What is the Solomon Amendment?
Posted: April 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm, Last Updated: December 18, 2020 at 1:43 pm
The Solomon Amendment is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education to provide “student recruitment 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. The Department of Education has determined that the Solomon Amendment supersedes FERPA and even if a university has a policy of not releasing student directory information it is obligated comply with requests for “student recruiting information”.
Students are not permitted to restrict the release of their “Student Recruiting Information” specifically to the military, but if a student choses to withhold the release of all directory information under FERPA by completing the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Student Information colleges may not release it to the military either.
At Mason student recruiting information includes the following:
- Address (permanent)
- Telephone (permanent)
- 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.
The information shared is confidential and is to be used for military recruiting purposes only. Student data must be destroyed once used.
Procedure for Requesting Student Recruiting Information
Requests for “student recruiting information” can be made online using our Solomon Amendment Request Form for each of the 12 eligible units within the five branches of service:
Army: Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard
Navy: Navy, Navy Reserve
Marine Corps: Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
Air Force: Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard
Coast Guard: Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
If you prefer, you may send requests via fax or postal mail, on military letterhead which clearly identifies the military recruiting branch or office to:
Office of the University Registrar
4400 University Drive, MSN 3D1
Fairfax, VA 22030