Session Laws of Colorado 2003
First Regular Session, 64th General Assembly

 

 

 

CHAPTER 148


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EDUCATION - UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

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HOUSE BILL 03-1175 [Digest]


BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Spence, Briggs, Crane, Fairbank, Frangas, Lee, Paccione, Rose, Schultheis, Williams S., Cloer, Coleman, Hoppe, Merrifield, Rhodes, and Stafford;

also SENATOR(S) Andrews, Groff, Sandoval, Teck, and Tupa.




AN ACT


Concerning numbers to identify postsecondary education students.



Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:

 

  SECTION 1.  Article 5 of title 23, Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:

 

  23-5-127.  Unique student identifying number - social security number - prohibition - repeal. (1)  Each postsecondary institution in Colorado shall assign to each student enrolled in the institution a unique primary identifier that may be a series of numbers or characters.

 

  (2)  On and after July 1, 2003, each postsecondary institution in Colorado shall take reasonable and prudent steps to ensure the privacy of a student's social security number.

 

  (3) (a)  On and after July 1, 2004, a postsecondary institution in Colorado shall not use a student's social security number or part of a student's social security number as the student's primary identifier.

 

  (b)  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3), the Colorado commission on higher education may allow a postsecondary institution in Colorado to use a student's social security number or part of a student's social security number as the student's primary identifier if:

 

  (I)  The institution demonstrates to the satisfaction of the commission that the institution is unable to comply with the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3) because of the financial cost of compliance; and

 

  (II)  The institution submits to the commission and the commission approves a plan and timetable for phasing out the use of a student's social security number or part of a student's social security number as the student's primary identifier.

 

  SECTION 2.  Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.

 

Approved: April 17, 2003

 

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