Northwest Mississippi Community College is firmly committed to the privacy and security of your information. Below is an explanation of how we gather, use, and protect your information.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974(FERPA) establishes privacy rights of students with regard to educational records. FERPA gives enrolled students the right to review their educational records, request amendment of records, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information. Unless there is a Waiver of Rights to Privacy of Records form on file in with the college, student education and financial records can only be discussed with and made available to the student.
This information is made available to Northwest employees representing campus organizations which require minimum scholastic averages for membership, and organizations and/or societies awarding financial assistance (grants, scholarships, and loans).
The following student information will be treated as Directory Information for Public Records Requests:
- Name, home address, phone number and email address.
- Classification (Fr., Soph., etc.), major field of study, dates of attendance, full or part-time student, degrees awarded and dates granted, and campus attended.
- Participation in College and /or civic sponsored activities and sports and vital statistics recorded for participants in such activities, such as height and weight.
Directory Information is treated as general information and will be released upon request unless a written request that it not be released is received by the Office of Admissions and Records, Senatobia, MS, within thirty (30) days from the beginning of any period of registration.
Information Technology Facilities
The management of the Northwest Network is consistent with the parameters outlined in our Acceptable Use Policy for Computing.
The information technology facilities at Northwest Mississippi Community College consist of a data network that encompasses all three campuses. The network provides connectivity for Northwest-owned devices, personal devices, and peripherals. Users consist of ALL students, faculty, staff, and guest users. These facilities are provided to users for educational and administrative activities. All users must utilize these systems in an efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Use of these facilities must be consistent with Northwest policies as well as all existing federal and state laws. Access to computing facilities is a privilege, not a right. Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in disciplinary action as described in the Northwest Student Bulletin or the Northwest Policy Manual.
The College uses programs to collect data about traffic on our network. We do not attempt to personally identify users unless the data we collect represents prohibited traffic.
Northwest has appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial processes and procedures in place to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, to assist in maintaining data security, to quickly identify and address any vulnerabilities, and to assist in correctly using the information we collect online.
- Data files or messages being sent via the network are not private or secure communications.
- Northwest reserves its right, as owner of the network, to examine, capture, and archive any messages transmitted over the network and to review any data stored on Northwest-owned devices under the direction of the Network Administrator or Director of Management Information Systems.
- If the security of the network is threatened, Northwest’s requirement to maintain the network’s integrity and protect the rights of users may supersede the individual user’s privacy.
Security Precautions You Should Take
Although we make every effort to secure our network, the College cannot guarantee privacy of online communications. Use discretion in providing information in online classes, chat rooms, or other open forums on the Web. When using myNWCC or Canvas to access personal records, be sure to ‘LOGOUT’, exit the site AND close your browser. Otherwise, the next person to use the computer may see your information.
Alternate Ways to Submit Information
You have a choice about whether to provide personal information online. For other options, contact us and learn how you can provide information by phone, in person, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Sites Have Different Policies
This site contains links to sites outside the college; these sites may have their own privacy statement – or none at all. We urge you to exercise caution when providing personal data to any site. Check their policies and contact them if you have questions.
Everything Subject To Change
College policies are subject to change. We encourage you to check back for updates from time to time.