Academic Policies and Regulations
Academic standards exist at every college and university. Many are common throughout higher education and others are specific to a particular campus. Standards are both an indicator of general educational quality and a means by which an individual student's achievement and progress can be measured. Susquehanna's academic year is composed of 30 weeks of instructional time, and in each semester a full-time student must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of credit. To receive the full benefit of a Susquehanna education, each student has these basic responsibilities:
- To attend class regularly (if a student misses the equivalent of two weeks of class in a 14-week course or one week of class in a seven-week course, the faculty member may remove the student from the course with a final grade of F),
- To meet frequently with the faculty adviser,
- To make steady progress toward graduation, and ·
- To understand and follow university policies outlined in this catalog and the Student Handbook.
Advising and Course Selection. Academic advising is one of the most important services available at a college or university. The process helps students plan an educational program that satisfies their individual needs.
First-year and transfer students at Susquehanna first meet their advisers during Orientation. Their initial discussions focus on course choices and the university in general. After that, students meet with their advisers as often as necessary—at least once each semester. These are opportunities to talk about academic goals and decide upon a major. Advisers can also help students gain approval for independent study and find out more about off-campus study programs. While academic advisers may provide guidance and support as described here, students are ultimately responsible for their academic choices and the consequences of those choices.
In March and November, students register for the upcoming semester after selecting their courses with the guidance of their advisers. In addition, during the first two days of each semester, all students go through a mandatory electronic registration check-in process.
Susquehanna reserves the right to limit the size of any course. Students majoring in a department are normally given enrollment priority in that department's courses required for the major. Every effort is made to accommodate individual needs, but the university cannot guarantee placement in a specific course in a particular semester.
Adding and Dropping Courses. Students may change their course schedules through mySU during the drop/add period.
Students may withdraw from a course through mySU and receive a grade of W until the end of the third week of the semester in full-semester courses or the end of the eighth day of classes in seven-week courses. For first-semester, first-year students, the withdrawal period is extended to six weeks for full-semester courses and three weeks for seven-week courses. After these dates, students may obtain a special late-course withdrawal and still receive a grade of W in a full-semester course until the end of the 10th week of the semester and in a seven-week course until the end of the fifth week of the course. A student may use this special late-withdrawal option for a maximum of 12 semester hours of credit while at SU. To take advantage of the option, the student must fill out a special late-withdrawal form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by the appropriate deadlines. After the times indicated above, students may withdraw from a course only for extraordinary circumstances, such as medical emergency or family crisis, as approved by the Dean of Academic Achievement; in such situations, the student must provide written validation from the appropriate authority. In all other cases, the instructor will assign a final grade. Failure to attend class does not in itself constitute withdrawal, and students who stop attending a class without going through the official withdrawal procedures will receive a final grade for the course, with Fs being factored in for all missing coursework.
Dropping a course can delay graduation and may affect a student's eligibility for financial assistance, for insurance or for some academic honors.
All students are responsible for their own enrollment. Failure to add, drop or withdraw from a course properly may result in no credits awarded and/or a failing grade.
Course Loads. The normal course load for a full-time student is 16 semester hours (typically four courses) per semester. Students may take 12 to 18 semester hours each semester without losing their full-time status. Students may take more than 18 semester hours and up to a total of 24 semester hours with the permission of their adviser if they do not have any outstanding grades of EC, I or N and meet a specified GPA. This option is open to seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher and underclassmen with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Other students in good academic standing without grades of EC, I or N need approval from the dean of their school to exceed 18 semester hours. Students who have a cumulative GPA below 2.00 are not eligible to take an overload under any circumstances.
Semester Hour. A "semester hour," used interchangeably for Susquehanna courses with "credit hour," is a course unit normally involving three to four hours of student effort per week during one 14-week semester. This includes both in-class contact hours and out-of-class activities. The major parameters influencing the in-class/out-of-class division include the mode of instruction and the level of the course. A special or compressed term shall meet a number of hours per credit equivalent to a semester but in a compressed or extended time frame, as determined by the registrar in consultation with the provost.
