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Sacred Heart Major Seminary (“SHMS”) respects and protects the privacy rights of all individuals that use www.shms.edu (the “Site”). Any personally identifiable information that is provided on the Site will be kept private and only used for its intended purposes and to fulfill the mission and direction of SHMS. 

This Information Privacy Statement will fully disclose our policy about the collection, maintenance, use, disclosure, and security of personally identifiable information obtained from users of the Site. By personally identifiable information, we mean a user’s name, address, email address, telephone number, financial information or any other information that can be used to contact an individual, or which is identifiable of a specific individual (“Identifiable Information”). SHMS uses commercially reasonable measures to protect Identifiable Information from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, disclosure, or alteration. 

SHMS may provide access to Identifiable Information to the Archdiocese of Detroit’s (“AOD”) and SHMS employees and contractors that have a need to know and have confidentiality obligations to AOD. SHMS may also disclose your Identifiable Information as required by applicable law or pursuant to a subpoena, order and/or request of a court or other governmental, legislative or regulatory body. Lastly, SHMS may modify your Identifiable Information such that it is not identifiable as yours, and SHMS may store, analyze, manipulate, aggregate, display, disclose, distribute, retain and otherwise use such unidentifiable information without restriction. SHMS may distribute unidentified information and aggregated statistical information for research and reporting purposes. Except as provided above, your Identifiable Information will not be disclosed, sold, traded or rented to any third parties.

SHMS’s obligations under this Information Privacy Statement do not apply to any information or data that: (a) is not identifiable as yours; (b) is or becomes entirely in the public domain; (c) was known to SHMS prior your provisioning of information or data; (d) received lawfully from a third party through no breach of any obligation of confidentiality owed to you; and/or (e) created by SHMS independently of its access to or use of your Identifiable Information.

The security of the Site, servers and other computer equipment used to bring you the Site is a high priority of SHMS. We maintain the Site and all associated data with technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect against loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification, and improper disclosure of all information under SHMS’s control. SHMS follows reasonable industry-standard security procedures such as encrypted administrative communication, restricted access to underlying machines, and firewalls at network access points. However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of the Site or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to use through the Internet. To assist with maintaining your privacy, SHMS requires you to keep any usernames and passwords you use to access the Internet and the Site strictly confidential.

SHMS will collect certain technical information from your computer when you access or use the Site. Below we have summarized this technical information: 

  • Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses are identification numbers assigned to a user’s computer by its Internet Service Provider each time the user logs onto the Internet, or are permanently assigned if a user has an open connection to the Internet. 

  • SHMS maintains standard web logs that record basic information about visitors to this Site. Our web logs contain the following information: 

    • The type of browser you are using when you access this Site, for example, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc.;

    • The type of operating system you use, for example, Windows 10;

    • Your location through geo-location services;

    • The Internet domain from which you access this Site and/or the address of the website you linked here from; and

    • The date(s) and time(s) you visited this Site, and the pages you viewed and/or functions you used while you were at this Site.

SHMS does not try to identify individuals or otherwise collect Identifiable Information from IP addresses or web log information. IP addresses and web log information are used by SHMS to, among other things, administer the Site, help diagnose technical problems, to track and analyze aggregate data associated with the Site, to design the Site, identify popular features, and in similar ways. SHMS may aggregate IP addresses and/or web log information, and may store, analyze, manipulate, display, disclose, distribute, retain and otherwise use such unidentifiable information. SHMS may also provide IP addresses and/or web log information to law enforcement agencies if someone tries to alter, impair, or destroy the Site or use it in an unauthorized or illegal way.

“Cookies” are pieces of information that a website transfers to a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. SHMS currently does not use cookies and no cookies will be placed on your computer as a result of your use of this Site. 

SHMS has provided links to other sites on the Site, including but not limited to, links you may find useful, to facilitate donations, or enable transactions to be processed through the SHMS Store. These sites have different privacy policies and you should be aware of each site’s privacy policy before providing any information to those sites. SHMS is not responsible for any information you provide to sites that we have provided links to. 

If you believe that any of the information held by SHMS is incomplete or inaccurate, you have the right to notify us and make any updates or corrections. To do so, contact Jeff Mesch, I.T. Manager at (313) 886-8673 or [email protected]

SHMS reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of this Information Privacy Statement at any time in its sole discretion. SHMS will provide notification of any change by posting the change on the Site. You are responsible for regularly reviewing this Information Privacy Statement and all such changes. Continued use of the Site after any such changes have been posted shall constitute your agreement to such changes.

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Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Christ-centered Catholic community of faith and higher learning committed to forming leaders who will proclaim the good news of Christ to the people of our time. As a leading center of the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart serves the needs of the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributes to the mission of the universal Church.