Consumer Information

Privacy Policy

What We Collect & How We Use the Information

Faith International University & Seminary (FIU) is the sole owner of the information collected on the institution’s website at www.faithseminary.edu. FIU collects personally identifiable information from our users at several different points on our website.

We collect the email addresses and certain personally identifiable information of those who communicate with us via email. We also collect certain aggregate information regarding which pages users access or visit, and information volunteered by the users (such as on forms submitted or any surveys we might conduct). If you submit a form requesting a product or service from us, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on each form. You must provide the information requested in each field marked with an asterisk (*), which means it is a required field. Fields not marked with an asterisk are optional.

The information you supply is used to process your request and/or for billing purposes. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.

From time-to-time we may provide students and/or alumni the opportunity to participate in surveys on our site. If you participate, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code).

This information is collected and processed through the Office of the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. All data is analyzed and the results are reported to necessary institutional personnel. We use this information to make necessary changes in how we conduct business, to create policy to present before the Governing Board, and to plan for the future of the institution, academically, financially, and service-wise.

When you submit information, you are transferring such information into the United States and you here by consent to such transfer.

Faith International University & Seminary may also collect and analyze from visitors and users certain information regarding the use of the Faith Seminary Site and services available therein. Information collected may include but is not limited to website traffic volume, frequency of visits, type and time of transactions, type of browser and operating system, etc.

We may use personal information to provide the services you’ve requested. We may also use personal information for research and analysis to operate and improve the Faith International University & Seminary Site. We may use third parties to assist us in processing your personal information, and we require that such third parties comply with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. We may use certain other information collected from you to help diagnose technical problems, administer the Faith International University & Seminary Site, and improve the quality and types of services delivered. We may provide non-identifying and aggregate usage and volume statistical information derived from the actions of our visitors to third parties in order to demonstrate the value of the website.

The information we collect is not shared with or sold to other organizations for commercial purposes, except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or if it becomes necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or as otherwise required by law.

Security

Faith International University & Seminary has implemented processes intended to protect user information and maintain security of data. The personnel that have access to user information is limited and determined by the specific service being provided.

We have attempted to protect the Faith International University & Seminary servers by locating them areas with security procedures, using of firewalls and implementing other generally available security technologies.

These safeguards help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of data, but no guaranty can be made that your information and data will be secure from intrusions and unauthorized release to third parties.

Compliance with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

As a business service, Faith International University & Seminary does not target its offerings toward, and does not knowingly collect any personal information from users under 13 years of age.

Changes to this Policy

Faith International University & Seminary may periodically update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by posting a notice on the Faith International University & Seminary Site. We do not intend to reduce your rights under this Policy without your explicit consent, and we expect most such changes will be minor. Each version of this Policy will be identified at the bottom of the page by its effective date.

Any questions about this Privacy Policy should be addressed to registrar@faithseminary.edu or by mail at:
Faith International University & Seminary
3504 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407 US

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in a student’s educational record. FERPA applies to all schools that receive funds under various programs from the US Department of Education. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records such as the following:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day FECS receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The appropriate FECS official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask FECS to amend the record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the FECS official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If FECS decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, FECS will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose educational records without consent under special circumstances.

The US Department of Education’s summary of the FERPA regulations lists the following conditions under which student records can be disclosed without consent:

  1. School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  2. Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  3. Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  4. Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  5. Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  6. Accrediting organizations;
  7. To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  8. Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies;
  9. State and local authorities within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to state law;
  10. Directory information (see paragraph below).

FERPA permits the following to be designated as directory information: the student’s name, address, and telephone listing; email address; photograph; date and place of birth; major field of study; dates of attendance; grade level; enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, full- or part-time); and the most recent educational institution attended.

The following are never designated as directory information: student social security numbers, citizenship, gender, religious preference, grades, and GPA.

Note: Under FERPA students are also given the opportunity to file a request via email or signed letter annually to prevent disclosure of directory information (“opting out”). If a student opts out, FECS will not release any information on a student. For Additional Information contact the Office of the Registrar at (253) 752-2020 ext. 132 or registrar@faithseminary.edu.

For additional FERPA information go to www.ed.gov

Drug & Alcohol Policy

1.  Policy

To help ensure the safety and well-being of employees, students, volunteers, and the general public, the Faith International University is committed to maintaining a campus environment that is free of illegal drugs, and of drugs and alcohol that are used illegally. Accordingly, the University prohibits the consuming of alcoholic beverages on University property. The University also prohibits the unlawful possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of alcohol or controlled substances that are illegal under federal, state, or local law on University property or during University-sponsored activities. Violation of the University’s alcohol and drug prohibitions is cause for disciplinary or other appropriate action.

 These provisions are in accordance with the requirements of the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. 

2.  Health Risks and Sanctions

Employees, students, and volunteers should be aware that:

  • It can be dangerous to use and abuse alcohol and other drugs; and
  • Many illnesses and deaths have been medically-related to the use and abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol; and
  • The University has declared itself to be a drug-free work and educational environment; and
  • Employees, students, and volunteers who are found to be in violation of federal, state, or local law prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs may be subject to arrest and conviction under the applicable criminal laws of local municipalities, the state of Washington, or the United States. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fines, and imprisonment. The University will assist employees, students, or volunteers who disclose that they have an alcohol or drug abuse problem by making referral for treatment and/or as described below in the Consumer Information; however, those individuals remain responsible for resolving any alcohol or drug abuse problems they may have. Employees and volunteers who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action, including termination, and referral for prosecution. Employees who are convicted of a criminal drug violation in the workplace must notify their supervisor within five calendar days. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions including: warning and reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal in accordance with the Biblical Code of Conduct.

3.  Information and Available Services

The University recognizes that alcoholism and drug abuse are treatable illnesses, and encourages employees, students, and volunteers who may have alcohol or drug abuse problems to seek treatment for them. Any employee afflicted by alcoholism or drug dependency will have the same options as those with other illnesses do to participate in prescribed treatment programs, including the use of paid leave, if available, and unpaid leave.

Employees and students with health insurance should consult their health insurance plan to determine the treatment program coverage that may be available to them.

The following support services may be available to University employees, students, and volunteers:

A.   Community Referral Information

University employees, students, and volunteers may call the Washington Recovery Help Line, which provides 24-hour help for substance abuse and related problems, and can be reached at 866-789-1511. The Washington Recovery Help Line website contains information about and links to recovery resources. Also available online is a Directory of Certified Chemical Dependency Services in Washington State, published by the state Department of Social and Health Services.

B.   Alcoholics Anonymous

Anyone seeking help may locate a local chapter at http://www.aa.org/

C.   Human Resources and Academic Human Resources Consultants

Professional, licensed counselors are available to provide general information at Faith International University and other resources to help address alcohol and drug abuse problems, and to assist employees and supervisors to address and resolve job performance or workplace behavior problems.  Academic Human Resources is available to provide assistance regarding alcohol and drug abuse problems involving academic personnel.

Campus Safety

Faith International University strives to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty and staff. Campus safety is of the utmost importance to our school.

The Clery Act is an important law that governs institutions that receive financial aid. To learn more about the Clery Act, click here.

For our Annual Security Report (ASR)/ Crime Statistics Report for 2011-2013: click here.

For our 2014 to 2016 Crime Statistics Report: click here.

 

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