Eastern Michigan University

Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers are Personally Identifiable Information (PII) tied to a specific individual. They are unique, nine-digit numbers issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents for taxation, social benefits, and other purposes. Social Security numbers are a primary target for identity thieves. EMU does not use Social Security Numbers to identify individuals except when required by law.


Social Security Numbers are nine digits in the digital format of 3/2/4 (###  ##  ####). Social Security Numbers are kept by the University for use on individuals' federal tax forms.

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 Using Social Security Numbers

The permitted (Yes), the not permitted (No), and those needing to contact I.T. (Contact I.T.) are listed in three columns in the matrix below.

  YES               NO                
      CONTACT I.T.       


Note: Don't see what you need? Email the I.T. Security Team at [email protected].