Directory Information Policy

FERPA does not prevent schools from disclosing what is considered “directory information” about a student, which “includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name; address; telephone listing; electronic mail address; photograph; date and place of birth; major field of study; grade level; enrollment status….dates of attendance; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors, and awards received; and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.”[i]  However, before releasing directory information, an educational program must notify parents or eligible students of their directory information policy and provide an opportunity to opt out of the disclosure.[ii]

Text adapted from Vavricka, J. “Making FERPA Work for our Nation’s Children,” Second Year Seminar Paper, University of Hawai’i, William S. Richardson School of Law, July 10, 2012.


[i] 34 C.F.R. § 99.3.

[ii] 24 C.F.R. § 99.37.