Web Privacy Statement

South Texas College (STC) values and respects your privacy and strives to protect the accuracy and confidentiality of your information. This privacy statement describes STC's privacy and security practices regarding information collected from visitors to the site, including what information is collected and how that information is used. The privacy statement applies to all pages on STC's website. STC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any external web sites that we provide external links to.

1. 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.

  • User/client hostname - Hostname (or IP address, if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access.
  • HTTP header, "user-agent" - Type of browser used, the browser version, and the operating system it is running on.
  • HTTP header, "referer" - Page from which the user/client accessed the current page.
  • System date - Date and time of the user/client request.
  • Full request - Exact request the user/client made.
  • Status - Status code the server returned to the user/client.
  • Content length - Length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client.
  • Method - Request method used.
  • Uniform Resource Identifier (URI or URL) - Location of a resource on the server.
  • Query string of the URL - Anything after the question mark in a URL.
  • Protocol - Transport protocol and version used.

STC monitors network traffic for site security purposes and to ensure that the site remains available to all users. Unauthorized attempts to upload information, change information on this site, or otherwise cause damage are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under Texas Penal Code Chapters 33 (Computer Crimes) or 33A (Telecommunications Crimes). Except as may be required for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. STC does not use raw data logs for any other purposes; however, it is possible that parts of raw data logs could be determined to be open records by the Office of the Attorney General. If such a determination were made subsequent to a Public Information Act request for the logs, STC would be required to disclose parts of the logs deemed open by the Office of the Attorney General.

2. Cookies

To improve your experience with the Website, "cookies" may be used. "Cookies" are elements of data sent from the Website to your computer and stored on your computer's hard drive. These devices improve efficiency by permitting the Website to retain information (like log in information) that it can then access on subsequent visits so the user doesn't have to input it again. They also permit the tracking of your movements on the Website, which we can then use to further enhance your online experience with us. In light of their benefits, most browsers accept cookies automatically. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of STC's services or Web sites you visit.

3. E-mail and Web Forms

If a member of the general public sends STC an e-mail message or fills out an e-mail or web-based form with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, that information will only be used for the purposes for which the form is intended, to respond to the question or comment, and to analyze trends. The message or form may be redirected to another College department or office, institution, government agency or person who is better able to respond to the question or comment. STC does not use such information in any way that would reveal personally identifying information to outside parties unless we are legally required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings.

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. Updated Privacy Statement

In the event of a change, a revised Privacy Statement will promptly be posted to our Web site. You agree to accept posting of a revised Privacy Statement electronically on the Web site as actual notice to you. You should review the Privacy Statement periodically to remain informed of any changes.

6. Additional Information

STC welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Statement. Comments or questions may be directed to:

Digital Services Manager
Email: web@southtexascollege.edu
Phone: (956) 872-2592