Online Learning Privacy Policy

Online Learning Privacy Policy

UD and all individuals associated with the university are bound by any applicable local, state and federal laws. The university academic units comply with all of the requirements of the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). UD makes every reasonable effort to protect the privacy of student sensitive personal information regardless of delivery method. For assessments, Turnitin will be integrated into the Learning Management System. Any work a student submits is subject to analysis and archival within the plagiarism database. The Registrar, academic unit admissions and records employees are the points of contact for all FERPA related issues. Faculty and Staff are informed and trained of their responsibilities concerning FTC red flag rules and the reasonable steps required to avoid identity theft and release of confidential information. 

Access

Credentials for UD online learning access are assigned to registered students and all are required to adhere to the Terms of Use for the online classroom. Administrative access is only granted to designated staff members and all users must abide by the Online Learning Classroom Terms of Use. No information is provided concerning class content and student information to anyone other than the teaching faculty, the individual student affected, approved administrators and individuals approved by the academic unit Dean's office.

The identity verification process protects student privacy through use of a secure gateway (Brightspace by D2L). A secure login is provided along with an encrypted password managed by the student once the student is registered appropriately for a specific term.

Faculty

Faculty should adhere to the privacy rights outlined from the academic units around student rights and information supporting Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). No grade information or student personal data should be released outside the secured online classroom or the registrar’s office unless there is a student signature authorizing the release. In addition, all university employees should follow the Acceptable Use Policy outlined by the Information Technology Department to ensure a collective effort for effective information security.

Student

To maintain confidentiality, students are provided password reset information to their assigned university email once they are officially registered in the appropriate semester. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain confidentiality in regard to passwords and to follow the Online Learning Classroom Terms of Use.

Only work submitted to open forums (eg. Threaded discussion, group chat areas) may be accessed by other students. Assignments, grades, feedback and correspondence are not viewable by other class members.

Online Learning Classroom Terms of Use

The University of Dallas provides the Brightspace by D2L online classroom and all related materials and assessments (collectively the “University of Dallas Online Delivery Method”) solely for your educational purposes, subject to the following terms and conditions and the sole discretion of the University of Dallas. The University may modify these terms and conditions at any time by updating the Terms of Use before the start of a semester.

Your access to the University of Dallas Online Delivery Method is for your use only to complete your course requirements. Any use of the University of Dallas secured site not related to the fulfillment of class deliverables is prohibited, including but not limited to business venture proposals. Your credentials (login ID and password) for access to the online classroom should not be shared with anyone for any reason. This includes backup of your credentials, entry into the online site or completion of course requirements, assignments or assessments. In no event will the University of Dallas be liable to you for any incidental, indirect, special or consequential damages arising out of your use or inability to use your credentials or the materials provided. Infringement of these terms will result in an academic review.

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