Policy Statement

International Holistic Life Sciences Institute is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with this privacy statement, which governs the collection of personally identifiable information through the International Holistic Life Sciences Institute website, its related websites, and their content ("Website"), as well as the services available through this Website ("Services").

PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY. Using this Website, you consent to International Holistic Life Sciences Institute's data practices and acknowledge that any personally identifiable information you submit may be handled in the way and for the reasons set forth below.

If you do not agree to the terms and conditions set forth herein, do not use the Website.

Collection of Personal Information

To apply to International Holistic Life Sciences Institute ("IHLSI" or the "Institute"), you must submit personally identifiable information through the IHLSI website ("Website"). "Personally identifiable information" ("PII") refers to data that identifies you, such as your name, gender, mailing address, telephone number, date and country of birth, government-issued identity number, and email address.

Suppose you submit personally identifiable information to IHLSI via one of its Communications Services (as defined in the Institute's Terms of Use). In that case, the information may be collected and used in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Information and How We Use It

By submitting your PII to the Website, you agree that IHLSI may collect, use, transfer, and disclose your personally identifiable information as described in this Privacy Policy. The Website may collect, process, and use the data, including PII, the legal basis of which is your consent, which you give when you use the Services. Types of PII that may be used include the following, without limitation:

    • We may process data about your use of our Website and Services ("User Data"). User Data may include your IP address, location, type of browser and version, operating system, referral source, visit length, page views, website navigation paths, and information about the frequency and timing of your use of the Service. The source of the User Data is an analytics tracking system. User Data may be processed to analyze the use of the Website and Services, operate our Website, improve and customize the Services, ensure our Services' security, maintaining back-ups of our databases, and communicate with
    • When registering or inquiring on our Website, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, email address, gender, date of birth, or other details ("Entered Data"). You are the source of such account data. Such data may be processed to operate the Website, provide the Services, ensure the Website and Services' security, maintaining back-ups of our databases, and communicate with you. In addition, the IHLSI will use your Entered Data for internal purposes including, but not limited to, academic and financial advising, record-keeping, and
    • We may process information in any inquiry you submit to usregarding Services ("Enquiry Data").
    • We may process information relating to transactions that you enter into with us and/or through our Website, such as purchasing goods ("Transaction Data"). The Transaction Data may include your contact details, card details, and transaction details. The Transaction Data may be processed to supply the purchased goods and Services and keep records of
    • We may process the information you provide to us to subscribe to our email notifications, offering you services or promotions that may interest you ("Notification Data"). In addition, the Notification Data may be processed to send you relevant Notification
    • We may process information in or relating to any communication you send to us ("Correspondence Data"), for example, when you sign up for our newsletter or respond to a survey or remarketing communication. The Correspondence Data may include the communication content and/or metadata associated with such communication. In addition, the Correspondence Data may be processed for communicating with you and record-keeping.
    • We may process any types of data described in this Privacy Policy if we are required to do so by court order, any legal obligation to which we are subject, or when necessary, for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely of the Website's legal rights, your legal rights, and the legal rights of others.

Please do not supply any other person's PII to us without all parties' specific and explicit consent, including the owner of such PII.

International transfers of your PII

In this Section, we provide information about the circumstances in which your PII may be transferred to countries inside and outside the European Economic Area ("EEA").

You acknowledge that PII submitted by you for publication through the Services may be available around the world via the internet. Unfortunately, we cannot prevent the use or misuse of published PII once you submit it for publication, nor are we liable for such third-party use or misuse.

Such use may involve the transfer of personally identifiable information to servers located outside the country from which you access the Website.

Our other group companies have facilities in The United States, the Middle East, and India. "Adequacy decisions" of the European Commission have been made concerning the data protection laws of each of these countries.

Transfers to countries inside and outside the EEA will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the provisions of applicable law which relate to the protection of individuals with regards to the processing of PII to which a party may be subject including, without limitation, the Data Protection Act 1998, the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulation 2000, the Electronic Communications Data Protection Directive 2002/58/EC, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and, where applicable, the guidance and code of practice issued by the Information Commissioner's Office from time to time, directions of any competent regulatory authority, relevant regulatory advice and codes of practice (collectively "Data Protection Regulation") or to the extent transfers will cross borders to outside the EEA; such transfer shall be carried out in accordance with standard contractual clauses annexed to the EU Commission Decision 2010/87/EU of 5 February 2010 for the Transfer of Personal Data to Processors established in Third Countries under the Directive (the "Model Clauses").

The hosting facilities for our Website are situated in The United States and Europe. The European Commission has made an "adequacy decision" concerning the data protection laws of each of these countries. Suppose you have opted-in and knowingly subscribed to our newsletter or other forms of correspondence. We may also use your information to inform you of new services IHLSI will be providing, tell you of scholarship applications and academic programs provided by third parties, and send you requested information and promotional materials for marketing purposes and research.

Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information

The Institute automatically collects non-personal information about your computer hardware and software to improve the administration and content of the Website, facilitate the use of the Institute's Website by its users, and properly diagnose server problems and other issues. The Institute may contract with third-party providers to better understand visitors to the Website. However, third-party providers are prohibited from using any information they collect on behalf of IHLSI for any purpose other than helping the Institute conduct and improve its services to you.

Information Sharing

The Institute does not sell, rent or lease your personally identifiable information to third parties without your prior written consent. However, personally identifiable information collected in connection with applications for admission is managed by a third-party service provider that hosts the Website. That information is released to application reviewers, including Institute employees, contractors, volunteers, and other parties. These individuals are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information except in connection with IHLSI services and any other products and/or services you have requested. In addition, they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your data.

Cookie Guidelines

Cookies are tiny text files sent by a website you visit to your web browser. A cookie file is stored in your web browser, allowing the Site or a third party to recognize you and make your next visit simpler and the Site more useful. Cookies enable us to serve you more effectively and efficiently, as well as to customize your experience on our websites.

Your privacy is a top priority for us. If you have the option to disable cookies, your experience may be affected. We use cookies to improve your experience and analyze data to help us enhance our websites. By using these sites, you agree to the terms outlined in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

IHLSI may disclose your personally identifiable information without notice,

  • if required to do so by law, or in the good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to protect or defend the rights, system, network, property, or personal safety of the Institute, its personnel, or its students.

IHLSI may disclose your personally identifiable information, with prior notice, subject to your consent, to a potential or actual partner or buyer in connection with a merger, acquisition, or any form of sale of some or all of the Institute's assets.

The Institute requires opt-in consent (meaning, your express permission) to share any sensitive, personally identifiable information, such as medical information or information concerning race or ethnicity, political or religious beliefs, and sexuality.

Your Rights

In this Section, we have done our best to summarize your rights under data protection law. However, these are complex, and not all details have been included herein. In light of this, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities to explain these rights fully.

Your principal rights under data protection law are:

  • the right to access;
  • the right to rectification;
  • the right to erasure;
  • the right to restrict processing;
  • the right to object to processing;
  • the right to data portability;
  • the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and
  • the right to withdraw

You have the right to confirm whether or not we process your data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, and the recipients of the personal data. In addition, providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply you with a copy of your data. The first copy will be provided free, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee.

You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed. IHLSI will also correct, amend, or delete any inaccurate personal information and notify any third-party recipients of the necessary changes. In addition, IHLSI may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, are extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law or GDPR.

In some circumstances, you have the right to erasure your data [by providing adequate evidence attesting to your identity] without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data is no longer necessary with the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; the processing is for direct marketing purposes, and the personal data have been unlawfully processed. In addition, there are specific general exclusions of the right to erasure. Those general exclusions include where processing is necessary: [for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information; For compliance with a legal obligation; or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims].

In some circumstances, you have the right to restrict the processing of your data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful, but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims; for the protection of another natural or legal person; or reasons of substantial public interest.

You have the right to object to our processing of your data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the processing is necessary for

  • (i) the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or the exercise of any official authority vested in us, or
  • (ii) the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by a third party or by us.

If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, rights, and freedoms. The processing is for establishing, exercising, or defending legal claims.

To the extent that the legal basis for our data processing is consent, and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your data from us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

Suppose you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws. In that case, you have a legal right to file a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work, or the location of the alleged infringement.

To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent. However, the withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.

In addition to the other methods specified here, you may exercise any of your rights about your data by written notice to us at or

Security of your Personal Information

The Institute maintains reasonable measures to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, the Institute stores the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled environment that has implemented protections against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. In addition, IHLSI has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of the Website as part of the Institute's continuing commitment to the security of electronic content and the electronic transmission of information.

For website security purposes and to maintain the Website's availability for all users, the Institute employs software to monitor traffic and identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage the Website. In addition, when personally identifiable information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

The Institute, however, cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat the measures described in this Section or use your personally identifiable information for improper purposes. Accordingly, nothing in this Privacy Policy or the Institute's Terms of Use shall be deemed a guarantee, contract, or warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, regarding the security of your personally identifiable information.

Educational Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 were designed to protect the privacy of educational records, establish the rights of students to inspect and review their academic records and provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading information through informal and formal hearings. While FERPA does not apply to the Institute, since it is not a federally-funded institution, the Institute nonetheless strives to meet FERPA's provisions to the extent reasonably feasible.

The Institute will not disclose a student's educational record without obtaining the student's prior written consent, except that a student's educational record may be disclosed (i) to other school officials, including teachers with a legitimate educational interest and contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom IHLSI has outsourced educational or institutional services or functions; (ii) to parents of a dependent student, as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; (iii) to accrediting organizations; (iv) in compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; or (v) for any other reason permitted under 34 CFR § 99.31.

The Institute depends on the accuracy of the records submitted by its students. Therefore, false information on an application, or any other act to intentionally mislead or misinform instructional personnel or administrators, is grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal from the Institute.

