Privacy/Confidentiality

Directory Information

Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The university has defined the following information to be "directory information":

  • parents' names and addresses
  • the student's name
  • permanent address
  • local address
  • temporary address
  • e-mail address
  • telephone number
  • date and place of birth
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • major
  • dates of attendance
  • full-time and part-time status
  • degrees and awards received
  • class year
  • the most recent previous school attended

For members of athletics teams "directory information" may also include:

  • height
  • weight
  • and position played

The university also considers photographs to be directory information.

At its discretion, George Fox University may provide "directory information" in accordance with the provisions the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Release of Non-Directory Information

Students have the ability to release some non-directory information (e.g., grade reports, class schedule) to specific people (i.e., spouse, parents). To do so, each student must complete a release of information form. This release will be held on file in the Registrar's Office until revoked in writing. Release of information according to FERPA regulations is specific to the application. Therefore, academic and financial information require distinct approvals. The form for release of Student Financial Services information is available here.

Restricting Directory Information

Students may elect to restrict the release of directory information but must do so for all such information (it is not possible to restrict only a portion of the information) and must be done on an annual basis. A form is available in the Registrar's Office.

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