Independent Study is an option for students who would like to investigate a topic not covered by the regular curriculum. It can also provide an opportunity for more in-depth research on an issue raised in another course. To qualify for independent study, a student must have completed 48 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Independent study also requires written approval of the supervising faculty member and of the head of the department offering the course. Other students who are in good academic standing and who have no grades of EC, I or N may attempt an independent study if they also receive permission from the dean of the appropriate school. Individual faculty and departments may establish higher standards of eligibility. Normally an independent study project earns from two to four semester hours of credit.
Internships. Most academic disciplines offer internships during the junior or senior year. These work experiences allow students to apply what they have learned in courses to the real world of professional organizations. A faculty intern adviser and a supervisor in the place of work design internships together, and each evaluates the student's performance following completion of the internship.
Before arranging an internship, the student consults the academic department in which credit is to be earned. Department faculty must approve the student for the internship and determine the nature of the academic responsibilities and the amount of credit. Academic good standing (2.00 GPA or better) is required for all internships. Many departments require a 2.50 GPA or better for internship approval. Students must complete and submit to the Office of the Registrar a Student Learning Contract before beginning their internship. The university will not grant retroactive internship credit.
Students participating in summer internships for academic credit pay 50 percent tuition on a credit-hour basis. Normally, the university awards one to four semester hours for a summer internship. Summer internship credit is registered through the Office of the Registrar.
Practica are typically unpaid work assignments required in conjunction with a major program. Student teaching within the Department of Education is one example of a practicum experience. Practica typically involve supervised experience and training in professional, academic, clinical, community and research settings. Faculty from their major department inform and guide students in the practicum requirements. Internships or practica are possible for any Susquehanna student who meets the basic eligibility requirements. Interested students should consult their faculty advisers or department heads.
Attendance Policy. It is the university's policy that when a student has accumulated more absences than weekly class meetings in any particular course during the semester, the faculty member may warn the student in writing of the consequences of additional absences. When a total absence accumulation has reached the equivalent of two weeks' class meetings (one week's class meetings for a seven-week course), the faculty member may award a grade of F, which automatically withdraws the student from the course. As with any grade, appeal may be made through normal channels if gross unfairness or illegal discrimination is alleged.
Each faculty member may choose to establish more stringent or less stringent attendance requirements than those set by the university or to abide by the university's policy. In either case, for each course the attendance policy must be clearly stated in the syllabus and distributed on the first day of classes.
Participation in university-sponsored events does not constitute an automatic excused absence from classes. The instructor may require student attendance if, in the context of the course, this appears to be in the student's best interest. In any case, the student is responsible for informing the instructor of an intended absence as early as possible and at least by the class period preceding that absence. If circumstances make such notification impossible, the student must see the instructor on the first day of returning to class.
Grades and Grading. Normally, the instructor is the final authority for all grades. Grades are changed only in the event of error, and changes require authorization by the faculty member and approval by the dean of the appropriate school. All grade changes must be submitted within one month from the end of the semester in which the grade is assigned. A student may not raise a final grade by doing additional assignments after the course has concluded or by revising previously submitted assignments. Any grade conflict that cannot be resolved between the faculty member and the student shall be referred to the department head. If the conflict cannot be resolved at the departmental level, the issue may be referred to the dean of the school.
Grading System and the GPA. Each letter grade from A to F carries a designated number of quality points per semester hour. These points are used to calculate the grade point average (GPA). To determine the GPA for each semester, the number of quality points earned that semester is divided by the number of semester hours taken that semester. To compute the cumulative GPA, all quality points earned at Susquehanna are divided by all semester hours attempted.
The following values are used in the computation of quality points:
|A||4.00 quality points|
|A-||3.67 quality points|
|B+||3.33 quality points|
|B||3.00 quality points|
|B-||2.67 quality points|
|C+||2.33 quality points|
|C||2.00 quality points|
|C-||1.67 quality points|
|D+||1.33 quality points|
|D||1.00 quality points|
|D-||0.67 quality points|
|F||0.00 quality points|
The following grades carry no quality points and do not affect the GPA:
|S||Satisfactory (C- or higher)|
|U||Unsatisfactory (D+ or lower)|
|TR||Credit (credit by examination or transfer credit from other institutions)|
|N||Not Reported (final grade delayed for administrative reasons)|
|CIP||Course in Progress|
Coursework accepted for transfer from other institutions will be recorded only as credit earned toward graduation. It will not be included in the student's GPA.
