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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Web Privacy Notice

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine maintains a Web server under the domain of siumed.edu. This notice serves to inform users and School of Medicine Web professionals about specific privacy practices employed by the School.

The SIU School of Medicine uses the School's Web presence to further the mission of the School and is committed to respecting the privacy of Web visitors. Personal information will only be released when it is authorized by law; is permitted under University policies; or is clearly stated in a Web site that information may be shared, and the user indicates consent by providing the information. Personal information provided by e-mail or other online means, such as a request for information, is used only for the purposes of serving that request. Inquiries or comments may be redirected to the person or unit best suited to responding to the request.

The School of Medicine's Web server automatically collects information on the Internet address of the user's computer, browser type, operating system, and Web pages visited. This information is used in aggregate to understand how visitors use the School's Web site. The School of Medicine strongly discourages the inclusion in server logs of information that could identify individual users.

Specific Web sites within the School of Medicine may adopt different privacy notices, as their specific needs require. Differing privacy notices must be posted on the sites that have adopted them. Any such notices cannot supersede applicable federal or state laws or regulations or University policies.

The School of Medicine is committed to fully complying with the State Agency Web Site Act (Public Act 093-117) which became effective January 1, 2004. This act restricts the use of "cookies" (small pieces of data stored by a Web browser on a user's computer). Transactional (non-permanent) cookies may be used to facilitate business transactions. Permanent cookies may not be used unless:

  1. 1. The use of permanent cookies adds value to the user otherwise not available.
  2. 2. The permanent cookies are not used to monitor and track Web site viewing habits, unless all types of information collected and the School's use of same adds user value and are disclosed through a comprehensive Web privacy statement.


The School of Medicine's Web server does not use cookies.

The School of Medicine has put into place security mechanisms to safeguard the integrity of its communications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption.

The School's Web site has links to other Web sites. When a user leaves the School's Web site and visits another site, the privacy policy of that site governs its use. The SIU School of Medicine is not responsible for the content of such Web sites or their privacy practices.

If users have any questions about this privacy notice or any information gathered through an official SIU School of Medicine Web site, they should contact webmaster@siumed.edu. If users wish to review or change information gathered about them through an official School of Medicine Web site, they may contact the Webmaster who will assist them in locating the person responsible for that site so that they may make their request for that review or change directly with the appropriate person.

January 27, 2005