Terms of Use

Please read these Terms of Use carefully. By accessing or using this website, you agree to be bound by the terms described herein and all terms incorporated by reference. If you do not agree to all of these terms, do not use this website.

If you are using this site on behalf of any entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to accept these Terms of Use on such entity’s behalf. This agreement contains disclaimers and other provisions that limit our liability to you.

In the event there is any conflict or inconsistency between these Terms of Use and any other terms of use that appear on the site, these Terms of Use will govern. However, if you navigate away from this site to a third party site, you may be subject to alternative terms and conditions of use, as may be specified on such site. In such event, the terms and conditions of use applicable to that site will govern your use of that site.

While we make reasonable efforts to provide accurate and timely information about Southern State on this site, you should not assume that the information is always up to date or that the site contains all the relevant information available about the college.

Southern State reserves the right to change or modify these Terms of Use or any policy or guideline of this site at any time and in its sole discretion. Any changes or modifications will be effective immediately upon posting the revisions to the site, and you waive any right you may have to receive specific notice of such changes or modifications. Your continued use of the site will confirm your acceptance of such changes or modifications; thus, you should frequently review these Terms of Use and applicable policies to understand the terms and conditions that apply to your use of our site. If you do not agree to the amended terms, you must stop using the site.

Site Disclaimer

The materials and information on this site may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. The materials, information and services on the site are provided "as is" without any conditions, warranties or other terms of any kind. Accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Southern State disclaims all other warranties, express or implied, including content and materials contained therein.

Copyright & Limited License

Unless otherwise indicated, the site and all content and other materials therein, including, without limitation, the Southern State logo and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, information, data, software, other files and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, "site materials") are the proprietary property of Southern State and are protected by copyright laws.

You are granted a limited, non-sublicensable license to access and use the site materials for personal and informational purposes only. Such license is subject to the Terms of Use and does not include: a.) any resale or commercial use of the site materials, b.) the distribution, public performance or public display of any site materials, c.) modifying or otherwise making any derivative uses of the site and the site materials, or any portion thereof, d.) use of any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods or e.) any use of the site or the site materials other than for its intended purpose. Any use of the site or site materials other than as specifically authorized herein, without the prior written permission of the college, is strictly prohibited. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws, including, without limitation, copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes.

Links

You are granted a limited, non-exclusive right to create text hyperlinks to this site for noncommercial purposes, provided such links do not portray Southern State in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise defamatory manner and provided further that the linking site does not contain any obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or illegal material or any material that is offensive, harassing or otherwise objectionable. This limited right may be revoked at any time.

Southern State makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party websites accessible via hyperlink or websites linking to this site. Such sites are not under the control of Southern State and the college is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site.

Third-Party Content

Southern State may provide third party content on this site and links to web pages and content of third parties (collectively, "third-party content") as a service to those interested in this information. We do not control, endorse or adopt any third-party content and can make no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness. You acknowledge and agree that Southern State is not responsible or liable in any manner for any third-party content and undertakes no responsibility to update or review such content. You agree to use such third-party content contained therein at your own risk.

Modifications to the Site

Southern State reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this site or any features or portions thereof without prior notice. You agree that Southern State will not be liable for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the site or any part thereof.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Southern State does not collect personal information about visitors to our site unless you make such information available to us voluntarily. There is no requirement for you to provide any information at our site. If you do provide information, Southern State does not sell, exchange or release information gathered from your visit to our site to parties outside the college without your consent.

Information Collection & Storage

When you visit our site, we automatically gather and store the information outlined below so that we can track the use of our website in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in aggregate only and is not used to identify or contact you personally. Information gathered includes:

  • IP address from which you access our site
  • Name of the domain from which you access the internet
  • Type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • Date and time you access our website
  • Pages, files, documents and links that you visit
  • Domain name of the website from which you linked to our site

Southern State has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets including authentication, authorization, monitoring, auditing and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day operations of wwww.sscc.edu as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information. We have appropriate security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site.

Cookies

In addition to information collected automatically, we may also collect cookies which are small pieces of information sent to your browser by a site that you visit. Cookies are used to track usage patterns, traffic trends and customer behavior as well as to record other information from the site. When you register on the site, cookies also allow us to save information so that you will not have to re-enter it the next time you visit. Information that we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of users and only will be used in aggregate form.

You may set your browser to refuse cookies from any site that you visit. If you so choose, you may still gain access to most of the college’s site, but you may not be able to take advantage of some interactive elements offered.

Personal Information

The Southern State site will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide by (e.g. sending emails, completing application forms, registering for classes, events or other programs or responding to surveys). If you provide us with personal information, we will normally respond to your inquiry or request. We may also contact you to provide information about college activities, programs, membership and development opportunities and special events that may interest you.

Southern State will only share information about you to other parties when one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • We have your consent to share the information
  • We need to share your information to provide the service you requested
  • We need to send your information to companies who work on behalf of Southern State to provide a service or product to you
  • We need to respond to subpoenas, court orders or any other legal process
  • Pages, files, documents and links that you visit
  • We find it necessary to protect and defend the legal rights and/or property of Southern State

Southern State will not release any information other than directory information without a student or former student’s written consent. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) stipulates that an educational institution may disclose designated student "directory information" without written consent. Directory information is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. Directory information may include, but is not limited to, the following: student’s name, address, telephone, email address, major field of study and photograph. If you do not want Southern State to disclose directory information for you, please notify our Records Office in writing.

Linking

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our site. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Changes

Southern State may need to update our privacy statement because of changes in the law, in technology, in Southern State’s business or in our attempts to serve your needs better. If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post the policy changes to our site to notify you of these changes. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check this policy often.

Web Accessibility

Southern State is committed to diversity, inclusion and accessibility in everything we do. That is why we are continuously taking steps to improve our site.

Our Current Accessibility Features

  • Alternative text detail for images and other non-text elements
  • Structural markup to indicate headings and lists to aid in page comprehension
  • Proper labels for form fields
  • Association of all data cells in a data table with their headers
  • "Skip to Main Content" option viewable/selectable through keyboard navigation
  • Style sheets to enhance the appearance and functionality of the site (content is still properly presented and comprehendible if style sheets are not functional)
  • Fluid, responsive layout to adjust the content to fit any screen resolution including mobile devices

As we continue to improve our site, we will reflect any changes within our web accessibility statement.