2550 Federal Privacy Act: Disclosure of Social Security Numbers

Original Date: 9/1/1995 * Last Revision Effective: 6/20/2023
Policy Contact: Vice President, Student Affairs


Pursuant to Section 7 of Public Law 93-579 (commonly known as the Federal Privacy Act), which became effective on September 27, 1975, notice is hereby given that disclosure of a student’s Social Security number for the purpose of admission and registration at Bellevue College is voluntary on the student’s part.

The State Board for Community and Technical College’s record keeping system requires that each student have a unique nine-digit identification number; therefore, Bellevue College assigns a nine-digit number to all students who have attended and those who are applying for admission. The Social Security number will not be used as an identifier in the college records system.

Bellevue College will not deny any individual any right, benefit, or privilege provided by law because of that individual’s refusal to disclose their Social Security number. Students who receive financial aid, however, should be aware that federal law requires them to provide their Social Security numbers.

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

Revision History

Original 9/1/1995
Revisions 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 4/6/2015; 6/20/2023

Approved By

Board of Trustees

Last Updated June 28, 2023