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Protecting your privacy has never been more critical. While we work diligently to prevent data disclosures, you’re urged to be equally vigilant in your actions both on and off campus.

The University of South Carolina collects and maintains social security numbers (SSNs) of employees, students and others associated with the university as required by law. While the University no longer uses SSNs as a key identifier, it’s still a data element in university systems for purposes of employment, IRS reporting, and financial aid.

Student Rights under FERPA

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was passed in 1974 by Congress to require educational institutions to:

  • Provide students access to their educational records
  • Allow students to correct inaccurate or misleading information in these records
  • Limit the release of information to third parties

FERPA affords students rights with respect to their education records.

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