The Solomon Amendment is a federal law that allows military recruiters to access certain information on students age 17 and older.
The Department of Education has determined the Solomon Amendment supersedes most elements of FERPA. An institution is therefore obligated to release data included in the list of “student recruiting information,” which may or may not match Loyola University Chicago’s FERPA directory information list.
However, if the student has submitted a request to restrict the release of Directory Information, then no information from the student's education record will be released under the Solomon Amendment. Detailed information on withholding Directory Information is located on the Office of Registration and Record website.
Definition - "Student Recruitment Information" or "Solomon Information":
Email (electronic mail address provided by the institution)
Telephone (not specific if local or permanent)
Age and date of birth
Place of birth
Level of education
Educational institution in which the student was most recently enrolled
Procedure for releasing information to military recruiter:
Under the Solomon Amendment, information will be released for military recruitment purposes only. The military recruiters may request student recruitment information once a term from each of the five branches of the armed services:
- 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
The request should be submitted in writing on letterhead clearly identifying the unit of service requesting. It should specify the Solomon Information needed, and the term. The request can be submitted to email@example.com .