Personal Information Collection/Disclosures
Collection of Personal Information
Personal information collected is under the authority of the Brandon University Act and will be used for the purposes of admission, registration, advising, student record management, and other activities related to students’ academic status. The University may offer individuals the opportunity to provide additional personal information on an optional basis. Such information is collected and used to evaluate programming and provide appropriate services. Personal information collected may be provided to the relevant students’ society and the Alumni Office. It may also be used for research purposes, but in those cases, individual names will not be disclosed. This information is protected by the Protection and Privacy provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions about the collection of personal information, contact the FIPPA Coordinator’s Office at 204-727-9723, Office of the Vice-President (Administration & Finance), Brandon University, 270 18th Street, Brandon MB, R7A 6A9.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Personal information collected by the University will be used for the purposes for which it was collected. The University and its employees will disclose personal information to other parties only under circumstances covered in Sections 44 to 48 of FIPPA (www.gov.mb.ca/chc/fippa/index.html).
Disclosure of Personal Information to Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada is the national statistical agency. As such, Statistics Canada carries out hundreds of surveys each year on a wide range of matters, including education.
It is essential to be able to follow students across time and institutions to understand, for example, the factors affecting enrolment demand at postsecondary institutions. The increased emphasis on accountability for public investment means that it is also important to understand ‘outcomes’. In order to conduct such studies, Statistics Canada asks all colleges and universities to provide data on students and graduates. Institutions collect and provide to Statistics Canada student identification information (student’s name, student ID number, Social Insurance Number), student contact information (address and telephone number), student demographic characteristics, and enrolment information.
The federal Statistics Act provides the legal authority for Statistics Canada to obtain access to personal information held by educational institutions. The information may be used for statistical purposes only, and the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act prevent the information from being released in any way that would identify a student.
Students may contact Statistics Canada via e-mail if they have any questions: statcan.PSIS-SIEP.firstname.lastname@example.org.