This Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (the “Agreement”) sets forth the policies of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School (“ECFS”) with respect to nonpublic personal information you provide to us through this website (the “Site”) and the terms and conditions that govern your access to and use of the Site. These policies may be changed at any time, without notice, in which case the revised Privacy Policy will apply to information collected after the date the changed Privacy Policy is posted and the revised Terms of Use will apply to your use of the Site after the changed Terms of Use is posted. By using our Site, you consent to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and Terms of Use…

Our policy

We recognize the value of your privacy and appreciate concerns you may have about information you provide to us when you visit us online and how we treat that information. We encourage you to read this entire Privacy Policy as it sets forth our policies with respect to personal information you provide us through our Site. Personal information refers to information that allows us to identify you, such as your name, address, zip/postal codes, telephone number, organization name if applicable, email address, etc.

Personal information collected

We maintain this Site for informational purposes and in order to facilitate your interaction with us. At our Site, we only collect personally identifiable data when voluntarily and knowingly submitted by a visitor. For example, you may need to provide us with your personal information if you choose to complete online forms, applications, and surveys on the Site. Additionally, you may choose to send us personally identifying information in an email containing a question or comment. We use personal information from emails primarily to respond to your requests. We may forward your email to other employees who are better able to answer your questions. We may also use your email to contact you in the future about our programs that may be of interest to you. If you choose to sign up for one of our email lists, we will only send you the type of information that you have requested. If you choose to complete the profile update form and share your personal information with the Fieldston Alumni Online Community, we may use your contact information to send further information about our organization or to contact you when necessary. You may always opt out of receiving future mailings in accordance with Section 7 below.

Use of information

We do not disclose any of your personal information to anyone, other than to our affiliates, except as permitted by law, such as to our attorneys, and certain service providers, such as third-party web site hosts. We will only release information about you if you direct us to do so, if compelled to do so by law or in connection with any government or self-regulatory organization request or investigation. We may also disclose information that you provide to us to companies that perform marketing services on our behalf. If such a disclosure is made, we will require such third-parties to treat your private information with confidentiality.

Collection of non-personal information

Visitors to our Site should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected by our Site through the use of “cookies” and through features integrated in the web server software. “Cookies” are small pieces of data sent to your computer browser from our web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. The data identifies you as a unique user and facilitates your ongoing access to and use of the Site. Cookies are used by us to recognize repeat visitors, frequency of visitor use, store user preferences, and to track information and usage behavior. By tracking user trends and patterns of how people search, we can better understand our user base. This helps us deliver better and more personalized services, improve the content and administration of our Site, facilitate use of our Site by visitors and generally enhance your online experience when you visit our Site. Cookies also help us to diagnose problems with our server. We use “cookie” technology only to compile aggregate data about your visits to our Site and not to obtain personal information. We may use this information to collect demographic information and develop statistics about our user base. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to block all cookies from being loaded onto your computer or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Please be aware, however, that refusing cookies can affect the performance of web sites and cause some parts of our Site to not function properly. Disabling cookies will not completely disable automatic data collection as the web server collects other information of technical nature sent by browsers.

Shared aggregating data

We may share aggregate, statistical and other non-personal information with certain other third-parties with which we have a relationship. For example, we may share aggregate information or statistics obtained from the use of “cookies” or information you provide us as described above, which does not identify you personally, such as user volume and demographics, click-stream patterns and the domain name of the site from which visitors are connecting. Always remember that the choice to provide us with your personal information is your own and you can elect not to access portions of the Site or use Site features that would require you to submit your personal information to us on our Site.


We are very concerned with the safety and security of your sessions on our Site, the information you provide us online, and any transactions you conduct with us online. We have implemented and maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards consistent with industry standard protocol to help guard your nonpublic personal information, including to protect against the loss, misuse, interception, access and alteration of information you send us. We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those of our employees and our agents who need to know the information to enable us to provide our services to you and we emphasize to them the importance of maintaining the security, confidentiality and integrity of your personal information.

Opt out

The Site provides users with the opportunity to opt out of receiving certain communications from us through a special online page. You may choose to receive specific communications that you select, or none at all. Although you cannot remove yourself from our database, you can prevent unwanted communication.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

We comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”). COPPA requires that web site operators never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting verifiable parental consent.

In accordance with COPPA, we do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. We recommend that no one under the age of 18 submit personally identifiable information to our Site. In the event that we determine that a user of this Site is under the age of 13, we will not maintain or use his or her personally identifiable information.

