The Solomon Amendment is a federal law that allows military recruiters to access some address, biographical, and academic program information on students age 17 or older who have not filed any FERPA restrictions. The Department of Education has determined the Solomon Amendment supersedes most elements of FERPA. As a federally funded institution Caltech is obligated to release, through the Office of the Registrar, student contact data to U.S. military recruiters when requested, and for military recruitment purposes only. The student directory information that the military is entitled to under the law includes a student's name, address, telephone, age and date of birth, place of birth, level of education, academic major, degrees received, and educational institution in which the student was most recently enrolled.
Military recruiters may request student information for recruitment purposes once each term for each of the 12 eligible units within the five branches of the service. Only those students with requests to restrict directory information will be excluded. Information on restricting directory information can be found here.