APUS Directory Information
Although most information contained in a student’s educational record is confidential, some of that information is not considered under FERPA to be harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed and is referred to as directory information. APUS considers the following to be directory information for the purposes of FERPA and may be released without student consent:
Student identification (ID) number
Major field of study
Dates of attendance
Level (undergraduate or graduate)
Class standing/Classification (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior)
Registration Status (Full-time, Part-time, or Not Currently Enrolled)
Degrees, honors (including Dean's and President's Lists), and awards received
City/State/Country of residence
Photographic or videotaped image
Projected Conferral Date (if available)
Directory Information Block (DIB)
FERPA also gives a student the right to block public display and release of directory information. Students who request for APUS to apply such block should be aware of the following:
APUS will not acknowledge the existence of any student with an active DIB.
A DIB will prevent the student from being listed as having attended APUS and APUS from acknowledging that a student is currently enrolled at the University. The only exceptions involve the US government, US law enforcement, or APUS officials with legitimate educational interest including the need to maintain School operation.
A DIB will keep a student from being listed in any APUS publications, including the APUS Commencement Book.
A DIB at the time of graduation prevents the student from being listed among APUS alumni.
Directory Information Block and Authorized Access for APUS School Officials
Students who request a DIB should also be aware that this request does not restrict administrative access to their information when there is a legitimate educational interest. For example, a DIB will not keep advisors from seeing the students’ information or prevent the students from being shown in their online class tools as long as use of such tools is restricted to members of the class.
The student is responsible for maintaining current contact information such as e-mail address(es) and phone number(s) in the student account because the information along with the student ID is used as the primary means of identification for communication purposes.
The student is responsible for safeguarding email account login information and student password. APUS shall not be responsible for the misuse of passwords by any person.
The student is responsible for revoking the DIB. The student must e-mail FERPA@apus.edu to revoke the block.
How to Request a Directory Information Block
Students who do not wish to allow disclosure of directory information should e-mail their requests to FERPA@apus.edu. Once processed, a DIB will be placed in the account. Once set, it will remain in place until the student authorizes its removal. The e-mail requesting to revoke the block must be received by the Office of Student Records at FERPA@apus.edu.