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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.



Giving Good Advice

Relating to Students

Problem Solving with Students

Referring Students to Campus Resources