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Confidentiality & Privacy

We take our responsibilities in this arena very seriously. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs much of our work, both by defining students’ access to their own records and also by limiting how we share our students’ and alumni’s records with others. 

Please note significant elements of policy and practice in response to Virginia legislation:

  1. Student mailing address is not considered "directory information" under William & Mary's FERPA policy. Although university email address and telephone numbers are included as "directory information," they may not be released or appear on a published list or website without the student's consent.
  2. The student directory requires W&M-authenticated login. W&M faculty and staff may look up student contact information for legitimate educational purposes, but the public cannot look up students.
  3. Individual W&M students will have to “opt-in” for their information to appear to other students who login through W&M authentication to the directory. If a student does not “affirmatively consent” to be visible in the directory, then that student’s contact information will not be visible to other W&M students in the directory.
  4. To facilitate collaborative learning, faculty members may share student contact information with other students in the course. 

To opt-in now so that other students may find your contact information, go to and click “Yes” in the Student Directory Consent section.