The Curtis Institute of Music (“Curtis”) has created this policy to demonstrate its firm commitment to your privacy when using our website. This online privacy statement explains how we handle information we may learn about you from your visit to our website. It is intended to inform you of the ways in which this site collects information, how that information may be used, and the ways in which we protect any information that you voluntarily provide to us.
We do not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary.
From time to time, our practices may change necessitating changes to the policy as it exists now. We encourage you to refer back to this page to see the policy in effect at the time of your use and, if you wish, change your user preferences. Updates to this policy will appear in a different color with the date of change noted prominently.
By using our website, you are deemed to have assented and agreed to this policy as in effect at the time of your use.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement or your dealings with this website, you may contact Curtis at email@example.com.
You can browse our site without logging on, and no personal information about you or your visit will be collected. Some anonymous, statistical information is automatically logged when you access our website. These "access logs" allow us to make our site more useful to you and others who use them by, for example, tracking which features of the site are most used by visitors. Some examples of information we do track is listed below:
You may decide to send personally identifying information to Curtis, for example, in an e-mail containing a question or comment, or by completing an online form. The school uses personally identifying information from e-mail to respond to your requests. Curtis may forward your e-mail to other employees who are better able to answer your questions. The school may also use your e-mail to contact you in the future about school programs or concerts that may be of interest to you. The school will include in any such email instructions for how to opt-out of receiving any future email contacts that may not be related to your original e-mail message to Curtis.
If you sign up for one of the school’s e-mail lists or e-newsletters, Curtis will only send the types of information you requested. Curtis will not share your name or e-mail address with outside parties. Curtis will include in any such email instructions for how to opt-out of receiving any future e-mail. If you choose to opt-out, you will no longer receive communication from Curtis, but your information may still exist in our constituent database. To request or completely delete any information stored, please contact our Chief Technology Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curtis does not request nor collect personal information from children, such as first and last name or street address and city except for those minors who have submitted applications. Curtis will not knowingly collect or acquire any information from anyone under the age of thirteen without verifiable prior parental consent.
Curtis will take all reasonable and customary measures as are required by COPPA to gain verifiable parental or guardian consent prior to accepting information from children who are minors and members of the Curtis community. In that event, Curtis will provide those parents with access to their child's information, and the opportunity to delete the information and opt out of the future collection or use of the information, and Curtis will maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of any personal information collected from children. Visit the Federal Trade Commission website for more information about COPPA.
Curtis Institute of Music complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") and makes public announcement of the law.
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their "education records" as that term is defined in the law. These rights include the following:
The student has the right to inspect and review his/her education records within 45 days of the date Curtis receives a proper request for access to such records.
The student has the right to request amendment of education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
Curtis shall obtain the prior consent of the student before disclosing personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, EXCEPT to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
Inspection and Review
Students wishing to exercise their rights to inspect and review their education records should submit a written request to the Registrar and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Curtis official will make arrangement for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
Amendment of Records
The student should write to the registrar and associate dean of academic affairs and identify the part of the record the student wants changed and specify why the student believes the record is inaccurate or misleading. If the record custodian denies the request to amend the record, the student will be notified of the decision and advised of his or her right to a formal hearing.
Disclosure of Student Information without Prior Consent
There are a number of exceptions to the general rule prohibiting disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records without prior consent of the student. Some common exceptions used by Curtis are set forth below.
FERPA permits disclosure to Curtis officials with legitimate educational interest in the records being sought. A Curtis official is a person employed by Curtis in an administrative, faculty, or staff position (including health staff), or a person or company with whom Curtis has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her job responsibilities.
FERPA allows Curtis to release student "directory information" without a student's consent, unless the student has requested such information be kept confidential. Curtis defines directory information as:
name of a student who is or has been in attendance
dates of attendance
local and other addresses and local telephone number
date and place of birth
major field of study
name of parent or guardian
permanent (home) address
permanent (home) telephone number
current credit load
credit hours earned
dates of degrees
previous school(s) attended
honors and awards
For more information on how to keep your directory information confidential, please contact the Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs at email@example.com.
Curtis will, upon request, disclose education records to officials of another institution of higher education at which a student seeks to enroll without obtaining the student's prior consent. Curtis will also send to other higher education institutions corrected or additional records if education records have previously been sent to that institution under this exception.
Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Curtis to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
If you have a link you would like us to consider adding to Curtis’s website, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Link request."
If you would like to publish information that you find on our website, please send your request to email@example.com. If intellectual property (including text and images) not owned or created by the Curtis Institute of Music are posted on Curtis’s website with the permission of the original copyright holder, a copyright statement appears at the bottom of page that contains the text or in the image’s caption.
Curtis logos and images may not be used without express written permission. All text, images and logos on the Curtis website are the property of Curtis and its licensors and are protected by US and international copyright laws.
This website is designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities and to comply with federal guidelines concerning accessibility. We welcome your comments. If you have suggestions on how to make the site more accessible, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curtis has created a password-protected portion of its website to allow users to conduct secure transactions and access social networking tools. This portion of the site, called the Curtis Portal, also hosts the school’s intranet for students, faculty, and staff. All Curtis students are bound by the Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct at all times, including activity in the Curtis Portal.
If you feel there is an instance of copyright infringement anywhere on the Curtis website or Curtis Portal, please report your complaint using these specific instructions. Content will be removed immediately if and when instances of copyright infringement have occurred.
When a user of the Curtis website purchases tickets or makes a donation, we must have the information necessary to process the transaction: name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and, when applicable, credit card number. For reasons of security, no credit card information is shared with any third parties or stored permanently on our servers.
In addition to being used to fulfill your requests and process your transactions, your name and contact information will be added to our database, and we may perform statistical analyses of user behavior to measure interest in the various areas of our site.
Curtis may release information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that it is necessary to comply with the law or legal process served on us or protect and defend our legitimate business interests, rights or property, or rights of our customers and patrons.
If you communicate with us by letter, e-mail, or phone or in person, it is possible that information about the communication may be collected into a file specific to you.
Except as provided for by law, it is Curtis’s policy not to divulge any alumni information to non-alumni. Curtis does not release any information regarding its alumni to outside parties without express permission of the alumnus/alumna in question.
All alumni are members of the Curtis Alumni Network, and those who voluntarily provide the school with personal contact information may occasionally receive communications from Curtis. Alumni are automatically opted in to receive communications from Curtis upon graduation. Alumni address, phone, and e-mail contact information are exclusively available in Curtis Connect to the Curtis Alumni Network via a password-protected log-in. Alumni who register can elect to customize their communications preferences and provide Curtis with any changes to their personal and professional information.
When alumni log in and use Curtis Connect, biographical, contact, professional information, and options to share social media are listed. This information is automatically available to all other alumni, faculty, and staff through Curtis Connect. Once alumni have registered in Curtis Connect, they then have the chance to determine what personal data to display to their classmates on an item-by-item basis by checking the "Make Private" checkbox on their Profile Update form. These fields default to viewable until they are changed solely by the alumna or alumnus.