Privacy Policy for Users Accessing the DMU Website

This privacy policy describes how, we, Divine Mercy University (“DMU”, “we”, “us”, “our” or ours”) collect, use, and disclose your personal information through our web services, which includes our main website and other internet-accessible platforms available on our domain or as part of our overall services, all collectively known as the “Website.” Additionally, where and when applicable, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records and affords post-secondary students certain rights with respect to education records on the Website.[MC1] 

What information do you collect?

When you visit the Website, we collect certain information about your device, your interaction with the Website, and your information necessary to process your purchases and/or donations, if any are made. This information can include but is not limited to name, email address, mailing address, phone number, or credit card information (for distance education and continuing education courses registration and donations).

When do you collect information?

We collect information from you whenever you:

  • Register on the Website.
  • Request information about a program.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter.
  • Respond to a survey.
  • Fill out a form.
  • Engage in any other activity where actively or passively you provide your information to us.

How do you use this personal information?

We may use the information in the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience and to better respond to your individual interests and needs.
  • To improve our Website, based on the information and feedback we receive from you.
  • To improve customer service.
  • To process transactions.

Personal information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without the user’s consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested, such as, to send periodic emails and respond to other requisitions and inquiries.

How do you protect personal information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access personal information.

We use a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and our vendors and operators are required to keep the information confidential.

After a transaction, we do not store on our servers any personal private financial information (such as credit cards numbers, social security numbers, financials, etc.).

Can’t I just visit your website anonymously with my browser?

You may visit the Website anonymously. Nevertheless, we still use Google, as a third-party vendor, through cookies to serve ads on our Website. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on visits to our Website and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

So you use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to a user’s hard drive through the Web browser, if the user allows) enable sites or service providers systems to recognize the browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies to compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist in better understanding Website visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve business.

Does you disclose any information to outside parties?

While do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties personally identifiable information, as we stated, we do use trusted third parties who assist us in operating our Website, conducting our business, or servicing users, so long as those parties agree to keep the information confidential, which they should keep confidential. We may also release information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect our or others’ rights, property, or safety. Non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

No mobile information will be shared with third parties/affiliates for marketing/promotional purposes. All other categories exclude text messaging originator opt-in data and consent; this information will not be shared with any third parties.

What about third-party links?

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on its Website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

What other laws might apply?

Because we value user privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to follow the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We will therefore not distribute a user’s personal information to outside parties without their consent.

We follow the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule), and we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our Website, products, and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Are there any limits to this policy?

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our Website and not to information collected offline, except in the cases of donor information as detailed below.

How do I agree to these policies?

By using the website, you consent to our privacy policy.

Will you ever change or update this policy?

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

I still have questions! Where do I contact you?

If you have concerns regarding our privacy practices, contact us:

Divine Mercy University
45154 Underwood Ln.
Sterling, VA 20166

DMU Donor Privacy Policy

Last Updated 10/3/2023

I want to donate to you. Does your privacy policy cover my donations?

In addition to our privacy policy, our Donor Privacy Policy (“Donor Privacy Policy”) addresses any concerns that donors may have about their personal information. This Donor Privacy Policy applies to all information received by us, both online and offline, including electronic, paper, and verbal. We respect the trust of our online and offline donors and we are committed to protecting their privacy.

We may update the Donor Privacy Policy at our discretion and we recommend that you review this policy periodically. If you contribute to us, you consent to the Donor Privacy Policy.

Do you have any special security protocols that donors should be aware of?

Our third-party websites used to process donations are PCI compliant and our database is accessed through SSL-encrypted connections. Access to our database is restricted to select staff and contractors on a need-to-know basis with signed confidentiality agreements.

How do you collect donor information?

If you send us an e-mail or complete an online form containing personal information, we will collect and store that information, such as mailing address, email address, and phone number. We may use this information for a variety of reasons:

  • If we have any need to contact you, such as trouble with a donation, this contact information is used to contact the donor.
  • If you supply us with your mailing address, you may receive periodic mailings from us with updates about our programs and mission.
  • The e-mail address you provide may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your donation, in addition to receiving general emails about our programs and mission.

If your information changes (such as your address), please feel free to contact us with the updates so we can correct and update your personal data.

How do you use donor information?

We do share donor information (including name, address, phone number, email address, and giving history) with third-party vendors and donor databases for data and wealth analysis and fundraising modeling and strategies to support our fundraising efforts. These vendors and databases may store and use the information provided by us for their own fundraising strategies.

How can I opt-out?

You may opt out of having your information shared by us at any time by submitting this form.

If you no longer wish to receive general e-mails from us, you may opt-out by completing this form. We also provide an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every e-mail for those who wish to stop general e-mails. You may still receive donation-related emails.

Please note for texting that Message and Data Rates may apply. You can STOP messaging by replying STOP and get more help by sending HELP. 

If at any time you no longer wish to receive physical mailings from us, you may opt-out by completing this form. You may still, from time to time, receive donation-related mailings even if you opt out.