Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to SPC
Thank you for visiting the St. Petersburg College website. Your privacy is very important to us. Simply stated, our policy is to collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you affirmatively choose to make such information available to us.

Website tracking
This site uses Google Analytics*, a web analytics tool that helps us analyze how visitors use the St. Petersburg College website. When you visit our website, a cookie is generated that recognizes the date, time, website pages accessed, and the Internet domain and IP address from which you accessed our website. We do this so that we can improve the content of our website. This information does not result in the identification of your personal e-mail address or other personal information.

Remarketing
SPC uses remarketing, a method of showing text, video or display advertising to people who have previously visited our website. These ads are managed by third-party vendors, like Google, to show you ads on sites across the Internet. Third-party vendors use cookies to serve ads based on your past visits to our website.

Opting out
Information about how your visitors can opt out of Google's use of cookies by visiting Google's Ads Settings. Alternatively, you can point your visitors to opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Information you share with SPC
If you choose to share personal information with us--by sending us a message or filling out an electronic form with personal information -- we will use the information only for the purposes you authorized. Some of the information may be saved for a designated period of time to comply with Florida's archiving policies, but we will not disclose the information to third parties or other government agencies, unless required to do so by state or federal law.

Questions?
If you have other questions about our privacy policies, or have ideas about improving our policies, please feel free to contact us at 727-341-4772.

*Google Privacy Policy

Social Security Number Usage

In compliance with Florida Statute 119.071(5), this document serves to notify you of the purpose for the collection, release and usage of your Social Security Number (SSN).

Pursuant to Florida Statute, 119.971(5)(a)2.a., St. Petersburg College collects and uses your SSN only for the following purposes in performance of the college's duties and responsibilities, including compliance with federal and state statutes related to employment, financial and academic assistance, inter-institutional articulation or transfer, and for actions imperative to the performance of St. Petersburg College's duties and responsibilities as prescribed by law.

To protect your identity, St. Petersburg College will secure your SSN from unauthorized access; strictly prohibit the release of your SSN to unauthorized parties contrary to state and federal law; and assign you a unique student/employee identification number. This ID number is used for associated employment and educational purposes at St. Petersburg College, except as set out below.

Human Resources/Employees
Your SSN is used for completing and processing the following:

  • Federal I-9 (Department of Homeland Security)
  • E-Verify (federal contracts)
  • Federal W4, W2, 1099 (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Federal Social Security taxes (FICA)
  • Distributing Federal W2 (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Unemployment Reports (Fla. Dept. of Revenue)
  • Florida Retirement Contribution reports (Fla. Dept. of Revenue)
  • Workers Comp Claims (FCCRMC and Dept. of Labor)
  • 403b contribution reports
  • Group health, life and dental coverage enrollment
  • Designation of assignment and beneficiary forms
  • Student employment work assignments
  • Background checks
  • Direct deposit files
  • Adjunct position forms

Providing your Social Security card is a condition of employment at St. Petersburg College.

Students
A student Social Security Number may be used for the following:

Admissions
Federal legislation relating to the Hope Tax Credit and other tax benefits for education require that all postsecondary institutions report student SSNs to the Internal Revenue Service. This IRS requirement makes it necessary for community colleges to collect the SSN of every student. A student may refuse to disclose his or her SSN to the College for this purpose, but the IRS is then authorized to fine the student $50 pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, Section 25A. To avoid potential fines, please complete this form, W-9S, and return it to your home campus business office or fax it to 727-341-3038. In addition to the federal reporting requirements, the public school system in Florida uses SSN's as a student identifier (1008.386, F.S.). In a seamless K-20 system, it is beneficial for postsecondary institutions to have access to the same information for purposes of tracking and assisting students in the smooth transition from one education level to the next. While the collection and use of Social Security Numbers may be authorized, a student is not required to provide his or her Social Security Number as a condition of enrollment or graduation.

Non-credit programs may use your Social Security Number for the purpose of reporting to the state to facilitate the process of certification and license renewal, and for reporting non-credit course and in-service training information as required by state law.

Financial Aid
A student's SSN is required for the following financial aid purposes: The U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requires applicants to report their SSN for all federal financial aid programs as a student identifier for processing and reporting [34 CFR 668.16]. In addition to its use by USDOE as a student identifier, the SSN is required for the Department of Homeland Security to investigate citizenship status [34 CFR 668.32, 33], for the federal Work Study Program [34 CFR 668.36], and for all loan applications for use by the lender/servicer/guarantor.

St. Petersburg College collects a student's SSN on certain institutional scholarship applications for student files and federal and state audit/reporting purposes.

If you are a recipient of a State of Florida grant or scholarship such as the Florida Student Assistance Grant [1009.40 FS], Florida Work Experience [1009.77 FS] or Bright Futures[1009.53 FS], the Florida Department of Education will require the SSN on its grant/scholarship disbursement website and for reporting purposes.

Outreach Programs
The College Reach-Out Programs are youth outreach (intervention) projects funded by discretionary grants from the U.S. or Florida Departments of Education. To verify a participant's project eligibility, Social Security Numbers are required when submitting information for the Annual Performance Reports due to the U.S. or Florida Departments of Education.

