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Privacy Policy


The Office of the Provost Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for the Provost Homepage

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Provost Homepage (

Information gathering

We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site by identifying (1) which parts of our site are most heavily used, and (2) which portion of our audience comes from within the Harvard network. We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. This means that user sessions will be tracked, but the users will remain anonymous.

Our staff occasionally monitors search terms that users enter into the Harvard Search Engine ( but this tracking is never associated with individual users.

Use of information

The Provost staff uses the information gathered above to tailor site content to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. At no time do we disclose site usage by individual IP addresses. Web server logs are retained on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems.

Contacting the Provost

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

Web Services
University Information Systems
60 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The Provost home page contains links to other independently run Web sites within the Harvard network and to some sites outside the "" domain. The Provost is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

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