Texas A&M University (TAMU) respects your privacy and is committed to ensuring that
any personal or confidential information that is collected is kept accurate and secure
from unauthorized access. The University's campus homepage, and any other campus website
linking to this page, does not collect personal information
about visitors. We may, however, use third party analytics services that may use browser cookies to
anonymously collect and track site usage information. This information then analyzed as an
aggregate, and no personally identifiable information is collected.
This Privacy and Security Statement applies to the TAMU campus homepage - www.tamu.edu and any site explicitly linking to it. Since the TAMU web
community consists of hundreds of websites, other websites may adopt different privacy and
security statements as their specific needs require. The TAMU homepage, as well as other sites
across campus, contain links to various external websites. The University is not responsible for
the privacy and security practices or the content of external websites linked to.
Information Gathered by TAMU
Personal information that you provide via email or through other online means will be used
only for purposes necessary to serve your needs, such as responding to an inquiry or other
request for information. This may involve redirecting your inquiry or comment to another
person or department better suited to meeting your needs.
Our site does use server logs to collect information concerning your internet connection and general
information about your visit to our website. This information may be used to analyze trends; to create
summary statistics for the purpose of determining technical design specifications; and to identify
system performance or problem areas.
This means we sometimes acquire, record, and analyze portions of the data that is entered into,
stored on, and/or transmitted through this site by you. This information is only released –
when legally required – to help law enforcement investigations, legal proceedings or internal
investigations of TAMU rule and regulation violations. These groups would use the information to
track the electronic interactions back to the source computer(s) or account(s).
A cookie file contains unique information that a website can use to track such things as passwords, pages you have
visited, the date you last looked at a specific page, and to identify your session at a particular website. We do not
Server Log Information
The following information is collected from server logs for analysis. Note that other servers
across campus might collect different data elements.
User/client hostname - The hostname (or IP address if DNS is
disabled) of the user/client requesting access
HTTP header, "user agent" - The user-agent information includes
the type of browser, its version, and the operating system it is running on
HTTP header, "referrer" - The referrer specifies the page from
which the client accessed the current page
System date - The date and time of the user/client request
Full request - The exact request the user/client made
Status - The status code the server returned to the user/client
Content length - The content length, in bytes, of the document
sent to the user/client
Method - The request method used
Universal Resource Identifier (URI) - The location of a resource
on the server
Query string of the URI - Anything after the question mark in a URI
Protocol - The transport protocol and version used
Some web pages at Texas A&M University may collect personal information about visitors and
use that information for purposes other than those stated above. Each web page that collects information
will have a separate privacy and security statement that will tell you how that information is used.
Access to Information
Except for education records governed by FERPA, all information collected from this website,
including the summary server log information, emails sent to the website, and information
collected from web-based forms, may be subject to the
Texas Public Information Act. This
means that while TAMU does not actively share information, in some cases may be compelled by law
to release information gathered from its web servers.
The Texas Public Information Act, with a few exceptions, gives you the right to be informed about the
information that this website collects about you. It also gives you the right to request a copy of that
information, and to have the university correct any of that information that is wrong. You may request to
receive and review any of that information, or request corrections to it, by contacting the TAMU Public Information Officer or the
TAMU Office of Open Records, 1181 TAMU,
College Station, Texas, 77843-1181, at 979-862-7777.
Extensive security measures consistent with the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) "Information Security
Standards" and TAMU Rules and Standard Administrative Procedures have been employed to protect against
unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or destruction of information under our control, as well
as the loss, misuse, or alteration of this website and/or associated electronic information resources.
The information resources that support this site undergo an annual information security risk assessment
Information Security Awareness
Assessment and Compliance (ISAAC) system. The ISAAC system is used to assess the security posture of
information systems and measure compliance with information security standards.
If you have any questions about the practices of this site or your use of this website, please
contact the webmaster or through regular mail at:
Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg
Texas A&M University, Department of Geography
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