Privacy & Copyright

All text, images, logos, materials and information contained on the design@Darden website (the “Website”) are the intellectual property of the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation (the “Foundation”) and are protected under the U.S. Copyright Act 17 U.S.C. 101-810 and international treaties. All of the materials and works on the Website may not be used or reproduced without prior written consent of the Foundation.

It is the responsibility of all parties uploading to and storing materials on this Website to ensure that such material does not violate other parties' intellectual property or proprietary rights and does not otherwise violate any applicable law. The Foundation reserves the right to delete or make inaccessible files that contain material that is in violation of law or is deemed inappropriate in its sole discretion. The Foundation is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the material provided on this Website.

Privacy Notice

Commitment to Privacy. Individuals' privacy is important to the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Foundation. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information policy and practices. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available through a link on our homepage.

Our privacy and public records obligations are governed solely by applicable Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Privacy Protection Act of 1976, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and by any applicable U.S. federal laws.

Notice About the Information We Collect. This notice applies to all information collected by the Website. In legal terms, it shall not be construed as a contractual promise, and the Foundation reserves the right to amend it at any time without notice in its sole discretion.

When you access the Website, the client information and the essential and nonessential technical information listed below is automatically collected — we refer to those categories collectively as "access" information. No other information is collected through the Website except when you deliberately decide to send it to us (for example, by clicking on a link to send us an e-mail). The information you might choose to send us is listed below as "optional information."

    • Automatically Collected Access Information
      • Client information: the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using.
      • Essential technical information: identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using and the date and time of access.
      • Nonessential technical information: the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Website and the "cookie information" described below.
    • Optional information:
      -> when you send us an e-mail:
      • your name, e-mail address and the content of your e-mail.

      -> when you complete online forms:
      • all the data you choose to fill in or confirm, including credit or debit card information if you are ordering a product or making a payment, as well as information about other people if you are ordering a gift and want it sent directly to the recipient's address.

    The Foundation uses third party web traffic analysis tools to analyze patterns of use on the Website.

    The Way We Use Information

    Client information is used to route the requested webpage to your computer for viewing. In theory, the requested webpage and the routing information could be discerned by other entities involved in transmitting the requested page to you. We do not control the privacy practices of those entities. Essential and nonessential technical information helps us respond to your request in an appropriate format [or in a personalized manner] and helps us plan website improvements. Optional information enables us to provide services or information tailored more specifically to your needs or to forward your message or inquiry to another entity that is better able to do so, and also allows us to plan website improvements.

    We may use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website. For example, we may report that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

    We may keep client information from our systems indefinitely after the webpage is transmitted, but we do not try to obtain any information to link it to the individuals who browse our website. However, on rare occasions when a "hacker" attempts to breach computer security, logs of access information are retained to permit a security investigation and in such cases may be forwarded together with any other relevant information in our possession to law enforcement agencies.

    We generally use return e-mail addresses only to answer the e-mail we receive. Such addresses are generally not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

    Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without a clear notice on the particular page and without also providing you an opportunity to opt out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

    Providing Information Is Your Choice. There is no legal requirement for you to provide any information at our website.  However, our website will not work without routing information and the essential technical information. Failure of your browser to provide nonessential technical information will not prevent your use of our website, but may prevent certain features from working. For any optional information that is requested at the website, failure to provide the requested information will mean that the particular feature or service associated with that part of the webpage may not be available to you.

    Questions Regarding Your Privacy. For further information regarding your privacy, contact:

    Eric L. Fletcher
    Policy Compliance and Contract Administrator
    University of Virginia's Darden School of Business