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Privacy Policy

 

This website is designed to be a resource for members of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS Ohio). STRS Ohio is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and to responsible information handling. The terms and conditions of use for this website are outlined in the Privacy and Security Policies to protect the privacy of STRS Ohio members.

When you use or access information on this site, you agree to the terms and conditions stated here. If you do not agree to these terms, do not use/access information on this site. STRS Ohio reserves the right to update this Privacy Policy at any time without notice and your use is subject to the most current policy version.

STRS Ohio does not collect personal information about website users except when individuals specifically provide such information. Personal information is not, and will not, be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties unless legally obligated to do so. STRS Ohio reserves the right to contact a member regarding any matter relevant to the underlying service or the information collected.

Cookies (small data files on the user’s hard drive) are used throughout the site to track where a user is and whether the user is looking at a page or using one of the online applications. The only information stored in the cookie is a unique identification number that identifies the user to the Web server. It does not contain any personal information such as Social Security number or date of birth.

To enhance the site, STRS Ohio reserves the right to perform statistical analysis of user behavior and characteristics to measure use and performance of the site.

The STRS Ohio website and computer systems are for legal and authorized use only. Unauthorized access, attempted access, or use of this or any related system is a violation of state and/or federal law, and may be subject to prosecution. Individuals using this system with authority, or in excess of their authority, are subject to have their activities monitored and recorded. If we believe an attempt is being made through the Internet to break into or otherwise abuse our computer systems or business information, we will use the information in our computer logs, and other means available, to determine those responsible. As part of these legal efforts, we may share the information we gather with law enforcement agencies or other authorized entities.

Solicitation of Information

STRS Ohio will never blindly solicit or request personal/confidential information from members via the Internet, email, phone, mail or home visit. If you are contacted and asked to disclose personal information like your Social Security number, date of birth, account information or other confidential information, it is likely some type of “phishing” scam by a hacker or third party trying to obtain sensitive information about you. STRS Ohio recommends you never provide confidential information to any individual or site where you did not initiate the contact by typing in the website’s address, or by calling or visiting the specific organization. If in doubt about an email, unsolicited phone call or visitor related to STRS Ohio, contact the Member Services Center toll-free at 1-888-227-7877.

Please note that members who contact STRS Ohio by phone or email for assistance may be asked to provide their full name and the last four digits of their Social Security number for verification purposes.

Disclaimer

While STRS Ohio makes every attempt to ensure the information provided on this site and in the Personal Account Information area is reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, STRS Ohio does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information, and will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the use of results obtained from the use of the information. This applies to sites hyperlinked to and from the STRS Ohio website. In addition, STRS Ohio can make no claims of accuracy or integrity of third party websites even if STRS Ohio Web pages contain a link to their websites.

If there is a conflict between the information provided on our website and Chapter 3307 of the Ohio Revised Code governing STRS Ohio, any decisions will be based on the Ohio Revised Code and not the information on this website.

Security Policy

 

STRS Ohio has taken numerous steps to safeguard the integrity of our computing infrastructure utilizing current security measures. The STRS Ohio secure server environment encrypts all information entered while a user is logged onto the Personal Account Information section of the website. Information, including Social Security numbers, cannot be read at any time while encrypted. Additional security measures have been incorporated into the site design, implementation and day-to-day operations as part of STRS Ohio’s ongoing risk management process. These include: user name and password authentication, system “time outs” due to inactivity and utilizing 128-bit secure socket level (SSL) encryption.

STRS Ohio associates are trained professionals who take your security concerns seriously. Your data will only be used for business purposes to the extent necessary to fulfill your needs. STRS Ohio constantly reviews its computer security practices and logs, making changes as needed to ensure your data is always protected.

Your Role in Securing Your Sensitive Data

While STRS Ohio works continuously to keep member information safe and secure, members also play an important role in securing their own information. It is the member’s responsibility to safeguard their user name and password to the Personal Account Information area of the STRS Ohio website. STRS Ohio also recommends that members change their password on a regular basis and not share it with anyone else.

Once logged into the Personal Account Information area, do not leave your computer without logging out or ending your session. If you access your online account from a public computer, be sure to empty the browser’s cache after logging out. If you don’t, it is possible someone else might be able to see your information by accessing the “cached” pages you have visited.

Privacy & Security Policy Disclaimer

 

The Privacy & Security Policies were last updated Dec. 7, 2011. STRS Ohio reserves the right to change these policies at any time without notice and they reflect its current business practices. These policies are not intended to provide complete information about the laws that create STRS Ohio or about rights and benefits under STRS Ohio. For more complete information, refer to Chapter 3307 of the Ohio Revised Code. All rights reserved.

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