UHS Privacy Notice
University of Houston System
Scope of Privacy Notice
This Privacy Notice applies to information that we collect when you visit the websites in the domains of the University of Houston System (www.uhsystem.edu), University of Houston (www.uh.edu), University of Houston – Clear Lake (www.uhcl.edu), University of Houston – Downtown (www.uhd.edu), and University of Houston – Victoria (www.uhv.edu) (collectively and individually referred to as “University,” “we” or “us”) and other websites that we own or control and link or refer to this Privacy Notice (together, the “Sites”), as well as to the information that we collect from you when you provide us information through the mail, over the phone, or other method outside of the Sites, mobile applications and services.Unless otherwise indicated on a specific Site, the University is the data controller for all information collected under this Notice. Contact information for the University’s Privacy Officer is listed at the end of this Notice.
Personal Information We Collect and Process:
When you access or use the Sites or interact with us, we may collect and process the following types of information about you:
“Personal Information” is any information that we can reasonably use to identify you. If you are located in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), Personal Information includes all Personal Data as defined under EEA laws.
“Sensitive Personal Information” includes special categories of Personal Information (e.g., racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health, and data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation) for which applicable law provides enhanced protections.The table below describes in most cases the Personal Information and Sensitive Personal Information that we collect, why we collect it, and our legal basis for processing it.
|Purposes of Processing||Categories of Personal Information||Legal Basis|
|As part of the undergraduate and graduate admissions process, we collect applicant Personal Information to evaluate applications. We also may obtain Personal Information from third parties, such as other schools, references, family members, and education partners (e.g., The Common Application, Inc., Law School Admissions Council, The College Board, etc.) as part of an application package.||Name, address, contact details, race/ethnicity, demographic information, educational history, reference, photographs, letters, PeopleSoft ID, and other relevant information as part of the application package.||
Legitimate Interest: Personal Information collected through the graduate or undergraduate application is necessary to evaluate candidates for admissions and for our internal statistical and analytics purposes
Consent: Processing of Sensitive Personal Information for purposes stated above
Contract: If a contract is involved, processing will be handled for purposes stated aboveLegal Requirement: Personal Information and Sensitive Information are processed and maintained as required by law
|To process financial aid and scholarship applications and awards||Name, address, contact details, demographic information, salary history, PeopleSoft ID, tax forms and other relevant information to evaluate financial aid/scholarship eligibility and opportunities.||
Personal Information collected through the financial aid application is necessary to evaluate whether the applicant is eligible to receive financial aid/scholarships
Consent: Processing of Sensitive Personal Information for purposes stated above
Contract: to process Personal Information and Sensitive Information pursuant to contractLegal Requirement: Personal Information and Sensitive Information are processed and maintained as required by law
|To support course registration and academic matters, such as coursework, test results, grading; to investigate claims of academic misconduct||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, contact information||
Legitimate Interest:Personal Information collected for matriculated students, staff, faculty and members of the public, as appropriate for the course, to enroll in courses or classes, and administer academic matters
|To process requests for housing and dining services||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, contact information, dietary restrictions, special interests||
Personal Information collected to facilitate housing requests and for available meal plans
Consent: Processing of Sensitive Information for purposes stated aboveContract: Processing Personal Information pursuant to contract
|To provide online training and distance educational programs||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, contact information, demographic information||
To facilitate provision of education courses to matriculated students, staff, faculty and members of the public, as appropriate for the course
|For research purposes, to recruit, screen, and enroll individuals as research subjects, conduct clinical studies, and/or process data or biological samples from individuals||Name, contact/demographic information, other personal data as necessary for the research protocol, such as health information, data and/or biological samples||
Legitimate Interest: To conduct human subjects research
Consent: Written consent requirements approved by University IRB for specific research projectsContract: To examine, evaluate, and analyze in compliance with research contracts and awards
|To establish and conduct collaborations with external scientists or companies for research purposes||Name, contact information, demographics and credentials of scientist collaborating with the University||
Legitimate Interest: To establish and collaborate on research and enter into intellectual property (IP)/licensing agreementsContract: Establishment of research contracts/awards and IP agreements
|To recruit students for athletics teams, provide athletic scholarships, administer athletics programs||Name, Campus ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, demographic information, health information, sport statistics||
Legitimate Interest: To recruit and coach student athletes, provide academic support services, provide and administer athletic scholarships, provide dietary and nutritional education, health care, training and sports medicine services
