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Registration Guide Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Registration Information

Student Business Hours

Please call or email individual offices for business hours and availability:

  • Registrar
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Business Services, In-person payments are no longer accepted, but agents are available to review your account and answer questions.
  • Undergraduate Studies, Email undergradstudies@fsu.edu or call (850) 644-2451.
  • Health Compliance, University Health Services (Lobby hours closing daily at 4:00 p.m., phones staffed to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, to 4:00 p.m. on Friday.)

Prior to Registration

  • Log into http://my.fsu.edu to check for any checklists, stops, or holds. Be sure to click through the details of each hold to review the contact information and instructions provided there. Contact your departmental office for any clearances or course authorizations you may need.
  • All undergraduate students are expected to view their Academic Requirements Report in Student Central prior to registration to review degree and major requirements that need to be satisfied.
  • All students are urged to consult their advisor prior to registration, and some academic units mandate advising prior to registration.
  • Health compliance requirements are found at https://uhs.fsu.edu/. The Student Immunization Record may be used to show proof of immunizations. Students may also turn in records from their health care provider. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature on the Student Immunization Record authorizing care at the Wellness Center before the student can be treated. Health insurance compliance can only be completed online at http://studentinsurance.fsu.edu/. Healthcare Compliance gives step-by-step instructions for completing this requirement.

Note: First-time students may be required to register for preparatory Math and/or English courses to complete registration.

University ID Card

FSUCard

The FSUCard serves as your official physical University ID and is used across campus for all things FSU. In order for anyone on campus to identify you as an FSU student, you must always have your FSUCard on you. Keep your FSUCard safe and do not share your information with others. Think of it as your license for campus living!

The FSUCard provides access to the libraries, classrooms, residence halls, buses, campus recreation locations, the testing center, and other campus events. It can also be used for vending, on-campus laundry, printing, purchases at the FSU Bookstore and Computer Store, the UPS Store, and much more.

There is no charge for your initial card. If you should lose or damage the card, the FSUCard Center will replace it for a fee. An FSUCard semi-annual fee of $5.00 applies to students each Fall and Spring semester. The FSUCard Center is located in the Woodward Avenue Parking Garage with the main entrance through the FSU Bookstore and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; (850) 644-7777; or e-mail fsucard@fsu.edu. For more information, visit fsucard.fsu.edu.

FSUCash

All FSUCard holders have an FSUCash account, including students, faculty, and staff. FSUCash is an on-campus “pocket change” account to use for convenience services such as student laundry, library printing, and vending machine purchases, and can be used at Seminole Dining locations, the FSU Bookstore, the UPS Store, and more! It is the only tender accepted at the Center for Testing and Assessment, for student laundry, and for student printing.

FSUCash rolls over from semester to semester and year to year. However, after 12 months of inactivity, a monthly deduction will be taken from the FSUCash account. This fee will not result in a negative balance or affect the card’s other functions. To avoid the automatic deduction, a purchase or deposit can be made. FSUCash refunds are available upon request to fsucard@fsu.edu.

Current FSUCash balances can be checked using http://my.fsu.edu or by downloading the eAccounts mobile app for Android or iOS. For more information, please contact the FSUCard Center (located in the Woodward Avenue Parking Garage), 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; phone: (850) 644-7777; or e-mail: fsucard@fsu.edu. For more information, visit fsucard.fsu.edu.

Library Cards

You will need your FSUCard to get in and out of the libraries, so make sure you keep it handy at all times. From borrowing books and equipment to reserving study rooms, your FSUCard does everything a regular library card does, and more! For more information, visit https://lib.fsu.edu.

Note: Students sixty years of age and older registered for tuition–free courses at Florida State University may obtain a library card by presenting proof of enrollment and identification to the staff at Strozier Library.

Florida State University EMPLID

To better protect the identity of individuals within our campus community, Florida State University creates a unique nine-digit number identifier for each student and employee called the EMPLID. To find your EMPLID, follow the steps below:

  • Login at http://my.fsu.edu and enter Student Central using the SC icon.
  • Your EMPLID is displayed beneath your photo and name on the My Info tile.

