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By Marc Witkin

The Freshman Register will no longer contain students' home addresses because of a new University policy brought on by the open-files law.

The law, which went into effect last November, requires schools receiving government aid to allow students access to their files. It also requires the University to notify students of what information it publishes about them in its directories.


The directory information, listed in a memorandum Dean Whitlock sent to all Harvard-Radcliffe students yesterday, includes dates of attendance, secondary school, college address, degrees and field of concentration.

Any student may have the information about himself that the University considers public suppressed, Whitlock said.

The Administrative Board decided last week that it is "not proper" to provide in the Freshman Register students' addresses without their consent, although if they wish students could indicate that information by listing it, Whitlock said.

In the future, the register will contain only a freshman's hometown, in addition to his name and expected concentration.

Whitlock said publication of this year's Centrex telephone directory was held up until the dean's office could release its definition of public information about students. Centrex will advertise in The Crimson that students wishing to delete their college phone number and address from Harvard's listings should contact the telephone service, Whitlock said.

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