Privacy Policy

At University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media, we are dedicated to protecting your privacy and handling your information in a secure and confidential manner. We know that having trust and confidence in us as an institution is important to you. We value the trust you have placed in us to protect your information.

That’s why we at University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media are committed to making sure the non-public personal information you share with us in the course of your contact with us is kept confidential. Unless we indicate otherwise, the term “information” in this privacy policy means information that specifically identifies you as a student, alumni, donor, parent, listener, employee or vendor.

This statement discloses the privacy practices for University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media. To demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, we are disclosing the following information practices:

If you feel that we are not abiding by this posted privacy policy, please contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at 651-631-5166.

Information collection and use

University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media is the sole owner of the information collected by University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media, including information collected on our website. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to any other individual, business, or organization. University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media collects information from our users at several different points on our website, as well as by other means, such as by phone calls, donations, pledges, or mailed communications. In no instance will University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media give or sell any information that we have gathered from any of our constituents. All information is collected and retained for the sole purpose service by University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media to all of its constituents. (Students, donors, alumni, parents, listeners, staff, faculty, etc.)


We request information from the user on our giving forms. Here a donor must provide contact information (name and address) and, if applicable, financial information (credit card number, expiration date). This information is used to receipt gifts made to University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media, as well as to send pledge confirmations and other information. If we have questions or concerns regarding a gift, this contact information is used to contact the user.

Log files

On our website, we use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track users’ movements and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.


Our website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage our users to be aware and read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.


On our website, we offer the opportunity for alumni to submit updates to the alumni department and make a request that their e-mail addresses be listed in our online directory.


If a user signs up for other updates or newsletters we may offer, we ask for contact information such as name and e-mail address.

Security: Protecting your information

To keep your (and our) information strictly confidential, we protect it with physical and electronic safeguards, and we make sure that we abide by applicable federal security standards. We regularly review our processes and keep abreast of new technology. We do not allow anyone to have access to information unless we authorize or designate them to do so.

In addition, we require all outside businesses or organizations that we work with in any area of our organization, including marketing and data processing, to maintain the confidentiality of your information in accordance with this privacy policy and to comply with all applicable laws. However, we may report your information to government regulators, law enforcement agencies, as required by law in connection with a fraud investigation or in response to a subpoena or legal process.

Our systems are secured in the following ways to protect the collection and storing of personal and financially related information:

  • Participate in the VeriSign™ program, which certifies all of our secure servers.
  • Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology to transmit and store confidential information.
  • Use firewall protection, physical and electronic, and secure access protection to prevent unauthorized access to our data.

All of our users’ information is restricted on a need-to-know basis in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our gift receipting and fund raising departments) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy and what they can do to ensure our constituents’ information is protected. Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

By using this website, you consent to practices described in the Privacy Notice posted at this website. If you do not agree with this policy, please do not use this website. University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of this policy at any time. Your continued use of this website following the posting of changes to these terms means that you accept these changes.

Notification of changes

If we change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our website so our constituents are always aware of what information is collected and how we use it. We will use information in accordance with the currently privacy policy.

Special word to volunteers

We value your willingness to offer your time and talents to us. We also greatly value our donors and listeners, which is why we have notified you of this vital issue of privacy. As a volunteer, we appreciate your willingness to abide by and respect our commitment to keeping all the information gathered from our listeners and donors as private and properly protected.

If you have any questions about the security at our website, e-mail