Privacy Policy

Last updated 12/19/17

Use of the website is governed by the Terms of Use. This Privacy Policy states the website privacy practices for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (referred to herein as “PCOM”, “we” or “us”) applicable to this website. This policy outlines the information we collect about you when you visit this website, including the information you voluntarily choose to provide to us.

This policy explains the types of information we may collect, or that you may provide when you use this website, and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information. By using this website you agree to this policy.

Online​ ​profile​ ​updates

If you complete the request for information or mailing list form and share personally identifying information with us, this information will be used only to provide you with more targeted content. We may use your contact information to send you further information about us or to contact you when necessary.

Sending us an email

You also may decide to send us personally identifying information, for example, in an email message containing a question or comment. We use personally identifying information from email primarily to respond to your requests. We may forward your email to PCOM employees who are better able to respond to you. We may also use your email to contact you in the future about our programs that may be of interest to you. If you sign up for one of our email lists, we will only send you the kinds of information you have requested.

Device​ ​information

We may collect device-specific information such as your hardware model, operating system version and mobile network information. We may also collect information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access our websites such as IP address, geolocation information, browser type, date and time of your request, browser language or other information of this nature. We may use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our website. In addition, we may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide:

  1. To​ ​contractors,​ ​service​ ​providers,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​third ​parties​​ ​we​ ​use​ ​to​ ​support​ ​our organization;
  2. To​ ​fulfill​ the​ purpose​ for​ which ​you provide​ it;​
  3. For​ any other​​ purpose disclosed​ by​ ​us​​ ​when​ ​you​ ​provide​ ​the ​​information;
  4. With ​your​ consent;​
  5. To ​comply ​with​ ​any​ ​applicable​ ​law,​ regulation,​​ legal​​ ​process​ ​or​ ​governmental​ ​request, including​ ​responding​ ​to​ ​any ​​governmental​ ​or​ ​regulatory​ ​request;
  6. To​ ​enforce​ ​our​ ​rights;
  7. If ​we believe ​disclosure ​​is​ necessary or ​appropriate​ to​​ ​protect​ ​the​ rights of our​ students, staff,​faculty,​ ​administrators, ​community ​or others; ​or
  8. To ​detect,​ prevent or​ otherwise address​ fraud, security or​ ​technical​ ​​issues.

Cookies​ ​are​ ​small​ ​files​ ​that​ ​are​ ​stored​ ​on​ ​your​ ​computer​ unless ​you block or limit ​​them. ​​We​ ​use cookies to understand​ and​ ​save your preferences​ ​for ​future ​​visits ​and​ compile​ aggregate​ ​data​ about ​site​ traffic and site​ ​interaction so​ that we ​can offer ​better​ ​site ​experiences ​and tools​ ​in ​ the​ future. We​ may contract​ with third-party​ ​service providers to​ ​assist ​us in​ ​better understanding​ our site​ visitors.​ These​ service ​​providers​ ​are​ ​not​ ​permitted​ ​to​ ​use​ ​information​ collected on our​ ​behalf​ ​except​ ​to​ help​ us conduct​ ​and​ ​improve​ our​​ ​organization.

Cookies​ ​may​ ​be​ ​set​ ​by​ ​an​ ​organization​ ​other​ ​than​ ​PCOM.​ ​These​ ​“third-party​ ​cookies”​ ​may,​ ​for example, ​originate from​ websites​ such ​as YouTube,​ ​Twitter, ​​Facebook, Google Plus​ or other​ social ​media​ services for which we​ ​have implemented​ “plug-ins.”​​ Since the cookie policies​ of​ these​ ​sites​ ​change​ ​over ​time, you​ ​should determine their policies by​ visiting the privacy ​ policy pages​ ​of​ ​these​ ​sites​ directly.​ ​You​ may​ ​disable or limit​ ​cookies​ ​through ​​your​ ​individual​ ​browser​ ​options, although this​ may reduce some ​site functionality.​

Some​ ​sections​ ​of​ ​our​ ​website​ ​use​ ​Google​ ​Analytics,​ ​a​ ​web​ analytics service provided by​ Google,​ ​Inc.,​ ​or​ ​other​ ​similar​ ​third​ ​party​ ​tools.​ We also use Google Analytics Advertising. ​These ​​services​ ​use​ ​cookies​ ​to​ ​help​ us​​ ​analyze how​ users​​ use​ our website. This ​information ​will​ be transmitted​ ​to​​ ​and​ stored​​ ​by​ ​the​ ​third ​​party​ on​ its ​​servers.​ The​ ​third party ​​will ​use​ this information​​ ​for ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​evaluating ​your​ use​ of ​this website, compiling​ reports on​ website​​ activity,​ and providing other​​ ​services​ relating ​to ​Internet usage.​ ​The​ ​third​ ​party​ ​may​ ​also​ ​transfer​ ​this​ ​information​ ​to​ ​third​ ​parties​ ​where​ ​required​ ​to ​do​ so by​ ​law, ​or​ where​ such​ third​ parties process the​ information ​on​ ​the third​ ​party ​vendor’s ​behalf.​ ​By using​ our​ website, you​​ consent​ to​ ​the​ ​processing of​ data​ ​about​ ​you by​ Google​ ​and​ ​other​ ​third parties ​in​​ the​ manner​ and​ for the​​ ​purposes set ​out above.​

