ACICS Privacy Policy

Our Commitment To Privacy 
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is committed to protecting the privacy of our member institutions, and we take extensive measures to ensure the safety and security of its Web site and information collected through the Web site. This Privacy Policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit the ACICS Web site and how that information may be used.

Types of Users
For the purpose of this privacy statement, several types of Web site users will be defined.

General Users are any visitors to the ACICS Web site. Visitors may access any of the public areas of the Web site without having to submit any personal information.

Registered Users are individuals who voluntarily submit contact information to gain access to certain areas of the Web site.

The Information We Collect 
This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the ACICS Web site. On some pages, you can complete and pay for an application, register for a workshop, or complete the Annual Institutional Report. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

     Email address
     Phone number
     Credit/Debit Card Information

On some pages, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you register a colleague for a workshop, you will need to submit the attendee's address. In this circumstance, the types of personal information collected are:

     Phone Number
     Credit/Debit Card Information

Like most web sites, the ACICS site uses "cookies" to allow you to move more quickly through the ACICS site. We use this information only for purposes of planning and tracking, as well as assisting the technical function of our site. By understanding how our site is accessed, we can continually improve it to respond to users’ interests. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to deny or accept the cookie feature. Please note that cookies may be necessary to enable you to use certain features on the ACICS site.

We regularly compile aggregate statistics that show the number of visitors to our site and the searches for particular information on our Web site. These aggregated statistics are used by internal ACICS technical support staff to improve the Web site in an ongoing effort to provide better information and services to our members.

The Way We Use Information 
We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order only to provide the service and confirmation. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security 
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Messages that you send to us by e-mail may not be secure. We recommend that you do not send any confidential information to us by e-mail. If you choose to send confidential information to us via e-mail, you accept the risk that a third party may intercept this information.


How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by:

  1. Logging into the ACICS eBusiness area of the Web site

You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Links to Other Sites
The ACICS Web site contains links to other sites. ACICS is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage users to be aware when they leave our Web site and to read the privacy statements of other Web sites they visit, especially before submitting personally identifiable information.

How To Contact Us 
Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please direct them to . You may also send a letter to or call:

     750 First Street, NE
     Suite 980
     Washington, DC 20002
     (202) 336- 6780

Changes in our Privacy Policy
Any changes to our Privacy Policy will be posted on this page so that you are always aware of our policies. We may also contact you by email with any changes.