What is Directory or Public Information?
FERPA allows institutions to identify certain types information called 'directory information' that may be disclosed without student consent.
USD has designated the following information as directory information and will release this information upon request, unless the student has submitted a Request to Restrict Directory Information [PDF] form to the appropriate Registrar:
- student's name
- USD e-mail address
- major field of study
- dates of attendance
- participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- degrees, honors, and awards received
Restricting Release of Directory Information
According to FERPA, a student can request that the institution not release any directory information about him/her. Institutions must comply with this request, once received, if the student is still enrolled.
At USD, students who wish to restrict the release of all directory information about themselves must complete a Request To Restrict Directory Information form [PDF], available in the appropriate Registrar's Office. The completed form must be submitted in person to the appropriate Registrar's Office and must be accompanied by a photo I.D.
Students who wish to restrict directory information should realize that their names will not appear in any university publications. Also, employers, credit card companies, scholarship committees and the like will be denied any of the student's directory information and will be informed that we have no information available about the student's attendance at USD. Students cannot use the 'opt out' provisions of FERPA to prevent disclosure of name, institutional e-mail address, or other identifier in classes in which they are enrolled.