Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for the Harvard Extension School website (the website).

The website is maintained by President and Fellows of Harvard College (“Harvard”). As used in this privacy policy, the terms “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Harvard.

This privacy policy applies to information collected by the website both from users who log on to interact with the Site and from users who view and use the Site without logging on. Please note, however, that this policy has been developed with the recognition that internet technologies continue to develop and evolve rapidly, and that such changes may require us to alter our privacy policy. Any such alterations will not affect our general commitment to the protection of our visitors' privacy. By using the website, you are consenting to our collection and use of your information in accordance with this privacy policy.

See the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding confidentiality of student educational records.

Collection of Information

1. Browsing Information

When you access the website, our servers automatically record information that your browser provides. This may include, among other things, your Internet protocol address, web request, browser type, the date and time of your request, web pages visited, files accessed, and one or more cookies that uniquely identify your browser (see below).

2. Cookies

Cookies are unique bits of computer data that many major websites will transfer to your computer the first time that you visit. Cookies are stored on your hard drive and may be later accessed by the website to track prior usage. We may use cookies to establish continuity between related requests, to personalize the website to your preferences, to authenticate your log-in, and to analyze web traffic. The website uses cookies and pixels, or transparent GIF files, to help manage online advertising. These GIF files are provided by our ad management partners. These files enable the ad servers to recognize the unique cookies on your Web browser, which in turn enables us to learn which advertisements bring users to our website. The cookie was placed by us, or by our ad management partner. The information that we collect and share is anonymous and not personally identifiable. You may choose to block cookies with your browser, but if you do, you may not be able to take advantage of the website’s personalized features, including the discussion groups.

3. User Communications

When you send email or other communications to us, we may retain the communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.

Contacting This Website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your experience with this site, you can contact

Use of Information

We may use the information collected for the following purposes, in addition to those described above: tailoring the website to user needs and improving our service; generating data and reports about usage of the website and its content; supporting the functioning and security of the website and our network and systems; protecting our rights, property, or safety or those of others; and research.

We may contract with third parties to perform functions and provide services to us, including, without limitation, hosting and maintenance of the website. We may provide collected information to those third parties for those purposes. We may also provide your information to third parties in circumstances where we believe that doing so is necessary or appropriate to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request; investigate compliance with or enforce our terms of use; detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or protect the rights, property or safety of us, our users or others. The information referred to in this section may include personally identifiable information. In addition, we may share with third parties information about the use of the Site and its content that is aggregated or anonymized so that it does not identify any individual user.


This site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Internet communications, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While we remain committed to protecting the privacy of our users, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. We do so by using secure technology, privacy protection controls, and restrictions on employee access. However, we make no representations regarding the efficacy of such measures.  

Links to Other Sites

This website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those websites.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this website, or your dealings with this website, please contact us at

Changes to This Policy

We may change this privacy policy from time to time without advance notice. If we change the policy, we will post the modified policy on this page, and will note the date of modification.

This privacy policy was last updated April 24, 2018.