California State University, Fullerton

CWID FAQ: Alumni

Q: Why has the campus issued new ID numbers?
A: As a result of heightened awareness about identify theft, the California legislature has passed several new laws requiring that universities use an assigned ID number to identify students. We have taken this a step further to include faculty and staff and others with an association with the campus.

Q: What is the format of the new campus-wide ID number (CWID)?
A: The new campus-wide-ID number (CWID) is a 9-digit number beginning with "8".

Q: Who has been issued these new CWIDs?
A: Anyone with any association with the campus has been issued a CWID including students, faculty, staff and alumni. Each person will be issued a single number regardless of how many different roles they play on campus or how those roles change over time.

Q: Does the campus still require me to provide my social security number?
A: Yes. There are still many processes including tax reporting that require the campus to know and store your social security number.

Q: How can a person find out the value of their own CWID?
A: The CWID Lookup page is where you can get your CWID when you supply your SSN and last name (use the name you used while a student at CSUF).

Most alumni should have CWIDs. If a CWID is not found when you use the CWID Lookup page, please fill out the Alumni Information Form. Your information will be encrypted and sent to Alumni Records for research; you will be contacted within 10 business days.

Q: How has the Alumni Database changed following the implementation of the CWID?
A: The Alumni Database no longer stores SSNs.

Q: Does my TitanCard contain my SSN or CWID?
A: It contains neither. Your TitanCard only contains a 16-digit ISO number.

Q: Who should I contact if I have more questions about my CWID?
A: Contact Admissions & Records at (657) 278-7601.

Q: What else can I do to protect the privacy of personal information?
A: It is important to shred all printed material that contains sensitive personal information as soon that printed document is no longer needed