Consent: Upon written consent from the individual, for the purposes stated aboveContract: To provide athletic scholarships and administer athletics programs as required by contract
|To provide student outreach and support services, including but not limited to reasonable accommodations, health services, tutoring, counseling and other assistance as needed||Name, Campus ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, demographic information, health information; other sensitive information||
Legitimate Interest: To facilitate student academic achievement; provide health services, tutoring, counseling and other assistance as needed
Consent: Upon written consent from the individual, Sensitive Information will be processed for the purposes stated aboveLegal Requirement: Sensitive Information will processed to provide reasonable accommodations
|To process employment applications||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, demographic information, resumes||Legitimate Interest: For individuals interested in employment opportunities, processing applications|
|To enroll in wellness programs||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, health information||
Legitimate Interest: For eligible individuals interested in participating in a variety of wellness programs, courses, activities, facilitate enrollment and communications about the programsContract: If there is a contract for participation in wellness programs, Personal Information is processed pursuant to that contract
|To administer employment activities of University faculty, staff and student workers||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, contact information, demographic information, dependent information, financial information, employment records, photographs, health information||
Legitimate Interest: To comply with legal requirements, administer payroll and benefits, provide reasonable accommodations, administer FMLA and sick leave policies, improve hiring practices, for regulatory reporting and auditing and other University processes and functions
Consent: Sensitive information will be processed for the purposes provided aboveLegal Requirement: Sensitive Information will be processed to provide reasonable accommodations and to administer FMLA and sick leave policies
|To process visa applications for incoming student, staff and faculty from overseas||Name, demographic information, financial information, passport number||Legal Requirement|
|For marketing purposes and donations, and to process requests for brochures and other information||Name, contact information, financial information, payment information||Legitimate Interest: To collect and process donations/gifts and donor information, to send brochures or other requested information|
|To process payments such as tuition and other student fees, parking passes and permits, event registrations and tickets to events||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID (if applicable), contact information, payment information||
Legitimate Interest: To receive and process payments for tuition, fees, parking, and to register and receive payments for sports, cultural, educational and other University
eventsContract: To process registration and payment for the purposes stated above
|To submit requests for services (e.g., IT technical help, chat line, etc.)||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, contact information||
Legitimate Interest: To process service requests from students, staff and facultyContract: If there is a contract that governs your use of such services, Personal Information is processed pursuant to that contract
|Website account registration||Name, contact information, alumni status||Legitimate Interest: For websites that require registration for access, to facilitate the registration|
|Travel administration||Name, Campus AD ID, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, contact information, passport number, loyalty membership information, emergency contacts||
Legitimate Interest: To facilitate travel arrangements and coordination for students and affiliated travelers through University programsContract: If there is a contract that governs your use of travel sites, Personal Information is processed pursuant to that contract
|To investigate claims of discrimination/harassment||Name, contact information, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, other personal data if applicable -- age, demographic information, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, health data, sexual orientation, and salary and other employment history||
Legitimate interest: To investigate claims and complaints of discrimination/harassment
Consent: Claimant information will be processed for the purposes stated aboveLegal Requirement
|For safety, risk management purposes||Name, address, contact information, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, age, health information, and other information as necessary to achieve purposes.||
Legitimate Interest: To provide a safe, secure campus, provide occupational and environmental safety, to investigate suspected criminal activity, to evaluate workers compensation and injury claimsLegal Requirement
|To receive, investigate, and resolve claims of misconduct and/or violation of University policies; to conduct disciplinary proceedings||Name, address, contact information, PeopleSoft ID and/or Banner ID, age, health information, and other information as necessary to achieve purposes.||
Legitimate interest: To investigate claims and complaints of misconduct and violation of University policiesConsent: Claimant information will be processed for the purposes stated above
|To provide access to the official University app||Campus AD ID, location||
Legitimate Interest: To provide access to information available through the University mobile application. To provide notifications through the University mobile applicationConsent: Upon written consent from the individual to use the mobile app
A cookie is a file designed to contain a small amount of user and website information stored on a user’s computer. The file interacts with the user and the website to provide a webpage tailored to the user through its awareness of information held within the file.
