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Code of Virginia § 23.1-405(C)

What is HB1?

Virginia House Bill 1 (HB1), which takes effect July 1, 2018, as Code of Virginia Section 23.1-405(C), prohibits a university 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 or the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) unless the student has affirmatively consented in writing to the disclosure.

Key points regarding this bill:

  • This legislation covers students in all academic program levels: undergraduate, master's, doctoral, first professional and certificate.
  • Faculty will continue to have access to contact information for all students in their courses. They just will not be able to share student email addresses, physical addresses and phone numbers with other students or third parties without the student's written consent.
  • Faculty and staff will be able to share this information with other faculty or staff members for University-related purposes.
  • Students will no longer be able to find contact information for another student through the directory or through the Google Address List.

Other commonly asked questions about this legislation include: