The purpose of data governance is to establish a culture that ensures that institutional data is both secure and available to those who should have access to it. The policies and procedures delineated below serve as useful guidance to data stewards, users, and seekers alike. Data is a vital institutional asset that must be used legally and ethically. Requests for data are subject to many considerations, including:
- Data sensitivity
- Compelling institutional need
- Reputational risk
- IRB Approval
- Staff resource availability
College Records, as described in detail in the Policy Regarding the Management of College Records, are vital for essential business workflows of the college. Some data, as containers of records, are historical or are legally required to be maintained for certain time periods. Data that fits either of these requirements must be preserved or disposed of in accordance with the college’s records policy and the associated records retention schedule.