Cookies also have the ability to carry all or parts of the information stored within the file to other websites that the user may visit or to third parties.
Types of Cookies
A third-party cookie is placed by a domain other than that of the website the user is visiting.
A session cookie is temporary, linking the actions of a user during the any given browser session. When the browser is closed, the cookie is deleted.
A permanent cookie, also known as a persistent cookie, is stored for a specific period of time and activates each time the user visits the website that created the cookie.
We use third-party, session and persistent cookies and similar technology to collect aggregate (non-personal) information about Sites usage by all of our visitors and to help us remember you and your preferences when you revisit the Sites. These cookies may stay on your browser into the future until they expire or you delete them. We also use technology to remember you the next time you log in. Some of these cookies are erased when you close your browser window and some persist for a period of time. Further general information about cookies and how they work is available at www.allaboutcookies.org.
We may allow selected third parties to place cookies through the Sites to provide us with better insights into the use of the Sites or user demographics or to provide relevant advertising to you. These third parties may collect information about a user’s online activities over time and across different websites when he or she uses our Sites.
The cookies used on our Sites may include, but are not limited to, the following:
These cookies expire when the browser is closed. The purpose of these cookies is to temporarily retain information related to the user’s visit to a Site, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the Site, and what pages have been loaded.
These cookies remain in operation, even when the browser is closed. The purpose of these cookies is to retain information to help the user avoid retyping data.
Third parties install these cookies to collect certain information for statistical purposes and conducting research into behavior, demographics, and similar topics about our users.
These cookies help us understand how our visitors engage with our Sites. These cookies collect information and report website usage statistics. Some of these cookies are used to see how people use our Sites, which helps us improve it.
These cookies allow our Sites to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks for you, such as your preferred language or the region you are in. For instance, by remembering your region, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news. These cookies can also assist you in changing text size, font, and other parts of web pages that you can personalize. Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less functional but should not prevent it from working.
We use security cookies to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and protect user data from unauthorized parties.
Some of these cookies may collect the request made by your browser to the server hosting the website which includes the IP address, the date and time of connection and the page you ask for. We use this information to ensure the security of our Sites.
Some of these cookies help make the Sites work and deliver services that the website visitor expects, like navigating around web pages or accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, the Sites cannot function properly.
Adjusting Cookie Settings
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Safari – iOS
- Cookie settings in Safari – macOS
Some of our Sites engage in online interest-based advertising to enhance your experience and show you advertisements that might interest you. Like many organizations, we and our advertising partners display tailored interest-based advertising using information you make available to us when you interact with our Sites. Interest-based ads, also sometimes referred to as personalized or targeted ads, are displayed to you based on information from activities such as searching on our Sites or visiting websites that contain our content or ads. We do this using a variety of digital marketing networks and ad exchanges, and we use a range of advertising technologies like web beacons, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and mobile identifiers.
To learn more about interest-based ads or to opt-out of receiving third-party interest based ads, please visit http://optout.aboutads.info or www.youronlinechoices.eu. Please note that if you opt out of interest-based advertising, you will still see advertisements – they will just not be tailored to your interests. Also note that deleting browser cookies can remove the cookie preferences you have made, so you may need to opt-out again in the future.
International Transfer of Personal Information
If you live or provide us information from outside the United States, data protection laws in the United States may differ from those in your home country. Therefore, if you are a user from outside of the United States, by providing us with your Personal information, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to the United States, processed on servers in the United States, and handled in accordance with the applicable data protection laws, including the GDPR if you are located within the EEA. In certain instances, your Personal Information may be transferred to other countries, including your home country. Regardless, we will take all reasonable steps to protect your privacy in accordance with applicable law and University policy. Information Security
We take the security of your personal information seriously. Our minimum security standards can be found at: http://www.uh.edu/af/universityservices/policies/sam/7InfoServices.htm
Personal Information you submit, such as your name, address and other contact information, may be collected by us for internal marketing and development purposes as well as to respond to your inquiry, complete a transaction for you, or fulfill other forms of customer service. You can choose not to receive marketing from us by “unsubscribing” using the instructions in any marketing email you receive from us or contacting the sender and requesting to be removed from further marketing emails.