Google Analytics

The Institute uses Google Analytics to collect information about the use of the Website. The Institute uses the data it receives from Google Analytics to improve the Website. It does not combine the IP address collected by Google Analytics with your name or other identifying information that you may enter on the Website. IHLSI cannot control Google's use of the information it gathers; however, Google's right to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to the IHLSI Website is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. In addition, you can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by deleting its cookie or disabling cookies on your browser.


When you provide us with PII for a secondary reason, like marketing or other secondary reasons, which we will convey to you from time to time if applicable, we will ask for your consent. After you opt-in, you may withdraw your consent anytime by contacting us at or

Your California Privacy Rights and Do Not Track Notices

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers of a company who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personally identifiable information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to Please note that the Institute only needs to respond to one request per customer each year.

Note that the Institute does not respond to "Do Not Track" signals.

The Moodle Learning Platform

The Institute's courses, classroom discussions, assignments, testing, the academic advising messages system, and student and faculty forums are conducted through Moodle learning management system, an open-source learning platform.

There is a seamless transition from IHLSI's main Website to the Institute's Moodle platform.

No one outside the IHLSI community can access the IHLSI Moodle platform. However, the IHLSI Moodle site administrators have access to nearly everything in the system, and certain private information is also accessible by other IHLSI students, faculty, and staff:

  1. IHLSI profile page. Every IHLSI student has a profile page in Moodle, which contains their first and last name, email address (optional), profile picture (optional), and description (optional). This information is visible to classmates for each course in which a student is enrolled and to all students, faculty, and staff through the Academic Advising Virtual Office. IHLSI profile pages are NOT available to the general IHLSI discussion forums. Since IHLSI is based on the peer’s collaborative learning model, the Institute uses discussion forums in its courses. Anything posted in a discussion forum is visible to the instructor, and all students enrolled in that  For large classes divided into groups, only your group members can see your posts. Your posts will include your full name and profile picture if you have chosen to upload it to the system.
  2. IHLSI peer-assessed assignments. All assignments assessed by other students in a particular course are submitted anonymously. Therefore, unless you put your name on your peer-set assignment, which is not a requirement, only instructors and administrators will be able to see who has evaluated your
  3. Private messaging system. Only the sender and receiver can view the content of messages sent through the Moodle privacy messaging

If you withdraw from the Institute, your account will be disabled and no longer visible to students and instructors. Old and inactive accounts are usually deleted after four years of nonuse.

Note that if you choose to create a public profile on the or sites outside the IHLSI Moodle platform, your information may become public, and the Moodle Privacy Policy shall apply.

Third-Party Websites, Cookies, and Privacy Policies

Certain pages of the Website may contain links to websites that the Institute does not control. Third-party cookies may be set by websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus, and other social media outlets or websites for which IHLSI may implement plugins. IHLSI may permit other companies to place cookies and use cookies according to the Institute policies and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Third-party Providers

In general, the third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us. However, certain third-party service providers, such as payment gateways and other payment transaction processors, have their privacy policies regarding the information we are required to provide to them for your purchase-related transactions.

For these providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies to understand how these providers will handle your personal information. In particular, remember that certain providers may be located in or have facilities in a different jurisdiction than either you or us. So, suppose you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider. In that case, your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located. So, for example, if you are located in Canada, and your transaction is processed by a payment gateway located in the United States, your PII used in completing that transaction may be subject to disclosure under United States legislation, including the Patriot Act.

Once you leave our Website or are redirected to a third-party website or application, you are no longer governed by this Privacy Policy or our Website's Terms of Service.

Third-party Links

Occasionally, we may include or offer third-party products or Services on our Website at our discretion. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Age of Consent

By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state, province, or country of residence or the age of majority in your state, province, or country of residence. In addition, you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

Although neither this Website nor any of the Institute's services are intended for children under 13 years of age, the Institute complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 ("COPPA"). It does not knowingly collect any personal information online from children.

Retaining and Deleting PII

Section 4 sets out our data retention policies and procedures to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations about the retention and deletion of personal data.

We will retain and delete your data as follows:

PII will be retained for 20 years following the point of first contact with the Institute, at the end of which it will be deleted from our systems.

Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Privacy Policy, we may retain your PII where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject or to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

This Privacy Policy does not govern third-party cookies. The Institute does not control and is not responsible for the privacy policies or other content on websites other than the Website, including websites linked to from the Website, or for the use of personally identifiable information that you may submit to any of those websites. The Institute encourages you to review the privacy policies of those third-party websites directly to understand how those websites collect, use and share your information.

Changes to this Policy

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time. Modifications will be denoted by the "updated" notice at the top of this page. Your submission of personally identifiable information to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Privacy Policy constitutes acceptance of those changes. The Institute encourages you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of its policies respecting your personally identifiable information. After notice of modifications has been published, you signify your agreement to be bound by the updated terms by accessing the Website.

Compliance with this Policy

The Institute regularly reviews its compliance with this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or believe that the Institute has not adhered to its terms, please contact the Institute at