Dominican University Notice for Directory Information


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that Dominican, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information for your education records. However, Dominican may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised Dominican to the contrary in accordance with Dominican procedures. Dominican does not publish a student directory; rather, designating certain information as "directory information" allows Dominican to include this type of information from your education records in certain publications, without violating your right to privacy. Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing your role in a drama production
  • Dean's List or other recognition lists
  • Commencement program
  • Sports program, such as for basketball, showing weight and height of team members.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without prior written consent. For example. Dominican releases enrollment information to the National Student Clearinghouse and releases directory information to companies that provide student insurance and class rings; Dominican does not release information to credit card companies, loan consolidation companies, etc. Dominican has designated the following information as directory information:              

    • Student’s name
    • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
    • Address (home, local, e-mail)
    • Telephone listings
    • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
    • Photograph/Video for University and other publications
    • Degrees, honors, and awards received
    • Date of birth
    • Major field of study
    • Dates of attendance
    • Current Enrollment Status
    • The most recent educational agency or institution attended
    • Class level
    • Anticipated graduation date

If you do not want Dominican to disclose directory information from your education records without prior written consent, you must contact the Office of Registrar as soon as possible to discuss this option. Please consider very carefully the consequences of the decision to withhold directory information. Such requests are binding for all information to all non-institutional persons or organizations other than for educational purposes for the duration of your enrollment at Dominican University. This includes the omission of your name from any list of student names published by Dominican University, including the Dean's List and the Commencement Bulletin.
Dominican University will honor your request to withhold directory information but cannot assume responsibility to contact you for subsequent permission to release your information. Regardless of the effect upon you, Dominican University assumes no liability as a result of honoring your instructions that such information be withheld.