Gator Census 2020


Gator Census 2020 at SF State needs YOUR help because we know you care about:

  • Federal student loans
  • Federal research grants
  • Campus funding
  • Campus improvements, including labs, buildings, and classrooms
  • Health and social services
  • Federal legislation
  • YOUR future careers—many professionals are heavily dependent on Federal funding (e.g. medicine, social work, nursing, science, research, or public health)

Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your (and our) future as census data determines the allocation of billions of dollars to support our state, county, and community’s vital programs, including many here at SF State!


Gator Census 2020 Day on April 1st at 12-2 PM on Malcom X Plaza!

What is the Census?

Every 10 years, people across the country and in California fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The Census determines California’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families and fair share of representation in California and Washington D.C.

Let’s ensure all SF State students on and off campus are counted so we can put those resources to good use here at home!  To learn more, please visit the 2020 Census website!

When is the Census?

  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, students and our campus community should receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. On or around April 1, 2020 Census Bureau workers will drop off census questionnaires for our on-campus residents to be completed by each student or resident.  When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count, but

Students are to complete the census where they are living on April 1, 2020. For California colleges and universities, that will typically mean students complete the Census survey on campus. Students should count themselves separately from their families on April 1, 2020, if they are living away from home.

Remember: Students should inform their parents/guardians that they will complete the survey if they are living away from home on April 1, 2020, using their current residence address.

Why The Census Matters?

The 2020 Census will help decide how billions of dollars will reach our families. Your answers will help determine funding for dozens of programs that provide essential resources to California. Census data determines funding allocations for schools, childcare programs, road maintenance projects and social assistance programs.

  • Improve local schools
  • Enhance streets and roads
  • Build affordable housing
  • Increase jobs and business opportunities
  • Build new hospitals
  • Improve health services
  • Increase jobs and business opportunities

College students benefit from Federal student loans, legislation, campus funding, campus improvements, and health and social services.  Therefore, we need every Gator to be counted!

Is the Census Safe?

  • The United States Census Bureau (USCB) is required by law to protect any personal information it collects and keep it confidential.
  • Private information may not be published when it is collected. It is against the law to disclose or publish any private information that identifies an individual or business, such as names, addresses (including GPS coordinates), Social Security numbers, and telephone numbers.
  • Answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine personal eligibility for government benefits.
  • Personal information cannot be used against respondents for the purposes of immigration enforcement.
  • U.S. Census Bureau employees are sworn to protect confidentiality. Every person with access to data is sworn for life to protect personal information and understands that the penalties for violating this law are applicable for a lifetime.
  • Violating confidentiality or sharing the information other than for statistical purposes is a serious federal crime. Anyone who violates this law will face severe penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

What does President Trump’s Executive Order mean?

The Executive Order does not create any information sharing beyond what is permissible under existing law. Your information remains confidential. The Executive Order states that information collected from federal and state sources “may not, and shall not, be used to bring immigration enforcement actions against particular individuals.”

Your data is confidential. Federal law protects your Census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.

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