Directory Guidelines

Students have four primary rights under FERPA. They have the rights to: inspect and review their education records; have some control over the disclosure of information from their education record; amend their education records, under certain circumstances; and complain to the federal government if they believe the College is not complying with FERPA.

When Do FERPA Rights Begin?

A student’s FERPA rights begin when the student registers and attends his/her first class.


Under FERPA, education records are defined as records that are directly related to a student and are maintained by an education agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution, unless the records fall into one of FERPA’s excluded categories. Education records can exist in any medium, including: typed, computer generated, videotape, audiotape, film, microfilm, microfiche and email, among others.


FERPA allows a student to request, while still enrolled, that the institution not release any “directory information” about him/her. Directory information is defined in the schools FERPA policy and includes the following information: name, local address, telephone number and e-mail address, home address and telephone number, date and place of birth, photograph, participation in officially recognized activities , dates of attendance, including full- and part-time status, and graduation, including the listing of such information in the commencement program, major and minor fields of study, honors, degrees and awards received, previously attended educational agencies or institutions, class year, and anticipated date of graduation.

Institutions must comply with a request to withhold directory information. Students who wish to restrict the release of directory information must complete a form or otherwise notify the administrative office in writing. Students have the choice of restricting all or a portion of their directory information.  The restriction will stay in place until rescinded in writing by the student.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO RESTRICT DIRECTORY INFORMATION SHOULD REALIZE THAT THIS ACTION COULD HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES. The names of students who have restricted their directory information will not appear in the commencement bulletin and other school publications. Also, employers, credit card companies, loan agencies, scholarship committees and the like will be denied any of your directory information and will be told: “I’m sorry, but we have no information available about this person’s attendance at “IOHS”


At the post secondary level, parents have no inherent rights to access or inspect their son or daughter’s education records. This right is limited solely to the student. At IOHS, records may be released to parents only if the student has  indicated which outside party (ex. parent) should have access to this information. Parents who have been given access under FERPA by their student, should expect to be asked to provide documentation of their identity when requesting information from their student’s education records.


If non-directory information is needed to resolve a crisis or emergency situation, an education institution may release that information if the institution determines that the information is “necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.” When Goucher College is contacted to provide non-directory information in such a situation, including the location of a student on campus or the course schedule of a student, the request for information is referred to the Registrar’s Office and/or Office of Public Safety who will determine an appropriate response to the request.


Students have the right under FERPA to inspect their education records, with some exceptions. Students who desire to inspect their records should submit to Student Administrative Services, the Registrar, the Academic Dean or other appropriate College official, a written request (PDF) that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official to whom the request is directed will make arrangements for access or direct the student to the appropriate official for this purpose.


General questions may be directed to the Registrar’s Office or the Office of the Director of the school. Comments or suggestions should be addressed to the following e-mail address and name. Richard L. Trader ;