The Privacy Act of 1974 (U.S. Public Law 93-579, Sect. 7) requires that the university notify students that disclosure of a Social Security number is voluntary.
Pursuant to the 2003 State Code of the Commonwealth of Virginia, no student identification card may display the social security number as an identifier.
Effective with students entering Fall 2003 and beyond, a generated identification number will be utilized as the default unique identifier.
This generated number will be nine digits in length and will begin with the number, "9" (nine).
The generated student identification is defined as personally identifiable information by federal legislation, FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) (U.S. Public Law 93-579, Sect. 7), and is prohibited from disclosure except to education officials with legitimate educational interest.
For students who entered Virginia Tech prior to Fall 2003, the social security number was the default student identification number. Pursuant to this new state code, state agencies may transition the student identification changes. However, all changes must be completed no later than July 1, 2006.
It is Virginia Tech's transition plan to comply with this new legislation with each new entering class, i.e. we will not be updating identification numbers for those students who entered Virginia Tech prior to the Fall 2003 term, and your social security number will remain as your student identification number.