What is the Solomon Amendment?

Posted: April 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm, Last Updated: October 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Per the Solomon Amendment, institutions of higher education are required to provide “student recruiting information” for all students who are at least seventeen (17) years of age and enrolled for at least one credit hour at their institution to military recruiters. Please note that the Solomon Amendment supersedes FERPA and even if a university has a policy of not releasing “directory information” it must comply with requests for “student recruiting information”.

At Mason Student Recruiting Information includes the following:

  • Name
  • Address (permanent)
  • Telephone (permanent)
  • Email
  • Age
  • Major
  • Level or UG Class (GR, Senior, Junior, ND, etc.)

Information released will be for the current semester. If the request is received between semesters, the information will be for the upcoming semester. Further, any student who has placed a “confidential hold” on their record will be excluded under FERPA.

Procedure for Requesting Student Recruiting Information


Solomon Amendment Request

Requests for “student recruiting information” can be made online using our Solomon Amendment Request Form.

If you prefer, you may send requests via fax or postal mail, on military letterhead which clearly identifies the military recruiting branch or office.
Office of the University Registrar
4400 University Drive, MSN 3D1
Fairfax, VA 22030
Fax: 703-993-4668

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