2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Privacy and Directory

Privacy of Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-5920, concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.

Copies of Bryn Mawr’s policy regarding the act and procedures used by the College to comply with the act can be found in the Undergraduate Dean’s Office. Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Undergraduate Dean’s Office.

Directory Information

Bryn Mawr College designates the following categories of student information as public or “directory information.” Such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion.

  • Category I: Name, address, dates of attendance, class, current enrollment status, electronic mail address
  • Category II: Previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors, degree(s) conferred
  • Category III: Date of birth
  • Category IV: Telephone number
  • Category V: Marital status

Currently-enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any category of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 by written notification, which must be in the Registrar’s Office by August 15. Forms requesting the withholding of directory information are available in the Registrar’s Office. Bryn Mawr College assumes that failure on the part of any student to request the withholding of categories of directory information indicates individual approval of disclosure.