Beginning this fall, the University of Utah will no longer use Social Security numbers as student and employee identification numbers.
The U. is inaugurating a new records system, which randomly generates identification numbers.Kay Harward, associate vice president for student affairs, said the new administrative software will also help ease the U.'s transition to a semester schedule and take care of Year 2000 concerns.
Harward said the installation of the administrative software was under way before the recent breach of a library computing system, during which a hacker accessed the records of 23,000 students and employees. The records included the students' and employees' Social Security numbers.
"There are a lot of good reasons not to use them (Social Security numbers). That's why we're moving away from them," Harward said.
The breach occurred in the U. library's computing system, not student records.