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About LSA Today

LSA Today is published by the office of Development, Marketing, and Communications in the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and Arts. We email this newsletter quarterly to approximately 120,000 faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

The LSA Today e-newsletter contains links with a non-U-M address
This is because LSA Today uses a third-party email service to manage communications to our large alumni base.  

We use an outside mailing service in order to:

  • Avoid duplicate mailings
  • Track usage so that we understand what content our readers like
  • Work to limit the amount of clutter in recipients’s inboxes by ensuring that no one person receives too many LSA emails.

Users with technical knowledge know that some email scams (known as“phishing” scams) send emails that appear to be from a trusted source, but which redirects users to phony websites. LSA Today’s newsletter is authentic and its links, though tracked by a third-party system, land only on U-M web pages.

LSA and the University of Michigan considered the possibility that its e-newsletters could be perceived as phishing scams. In the end, we determined that the system’s value outweighed the uncertainty that some users might feel about the redirected links.

More information is available below through the University of Michigan Office of Development (OUD) policy regarding the release of donor and alumni information.

Questions? Concerns? Want to get on the mailing list?

Contact the College of LSA’ alumni magazine editor:

Brian Short

500 South State Street
Suite 5000
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382

Privacy Statement

This policy regarding use and release of donor and alumni information is issued by the Office of Development (OUD).

The University of Michigan Office of Development is committed to protecting your personal privacy. We treat your privacy as we do our own.

This Privacy Policy discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for our online giving website: The statement outlines the information we may collect, how we protect it, how we may use that information, and how you can elect to change your information.

Collection of Information
While using our public web pages, you do not have to identify yourself or divulge personal information. We may collect general information from you that does not identify you personally. This may include data such as your domain name, the name of the web page from which you entered our site, and which of our web pages you visited and for how long. We aggregate this information to help us better focus on the needs and interests of our visitors and improve the overall functionality of our website.

As you use our website, we will not collect any personal information including your name, street address, email address, and telephone number, unless you provide the information to us voluntarily.

If you make a gift or register for an event online using your credit card information, we enter this information into our secure database, so that we have a record of your gift history and so we can issue you a receipt. Once your gift or registration is processed electronically by a secure credit card processing service, your credit card information is not maintained in our records.

When you view our website, we may store some information on your computer in the form of a cookie. Cookies allow us to tailor our website to better match your interests and preferences. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any of your personally identifiable information while on our site. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience all features and content of our website.

Use and Sharing of Information
When you do provide us with personal data, we may use that information in the following ways: provide you with University of Michigan news and events, this may include such things as upcoming reunions, newsletters, fund-raising events, donor recognition, and progress on recent fund-raising campaigns; process credit card information to properly bill your account (when applicable); and contact you for purposes connected to the University of Michigan or our relationship with you.

If we use your personal data to contact you, we will provide you with a method allowing you to opt-out of future communication. You can also contact us by e-mail, writing or telephoning, at the below contact information.

We will not sell, share, or otherwise distribute your personally identifiable information to third parties, except as required by law. If you are an alumnus, The University of Michigan Alumni Association (AAUM) may occasionally send you promotional information. For further information about AAUM, please visit their website at You can also visit the University of Michigan’s Standard Practice Guide “Use and Release of Donor and Alumni Information” at for further information.

Your Consent to This Privacy Policy
By using our website you signify that you agree with the terms of our current Privacy Policy as posted in this area of the web site. If you do not agree with any term in this Policy, please do not provide any Personal Information on this site. If you do not provide Personal Information on this site you may not be able to do certain things, like access particular areas of the site, request certain types of information, or send us email.

Access to Your Personal Information
Upon request you can review, update and correct the personal information you provided to us.  To access this information, please contact us at or call us at 1.888.518.7888.

You can write to us at University of Michigan, Office of University Development, 3003 South State Street, Suite 9000, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1288.

Our Commitment to Security
We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of the information under our control. Safeguards include restricted access to computer systems and paper files, firewalls, encryption and secure authentication methods.

For example, when our online giving form asks you to enter personally identifiable information for online transactions, your information is protected using Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL encryption). Any information you supply is encrypted when you sent it from your browser to our sever. To learn more about SSL encryption, please visit Verisign Information Center.

All of your information is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. If you are uncomfortable sharing your personal data on the Internet, please contact us at the below addresses or telephone number.

Changes to this Statement
We may occasionally decide to change our privacy policy, especially as new features are added to our website. If there are changes to this statement, we will post those changes here so you are always aware of what information we collect, and how we use it. If at any point we decide to use your personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we would notify you and it’s your choice as to whether or not we use your information in this different manner.

How to Contact Us
Our postal address is:
3003 South State Street, Suite 9000
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1288

We can be reached via e-mail at
You can reach us by telephone at 1.888.518.7888

Effective November 2007