Certain pieces of information about students and employees is considered directory information. Directory information may be publicly shared by the institution unless the individual takes formal action to restrict its release.
If you prefer not to be listed in the Penn State Directory, then you must request removal of your information. Contact your Human Resources representative if you are an employee. Students must contact the Registrar’s Office to request confidentiality. Requests are normally processed and made effective the day that they are received.
Students should be aware that a request for confidentiality may create unintended side effects. For example, if a prospective employer were to contact the Registrar’s Office to verify a student’s status, then the employer could not receive confirmation that the student attends Penn State. Likewise, if a student were to apply for a credit card with a company that attempted to verify student status, then the Registrar’s Office would be unable to confirm the information.
Directory options are available at eLion.
For details, please refer to the following:
- Policy AD11: University Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records.
- Additional information can be found at ITS Policies, Guidelines and Laws.