Thank you for visiting the University of North Carolina System web site. The UNC System encompasses 17 constituent institutions, each of which maintains a unique web site. Although links to institution and other helpful resources are available on this web site, this privacy statement applies only to the UNC System website. To learn about web site privacy statements for individual campuses, please visit the institution’s web site.


Currently, the UNC System utilizes computer hardware and software resources in the collection, storing and reviewing of the following information:

  1. General Web Traffic to include:
    1. Internet domains and IP address from which a visitor accesses our web site.
    2. Type of browser and operating system used to access our web site.
    3. Date and times of access to our site.
    4. Pages, files, directory structures visited per access.
    5. Referral domains (the web site address from which you received referrals or linked from).
  2. Voluntarily-Provided User Information to include:
    1. Personal Contact Information necessary to reply to comments and requests for information.
    2. User-Identifying Information used to grant permission to use limited access content areas such as those for vendors and internal staff.


The University of North Carolina System web site utilizes computer system software programs to monitor network traffic and to identify unauthorized attempts to upload, change and or otherwise cause damage. These attempts to cause damage could be subject to legal action based on North Carolina Statutes.

This Privacy Statement may be updated periodically, and in the event of any such update the revised policy will be posted to the UNC System web site in a timely manner.

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.