Henry Ford College

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is a primary concern to those of us at HFC. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of service, confidentiality, and security.

Online Forms

When filling out online forms at HFC, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your name, address, telephone number, HANK ID Number [usually your Social Security Number(SSN)], etc. Each form has different mandatory fields. These mandatory fields are the minimum information needed to complete your transaction.

If you are uncomfortable providing any of this information over the Internet, we understand. Alternative methods of service, such as touch-tone registration and on-campus help, are still available.

Your Information

All requests for information by HFC are made with the goal of providing you with better service.

We will NOT give or sell any of your personal information to any outside agency or company for any use (e.g., marketing or solicitation).

The two exceptions are being a public education institution, HFC is required by law to confirm if you are a student (when asked), and the U.S. Military may require HFC to release your name and address to them for recruiting purposes. These exceptions apply regardless of how you interact with the College.

Our internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to your information. One employee will process your form and one employee will process your payment (if any).

In addition, we will NOT keep a permanent record of your daytime telephone number or credit card information.

As of May 2002, your most recently supplied email address will become part of your personal file. Just like your postal address. This is in response to students requesting information via email. As always, we will not give or sell any of your personal information to any outside agency or company.

We will only use your daytime telephone number or email address in the event of a problem or any communication we feel is important to you regarding the transaction.

In addition, in order to improve the instruction offered at HFC and to meet the requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, Section 113 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Section 122, we will be using your SSN in order to compile summary reports. In no event will your personal information ever be released.

Section 113 of the Carl D. Perkins and Technical Education Act, 20 USC 2323, and Section 122 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, 29 USC 2842, requires HFC and the State of Michigan to assess the effectiveness of vocational and technical education programs aimed at training, placement and retention of students in employment. Although these laws require that performance reports be compiled base on wage record information, neither law requires students to give their SSNs to the College.

HFC will use your SSN in order to gain access to your individual wage record and to compile the required WIA and Perkins Act reports. These reports will assist HFC to improve vocational and technical education programs. By improving programs, HFC will be better able to serve both employers and employees. Your wage record information is confidentially maintained, based on your SSN, by the State of Michigan.

Neither the College nor the State of Michigan will disclose your SSN or wage record data to any unauthorized person or entity unless legally permitted to do so. Any personally identifying wage record data will be destroyed by HFC as soon as all required statistical analyses has been performed, or when the information is no longer needed, which ever date comes first. You should notify HFC should not wish to have your SSN used for the purposes described in this notice.

HFC's Secure Site

All online forms at HFC are designed to give you control over the privacy of your information. We offer the industry standard security measures available through your browser called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption.

Payment by credit card is required on our Center for Lifelong Learning Registration form and our Online Book Order form. Credit card payment is optional on our other online forms. Feel free to forward any payments via U.S. mail or stop by the Cashier's Office on the main campus, and we will be happy to complete your transaction.

More on our Secure Site

Positive Identification: The HFC online forms website is registered with site identification authorities to enable your browser to confirm the HFC Web Server's identity before any transmission is sent. With this technology, the identity of our site is automatically confirmed behind the scenes prior to the transmission of any form. In addition, if your data does not properly reach HFC, your browser will notify you (prior to your sending any personal information) that the potential receiving website looks suspicious and should be avoided.

Data Encryption: If you are using a security-enabled browser (e.g., Netscape Navigator 2.0 or greater or Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.1 or greater), the information you send us is encrypted, making it extremely difficult to read even if it is wrongly intercepted.

All HFC online forms utilize industry standard SSL technology to encrypt all information you provide on the form.

If you are concerned only about the privacy of your credit card information, we encourage you to submit your form without the credit card information and forward any payments via U.S. mail or stop by the Cashier's Office on the main campus, and we will be happy to complete your transaction.