What is the Solomon Amendment?
The Solomon Amendment is a federal law that requires institutions that receive certain federal funding to grant military recruiters access to campus and fulfill their requests for student recruitment information. The Department of Education has determined the Solomon Amendment supersedes most elements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and therefore an institution is obligated to release data included on the list of student recruitment information.
Student Recruiting Information or “Solomon Information”
Student recruiting information, or Solomon Information, is defined by the Solomon Amendment and is independent of FERPA directory information designated by MGCCC although some information items may match.
- Email Address
- Age and Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Major (Field of Study)
- Degrees Received
Procedure for Releasing Solomon Information
Under the Solomon amendment, information will be released for military recruitment purposes only. The military recruiters may request student recruitment information once each term for each of the 12 eligible units within the five branches of the service:
Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard
Navy, Navy Reserve
Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard
Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
Requests must identify in writing the unit of service that is requesting the information and specify whether the information needed is for a current or previous term.