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About This Directory

This electronic directory contains information about students, faculty, and staff at Penn State. In addition to the information commonly found in telephone books, this directory also contains information such as e-mail addresses and links to Personal Web pages, if they exist. In order to use this directory, your browser must support on-line forms. Note that information obtained here is not guaranteed to be accurate. Fields containing information such as e-mail addresses, Web page URLs, and fax numbers are user-editable and may not accurately reflect employee data supplied by Human Resources or student data supplied by the Registrar's Office. Use this data at your own risk. For more information, see Directory Services in the document, Your Guide to Information Technology Services at Penn State.

How to Search

Enter the information of the person you want to look up in the box, choose long or short results and then click on the "Search" button. Do not include any commas, periods etc. Do not use nicknames in the name fields. (ie. "mike" will not work in the "name" fields for "michael"). You can also use the wildcard character "*" to search. (ie. "micha*" will work for "michael"). Matching in ldap is done on a word-by-word basis (ie. "john" does not match "john-son" but "john*" will match "john-son" ). Note that "name" is not restricted to that of an individual. It can also be, in part or full, that of a facility or an organization, e.g. "accounts" would return information on the "Accounts Office." However, not every department has an entry in this database.

Confidentiality Requests

Some information about students and employees is considered directory information. Directory information may be publicly shared by the institution unless the individual takes formal action to restrict its release. See The Confidentiality and Security of Student Records and Policy AD11: University Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records. If you prefer not to be listed in Penn State's phone directory, you must request removal of your information.

  • If you are an employee, contact your Human Resources representative. (Human Resources Representatives can contact the AIS Support Center at 814 863-2276 or ais-support@psu.edu for help resolving complicated LDAP issues related to name, ID, campus, phone, address, department, and title.)
  • If you are a student, go to the Registrar's Office, show your student ID, and request confidentiality. Requests are normally processed and made effective the day that they are received. Students should be aware that a request for confidentiality may have some undesirable side effects. For example, if a prospective employer were to contact the Registrar's Office to verify a student's status, the employer could not receive confirmation that the student was attending Penn State. Likewise, if a student were to apply for a credit card with a company that wanted to verify that the applicant was a Penn State student, the Registrar's Office again could not confirm the information.

How To Update Information

Students can change their telephone number and address by going to eLion. Students wanting to change other online directory information can do so in the directory on the ITS secure server.

Faculty/staff can change their telephone number and address by working with the Office of Human Resources representative. Faculty Staff wanting to change other online directory information can do so in the directory on the ITS secure server.

Departments and Locations

For a list of locations with addresses, phone numbers, and contact information, see Penn State locations. For detailed department listings, search the Penn State Directory of Departments. For assistance, call Penn State information at 814-865-4700.

About LDAP

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a method for providing directory information, which was made available in mid-January, 2001. Academic Services and Emerging Technologies (ASET) has implemented LDAP as a replacement for the directory server ph.psu.edu. While Ph has served the University community well, the international technical community has created LDAP as a standardized way of interchanging such information in a standardized manner. This enables new services at Penn State and will make it easier to add friends and colleagues at other institutions to your e-mail address book. Additional information and instructions for configuring clients to use LDAP are via the informational Web site for this service.


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