[TACRAO] Listserv Legit Honor Society?

Lynda Langham llangham at sfasu.edu
Wed Oct 9 10:43:50 CDT 2019

With some of the organizations requesting this type of information, we provide our President's and Deans' list information. It is directory information, so that response is very straightforward. With some that are more specific, the organization requesting the information is provided with a blind distribution email address that contains the students who meet the criteria. They can email the students, who can then respond if interested. The list of recipients is not available to the requestor. We can make other arrangements through Student Affairs if the requestor wants to physically mail the students.

Lynda Langham | Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Stephen F. Austin State University
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From: tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu <tacrao-bounces at tamuc.edu> On Behalf Of Betsy Gooding
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2019 9:29 AM
To: tacrao at tamuc.edu
Subject: [TACRAO] Listserv Legit Honor Society?

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Good morning, my TACRAO friends!

I've had an open records request from the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS). The organization would like to obtain directory information for any students who have a GPA of 3.33 or higher so that they can contact these students to extend a membership invitation for the low, low price of $80. I provided something similar to them last spring, but then received a slew of emails from students and from some faculty members questioning the legitimacy of the organization and providing me with copies of the email that showed they were making it appear that they were somehow affiliated with our college. Hard lesson learned.

I've always held the belief that if our institution receives an open records directory request, we are bound by law to provide the information requested as long as the student has not requested a block on the release of his/her information. Other than the very questionable appropriation of our institution's name in their marketing, do I have any legal standing to deny the request? And do any of you have actual local chapters of this organization on your campus (as they claim on their website)?

Would love to get some feedback. I've been sitting on this request for a couple of days, trying to decide how to handle.

Happy Wednesday! :)

Betsy Gooding
PO Box 1307, Mount Pleasant, TX 75456-1307
(903) 434-8139 - Office

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