Privacy Policy

The Hope Couple Clinic at Regent University understands that our users are concerned about submitting personal information either through our website or other means. Our users’ individual privacy rights are important to us. For this reason, we provide this explanation of our data handling practices.

Our privacy guidelines are solely governed by Virginia statutes including, but not limited to, the Virginia Privacy Protection Act of 1976, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and any and all applicable federal legislation.

This notice in no manner serves to represent a contract between Dr Ripley, or Regent University and (you) the reader or any person who submits, in any form, information to Dr. Ripley or Regent University.

Collecting data

We have many ways that our users can submit data to us. One of the most convenient ways is to complete a web form. These forms collect information from our users and send it to the proper recipient within the Couple Clinic at Regent University. In addition, we also collect information via other means such as electronic mail (Email), telephone calls, and postal mail.

While using the Internet, some technical information is automatically collected for statistical reference. Though these items may not necessarily identify an individual, we want our users to know that this information is recorded without any causal action on their behalf. These items are as follows:

  • The Internet address (IP address) of the machine our users are using to connect to www.regent.edu. This may also produce a coordinating host and domain name for our users’ computers.

  • The type of Internet Browser our users are using to connect to www.regent.edu. Also, the pages our users are requesting from our site.

  • The site from which our users immediately left when visiting www.regent.edu. Also, any ‘cookie’ related information as described in this notice.

Information we gain from any person is used for official purposes only. We do not share, sell, or loan data to any organization for purposes not relating to our direct efforts. There are times that we may share data to meet federal regulations, comply with law enforcement, or distribute special offers to our users. As such, no user should have any reasonable expectation of absolute privacy.  We take precautions to ensure that we protect our users’ data while in our control.

How we use information

Because our users’ information belongs to them and can individually identify each one of them, we remind our users that they are not required to share such information with us. In doing so, our users will still be able to freely navigate our website without submitting any information to us. However, if a user desires to engage in any services which requires us to collect information, that user must submit in some manner his/her information to us. Should that user not provide in full the requested information, he/she may not be eligible to receive his/her requested service.

Your information

We utilize considerable security protections in order to collect and protect users’ information. Where necessary, we employ Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) in order to facilitate an encrypted connection between the user’s computer and our web server. We encourage our users to become familiar with secure means by which to submit information to Regent University. Our users should understand that Email is an insecure medium and that we discourage transmission of personally identifiable information via this means. In order to protect the data we store and to ensure our users’ privacy is safeguarded, we employ numerous security controls, follow secure processes, and execute internal audit procedures. Our users’ confidential information and personal privacy is of utmost importance to us. We strive to protect our users’ information in a manner consistent with the laws and regulations of the state of Virginia and with all applicable federal legislation.