Current Student Privacy Notice in the E.U.

Data Privacy Notice for Students Studying in the E.U. and U.K.

This Notice describes Fordham University’s practices concerning the collection, use, storage, and disclosure (“processing”) of Personal Information covered by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and GDPR U.K. about students studying in the European Union or the United Kingdom. This Notice applies to Fordham and its affiliated legal entities and branches (collectively “Fordham,” “us,” or “our”). All students studying at Fordham’s sites in the E.U. and U.K. (referred to below as “you” or “your”) should carefully read the provisions of this Privacy Notice.

“Personal Information,” as used in this Notice, means any information that can be used to identify you, whether directly or indirectly, including by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to your physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.

Additional notices at any data collection point may supplement this general Notice. Additionally, Fordham’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy affords students certain rights concerning their education records.

If you have specific questions about any data processing activities described in this or any other Notice, please contact the Office of Legal Counsel.

The Information We Process About You

We process the information we collect from you directly, including, but not limited to, when you apply to study abroad, during our communications with you, when you sign up for classes or other services when you make use of Fordham equipment, facilities, and resources when you take classes when you apply for financial aid when you make use of the student health center, and when you make use of other required or optional services as a member of the Fordham community. This includes information about you created by our faculty and staff, for example, your grades, scores, records of attendance and participation, and recorded observations about you. It also includes information about your payments made to us for tuition and other expenses.

In some cases, we will require that certain information be provided in order for us to provide you with a service or take the action you request. We will indicate when such information is required, and failure to provide required or mandatory information may result in our being unable to provide you with a service or take action your request.

We use automated decision-making processes to process your data in certain contexts. For example, we may automatically evaluate your grades or test scores to determine your eligibility for enrollment in certain programs, receipt of honors, or offer you academic support. Similarly, the information in your financial aid application may generate a profile of your financial circumstances to decide your eligibility for scholarships, loans, and other financial assistance throughout your enrollment at Fordham. You can learn more about the logic we use in our automated decision-making processes by contacting Enrollment Services.

In addition, we collect the following kinds of information about you from third parties:

  • Information we collect from other students or Fordham staff: Other students may provide information about you, whether by reporting an incident or complaint on campus, alerting us to an emergency involving you, or through campus activities. This information can include your name, information about your behavior or activities, and other information about the situation being reported to us.
  • Information we receive about you from journals, research publications, or other platforms through which you publish academic content.
  • Health, wellness, and insurance information about you that we receive from other healthcare providers or insurance companies.
  • Information we collect about your prior or concurrent educational history from other academic institutions (or from our records in the event of a re-enrollment or enrollment for a different degree).

Fordham maintains video surveillance and card swipe systems for the security of our premises. Fordham or our contracted service operator may process images and video of you, and information about your use of and access to our premises, in connection with the operation of these systems.

Purposes and Legal Basis for Processing Your Data

We process your Personal Information to operate Fordham and the programs you are enrolled in, to provide you with financial aid, and to provide you with additional related services (like housing, internet access, and health services through the Student Health Center and other programs). We also use this data to:

  • administer programs and make decisions about course offerings,
  • file required reports with applicable governmental authorities,
  • award financial aid,
  • administer our programs and provide appropriately tailored services, including student health services, financial aid, research, and reporting activities,
  • monitor trends within our student body and individual courses, 
  • plan course offerings,
  • verify identity,
  • ensure that the university is prepared for emergencies, 
  • enforce Fordham policies and applicable laws,
  • manage university billing, collecting,
  • refunding and cashiering functions,
  • provide desktop and software support services,
  • provide immigration and mobility services for you when you travel abroad to study or perform research,
  • deliver online courses,
  • manage admission and enrollment for study abroad,
  • facilitate internal research,
  • plan orientation and support services for students,
  • perform academic planning,
  • coordinate events such as conferences and professional development,
  • facilitate student directory and promotional activities, and
  • facilitate placement and employment services for students. 

We combine the data that we collect to provide these functions. We have the following legal basis for processing the information you provide us or that we collect about you.

  • We have a legitimate interest in retaining and educating qualified students, complying with laws and regulations that govern our conduct in the countries where we operate, and administering Fordham and its programs efficiently, ethically, and appropriately.
  • We process all the information we collect from or about you to meet these purposes.
  • You can obtain additional information about our legitimate interests in processing your information by contacting Enrollment Services.
  • During your enrollment, we may also be required to process your Personal Information to complete a contract that you have entered into with us, including to be admitted to a program or receive financial aid, housing, or another service from us.
  • You can obtain additional information regarding the processing we do to enter into contracts with you by contacting Enrollment Services.
  • We may also be required to process your Personal Information to comply with laws applicable in the European Union or its member states, such as immigration laws or laws requiring reporting personal information to the city administration for local registration purposes.
  • You can obtain additional information about the processing we do to comply with applicable laws by contacting the Office of Legal Counsel.

