UNLV Data Policy

University data are institutional assets maintained to support UNLV's central missions of teaching, research, and service. "University data" refers to collections of data elements relevant to the operations, planning, or management of any unit at UNLV, or data that are reported or used in official administrative University reports.

To support effective and innovative management, University data must be accessible, must correctly represent the information intended, and must be easily integrated across UNLV's information systems. The purpose of data governance is to develop University-wide policies and procedures that ensure that University data meet these criteria within and across UNLV's administrative data systems, particularly the student, financial and human resource systems. Data governance at UNLV was established at the direction of the Integrated Information Systems Steering Group (IISSG) and approved by the President's Cabinet in April 2005.

The Institutional Data Governance and Management Policy addresses data governance structure and includes policies on data access, data usage, and data integrity and integration. Its purpose is to achieve the following:

  • Establish appropriate responsibility for the management of University data as an institutional asset.
  • Ensure ease of access and ensure that once data are located, users have enough information about the data to interpret them correctly and consistently.
  • Ensure the security of the data, including confidentiality and protection from loss.
  • Ensure the integrity of the data, resulting in greater accuracy, timeliness, and quality of information for decision-making.