Field Scope Options

Scope describes the entity to which the field is related.  A good way to understand how the scope of a field affects its behavior is to recite a simple phrase when configuring your field:

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Scope Description
Person Person-scoped fields are associated with an individual person record. Each person-record can have a value for this field. Biographical information, or data that is unlikely to change between different applications is typically person-scoped. Data points about a prospective student prior to becoming an applicant should also be person-scoped.
Application Application-scoped fields are associated with a specific application. If a single person has multiple applications associated with it, each application has its own set of application-scoped fields. Items that are specific to an application and are likely to change if the same applicant applies again at a later date. Examples include program information, entry term, and enrollment status.
Address Address-scoped fields are associated with specific addresses available under the Profile tab. Custom information on addresses can be stored here and the information can be different on each address.
Course Course-scoped fields are associated with a specific course within the course widget. Additional information that is not a standard course field may be added as a custom course-scoped field. Each individual course can have its own value for a course-scoped field.
Interest Interest-scoped fields are associated with a specific interest within the interest widget. Additional information that is not a standard interest field may be added as a custom interest-scoped field. Each individual interest can have its own value for a interest-scoped field.
Job Job-scoped fields are associated with a specific job within the job widget. Additional information that is not a standard job field may be added as a custom job-scoped field. Each individual job can have its own value for a job-scoped field.
Material Material-scoped fields are associated with a specific material. Additional information about a specific material may be added as a custom material-scoped field. Each individual material can have its own value for a material-scoped field.
Reference Reference-scoped fields are associated with a specific reference submitted through Slate. Additional information that is not a standard reference field may be added as a custom reference-scoped field. Each individual reference can have its own value for a reference-scoped field.
Relation Relation-scoped fields are associated with a specific relation within the relation widget. If you wish to capture additional information that is not a standard relation field, you may add a custom relation-scoped field. Each individual relation can have its own value for a relation-scoped field.
Report Report-scoped fields are associated with a specific school report submitted through Slate. Additional information that is not a standard school report field may be added as a custom report-scoped field. Each individual school report can have its own value for a report-scoped field.
School School-scoped fields are associated with a specific school within the school widget. Additional information that is not a standard school field may be added as a custom school-scoped field. Each individual school can have its own value for a school-scoped field.
Sport Sport-scoped fields are associated with a specific sport within the sport widget. Additional information that is not a standard sport field may be added a custom sport-scoped field. Each individual sport can have its own value for a sport-scoped field.
Test Test-scoped fields are associated with a specific test within the test widget. Additional information that is not a standard test field may be added as a custom test-scoped field. Each individual test can have its own value for a test-scoped field.

Important!

Do not change the scope of a field once data exists for the field. Changing the scope of a field will not update existing values, resulting in orphaned data. Also, existing filters and exports will continue to reference data with the original scope. If data should be scoped differently, create a new field with the desired scope. Then, export the existing data and import to the new field using Upload Dataset.

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