Solomon Amendment - Military Recruiter Access to Student Information
Solomon Amendment (10 U.S.C. § 983) is a federal law that allows United States military recruiters to access certain address, biographical, and academic program information for students age 17 and older.
The Department of Education has determined that the Solomon Amendment supersedes most elements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The college is therefore obligated to release data included in the Solomon Amendment list of “student recruiting infor¬mation.”
FERPA blocks: If the student has submitted a request to Pirate Central to block or restrict the release of all information, then no information from the student's education record will be released under the Solomon Amendment.
For more information on the college’s definition of FERPA directory information, see at https://pencol.edu/student-rights-policies-and-procedures/confidentiali…
Definition of what information Solomon Amendment covers
A Solomon Amendment request covers the following. The list is sometimes referred to as the “Solomon student recruitment information list” or the "Solomon information list.”
- Place of birth
- Level of education
- Academic major
- Degrees or certificates received
- Educational institution in which the student was most recently enrolled
Procedure for Pirate Central in Releasing Information to a United States Military Recruiter
- Only Pirate Central is authorized to release information under the Solomon Amendment, and any information will be released only for United States military recruitment purposes.
- United States military recruiters may request student recruitment information no more than once each term for eligible units within the branches of United States military. As of 2021, authorized military branches and their units are:
- Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard (also known as the Air National Guard and Air Guard)
- Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard
- Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
- Marine Corp, Marine Corp Reserve
- Navy, Navy Reserve
- The request should be submitted in writing (paper or digital) on letterhead clearly identifying the unit of service requesting the student recruitment information.
- The request should specify whether the information needed is for the current or previous term.
- This procedure is a summary of key points of the process. Any other points would be given to military recruiters upon making requests to Pirate Central.
Note: the U.S. Space Force (authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act during the 2020 fiscal year) is not specified in the Solomon Amendment language.