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Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the MIT Student Information Policy, there are certain categories of student information that MIT may disclose to the public without prior consent of the individual. This information is referred to as "directory information" and may be disclosed to persons who inquire of MIT, may be disclosed to local government officials, may be published in the print and online student directories, and may be otherwise disclosed without your prior consent.
The information about MIT students which may be disclosed without their prior consent is:
Items in bold appear in the online and/or printed directories.
If you do not want MIT to disclose any or all of these categories of information about you, you may opt out by submitting a Request to Suppress Directory Information Form. (The form is also available in the Student Services Center, 11-120, or in the Registrar's Office, 5-111.) The deadline for preventing publication in the printed Student Directory is the Friday after Registration Day in the Fall Term.
Your request to suppress directory information remains in effect (even after you leave MIT) until you rescind it in writing.
Suppressing your enrollment and degree information will mean you must provide prior consent before MIT can verify that information to potential employers, insurance companies, landlords, credit card companies, and others who may request it. However, even if you choose to suppress any of the above information, it will be used as needed by MIT employees and outside contractors. The information will still be disclosed if required by law, judicial order or subpoena, including in connection with federal student loans and for international visa purposes.