"Directory information" is defined by VMI to include a cadet's name, home address, VMI box number, VMI email address, telephone number, photograph, date and place of birth, honors and awards, participation in VMI recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, major field of study, ROTC unit affiliation and dates of attendance.
Other than cadet address, telephone number, and email address, directory information may be released by VMI unless a cadet specifically requests to "opt out" of directory information release before the end of the first week of the fall semester. Opt out requests must be made in writing to the Director of Communications and Marketing and remain in effect until rescinded by the cadet, including after graduation.
In accordance with Virginia Code § 23.1-405(C), VMI will not release pursuant to the FERPA directory information exception, 34 C.F.R. § 99.31(a)(11), cadet address, telephone number, or email address unless the cadet has affirmatively consented in writing to such disclosure. VMI will obtain written consent to include cadet address, telephone number, and email address in any directory searchable by the public or any VMI internal directory.
In accordance with Virginia Code § 2.2-3705.4(B), VMI will not release cadet address, phone number, or email address in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request without written consent of the cadet. VMI reserves the right to deny requests for cadet directory information from any individual or entity external to the VMI community.
See General Order 9, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Student Records Policy, for more detailed information on VMI's FERPA policies.