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Site Policies

TSBVI provides the information on this site as a public service. By using this website, including all content, downloadable material, and web applications, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined here.

Site Policies

TSBVI provides the information on this site as a public service. By using this website, including all content, downloadable material, and web applications, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

Intellectual Property/Copyright

All photographs and videos are copyrighted and may not be used without permission. Commercial use or reproduction of any portion of this website is strictly prohibited. TSBVI respects the rights of intellectual property owners and will not intentionally infringe on those rights. If an intellectual property owner believes his or her rights have been infringed by the posting or sharing of intellectual property on a TSBVI website or social media page, please call us at 512-454-8631 or email us at info@tsbvi.edu.

Disclaimer

The website for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (“TSBVI”) includes the sites of the various other component activities and entities that are administratively supported by the domain tsbvi.edu. This site may include facts, views, opinions, or recommendations of individuals or organizations not affiliated with TSBVI. TSBVI does not endorse, guarantee, or warrant, either expressly or implicitly, the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of facts, views, opinions, or recommendations on this website.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy and security are important to us. We will regularly review our website to ensure that TSBVI is protecting your privacy in accordance with applicable law and will update our privacy policy whenever necessary to reflect any relevant changes to our site or practices. This Privacy Policy outlines our general practices for the online collection, use, and disclosure of information that you provide to TSBVI when you use the site, as well as data that TSBVI collects through the site.

By using this site, you agree that this Privacy Policy and any applicable site policies govern your use of the site. From time to time, TSBVI may update this Privacy Policy, and you are encouraged to periodically check this site for updates. Your continued use of the site affirms your agreement to any changes we make to this Privacy Policy.

Information Collected and How it is Collected

Voluntary Information

All site users remain anonymous unless they choose to provide their personal information to TSBVI. TSBVI may collect the personal information you voluntarily provide, including your name, email address, postal address, phone number, mobile number, and geographic location. You may provide this information when you request information, register, submit correspondence, or other purposes. In limited circumstances, TSBVI or texas.gov may collect payment information such as credit card number to complete a requested service or transaction.

By requesting information from your mobile phone, TSBVI may obtain the following information from you: your cell phone number (if using SMS), your carrier’s name, and the date, time, and content of your messages to TSBVI, as well as other information that you voluntarily provide. TSBVI will use such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Automatically Generated Information

TSBVI and certain third-party service providers may also collect information that is generated automatically while you are visiting the site, other websites, mobile websites, mobile applications, or elsewhere on the Internet, to provide content that may be of interest to you across those various devices. This data includes, but is not limited to, information such as IP address, web pages visited before and after visiting the site, date and time, domain type, type of mobile device you use, your device’s unique ID, web pages you view and links you click on within the site, and interactions with page content. This type of information may be collected using different types of technologies, such as cookies and pixels. An IP address, for example, is a unique identifier that certain electronic devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. When you visit the site, TSBVI may view the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. TSBVI may use this information to determine the general physical location of the device and understand from what geographic regions TSBVI’s site visitors come from. TSBVI may also use this information to enhance the site.

Cookies and Other Technologies

TSBVI uses cookies and other technologies to obtain certain types of information across various devices when your web browser accesses the site, other websites, mobile websites, advertisements, or mobile applications. “Cookies” are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser. The site may use cookies and other technology to speed navigation and keep track of items and to gather anonymous traffic data that may be used to enhance the site and for other internal purposes. By continuing to use the site, you are consenting to the acceptance of cookies.

Disabling Cookies

If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your browser settings. The “Help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive cookies, and how to disable cookies altogether. Note that if you reject or block cookies, it may affect your ability to access the full functionality and experience of the site.

Google Analytics

The site uses Google Analytics to measure traffic. Review the Google Analytics Terms of Use to learn more about how Google uses, collects, and processes analytics data. TSBVI’s websites collect and store information each time you access them to enable us to measure website traffic. This helps us make our websites more accessible and useful to visitors. If you browse through our sites reading, printing, or downloading information, no sensitive information, and no confidential information about you is collected. The information we collect when you visit TSBVI sites consists of:

  • the IP address from which you are accessing the sites
  • the domain name of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) you are using to access the sites
  • the date and time you visited the sites, and
  • the web pages or services you access at the sites
Web Beacons

Certain pages of the site and TSBVI emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit TSBVI to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related site statistics.