Extended Course (EC) Grades. Some courses, especially senior seminars and advanced research courses, may require more than one semester to complete. In such cases, the instructor will give a temporary grade of EC. Students then submit all remaining work by the end of the next fall or spring semester or before graduation, whichever is earlier. Students who fail to complete all assignments by the required date will be graded on the work submitted up to that point. Grades of zero or F may be calculated for missing assignments.
Incomplete (I) Grades. Occasionally an illness or family emergency may prevent a student from completing all assignments before the end of the course. Under these circumstances a professor may award the temporary grade of I. If the I is for a seven-week course in the first half of the semester, the student must complete all outstanding work by the end of the 14th week of classes. If the I is for a full-semester course or a seven-week course in the second half of the semester, the student must complete all outstanding work within the first two weeks of the next fall or spring semester. Extensions of this deadline must be approved by the instructor and filed with the registrar. Students who do not finish all assignments by the required date will be graded on the work submitted up to that point. Grades of zero or F may be calculated for missing assignments.
The S/U Option. Susquehanna encourages students to explore different disciplines and pursue new interests by enrolling in a wide variety of courses. The S/U, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory, option allows students to take an elective in an area in which they have had little or no prior experience without taking a chance of lowering their GPA. Under the S/U option, students who earn a grade of C- or higher receive a grade of S, or satisfactory. Students who earn a grade of D+ or lower receive a grade of U, or unsatisfactory. Neither grade is calculated into the student's GPA, but a course completed with a grade of U does not earn credit toward graduation.
Students must officially declare their intention to use the S/U option according to the deadlines listed in the academic calendar, by submitting a completed S/U form to the Office of the Registrar. A student may not take more than four semester hours of S/U coursework in any one semester except in the case of certain internships. A maximum of 10 semester hours of electives may be taken on an S/U basis. Courses graded only on an S/U basis are not included in the S/U maximum total.
Auditing. Another way to take advantage of the university's diverse curriculum is to audit a course. Students who choose the audit option are not required to take examinations. They are expected to attend and participate in class regularly. Audited courses carry no academic credit, but the university does note audited courses on transcripts. Students planning to audit a course must notify the Office of the Registrar before the conclusion of the drop-add period.
Repeating a Course. There are times when students wish to retake a course, either to improve their knowledge or to earn a higher grade. In such cases, the university calculates both grades into the cumulative GPA and records both grades on the transcript. Students will not earn additional credit toward graduation by repeating a course in which they previously received a passing grade.
Credit and Exemption by Examination. Susquehanna recognizes exceptional high school achievement by participating in the Advanced Placement Program of The College Board. Students may earn academic credit and/or exemption from entry-level courses by superior performance on AP examinations. In general, departments award credit for scores of four and five.
As part of an orientation program held on campus during the summer, students with strong skills in foreign language may earn exemption without credit from the university Central Curriculum foreign language requirement.
Some academic departments at Susquehanna also grant credit toward graduation for both the general and the subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Normally, a CLEP score at or above the 50th percentile receives the equivalent of four semester hours of course credit.
Students who earn exemption or credit through examination for a specific course may not subsequently enroll in and receive credit for the same course. They also may not enroll in any lower-level course in the same department without the permission of the department head.
For further information on exemption and placement examinations, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 570-372-4109.
International Baccalaureate Credit Policy. Susquehanna University recognizes the intellectual rigor, high academic standards and emphasis on international understanding and responsible citizenship of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The IB program is an internationally recognized two-year, comprehensive curriculum overseen by the International Baccalaureate Organization, a nonprofit foundation based in Switzerland. The program is available to students between 16 and 19 years of age at numerous domestic and international secondary schools. Recipients of the IB certificate may receive credit for up to two courses in each subject area for which a higher-level examination score of five or more has been achieved, subject to final confirmation by the appropriate university department. Credit for a higher-level examination score of four will be awarded at the discretion of the appropriate university department. No credit will be awarded for subsidiary level examinations.
