Virginia Tech's people search database, also known as Hokie Stalker, has recently changed their privacy settings for all students and staff.
The database is accessed from the Tech website via a search bar in the upper right-hand corner. It holds contact information for nearly all current students and faculty.
The average search will turn up a Hokie's name, major, email address, local phone number and local address. Since it was created, the default setting was for all faculty and students information to be public unless they adjusted their privacy settings, but that's recently been changed.
"We wanted to make sure it was the student's choice how much information was on the site, not the university's," said Susan Brooker-Gross, director for policy and communications for Tech's IT department.
As of December, the default is now private unless a student accesses their my.vt.edu account and changes their availability. The change hasn't been noticeable until the beginning of the fall semester, as it only applies to new students.
Even though the recent change affects roughly a quarter of the student population, few students have noticed.
"I didn't notice the change, but I'm not generally searching for freshmen when I use it," said Laura Ransone, a senior in hospitality and tourism management.
To change the privacy settings, visit the my.vt.edu website. After logging in, click the link under "Contact Info" that reads "Manage your Profile Visibility." There, you can use check boxes to adjust how much information is available.