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Privacy Policy

About the Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Syracuse University uses and protects any information that you give Syracuse University when you use this website as well as other information you may provide to us from time to time.

Syracuse University is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website or through other mechanisms, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

Syracuse University may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. This policy is effective from November 17, 2020.

What We Collect

We may collect the following personal information:

  • Name
  • Contact information, including email address
  • Demographic information, such as zip code, preferences, and interests
  • Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or events

We use cookies, which are text files placed on users’ devices to track logins and allow for site analytics. Cookies do not themselves contain any personal information. You can prevent the setting of cookies or selectively accept cookies by adjusting the preferences in your browser, however, doing so may affect your ability to take advantage of all of this site’s features. For more information on how to change your preferences regarding the use of cookies, please refer to your browser’s help function.

We use Google services such as Google Analytics and spam prevention to help manage our website. Please see the Privacy  and Terms pages for more information on how Google uses/maintains user information.

Additionally, we may use web beacons, which are graphic image files embedded in a web page that are used to track how users interact with our websites. We use this information to improve our websites and online services, tailor our websites and online services to your likely interests, and conduct market research.

What We Do With the Information We Gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with better service. In particular, for the following reasons:

  • To answer a question you have asked
  • Internal record keeping
  • To improve our services
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about University programs, events, or other information we think you may find interesting, using the email address you have provided
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes
  • We may contract with third party vendors to show our advertisements on non-Syracuse University websites. As explained above, we may use cookies and web beacons to serve our ads based on your prior visit(s) to our websites and to assess the effectiveness of our ads.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Links to Other Websites

Our web pages may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have control over other, third-party websites.

Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide while visiting such sites, and this privacy statement does not govern such sites. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling Your Personal Information

You may choose to restrict the use of your personal data in accordance with this privacy policy.

If you have any questions or further concerns relating to how we use your personal data as described above, or you believe that personal data we have is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us at:

Syracuse University
Information Technology Services
Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.2677

If You Are Located in the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA)

Where we offer or provide services to you and you are located in a member state of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), we will observe the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other applicable data protection laws when we process your personal information.

Personal information relating to you from which you can be identified (such as your name and contact details, as well as other information about you personally or your interests) is called “personal data” under the GDPR.

If you are located in the EU/EEA and we offer or provide services to you, the following additional provisions beyond the general privacy statements set forth above apply in relation to how we handle your personal data.

We may collect personal data about you for one or more of the following purposes:

  • To respond to inquiries from you, process any application you submit relating to studying at Syracuse University, on a Syracuse Abroad program and/or you register for another service that we offer;
  • To set up and administer our agreement with you, if you enroll as a student and/or wish to participate in one of our programs or receive other services;
  • To be able to effectively manage the University and administer its programs and to be able to look after you as well as other students;
  • To comply with any existing legal obligations or to manage legal issues or claims that may arise;
  • To provide direct marketing to you, but in relation to electronic marketing only where we have your consent in accordance with applicable law or are sending you information about goods or services that are the same as those you have previously purchased (and subject to you being able to opt-out of further direct marketing at any time); or
  • To respond to any issues, requests, or questions that you raise with us.

We may also process personal data of EU/EEA residents in the following situations:

  • If you apply to work for Syracuse University at one of our locations in the EU or EEA, we may need to process your personal data in connection with your job application and, if successful, add you as a staff or faculty member;
  • If you apply to be a host for students who participate in Syracuse University Abroad programs in the EU or EEA, we will need to process certain personal data about you and your family that is requested as part of your application.

The Lawful Basis on Which We Collect Data

The lawful grounds under which we collect and use this personal data are where:

  • You have freely provided your specific, informed and unambiguous consent;
  • We've agreed to provide services to you, to set up and perform our contractual obligations and/or enforce our contractual rights;
  • Where we need to use your personal data for our legitimate interests in being able to manage Syracuse University’s operations, its courses and its programs. We will always pursue these interests in a way that respects your legal rights or freedoms and, in particular, your privacy rights;
  • Where we need to use your personal data to comply with a legal obligation or for the purpose of the University being able to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; and/or
  • Where we need to use personal data to protect your vital interests or those of someone else (for example, in a medical emergency or if there is an urgent welfare issue).

If you provide us with any ”special category” personal data about you, which under the GDPR includes information in relation to your health, religious/political or philosophical beliefs, ethnic origin and/or sex life/sexual orientation, in addition to the above, we will only use this 'special category' data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we have your explicit consent – for example, to send you details of University interest groups or support resources that you may be interested in, if you are, have been or you become a student;
  • Where the data is needed by us to comply with applicable employment, social security or social protection laws;
  • To protect your vital interests or those of someone else, as noted above;
  • Where you have clearly publicized such information (e.g. your political views); and/or
  • Where we need to use such special category data in connection with a legal claim.

