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Information Security Office


Social Security Numbers & UTS 165

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to protecting the privacy of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. In accordance with the Federal Privacy Act of 1974, the disclosure of your Social Security number to the University is generally voluntary and will not be used unless permitted by law. Federal and state law, however, requires the collection of your Social Security number for certain services, such as payroll and benefits reporting.

The University of Texas at Arlington is working to minimize the use of Social Security numbers within its business processes. The Social Security number will not be disclosed to individuals or agencies outside the University except in accordance with university policy and applicable law.

In support of the SSN initiative, the UT EID, also known as the preferred EID, will begin to replace the SSN as the primary identifier on campus. As a result, you will now be asked for your UT EID when requesting services over the phone or in person. The UT EID will appear on printed reports and online pages. The UT EID will also continue to be used to access secure Web services, such as UT Direct, at the University.