European Union users

Users of our websites and services from the European Union consent to providing information to ECFS for the sole purpose of the activity they are engaging in (inquiring about admission, applying for admission, mailings, announcements, databases and other school related purposes). We will not use information provided to us for any purpose other than the one intended. Please see our European Union Privacy Notice.

This Site contains hyperlinks or “links” to other sites, and other sites may “link” to this Site. Web sites linking to and from this Site may have different privacy practices from the ones described here. We are not responsible for the data collection, privacy and information sharing polices and procedures or the content of such web sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Site.

We are not responsible for, and exercise no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on other sites.

Creating a text link from another website to the Site does not require our permission.

Terms of use

ECFS grants you a limited right to use the Site, subject to your agreement to abide by this Terms of Use in its entirety, as well as any other rules, procedures, policies, terms or conditions that govern all or any portion of the Site. ECFS may revoke your right to use all or any portion of the Site at any time for any reason.

Intellectual property and proprietary rights

The Site is protected by one or more copyrights, patents, database rights, trademarks, service marks and/or other intellectual property and proprietary rights that are owned by ECFS, its affiliates and/or third-parties. You may not attempt to violate the security of our site, or decompose, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise deconstruct all or any portion of the Site. You may not publish, broadcast, retransmit, reproduce, repackage, frame, commercially exploit, create any derivative of or otherwise redistribute all or any portion of the Site except as explicitly permitted in the Agreement. You may print copies of any accessible portion of the Site only for your own personal use. You may not remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notice or legend contained on (or printed from) the Site.

If you would like to publish information that you find on our website, please send your request to [email protected]. Where text or images are posted on our site with the permission of the original copyright holder, you should find the source on our Credits and Usage page.

Representations and warranties

You represent and warrant that you have full authority and all rights necessary to enter into and fully perform all of your obligations pursuant to the Agreement, you have not and you will not enter into any agreement or perform any act which might contravene the purposes and/or effects of the Agreement, and you will not delete any Site content.

Technological problems and their impact

ECFS is not liable for any technological problems and any impact that they may have. All or any portion of the Site may not be available and may not function properly at any time. We make reasonable efforts to avoid technological problems, but at any time the Site may have and may cause technological problems such as viruses and other damaging computer programming routines or engines. We take reasonable security precautions when using the Internet, telephone or other means to transport data or other communications, but we disclaim liability for any interception of data or communications. We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Site is secure but we do not guarantee the security of the Site. We are not liable for any damage or injury caused by the performance or failure of performance of all or any portion of the Site. We are not liable for any defects, delays or errors in or resulting from your use of the Site.

Disclaimer of warranties

Ecfs disclaims all warranties with respect to the site that the law allows it to disclaim. The site is provided “as is” and “as available.” We disclaim all representations and warranties, express or implied, of any kind with respect to the site including warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement of intellectual property and proprietary rights. Without limiting our general disclaimer, we do not warrant the availability, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, functionality, reliability, sequencing or speed of delivery of the site or any part of the content.

Limitation of liability

ECFS’ liability with respect to the site is limited to the maximum extent permitted by law. In no event will we or any of our affiliates, agents or employees be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages however caused arising out of this agreement, the site, or the inability to use the site. Our liability is limited even if we have been advised of the possibility of the damages that you suffer or if any remedy you have fails of its essential purpose. Under all circumstances, the maximum liability of ecfs, its agents and employees to any user of the site with respect to the site is $100.00. This disclaimer of liability applies to any and all damages or injury, including those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of or use of any asset, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.


You will be responsible for any liability to ECFS that arises out of your breach of the Agreement or your use of the Site. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless ECFS and its affiliates, agents, employees and third-party sources from and against any and all suits, losses, claims, demands, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that arise from or relate to your use of the Site, your breach of the Agreement or any representation, warranty or covenant made by you in the Agreement, your violation of any applicable law, statute, ordinance, regulation or of any third-party’s rights, or claims asserted by third-parties which, if proven, would place you in breach of representations, warranties, covenants or other provisions contained in the Agreement.

General conditions

If any provision of the Agreement is found invalid or unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent possible and the remaining provisions of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. The Agreement constitutes the entire understanding, and supersedes all other understandings, between you and ECFS concerning the subject matter hereof.

Questions about our policies

If you have any questions about this Agreement, the practices of the Site, or your dealings with the Site, please contact us at [email protected].