Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting the Center for Design Innovation’s web site. CDI is a non-profit, state government institution of higher education, founded in 2007 by UNC General Administration as a multi-campus research center of the UNC system founded to generate knowledge and solutions across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. The CENTER for DESIGN INNOVATION works with our founding partners, Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts, and Forsyth Technical Community College, to nurture a collaborative design research community.

The Internet plays a significant role in CDI operations in key areas:  communications with constituents, relations with the public, and capturing and sharing knowledge. The CDI relies on the Internet to deliver information via the Web, Social Media, Mobile Apps and other tools. The functions of the CDI may at times involve the collection and dissemination of technical, economic, scholarly, and, in some cases, personal information.

Some personal information, such as students’ educational and employees’ personnel records, is largely protected from disclosure by law. Other information may be protected by more general laws, regulations, or policies. With respect to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, the intent of the CDI and its partner universities is to comply with applicable federal law, state law, UNC system policies, and CDI policies. Please note that state public records law requires the University to disclose, to anyone who asks, any records that the university has made or received in the course of conducting state business unless there is a specific legal basis for maintaining the privacy of the requested records.

Consent to Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information

The CDI recognizes the importance of protection of individual privacy and takes various steps to protect, or limit access to so-called “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) provided by our website visitors. Collection of non-PII may occur automatically when you visit the CDI’s website. Utilizing third-party services, CDI tracks web browsing patterns to understand how our site is being used. Resources are in place to collect, store and review the following information:

  1. IP address from which a visitor accesses our web site.
  2. Type of browser and operating system used to access our site.
  3. Internet Service Provider and Country from which you access our web site.
  4. Date and times of access to our site.
  5. Pages, files, directory structures visited per access.
  6. Referral domains (the web site address from which you received referrals or linked from).

It is your choice whether or not to provide PII to the CDI via the Internet. Voluntarily-Provided User Information may include:

  1. Personal Contact Information necessary to reply to comments and requests for information.
  2. User-Identifying Information to grant permission to use limited access content areas such as those for prospective and current students, collaborators faculty and staff.


The CDI web site utilizes computer system software programs to monitor network traffic and to identify unauthorized attempts to upload, change and or otherwise cause damage. These attempts to cause damage could be subject to legal action based on North Carolina Statutes.  Notwithstanding security measures that the CDI undertakes, CDI does not represent or warrant that PII will be protected against unauthorized access or misuse.

Other Web Links

The CDI website also provides links to web pages outside of the CDI domain. The CDI is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of any of those websites.



CDI may revise this Privacy Statement at any time by posting such changes on the CDI web site. Your use of CDI’s web site constitutes acceptance of the Privacy Statement and any revision made to it.