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Frequently Asked Questions for Students about Code of Virginia ยง 23.1-405(C)

How does this legislation impact me as a student?

Virginia Code §23.1-405 prohibits the University of Richmond from disclosing a student’s email address, physical address, or telephone number under the exception in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for directory information unless the disclosure is to other University of Richmond students for educational purposes or University business and operations (including the activities of registered student organizations), as long as that student has not requested "Confidentiality" or has given written consent for the disclosure. This restriction also applies to the University’s disclosure of one student’s information to another student.

As a student, how do I find out another student's contact information?

Virginia Code §23.1-405 prohibits the University from sharing the email address, address, and phone number of a student who has requested "Confidentiality" and has not given consent to that disclosure.  You may obtain a classmate's contact information directly from them or from a list or directory if they have not requested "Confidentiality."

What about sharing information with people off-campus? ion

That is not allowed. This law only permits disclosure of student's email address, physical address, or telephone number to other members of the University community for educational purposes or University business and operations. In addition, the University's Standards of Student Conduct Policy (Section III. B. 6. k) prohibits students from "Providing information about a Member of the University Community to organization or individuals that are not affiliated with the University without the member’s permission."    

As a student, am I able to send group emails to other students?

As a best practice, a student may want to put other students' email addresses in the blind copy (bcc) field or seek permission before publishing the contact information of others.