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Identity Theft Prevention

Red flag rules

MIU has implemented a program to identify and detect warning signs – or “red flags” – of identity theft. This includes alertness to the possible attempted use of, or request of, information that is inconsistent with held records or policies for dissemination of held records. Before disclosing personal information we will require confirmation of the identity of the individual for whom data is being discussed or requested. Confirmation may be a student badge, a date of birth consistent with previously held records, or the last four digits of the Social Security number, or any other such personally-identifying information.

Any alerts, notifications, or warnings from a consumer reporting agency, or any suspicious requests, or any suspicious documents will create a response to the individual whose record is in question, and if appropriate, notification to law enforcement agencies about possible identity theft. The individual whose identity is potentially vulnerable will receive an immediate block of all information release, until the affected individual requests, in writing, a release of that data block.

The data block is specific to records held by the Registrar and is administrated electronically through the Registrar database. All employees with access to the Registrar database sign an agreement form each year which specifies this policy. Some University offices, such as Admissions Offices, and Human Resources, hold data that is not released outside the University. Employees in these offices also sign this agreement form each year, as a tool for continued vigilance for recognition and response to potential identity theft. The University also hires servicers for specific functions, such as for the processing of Federal Perkins Loan, each of whom also has Identity Theft Prevention rules in place.