Privacy Policy

Effective Date: April 19, 2013

This website (the “Site”) is administered by the Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation (the “Foundation”).  The Foundation understands the importance of privacy and is committed to the privacy of Site visitors.  This privacy policy (the “Policy”) is designed to help you understand how this Site collects, uses or discloses personally identifiable information (“PII”).  The Terms of Use for this Site (“Terms of Use”) incorporate this Policy.  If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy or the Terms of Use, please do not use this Site.


1. Information you submit

In connection with your use of the Site, you may be asked to submit PII, including your name, address, and telephone number.  For example, if you apply for a scholarship through the Site, you will be asked to submit information (including PII) about yourself, to assist us in evaluating your application.  If you wish to receive further information about the Schwarzman Scholars Program via the Site, you will be asked to submit information (including PII) to allow us to send you the information.  Please note that it is always your choice whether to provide PII about yourself, and if you submit PII about any other person, you must first obtain his or her consent.  Please do not submit PII about any person other than yourself unless you have first obtained such person’s consent.  By submitting PII about others, you hereby represent and warrant to the Foundation that you have such person’s consent and full authority to do so.


2. Other information we collect

We sometimes collect information about you without your submitting it, including non-personally identifiable aggregate data, to improve the quality of the Site and maintain the Site’s proper operation.  For instance, we may collect your IP address each time you request a page during a visit to the Site.  We collect some information automatically from visitors to the Site, such as by the use of “cookies”, “web beacons”, and other tracking mechanisms. “Cookies” are small files placed on the hard drive of your computer; each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser preferences allow it. If you do not want to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject them.  However, if you turn cookies off, you may not have access to some of the Site’s features.  “Web beacons” are communications with a server performed when retrieving the content of a webpage, and enable us to track the number and timing of visitors to certain sections of the Site.  We may employ web beacons to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the operations of the Site.  We prohibit web beacons on our Site from being used by third parties to collect or access your PII.


3. Use/sharing of your information

We may use PII we collect about you (whether or not through the Site) and disclose it to our partners and other third parties (including persons outside the United States) for any authorized purpose relating to the charitable purposes of the Foundation and/or the Schwarzman Scholars Program.  For example, if you apply for a scholarship, we may provide information about your candidacy to Foundation personnel and authorized third parties, including Tsinghua University (which must accept you into the university if you wish to become a Schwarzman Scholar) in connection with the evaluation process.  We will not otherwise disclose your PII, except as required by law, regulation, subpoena, court order or discovery request, or when we act in good faith to protect the rights of the Foundation, the Site and its users.  We can (and you authorize us to) disclose any of your PII under such circumstances.


4. Maintaining your information

Our systems allow you to update any PII you submit to the Site.  If you have created an account with us (such as for a scholarship application), you may access and update your information at [insert link to update application] until your application has been finally submitted. We may retain your PII for the term permitted by applicable law.  We may also discard your PII at our discretion, so you should retain your own records of any information that you submit to us.


5. Other websites

Please note that this Policy applies only to [insert website address].  If you visit any website linked to this Site, such as the website of Tsinghua University, you are subject that website’s own privacy policies.  We do not control the privacy or other policies of other websites.  You should review the privacy policies of all third-party websites before you visit them.


6. Information Security

The Foundation is concerned about the security of your information.  We endeavor to protect your PII, using technical, administrative and physical security measures.  However, there is no such thing as perfect security on the Internet, and you provide PII to us at your own risk that it may be viewed or used by unauthorized persons. The Foundation expressly disclaims all liability for any damages, losses or claims of any kind relating to any PII that you provide to the Foundation or others through the Site.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you believe that you have been a victim of identity theft through the Site, please notify the Foundation at the address for Legal Notices below.


7. Children’s privacy

We do not seek or desire to collect information from children under the age of 13.  Therefore, we will not knowingly request information from persons under such age.  As noted in the instructions for the scholarship application, you must be at least 18 years of age to submit a scholarship application.  Please do not provide any PII to the Foundation for any reason unless you are at least 13 years of age, and please caution your children not to do so.  If a child under 13 has provided PII to us through the Site without parental consent, a parent or guardian may inform the Foundation at the address in Section 11 below, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information, subject to applicable law.


8. Beneficiaries/amendments

There are no third-party beneficiaries of this Policy.  We may amend this Policy at any time.  Each time you return to the Site, you are bound by the then-current version of this Policy.  You are advised to consult the “Privacy Policy” bar on this Site each time you visit the Site.  If you do not wish to be bound by the amended version of the Policy, do not use the Site at such time.


9. Governing law/venue

This Policy and your use of the Site are governed by New York law.  Any dispute between us relating to this Policy or your use of this Site shall be resolved solely in the state or federal courts located in the borough of Manhattan, New York City.


10. International use

This Policy is intended to comply with the laws and regulations of the United States, and we make no claim that the Site is appropriate or lawful for use or access outside the United States.  Furthermore, the database in which our information is stored, including PII you submit for any purpose, is located in the United States.  If you access the Site from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk.  You are solely responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations regarding online conduct and website access.  By sending us your data for any reason, including in the form of scholarship application materials, you consent to transfer to and storage within the United States.


11. Legal notices

If you have any questions or issues with respect to this Policy, please contact us as set forth below.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, you agree to receive all legally required notices regarding this Policy or any privacy or security breach relating to this Site by email at the address you use to contact the Site.
Address for Legal Notices:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation
641 Lexington Avenue, 23rd Floor | New York, NY 10022
Attn: Amy Stursberg  646.313.6500