EEA Data Subject Rights
If you are an individual located in the EEA only, you will have the following rights with regard to your Personal Data:
- Right of access
You may request details of your Personal Information that we hold. We will confirm whether we are processing your Personal Information and we will disclose supplementary information including the categories of Personal Information, the sources from which it originated, the purpose and legal basis for the processing, the expected retention period, and the safeguards regarding Personal Information transfers to non-EEA countries, subject to the limitations set out in applicable statutes, regulations and other law
- Right of correction
We will comply with your request to edit and update incorrect Personal Information promptly.
- Right to be forgotten
At your request, we will delete your Personal Information promptly if:
- it is no longer necessary to retain your Personal Information;
- you withdraw the consent which formed the basis of your Personal Information processing;
- you object to the processing of your Personal Information and there are no overriding legitimate grounds or other legal basis for such processing;
- the Personal Information was processed illegally; or
- the Personal Information must be deleted for us to comply with our legal obligations.
We will inform any third parties with whom we might have shared your Personal Information of your deletion request.
We will decline your request for deletion if processing of your Personal Information is necessary:
- to comply with our legal obligations;
- to defend or pursue legal action;
- to detect and monitor fraud; or
- for the performance of a task in the public interest.
- Right to restrict processing of your Personal Information
At your request, we will limit the processing of your Personal Information if:
- you dispute the accuracy of your Personal Information;
- your Personal Information was processed unlawfully and you request a limitation on processing, rather than the deletion of your Personal Information;
- we no longer need to process your Personal Information, but you require your Personal Information in connection with a legal claim; or
- you object to the processing pending verification as to whether an overriding legitimate ground or other legal basis for such processing exists.
- Right to notice related to correction, deletion, and limitation on processing
In so far as it is practicable, we will notify you of any correction, deletion, and/or limitation on processing of your Personal Information.
- Right to data portability
At your request, we will provide you free of charge with your Personal Information in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format, if: (i) you provided us with Personal Information; (ii) the processing of your Personal Information is based on your consent or required for the performance of a contract; or (iii) the processing is carried out by automated means.
- Right to object
Where we process your Personal Information based upon our legitimate interest then you have the right to object to this processing. However, we may decline your request if another legal basis for such processing exists.
- Right not to be subject to decisions based solely on automated processing
You have the right to request to not be subject to decisions that are based solely on the automated processing of your Personal Information.
- Right to withdraw consent
You have the right to withdraw any consent you may have previously given us at any time. If you withdraw your consent, this will not affect the lawfulness of our collecting, using and sharing of your Personal Information up to the point in time that you withdraw your consent. Even if you withdraw your consent, we may still use your information that has been fully anonymized and does not personally identify you or if another legal basis enables us to continue processing and using your data.
- Right to complain to a supervisory authority
If you are not satisfied with our response, you have the right to complain to or seek advice from a supervisory authority and/or bring a claim against us in any court of competent jurisdiction. If you wish to contact us in connection with the exercise of your rights listed above, please email us at email@example.com. We will respond to your written request without unreasonable delay and in accordance with any deadlines imposed by law. Unless we notify you at the time of our response, we will not charge you any fee in connection with the exercise of your rights.
Access and Choice
University students can manage privacy settings for their directory information in myUH Self Services or Banner. Faculty, staff and other University affiliates can manage their privacy settings in P.A.S.S. (Employee Self Service).
You can choose not to receive emails from us by “unsubscribing” using the instructions in any email you receive from us. This will not stop us from sending emails about your account or your transactions with us.
We keep your Personal Information for as long as needed to fulfill the particular purpose for which it was collected. We may also retain your records if legally required or to fulfill a legitimate interest.
Updates to the Privacy Notice
For more information on how we collect and process your Personal Information, or if you have any complaints please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The effective date of this policy is May 25, 2018.