Privacy Policy

About STEM Read

STEM Read is a program with Northern Illinois University. Our website address is:

NIU Privacy Notice


NIU is committed to protecting the privacy of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors who utilize NIU’s network and resources (NIU-N). NIU provides a multifaceted environment where the university is home to some, workplace to others, and research/academic center to others. NIU is concerned with the protection and privacy of NIU data as well as personal data that is stored, transmitted, and processed on the NIU-N.

NIU recognizes that as faculty, staff and students create, use and store more information in electronic form using NIU-N, there is growing concern that information the user or creator considers private may be more vulnerable to invasion than information stored in more traditional media.

NIU employs a multi-layered defensive approach consisting of various technologies and processes across NIU to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) and other restricted or sensitive data.


This policy addresses privacy issues specific to NIU community. It highlights general principles that define the privacy expectations of those in the NIU community.While no document addressing the fluid issue of technology can be exhaustive or inflexibly dictate outcomes in all circumstances, this policy articulates current practices and provides guidance so individuals can make informed and appropriate decisions.


This policy applies to:

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Trusted partners
  • Contractors

Applicable Laws and Regulations

Questions or Concerns

Anyone with questions or concerns about NIU’s policies and procedures regarding the protection of NIU data may email the University Privacy Officer at

Additional Information on the STEM Read Site

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.