Ohio State University has joined the growing list of campuses that have eliminated the Social Security number as a student identifier. In OSU’s case, the SSN has been replaced by an identification number that will be used as the main identifier in student-related data systems.
The new ID system was also created to provide a more comprehensive system for students to view information online. “It’s not just about security,” said one college administrator. “But it will put us in a position to protect.”
Students will not need new BuckIDs to receive their OSU ID numbers. They can simply log on to the school’s BuckID Web site.