Website Privacy Policy

We have created this statement to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. We do not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. This policy is your guide to how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our Web site.  This online community is a service provided free of charge for Upstate Medical University alumni and friends. The Foundation reserves the right to refuse access to anyone who misuses the site in any way including those listed below, and to delete inappropriate or offensive postings by users.

Use of Links

Throughout our Web pages, we provide links to other servers which may contain information of interest to our readers. We take no responsibility for, and exercise no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on other servers. Creating a text link from your Web site to our site does not require permission. If you have a link you'd like us to consider adding to our Web site, please send an email to with the subject "Link request."

Use of Text and Images

If you would like to publish information that you find on our Web site, please send your request to .


This Web site is designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities, and to comply with federal guidelines concerning accessibility. We welcome your comments. If you have suggestions on how to make the site more accessible, please contact us at

Reading or Downloading

We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or if you are connecting from Princeton University's domain), the date and time you access our site, and the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked to our site.

We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

Online Profile Updates and Donations

Any information you choose to give us will be held securely in the Foundation's database, which can only be accessed by authorized, bonded Foundation employees.  All information is treated confidentially and with respect.  Information is never sold or given out to other organizations other than those acting as agents for the Foundation (i.e., mail houses).  If you complete the Profile update form and share your personally identifying information, this information will be used only to provide you with more targeted content. We may use your contact information to send further information about our organization or to contact you when necessary. You may always opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the "Opt Out" section below.  This website is PCI DSS compliant, providing a secure online donation service. The Foundation never receives information related to your credit card (credit card number, security codes, etc.). The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a worldwide information security standard defined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. The standard was created to help payment/credit card industry organizations that process card payments prevent fraud through increased controls around data and its exposure to compromise.

Sending us an Email

You also may decide to send us personally identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message containing a question or comment, or by filling out a Web form that provides us this information. We use personally identifying information from email primarily to respond to your requests. We may forward your email to other employees who are better able to answer you questions. We may also use your email to contact you in the future about our programs that may be of interest.

 We will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with any outside parties.

If you sign up for one of our email lists, we will only send you the kinds of information you have requested. We won't share your name or email address with any outside parties.

Alumni Directories

All potential alumni directory users will be verified against our current records during the registration process before being granted full access to the alumni directories. The Foundation’s web site includes a searchable online alumni directory. You can be included in the directory by making all or some of your details public on the ‘Update your profile’ page. Basic information will display automatically - graduates’ name, year of graduation and college/program. 

You can choose to make your contact details available to other alumni, and they to you. Please treat this information with respect. Anyone found to be contacting alumni for any purpose other than friendship and/or networking within the alumni community, i.e. spam, junk mail, or soliciting business, will be removed from the site and their access terminated.

Kids and Privacy

For children who visit our site, special rules apply. We do not request personal information about children, such as first and last name or street address and city. When kids send email to us, their online contact information (email address) is not used to re-contact them and is not maintained in retrievable form.

Opt-Out or Change Your Contact Information

Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us through a special online form. You may choose to receive only specific communications or none at all. You may also update your contact information previously provided to us through another online form. You can not remove yourself from our database, but you can prevent unwanted communication.

Questions About Our policies

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us at: or 315-464-4416 or Upstate Foundation, 750 E. Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210.