The Family Policy Compliance Office (of the U.S. Department of Education) has issued the following guidance concerning the use of directory information.
The following student information items cannot be designated or disclosed as directory information (under FERPA).
Country of Citizenship
Social Security Number or other student identification number
Items that generally can be designated and disclosed as directory information (under FERPA) include:
Degrees and awards received
Address (local and permanent)
Most recent previous institution attended
Participation in officially recognized activities/sports
Date and place of birth
Dates of Attendance
Major Fields of Study
Full- or part-time status
Note: The list of directory information items above is not prescriptive , i.e., institutions are not obligated to use any or all of the items indicated; the list simply identifies those items that are generally acceptable for directory information use. Institutions have discretionary authority to designate additional items for directory information use as long as the items are not considered harmful to the student and do not constitute an invasion of the student's privacy, if disclosed. (FERPA regulations, 34 CFR, Sections 99.31 and 99.37).
Questions about the use of directory information or other FERPA issues can be directed to the Family Policy Compliance Office by:
sending a Fax to 202-260-9001
or contacting their web site: www.ed.gov/offices/OM/fpco/index.html