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Directory Information

Student record information is confidential and private. In accordance with both federal law and University policy, the University does not release student record information without prior written consent. The one exception to this is that the University will release the following "directory information" items without prior student consent:

  1. Name
  2. Address (local, home and electronic mail)
  3. Telephone number
  4. Date and place of birth
  5. Major
  6. Student activities
  7. Weight/height (athletic teams)
  8. Date(s) of attendance
  9. Enrollment status (full-time, part-time)
  10. Date of graduation
  11. Degrees and awards received and where received
  12. Most recent educational institution attended
  13. Name and address of parents, guardian, spouse
To Withhold Directory Information

All students may request that directory information not be released publicly. This is an important student privilege that results in the following:

  • Student name/address is excluded from the Penn State Web Directory and printed telephone directories. Requests to withhold will not alter previously published directories.
  • Your name will not appear in the commencement program.
  • Verification of enrollment, graduation, or degrees awarded will not be provided to third parties, including potential employers.
  • No information will be released to any person on the telephone or via e-mail.
  • Address changes must be made by the student only. You may change your address using the eLion system, in person at any campus Registrar's office or by mailing a written request along with a copy of photo identification to any campus Registrar's office.
    1. The student must complete and sign the Request to Withhold Directory Information Form.
    2. Present or mail this signed form along with a copy of photo identification to any campus Registrar's office.
    3. If an e-mail address is provided, the student will receive an official notification when the withholding of directory information is in effect.
To Release Directory Information

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  1. To reverse the action of withholding directory information, the student must complete and sign the Request to Release Directory Information Form.
  2. Present or mail this signed form along with a copy of photo identification to any campus Registrar's office.
  3. If an e-mail address is provided, the student will receive an official notification when directory information will be released.