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GSBS Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously, and we want you to know how we collect, use, share and protect your information. This Privacy Notice (Notice) describes how we may collect, store, use and share certain information about you and your usage of this site.

What types of information do we collect about you?

We collect information that you voluntarily provide directly to us.  We ask you for certain information, such as your name, address, email address, date of birth, phone number, program that interests you, expected starting term, where you are in the planning process, and your greatest motivation for entering graduate school.  We also collect your internet protocol (IP) address. 

Why do we collect the information?

We use the information we collect for things like:

  • Optimizing the performance and user experience of our sites
  • Operating, evaluating and improving our programs
  • Marketing and advertising our programs, including by inferring your interests from your responses
  • Sending you email communications
  • Conducting research and analysis of our services

How do we collect the information? 

  • Cookies – these are small files of text that collect and store information such as: how many times you visit the site, which pages you visit, your preferences for language, font size, and accessibility services.
  • Web beacons or pixel tags – these are clear graphic images delivered through a web browser or email. They record your visit to our web page and track your online use of our web page. 
  • Web Forms that you voluntarily complete
  • Registration for an event
  • Email communications sign-up 

What do we do with the information? 

We may use your information to contact you in the future with announcements about programs being offered at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).  We will not sell or rent the information to third parties outside of the University of Massachusetts Medical School without your consent. 

Who will have access to the information?

We will share your information with our vendor that captures the contact information and securely transmits it to us.  The vendor, Halda, LLC, and its affiliates may duplicate, analyze, transfer, modify, and otherwise use such data to provide, improve, market, or develop its offerings. We may share your information with our vendor Technolutions if the vendor needs access to troubleshoot a problem.     

We may also share your personal data with government and law enforcement agencies or regulators to 1) comply with a legal process, subpoena, order or other legal or regulatory requirement applicable to us; 2) enforce our terms of use or other policies; or 3) pursue available legal remedies or defend against legal claims. 

How do I consent?

By using our website and submitting your information, you agree to this Notice and consent to allow GSBS and its vendors to gather and use the information that you provide. 

What about personal information of individuals outside of the United States? 

The GSBS programs are located within the United States and subject to United States law.  The information related to the programs is published within the United States.  Personal information provided to us by users outside of the United States will be transferred to the United States, where data protection laws may differ from those of your home country. By using our website or providing us with your information, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to the United States, processed, and / or stored on servers in the United States. Your information will be used as provided in this Notice and all reasonable steps will be taken to protect your privacy in accordance with the applicable data privacy laws. 

How do we protect your information?

We use computer safeguards, including single sign-on and multifactor authentication, to protect your information.  If you are not comfortable providing your information on our website, you may provide your information by calling us at (508) 856-4135 or sending an email at GSBSwebsite@umassmed.edu, which are also located at the bottom of the GSBS website.

How can you stop receiving emails from us?

You can choose not to receive emails from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” link in any email you receive from us. 

How long will we retain your information?

We keep your information for as long as needed to fulfill the particular purpose for which it was collected.  We may also retain your records if legally required or to fulfill a legitimate interest.

How will you be notified if our Privacy Notice changes?

GSBS reserves the right to change, modify, or otherwise amend this Privacy Notice at its sole discretion and at any time as it deems circumstances warrant. If the Privacy Notice changes, GSBS will post an updated privacy statement with a modification date. Please check back often for the most current version. Your continued use of our website after any change in the Privacy Notice will constitute your acceptance of such changes. 

How can you contact us?

If you have questions about this Privacy Notice, please contact the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Office of Management at privacyandcompliance@umassmed.edu.