Guidelines for faculty/staff related to FERPA

Directory information . . .

Western Michigan University, in accordance with FERPA, has designated the following categories of information about individual students as directory information. Directory information, as detailed below, is subject to disclosure without the consent of the student. Students do have the right to request that any or all Directory Information not be released without their written consent.

To invoke this right, a student must complete the confidentiality form and return the signed form to the Office of the Registrar. This notice will then remain in effect until it is revoked in writing by the student.

Faculty and Staff will know that a student has made this request because their records in our student information system (Banner) will be marked 'confidential'. Do not release any directory information for a student who has requested confidentiality.

  • name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • wmu e-mail address
  • curriculum and major field of study
  • dates of attendance
  • enrollment status (full/part-time)
  • degrees/awards received
  • most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • weight/height of members of athletic teams.

Please refer any requests for student Directory Information to the Office of Legal Affairs at WMU.

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Office of the Registrar
1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5256 USA
269 387-4300 | 269 387-3545
registrar-info@wmich.edu