Privacy Statement


Northeastern University’s Office of Alumni Relations is committed to delivering services that recognize and respect alumni concerns about privacy. This Alumni Privacy statement describes why we collect data, what data we collect, and how we strive to protect the privacy of this data. This policy is applied in conjunction with the University Privacy Policy.

Organizational Commitment to Privacy

Northeastern maintains a multi-disciplinary commitment to privacy including roles responsible for all aspects of information protection that includes security and privacy. All systems that solicit or display personal information are protected by authentication and authorization controls.

Why we collect Personal Information

Personal information is collected so that Northeastern can deliver services to our alumni and personalize information and experiences to you and your interests in the university.

What do we collect?

The information we collect may include:

How we Collect Information

There are a few ways in which Northeastern collects personal information of alumni:

Alumni-submitted Information Updates – If you supply us with updated information through our online forms, paper forms, via email or through other methods (e.g. personal correspondence) we will update your information, as requested.

Student Record
 – Some information from your student record is transferred to your alumni record upon graduation from Northeastern. This includes information such as your name, degree information, and contact information.

Publicly available databases
 – We may use publicly available databases to collect new or updated personal information. This may include USPS change of address notifications, social media profiles, or other sources.

Third-party data match services
 – Occasionally the university will use third-party vendors to provide publicly available information updates to alumni records.

 – The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving websites may use cookies. The cookies are encrypted and do not save any personal information about you, such as your user name, password or email address. If cookies are disabled in your browser, you can still use the site.

Access to Personal Information

We restrict access to all levels of personal information contained within our database and do not allow non-university sanctioned access to this information. Select university administrators may have access to data only to the extent to which their job requires they have access to personal information. Alumni and students have access to alumni directory information (name, academic information, address and email address) through our online directory unless an alumnus/a has opted out of appearing in such directories. If you’d like to opt out of appearing in directories, please complete our Alumni Privacy Form.

We do not sell your personal information to third parties. We may share personal information with select vendors whose goods or services we believe will be of interest to our alumni.  We contractually limit how any such vendors can use the alumni information provided to them.

Use of Personal Information

Personal Information is used intentionally to facilitate communication among alumni and to deliver information and services to our alumni including, but not limited to, directory services allowing other authorized alumni to search through the network of alumni identifying people with whom they would like to connect. Data used to facilitate these experiences may include your full name, name at graduation, academic history (class year, degree and/or major), address, email address and employment information.

In addition, we may use Personal Information as criteria to segment marketing and communication to alumni. You can opt-out of these communications by emailing [email protected], or by using the opt-out link included in all emails from the university. To opt-out of mail or phone communications, please email [email protected] or call our office at 617.373.2656.

We may use or disclose Personal Information if required to do so by law, university policy or contractual obligation.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact [email protected].

Updated February, 26, 2020