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Privacy Statement

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to the privacy of visitors to our website. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website (

Student Information

Student information is protected by the Federal Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). Parents and students should read WPI's FERPA Compliance Statement.

Collection & Use of Personal Information

Many of the forms on our site require visitors to give us contact information (like their name and email address), unique identifiers (like their social security number), and demographic information (like their zip code, age, or income level). We use information from registration forms to send each visitor information about our University. This information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary.

Demographic and profile data is also collected through some of our web forms. We use this data to tailor the visitor's experience at our site, showing them content in which we think they might be interested, and displaying the content according to their preferences.

IP Logging

When a visitor sends us email via our forms, such as our Feedback Form, we collect that person's IP address (the unique identifier of a computer on the Internet) and use it to help us diagnose problems with our server. In fact, a majority of our webforms collect and pass along the sender's IP address to the recipient of the email generated by the form.


In some areas of our website, we use cookies to save a visitor's password so it doesn't have to be re-entered each time that person visits our site. Our campus portal, Canvas, uses temporary cookies to maintain login sessions; these cookies do not contain personal information and are deleted from the users' computer upon leaving the system. Finally, some areas of the WPI website may employ temporary cookies to provide Web development staff with valuable information on how visitors are able to navigate through the site content. These cookies are labeled as being from, and enable us to adjust pathways and content as needed.


AdWords remarketing will display relevant ads tailored to you based on the WPI pages you have viewed, or WPI digital ads you have clicked, by placing a cookie on your machine. This means we may advertise to previous visitors who have not completed a task on our site (e.g. filled out a contact form to make an inquiry). Advertisements may appear on the Google search results page or on third-party vendor sites in the Google Display Network. Any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy. You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you, or opt out of interest-based advertising altogether, as indicated here.


All of the data collected via our web forms is confidential and internal to employees of the University. At no time will WPI sell or otherwise distribute to parties external to WPI the contact information or demographic data collected via its website.

Reporting Violations of this Privacy Statement

This site contains links to other sites, including the personal websites of WPI faculty, staff, and students, as well as student organizations and alumni groups/classes. WPI is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. Visitors who observe personal sites on the WPI server which violate copyright laws and/or the WPI Acceptable Use Policy should immediately report such activity to

Public Forums

This site makes use of discussion forums, the contents of which are accessible to users of the Internet. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Certain portions of the WPI website are restricted by domain to members of the WPI community only. Still other pages may require users to enter their username and password. These pages are intended for internal use only, and generally require the CCC UNIX username and password offered to all faculty, staff and students.

Contacting the Information Security Office

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Information Security Office
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280