Information on Authenticity of Paper & Electronic PDF Transcripts
Authenticity of Paper Transcripts
All official transcripts are imprinted with the school seal and the signature of the Registrar certifying its authenticity. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs officially sealed and signed transcript is printed on blue security paper with security toner, with the name of the university printed in large white type across the face of the document. A raised seal is not required. When photocopied the word COPY should appear. A BLACK AND WHITE OR COLOR COPY SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED. The back of every page includes a Guide to Transcript Evaluation and Key.
Electronic Certified PDF Transcripts print with a watermark letting you know it is a print of the original, the original being the PDF itself, not its printed copy.
When our paper is touched by fresh liquid bleach, the document will stain. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs uses the Troy Group patented anti-fraud toner technology, which forces a bright red stain to appear if chemical or other alteration of a document is attempted. Troy Security Toner is a solution that protects all paper transcript printing.
Electronic PDF Transcripts
We apply a digital signature to the PDF transcript that is automatically validated. We implement Certified Document Services from Verisign® to mark the document as authentic, proving that it was created and published by the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Furthermore, the digital signature provides a tamper-evident wrapper on the document. The blue ribbon seal must be present to both authenticate and demonstrate the integrity of the document. This is automatically verified when the recipient views the authentic document using the free Adobe® Reader.
If you do not see a certified blue ribbon in Adobe® Acrobat or Adobe® Reader bearing the words "This document was certified by University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a valid certificate issued by GeoTrust CA for Adobe" this PDF SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED.