GOCards and Information Security
The Social Security Number (SSN) has historically been the most frequently used unique personal identifier in the US. However, with an increase in identity and information theft and a growing concern about the potential erosion of privacy in the information age, many organizations and institutions, including Georgetown University, have taken steps to restrict the use of SSNs as personal identifiers. Georgetown has developed policies and procedures that limit the use and retention of SSNs to those situations where such use or retention is necessary and appropriate.
Instead of using SSNs, Georgetown uses the GOCard as the personal identifier for students, faculty and employees. The GOCard contains a unique "GU Identification" number for each person affiliated with the University that is recognized and used in various University systems. In addition, the GOCard functions like a bank debit card (without the fees), allowing holders to deposit funds into their GOCard account and to use the card to make purchases through on-campus vendors and at a broad range of participating merchants off campus. For more information about the GOCard and how you can take full advantage of the benefits it offers, please visit the GOCard Website or visit the GOCard Office in Darnall Hall.