Workforce Programs
These programs, funded through the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) use your SSN as an identifier for program enrollment and completion. Also, it is used for entering placement information into either the OSMIS or the Employ Florida Marketplace statewide data collection and reporting system. Because these are performance-based contract programs, AWI requires all participants and their program-related activities be recorded in the Florida state system.

Waiver of Tuition for State Employees
The State of Florida Department of Financial Services requires the listing of social security number in order to verify eligibility for tuition waiver. [110.1099 FS]

Contractors
The College collects contractor SSN information in order to file the required information returns with the IRS, as required by federal law. [Internal Revenue Code 1609]

Review complete statutory requirements for:

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College affirms its equal opportunity policy in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Educational Equity Act and all other relevant state and federal laws, rules and regulations. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or against any qualified individual with disabilities in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this Rule, the college will not tolerate such conduct. Should you experience such behavior, please contact Pamela Smith, the director of EA/EO/Title IX Coordinator at 727-341-3261; by mail at P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489; or by email at eaeo_director@spcollege.edu

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Site Disclaimer

These pages are for information only and do not constitute a contract between the applicant/student and the college. The college reserves the right to change, modify or alter without notice all fees, charges, tuition, expenses and costs of any kind and further reserves the right to add or delete without notice any course offering or information on these pages. The college further reserves the right to change any provision or requirement when such action becomes necessary.

Standards of Conduct for Employees and Trustees

The College's policy regarding standards of conduct for officers, trustees and employees is found in the Board of Trustees' Rules and College Procedures on Standards of Conduct, Reporting Known or Suspected Improper or Fraudulent Financial Activities & Whistleblower Protections,  P6Hx23-2.031: http://web.spcollege.edu/botrules/P2/P2_031.doc and reflects the standards for public officers and employees as delineated in the Florida Statutes, §112.313: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String =&URL=0100-0199/0112/Sections/0112.313.html

Specific situations covered in this policy and College Procedure include:

  • Solicitation and Acceptance of Gifts or Travel
  • Doing Business with One's Agency and Conflicts of Interest
  • Receiving Unauthorized Compensation
  • Misuse of Public Position and Fraud
  • Conflicting Employment or Contractual Relationship
  • Disclosure or Use of Certain Information or Records
  • Voting Conflicts
  • Impropriety Related to the Filing of Statement of Financial Interest

Reporting Fraud and Improper Activities

All members of the College's faculty and staff have a responsibility to report known or suspected instances of fraud or other financial irregularities, ethical violations and improper activities.  Improper activities may include mismanagement, malfeasance, and misuse or neglect of public funds and resources. If you believe a possible fraud or other violation has occurred, report it to your supervisor or the institutional Compliance Officer in accordance with college policy. If, based on an administrative review, reasonable evidence of abuse or fraud exists, an investigation, or audit as may be appropriate, will ensue and all appropriate measures, including any necessary legal action, will be taken. You mat report anonymously.

Compliance Phone Number: 727-341-4567
Compliance Email: compliance@spcollege.edu  

REPORTING ABUSE OF A MINOR ON COLLEGE PROPERTY OR DURING ANY COLLEGE SPONSORED ACTIVITY OR EVENT

Under Florida Law, all persons have a legal obligation to report suspected instances of child abuse, neglect or abandonment, regardless of whether an alleged perpetrator is the child's parent, legal custodian, caregiver or other person responsible for the child's welfare.

Any student, employee or visitor to the campus who has knowledge of, or has reasonable cause to suspect, the abuse, neglect or abandonment of a minor shall report such knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Department of Children and Family through its Florida Abuse Hotline. If you suspect or know of an instance where a child was abused, neglected or abandoned on college property during a college sponsored activity, event or function, you must immediately report that information to Campus Security and the Provost on your campus and report such information on the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 or on the Florida Department of Children and Families website.

Crime Reports

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The definitions used for purposes of these reports are particular to the act and may not be entirely consistent with those definitions used by other entities that collect crime information.

The act requires universities to report statistics for the three most recent years. The statistics were gathered from police reports, college security reports and from reports made to Campus Security authorities. The college's Campus Security authorities for purposes of this report include: college security, provosts, associate provosts and their professional staffs, Disability Resources counselors, academic advisers in all divisions, student organization advisers, athletic coaches, sports club advisers and visitor control attendants. A formal police report or investigation is not needed in order for a crime report to be included in the statistics. The act also requires reporting of not only arrests for liquor law, drug law, and illegal weapons violations, but also referrals for college disciplinary actions of both students and employees based on these violations. A recent clarification in the act requires reporting of not only disciplinary referrals for students but referrals of employees. Therefore, the statistics as of 2002 reflect referrals of students and employees.

Campus Crime Reports

The Clery Act, a federal law, requires colleges and universities that receive federal money to report statistics regarding criminal activity on campus and in the neighboring area for the three most recent years, as well as safety information, to the campus community.

Annual Security Report