By using the Website, you agree to all of the terms and conditions of this Policy. Please be sure to read this entire Policy before using the Website or submitting information to the Website. If you disagree with or do not accept any part of this Policy, do not use the Website or submit any information to the Website. The Endowment reserves the right to deny access and use of the Website to any user of any services, features, or functions of the Website for any or no reason without notice.
2. Prohibited Visitors
Our Website is not intended for children under the age of 18. We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information via the Website from visitors in this age group and will take prompt steps to delete any such personally identifiable information. The Website is offered and made available only to users eighteen (18) years of age or older. If you are under the age of 18, you are not permitted to access or use the Website and must exit the Website immediately.
Our Website is not intended to be accessed from within the United Kingdom, Switzerland, or any European Union Member State. We will not knowingly process personal information from Website visitors in these geographic locations and will take prompt steps to delete any such personal data. If you are located within the United Kingdom, Switzerland, or any European Union Member State, you are not permitted to access or use the Website and must exit the Website immediately. We may implement technology on the Website to prevent devices located within these geographic territories from accessing the Website at all. You are not permitted to circumvent such technological security measures.
3. Information We Collect About You
We collect several types of information from and about users of our Website, including information you actively submit or provide to us, as well as information automatically collected as you navigate through or interact with the Website.
3.1 Information You Provide to Us.
We collect and store any information you voluntarily provide us via the Website or its related tools, including: (a) any information you disclose via our “Contact Us” form, including your name, email address, phone number, or other information you provide as free-form text; (b) information you provide when registering for a user account on the Website, subscribing to our newsletter, or requesting information or services from us; © any information, application materials, or other content you provide in connection with applying for grants or fellowships through our Website, including information about your career, education, research, and professional activities; (d) information you disclose when you report a problem with our Website or request technological support related to the Website; (e) records and copies of your correspondence and email address if you contact us; (f) your responses to any voluntary surveys we might ask you to complete for research purposes; (g) any information you provide us in connection with a sponsorship or financial contribution to the Endowment or any grant fund, including any payment information you provide; (h) and any information or content you make available to be published or displayed on public areas of the Website or transmitted to users of the Website or third parties. The information you make publicly available on the Website is transmitted at your own risk. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of the other users of the Website with whom you may voluntarily choose to share your information or content.
3.2 Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies.
As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your devices, browsing actions, and behavioral patterns, including: (1) details of your visits to our Website and interactions with our newsletters or other emails; and (2) information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system, and browser type. We may also use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services, such as through technologies that connect with social media sites and interactive features of our newsletters. The information we collect automatically includes statistical data, de-identified data, and some personal-identifiable data (such as your IP address). This information helps us improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to: (a) estimate our audience size and usage patterns; (b) store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests; © speed up your searches, and (d) recognize you when you return to our Website.
3.3 How We Use Automatic Data Collection Technologies.
4. How We Use Your Information.
We use the information we collect about you or that you provide us, including any personal information we receive: (a) to present our Website and its contents to you; (b) to provide you with information or services that you request from us; © to fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it (including, if applicable, to allow you to participate in our fellowship programs or receive a grant); (d) to provide you with notices about your account, including updates regarding your grant or fellowship applications; (e) to carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection; (f) to notify you about changes to our Website or any information or services we offer or provide through it; (g) to allow you to participate in interactive features on our Website; (h) for any other purpose with your consent; or (i) in any other way we may describe when you provide the information. We may also use your information to contact you about services, events, research programs, or other resources that may be of interest to you.
5. How We Disclose Your Information.
6. Third-Party & Social Features of the Website.
7. Security and Protection of Your Information.
We have implemented reasonable security measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss or unauthorized access, use, and disclosure. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the Website like message boards and Social Interactions. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the Website or the applicable Social Media Network you interact with. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website or any Social Network.
8. Changes to the Website and This Policy.
The Endowment reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove (1) any features, functionality, services, or portions of the Website, and (2) any portions of this Policy, in each case at any time in its sole discretion without advance notice to you. You agree that the Endowment may notify you of material changes to this Policy by indicating the date of the most recent update at the top of the Policy, and that you will check the Website frequently for updates. Your continued use of the Website after we post an updated version of the Policy constitutes your consent to our collection, use, and disclosure of your information in accordance with the updated Policy. However, if at any point the Endowment decides to use your Personal Information in a manner that is materially different from that stated at the time it was collected, the Endowment will notify you and you will be given a choice as to whether the Endowment may use this information in the new manner.
9. How to Contact Us.
To ask questions or comment about this Policy and our privacy practices, you can contact us by writing to The Duke Endowment, 800 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. You may also email us at [email protected]tde.org or call us at 704−969−2103. The relevant contact person for questions related to this Policy is our Digital Communications Strategist, Eric Frazier.