STS Privacy Policy

Shepherds Theological Seminary (STS) reserves the right to modify the information contained in this site at any time without notice. While STS makes all reasonable efforts to insure that all material on this site is correct, accuracy cannot be guaranteed and STS does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of any information contained in this site. This site may contain hypertext links to other World Wide Web sites which are completely independent of this site. STS makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained in any such hypertext link, and any hypertext link to another person or entity shall not in any manner be construed as endorsement by STS of such person’s or entity’s World Wide Web site, products or services. Your confidential use of this site cannot be guaranteed by STS. STS shall not be responsible for any harm that you or any person may suffer as a result of a breach of confidentiality in respect to your use of this site or any information you transmitted to this site.

There are instances where STS requests personally identifiable information such as name, mailing address, email address, type of request and possibly additional information to be collected and stored in a manner appropriate to the nature of the data by STS and is used to fulfill your request. STS makes every effort to insure the secure collection and transmission of sensitive user information using industry accepted data collection and encryption methodologies. The information you provide is used by STS only and will not be sold, exchanged or given to any other company for that company’s independent use.

The STS web site may transfer cookies to your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. The use of cookies is an industry standard and you will find them at most major web sites. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you’d prefer, you can set yours to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.

STS Refunds Policy

All books, digital materials and other merchandise purchased by credit card from Shepherds Theological Seminary (STS) can be returned in original packaging and undamaged within one (1) week after purchased. A receipt must be presented and refunds will be made only to the credit card used in the original purchase.

STS Shipping Policy

Shepherds Theological Seminary (STS) does not ship products at this time. You must arrange to have purchased items picked up Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm at the STS offices located at 6051 Tryon Road, Cary, NC 27518.

Buckley Amendment

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. This amendment, most often referred to as the “Buckley Amendment,” became law on November 19, 1974. Simply stated, the law provides college students with the right to seek access to their school records and the right to inspect the same institutional records.
In this regard, the law requires that students be informed of their rights within the stated provisions of the law. All STS students are to be informed that in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 the following student rights will be adhered to on this campus:

  • The right of the student to “inspect and review” his or her institutional records.
  • The right of “an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of their school records.”
  • The right of privacy for student records.

It follows from this Amendment that a faculty member should not post grades by using students’ names, social security numbers, or any other symbols that could divulge the identity of the students. It also follows that faculty should not announce the names of students and the grades they made on tests in class or leave graded material in public areas (e.g., halls) for student pick-up.

A statement concerning student records, including procedures for inspecting, reviewing and amending records, is provided in the Student Handbook.

Clery Act

The Clery Act, or, as it is formally known, The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $27,500 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs. The Clery Act is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. ยง 1092(f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 34 CFR 668.46. The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.

Information about campus security and emergency response at Shepherds can be found in the Security, Health, and Crisis Handbook (PDF).

FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Shepherd’s policy regarding educational rights and privacy in relation to the FERPA act can be found in this document (PDF).