Last Updated: September 16th, 2022
Most of our Website's features can be used without revealing any personal information, though, for some specific features or services, personal information, such as your email address will be required. If you do not use these specific features or services on the Website, then the only information we collect will be "Non-Personal Information" (i.e., information that is not traceable back to you and cannot be used to identify you). Non-Personal Information includes information such as the web pages that you have viewed. In order to access certain features and benefits on our Website, you may need to submit "Personally Identifiable Information" (i.e., information that can be traced back to you). Personally Identifiable Information can include information such as your name, home address, telephone number, and email address. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personally Identifiable Information you submit to Mountaintop. Inaccurate information may affect your ability to use the Website, the information you receive when using the Website, and our ability to contact you. For example, your email address should be kept current because that is one of the main ways in which we communicate with you.
What You Consent to by Using Our Website
What Information We Collect
We gather two types of information about users through the Website – non-personal and personal information. All information is stored within Mountaintop accounts on Wix, Google Analytics, and AirTable.
Non-Personal Information. When users come to our Website, we may track, collect, and aggregate Non-Personal Information indicating, among other things, which pages of our Website were visited, the order in which they were visited, and which hyperlinks were "clicked." Collecting such information may involve logging the IP address, operating system, and browser software used by each user of the Website. Although such information is not Personally Identifiable Information, we may be able to determine from an IP address a user's Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. At no time do we disclose information pertaining to site usage or individual IP addresses to third parties.
Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.
You should be able to control how and whether Cookies will be accepted by your web browser. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject Cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar. If you reject our Cookies, certain features and conveniences of this Website may not work properly, but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use many features of the Website.
Newsletters and Updates. In order to subscribe to our newsletter or email updates, you will need to input your name, email address, and undergraduate education information in the "Newsletter Signup" link ("Newsletter Link"). During this process, you may also provide other Personally Identifiable Information, such as your ethnicity and an alternate email address. At any time, you can choose to opt out of receiving additional newsletters or updates from us by clicking the "unsubscribe" option when updating your contact information in the Newsletter Link.
Communications with Mountaintop. We may receive Personally Identifiable Information when you send us an email message or otherwise contact us.
Surveys. From time to time, Mountaintop sends surveys that ask for your feedback so we may improve our services. Information we collect may include Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personal Information. (Information includes optional data on race, high school education of parents, and receipt of a Pell Grant.) Other information collected relates to applicants’ perceptions of Mountaintop and their other job offers.
Applications. In order to apply for the Fellowship, employment with Mountaintop, or to receive other specific benefits, you will need to provide us with Personally Identifiable Information, such as your name, home address, phone number, and resume. If you apply for employment with Mountaintop, you will need to provide additional Personally Identifiable Information, such as your educational background, first available date, and most recent salary/salary requirements, professional references, and EEO information.
How We Use the Information
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the different ways Mountaintop uses the information that we gather.
Non-Personal Information. We use Non-Personal Information in aggregate form to build higher quality and more useful services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our users, and by measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas of our Website.
Newsletters and Email to You. We use contact information input through the Newsletter Link to send you the newsletters and email messages that you request us to send.
Social Networks. Mountaintop has or will have a searchable database/social network of Fellows and eventually, Fellow alumni. Information provided by matriculated Fellows and alumni will pre-populate fields including name, current location, and Fellow region and year. As discussed above, certain special features of the portal will require you to register with your email as your username, which will then be viewable by all other participants of such special features.
Your Personally Identifiable Information is not collected for commercial purposes and Mountaintop does not sell or otherwise distribute the information collected from the website for commercial purposes.
Confidentiality & Security of Personally Identifiable Information
Updating or Deleting Your Personally Identifiable Information
We maintain a procedure to help you confirm that your Personally Identifiable Information remains correct and up-to-date. At any time, you may review and update your Personally Identifiable Information [by submitting a written request. You may also unsubscribe from certain email communications by clicking on the applicable link in those emails.
You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to delete or update your Personally Identifiable Information on our systems or to opt out of further communications with us. We try to answer every email promptly, but may not always be able to do so. Keep in mind, however, that there will be residual information that will remain within our databases, access logs, and other records, which may or may not contain your Personally Identifiable Information.
If you have any privacy-related questions or unresolved problems, you may contact Mountaintop using the information provided below.
Protecting Children's Privacy
Mountaintop strongly believes in protecting the privacy of children. In line with this belief, we do not knowingly collect or maintain Personally Identifiable Information on our Website from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of our Website is directed to persons under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access this Website at any time or in any manner. We will take appropriate steps to delete any Personally Identifiable Information of persons less than 13 years of age that has been collected on our Website without verified parental consent upon learning of the existence of such Personally Identifiable Information.
California Privacy Rights
Under California Law, California residents may have the right to request in writing from businesses with whom they have an established business relationship: (a) a list of the categories of Personally Identifiable Information and the type of services provided to the customer, that a business has disclosed to third parties (including affiliates that are separate legal entities) during the immediately preceding calendar year for the third parties' direct marketing purposes; and (b) the names and addresses of all such third parties. To make such requests, if entitled, please use the contact information listed below.
Address: Mountaintop, PO Box 73341 Washington, DC 20056