Last Updated: 2/13/2018

Privacy Statement

1. Overview

South Texas College (STC) values and respects your privacy and is committed to the responsible use of sensitive information collected from and about its students, faculty, staff, business partners and others who provide such information to the college.  This commitment is in accordance with both state and federal regulations concerning the use of sensitive information.

2. Purpose

The purpose of this statement is to communicate the activities that impact privacy, including its collection, use, sharing, safeguarding, maintenance, and disposal of personally identifiable information (PII).

3. Collection, Use, and Destruction of Information

3.1 Web Visitors

This section describes the collection and use of the information collected from visitors to college websites.  This applies to all sites hosted by the college or third-parties.

Server Logs / Log Analysis Tools

STC uses server logs and log analysis tools to create summary statistics about Web site usage to improve site management. The statistics are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest to users, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.  STC does not report or use this information in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information, and does not release the information to any outside parties unless required to do so under applicable law.  Some of the information collected includes the IP address, the page that referred you to our website, pages that were browsed, and which web browser was used to connect.


We use cookies to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future.  We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf. 

As part of our marketing strategy, we utilize cookie-based remarketing/retargeting technologies through our advertising partners which are intended to deliver ads on advertising networks based on anonymous data.  For more information about the services that we use, and how to opt-out, please see below:

TapAd:  Privacy Policy |  Opt-Out

Google Analytics:  Privacy Policy | Opt-Out

Web Forms

The information that we receive through web forms is not sold or traded with any third-party.  However, that data is stored internally and with a trusted third-parties for processing by college staff. The data is retained for as long as it is reasonably needed to fulfill its purpose.

Third-party Links

We incorporate or link to third-party products or services on our website.  These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies.  We, therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.  Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Children under age 13

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Program took effect on April 21, 2000, and pertains to websites directed towards children under 13 years of age.  The website for South Texas College is not directed towards children under 13 and does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13.  In the event that the college learns that it has collected any personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, it will delete that information. If you are a parent or guardian and you believe that your child under age 13 may have provided personally identifiable information through a college site, please contact

3.2 Library Records

Library records that identify a person who requested, obtained, or used a library material or service are exempted from the disclosure requirements of the Texas Public Information Act and subject to more restricted conditions for disclosure set forth in Title 5, Sec. 552.124 of the Texas Code.

Patron data collected in electronic form is not shared with any third-parties and is kept up to six years after a user becomes inactive.

The college library welcomes members of the community to make use of some of the services that we provide.  Photocopies of government-issued identification documents that we collect for the purpose of registering our community users are not shared with any third-parties and are destroyed on a yearly basis.

3.3 Child Development Center

The college child development center collects information about both children and parents for the purpose of providing child care services.  The information collected is not shared with any third-parties and is destroyed once services are discontinued and in compliance with the licensing standards (Chapter 746) set by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

3.4 Family Educational Rights and Protection Act (FERPA)

As an institution of higher education, the privacy of education records is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  There are some exceptions that allow South Texas College to share your information with or without consent.  More information can be obtained by visiting the FERPA General Guidance for Students.

3.5 Applicant Information

Applicants to South Texas College that do not enroll for any classes are not covered under FERPA, however, the information is kept private and protected just like a student record.  FERPA sharing exceptions do not apply to these records and for that reason not shared with any third-parties.

4.Texas Public Information Act

The Texas Public Information Act, with a few exceptions, gives you the right to be informed about the information that STC collects about you. It also gives you the right to request a copy of that information, and to have the College correct any of that information that is wrong. You may request to receive and review any of that information, or request corrections to it, by contacting STC's Public Information Officer.

Board Policy 2510 - Requests for Public Information

Request for Information Application

Request for Information Charges

5. Roles and Responsibilities

5.1 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Coordinate with all stakeholders to keep this document up-to-date with our current practices that impact the privacy of the data that we collect.  Verify that all practices are in accordance with any applicable state or federal regulations.

5.2 Director of Public Relations

Communicate to the CISO any changes that impact the privacy of the information that we collect and that are not currently expressed in the latest revision of this document.

5.3 Data Owners

Communicate to the CISO any changes that impact the privacy of the information that we collect and that are not currently expressed in the latest revision of this document.

6. Additional Information

South Texas College welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Statement.  Comments or questions may be directed to