Privacy Policy


The University of Michigan (U-M) privacy statement recognizes the value of privacy of the university community members and its guests.

This privacy notice provides more specific information on how the Get A Pencil Community’s website collects and processes your personal information.

How We Collect Information

We collect personal information in the following circumstances:

Direct Collection: when you directly provide it to us, such as when you complete user registration to participate in our SLO discussion forum.

Third-Party Collection: We partner with third-party advertising and marketing providers, such as Google Analytics, to automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. The information includes:

What Type of Information We Collect

Direct Collection: We directly collect the following personal information:

Automated Collection

When you access our website, cookies may be placed on your computer or device, depending on your web browser settings.

Third-Party Collection

We use third-party advertising and marketing providers such as Google Analytics to automatically collect and store information about your visit. Information collected through these partners includes date/time of visit, pages viewed, time on pages/site, visitor location, visitor device information (device type, operating system, browser used), visitor language, visitor flow/navigation through site, visitor age, visitor gender, visitor acquisition (where they came from: direct, referral, social, paid search, organic search).

How Is This Information Used?

We use the personal information we collect to:

With Whom Is This Information Shared?

We do not sell or rent your personal information. We may share your personal information with:

We may also share your personal information when required by law, or when we believe sharing will help to protect the safety, property, or rights of the university, members of the university community, and university guests.

What Choices Can You Make About Your Information

Direct Collection

You may choose not to enter personal information into our website. You can change email and communication preferences by clicking on the Unsubscribe or Manage Your Preferences links at the bottom of any email from us and unchecking the relevant boxes.

Automated Collection: Cookies

We use “cookies” to enhance your user experience when visiting Cookies are files that store your preferences and other information about your visit to our website. When you access our website, the following cookies may be placed on your computer or device, depending on your web browser settings:

Cookie TypePurposeOpt out
Google AnalyticsGoogle Analytics cookies count visits and traffic sources in order to measure and improve the performance, navigation, and content of our website. See details about Google’s usage of cookies.To block these cookies, download Google’s opt-out browser add-on. Alternatively, you can manage your browser settings to accept or refuse these cookies.

Alternatively, you can manage your browser settings to accept or refuse these cookies.

Automated Collection: Social Media Plugins

Our site uses social media sharing buttons. Social media platforms use cookies or other tracking technologies when a button is embedded on our website. We do not have access to, or control of, any information collected through these buttons. The social media platforms are responsible for how they use your information. You can prevent the companies listed below from showing you targeted ads by submitting opt-outs. Opting-out will only prevent targeted ads, so you may continue to see generic (non-targeted ads) from these companies after you opt out.

FacebookFacebook cookies are used to target advertising on Facebook after you visit our website. See Facebook’s cookie policy.You can opt out of Facebook ads through your Facebook privacy settings.

How Information Is Secured

The University of Michigan recognizes the importance of maintaining the security of the information it collects and maintains, and we endeavor to protect information from unauthorized access and damage. The University of Michigan strives to ensure reasonable security measures are in place, including physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to protect your personal information.

Privacy Notice Changes

This privacy notice may be updated from time to time. We will post the date our notice was last updated at the top of this privacy notice.

Who to Contact with Questions or Concerns

If you have any concerns or questions about how your personal data is used, please contact us at or the U-M Privacy Office at or 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Notice Specific to Persons within the European Union

Please click here for notice specific to persons within the European Union.