Privacy Policy

The University of South Carolina Alumni Association (Association) respects and protects the privacy of our users. Our staff may oversee or have access to records containing biographical, academic, demographic and gift/payment information on alumni, donors and friends of the University of South Carolina (University). We do not share your personal information with unaffiliated parties that are not explicitly entered into agreements that the Association has deemed appropriate.

 What Information We Collect

  • Biographical and demographic: names; addresses; phone numbers; email addresses; family members’ names; ID numbers; current and past places of employment

  • Academic: schools/colleges; majors, minors/cognates; class graduation years; extracurricular activities and honors societies; degrees, class years, and majors for other institutions attended (if reported)

  • Membership: ID numbers; dates of activity; status; recruitment information

  • Gifts and payments: philanthropic donations; event registration costs; membership transactions; merchandise transactions


How We Protect Your Data

  • Data is stored in a password-protected database

  • No social security numbers or other sensitive personal identifiers are stored in the database

  • Staff members must sign a university confidentiality agreement and receive training

  • Only authorized and trained staff may access data and update individual records

  • Alumni Association policies and procedures guide the use and access of the information

Policy for the Release of Constituent Information

Unless in aggregate form without personal details, the Alumni Association does not share data outside of the University of South Carolina and its affiliated parties. We do not sell, distribute, trade or otherwise transfer personally identifiable information obtained from a user to any third party outside our organization, unless it is for authorized purposes. The Alumni Association may share your personal contact information (postal and email addresses and phone numbers) with these authorized parties other than Association or University staff unless you specify otherwise (see “Preferences and Privacy Settings”). 

Authorized parties and purposes include but are not limited to the following:

  • Association affinity groups including Young Alumni Council and Black Alumni Council; governing leadership such as Board of Governors; and nationwide alumni chapters

  • Association event partners for event planning and communications

  • Association business partners for specific and common marketing purposes as outlined in contractual agreements that provide the Alumni Association operating revenue

Authorized purposes are mission driven and typically involve informing alumni, donors and friends about opportunities, activities, events, programs and news. The Association requires authorized parties to sign confidentiality agreements. Contact information may never be used for commercial, religious, political or fundraising purposes not approved by university administration. The Alumni Association reserves the right to deny access to contact information to any parties found in violation of this policy.

The Alumni Association will not provide contact information for personal use. When possible, Association staff will assist in relaying an inquiry, with response left to the recipient. Graduates may also utilize any online directory features to correspond with each other. All directory features are owned and operated by the University of South Carolina and the Alumni Association does not control the information that individuals may or may not share on their own accord.

Preferences and Privacy Settings

You have the following options available  should you choose to limit use of or access to your information. You may make the necessary adjustments by contacting Association at (803) 777-4111.

Do Not Publish: This removes your name and contact information from the online directory and any future printed directories. You will still receive communications generated by the University of South Carolina such as Carolinian magazine, fundraising letters and offers from authorized vendors and business partners. 

Do Not Call: This will remove your name and contact information from lists used for calling campaigns by the University of South Carolina and the Alumni Association.

Do Not Mail: This will remove your name and contact information from all mailing lists of printed materials from the University of South Carolina and the Alumni Association, including Carolinian magazine.

Do Not Solicit: This will remove your name and contact information from lists shared with authorized partners who work closely with the Association to offer benefits and services to University of South Carolina graduates and friends. You will not receive solicitations for membership from the UofSC Alumni Association.

Special Information For EU Users

Beginning May 25, 2018, the processing of personal data of users in the European Union is subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). If you are a Alumni Association user in the EU, you have the following rights with respect to Association's handling of your personal information: explanation and copies of your data, correction of personal data, deletion of personal data and objections and complaints related to the handling of your personal information. To exercise these rights, please submit your request here. Users outside the EU may also request explanation, correction, deletion or copies of their personal data.

NationBuilder Privacy Policy

The Alumni Association licenses this online community from NationBuilder (3dna Corp). By using this site, you are agreeing to NationBuilder’s Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy concerning use of this Site. To access the NationBuilder privacy information visit

Additional Databases

For purposes of constituent management, the Association may maintain other databases that contain contact, membership and event information that are accessible via a privacy-protected server only by staff, all of whom have signed a confidentiality agreement with the university. 

Refund Policy

Purchases made through the Alumni Association are refundable within 30-days of your purchase and upon return of any items received as a part of a membership, merchandise or promotion. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the Association at [email protected].