Holmes Community College Single Sign-On Cookie Policy

The Holmes Community College website, located at https://www.holmescc.edu (hereafter referred to as "the website"), utilizes cookies and other related technologies to enhance your user experience and ensure security. These technologies collectively are referred to as "cookies." Please be aware that third-party entities we have engaged may also place cookies on our website. It is important to note that disabling cookies may result in certain services being inaccessible to you.

Holmes Community College uses cookies so that it can provide the best user experience for you and identify you for security purposes. If you disable cookies, some of the services will (most probably) be inaccessible to you.

How does Holmes Community College process cookies?

The Holmes Community College website stores and retrieves information on your browser using cookies. These cookies are employed to enhance your browsing experience. Certain cookies are essential for allowing you to log in to the system, maintaining sessions, and tracking your activities during the login session.

Some cookies used on the Holmes Community College website are primarily intended for personally identifying you, as this is the core function of the Holmes Community College Single Sign-On Server. However, the lifespan of these cookies ends when your session concludes, such as when you log out or when the session expiration time elapses.

Additionally, some cookies are used solely to provide you with a more personalized web experience. These cookies cannot be utilized to personally identify you or track your activities.

This cookie policy is an integral part of the Holmes Community College Privacy Policy.

A browser cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your device to help websites and mobile apps remember things about you. Other technologies, including web storage and identifiers associated with your device, may be used for similar purposes. In this policy, we use the term “cookies” to discuss all of these technologies.

What does Holmes Community College use cookies for?

Cookies are used for two purposes for Holmes Community College.

  1. To identify you and provide security (as this is the main function of the Single Sign-On).
  2. To provide a satisfying user experience.

Holmes Community College Single Sign-On uses cookies for the following purposes listed below.


Holmes Community College uses these cookies to remember your settings and preferences, and to auto-fill the form fields to make your interactions with the site easier.

These cookies can not be used to personally identify you.


  • Holmes Community College uses selected cookies to identify and prevent security risks. For example, Holmes Community College may use these cookies to store your session information in order to prevent others from changing your password without your username and password.

  • Holmes Community College uses session cookies to maintain your active session.

  • Holmes Community College may use temporary cookies when performing multi-factor authentication and federated authentication.

  • Holmes Community College may use permanent cookies to detect that you have previously used the same device to log in. This is to to calculate the “risk level” associated with your current login attempt. This is primarily to protect you and your account from possible attack.


Holmes Community College may use cookies to allow “Remember Me” functionalities.


Holmes Community College as a product does not use cookies for analytical purposes.

Third party cookies

Using Holmes Community College may cause some third-party cookies to be set in your browser. Holmes Community College has no control over how any of them operate. The third-party cookies that may be set include:

    • Any social login sites. For example, third-party cookies may be set when Holmes Community College is configured to use “social” or “federated” login, and you opt to login with your “Social Account”.
    • Any third party federated login.

Holmes Community College strongly advises you to refer the respective cookie policy of such sites carefully as Holmes Community College has no knowledge or use on these cookies.

What type of cookies does Holmes Community College use?

Holmes Community College uses persistent cookies and session cookies. A persistent cookie helps Holmes Community College to recognize you as an existing user so that it is easier to return to Holmes Community College or interact with Holmes Community College without signing in again. After you sign in, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by Holmes Community College when you return to Holmes Community College.

A session cookie is a cookie that is erased when the user closes the web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from the user's computer.

How do I control my cookies?

Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However, if you limit the given ability for websites to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.

Most likely, disabling cookies will make you unable to use authentication and authorization functionalities offered by Holmes Community College.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of cookies, please contact the entity or individuals (or their data protection officer, if applicable) of the organization running this Holmes Community College instance.

What are the cookies used?

Cookie Name




To keep your session data in order to give you a good user experience.



To keep some messages that are shown to you in order to give you a good user experience.

The “nnnnnnnnnn” reference in this cookie represents a random number e.g., MSG324935932.



The URI you are accessing.



To keep your active page in session in order to give you a good user experience.



This cookie policy is only for the illustrative purposes of the product Holmes Community College. The content in the policy is technically correct at the time of the product shipment. The organization which runs this Holmes Community College instance has full authority and responsibility with regard to the effective Cookie Policy.

Holmes Community College, its employees, partners, and affiliates do not have access to and do not require, store, process or control any of the data, including personal data contained in Holmes Community College. All data, including personal data is controlled and processed by the entity or individual running Holmes Community College. Holmes Community College, its employees partners and affiliates are not a data processor or a data controller within the meaning of any data privacy regulations. Holmes Community College does not provide any warranties or undertake any responsibility or liability in connection with the lawfulness or the manner and purposes for which Holmes Community College is used by such entities or persons.