You may opt out of Google Analytics tracking use of cookies by utilizing the Google Analytics Opt-out browser add-on. You may opt out of other interest-based advertising by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) opt-out site. Updates to your browser may affect the functionality of the opt-out add-on; check your specific browser for details.


We use Google Analytics remarketing and this will advertise us or our website across other websites that you visit. Google and other third-party vendors will show our ads on websites that you visit after visiting our website, and our ads will be shown on other websites because you visited our website in the past. You can opt out of this remarketing campaign through the Google Ad Settings page.

Links​ ​to​ third-party​ websites

We​ ​may​ ​provide​ ​hyperlinks​ ​to​ ​other​ ​websites​ ​as​ ​a​ ​convenience​. As per the Terms of Use, we​ ​do not control third-party​ ​websites​ and​ ​​are​ ​not​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​the​ ​content of​ ​any linked-to​ third-party websites​ or ​any​ hyperlink​ ​​in​ ​a​ ​linked-to​ ​website.​ ​Moreover, we​ ​are​ ​not​ ​responsible​ for​ the privacy​ practices​ or the ​content of ​third-party ​​websites.

Web​ ​beacons​ ​and​ other​ technologies

We​ ​may​ ​use​ ​standard​ ​internet​ ​technology,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​web​ ​beacons ​(also ​referred​ to​ as​ ​​clear gifs, pixel​ ​tags,​ ​and​ ​single-pixel​ ​gifs)​ ​and​ ​other​ ​similar​ ​technologies,​ to ​track​ ​your​ ​use​ ​of ​our​ website.​ ​The​ ​website​ ​and​ ​related​ ​communications​ ​may​ ​contain​ ​small​ ​electronic​ ​files ​known​ ​as web​ ​beacons​ ​that​ ​permit​ ​us,​ ​for ​example, ​to count users who​ have​ visited those pages​ or​ opened​ ​an​ ​email​ ​and​ ​for​ ​other​ ​related ​statistics (for ​example, recording​ the​ popularity of​​ ​certain content​ ​and verifying​ system​ and​ server​​ integrity).​ We also​ ​​may ​include​ ​web​ ​beacons ​in​ our email​ ​messages​ or other communications​ ​to ​determine​​ ​whether ​messages have​ been opened​ and ​acted​ upon.​ The information​ we​​ ​may obtain in​ this ​manner​ ​would​ ​enable ​​us to​ ​customize our websites and to​ measure​ ​the overall​ effectiveness​ ​of our ​websites,​ content, programming,​ or​ ​other​ ​activities.

Information​ ​protection

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information we gather about you, we have taken commercially reasonable steps to protect such information once obtained by us. However, no method of transmission over the internet or method of electronic storage is 100 percent secure. It is possible for collected information to be disclosed without our permission or knowledge (for example, if an internet host is “attacked”, or is compromised by a virus). For this reason, PCOM disclaims any warranty or representation of privacy or non-disclosure of information collected through the use of our website.

Children​ ​and​ privacy

We do not operate websites or online services directed to children. We do not solicit or knowingly collect any information from visitors under 13 years of age. Do not use this website if you are not yet 13.

Changes​ ​to​ ​this​ ​policy

We​ ​may​ ​update​ ​or​ ​amend​ ​this​ ​privacy​ ​policy​ ​from​ ​time​ ​to​ ​time.​ ​If​ ​we​ ​make​ ​material​ ​changes​ ​to how​ ​we​ ​treat​ ​our​ ​users’​ ​personal​ ​information, we​ will​ ​post the revised policy ​on​ ​this page. ​​The​ ​date​ this ​policy​ ​was​ ​last​ ​revised​ ​is​ ​identified​ ​in​ ​the​ ​policy​ ​heading.​ ​You​ ​are responsible ​for​ periodically​ ​reviewing​ ​this​ policy​ ​to​ ​check​ for​​ ​any ​​changes.

Questions​ ​about this policy​ ​

Your​ ​privacy​ ​is​ ​important​ ​to​ ​us.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​this​ ​privacy​ ​policy,​ ​the practices​ ​of​ ​this​ ​website,​ ​or​ ​your​ ​dealings​ ​with​ ​this​ ​website,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​contact​ ​us​ ​at Additionally, our mailing address, phone number and a contact form are available on our contact page.