Website Privacy Policy

Welcome to the online home of Princeton Theological Seminary (“PTS”). PTS is a privately endowed institution of higher education operating exclusively at the graduate level. Originally organized in 1812 and incorporated in 1822, the Seminary is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Set forth below is a Privacy Policy for use of the PTS website, (the “Site”). This Privacy Policy is hereby a part of the PTS Site Terms and Conditions. Please be aware that this Privacy Policy refers solely to use of the Site and do not encompass participation in other PTS activities, such as academic conferences, classes or other campus events. The terms “You” and “User” as used in this Privacy Policy refers to all individuals and/or entities accessing the Site for any reason.

In part because PTS is an educational institution based in Princeton, New Jersey, under these legal notices, You accept that (1) the federal or local courts presiding in the State of New Jersey, United States, are the proper forum for resolving any and all disputes arising through or related to this Site; and (2) the laws applicable to such disputes shall be the laws of the United States and the laws of the State of New Jersey.

We have posted these notices to comply with numerous laws and our organization’s internal guidelines, and to inform Users of rights and responsibilities.

1. Policy

The policy of PTS is to respect and protect the privacy of Users of the Site. This Privacy Policy is posted to explain our information practices and is a part of the Terms and Conditions of the Site. Please be aware that this policy refers to your use of the Site as distinct from participation in any on-campus events, lectures, or other activities related to PTS.

PTS aspires to build Users’ trust and confidence by promoting fair information practices. Accordingly, PTS provides this Policy to inform Site visitors of what personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) is being gathered and for what purpose PTS intends to use such Personal Information. PTS will not knowingly exceed the purposes of the use without notification. Users may give their consent to PTS or may choose not to participate in the Site. PTS also identifies the safeguards and measures that it employs to secure the Personal Information it collects from the Site.

PTS agrees to exercise reasonable cautions to maintain the confidentiality of Personal Information provided by You in connection with accessing and using the Site.

Because we gather various types of Personal Information from Site Users, we feel You should know how we collect, use, disclose, manage, and store the Personal Information that You may voluntarily provide us and the Personal Information that is collected passively through the use of cookies or image tags on our website. PTS agrees to post prominently and in plain language its specific privacy policies.

This Privacy Policy sets forth PTS’ current policies and practices with respect to Personal Information of the Users of the Site. Your continued participation on the Site indicates your acceptance of this Privacy Policy and of the collection, use, disclosure, management, and storage of your Personal Information as described below.

2. Collection and Use of Personal Information

Generally, You may browse the Site without providing any Personal Information. We do not collect Personal Information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals.

The Site directly provides or links to certain features through which PTS may gather Personal Information from Users, such as an online application process for student admissions and related financial aid, a method for making monetary donations to PTS through this Site, and registration processes for creating User accounts related, to, e.g., student email use through password-protected portions of the Site, and registration to participate in the PTS Alumni/ae Online Community.

The specific webpages on such features are offered may contain additional information relevant to our privacy practices. Use of these features may require the submission of your full name, telephone number, e-mail address, and other Personal Information. You may be added to other mailing list services, including those of organizations with whom we collaborate.

We use your Personal Information to provide You with the services You request and to respond to questions related to PTS or the Site. PTS may also use your Personal Information to notify You of further information that may be of interest to You.

The Site may passively collect certain information using various technologies and means. We may receive and record Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses in the normal course of operation of the Site. While we may receive and record IP addresses, we will not use them to identify You personally or disclose them to others. Navigational data related to User visits to the Site may also be recorded for system management and in order to improve the content of the Site.

We may also use your Personal Information for operational purposes, or to find out how we can improve our organization and Site via surveys or online tracking mechanisms. We may use aggregate Personal Information collected via cookies to help us evaluate and modify existing services and features. (For more information on “cookies” and our policy on the use of cookies see below). We may also use your Personal Information to develop new online services and features that may be of interest to You.

3. Disclosure of Information

We will not sell, rent, or lease your Personal Information to any third party without your consent. However, PTS may disclose Personal Information in special cases: (1) when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the rights of PTS or to anyone that could be harmed by such activities; (2) when we believe in good faith that the law requires it; (3) to any affiliate or to any third party who may acquire PTS; and (4) in situations involving threats to the physical safety of any person.

4. Security of Information and Donations to PTS

You can be assured that the Personal Information collected through the Site is secure and is maintained in a manner consistent with current industry standards. The importance of security for all Personal Information associated with Users of our Site is of utmost concern to us. Your Personal Information resides on a secure server that only selected PTS employees and contractors may access.

In order to most efficiently serve You, credit card transactions are handled by established third-party banking, processing agents, and distribution institutions. They receive the information needed to verify and authorize your credit card donation. Financial transactions related to PTS are handled by Authorize.NET. Information relating to your financial transactions will not be maintained on PTS servers. Please visit the website of Authorize.NET to familiarize yourself with its terms and conditions and with its privacy policies.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your Personal Information, You acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between You and us through the Site cannot be guaranteed; and (c) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party.

5. "Cookies"

You should be aware that non-Personal Information and data may be automatically collected on the Site through the use of “cookies.” “Cookies” are small text files stored as text on a computer hard drive. Websites can use “cookies” to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor’s ongoing access to and use of a site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements. “Cookies” are not programs that come onto a visitor’s system and damage files. The use of “cookies” is common in the Internet industries, and many major websites use them to provide useful features to their customers. Generally “cookies” work by assigning a unique number to the visitor that has no meaning outside the assigning site. If a visitor does not want information collected through the use of “cookies,” there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the visitor to deny or accept the cookie feature. PTS may use “cookie” technology, but only to obtain non-Personal Information from online visitors in order to improve their online experience and facilitate their visit within the Site.

6. How You Can Review or Correct Your Personal Information

You may contact PTS by e-mail to ask if we are keeping Personal Information about You. If we do have Personal Information about You, we will provide You with a readable copy of such Personal Information at no charge. Factual errors in your Personal Information, including out-of-date Personal Information, can be corrected by sending us a request that credibly shows our error.

7. Opt-Out Procedures

You may always opt-out of receiving communications from PTS. To remove any Personal Information from our database or to not receive future e-mail communications from PTS, send an e-mail with the word “Remove” in the subject line.

8. Links to Third Party Websites

The PTS Site contains links to the websites of third parties not affiliated with PTS. You understand, acknowledge, and agree that these links are provided solely as a convenience to You and not as an endorsement by the Site or PTS of their content, advertising, or business practices. PTS is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content on any of these other websites, including any sites that may indicate a special relationship or “partnership” with PTS. PTS does not disclose unique identifiers to those responsible for the linked sites. The linked sites, however, may collect Personal Information from You when You link to their sites. This collecting of information is not subject to the control of PTS. To ensure protection of your privacy, always review the privacy policies of the sites You visit by linking from the PTS Site.

9. Our Commitment to the Privacy of Minors

PTS will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from Site visitors who are under eighteen (18) years of age. We encourage parents to speak with minors about their use of the Internet and the information they disclose online. If a minor has provided us with personally identifiable information, a parent or guardian of that minor may email us if they would like us to delete that information from our records. We will use reasonable efforts to delete the minor’s information from our database.

10. Changes to this Privacy Policy

PTS may revise this Privacy Policy over time as new features are added to the Site or as Internet law and standards evolve. We will post these changes prominently but recommend that You read this Privacy Policy each time You visit the Site. Changes will not apply retroactively to Personal Information that was collected before the changes to the Privacy Policy, except as may be required by law.

Last updated: January 2012