Disclosing Your Personal Data

Third party suppliers (called “processors”) may process your personal data on Syracuse University’s behalf, in accordance with our contractual agreements. For example, this may be to provide business support such as IT infrastructure, data or website hosting, payment services, professional advice (e.g. legal advice) and/or to protect the University (and our students or staff) from fraud or other criminal behavior.

We may also disclose your personal data to third parties external to the University who make their own determination as to how they use your personal data and for what purpose(s) (called “controllers”). This may include EU/EEA based partner universities and educational institutions for our Syracuse Abroad programs.  

In recognition of an individual's right to privacy protected by New York State law, Syracuse University Libraries does not release information about borrowers or materials borrowed, except as required by law.

Our study abroad locations based in Europe are listed on the Syracuse University Abroad website.

We may also provide your personal data to third parties (who we tell you about from time to time) that offer additional products or services in which you elect to participate, such as gym memberships, travel, tours, field trips, cultural or sporting activities or if you want us to arrange any medical services for you.

We will only provide your personal data for the specific purpose of providing these services to you. However, if you then make further arrangements with those third party controllers with whom you deal, they may handle your data in accordance with their own chosen procedures. You should check the relevant privacy policies of these organizations to understand how they may use your personal data.

Other than as set out above, we will treat your personal data as private and will not disclose it to third parties without your knowledge.  The exceptions are in relation to legal proceedings or where we are legally required to provide your data to a court, regulator or someone else and are legally prevented from telling you.

In all cases, we always aim to ensure that third parties only use your personal data for lawful purposes and in compliance with applicable data protection law.

Transferring Your Data

You acknowledge that your personal data may be transferred to Syracuse University and stored on computers, servers and/or in files in the United States.

Please note US federal and state law is not at present considered to meet the same legal standards of protection for personal data as European Union law.  

However, in order to safeguard your personal data, we only transfer data from the EU/EEA to the US under a contract or another appropriate mechanism that is approved under applicable law and that protects that data to the same standards that you would expect in Europe.

Keeping Your Personal Data

Syracuse University retains your personal data for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it was processed; is necessary to perform our obligations to you (or to enforce or defend legal claims); or, as is required by applicable law.

We have a data retention and erasure policy that sets out the different periods for which we retain data for the relevant purpose it was collected and used. Please see the data retention schedule.

The criteria we use for determining data retention periods is based on various legislative requirements; the purpose for which we hold data and whether retaining the data is needed in connection with that purpose; and further specific guidance issued by relevant regulatory authorities on data retention/erasure including, but not limited to, EU regulatory authorities.

Personal data that we no longer need is either erased and/or anonymized so that you can no longer be identified from it.

We employ appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect against access to your personal data by unauthorized persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. We also endeavor to take all reasonable steps to protect personal data from external threats such as malicious software or hacking. However, there are always inherent risks in sending information by public networks or using public computers and we cannot 100% guarantee the security of all data sent to us.

Your Personal Data Rights

Under the GDPR, those EU/EEA residents with whom we deal have various data protection rights, which are as follows:

  • You can request information about your personal data that we have, the purpose for which we use that personal data, or with who it may be shared, as well as certain other information (this is called a “subject access right”). Usually we will have 30 days to respond to a subject access right request. For a complex request, we may require an additional 60 days to respond. We may deny or charge for administrative time in dealing with any manifestly unreasonable or excessive requests. We may also require further information to locate specific information you seek and you should note that certain legal exemptions may also apply to what we can disclose in response;
  • You can ask that we correct personal data that we have that is inaccurate or incomplete;
  • You can object to automated processing in relation to your personal data (if applicable);
  • You can object to us continuing to use your personal data for direct marketing;
  • You can request that we erase your personal data if we no longer need to hold it;
  • You can object or ask us to restrict the use of your personal data for any purpose unless we have a compelling legitimate reason for doing so (e.g. a legal obligation); or
  • You can ask us to transfer your electronically held personal data to another party if we collected it with your consent or if it is being used to fulfill a contact.

If you would like to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us at the address below. We may need to ask for evidence to verify your identity before we can fully respond.

If you make a request and are not satisfied with our response, or believe that we are illegally processing your personal data, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority in your EU country of residence.

Syracuse University operates in more than one EU/EEA state. Therefore, its lead supervisory authority in the EU is the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Controlling Your Personal Information

You may choose to restrict the use of your personal data in accordance with this privacy policy.

If you have any questions or further concerns relating to how we use your personal data as described above, or you believe that personal data we have is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us with “EU data request” as the subject line:

Syracuse University
Information Technology Services
Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse, NY 13244


Syracuse University London
Faraday House 
48-51 Old Gloucester Street London
WC1N 3AE United Kingdom 

We will do our best to promptly deal with your request.