Official myFSU E-mail Accounts for All Students at Florida State University

The official method of communication at Florida State University is your myFSU e-mail account. In order to stay informed and aware, you are required to set up and maintain your account and check it regularly. If you choose to have your myFSU official account forwarded to another e-mail account, you are still held responsible for all information distributed by the University to your myFSU account. To activate your myFSU e-mail account, visit http://my.fsu.edu and click the link “Manage FSUID/Password.”

Undergraduate Academic Advisement

All degree-seeking students are expected to participate in academic advising before registering for classes each semester. Students should check their FSU e-mail regularly as that is the main mode of communication advisors use to contact their students. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that s/he has met prerequisites or corequisites for each course in which s/he is enrolled. Further, any changes a student makes to his/her schedule without the advisement of an academic advisor is the responsibility of the student. All permits such as underloads, overloads (see the ‘Course Load’ section of this chapter), graduate course requests while an undergraduate, DIS, modified credit, and S/U grading should be discussed with an academic advisor. All such permits must then be approved by the student’s academic dean. The student is responsible for ensuring that the Office of the University Registrar has copies of these permits on file.

Undergraduate students may find their academic advisor’s contact information by going to Student Central, clicking on the My Academics tile, and selecting the link for either “Advisors” or “Advisor Search” in the Advising Tools folder.

Health Requirements

Immunization Requirements

The State Board of Education requires all entering students born on or after 1/1/1957 to complete Florida State University’s Student Immunization Record and show documented proof of immunization against measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), and mumps prior to registration.

College-age individuals living in residence halls, shared apartments, and other group housing are at an increased risk for developing meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B—serious infections that can have devastating consequences. State of Florida law mandates that all University students be informed of the risks of infection. Students currently enrolled must either be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B or sign a waiver stating that they have declined to receive the vaccine.

All students are required to show proof of two MMRs, meningococcal meningitis, and hepatitis B vaccinations before they are permitted to register for classes. Information about these vaccinations may be obtained at University Health Services or online at https://studentinsurance.fsu.edu/ under the Immunization Requirements tab.

All students are required to complete and submit the Student Immunization Record to University Health Services before registration. Students born before 1/1/1957 must complete the form and decline the meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B vaccines. The form with its specific instructions is available at http://studentinsurance.fsu.edu under the Immunizations Requirements tab. Please call (850) 644-3608 if you need assistance.

Health-Insurance Requirement

All full-time students at Florida State University must show proof of health insurance coverage before being permitted to register for classes. Additionally, all non-United States citizens in F or J status, regardless of their credit load, are required to show proof of health insurance as a condition of their admission to the University.

To purchase the FSU-sponsored health insurance:

  1. Go to the student insurance website: http://studentinsurance.fsu.edu.
  2. Click the “Insurance Requirement” link at the top of the page.
  3. Under the heading “I am Interested in Purchasing Health Insurance,” click the “Find Out More” button.
  4. Under the heading “Purchase Health Insurance,” click the “Purchase Now!” button.
  5. Log in with your FSUID and password, and if you need to activate your FSUID, the screen prompts will guide you.
  6. Click the “Purchase FSU Insurance” button. Follow the prompts.

Note: Do not purchase student health insurance just to be able to register for classes. The insurance purchase clears the student for the length of the coverage purchased. You can purchase insurance for annual coverage, for Fall semester only, or for Spring/Summer. No Spring-only option is offered. Summer-only is offered for students beginning at FSU during the Summer term.

To waive the purchase of the FSU-sponsored health insurance:

  1. Go to the student insurance website at http://studentinsurance.fsu.edu.
  2. Click the “Insurance Requirement” link at the top of the page.
  3. Under the heading “I Already Have Health Insurance,” click the “Enter Insurance Information” button.
  4. Log in with your FSUID and password, and if you need to activate your FSUID, the screen prompts will guide you.
  5. Click “My Policies,” then click “New.”
  6. Complete the information and click Submit.
  7. If you added a new policy, either click the blue I Have Health Insurance link at the top of the page or close the screen and click the I Have Health Insurance button. Select the term and year for which you wish to register and follow the prompts.

The insurance waiver, when successfully completed, should clear the student for three terms.

If you will not be enrolling as a full-time domestic student, request a credit-hour underload each semester by either calling the Health Compliance Office at (850) 644-3608 or sending an e-mail to healthcompliance@fsu.edu.

