WebDCU™

Privacy Policy for WebDCU™


WebDCU ™ Website

At WebDCU™, accessible from WebDCU.musc.edu, one of our main priorities is the privacy of our participants and Users. This Privacy Policy document contains types of information that is collected and recorded by WebDCU ™ and how we use it.

This World Wide Web site is created and maintained by the Data Coordination Unit(DCU), Department of Public Health Sciences of Medical University of South Carolina. The Website is also hosted by the DCU.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us. WebDCU™ email.

The DCU has a clear and simple privacy policy: it will NOT collect personal information about Users to the Website unless the visitor chooses to provide that information to it.

If a user logs into the website, then DCU may gather and store certain information about that visitor automatically:
  • the Internet domain and IP address from which the visitor accesses the Website
  • the type of browser and operating system used
  • the date and time of access
  • the pages visited the Uniform Resource Locator from which the visitor arrived at the Website.

This information does not identify the visitor in any specific way. It does, however, allow the DCU to make the Website more useful to Users by learning about their general patterns of use.

Users may choose to provide the DCU with specific personal information, via e-mail or by filling out a form submitted to the DCU. This information will only be used to respond to the original message and to assist Users with specific questions or concerns. The DCU shares this information with other MUSC affiliates or government agencies only when the question relates to that affiliate, or as required by law. The DCU does not create individual profiles with the information provided, and does not provide personal information to private organizations or commercial marketing groups.

Links to the WebDCU ™ Website

Third-party sites may create links to the DCU Website, as long as they do not replicate the content of the Website. Third-party links should not create a frame or border around WebDCU ™ content. Links should neither imply an endorsement from nor misrepresent the site's relationship to WebDCU ™ . The third-party site should not present false information about WebDCU ™ , nor should it contain content that could be construed as inappropriate, offensive, or controversial.

Links to Third-Party Sites

As a convenience to its Users, this Website may provide links to third-party websites, created and maintained by other organizations. Users who follow these links will leave the WebDCU ™ Website. The DCU has not reviewed all of these third-party websites. The DCU neither controls nor has any responsibility for the relevance, timeliness, or accuracy of the content or operation of third-party websites. WebDCU ™ does not endorse or make any representations about these third-party websites, or any information, software or other products or materials found there, or any results obtained from use of those sites. Users choosing to access a third-party website from this Website do so entirely at their own risk.

Disclaimer of Sponsorships and Endorsements

References within this Website to any specific commercial product, process or service, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise, do not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Medical University of South Carolina, its affiliates and its employees. Views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect the views and opinions of MUSC, its affiliates or its employees.

Disclaimer of Liability

THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS FOUND AT THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. No responsibility is assumed by DCU, MUSC, the SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GOVERNMENT, its agencies or its employees in the use of this information or related materials. Applicable law may not permit the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.

General Terms

The DCU may revise these terms, conditions and policies at any time by updating this document. Users should check this document occasionally to keep themselves aware of this information. Certain provisions of this document may be superseded by express legal notices or terms located on particular pages of the Website.

Log Files

WebDCU ™ follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log Users when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services' analytics. The information collected by log files may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Like any other website, WebDCU ™ uses 'cookies'. These cookies are used to store information including Users' preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users' experience by customizing our web page content based on Users' browser type and/or other information.

For more general information on cookies, please read the "What Are Cookies" article on Cookie Consent website.

Additional Privacy Policies

Third-party ad servers or ad networks uses technologies like cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons that are used in their respective advertisements and links that appear on WebDCU, which are sent directly to users' browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. These technologies are used to measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see on websites that you visit.

Note that WebDCU ™ has no access to or control over cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

WebDCU's Privacy Policy does not apply to other advertisers or websites. Thus, we are advising you to consult the respective Privacy Policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information. It may include their practices and instructions about how to opt-out of certain options.

You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To find out more detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers, this information can be found at the browsers' respective websites.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This Privacy Policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for users to our website with regards to the information that they shared and/or collect in WebDCU. This policy is not applicable to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

By using our website, you hereby consent to our Privacy Policy and agree to its Terms and Conditions.


WebDCU™ is a web based clinical trial management system developed by the Data Coordination Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina. WebDCU™ Copyright 2020-2021 MUSC. All rights reserved.