Section 3: Guiding Students Through the Plan
Knowing the Rules
The Undergraduate Catalog contains most of the information relating to policies and regulations that both students
and advisors need to know. This section of the Handbook is intended to supplement
the information in the Catalog. Further information and clarification is available
from the Office of the Registrar and specific College Advising Centers.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part
99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law
applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S.
Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records.
These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends
a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred
are "eligible students.
- Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education
records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records
unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible
students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
- Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records
which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend
the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing.
After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent
or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth
his or her view about the contested information.
- Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student
in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA
allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties
or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31)
The scheduling and registration process is a joint effort involving departments, through
department chairs, and the administration. The process begins with the development
of the catalog. TTU's catalog contains only the course descriptions, but not the listing
of course offerings by term for the next academic year. The catalog is distributed
at the beginning of New Student Orientation in order to be used for the summer, the
period when new students plan for their first semester. The catalog is also published
online for convenience. After students meet with their advisor during Advanced Registration
their hold is removed on TechNet which allows registration. Students who do not meet
with their advisor can be blocked from registration because the advising hold will
not be removed. When students register via the web, it is a "live" registration. Please
note: some College's do not require their students to see an advisor to have a hold
removed but it is still recommended for students. Advisors need to be aware of the
- School officials with legitimate educational interest;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
- Accrediting organizations;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
- State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific
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