The Hill School collects personal information that you voluntarily send or permit us to obtain from third parties, for purposes relevant to school operations in pursuit of our mission. Examples include information needed for student admission (including financial aid information), employment, bookstore ordering, gifts/fundraising, institutional research, and topical surveys.
The Hill School may use the information you provide to process student enrollment, financial aid, student or employee registrations, job applications, and other services and benefits that we provide to our students, employees, alumni, and other persons. Any email address, physical mailing address, phone number, or other contact information you provide may be used to send you information about the School, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
Use of this Website
By using The Hill School website, you are deemed to have consented to the practices described in this policy.
When you visit our website, we do not collect personally identifying information about you unless you choose to share such information with us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. This website does automatically collect information about you that is not personally identifiable. Examples of this type of information include the type of Internet browser you are using, the type of computer operating system you are using, the IP address of your computer, and the domain name of the website from which you linked to this website. This information is used solely to provide the school with overall statistics on website usage and to evaluate generalized user demographics.
When you visit our website, some information may be stored on your computer. This information will be in the form of a cookie or similar file and will allow the website to tailor the experience to your interests and preferences. With most Internet browsers, cookies can be blocked or erased after visiting a website. You may disable cookies through your individual browser options. Some aspects of this website may not function properly if your browser is set to block cookies.
The Hill School may also use customized links or other similar technologies to review email links that you click. Each email communication includes an unsubscribe link allowing you to stop delivery of that type of communication.
The Hill School strives to protect your personal information. While no system can provide guaranteed security, we make reasonable efforts to keep information provided secure. For example, any information submitted via this website is encrypted using SSL, an industry standard security technology. This encryption is designed to prevent the theft or interception of the information you provide. SSL encryption is indicated on your Web browser by the display of a lock or key on the browser status bar.
The Hill School also employs a variety of technical and procedural measures to protect your information from misuse and unauthorized access. Technology strategies include firewalls, network segmentation, security group-based access permissions, log monitoring, data encryption, and other technical measures to safeguard your data from unauthorized access. These technologies combined with additional procedures limit access to your information to the fewest number of individuals who need that information for operational and strategic purposes.
Billing and Credit Card Information
To enable payment via our merchant services provider, credit card information collected by The Hill School is only used to process your transaction. Credit card information will only be shared with third parties who are contracted with The Hill School to complete the purchase transaction (e.g., those who help fulfill orders and process credit card payments). Credit card and ACH information is not stored on The Hill School servers. For recurring draft payments or donations, bank account numbers and financial institution routing numbers are stored securely by our merchant service providers and are not visible to The Hill School employees.
Rights for Individuals in the European Economic Area
For individuals in the European economic area, you have the right in certain circumstances to (1) access your personal information; (2) to correct or erase information; (3) restrict processing; and (4) object to communications, direct marketing, or profiling. To the extent applicable, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides further information about your rights. You also have the right to lodge complaints with your national or regional data protection authority.
If you are inclined to exercise these rights, we request an opportunity to discuss with you any concerns you may have. To protect the personal information we hold, we may also request further information to verify your identity when exercising these rights. Upon a request to erase information, we will maintain a core set of personal data to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in the future, as well as any information necessary for archival purposes. We may also need to retain some information for legal purposes, such as complying with US government laws and regulations (e.g., US IRS compliance). In the event of an actual or threatened legal claim, we may retain your information for the purposes of establishing, defending against or exercising our rights with respect to such claim.
If you provide information directly to The Hill School from the European Economic Area (EEA), you consent to the transfer of your personal information outside of the EEA to the United States. You understand that the current laws and regulations of the United States may not provide the same level of protection as the data and privacy laws and regulations of the EEA.
You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide any personal data to The Hill School (other than personal data provided in connection with your status as a Hill School student or employee, if applicable).
The information found on The Hill School website provides links to external websites located outside the “thehill.org” domain. The Hill School is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of the external websites to which we link.
Policy Updates and Contact Information
This policy was last reviewed and amended on September 7, 2022.