Refers to information contained in an education record of a student that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Goucher College designates the following categories of student information as public or "Directory Information." Goucher may disclose such information at its discretion, provided however that the college may not use the student's social security number, either alone or in combination with other data elements, to identify student records when disclosing or confirming directory information without the written consent of the student.
- Local address, telephone number and campus e-mail address
- Home address and phone number
- Date and place of birth
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Height and weight of members of athletic teams
- Dates of attendance
- Enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time)
- Graduation date and anticipated date of graduation
- Degree(s) conferred
- Major and minor field of study
- Awards and honors (e.g. Dean's List)
- Previous institution(s) attended
- Class (e.g. sophomore)
Examples of information which is NOT directory information and which may not be released without written consent include race, religion, SS#, student identification number, GPA, grades, test scores, class schedule, citizenship, and ethnicity.
A currently enrolled student may request that all or a portion of directory information not be released by filing a written request annually to that effect with the Office of the Registrar in Student Administrative Services by the end of the first full week of classes. Directory information will then be withheld until the end of the current academic year. Requests to withhold directory information must be filled annually with the Registrar's Office.
Note: students should carefully consider the consequences of any decision made to withhold any category of directory information as requests for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be denied. In addition, opting out does not prevent disclosure of the student's nmae, institutional email address, or electronic identifier in the student's phyical or electronic classroom.