Privacy Policy

HigherGrad, Inc. is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. This privacy protection section communicates how, when and why we gather information about our customers and what we do with it. This Privacy Policy does not apply to other websites to which we link. You agree that your use of the Site signifies your assent to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you are not authorized to use this Site. Changes to this policy will be updated here and if you have any specific questions please email us at support@highergrad.com

Information

Anonymous Information – HigherGrad.com (“Site”) is open to everyone and you can always browse the site and search for posted positions or other information without providing any personally identifiable information. We gather general information about the number of users browsing the Site, the number of users who view certain posted positions and how users navigate through our Site. This information is collected anonymously and only in the aggregate. We use this information to provide aggregated statistical feedback to the institutions posting positions on our Site, to publicize our Site and to further develop our Site to maximize the benefits realized by our users.

Personally Identifiable Information – HigherGrad.com collects personally identifiable information (PII) when you sign-up to list a posting, receive a posting, subscribe to our newsletter or other “opt-in” services. "Opt-in" services are only offered when the user purposefully checks a box or another method of indicating their specific intention of being included for the service so provided. All PII information you provide to the Site when using an “opt-in” service is maintained and accessible only by HigherGrad, Inc. PII information is never sold to third party vendors. Contact information may be used to contact you regarding a product or service or to give general updates about the Site.

Payments By Credit Card - We use an outside bank merchant account to verify credit card data so we can bill and account for products and services purchased by our users. This company does not retain, share, store or use credit card data for any other purposes.

Information Disclosure

Except as described in this Privacy Policy, we do not disclose information about your individual visits to our site, or personally identifiable information that you provide, such as your name or e-mail address to any outside parties, except when we believe, in good faith, that such release is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with law, (ii) protect the rights, property or safety of HigherGrad, Inc., our users, or others, or (iii) if HigherGrad, Inc. is involved in a merger, acquisition or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.

Third Party Site Links

Our Site includes links to other Web Sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of HigherGrad, Inc. If you submit personally identifiable information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any Web site you visit.

Information Changes

HigherGrad.com allows university users (opportunity posters) to change, correct or remove your personally identifiable information from the Site at any time. To do so, simply sign into your HigherGrad.com account and update your information. We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

You may also opt-out of any communication by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication or by emailing us at support@highergrad.com.

Information Protection Measures

This Web Site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information contained on our Site. The Site is secured with SSL. During the subscription or registration process, you will have the option to provide a password for your account. We authenticate your access to our Site through your use of your user ID and password, and protect your information with firewall protections. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. Particularly sensitive information, such as a college or university's credit card number collected for a commerce transaction, is encrypted prior to transmission to our merchant provider. Please be advised that you are ultimately responsible for the security of your HigherGrad.com user ID and password.

Children

We do not specifically collect information about children, nor do we authorize use of this Site by anyone under the age of 13.

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If, however, we are going to use users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users via email prior to the change becoming effective. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our Web site notifying users of the change. In some cases where we post a notice we will also email users, who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices.

If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about HigherGrad.com's Privacy Policy, please feel free to email us at support@highergrad.com. This Privacy Policy is current as of January 15, 2015.