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What is “Directory Information”?

FERPA defines “directory information” as information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Typically, “directory information” includes information such as name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and dates of attendance. Grantham University may disclose “directory information” to third parties without consent if it has given public notice of the types of information which it has designated as “directory information,” your right to restrict the disclosure of such information, and the period of time within which you have to notify the school in writing that you do not want any or all of those types of information designated as “directory information.” The means of notification could include publication in various sources, including a newsletter, in a local newspaper, or in the student handbook. Grantham University could also include the “directory information” notification as part of the general notification of rights under FERPA. Grantham University does not have to notify a student individually. (34 CFR § 99.37.).