The Solomon Amendment is a federal legislation that permits military recruiters to access specified details of students aged 17 and above.

According to the Department of Education, the Solomon Amendment takes precedence over many aspects of FERPA. Thus, CUNY – Queens College is mandated to provide data that falls under the category of “student recruiting information.” This set of data might differ from Queens College’s FERPA directory list. However, should a student have requested to restrict the release of Directory Information via the University Registrar, no details from the student’s educational record will be divulged in line with the Solomon Amendment.

Comprehensive guidelines on withholding Directory Information can be found on the Office of the University Registrar’s website.

Definition – “Student Recruitment Information” or “Solomon Information”

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone (not specified as local or permanent)
  • Age and date of birth
  • Educational level
  • Field of study
  • Institutional E-mail Address

Procedure for providing information to military recruiters:

In accordance with the Solomon Amendment, details are disclosed exclusively for military recruitment objectives. Military recruiters can solicit student recruitment data once per term or semester for each of the 12 eligible units distributed among the five service branches:

  • 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

Requests should clearly indicate if the data sought pertains to the ongoing or prior semester. For such inquiries, please direct them to Elizabeth D’Amico-Ramirez at