Appendix D: University Policy on Disclosure of Student Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act III 6.30 (A)
Appendix M: Required Disclosure of University Procedure on the Collection, Use and Protection of Student Social Security Numbers (SSN)
Appendix M: Required Disclosure of University Procedure on the Collection, Use and Protection of Student Social Security Numbers (SSN)The policy below is current as of June 2010. For more information and possible updates go to www.president.umd.edu/policies/docs/vi-2600A.pdf
Approved by the President, May 31, 2005
Section 15-110 of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland prohibits the use of SSN on University identification cards. Section 7(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 522a) and section 10-624 of the State Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, also require that when any Federal, State, or local government agency requests an individual to disclose his or her Social Security Number (SSN), that individual must also be advised whether the disclosure is mandatory or voluntary, by what statutory or other authority the number is solicited, what use will be made of it, the specific consequences for failure to provide the information,whether the information is generally available for public inspection and whether the information is made available or transferred to or shared with any entity other than the University.
Accordingly, each applicant for admission is advised that disclosure of his or her SSN is required as a condition for making application to the University of Maryland for purposes of administering federal financial aid programs and complying with various State and Federal reporting requirements including reporting to the IRS. The University may use a student's SSN to accurately report federally required data, to generate various federal tax and financial aid reports, and to ensure the accuracy of student data that is exchanged within the University of Maryland, between post-secondary education institutions, with the University System of Maryland and other outside entities as necessary or required for the conduct of legitimate University business and consistent with applicable law. The SSN will be maintained in a secure and confidential manner and not be re-disclosed forany other purpose.
The authority for requesting disclosure of a student's SSN is grounded in various federal laws including but not limited to: 42 USC 405c, affecting wage reporting and withholdings; 34 CFR 668.14 and 34 CFR 668.16, relating to student aid programs; and 26 CFR 1.6050S-1, addressing Internal Revenue Code reporting requirements pertaining to tuition payments.
In addition, it should be noted that the SSN of a parent, guardian or spouse of an applicant is also requested if the student claims dependency on that person for financial aid or residency for tuition purposes. A parent, guardian or spouse is advised that disclosure of his or her SSN is necessary for the above student purpose and failure to provide it may affect the student's financial aid or tuition status. A parent's, guardian's or spouse's SSN will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected and will not be maintained in any other system of records.
A unique U ID Number is assigned to students as part of their initial enrollment and is used for all University identification purposes."