Effective Date: September 11, 2017
Last revised: February 6, 2023
This Policy applies only to information we collect online and does not apply to information we collect in person or through other means. This Policy applies to visitors to the Site and to Users of the Network and Services who have created accounts through the Site (“You” or “Your”). Except as otherwise specified herein, the term “Site” shall include and incorporate activities conducted on and through the “Network” and “Services.”
Children’s Online Privacy
Our Site is not intended for children or minors under the age of thirteen years without the permission of a parent or guardian. If You are a parent or guardian and discover that personal information from or about Your minor child has been provided on this Site, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information We Collect in General
In general, You can visit our Site without disclosing Your identity or personal information. There may, however, be instances when we ask You to provide certain personal information, such as Your name, address, telephone number, email, job title, or place of employment. If You voluntarily provide us with Your personal information through the Site, You consent to the collection and processing of such information by Ascend and our third party partners. You are not required to provide such personal information, but if You choose not to do so, it may impact our ability to provide You with certain services or assistance. You may withdraw Your consent at any time by contacting us as provided below and terminating your account.
We may use Your email address to send You messages, including to communicate about the Network and Services, provide regular updates, or convey special offers. We may also contact You by telephone if You voluntarily provide us with Your telephone number to discuss the Network and our Services. You may opt out of receiving communications from us at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the email or by contacting us as provided below.
We may use the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device You use to access our Site to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our web site. Your IP address identifies Your device and allows us to gather broad demographic information on Site visitors. Individual visitors will remain anonymous, unless You voluntarily tell us who You are.
In general, we use the information we collect through the Site:
- to provide the information and services You request;
- to provide You with a personalized experience when You use our Site;
- to contact You with information and notices related to Your use of our Site;
- to improve the functionality and usability of our Site;
- to better understand Your needs and interests;
- for security or fraud prevention purposes; and
- for any other purpose identified in an applicable privacy notice, click-through agreement, or other agreement between You and us.
Information We Collect from Candidates
In addition to information we may collect from You when You visit our Site, we may collect additional information that You may provide when You create an account as a Candidate, as described below. You will be asked to disclose general information about You to initiate the Candidate evaluation process, activate Your Network account, and build Your profile. Information labeled “optional” will not be required to activate a Network account and will not be considered in Ascend’s decision to extend an offer to activate Network accounts.
- First and Last Name
- Email Address
- Photo (optional)
- Connection to LinkedIn (optional)
- Educational Attainment
- Institution of Current or Former Enrollment
- Anticipated or Actual Graduation Date
- Grade Point Average
- Degree type (Bachelors, Associates, etc.)
- Major(s) and Minor(s) (if applicable)
- Pell Eligibility (optional)
- First-Generation College Student Status (optional)
- Government-Sponsored Scholarship Awards (optional)
- Race/Ethnicity (optional)
- Gender (optional)
- Veteran Status (optional)
- Information relating to your experiences and interests
- Self-Assessment Questionnaire (mandatory for Network account activation; see “Use of the Network, Site, and Services”)
Candidates may also be asked to provide information, such as name, resume, email, phone number, and information relating to Your education and work experience, in order to create a candidate profile (“Profile Information”). Profile Information will be accessible to all Employers and Community Partners on the Network. When requesting additional information from a Candidate, we will provide guidance in the Network concerning these disclosures. You are not required to provide this information to complete the profile, but if You choose not to do so, it could impact Your experience on and the functionality of the Network (up to an inability to participate in the Network).
Candidates may also be asked to provide certain information which we, or our third-party partners, may use for research or product development and improvement purposes. This information, hereinafter “Private Information,” includes: Pell Grant Eligibility; First-Generation College Student Status; Government-Sponsored Scholarship Awards; Race/Ethnicity; Veteran Status; and Citizenship/Work-Eligibility Status. Except as otherwise provided in this Policy, Ascend will not share Private Information on Your candidate profile or with any third party without Your permission. Additional instructions and guidance concerning these disclosures will be clearly provided within the Network when the disclosure is requested.
Protecting Your Information
The Site maintains appropriate security measures to ensure the security of personal information covered by this Policy and to protect such information from unauthorized use, access, or loss. We follow reasonable policies and procedures to protect personal information and comply with all applicable laws, including by limiting access to personal information and maintaining a written data security policy that describes the policies and procedures by which we maintain data security. We maintain reasonable administrative, physical, and technological measures to protect the confidentiality and security of information You submit on or through our Site in accordance with applicable laws. Unfortunately, no website or server is completely secure. We cannot guarantee that Your personal information will not be disclosed, misused or lost, including by the unauthorized acts of others.
