In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the College does not release directory information to anyone outside the College community, but directory information may be verified if supplied. A full description of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is available on the FERPA website.
Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of directory information by supplying written notification. Forms requesting the withholding of directory information are available in the Registrar’s Office. Written notification must be received by the end of the first week of classes.
Please call (610-526-5519) or email the Registrar’s Office if you are interested in or have questions about this option.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Generally, schools must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, course catalog, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
Bryn Mawr College works with the National Student Clearninghouse to verify a student or alumnae's enrollment or degree status. Potential employers or other parties who need to verify this information should submit a request to the National Student Clearninghouse. There is a modest fee, but you will obtain instant results.