FERPA On-Line Tutorial

Larry clearly notified USU that he did not want directory information about him released to any third party. Accordingly, Tom’s inclusion of Larry’s name on the list he gave to the reporter violated Larry’s FERPA rights. If the other club members, however, did not previously object to USU’s release of directory information about them, FERPA authorizes Tom’s disclosure of their names to the reporter.

San Diego State University designates the following items as Directory Information:

  • Student name
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees, honors and awards received

SDSU designates the following items as Directory Information for Academic Student Employees only:

  • Name
  • Red ID
  • Address
  • Enrollment Status
  • Department Employed
  • Telephone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Status as student employee (i.e., TA, GA, ISA)

The university may disclose any of those items without prior written consent, unless the student requests “Confidential Directory Information” via the SDSU WebPortal. Students may change their “confidentiality” status at any time through the SDSU WebPortal.

Requests for Directory Information, or access to non-directory information, from academic or administrative offices of the university, or offices allied to the university, such as the Alumni Association, who have a legitimate educational interest in utilizing the information, will be directed to Enrollment Services for consideration.

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