Directory Information That Can Be Disclosed Without Consent;Guide

Directory Information That Can Be Disclosed Without Consent. I can provide you with a general guide regarding directory information that can often be disclosed without consent under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of educational institutions. However, please note that FERPA regulations and interpretations may vary, and it’s important to consult with legal professionals or relevant authorities for specific guidance in your situation.

Directory Information That Can Be Disclosed Without Consent.

FERPA defines “directory information” as information that is not generally considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Schools have the discretion to determine what information they consider directory information, and they must inform students of their directory information policy.

Typically, the following types of information are often considered directory information and can be disclosed without consent:

  1. Name: Student’s full name.
  2. Address: Local and permanent address.
  3. Phone Number: Phone numbers (including cell phone numbers).
  4. Email Address: Student’s email address.
  5. Photographs: Photographs and images.
  6. Date of Birth: Date of birth of the student.
  7. Enrollment Status: Dates of attendance, enrollment status (full-time or part-time), and anticipated graduation date.
  8. Degrees and Awards: Degrees, honors, and awards received.
  9. Participation in Activities: Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, including height and weight of athletes.
  10. Major Field of Study: Student’s major field of study.
  11. Dates of Attendance: Specific dates of attendance (start and end dates).
  12. Previous Institutions: The most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
  13. Class Roster: Class lists containing student names and email addresses (for use by instructors and classmates).

It’s important to note that even though these types of information are generally considered directory information, schools are required to give eligible students the opportunity to opt-out of the disclosure of directory information. Therefore, if a student has opted out, their directory information should not be disclosed without their consent.

Always refer to your school’s specific FERPA policy, as they might have different interpretations and guidelines regarding the disclosure of directory information. When in doubt, seek legal advice or consult with the appropriate authorities to ensure compliance with FERPA regulations.

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