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printer friendly version cares about protecting your online privacy. To let you know how we collect and use your information, we have established the following privacy policy. Since this policy may change from time to time, please refer to it regularly.


VaCollegeQuest is funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. The Site is operated by the George Mason University Helen Kellar Center for Human disAbilities in association with The Advocacy Institute.


We do not use any information about where you personally go on our Site, nor do we give such information out to third parties; except in aggregate format, and we do not give out your name or other personal information, unless you authorize us to do so.

Personal Information Supplied by You

There are various areas on our Site where we either require or permit you to transfer personal information voluntarily. We use this personal information only for the specific purpose specified at the time you input such information. In addition, we never divulge such information to third parties without your consent. These areas include:

Feedback/Contact Us

Use of each of these areas is strictly voluntary. Should you elect to complete our Feedback form, or send us an Email via our Contact Us page, all information provided will be held in strict confidence unless you consent to use of certain information as indicated at the time of submission.

VCQ News Sign-Up

VaCollegeQuest’s free Email newsletter keeps you up-to-date with announcements about new content on our Site and news about events and opportunities around Virginia. You must provide your email address in order to subscribe to VCQ News. This information is not shared with any third parties. You may unsubscribe from VCQ News at any time. To unsubscribe, follow the directions at the bottom of any newsletter.

Meet a Mentor Discussion Forums and Postings

VaCollegeQuest offers discussion forums in order to students with disabilities an opportunity to exchange information, ideas, and opinions regarding post secondary education. Please see our Guidelines before using the discussion forums and make sure to post only information that you are comfortable sharing. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these discussion forums becomes public information. BE ADVISED THAT VaCollegeQuest MAY NOT SCREEN, EDIT, OR REVIEW POSTINGS PRIOR TO THEIR APPEARANCE ON Meet a Mentor, and Postings do not necessarily reflect the views of the VaCollegeQuest. VaCollegeQuest reserves the right to monitor all Postings and to remove any which it considers offensive or otherwise in violation of our Guidelines.

Information Collected From Your Use of Our Site

Aside from any information you may actively disclose to us, there is other, less obvious, information which we might gain from you. Generally, we use such information for internal purposes, such as to improve the content of our Web pages.

Aggregate Information

Our system automatically gathers information about the areas you visit on our Site. We use this information in the aggregate to make our Site better. We may also share this aggregate statistical information with other organizations, but in doing so, we do not disclose individual names or personal navigational information. Some examples of how this aggregate information is collected are as follows:

• Cookies. Cookies enable you to interact with VaCollegeQuest. By communicating with our site when you log in to Meet a Mentor, cookies speed up and ease your navigation, which prevents you from having to retype your User ID and Password every time you return to these areas. Widely used on the Internet, cookies have become an industry standard. Although a cookie cannot, in and of itself, identify you, it can identify your computer. Your Web browser is probably set up to accept cookies automatically. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so by adjusting the options or preferences in your Web browser. However, by doing so, you will lose some of the functionality of VaCollegeQuest Web pages.

• IP Addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you begin service with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). VaCollegeQuest collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration and to audit the use of our Site. Each time you sign onto our Site and each time you request one of our pages, our server logs your IP address.


We use email links to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have. We make every attempt to reply promptly, answer your questions, and note your comments. We may also file your comments to improve the Site and our services, or review and discard the information.


We may disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on our Web site.


We will notify you directly via email if there is a material change in our privacy practices. We will also post the changes in our Privacy Policy 30 days prior to a change.


By using this Site, you signify your assent to the VaCollegeQuest Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use. If you do not agree with these policies, please refrain from using our Site. Your continued use of the VaCollegeQuest Web site following a reasonable notice of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

Please also review our Disclaimer and Terms of Use for additional important information. If you have questions or concerns regarding this Web site's Privacy Policy and/or Terms of Use, please contact us.