measures.

Please remember that no employee of Bethany Lutheran College will ever ask you for your username or password, and you should not provide this information to anyone. Also, before sending sensitive personal information to Bethany, make sure that you are on a secured Bethany web page.

When selecting a password for your account, do not use the same password one used for accounts elsewhere.

What You Can Do

Updating Personal Information and Opting Out

If you would like us to update the personal information we have about you, or to remove from our databases all personally identifiable information about you, please contact us.

If you wish, you may tell us not to write to you, call you, and/or send e-mail to you by signing in to your account and opting out of these services.

You may also request to be removed from our mailing lists by sending a written request to: Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, MN 56001.

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our home page so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. In general, we will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected. If we wish to use information in accordance with the then-current privacy policy instead of that in effect when the information was collected, we will first obtain the approval of the individual to use the information in that manner.

If you have any questions about the security or privacy of your information on our web site, please send an email to the BLC web team.