Protection against improper disclosure of information is a serious professional obligation of faculty members and administrative staff, which should be balanced with their obligation to the individual student, the institution and society.  Faculty and staff members will be free to participate in such professional consultation with their colleagues as serves the welfare of the student.  Information may be provided concerning a student’s competence and fitness for a given task, including relevant judgments of character, to other persons within the University who have legitimate grounds for seeking information.  But free inquiry and free expression, which are vital to good education, may be jeopardized by indiscriminate disclosure of information about student’s attitudes, beliefs and political associates which may be acquired in the course of teaching, advising and counseling students.  For additional information, please refer to the Records Policy.