Students seeking degrees in majors where they are exposed to particular hazards associated with the major are required to carry health and accident insurance prior to registration every Fall. The Film School, College of Medicine, and College of Nursing have additional health insurance requirements for their students. Check with your department for any additional insurance requirements associated with your major.

Health Insurance Questions

Questions about basic health insurance coverage or purchasing school-sponsored health insurance can be addressed to the Health Compliance Office at (850) 644-3608. Questions about specific benefits included in the school-sponsored health insurance should be addressed directly to United HealthCare Student Resources, the University’s health insurance carrier, at (800) 767-0700. Billing questions for services rendered at University Health Services should be addressed to the billing office at (850) 644-1640. The plan brochures and summaries of coverage and benefits for the student health plans are posted on the United HealthCare Website (http://uhcsr.com/fsu). The student health plan does not cover participation in intercollegiate athletics. Contact FSU Athletics at (850) 645-2700 for more information for insurance for athletes. The student health plan does cover cheerleaders and members of the Golden Girls as sports club members.

Students insured by other carriers should contact their carriers for policy limitations and special requirements.

Course Load

For Fall and Spring semesters, undergraduate students in good standing may register for as many as eighteen semester hours in one semester and as few as twelve semester hours in one semester. A full-time course load is twelve semester hours or more in the Fall and Spring.

Should a student wish to register for fewer or more than the allowed hours, “Overload/Underload” approval must be obtained from the appropriate academic dean. All students receiving approval for “Overload/Underload” from their academic dean must submit the approval to the Office of the University Registrar. No student may register for more than twenty-one hours per semester. Full-time undergraduate students should take an academic load that will enable them to graduate within four years, typically fourteen to fifteen hours per semester. Students should take into account the requirement to take nine hours of credit in the Summer.

International undergraduate students must enroll in at least twelve semester hours during each of the Fall and Spring semesters to maintain legal immigration status. International graduate students must enroll in at least nine semester hours, except in some specific cases. An international student advisor may authorize a reduced course load for a few specific reasons. International students who wish to enroll in a reduced course load for a given semester must submit a request for authorization to an advisor at the Center for Global Engagement before the end of the drop/add period for that semester. An unauthorized reduction in course load may result in serious immigration consequences. For a complete definition of full course of study for immigration purposes and to access the reduced course load information and request forms, please refer to http://cge.fsu.edu.

For graduate students, the minimum number of hours allowed is twelve per semester and the maximum is fifteen.

The Registration Process

Step 1: Obtain the Florida State University FSUCard

  • If you have not done so already, establish your FSU identity by activating your FSUID and obtaining your FSUCard before preparing for registration.

Step 2: Prepare for Registration

  • If you are an undergraduate student, review your degree requirements in the Undergraduate Degree Progress tool. To access Degree Progress, go to the “My Classes” tile on your FSU Student Homepage in Student Central, and select the link for “Undergraduate Degree Progress.” Within Degree Progress you may plan courses for upcoming semesters from your remaining degree requirements. When registration opens for a semester that you have planned, click the “Register” button, and your planned courses will be imported into Schedule Assistant. Once in Schedule Assistant, you may search for class sections and register. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about your requirements in Degree Progress.
  • Students are encouraged to use the Schedule Assistant tool in the portal and in the “My Classes” tile on the FSU Student Homepage to find and register for classes. This tool allows you to find, view, and select from a variety of schedule options. It also allows you to include breaks and lock on specific classes or instructors as needed. When you have found the best schedule combination, click the “Send to Shopping Cart” button to add it to your cart and register.
  • Information on how to use Undergraduate Degree Progress and Schedule Assistant may be found in the “How-To Videos” tile of your FSU Student Homepage. Click the link for “Intro to Schedule Planner.”
  • Be careful to select courses that have sufficient time between the end of one and the beginning of the next so that you have time to get from one place to another on campus.
  • Consult the General Bulletin or Graduate Bulletin to check if a course requires a laboratory or has pre- or corequisites that you must complete prior to enrolling in the class. Students are responsible for checking for these requirements as the system does not.
  • Alternately, you can search for classes by logging in to your portal at http://my.fsu.edu. Select the SC icon. From your FSU Student Homepage, click the “My Classes” tile. Click the “Enrollment: Add Classes” button in the menu on the left and then click “Search.” Helpful information on using the Class Search, as well as step-by-step instructions, are located in the “How-To Videos” tile on your FSU Student Homepage.
  • Search for alternate courses as well.
  • Make certain you have met your immunization and health-insurance compliance requirements.

