Privacy and Copyright

  • All text, images, logos and information contained on the Darden website are the intellectual property of the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the University of Virginia unless otherwise registered and are protected under the U.S. Copyright Act 17 U.S.C. 101-810 and international treaties. Copyright gives the owner exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display or license a given work. Whether or not a website includes a statement about copyright, the U.S. copyright act provides protection for such works, and they may not be used or reproduced without permission.

    It is the responsibility of all parties storing materials on the Darden websites to ensure that such material does not violate other parties' proprietary rights and does not otherwise violate law or applicable University policy. Darden reserves the right to delete or make inaccessible files that contain material that is in violation of law or of applicable University policy. Darden is not responsible for any errors in the material provided on its websites and shall not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of any material found on official Darden websites or on any other sites with University of Virginia domain addresses. DO NOT copy or adapt the HTML that Darden creates to generate pages or any other object code, source code, programming code, data, information or HTML script, as these are also covered by Darden's copyright.

    Links to Other Sites

    Provision of links from official Darden websites to sites located outside of the University of Virginia domain does not imply endorsement or credibility of the service, information or product offered through the linked sites. Web developers should avoid the following: creating links to other websites that the developer knows contain infringing or defamatory material; inserting from other websites inline images or graphics into Darden HTML documents; and framing as a means of linking websites.

    Respect for Copyrights of Digital Materials and Software

    July 2001 (Revision of the previous Software Copyright Policy approved October 1995)
    Effective on an interim basis pending review by the Office of the General Counsel

    It is the policy of the Darden School and the University to respect the copyright protections given by federal law to owners of digital materials and software. It is against University policy for faculty, staff or students to use University equipment or services to access, use, copy or otherwise reproduce or make available to others any copyright-protected digital materials or software except as permitted under copyright law (especially with respect to "fair use") or specific license.

    The software provided through the University for use by faculty, staff and students may be used only on computing equipment as specified in the various software licenses.

    The University regards violation of this policy as a serious matter, and any such violation is without its consent and is subject to disciplinary action. Repeated violations will result in loss of computing privileges, among other sanctions.

    Pursuant to 37 CFR 201.38, the University has designated the following person to receive notification from copyright owners of claimed infringement of copyright:

    Shirley Payne
    Claimed Copyright Infringement
    University of Virginia
    108 Cresap Road Charlottesville, VA 22904-4217
    (telephone) +1-434-982-2249
    (facsimile) +1-434-924-3579

    Privacy Notice

    Commitment to Privacy. Individuals' privacy is important to the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Virginia. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information policy and practices. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available through a link on our homepage.

    Our privacy and public records obligations are governed solely by applicable Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Privacy Protection Act of 1976, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and by any applicable U.S. federal laws.

    Notice About the Information We Collect. This notice applies to all information collected by or submitted to official University of Virginia websites. The following information explains the Internet privacy policy and practices that Darden has adopted for its official websites. In legal terms, it shall not be construed as a contractual promise, and Darden reserves the right to amend it at any time without notice.

    When you access our websites, the client information and the essential and nonessential technical information listed below is automatically collected — we refer to those categories collectively as "access" information. No other information is collected through our official websites except when you deliberately decide to send it to us (for example, by clicking on a link to send us an email). The information you might choose to send us is listed below as "optional information."

    • Automatically Collected Access Information

      • Client information: the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using.

      • Essential technical information: identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using and the date and time of access.

      • Nonessential technical information: the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our website and the "cookie information" described below.

    • Optional information:
      -> when you send us an email:
      • your name, email address and the content of your email.

      -> when you complete online forms:
      • all the data you choose to fill in or confirm, including credit or debit card information if you are ordering a product or making a payment, as well as information about other people if you are ordering a gift and want it sent directly to the recipient's address.

    The Darden School uses web traffic analysis tools to analyze patterns of use on the website. These tools do not create individual profiles for visitors and only collect aggregate data.

    The Way We Use Information. Client information is used to route the requested webpage to your computer for viewing. In theory, the requested webpage and the routing information could be discerned by other entities involved in transmitting the requested page to you. We do not control the privacy practices of those entities. Essential and nonessential technical information helps us respond to your request in an appropriate format [or in a personalized manner] and helps us plan website improvements. Optional information enables us to provide services or information tailored more specifically to your needs or to forward your message or inquiry to another entity that is better able to do so, and also allows us to plan website improvements.

    We may use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website. For example, we may report that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

    We may keep client information from our systems indefinitely after the webpage is transmitted, but we do not try to obtain any information to link it to the individuals who browse our website. However, on rare occasions when a "hacker" attempts to breach computer security, logs of access information are retained to permit a security investigation and in such cases may be forwarded together with any other relevant information in our possession to law enforcement agencies.

    Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, any records in our possession at the time of a Freedom of Information Act request might be subject to being inspected by or disclosed to members of the public for any purpose they may desire. As indicated above, client information may be retained after transmission of the requested webpage and might be available for inspection.

    We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order or request only to complete that order or request. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order or request. Similarly, we use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order or request only to complete that order or request. Again, we do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order or request. Information you provide may be used for internal Darden purposes.

    We generally use return email addresses only to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are generally not used for any other purpose and by Darden and state policy are not shared with outside parties.

    Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without a clear notice on the particular site and without also providing you an opportunity to opt out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

    Use of Cookies. Some official University of Virginia websites use "cookies." Often a cookie enables the University website to tailor what you see according to the way you entered the site (i.e., if you entered by pushing a button identifying yourself as a student, your subsequent views of information might be tailored for student audiences). For this kind of cookie, the information stored in that cookie might include the following (formatted for legibility):

    Name: UVA_cookie Session: 973016679.175537
    Timestamp: 973021258
    Portal: 0
    Expires: Tue, 01-May-2001 19:40:58 GMT
    Path: /

    Providing Information Is Your Choice. There is no legal requirement for you to provide any information at our website.  However, our website will not work without routing information and the essential technical information. Failure of your browser to provide nonessential technical information will not prevent your use of our website, but may prevent certain features from working. For any optional information that is requested at the website, failure to provide the requested information will mean that the particular feature or service associated with that part of the webpage may not be available to you.

    Our Commitment To Data Security. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online, consistent with the policies of the University and with the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Questions Regarding Your Privacy. For further information regarding your privacy, contact:

    Eric L. Fletcher
    Policy Compliance and Contract Administrator
    University of Virginia's Darden School of Business
    +1-434-924-3733 (phone)
    +1-434-924-4330 (fax)