In the interest of openness and building trust with our students, the USF System now affords students the right to limit data usage and sharing of their information, without having to request non-disclosure of directory information under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Pursuant to the requirements of FERPA, the following types of information designated by law as “directory information” can be released, if the student has not requested privacy or non-disclosure: Name, Date of Birth, Address, Telephone, Major, Dates of Attendance, Enrollment Status, Degrees, and Prior Institutions Attended. *All other student data is considered to be protected.
Under new USF System policy which is less restrictive than privacy under FERPA, students may now request confidentiality as a way to “opt out” from having their personal contact information (i.e. name, address, telephone) disclosed to vendors, credit card companies, or outside agencies that are not providing a service that would otherwise be performed by the University. To request confidentiality, go to http://www.usf.edu/registrar/resources/privacy.aspx.