Under FERPA, Shenandoah may release directory information about students without notifying the student. Directory information is defined as information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. At Shenandoah, directory information includes the following:
- student name, address, telephone number and email address
- date and place of birth
- participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams
- major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received
- most recent previous school attended
- photograph or vido clip
The university may disclose any of those items without prior written consent, unless notified in writing to the contrary. Your student may opt out of sharing directory information by completing the Request to Withhold Directory Information form in the Registrar’s Office. However, your student is urged to think carefully about such a request. If a request to withhold directory information is made, university officials will not be able to publish news releases about student achievements, include your student in articles about sports achievements, print your student’s information in the commencement program, or verify your student’s degree or status to potential employers, insurers or lenders, for example. The university’s withholding of directory information may have unexpected or undesirable ramifications. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.
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Please understand that restrictions on directory information and the sharing of educational records extend to Shenandoah alumni as well, so any requests your student makes will remain in effect until he or she submits a change, in writing, to the Registrar’s Office.