Online Privacy Statement and Website Safety Information

This online privacy statement is intended to inform you of the ways in which this website collects information, the uses to which that information will be put, and the ways in which we will protect any information you choose to provide us.

Information Voluntarily Provided by You

In the course of using this website, you may choose to provide us with information to help us serve your needs. You may send us electronic mail to request information, or you may send us your address so we may send you an application or other material. Any personally identifiable information you send us will be used only for the purpose indicated. Requests for information will be directed to the appropriate staff to respond to the request. We will not exchange or distribute your personally identifiable information without your consent, except to the extent required by law. If you do not wish to have the information used in this manner, you are not required to provide it.

You must be 13 years of age or older to provide us with information to helps us serve your needs. If you are younger than 13, please ask a parent to provide your information for you.

Network Traffic Logs

In the course of ensuring network security and consistent service for all users, we employ software programs to do such things as monitor network traffic, identify unauthorized access or access to nonpublic information, and detect computer viruses. Information from these activities is used only for the purpose of maintaining the security and performance of our networks and computer systems. Personally identifiable information from these activities is not released to external parties without your consent unless required by law.

Web Visit Logs

This information includes the pages visited on the site, the date and time of the visit, the amount of time spent on the site, the internet address (URL or IP address) of the referring site, the domain name and IP address from which the access occurred, the version of browser used, the search terms used to find our site, and search terms used on our site search engine. This site makes no attempt to identify individual visitors from this information: any personally identifiable information is not released to external parties without your consent unless required by law.

Cookies

Cookies are pieces of information stored by your web browser on behalf of a website and returned to the website on request. This site may use cookies to carry data about your current session at the site from one web page to the next, or to identify you to the site between visits. Unless otherwise notified on this site, we will not store data, other than for these purposes, in cookies. Cookies remain on your computer, and accordingly we neither store cookies on our computers nor forward them to any external parties.

Netiquette

Netiquette — short for “network etiquette” or “Internet etiquette” — is a set of guidelines for how to communicate appropriately on the web. As a Mizzou K–12 Online student, you will be expected to follow these guidelines in your interactions with your instructor and fellow students.

  • Be respectful — Online, as in life, the Golden Rule applies: Treat others as you would like to be treated. There are effective ways to disagree with someone without being insulting. Keep in mind that sarcasm can sometimes be misinterpreted in an online environment.
  • Use appropriate language  Avoid foul language and rude or vulgar comments.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling  Typos and spelling mistakes are bound to happen, but excessive errors are distracting. Use a browser with a built-in spell checker if you need help!
  • Respect others’ privacy  Do not quote or forward personal messages or information without the original author’s permission.
  • Avoid plagiarism  It is never acceptable to copy and paste the work of others and call it your own. Be sure to cite your sources correctly.

For more on appropriate online behavior, view Show Me Respect: Tips for Thwarting Cyberbullying, Cyber-Harassment and Cyberstalking from the University of Missouri’s Equity Office which students are welcome to contact with their concerns.