HB1 Guidance

Changes Due to HB1

  • To comply with the law and protect student privacy, student email addresses will be redacted from PeopleFinder and MasonLive on November 15, 2018.
  • See Student FAQs or Faculty and Staff FAQs for more information.

What is the Code of Virginia § 23.1-405 (C)?

  • Virginia House Bill 1 (HB1) took effect on July 1, 2018, as Code of Virginia section 23.1-405(C).
  • This law prohibits a university from disclosing a student’s email address, physical address or phone number under the directory information exception in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), or the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), unless the student has affirmatively consented in writing to the disclosure.
  • The bill includes all students regardless of academic program levels: undergraduate, graduate, certificates, non-degree and continuing education.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to have access to students enrolled in their courses and participating in Mason activities, but may not share student email addresses, physical addresses and phone numbers to third parties (including other student’s) without the student’s written consent.
  • The full text of the bill can be found here: Code of Virginia section 23.1-405(C)

Providing Consent

  • Students can provide consent by submitting the  HB1 Opt-In Form.
  • See Student FAQs for more information on why you should allow Mason to share your contact information.

If you have additional questions regarding Code of Virginia section 23.1-405(C) please contact the FERPA Compliance Office in the Office of the Registrar at ferpa@gmu.edu

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