Graduating Seniors: Technology Transition after College

As you prepare for the many changes that will take place after graduation, we want to remind you of the technology items you should address during your transition from Amherst College. You will want to take special action to address the following: access to Amherst College email, College-licensed software, files stored on network shares, ACData, and campus printing. Access to these technology services will cease on a phased schedule

Best Practices

DRAFT rev 9.22.2006 The following are guidelines which should help you keep your data and College data safe. Protocols for Handling Sensitive College Data
DRAFT rev 9.22.2006

Laws and Industry Standards Defining and Regulating Sensitive Data

Mass. Identity Theft Prevention Law

Signed into law on August 3, 2007, the state's Identity Theft Protection Law stipulates what the state considers protected personal data, steps to take in the event of a breach, and the ways in which personal data must be destroyed.

External Links

Amherst College Security Breach Action Plan Draft

Draft rev 04.29.09

I. Sensitive College Data

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    Sensitive College Data

II. Breach of Security

  • Known theft of sensitive data.
  • Loss/Theft of device, such as a laptop, PDA (Blackberry), CD-ROM, or flash drive, containing sensitive data.
  • Unauthorized access to sensitive data.

Data Security

The security and the secure management of sensitive College data are important to Amherst College. In this area of the College web site, members of the College with a responsibility for the security of data have developed approaches and common understandings as well as kept track of legal and industry standards.

Most important, is a shared understanding of sensitive data. Download the College's


Decisions concerning technology and its uses affect most everyone on campus. The following are some of the groups created to provide direction to the College's technology initiatives.

CORE Team: Provides input to Administrative Information Services regarding the College's Ellucian Colleague administrative database system.

Faculty Computing Committee: Provides input and direction to IT in general and ATS in particular concerning the uses of technology in education and research.