Schoology is a cloud-based learning management system and configurable social network for education. The platform provides a full suite of learning management tools, including an online gradebook, attendance, test/quizzes, discussion boards, blogs, and collaborative course and group pages. In order to promote student and teacher engagement, Schoology aims to leverage the familiarity and advantages of popular social media tools to promote communication and collaboration outside of the classroom. The social network permits multiple organizations to participate in shared classes, groups, and discussions.
Schoology participates in the U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor framework and the U.S. - Swiss Safe Harbor as set forth by the United States Department of Commerce. As part of our participation in the safe harbor, we have agreed to TRUSTe dispute resolution for disputes relating to our compliance with the Safe Harbor Privacy Framework. If you have any complaints regarding our compliance with the Safe Harbor you should first contact us (as provided above). If contacting us does not resolve your complaint, you may raise your complaint with TRUSTe by Internet here, fax to 415-520-3420, or mail to TRUSTe Safe Harbor Compliance Dept., click for mailing address. If you are faxing or mailing TRUSTe to lodge a complaint, you must include the following information: the name of company, the alleged privacy violation, your contact information, and whether you would like the particulars of your complaint shared with the company. For information about TRUSTe or the operation of TRUSTe's dispute resolution process, click here or request this information from TRUSTe at any of the addresses listed above. The TRUSTe dispute resolution process shall be conducted in English.
Schoology complies with the U.S.- E.U. Safe Harbor framework and the U.S.- Swiss Safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from the European Union member countries and Switzerland. Schoology has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view Schoology's certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor.
Usage of Schoology by Students
If a student is under the age of 13, a parent or legal guardian must give consent for the child to use Schoology.
Schoology collects limited personal information from minor students only where that student’s school, district, or teacher has contracted with Schoology to collect personal information for the use and benefit of the learning environment.
Schoology requires schools, districts, or teachers to obtain parental consent from parents.
If you believe that a student’s school, district, or teacher has not required parental consent prior to our collection of any personal information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student, the following provisions also apply:
- Be careful who you share your information with while using Schoology.
- You must get your parent or guardian to read these Terms before using Schoology.
- You will only register for and access Schoology as a student registrant, and not as a teacher, parent, or any other category of user.
- You will only access Schoology using the access code given to you by your teacher. You may not use any access codes which you receive from other students or which you did not receive directly from your teacher.
If you are accessing Schoology on behalf of a School or District, the following provisions also apply:
- You represent and warrant that you are solely responsible for complying with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), where applicable to you, which requires parental consent for online collection of personal information from children under 13.
- Where applicable, you must obtain verifiable parental consent (“Consent”) from all parents whose children will be accessing Schoology and provide a copy to us upon our request. For more information on COPPA, please see www.ftc.gov/privacy.
- You will only grant access codes to teachers and staff members who are current employees of your school or district. Upon termination of a teacher or other staff member’s employment with you, you will require such individual to return and cease using all access codes he or she has in his or her possession. If at any time you learn a user of Schoology claims to be affiliated with your school or district who is not, in fact, affiliated with your school or district, you will notify Schoology immediately.
If you are accessing Schoology as a Teacher, the following provisions also apply:
- You represent and warrant that you have permission from your school or district to enter into these Terms, to use Schoology as part of your curriculum.
- You represent and warrant that you are solely responsible for complying with COPPA, where applicable to you, which requires verifiable parental consent for online collection of personal information from children under 13.
- Where applicable, you must obtain Consent from all parents whose children under 13 will be accessing Schoology and provide a copy to us upon our request. For more information on COPPA, please see www.ftc.gov/privacy.
If you are accessing Schoology as a Parent, the following provisions also apply:
- You will only use the parent code(s) provided to you by your child or children’s teacher.
- You understand that your acceptance of these Terms indicates that you are agreeing to these Terms both on your own behalf as well as on behalf of your child or children who use Schoology. Children under 13 must not use Schoology until after a parent has accepted these Terms on their behalf.
