Policies and Copyrights
The U of I web team complies with FERPA requirements to protect data around our students.
Please review the information below to learn about the University of Idaho's website usage and copyright policies.
- Learn how to use copyrighted materials for teaching, research and publishing.
- Review the university's computer use policies.
- Report a copyright violation.
- Visit the university's policy, Faculty Staff Handbook and Administrative Procedures Manual websites.
- Visit the State of Idaho Cybersecurity Awareness website.
In order to ensure that our website is continually improving, the University of Idaho needs to aggregate information about our users. We collect this information through the methods stated below and in a way that does not unacceptably compromise a user’s personal information.
Collecting information through the below stated methods allows us to communicate with users and build an accurate picture of their needs and wishes. This enables us to offer information that is relevant and truly interactive, which is what our users expect.
Methods to Collect Information
- Web beacons
A cookie is a text-only string of information that a web site transfers to the cookie file of the browser of your computer's hard disk so that the web site can remember who you are. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie came, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.
Types of Cookies
- Session cookies are temporary and remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the website.
- Persistent cookies can help a web site arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly
- Session cookies: We use session cookies to allow you to carry information across pages of the web site and avoid having to re-enter information.
- Persistent cookies: We use persistent cookies to help us recognize you as a unique visitor (just a number) when you return to the web site and to allow us to tailor content and the presentation of the web site to match your preferences.
We use information from both types of cookies to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users interact with the web site and help us improve the structure of the Web site. We cannot identify you personally from this information.
Disabling and Enabling Cookies
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, if cookies are disabled you may not be able to use all the interactive features of the web site.
Some of our Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes known as clear .gif images) that allow us to count users who have visited these pages. Web beacons collect only limited information, including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.
What information do you collect about a user?
We automatically collect data about our users' browsing actions and patterns. This is aggregate data and does not identify any individual.
We also may ask you to provide personal information on a voluntary basis in order to get a clearer picture of our users. It is entirely up to you whether you give us this information.
For what purposes do you collect and use this information?
We use aggregate audience details (where no individual is identifiable) to help us improve our understanding of users and their preferences. This assists us in arranging relevant content designed to meet the needs of specific audiences (alumni, students, etc). It also helps us develop the website and audit its use.