In the case of Sensitive Personal Information (which includes (i) information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership; (ii) genetic and biometric data, and (iii) data concerning health, sex life, or sexual orientation), we process information either (i) because we have your consent to do so, (ii) because we are required to process the information to comply with applicable laws or (iii) because processing is necessary for the provision of healthcare to you. We may also process sensitive data where necessary to protect your vital interests, and you are physically or legally incapable of giving consent, for example, to admit you to the hospital if you are sick or injured and unable to complete the admission information on your own.

You can obtain more information about our processing of Sensitive Personal Information by contacting the Office of Legal Counsel. When we process your Sensitive Personal Information based on your consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time by contacting the Office of Legal Counsel. If you withdraw your consent, we may still be required to process your Sensitive Personal Information to comply with applicable law, but we will explain to you what processing activities will continue for legal compliance purposes when your consent is withdrawn.

Finally, we process your Personal Information for additional purposes compatible with those already described, including conducting scientific, statistical, or historical research or creating archives in the public interest. Where possible, we do not use identifiable information for these purposes, or we take steps, including using pseudonymous data, to limit the amount of Personal Information we use in our research or archives.

Recipients of Your Personal Information

Your Personal Information will be received and processed by Fordham employees and personnel, including third parties who provide services to Fordham in connection with the purposes of processing described above. For example, we may disclose your information to service providers who help us make travel arrangements, support our information technology systems, or provide services to our students. We share your Personal Information with our service providers only when they have agreed to process your Personal Information only to provide services to us and have agreed to protect your Personal Information from unauthorized use, access, or disclosure. You may contact the Office of Legal Counsel to learn more about the categories of service providers to whom your data is disclosed.

We also disclose your information to government authorities as required by laws that regulate higher education, immigration, tax, national security, and criminal activity.

Transfers to Third Countries

Fordham offers study abroad. If you study at one of our sites in the E.U. or U.K., your data will be sent to the local site where you are enrolled and sent to the United States. Your data may also be shared with other global sites if you are participating in a program at that site or otherwise to facilitate central management of Fordham’s programs and administer Fordham’s global operations. We may also share your medical information with third-party medical providers with your consent or on an emergency basis.

Data Retention

You can find more information about how long we retain personal data by consulting our Records Retention and Disposal Policy. Certain E.U. sites may retain data for shorter or longer periods to meet local legal requirements or business practices. You can obtain additional information about these retention periods by contacting the Office of Legal Counsel.

Your Rights

You have the right to the following information regarding Fordham’s processing of your Personal Information:

  • the purposes of the processing,
  • the categories of Personal Information concerned,
  • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the Personal Information has been or will be disclosed,
  • where possible, the envisaged period for which the Personal Information will be stored, or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period.

This Privacy Statement is intended to provide this information. Any questions about these details may be directed to the Office of Legal Counsel. You also have the following additional rights concerning your Personal Information:

  • The right to request access to the Personal Information that Fordham has about you, as well as the right to request rectification of any inaccurate or incomplete data
  • The right to request a copy of your Personal Information in electronic format so that you can transmit the data to third parties or to request that Fordham directly transfer your Personal Information to one or more third parties
  • The right to object to the processing of your Personal Information for marketing and other purposes
  • The right to the erasure of your Personal Information when it is no longer needed for the purposes for which you provided it, as well as the right to restriction of processing of your Personal Information to certain limited purposes where erasure is not possible
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority for the country where you live or work or where you believe your rights have been violated.

You may contact Fordham University’s Office of Legal Counsel with questions about this Notice, our data collection practices, or your rights.

Fordham University
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Cunniffe House, Room 111
Bronx, New York 10458
+1 718 817 3110
Email: [email protected] 

Fordham University in London’s local contact is:

Matthew Holland, Interim Senior Director
Fordham University in London
2 Eyre Street Hill
London EC1R 5ET
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 3687 2950
Email: [email protected] 

National Data Protection Authorities
Garante per la protezione dei dati personali
Piazza di Monte Citorio, 121 00186 Roma
Tel. +39 06 69677 1
Fax +39 06 69677 785

Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés - CNIL
8 rue Vivienne, CS 30223 F-75002 Paris, Cedex 02
Tel. +33 1 53 73 22 22
Fax +33 1 53 73 22 00

Agencia de Protección de Datos
C/Jorge Juan, 6 28001 Madrid
Tel. +34 91399 6200
Fax +34 91455 5699

United Kingdom
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Water Lane, Wycliffe House Wilmslow - Cheshire SK9 5AF
Tel. +44 1625 545 745

This list is provided for your reference, but you may file a complaint with the data protection authority in any Member State where you habitually work, live, or believe an infringement of E.U. data protection law occurred.