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to how we use your Personal Information or Personal Information collected from children under age 13, we will notify you prior to the change becoming effective, by email, by means of notice on our home page, and parents by email in order to obtain verifiable parental consent for the new uses of the child's Personal Information.
Internet Privacy & Security
Schoology and your school work together to protect the online privacy of all of your school community members that use Schoology, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Schoology information collection, security, and privacy policies have been authorized by your school or teacher, and Schoology strives to manage your school's internet services in a secure manner. For example, Schoology uses industry-standard technology called SSL (Secure Socket Layer). SSL encrypts information transmitted across the internet to and from Schoology. You will know that SSL is working when you see the presence of an image of a closed lock or solid key in the bottom bar of your browser window. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure and “hacker-proof,” and Schoology cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information managed by the site, whether transmitted to Schoology by you, your school, or your teacher. Schoology shall not be liable if a security breach occurs, if the site malfunctions, or if information is misused or mismanaged in any way to your detriment or the detriment of a third party, whether by Schoology, your school, your teacher, or an unauthorized third party.
Information Collection & Use of your Personal Information
Schoology collects and analyzes data on how the service is used in the aggregate (how groups of people use Schoology) for the purpose of improving and enhancing its service. For example, Schoology might learn that school news and announcement pages receive a great deal of traffic, which might influence how this aspect of the service is delivered in the future. Schoology does not analyze information on how particular individuals use the service as part of general reporting procedures or in the usual course of business. However, information on individual usage of the system, including but not limited to individual IP addresses, may be analyzed on a case-specific basis to resolve a technical difficulty or to assist in resolving or investigating any misuse of the service; also, such individual usage information may be furnished to your school if your school requests such information to assist in the investigation of fraudulent, abusive, or criminal activity or any other use of Schoology that violates your school's rules or policies.
If you wish to obtain a quote we request your name, email address, phone number, position, school, size of school, city and state/country. We use this information to provide you with the best quote possible.
A child's participation or access to an activity cannot be conditioned on her providing more Personal Information than is reasonably necessary for that activity. Parents have the right to refuse further contact with their child by the site and have access to their child's information to have it deleted by contacting the school administrator.
Parents have the right to consent to the site's use of the child's Personal Information without having to consent to its disclosure of that information to third parties by contacting the school administrator.
As required by your school as part of their information management efforts. For example, if your school uses a certain third-party company to manage their classroom scheduling and attendance system, necessary information may be shared with that company to assist in those administrative tasks.
These information collection, management, and disclosure practices apply to parents, teachers, administrators, and students. If you are a parent, you agree that this is acceptable for you as well as any of your children that use Schoology. If you are a teacher, you agree that this is acceptable for you as well as any of your students that use Schoology.
We utilize certain third-party services to help us understand certain activities, so that we can improve the quality of our service. An example of such activities would be services that allow us to analyze our usage data. These services would be required to access non-personal information, solely for the purpose of improving service. No information at any point would be transferred or sold.
We may disclose your or your child’s personally identifiable information in connection with business transfers and purchases. As we continue to develop our business we may buy or sell business divisions or companies, we may merge or combine with another company, or our company itself and/or all or a significant part of its assets may be acquired by another company. We may provide any information we have to a potential counter-party in any such potential transaction. If such a transaction is completed, your or your child’s personally identifiable information may be one of the transferred and shared business assets. In the event that information is shared in this manner, notice will be posted on our Site.
We may also share de-identified and/or aggregated data with others for their own uses.
We reserve the right to disclose your or your child's personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.
Your Responsibility Regarding Use of the Service
It is your responsibility not to disclose your activation code, screen name and password to anyone. It is your responsibility to use this Service only for the purpose in which it was intended. Any use of the Service not in accordance with the intended purpose is prohibited.
