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May 2003

Release Date: May 30, 2003

New Campus ID Number to Replace Use of Social Security Number at ASU

In response to student concerns, Angelo State University is phasing out the use of Social Security numbers as the ID number for students, faculty and staff.

The university began the transition at the conclusion of the spring semester. A randomly generated campus ID number (CID) will be assigned to all new students upon application to Angelo State University.

Previously enrolled students may obtain their new CIDs by logging onto the university's Records Access Management System (RAMS) or by contacting the Registrar's Office, Room 101 of the Hardeman Building. Those students will need to replace their current student identification card prior to the end of the 2004 spring semester.

New eight-digit CIDs are also being assigned to faculty and staff, who will also be issued replacement identification cards. The replacement identification cards for both students and faculty/staff are issued through the ASU Residence Life Office in Room 200 of the Hardeman Building.

During the transition period, students will be able to register and access their records using either their Social Security number or their new CID.

ASU Registrar Mary A. Ragland said that eliminating the use of the Social Security number as a student identifier in higher education is being considered by the Texas Legislature this session. HB 1026 has been passed by the House Committee on Higher Education and is pending Senate approval. She indicated ASU decided to go ahead and make the transition after students raised concern about the access to their Social Security numbers.

The change, Ragland said, will strengthen the protection of the Social Security number and reduce the possibility of identity theft and other possible misuses of a Social Security number-based student identification system.