Disclosure of Directory Information
Earlham College routinely shares basic directory information about students with members of the Earlham community and with the public in accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Each semester, the Student Development Office creates an on-campus directory, listing students' names, local addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and drawer numbers. All students enrolled at Earlham must have a current address on file to enable contact in case of an emergency.
Throughout the year, the Public Affairs Office incorporates directory information into news releases about students' accomplishments. Public Affairs defines directory information to include the following items:
- student name;
- student's campus address, campus phone and e-mail address;
- student's hometown and state;
- identity of parents, guardians or next of kin;
- major field of study and year of graduation;
- dates of attendance, and degrees and awards received;
- most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student;
- participation in officially recognized college activities and sports;
- photographs (as available);
- weight and height of members of athletic teams.
Such information as students' names, major fields of study, year of graduation, dates of attendance, degrees/awards and participation in activities are typically used in media releases, publications, event programs and lists for on-campus office use.
Except when required to so by law, Earlham does not give out directory information in response to requests from off-campus sources, whether from individuals or vendors. Questions concerning enrollment or degree verification should be referred to the Registrar's Office.
Non-Disclosure of Directory Information
Students have the right to refuse permission to print their directory information. Students may withhold directory information from publication on campus and/or from distribution to the media by filing the Non-Disclosure of Directory Information Form each year. When this form is filed online, the Public Affairs, Student Development and Registrar's offices are notified. Student Development retains the directory information and shares it only with those on-campus individuals who have a legitimate educational interest in the student. Public Affairs excludes that student in its news release process.
The College does not release directory information to any off-campus vendors or agents, unless required to do so by law. Directory information for students who have requested non-disclosure is viewed as confidential and is not be released to other students.
FERPA permits disclosure without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (i.e. attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee.
In an emergency, information may be disclosed to protect the health or safety of the student or another person.