Standards for the Classification Of University Information

These standards set out the requirements for classifying information as Restricted, Private, or Public. 

Information must be classified as Public if:

It can be freely disseminated to anyone without risk to the University
It may be published on generally available public web sites. 


  • Press Releases
  • Course schedules
  • Event Calendars
  • Information regarding admissions requirements
  • Information regarding academic programs

Information must be classified as Private if:

It has the potential for significant negative impact to the University if disclosed:

It is restricted by policy or agreement to the members of the University Community:


  • Donor agreements
  • Negotiations
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Agreements in progress
  • Board documents

Information must be classified as Restricted if:

  • Its use, storage, or distribution is governed by law or regulation. 

  • Its use, storage, or distribution is governed by agreement to which Georgetown is a party. 

  • Unauthorized access or disclosure could result in substantial risk of harm:

  • By jeopardizing Health, Safety and Welfare of individuals

  • To the University as a whole, or to one or more of its components


  • Information legally protected by FERPA, GLBA, HIPAA/HITECH, State and local Information Breach laws
  • Information classified as Secret, Top Secret, or otherwise restricted by a government agency
  • Identified human subject research data
  • Non-Disclosure agreement
  • Contract