Step 3: Register through the myFSU portal

  • You can use the myFSU portal to register for, drop, or add classes at any time during the enrollment appointment assigned to you. Your enrollment appointment is determined by the number of credit hours you have earned toward graduation. You cannot register after the ending date of your assigned enrollment appointment.

Note: Be prepared to request non-prime time course sections to complete your schedule. Be persistent; the effort you spend during registration will save you a great deal of time and effort during the drop/add period.

  • The system does not allow you to register for more than eighteen semester hours. Your academic dean can provide overload authorization. To register for overload hours, you must go to the Office of the University Registrar. See the ‘Course Load’ section of this chapter.
  • The system allows you to register for an underload, but you still must obtain authorization from your academic dean. Remember, if you register for an underload as a domestic student, you may request exemption from the health insurance requirement from the Health Compliance Office. Students enrolling for at least three credit hours may purchase the student health insurance on a voluntary basis.

Step 4: Pay Tuition

Registration by Student Categories

Veterans Priority Registration

Active-military students, student veterans, and military/veteran dependents using federal benefits are eligible for priority registration, which allows these students to register for future-semester courses during the first selection window of each course-registration cycle. However, each of these students must first be coded as receiving federal benefits before they are eligible for priority registration and should contact the Student Veterans Center at (850) 644-9562 or veteran@admin.fsu.edu to make sure they are properly coded. After registering for their courses, each of these students must submit the university’s online Request for Benefits form in order to have their benefit-certification documents submitted within the required timeframe.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

All non-degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students may register for up to 18 credit hours; enrollment beyond this limit may be subject to approval by the Registrar. All registration by non-degree seeking students is on a space-available basis. Because of excessive demand for some undergraduate and graduate courses, non-degree seeking students may be enrolled in such courses only with the permission of the particular unit.

Procedures and residency requirements for non-degree seeking student registration are the same as for regularly enrolled degree-seeking students as described on the preceding pages.

State Employees

Full-time state employees may use the State Employee Tuition Waiver to register for Florida State University classes. Individuals using the State Employee Tuition Waiver must be fully admitted degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students. Registration in classes using the State Employee Tuition Waiver is limited to a space-available basis and takes place during the regular registration appointment assigned to each student. Florida State University does not consider the following as space-available courses: approved undergraduate limited access programs; dissertation, thesis, and directed individual study (DIS) courses; internship courses; audited courses; non-state funded courses (including some distance learning courses that are funded solely by student tuition and fees); Center for Administrative and Professional Development (CAPD) courses; College of Medicine courses; College of Law courses; and other one-to-one instruction courses. Accordingly, State Employee Tuition Waivers may not be used for these courses.

Florida State University accepts only the official State Employee Tuition Waiver Form available online at http://registrar.fsu.edu/records/waivers/state_employee. Agencies may require additional paperwork or forms that will not be accepted unless accompanied by the State Employee Tuition Waiver Form. State employees using a tuition waiver must obtain supervisor signatures and academic departmental approval on the tuition form and then scan and e-mail the signed and completed tuition waiver form to CTL-StateEmployee@fsu.edu by the tuition payment deadline.

Additional restrictions and deadlines apply. For additional information, including the link to download the State Employee Tuition Waiver Form, see the Office of the University Registrar’s Website at http://registrar.fsu.edu/records/services.

FSU Employees

Employees of Florida State University intending to take Florida State University classes may do so through the FSU Employee Scholarship program. See the Human Resources website at http://www.hr.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=benefits/benefits_perks/benefits_perks_employee_scholarship for details, restrictions, and deadlines.

