Privacy

Privacy Policy

STRS Ohio is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and to the responsible handling of information. Terms and conditions of use of STRS Ohio’s website and social media are outlined below.

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 you are subject to the most current policy version. Therefore, you may want to check the policy from time to time.

STRS Ohio does not collect personal information from users except when they specifically provide such information. Personal information is not, and will not, be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties unless STRS Ohio is 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, whether the user is looking at a page, or if a user is actively using one of the online applications. The only information stored in the cookie is a unique identification number that identifies the user; it does not contain any personal information such as Social Security number or date of birth. The information contained in the cookie helps STRS Ohio improve its sites and systems.

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 use, access or attempted access of this site or any related system is a violation of state and/or federal law, and may be subject to prosecution. Any activity on the STRS Ohio systems is subject to being monitored and recorded by authorized personnel, at the discretion of STRS Ohio. 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. STRS Ohio may share the information gathered 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. 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 888‑227‑7877.

Disclaimer

While STRS Ohio makes every attempt to ensure the information provided on this site is reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. STRS Ohio does not guarantee and will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the use of or the results obtained from the use of the information including but not limited to accuracy, completeness, timeliness and correct sequencing of 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, or third-party privacy practices, even if STRS Ohio Web pages contain a link to their websites.

If there is a conflict between the information provided on our website, Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3307, or other applicable law or rule, governing STRS Ohio, any decisions will be based on the law 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, multifactor authentication (MFA), system “time outs” due to inactivity and utilizing TLSv1.2 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 username 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 March 8, 2021. 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.

Social Media Terms and Conditions

  • STRS Ohio’s social media pages exist for informational purposes only. The information contained on STRS Ohio’s social media pages is not intended as a substitute for the Revised Code or Ohio Administrative Code or for any state or federal law or regulation, nor will its interpretation prevail should a conflict arise between it and any law or regulation.
  • All use shall be in accordance with the terms of use of each social media site, as well as all applicable laws.
  • STRS Ohio reserves the right to remove content at any time at its sole discretion. Any posts naming specific individuals, including STRS Ohio associates, will be removed. Posts containing political or campaign statements (including candidate campaigning for State Teachers Retirement Board member elections), false or misleading statements, as well as any form of advertising, will also be removed.
  • Comments posted by third parties on STRS Ohio social media pages do not reflect the views of STRS Ohio, its board or associates.
  • Never post personal or confidential information on STRS Ohio social media pages. If you are an STRS Ohio member and have a specific question regarding your account, please contact STRS Ohio toll-free at 888‑227‑7877.