Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to the product, "Hotseat" offered by Purdue University.


In order to use Hotseat, you must login using one of the available accounts. Purdue University faculty and students should use their Career Account login and password. Through the process of registering your account with Hotseat, you have the option to connect with other third-party services such as Twilio for SMS texting. These third-party services are offered as a convenience to you, and are not required to use Hotseat.

Posting on Hotseat

The goal of Hotseat is to enable sharing among its users. Hotseat requires that users "opt-in" to post information (text, links, and pictures) such that it can be accessed by other Hotseat users. Each post is directly linked and presented with personally identifiable information. Your information will only be disclosed if you choose to use Hotseat.

If you choose to post information on Hotseat, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other Hotseat users, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit, including without limitation any personally identifiable information. Use of Hotseat is subject to all Purdue University policies, including without limitation the IT Resource Acceptable Use Policy, Electronic Mail Policy, and Antiharassment Policy. The University reserves the right to remove any materials posted in violation of applicable policies.

Information We Collect

If you provide us feedback or contact us via e-mail, we will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as any other content included in the e-mail. When you participate in one of our surveys, we may collect additional profile information. We also collect other types of personal information and demographic information that you provide to us voluntarily.

We also collect data that has been provided by you the users such as:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Login
  • Password (for this site)
  • Information you’ve uploaded (files, photos, written text, etc.)
  • Social Network connections (Facebook, Google+, etc.)

Information Sharing and Disclosure

We store information that we collect to create a "profile" of your application usage. We tie your personally identifiable information, and interactions within Hotseat, to information in the profile, in order to conduct research on the use of Hotseat, provide tailored information and to improve the content of the site for you. Purdue University does not sell, rent or disclose your profile outside of Hotseat or to any third party not affiliated with the university. Profile information in anonymous, aggregated form may be shared for research and demonstration purposes. This information does not identify individual users.

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on Purdue University.

Log Files

As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and click stream data.

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users' movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.


A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site. We use both session ID cookies and/or persistent cookies. We may use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser's "help" file.

This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by Hotseat only and does not cover the use of cookies by any other third-party.


This Web site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Purdue University. Please be aware that Purdue University is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this website.

Hotseat may also present links in a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed. We use this information to improve the quality of our services.

Access to Personally Identifiable Information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, or delete your information by making the change on your Hotseat profile page. This will remove your personally identifiable information.


We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its security.

If you have any questions about security on our Web site, please Contact us.

Changes in this Privacy Statement

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this page and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please Contact us.