Silas Hunt and Old Main

Website Privacy Policy


This policy defines the official websites of the University of Arkansas, addresses collection and use of information in connection with such websites, and describes under what circumstances the university may disclose such information, consistent with Ark. Code § 25-1-114.

The university adheres to all applicable federal and state laws, as well as general university policies that are applicable to the use of computing resources. These include, but are not limited to, the laws and policies contained in Appendix A.

Official University Websites

Except as noted, the information in this privacy policy applies to all official University of Arkansas websites, which are defined as those administered through the university content management system, such as university colleges and schools, main departments, divisions, or other units typically reporting to or deemed official by the chancellor, provost, vice chancellors, deans, directors and/or department heads/chairs. These sites comply with the university template, graphics and Web standards as managed by the Office of University Relations. Certain official websites may have their own or supplementary privacy policies appropriate to their function or as required by law

Other Websites

Within the university domain ( are various websites that are not maintained by the university. These unofficial sites include, but are not limited to, RSO sites, personal websites of faculty, staff or students, and other campus entities. This privacy policy only applies to official university websites.

Access Information Collected

The university, while reserving its right to monitor communications via university websites for legal, policy or business reasons, including security and functionality, will not monitor the content of communications as a matter of normal business practice. However, the fact that communication occurred (such as when a user visits a university website or utilizes university websites to search for information or submit a form), may be routinely logged as a normal business practice.

Common information logged includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  •  the IP address of the user’s computer
  •  the date and time a user’s computer accessed our site
  •  the IP address and URL of a referring website
  •  the page the user requested from the university’s site
  •  the information that a user’s Web browser software sends, which typically identifies the browser software and may also indicate the operating system and type of CPU used in the user’s computer
  •  in the case of email, the sender and recipient's email addresses

Google Analytics

Some university websites use Google Analytics, a Web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., to collect information such as URLs, Internet domain and host names, browser software, date and time site visited, etc.

Voluntary Information

Services are provided through university websites via forms (e.g., admissions, financial aid requests, job applications), surveys, etc., whereby individuals are required to enter personal information in order to process the request, such as name, physical and email addresses, phone numbers, and financial data. If information requested is not entered, the services and/or requests cannot be accomplished online.

How Personal Data Is Used

As a general rule, the university does not track individual visitor profiles. This data is used to analyze aggregate traffic/access information for resource management, site planning, advertising and marketing.

When personally identifiable information is entered through university websites, typically the information requested and collected is only used to provide the information or services sought by the requester, just as a person might provide such information when visiting a university office in person or submitting the information via paper, for example, an application for admission.

However, the university may also use any information gathered through university websites or exchange such information with other entities in order to carry out normal university business operations, including marketing and subcontractor services. Legal requirements concerning use and disclosure of sensitive information will be applied to information maintained with these resources to the same extent that the requirements are applied to other records kept or maintained by the university. The university does not sell information collected through university websites to other entities.


Websites can use cookies to provide the user with tailored information from a website. A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to a browser, which may then store it on the user’s system. Some applications may require the user to accept cookies in order for the application to work properly. Two types of cookies exist, session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies contain data through which the Web application the visitor is using can maintain the continuity and state of a session. Session cookies expire upon user logout, closing of the browser or timed-out sessions. Persistent cookies contain information that may be useful across multiple sessions, such as identifying the user or other persistent attributes, and are typically not deleted. Data from cookies may also be used to identify user trends and patterns, provide services and record session information. Web browsers can be configured to refuse cookies, accept cookies, disable cookies and remove cookies as needed or desired.


The university has several sites that enable encrypted, online payments. The confidential information entered for these payment transactions is only to be used for purposes defined within/for the transaction. Some transactions are isolated from campus systems and managed by a third party.

Children’s Online Activities

Some university websites may present university-sponsored information or activities that are specifically designed for children. However, any such websites are intended to be used only by adults to voluntarily share information online, so that a child who is under the age of 13 can participate in these activities (e.g., camps and enrichment programs) or so that the child can receive information from the university. When a parent or legal guardian voluntarily signs up his or her child for one of these programs, the parent may be asked to provide:

  •  the child’s name
  •  mailing address
  •  phone number
  •  date of birth
  •  school and grade level
  •  email address
  •  parent or legal guardian’s name and email address