The Safe / Unsafe setting for a person-scoped field determines how the field can be updated if an application in an active period exists for a record.
If a person-scoped field is configured as Safe, the field value is not updated by a safe source import or a safe form submission if the record has an application in an active period.
You can override the safe field behavior in the following ways:
|Unsafe set on field||Always treats the field as Unsafe, regardless of the settings on the import or the form.|
Unsafe set on form or Unsafe set on import
|Treats all mapped fields as Unsafe, regardless of the individual field settings.|
|Unsafe set on specific field destination||Treats a specific mapped field as Unsafe, even if the form or import and the field are set as Safe.|
By default, all forms (that are not application, application creation, or reader-scoped) and custom fields that are not application-scoped are treated as Safe, unless one of the three methods above is used to override this setting.
For data imports, any data mapped to application-scoped fields is always treated as Unsafe, and is always imported, regardless of the Safe or Unsafe setting on the import.
- Devices and relationship-scoped fields are safe.
- Tests and school-scoped fields are unsafe.
In most cases, custom fields should be configured as Safe. Remember, it is possible to override a field’s Safe setting when configuring a form, a source import, or even a specific mapped field destination.
There is no way to override the behavior of a field configured Unsafe (that is, an Unsafe field is always updated regardless of the conditions set on a form or import). Only set a field to be Unsafe if under every circumstance, the data in that field should be updated by a form submission or a source import (such as an SIS ID field).
Example Safe Fields Timeline
The following example describes the timeline for a Hispanic field that is configured as Safe: