The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) takes your privacy very seriously and adheres to the Privacy of Protection Act of Alberta.

Our website does not gather any personal information from you automatically; any such information is only obtained if you provide it voluntarily (such as using our “Contact Us” page, filling out an application for an AUSU award or bursary, or signing up for our forums), and all such personal information is managed according to the Protection of Privacy Act of Alberta (PIPA).

Like many websites, the Students’ Union gathers certain information about visitors to its sites automatically through Google Analytics. This information includes Internet Protocol addresses, referring and exit pages, operating system, date and time stamp, and clickstream data.

This information does not identify individual users, and is only used by Students’ Union employees to help us make our site more useful to our users. By learning about the number of visitors to our site and monitoring traffic patterns, it helps us tailor our website content to be most beneficial to our AUSU members.

Some of this information is collected through Google Analytics. Visit for instructions on how to opt-out.


Many websites – including this one – use “cookies” and other technologies to help you fill in forms or track your use of the site. A cookie is a small piece of text information that is sent to your browser when you access a particular website, and is used whenever you return to that site. Your browser software will let you disable cookies if you wish, and you can also use your browser to see what cookies are installed on your system.

Information collected in our contact and application forms

As stated above, if you provide us with personal information through either our “Contact Us” form, or an application – either via email, or by filling out a form and submitting it to us through our website – we will use that information to respond to you. The Students’ Union does not collect personal information for commercial marketing or distribution to any private organizations.

Information Collected through WordPress.

This website is made through WordPress. For more information about the WordPress privacy policy, please visit

Links to Third Party Websites

Links to sites external to provided as a convenience, and their inclusion in no way implies that the AU Students’ Union endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content or use of these sites.


For site security purposes, the AU Students’ Union uses software to monitor network traffic that identifies unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Last updated April 15, 2019.