User Generated Content
Schoology does not control the messages, information or files delivered to Discussion, Feedback Boards and any other user generated content. You understand and agree that Schoology has no obligation to monitor the Discussion, Feedback Boards or other user generated content . You also agree and understand that Subscribers choose to restrict or monitor your access to Discussion and Feedback Boards for any reason and you agree to bound by any such restrictions or monitoring.
Your school may use Schoology to host forums for online discussion or message posting about issues important to your community or school. Your school will decide how these online forums are used, including whether they are available to students. These are public forums, and information that users post may be available to other members of the school community, and in some cases even other schools or the public internet. You should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of the forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. You school will decide how it wishes to use online discussion and message boards. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at email@example.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
If you are a student, teacher, or faculty member you have the ability to chat with other students, teachers, or faculty members through private messages. Please be aware that any personal information you choose to share within these messages may be used by other members to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to share within these messages. The chat permissions may be turned off or on for students under 13 by their school.
Publishing Content / Communications
You acknowledge that all communications on Discussion, Feedback Boards, and any other user generated content are public and not private communications, therefore others may read what you say on the Internet without your knowledge. Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children on any Discussion or Feedback Board. Educate your children as to the proper way to use a Discussion or Feedback Board and the Internet.
Schoology does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Discussion or Feedback Board and, therefore, specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Discussion or Feedback Boards and any actions resulting from your participation in any on-line Discussion board service. The managers and hosts of these boards are not authorized Schoology spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of Schoology.
You acknowledge that your profile may be viewed by other users of the site, this includes your profile photo. Any information you choose to display on your profile may be viewed by other members of the site and may be used to send you unsolicited messages. Schoology is not responsible for any personal information you choose to share within your profile. Parents, Teachers and School Administrators reserve the right to edit students profiles at any time by logging into their accounts and choosing the students account they wish to update.
We post customer testimonials on our web site which may contain personally identifiable information. We do obtain the customer's consent via email prior to posting the testimonial to post their name along with their testimonial. To request removal of your personal information from our testimonials, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
Schoology is a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by Subscriber, third parties, and visitors. Accordingly, Schoology has no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, members or any other user of this Service, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of Schoology. Neither Schoology nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.
In many instances, the content available through the Service represents the opinions and judgments of the respective information provider, or the user and not necessarily that of Schoology. Schoology neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on Schoology's Service by anyone other than authorized Schoology employee spokespersons while acting in their official capacities. Under no circumstances will Schoology be liable for any loss or damage caused by a user's reliance on information obtained through Schoology. It is your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other content available through this Service. Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information, opinion, advice or other content.
Updating, Correcting or Deleting Personally Identifiable Information
If yours or your child's personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, or delete it by making the change on our member information page or by emailing our Customer Support at email@example.com. We will respond your access request within 30 days.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
You have the ability to update your privacy settings at any time while using the site. You may do so by going to the “account” drop down and selecting “privacy settings” . Within this section of the site you have the ability to control who may view your profile, updates, media albums, courses, email address, blog and who may message you.
Technologies such as cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by Schoology and our tracking utility partners who provide online customer support and video management. These technologies are used to make it easier for you to navigate our site, to store your passwords so you don’t have to enter it more than once, analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements throughout the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.
We partner with a third party to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather certain information about your activities on other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here (or if you are located in the European Union click here).
We use Local Storage Objects (LSOs) such as Flash to store content information and preferences. Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising for Schoology on other sites based upon your Web browsing activity use LSOs such as HTML5 or Flash to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LSOs. To manage Flash LSOs please click here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html
As true of most Web Sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. We do not link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you.
Links to Other Sites
If you click on a link to a third-party site, you will leave schoology.com and be redirected to the site you selected. Because we cannot control the activities of third parties, we cannot accept responsibility for any use of your personally identifiable information by such third parties, and we cannot guarantee that they will adhere to the same privacy practices as schoology.com. We encourage you to review the privacy statements of any other service provider from whom you request services. If you visit a third-party website that is linked to the schoology.com site, you should read that site's privacy statement before providing any personally identifiable information.
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