Privacy Policy

The Community Center for Teaching Excellence (CCTE)  is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the CCTE Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the CCTE website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Information Collected Automatically When You Visit 

When you use the CCTE website, our servers may collect information indirectly and automatically (through, for example, the use of your “IP address”) about your activities while visiting the site, including the web pages you view, the times you view them, and information about the browser you are using.   This browsing information is used for internal purposes to help us understand how the site is being used, and for systems administration purposes.

None of the above information is deemed to constitute personal information by the Internet Privacy and Security Act.  The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes, and CCTE is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information for commercial marketing purposes.

Collection of Your Personal Information

We handle in strict confidence the information that we learn about you when you visit our website. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our website or participate in other CCTE services, activities, etc. We will not obtain personal identifying information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide such information.

If you elect to participate in CCTE Blogs or Forums, you must enter personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number.  Concerning this personal information:

  • CCTE does not sell, rent or lease  lists to third parties.
  • We use personal identifying information  in various ways to provide the educational services and support you request. For example, we use your email address to respond to your questions and submissions.
  • Personal information about CCTE members and users may occasionally be shared with outside contractors, auditors, consultants, partners and others contracted by CCTE to assist in carrying out financial, evaluation or operational activities.  CCTE informs recipients of information about safeguarding personal information and requires it be used only for authorized purposes consistent with this privacy policy.
  • From time to time CCTE may conduct surveys in order to evaluate the use of our services, programs, etc.; we may use your information to contact you about participation in the evaluation/surveys.
  •  CCTE is not responsible for the privacy practices of non-CCTE websites, services, or organizations to which CCTE may link, refer, or recommend.
  • Member information (such as name, address, and affiliation of Faculty Fellows or Facilitation Committee members) is provided as a service, offering a convenient way to network with colleagues. The data provided may not be harvested or collected in any other way, either manually or through automated methods, sold to others, incorporated into any type of database, used to generate mailing lists, or employed for any commercial purpose.

Use of Cookies

We use cookies to improve your experience on the site and to understand how visitors use different features and services.

  • A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
  • One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you provide personal information to CCTE, a cookie helps the site recall your specific information on subsequent visits. When you return to the  CCTE site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies.

  • Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the CCTE website.


CCTE  implements and follows industry standard measures to protect against unauthorized access to and unlawful interception or processing of personal information. However, no Internet site can fully eliminate all security risks.

We cannot ensure that your personal information will not be disclosed to third parties. For example, we may be legally obligated to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may circumvent our security measures to unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications.

You may contact CCTE at any time, by emailing to request that your personal information be removed from our database, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the site.

Children’s Guidelines

If you are under 13, please have your parent(s) or guardian(s) read this policy and approve your use of our services. At any time, your parent(s) or guardian(s) have the right to request that we remove your personal information by contacting the webmaster as noted in the paragraph above.

Changes to this Statement

CCTE will occasionally update this Privacy Statement.  We encourage you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how CCTE is protecting your information.

Questions or comments regarding this policy should be sent to


This policy has been adapted and reproduced with permission from MERLOT – the Multimedia Resource for Learning Online and Teaching ( All rights reserved.