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Protecting Student Privacy

College of Biblical Studies (CBS) is committed to protecting the privacy of all students, regardless of modality. As a condition of retaining its regional SACSCOC accreditation, CBS is publishing its written procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance and correspondence education courses and programs.

Approach and Procedure
To protect the privacy of all students, including distance learning students, CBS supports and complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. CBS makes the text of the FERPA act available to all constituents via the CBS website and publications such as the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.

At enrollment, all CBS students are issued a unique student identification number. This student ID becomes the unique identifier for the student throughout his/her academic career at the College. CBS does not allow the use of the student's Social Security number as a means of systems access. The College also issues each student a unique CBS email address.

Through the unique student identification number or the student email address, along with a password, the student is able to access systems such as SonisWeb (student information system), GMail (student email system), Blackboard (learning management system), GlobalVFS (financial aid system), etc.

In a similar fashion, college personnel are also issues unique login credentials for all CBS systems. In the event of CBS personnel no longer being employed by the school, the former employee's accounts are disabled to prevent access.

To further help ensure the privacy of all students, all system account permissions follow the principle of least privilege. This approach ensures that a given individual only has permissions to perform system functions and access data that is appropriate for their needs. All systems also employ encryption so that the data cannot be intercepted and read by 3rd parties. And finally, all systems are hosted and maintained by the vendor, ensuring that the systems stay updated and are housed in world-class data centers.