Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) designates certain information related to students as directory information and gives the University the right to disclose such information to anyone inquiring without having to ask students for permission, unless the students specifically request in writing that all such information not be made public without their written consent. Seattle University designates the following as directory information:

  • Student name
  • On-campus address
  • SU Email account
  • Name of most recent previous school attended
  • Major
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  • Enrollment status (full/part-time; graduate/undergraduate)
  • Degrees/awards received
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Participation in officially recognized sports and activities 
  • Photograph (used for official Seattle University functions only)

Under FERPA, students have the right to withhold directory information by notifying the university. A law student must file the Directory Information Remove or Prevent Disclosure  form with the School of Law Office of the Registrar. The form must be submitted in person. Picture ID is required when the form is submitted.

Consider very carefully the consequences of your decision to withhold directory information. Any future requests for directory information from prospective employers, other schools, offices internal to Seattle University, and other persons will be refused and these entities will be told that Seattle University has no record of your attendance.

Directory information will be withheld indefinitely unless the request to withhold disclosure is revoked in writing at the School of Law Office of the Registrar. Even if a student has submitted a request to withhold directory information, federal law (pursuant to the "Solomon Amendment," effective March 1, 1997) requires the University to provide address listings for all students, on demand, to any legitimate United States military recruiter, without the need to obtain a student's consent.

Seattle University will honor your request to withhold directory information, but cannot assume responsibility to contact you every time a request is received. Regardless of the effect upon you, Seattle University assumes no liability for honoring your instructions that directory information be withheld.