The information your institution provides is considered directory information. Directory Information is further explained on the U.S. Department of Education site here.
The information in Merit is addressed under FERPA’s “directory information” clause. Directory information, such your name, graduation year, activities and other “nuts and bolts” facts are not required to be private according to FERPA.
Your Merit Page was created for you by your institution in compliance with their FERPA policy, but you can control who and how people can discover your Merit page.
You can adjust your search settings by checking or un-checking the option that says "Make my Merit page searchable."
- If "Make my Merit page searchable." is checked, your Merit page can be found through the search feature on meritpages.com.
- If "Make my Merit page searchable" is un-checked, your Merit Page will remain active, but only found by clicking a direct link, which you can provide to friends, family, and future employers.
Allow others to follow me
Your friends, family, future employers, past professors, and others can sign up to follow your Merit Page, which will send them an email update each time your Merit Page is updated. By disabling this feature, the Follow button on your Merit page will be removed.
Adjust follow settings:
After you have connected your social media accounts, you can manipulate whether or not your achievements are automatically posted, and to which account.
In this case, your achievements would be automatically posted to Twitter, but not to Facebook or LinkedIn.
Opting out of Merit will delete your Merit Page, and you will no longer receive email notification anytime your Merit Page is updated.
You can opt back in to Merit at anytime. Contact us to opt back in to Merit.