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Blackboard Privacy Policy

It is important to Chabot College that all students feel secure knowing that their privacy is protected within the Blackboard System, in compliance with the U.S Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Who can access my course(s) in Blackboard besides me?

Blackboard is a secure, password protected system, whereby access to courses requires an active user account within the system. For any given Chabot course site in Blackboard, only CLASS-Web/Zone-enrolled students or authorized persons requested by the instructor (such as a course evaluator or a Teaching Assistant) will have access to the class.

What information is (automatically) entered into Blackboard?

When you enroll (by way of CLASS-Web/The Zone) in an online and/or hybrid or Chabot College course that is set up in Blackboard, the following five information items are automatically entered in the Blackboard system: your first name, your last name, your username (your W ID), a default password, and your email account (default is Zonemail).

Who Can See My Information?

Blackboard Learn's default privacy options display only your name (and, if you go to the Profiles area and setup your profile, an avatar) throughout your courses, in places like the communication tools.

The student email address associated with your Blackboard account is not visible to other students in Blackboard, nor are they visible when an instructor sends an email from within Blackboard.

Also, once students change the default password, the new password is only known to that particular student.

Of the five information items automatically entered in Blackboard, your first name/last name, your Blackboard username (W ID) as well as the email address associated with your account will only be visible to the instructor and the system managers, which includes system administrators and technical support personnel.

Note that students do have the option to go to the separate Profiles area and enter information such as an email address, but they must manually enter this information and go through a series of prompts, including selecting privacy settings. Profiles is separate from the information automatically entered into the system.

Blackboard Resource: Best Practices for Protecting your Identity and Reputation Online

How Will My Information be Used?

Student email addresses will be collected for student surveys on specific topics, such as Instructor Evaluations and for feedback on how to improve the Online Learning program in general. Your information and answers to online surveys will never be used for anything other than college-related purposes.

Also, please note the following:

  • Access to all grades for a given course are visible to the instructor (or those with instructor-level access) only. Students have access to their own grades only; they do not see the grades of other students.
  • Your Blackboard activity can be tracked by your instructor to see how many times you've entered the class, etc.
  • Material posted to the Discussion board is able to be seen be seen by all students within the class, so use your best judgment when posting personal information (such as your phone number).
  • Blackboard classes typically include links to external websites. Aside from links to Chabot College affiliated sites, the college is not responsible for the privacy practices of outside sources.
  • You can choose to update the email address that appears in Blackboard from your Zonemail email to a personal email address. A valid email address is required for instructor contact methods and to automatically reset your password if you happen to forget it.
  • Choose a password that is at least 8 letters, mixing lower case and capital letters, numbers, and/or symbols.
  • If you write down your username and/or password to remember it, make sure it is in a safe and secure location. Do not share your username or password with anyone!
  • Finally, make sure to click the Logout button every time you finish using Blackboard, then exit out of the web browser. This is especially important if you share a computer or are using a computer lab.

For additional questions:

Contact Online Learning Student Support:


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