Our Privacy Policy

1. Automated Collection of Personal Information

When you access our website, certain information will automatically be recorded by Lancaster Theological Seminary’s third-party website hosting company, Nexcess, and Google Analytics. Information collected includes your IP address, what browser you are using, and information related to the pages you visit. This information informs decisions about future site improvements and in some instances could aid detection in the event of a security breach.

2. Non-Automated Collection

Where you are required under this website to provide personal data, the uses of this data will be indicated at the point of collection, for example, when filling out an online form requesting more information or to sign up for a Seminary event.

3. Third-party access

The personal data you provide will only be sent to third parties with which Lancaster Theological Seminary has a contractual relationship and that assist in one or more aspects of the Seminary’s data processing for business purposes.


Your data is held confidentially and securely in all of these systems. These partners are only allowed to use your data in in accordance with the strict instructions of Lancaster Theological Seminary. Your data will not be used in any other way or shared with any other organization.

The Seminary will review this notice annually.

Inquiries and applications

Lancaster Theological Seminary, similar to all U.S.-based institutions of higher education, works with a third-party partner (in our case Jenzabar/SONIS) as part of our admissions process. This partner assists with some or all of the following: identifying potential applicants, processing admissions inquiries, tour scheduling, email marketing, and application processing for both Admissions and Financial Aid. Should you be offered admission to Lancaster Theological Seminary, a secure, third-party payment processor will process your credit card deposit payment.

If you submit data through online forms related to admission on Seminary’s website, we will use your information to respond to your inquiry and/or process your application. You will be asked to acknowledge our intent to collect and process your data in each of these online forms.

4. Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device by websites that you visit.

Our website, www.LancasterSeminary.edu, uses cookies for three purposes:

  1. To ensure that the website is functioning properly. These cookies are set by our webserver.
  2. To gather anonymous information about the use of our website so we can continuously improve the site.
  3. To capture users’ subjects of interest and then serve targeted advertising on other websites.

We do not use cookies to collect personal information about you.

Should you wish to restrict or block cookies which are set by our website, Lancaster Theological Seminary recommends you visit aboutcookies.org which contains documentation for a range of browsers. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact the functionality of our website.

Lancaster Theological Seminary revises this notice annually. To learn of any changes since the publication date (seen at the bottom of the notice), contact development@lancasterseminary.edu

The information below explains cookies we use and why:


Google Analytics

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. These cookies are also used to track users’ interests. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visit.

5. Online advertising

Parts of our website carry a tracking code. This code tracks the page(s) visited on the Seminary’s site. This data is anonymous, and the Seminary cannot see your name, phone number, email address or any other personal information which could identify you.

6. Email marketing

Admissions, Advancement, and general communications email marketing to prospective students as well as donors, alumni and others may include UTM codes. A UTM code is a simple code attached to a custom URL in order to track a source, medium, and campaign name. This enables Google Analytics to tell Lancaster Theological Seminary which particular marketing message brought you to our website. All email marketing provides an opportunity for you to completely unsubscribe from all Lancaster Theological Seminary-related emails or only from select marketing campaigns.

7. For more information

Additional privacy policy information is available on the Seminary’s Library page and in the online Student Handbook sections on Electronic Communications Policy and FERPA. Inquiries regarding Lancaster Theological Seminary’s privacy practices may be directed to the Vice President of Operations and Finance, in the Lancaster Seminary Business Office, 555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

8. Changes to privacy notice

This notice may be reviewed and revised at any time.

Last updated on 7-10-2020.