Bluefield University Privacy Notice

Bluefield University (“University”) respects the privacy of individuals who use its websites. We are committed to ensuring the privacy and security of your sensitive and confidential information provided to the University.

In addition to the information in this Privacy Notice, Acceptable use of IST Resources set forth requirements that you must follow when using the University’s websites and technology network.

This privacy notice provides you with information on how the University collects and processes your personal data through your use of this website, including any data you may provide through activities such as registering for a newsletter, requesting information, or purchasing a product or service.

It is important that you read this notice so that you are aware of how and why the University is using your personal information, which may be used independently or in combination to identify you.

 

What Data This Website Collects

The University will not obtain your personal information when you visit www.bluefield.edu, or any site within the bluefield.edu domain, without your expressed consent. There may be sites within the bluefield.edu domain that request personal information via forms. In these instances, the University will specifically request your consent to collect your data. If you choose not to provide personal data, the University may not be able to process your request.

Using Google Analytics (“GA”), the University does collect limited data from visitors to our websites, such as geographical location, device, internet browser, and operating system. This data is used to better understand how people find and use our webpages; however, none of this information personally identifies you to the University and every visitor is anonymized. GA also records your IP address which could be used to identify you but Google does not grant the University access to this data. GA also makes use of cookies; however, disabling cookies on your browser will stop GA from tracking any part of your visit to pages within a bluefield.edu website.

 

How the University Uses Your Personal Information

The University will only use your personal data for legitimate business. Should you choose to contact us and consent to providing us your data, none of the data that you supply will be stored by the website. That said, the data that you provide may be imported into mail services used for marketing purposes. You can request removal from any mailing list by request.

 

Third-Party Processors

We use several third parties to process personal data on our behalf and include:

 

Third-Party Links

The bluefield.edu website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins, and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties outside of the University to collect or share data about you. The University does not control these websites, plug-ins, and applications and is not responsible for their privacy policies. When you leave the University’s website, you are encouraged to read the privacy notice of every website or other link you visit.

 

Information Protection

The University implements reasonable physical, technical and administrative safeguards designed to prevent unauthorized access to or use of the information we collect online. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of such electronic data. However, we will only use your information for educational, research, marketing, or other purposes in furtherance of the University’s mission for which it was provided.

Your information will be retained or disposed of according to the University’s records management principles and policies.

 

Your Rights

You have a right to access and obtain a copy of your data and request us to change any incorrect or incomplete data. You can also request the University to delete or stop processing your data. The University will review all such requests and will remove identifying personal data that we do not have a legal or institutional obligation to maintain. Questions, concerns, and requests to delete personal information can be directed to the University’s Vice President of Technology:

Chip Lambert

[email protected]

 

Changes to Privacy Statement

This privacy statement will be revised to remain in accordance with changing legislation, technology, or industry standards. The University will not directly inform our website users of these changes. Instead, it is recommended that you check this page for updates. Changes to the Information Privacy Notice will be noted in the revision history section of the policy.

 

Last Updated: 8/20/2021

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231