Coursework at Other Institutions. First-year students, sophomores and juniors may take courses at other nationally accredited institutions and transfer the credit to their record at Susquehanna. Seniors may do so only if they are not in violation of the residence requirement explained below. Students must file a notice with the Office of the Registrar of their intention to take coursework at another college or university, and all such work must be approved in advance by the appropriate department heads. Susquehanna will accept transfer credit only from U.S. institutions that are accredited by federally recognized accrediting agencies. Transfer credit from foreign institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Students must earn a grade of at least C- in courses accepted for transfer. The university does not calculate grades from courses taken at other colleges into a student's Susquehanna GPA, and Susquehanna will not award more transfer credit for a course than the parent institution offered for that course.
Off-Campus Summer School. In keeping with university policy on coursework at other institutions, Susquehanna students may also take summer courses at other institutions. Students planning to do so should complete the necessary form in the Office of the Registrar and provide the associate registrar and appropriate department heads with course descriptions from the other school at least two weeks before the end of the spring semester.
Susquehanna Summer Session. Susquehanna offers a seven-week regular summer session and two four-week intensive summer sessions, featuring a variety of online and on-campus courses, which are available both to Susquehanna degree candidates and to non-degree students. A list of the summer session courses is posted online early in the spring semester. Recent high school graduates who have been admitted to other colleges may enroll in the summer session. They should confer in advance with the college they plan to attend to make certain the credit earned will be transferable. Summer session students who plan to earn a Susquehanna degree should have their applications approved by the Office of Admission.
Academic Honors. The university sponsors a variety of programs to encourage and recognize outstanding academic performance. These include the Dean's List for each semester, honors awards at commencement and the annual University Scholars program.
To graduate with honors, a bachelor's degree student must have completed no fewer than 65 semester hours in residence at Susquehanna.
The cumulative grade point averages required for honors designation at commencement are shown here:
|Magna cum laude||3.60-3.79|
|Summa cum laude||3.80-4.00|
Students who successfully complete the Honors Program, fulfill the semester-hour requirements above and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or better are also awarded University Honors. The university awards departmental honors to recognize students who exhibit superior performance in their major field. Specific requirements for departmental honors appear under department listings.
The Dean's List recognizes students who earn a GPA of 3.40 or better in a particular semester. To be eligible, students must complete at least 12 semester hours and receive a letter grade for at least eight of those hours during the semester. Any student who receives an I during the semester is ineligible.
The university also annually designates University Scholars to recognize superior academic achievement. This honor goes to full-time students who have achieved or maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better after at least one full academic year of study at Susquehanna, or for part-time students who have completed 24 credits at Susquehanna.
* A junior who has attempted more than110 semester hours, including withdrawals, is subject to loss of federal financial aid if his/her GPA is <2.00.
A second semester on warning leads to probation, but warning is not a prerequisite for probation.
In a case of catastrophic academic performance (e.g., D, F or W in all courses for a given term, leading to a term GPA of 1.00 or less), a first-year student may be placed on suspension without having been on probation. Otherwise, a student must be on probation for at least one semester before suspension, and a second semester below the relevant probation criterion leads to suspension.
If a first-year student or sophomore completes a semester on probation above the relevant probation criterion but below the relevant good academic standing criterion, he/she will be continued on probation. Juniors and seniors must return to good academic standing or be liable to suspension.
A student on probation must complete an academic recovery plan with the Center for Academic Achievement, signed by his/her adviser, within the first two weeks of the semester every semester he/she is on probation. The student must meet the academic performance milestones and any other requirements of the plan or be subject to suspension.
A student returning from suspension will be on probation until meeting the criteria for good academic standing and must complete an academic recovery plan. Students returning from suspension are expected to achieve good academic standing by the end of two semesters after being readmitted. If, after two semesters, the student remains below the relevant probation criterion, he/she will normally be permanently suspended from the university. If, after two semesters, the student is above the relevant probation criterion but still below good academic standing, he/she may have a third and final semester to achieve good academic standing.
The first suspension must include at least one semester and one summer and, depending on circumstances, may require two semesters and one summer. If the student again meets the criteria for suspension after readmission, he/she will be permanently suspended from the university.
Warnings are not subject to appeal. Academic probation or suspension may be appealed in writing to the provost. The appeal must include new information that was not available to the Academic Standing Committee and must include a recommendation by the student's adviser and dean. An appeal based on discrimination or on capricious or negligent action by the Academic Standing Committee may also be addressed to the provost.
