Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) is an independent, non-profit organization (501(c) (3)).  This privacy statement covers the CLASS website, found at We (CLASS) would like to ensure our website’s users of our commitment to their privacy by disclosing our information privacy practices.  If our members and website users have any further questions or concerns regarding this privacy statement they should contact the Webmaster at

Information Collection and Use 
The personal information collected from our users (members) at any point on our website at is solely owned by CLASS.

Membership and Conference Registration 
Anyone may join and/or renew CLASS by completing a membership form from the CLASS website or at CLASS conferences and events.  During registration or membership renewal, a user is required to give contact information, such as name and email address that is used to record membership and conference registration.  CLASS also collects payment information, such as credit card number and expiration date, used for billing purposes and for CLASS to be able to confirm the client’s membership and conference registration.  If there should be a processing problem, the information collected is used to contact the user.  All financial data collected on the website is transmitted securely via SSL (Secure Socket Layer) using the on-line payment system PayPal.  For more information about Paypal’s privacy policy, please visit:

Information Use on Member Information 
CLASS maintains an electronic database of members that includes: membership ID, login information, name, contact information, school district, region, and language and level taught.

Third Party Advertising 
CLASS does not sell its membership lists to direct mailing providers.

Communications from the Organization Membership List
CLASS members in good standing will receive informational updates on CLASS events, on world language events, and on national issues of importance to CLASS members.  Out of respect for the privacy of our users, we present the option not to receive such generalized mass communication.  E-mail addresses that reject mass communication mailings (with the exception of those that are rejected because of over quota or full mailboxes), will be removed by the CLASS membership staff by request.  CLASS members can make this request by writing to


Legal Disclaimer about Sharing of Obtained Member Information 
Although CLASS makes every effort to preserve user privacy, the need may arise where CLASS is legally obliged to disclose personal information wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with judicial proceedings, court orders or legal processes served on our website.

CLASS’s official website contains links to other sites believed to be of interest to Chinese language teachers.  Please be aware, however, that CLASS is responsible for the privacy practices of linked sites.  We encourage our users to be mindful when they are leaving our site and to read the linked site’s privacy statements that may collect personally identifiable information.  The aforementioned CLASS privacy statement applies solely to information collected by CLASS’s website. 

CLASS’s official website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information.  All credit card information is entered and processed through Paypal.  CLASS does not allow the transmission of sensitive credit card information to take place on its server.

Demographic information (as noted above) is collected on the CLASS server using a database management program. The information stored here is only available to elected CLASS officials (and the CLASS webmaster) and is only used for CLASS business.

We do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line.  All of our users’ information is restricted in password protected directories on the CLASS website. Credit card transaction information is accessible only to CLASS staff.  Access to address lists with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is granted only to the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Webmaster, and to committee chairs who need the information to perform a specific job.  Questions about the security at our website can be sent via e-mail to Webmaster, at

Correcting/Updating/Deleting Personal Information
If a member’s personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, e-mail, postal address, or school district), he/she may update their own personal information by login to the CLASS website. 

Notification of Changes 
If a decision should be made to change the privacy policy,  CLASS will post those changes to this privacy statement on our website so that our users are aware of what information CLASS collects, how, and under what circumstances this information is used.

If, however, CLASS is going to use the collected users’ personally identifiable information in a manner differently than stated at the time of collection, we will notify our users via e-mail.  Users will then have a choice as to whether or not we are able to use their information under this new privacy statement.  However, if users have opted out of all communication with the official CLASS website, then they will not be contacted, nor will their personal information be used.  In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our website notifying users of the change.  In some cases we will post a notice as well as e-mail those users who have opted to receive communications from CLASS, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices. 

Contact Information
If users have any questions or suggestions regarding CLASS privacy policy, please contact us at: