WSU Directory Information and Privacy

“Directory Information” at WSU includes the student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, age in years, place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees and dates awarded, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.

The name(s) and address(es) of the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) may be disclosed when used for an official university news release about the student’s receipt of degrees or awards or about participation in officially recognized activities or sports. Parent name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address is designated as directory information for the limited purpose of disclosure to the Wichita State University Foundation, Inc. to support programs and activities of the institution and the WSU Foundation.

Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of “directory information” (on an all or none basis) to non-institutional persons or organizations. Students have an option to protect their privacy and not have such information released by completing a written request.

The form to prevent the release of directory information is available from the Office of the Registrar, 102 Jardine Hall, or call (316) 978-3090 to have one mailed or faxed. The completed form is returned to the Registrar’s Office with a readable copy of one of the student’s government issued photo IDs, such as a driver’s license. The form is processed by the business day after it is received.

Withholding directory information applies to ALL the items above and excludes the student from the online directory, which is available on the WSU website to anyone with a myWSU ID. It also has other ramifications. Students should consider very carefully the consequences of any decision to withhold directory information to outside parties. Doing so could be a disadvantage should a lender, insurance company, employer, etc., want to quickly verify a student’s enrollment or graduation. It also excludes a student from the Dean’s Honor Roll or graduation lists that are sent to the media.

The institution will honor a student’s request to withhold directory information, but cannot assume responsibility to contact students for subsequent permission to release it. Regardless of the effect on a student, the institution assumes no liability for honoring instructions to withhold information.

The same form and process is also used to remove a previous "do not disclose" instruction. Requests for non-disclosure may be filed anytime. Requests will be honored until withdrawn.