Information Use and Sharing

Use of Personal Information

If you provide your personal information to TSBVI, we will only use it for the purposes described herein. TSBVI may use this information or share it outside of TSBVI if

  1. you authorize us to do so;
  2. it is necessary to allow our service providers or agents to provide products or services to TSBVI in connection with your use of the site;
  3. it is necessary in order to facilitate official government business or provide information to you, including contacting you when necessary;
  4. subject to applicable contractual or legal restrictions, it is disclosed to other entities, including other governmental agencies, that perform services or official government business for the State of Texas or on behalf of TSBVI;
  5. it is necessary in connection with other governmental purposes including, without limitation, responding to your inquiries or requests for information or services, educational communications, service quality, business management and operation, risk assessment, security, fraud and crime prevention, monitoring, research and analysis, website preferences and trends, or dispute resolution;
  6. it is necessary to disclose in order to protect or defend the rights or property of TSBVI or of site users;
  7. it is necessary to disclose in order to protect the personal safety of site users or the public;
  8. it is necessary for TSBVI to provide it to its attorneys, accountants, regulators, auditors or other authorized parties; or (9) as otherwise required or permitted by law, or required to comply with the Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552) or legal process served upon TSBVI or its authorized service providers or agents.
Use of Non-Personally Identifiable Information

TSBVI may use non-personally identifiable information to improve or modify website content to create a more relevant experience for each person that visits the site or elsewhere on the Internet. This non-personally identifiable information may also be used to predict responses to content, to help determine which website content performs best and which content is most appropriate for different individuals, to measure and optimize the usefulness of content, and to provide aggregate reporting for our internal purposes. TSBVI uses various website analytics tools and technologies regarding activities on our site that require storage of web session data. The overall aim of these tools is to aid in making our site easy to use, to identify and correct error conditions, and to provide more relevant content to you. These tools and technologies are also used to assist site visitors who report problems in the use of our site. Stored web session data is used in accordance with this policy.

Website Link Policy

TSBVI’s website complies with the Texas Department of Information Resources State Website Link Policy, which contains guidelines and information on linking to state agency websites. This policy also governs linking to and from any TSBVI social media page. The site may include links to a variety of other public and private websites. These external sites have been selected based on the relevance of their content to assist visitors in locating additional resources and information on matters within the scope of the school’s duties or of public concern. Some links to external sites are required by law to be included on the TSBVI site. TSBVI does not assume responsibility for the content of linked sites and makes no representations or warranty of any kind as to the accuracy or any other aspect of the information contained on such third-party Internet servers, and does not endorse the content, products, services, or viewpoints contained within any linked sites.

Email Address Submissions

Submitting your email address: Submitting your email address anywhere on the site may result in your email address being added to a TSBVI email list. You may unsubscribe to TSBVI emails at any time by opting out of email subscriptions if an “unsubscribe” link is included in the email, or by contacting TSBVI with a request to unsubscribe. Please allow us a reasonable period to satisfy your request.

Security

TSBVI websites have reasonable security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your data and information that is under our control. Interactive applications and forms that collect sensitive or confidential information are encrypted using privacy and security safeguards such as a Secure Socket Layer session or similar technology.

Appropriate computer, network, and Internet technical security controls at the employee and departmental level prevent unauthorized access to information voluntarily provided by you.

Some of these security controls are password and user identification verification, data encryption, confidential transmissions, secure storage areas, and audit trails. Despite such efforts, however, please note that no organization can fully eliminate risks or guarantee the absolute security of personal information.

Data Retention

TSBVI may retain information collected through the site, including any personal information, based on agency needs and any applicable records retention or other legal requirements. Generally, TSBVI retains personal information for as long as is necessary for the processing purposes for which the data was collected, and for the length of time required for compliance with agency applicable records retention requirements. When information is no longer needed, TSBVI may securely destroy the information, unless required by applicable law to retain or archive the information for a specific retention period.

Open Records Policy

The Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552) provides the public with a legal right to access government records. All government information is presumed to be available to the public unless a legal exception to disclosure applies. Governmental bodies are required to release requested information unless the information is excepted from disclosure or required to be maintained as confidential by law in accordance with a constitutional, statutory, or judicial exception.

To initiate an open records request, please click the Contact Us button below.

State Privacy Rights

To the extent information collected about you is collected or maintained by a governmental body of the State of Texas, that information may be subject to public disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Non-governmental e-mail addresses are generally not subject to disclosure unless you consent to the disclosure of your email address.