Graduation Requirements. To earn a baccalaureate degree, a student must do the following:
- Complete 130 semester hours, with at least 65 outside the subject area of the major, (unless the student is pursuing a major accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music or by the Pennsylvania Department of Education which explicitly mandates more credit in a particular department.) 'Subject area' is defined as the subject code listed in the course catalog,
- Satisfy major requirements,
- Fulfill all sections of the university Central Curriculum,
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C average) or better for all courses attempted at Susquehanna and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C average) for all courses in the major, unless the department has a higher standard (unless otherwise indicated in the departmental listings, every course applied to the major will be included in the major GPA calculation),
- Satisfy the university residence requirement, and
- Have program approval from his or her academic adviser and the Office of the Registrar.
Each student is responsible for ensuring the completion of all degree requirements. The university provides an automated degree audit program to help students chart their progress toward graduation and recommends that students periodically check their records and immediately bring any questions or concerns to the Office of the Registrar.
Commencement. Candidates must declare their anticipated graduation date at least two semesters before they intend to graduate. The university expects graduating seniors to attend commencement ceremonies to receive their degrees. Susquehanna will award degrees in absentia only on approval of a written request addressed to the provost.
Students within eight semester hours of completing all the requirements for graduation and in good academic standing are permitted to take part in commencement ceremonies. Students who meet these qualifications and are interesting in participating in the May commencement ceremony should contact the Office of the Registrar by the end of February to confirm their participation.
Residence Requirement. Baccalaureate candidates must take at least 65 semester hours of their total coursework, including 24 of their last 32 semester hours and their major capstone course and any other course a major program may designate, in residence or in approved off-campus programs. At least half the courses applied to a student's major or minor must also be taken in residence. The faculty or the Residence Waiver Committee as its designee must approve any variation from this policy.
Second Bachelor's Degree. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree, whether from Susquehanna or from another institution, must fulfill the following requirements if they wish to enroll at Susquehanna for a second bachelor's degree:
- Be formally admitted to the bachelor's degree program at Susquehanna,
- Complete a minimum of 32 additional semester hours in current residency at Susquehanna,
- Satisfy all the current requirements for the Central Curriculum and for the chosen major, and
- Complete at least half of the coursework for the major, the major capstone course and any other course a major program may designate at Susquehanna.
Any coursework that a student has taken at another college or while earning a first bachelor's degree at Susquehanna must be approved by the appropriate department in order to be applied to the new major.
Susquehanna graduates who wish to complete a second major but who do not wish to earn a second degree need to notify the Office of the Registrar of their intention. Such students must satisfy all of the current requirements for the chosen major and must complete half of the coursework for the major at Susquehanna. Any coursework that the student has taken at another college or while earning a bachelor's degree at Susquehanna must be approved by the appropriate department in order to be applied to the new major. After the student has completed the second major, the double major will be recorded on the transcript.
Dual Degree. Students who complete two majors may be awarded both degrees if they complete a total of 162 hours of coursework. A second degree presumes not just completion of a dual major but the completion of a greater amount of coursework than would be required by one degree. The additional coursework is also needed to give the breadth that a liberal arts education should provide. Students who complete two majors and who do not wish to take a total of 162 semester hours of coursework will be awarded one bachelor's degree.
Accelerated Degree. Most majors, with the exception of accounting, music and elementary education, adapt to Susquehanna's accelerated degree option, which allows highly motivated students to complete degree requirements in three or three and one-half years of study. To complete an accelerated degree, students plan carefully from the beginning to do the following:
- Earn exemption from some first-year courses through placement testing,
- Pursue course overloads when appropriate, and
- Add summer courses at modest cost.
For further details, please contact the Office of Admission.
Transcripts. The Office of the Registrar will issue official transcripts of the student's permanent academic record upon signed request. Susquehanna reserves the right to withhold transcripts of a student who has any outstanding financial obligations to the university.
