Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Privacy Statement

Site: Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech has created this privacy statement in order demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for this web site.

Information Automatically Logged

This site uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our site.

This site records the browser type to monitor market penetration of various web browsers so we can better determine the Internet technologies we may utilize in the design of our pages.

This site uses page referrer data — that is, information about the page that linked you to this page — to determine to what extent our page is referenced by other resources on the Web.

This data may be used to preserve the integrity of our computing resources.

Personal Information

This site collects personal information supplied by visitors as follows:

  • The Alumni Update Form collects personal information from Department alumni. The form allows users to opt out of having their information shared with third parties (for example, in the Geosciences Magazine).

  • The Graduate Pre-Application Survey collects personal information from visitors who have expressed an interest in the Department's graduate program. Information collected from this survey is not shared with anyone outside of the Department.

  • This site collects personal information from persons affiliated with the Department (faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc.) and makes it available to the public in the People section. Such affiliated persons may log into the site with their PID and password and change or remove the personal information stored and displayed by the site.

Links to Virginia Tech Sites

This site contains links to other Virginia Tech pages. The privacy practices of other pages may vary with the purposes of the page. Consult the privacy statement on each page.

Links to External Sites

This site contains links to other sites. Virginia Tech is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.


This site uses cookies for session management. See the Session Management section for more information about how cookies are used.

Session Management

This site uses cookies to maintain a continuous user session after a user logs in with a valid PID and password.

The cookie contains a unique ID that identifies your browser session. This unique ID is associated with your PID in order to determine what functions you are allowed to access.

The session information used by this site is deleted when your browser is closed or you click a "Log Out" link.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Log file access is restricted to system administrators while stored on the server. Log files are rotated regularly and archived in a secure location.

User and password information is encrypted before it is transmitted across the network.

Users should also consult Virginia Tech's policy on Acceptable Use.

Virginia Tech complies with all statutory and legal requirements with respect to access to information.

Contact Information

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

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