Under Texas Government Code, Chapter 559, you are entitled, upon request, to: (i) know if information has been collected about you by a governmental body of the State of Texas; (ii) receive and review any information collected under sections 552.021 and 552.023 of the Texas Government Code; and (iii) correct inaccurate information under section 559.004 of the Texas Government Code, subject to any applicable exceptions. If you would like to request information about you that may be subject to this law, you may submit a request through the Public Information page at: https://gov.texas.gov/pir-info.

Children and Minors

Parents and guardians are encouraged to regularly monitor and supervise their children’s online activities. TSBVI does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.

Special Statement for Job Applicants

Any personal information that you provide to TSBVI when applying for employment will be used solely to consider and act upon your application. We may disclose your personal information to our agents for the purpose of evaluating your qualifications for the position for which you applied, for other available positions, or as otherwise authorized by law. TSBVI may also disclose your personal information to third parties authorized by TSBVI to collect, maintain, and analyze candidates for career positions or as otherwise authorized by law.

Visiting Our Site from Outside of the United States

If you are visiting the site from outside of the United States of America, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, or processed in the United States, where TSBVI’s servers and central database are operated. For example, if you are located outside of the United States, TSBVI will typically transfer any information collected through the site to the United States and process all personal information in the State of Texas. The data protection, privacy regulations, and other laws applicable to your use of the site may not be as comprehensive as those applicable in your home country. By using this site, you understand that your information may be transferred to TSBVI facilities and third parties with whom TSBVI shares information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Social Media Policy

Purpose & Scope

Social media tools are software systems or services provided on the Internet, such as Facebook and Twitter, through which users create online communities or web pages to share information and other content. TSBVI recognizes that social media tools allow users to share information quickly and easily with one another. In keeping with TSBVI’s goal of making education open and accessible, we may utilize social media tools to post or share information related to school business or items of interest to the public. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that TSBVI’s official use of social media tools for official school business remains in compliance with any applicable laws and rules. This policy does not govern TSBVI employees’ personal use of social media tools.

Social Media Disclaimer

Any information, communications, or material of any type or nature that you submit to any of the pages contained on a TSBVI social media platform or social media site (such as Facebook or Twitter) by emailing, posting, messaging, uploading, downloading, or otherwise (collectively, a “Submission”) is done at your own risk and without any expectation of privacy. TSBVI does not have ownership or control of any such social media platforms or sites and is therefore not responsible for any third-party content or submissions contained on such platforms and sites. By visiting any of TSBVI’s pages or websites that are contained or hosted on a social media platform or website, you are representing and warranting to TSBVI that you have reviewed the applicable privacy policy and terms of use of such platform or website and that you will abide by all such provisions contained therein. Additionally, if TSBVI may offer a message board or any other interactive or social-type feature on a website administered directly by TSBVI staff, please be aware that these areas may allow you to publicly post, and share with other users, certain messages, content, or other information. Although TSBVI may take certain precautions to protect users of those sites, users are encouraged to avoid giving out any personal information in such public forums. The information you post can be collected and used by people you do not know. TSBVI cannot guarantee the privacy and safety of these sites and is therefore not responsible for any information you choose to post. Your use of these features or sites is fully at your own risk.

Control & Monitoring

TSBVI shall exclusively control and regularly monitor any TSBVI social media page or account. Unless otherwise prohibited by law or rule, information posted or shared on a TSBVI social media page may be removed or deleted from the page at any time at TSBVI’s discretion.

Information and Privacy<

TSBVI will not post or share information on a TSBVI social media page if that information is confidential under any law or rule. Members of the public should not post or share information on a TSBVI social media page if that information is personal, confidential, sensitive, obscene, threatening, harassing, or discriminatory, or would otherwise compromise public safety or incite violence or illegal activities.

Retention, Destruction and Removal of Information

Information posted or shared on a TSBVI social media page may qualify as public information or a state record. Accordingly, such information may be retained or destroyed in accordance with TSBVI’s Records Retention Schedule and any applicable laws or rules.

Intellectual Property

TSBVI respects the rights of intellectual property owners and will not intentionally infringe on those rights. TSBVI’s use of protected intellectual property on a TSBVI social media page should follow applicable laws and rules. The terms of service of the respective social media tool will govern the posting or sharing of intellectual property on a TSBVI social media page by a member of the public.

Constituent Communications

TSBVI will not accept constituent assistance requests submitted through a TSBVI social media page or through embedded messaging or e-mail applications that may be on social media sites.

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Public Information Requests

TSBVI will not accept public information requests submitted through a TSBVI social media page. To make an open records request of TSBVI, please visit the Public Information page by clicking the Contact Us button below.

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