Leave of Absence. Students may take leaves of absence for personal, medical or financial reasons, or for study at other institutions with which Susquehanna has no formal cooperative program. Any interested student may arrange a leave of absence by filing the appropriate form with the Office of the Registrar. Students in good academic standing may re-enter the university after their leave by writing to the registrar. Students on academic warning or academic probation who take a leave of absence must be formally reinstated by the Academic Standing Committee before they may return to Susquehanna. The procedures for such reinstatement are identical to the procedures for readmission after academic suspension.
Withdrawal from the University. To be eligible for any refunds under the schedule established by Student Financial Services at www.susqu.edu/refund, students must complete the formal withdrawal form available from the Office of the Registrar. Simple departure from campus does not constitute official withdrawal. Students who do not immediately notify the registrar of their intention to withdraw will lose all fees and deposits. Degree candidates who withdraw or take a leave of absence from the university for more than one year are subject to any changes made in their academic program requirements during that time. Students who have left the university for one year or less may fulfill either their original major and distributional requirements or the revised requirements.
Nondegree Students. Students not formally admitted as degree-seeking candidates may enroll in courses as nondegree students with the permission of the registrar. The registrar must approve the nature and amount of coursework based upon the student's prior academic record. Nondegree students may be required to provide a transcript of all previous academic work, and they must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in their Susquehanna courses. If the cumulative GPA falls below this point, the university may refuse permission to pursue further coursework. Enrollment will be on a space-available basis only.
Nondegree students planning to attend the university later as degree candidates should consult the admission staff. This should be done as early as possible to assure proper guidance and to complete the admission process. Nondegree students who have completed 12 semester hours of coursework and who intend to become degree candidates must declare their intention and be properly advised before continuing to enroll in courses at Susquehanna. Students planning to transfer Susquehanna credits elsewhere should obtain prior clearance from the academic dean or registrar of the receiving institution.
Nondegree students are subject to all rules and regulations of the university. They will be graded on the same basis as degree candidates, and the Office of the Registrar will maintain a permanent academic record of all courses attempted or completed. If a student enters the university as a nondegree student and later becomes a degree candidate, the grades earned as a nondegree student are included in the GPA.
Services for Students with Disabilities. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the university makes efforts to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. To be considered for disability accommodations, students should forward recent documentation of their condition to the director of disability services. Full information about the required documentation and steps for obtaining accommodations is discussed in the disabilities policy available at www.susqu.edu/disability-services.
The director of disability services coordinates the programs. The director of facilities management is responsible for physical facilities compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The director of human resources is responsible for employment compliance.
Veterans. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has approved Susquehanna to provide education under the public laws pertaining to veterans, reservists and the children of armed forces personnel who lost their lives in the service of their country. Candidates should present certificates of eligibility and entitlement before registration. Veterans who come to the university without the appropriate certificates may apply after arrival through the Veterans Affairs webpage at www.benefits.va.gov.
Students who are eligible for Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) benefits, and who have provided a Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits to the VA Certifying Official, will not be penalized for any delayed disbursement of funds from the VA. Students will not be assessed late fees, denied access to institutional facilities, or be required to borrow additional funds.
Susquehanna is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. The Yellow Ribbon program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund expenses up to the annual cap as determined by the VA each academic year. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of any remaining tuition, and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. Contact the Office of the Registrar for information on Susquehanna's participation in the Yellow Ribbon program.
The University maintains an online directory listing each student's name, program, class, campus mailbox, and campus email address. The university may release this information, in addition to home and campus address, publicly without prior consent from the student. The university may also release student activities, photographs, home telephone number, dates of attendance and graduation, degrees awarded, honors received, and other educational institutions attended. Weight and height for varsity athletes may also be released. The university may also release photographs of students for use in the news media and in university publications in printed, video and electronic formats. A student may request that any of this information not be released by writing to the vice president for student life.
As of Jan. 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which students' education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records—including Social Security number, grades or other private information—may be accessed without student consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to student records and PII without student consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to students' education records and PII without student consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive PII, but the authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain and share without student consent PII from education records, and they may track student participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about students that they obtain from other federal or state data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service and migrant student records systems.
The university may release academic information to parents of a dependent student at any time.
In accordance with the Student Right-to-Know Act, Susquehanna University publishes the graduation rate of full-time bachelor's degree students. Anyone interested in receiving this information may access it here.