The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) is a cooperative effort managed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in coordination with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System and other partners. CFWV manages and provides several college and career planning websites and other online services. Individuals who visit CFWV websites are important to us. We do not capture personal information about them without their permission. We endeavor to collect only the minimum amount of information needed to meet the purposes for which the website was created. This may include conversion tracking information, allowing us to provide you with relevant college-planning content on third-party websites, such as via Twitter, Facebook, Google, and other news and entertainment websites.  You may opt out of this service by changing your browser settings to Do Not Track.

PRIVACY STATEMENT

Public Disclosure: All information collected on CFWV websites will be treated the same as any written communication and is subject to the confidentiality and public disclosure provisions of West Virginia Code Chapter 29B.

We may collect some or all of the following information about visitors who view or download information from our website:

  • Date the visit occurred
  • Time the visit occurred
  • Client IP address
  • Server IP address
  • HTTP Status
  • HTTP Request URL
  • Bytes Sent
  • Bytes Received
  • Type of web browser or other client software that made request to the web server
  • Referrer
  • Protocol Version
  • Social Media Profiles (You may opt-out using Do Not Track)
  • Version of HTTP used by the visitor’s web browser software.

The information we collect is used to improve the content of our web services, help us understand how people are using our services and connect students to timely, relevant college and career planning information. We analyze our website logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. We do not share or publish personally identifiable information. Some of this statistical information, such as a running count of the number of visitors, may be displayed on the website or shared with other state governments to aid in the provision of better service to the public.

Personally Identifiable Information

“Personally identifiable information” is information about a person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. It includes, for example, an individual’s name, street address, e-mail address, phone number or social media profiles.

Personally identifiable information may be collected by any social media sites you may be using. CFWV, in turn, often uses social media audiences to provide targeted college-planning content. However, CFWV does not view your profiles or information directly through these channels, and these databases are not shared with third-party sources or published for general viewing. We may also collect your personally identifiable information if you voluntarily send an e-mail message, fill out and send an online form, or fill out personal information send in a survey, or connect with us directly on platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. Your choice not to participate in these activities will not impair your ability to access certain information or obtain a service from state government (though you may not be able to complete the transaction or service online). Unless specifically protected under state law, any information provided may be inspected by the public or disclosed in a legal proceeding.

E-mail Messages

E-mail messages, sent to any West Virginia State Government address, will be treated the same as any other written communication. They may be subject to public inspection or legal disclosure and may be saved for a period of time before they are destroyed. E-mail or other information requests sent to the state website may be maintained in order to respond to the request, forward that request to the appropriate agency, or to provide the web designer with valuable customer feedback to assist in improving the site. E-mail addresses obtained as a result of a request to the state site will not be sold or given to private companies for marketing purposes.

Electronic Forms

Any other information provided by a visitor at the request of an agency of West Virginia State Government, such as the completion and electronic filing of a form, will be considered to be voluntarily provided by the visitor and will be treated in the same manner as information provided in written form or in person during a visit to the agency. Information provided may be subject to public inspection and legal disclosure and may be saved for a period of time before it is destroyed. It may be shared with another state agency for appropriate action.

Surveys

Surveys will be used for the purpose stated. If personally identifiable information is collected it may be subject to public inspection and legal disclosure and may be saved for a period of time before it is destroyed.

Cookies

In order to better serve you, the user, we use cookies for certain types of online transactions. Cookies are small text files that a web server may ask your web browser to store, and to send back to the web server when needed. Cookies may be used to store a transaction identifier or other information a user may provide.
We use cookies in the following ways:

Complex Transactions: Cookies are used to store and retrieve unique transaction identifiers or other server-generated or user-provided information in complex, multi-page web applications. This allows us to distinguish between different users, and to use information provided at one stage of an application at a later time. When we use cookies in this way, the cookie is stored on your web browser only temporarily; the cookie is destroyed at the end of the transaction or at the end of the browser session.

Customized Services: Cookies may also be used to automatically identify a particular user to the system, in order to provide a customized service, such as a personalized web page or to provide relevant content on other websites, such as social media sites or news and entertainment sites. In this case, a cookie containing a unique user identifier will be permanently stored on your web browser. We do not store sensitive information in such cookies; only a unique user identifier or generic preference values are stored. Personal information you give us for processing a transaction or using one of our personalization features, may be stored on our secure web server.

We do not use cookies in order to track your visit to our website. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies or how to disable cookies altogether. You also can opt out of these services utilizing Do Not Track, Facebook privacy controls and Twitter privacy controls. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of many of CFWV’s services, and we recommend that you set your web browser to accept cookies.

If you have further questions about cookies, the Computer Incident Advisory Capacity unit that monitors computer problems for the U.S. Department of Energy issued a study on March 12, 1998 of the risks of cookies to users, titled Information Bulletin I-034: Internet Cookies. You can refuse the cookies or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

Children under the age of 13 are not eligible to use services that require submission of personal information and should not submit any personal information to us. This includes submitting personal information to the website as part of a user profile or personalization profile. If you are a child under the age of 13, you can use these services only if used together with your parents or guardians. Seek guidance from your parents or guardians if you are under the age of 13.

If we decide to begin collecting personal information from children under the age of 13, we will notify parents that it is being requested, disclose the reasons for collecting it, and disclose our intended use of it. We will seek verifiable parental consent before collecting any personally identifiable information. If we do collect such information, parents may request information on the type of data being collected, view their child’s information, and, if they choose, prohibit us from making further use of their child’s information. We will not provide personal information about children to third parties.