Sharing Your Information
We do not sell or rent any personal information we collect on this Site to any third party. We do not disclose any personal information to any third party except as needed to fulfill the purposes of this Site. We may share Your personal information:
- With an Employer, including the Employer’s designated Users, through the Network or other electronic means or as authorized by the Candidate;
- With the Candidate, as described in the Network and authorized by the Employer’s account Administrator;
- With a Community Partner, so that they may access Candidate and Employer profile information, subject to a written agreement, to help further Ascend’s goals and provide career opportunities for Candidates or job-seekers for Employers;
- With the academic institution to which the student is enrolled and has signed an Agreement with Ascend; and
- With our subcontractors or third-party partners who provide services to us, including relating to business operations, our hardware, software, databases, data security, and communications infrastructure.
We may share Your personal information as required by law, or in order to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, or to otherwise protect our legal or contractual rights or obligations. We may also disclose, transfer, or otherwise provide, in connection with a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other transaction involving all or part of our assets, Your personal information to one or more third parties as part of, or in relation to, that transaction. In such circumstances, You will be notified via a prominent notice on our Site of any change in ownership or uses of Your personal information, as well as any choices You may have regarding Your personal information. Ascend does not permit third parties, and such parties are not authorized, to bulk collect student data or other marketable information from the Network through the use of scripts (“scraping” technology) or similar technologies or methodologies.
Third Party Websites
State Privacy Rights
If You are a resident of certain states, including California, You may have the right to learn additional information about how we protect Your personal information. Your browser may deliver a “Do-Not-Track (‘DNT’) signal” to this Site that is designed to provide You the ability to exercise choice about the collection of Your personal information and online activities over time and across third party sites. Because of the changing state of technology, we currently do not make any guarantee that we will honor DNT signals. To learn more about Do Not Track, You may visit https://allaboutdnt.com.
California residents who have an established business relationship with us have the right to prevent us from disclosing their personal information to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes. You may exercise this opt-out right, free of charge, by contacting us as described below.
Parts of our Site may use a browser feature called "cookies." A "cookie" is a small data file that is placed on the hard drive (or equivalent storage device) of Your computer (or similar computing device) when You visit a web site so that the website can recognize You when You revisit and remember certain information about You. This can include which pages You have visited, choices You have made from menus, any specific information You have entered and the time and date of Your visit. A "session cookie" expires immediately when You end Your session (i.e., close Your browser). A "persistent cookie" stores information on the hard drive so that when You end Your session and return to the same web site at a later date, the cookie information is still available. In addition to session cookies and persistent cookies, there may be other cookies which are set by websites which You have chosen to visit, such as this Site, to provide us or third parties with information.
In addition to the cookies we deliver to your computer or mobile device through this Site, certain third parties may deliver cookies to you for a variety of reasons. For example, to help us understand how visitors interact with our Site, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics tool. To learn more about Google Analytics, click here. If You do not want information about Your visit to our Site sent to Google Analytics, You may download an Opt-out Browser Add-on by clicking here. Please note that the Add-on does not prevent information from being sent to us.
Other third parties may deliver cookies (or other tracking technologies, including web beacons or tracking pixels) to Your device for the purpose of tracking Your online behaviors over time and across nonaffiliated sites and delivering targeted advertisements either on this Site or on other websites. For example, we use the Facebook Pixel to better understand who visits our website and to provide you relevant targeted advertisements on other websites.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. However, You can disable cookies if You wish, generally through changing Your internet software browsing settings. It may also be possible to configure Your browser settings to enable acceptance of specific cookies or to notify You each time a new cookie is about to be stored on Your computer enabling You to decide whether to accept or reject the cookie. You can also disable or delete the stored data used by technology similar to cookies, by managing Your browser’s “add-on settings.” As our cookies allow You to access some of this Site’s features, we recommend that You leave cookies enabled. Otherwise, if cookies are disabled, it may mean that You experience reduced functionality of the Site or Network.
Additionally, you can visit Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) website and use the opt-out procedure, which can be used to opt-out from the use of data for interest based advertising purposes from Ascend. To access this service, please visit the DAA at: http://www.aboutads.info/choic.... Please be aware that if You do not configure Your browser, or actively opt out, You will accept cookies provided by our Site.
If You wish to review or make changes to Your personal information in Your account on the Network, You may send a written request to Ascend at email@example.com or 1210 Waterway Boulevard #5000, Indianapolis, IN 46202. You always have the opportunity to review and change the information You provide to us by logging into Your account and entering in the new information Yourself. If at any time You would like additional information about any requested disclosure or this Policy, or would like to exercise any of Your choices under this Policy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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