FAMU—FSU Students

Under a cooperative arrangement with Florida A&M University, Florida State University students may take courses at FAMU that will count as credit earned at Florida State University. Courses offered at Florida State University may not be taken at FAMU. Exceptions may be granted by the student’s academic dean, whose office also determines eligibility based on courses already completed at Florida State University. Students taking courses at the host university on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis will be held to the home institution policies regarding the total number of courses allowed on S/U basis or in a specific degree or major. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor about any limitations prior to registration. For additional information, as well as forms to be completed, please see http://registrar.fsu.edu/records/services/co_op.

Floridians over Sixty Years of Age

All fees are waived for persons sixty years of age or older who are Florida residents and who attend credit classes. Under this tuition-free option, registration is allowed on a space-available, audit-basis only and does not include thesis, dissertation, applied music courses, or other courses requiring individual instruction. No credit will be given and no permanent record will be maintained. Audit forms are available online or from the Office of the University Registrar. Proof of age and Florida residency must be presented to the Office of the University Registrar to validate audit waiver eligibility.

Attendance Policies

First Class Meeting Attendance Policy

Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory unless properly excused by the class instructor. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered are dropped from the course by the academic department that offers the course. This policy applies to all levels of courses and to all campuses and study centers. This policy does not apply to any class added after the first official meeting of the course. It remains the student’s responsibility to verify course drops and check that fees are adjusted.

Required Summer Attendance Policy

All students entering a state university with fewer than sixty semester credit hours must earn at least nine semester hours prior to graduation by attending one or more Summer terms at one of the state universities. The University President may waive application of this rule in cases of unusual hardship to the student. Students initiate appeal through their academic dean to the Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement (Board of Governors Rule 6C-6.016). Waiver appeals may be initiated electronically in the My Tasks tile of myFSU Student Central at the time the student reaches 80 hours or more.

Drop/Add or Changes of Schedule

During the first four days of classes, individual courses may be added, dropped, or sections of a course changed through the myFSU portal from the My Courses portlet or in the “My Classes” tile on your FSU Student Homepage in Student Central. Students are financially liable for all courses appearing on their schedule after the fourth day of classes. Courses may be dropped after the drop/add period and through the seventh week of classes with the exception of mandated college preparatory courses, freshman English composition courses, certain liberal studies courses, and courses involved in allegations of academic dishonesty; however, tuition charges remain. Approval by the student’s academic dean is required to reduce the academic load below twelve semester hours or increase an academic load above eighteen semester hours (to a maximum of twenty-one semester hours). Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the student’s transcript. The academic dean’s approval is required to add courses after the first four days of classes.

A cumulative maximum of two courses may be dropped between the eighth and twelfth week of classes during the semesters in which the undergraduate student has earned fewer than sixty hours of college credit; tuition charges will remain. An undergraduate student may only drop one course after earning sixty hours of college credit and until graduation; tuition charges remain. Approval by the student’s academic dean is required. Courses dropped during this period appear on the student’s transcript with the notation “W.” See the “Academic Calendar” in this Registration Guide for semester-specific deadlines.

Except in cases where a student is petitioning to use one of the three drops allowed under the policy above, any course drop petition after the seventh week of classes (with dates prorated for individual Summer sessions), will be considered only in documented exceptional circumstances that are beyond the student’s control, as determined by the student’s academic dean. Academic deans exercise their administrative and academic judgment in making final determinations about drop eligibility. Such courses appear on the student’s transcript with the notation “WD.” Students who register for courses but who do not attend the classes receive grades of “F” if the courses are not officially dropped. Students changing from a previous bulletin year should consult their academic dean regarding limitations concerning the policy described above.

Course drops are never approved when there are unresolved allegations of academic dishonesty in a course or when a course grade reflects an Academic Honor Policy penalty.

Student Cancellation of Schedule

Note: Undergraduate and non-degree seeking students who cancel their registration and were not enrolled for the preceding two semesters (non-enrollment for three consecutive terms) must apply for readmission. All graduate, law, and medicine students who cancel their registration and were not enrolled for the preceding semester (non-enrollment for two consecutive terms) must apply for readmission.

Prior to the first day of classes, a student may cancel his/her registration by dropping all courses using the myFSU portal registration system.

Prior to and during the first four days of a semester or Summer session, a student may cancel registration online through the myFSU portal registration system or by submitting a written request to:

Office of the University Registrar Florida State University Room A3900 UCA 282 Champions Way P.O. Box 3062480 Tallahassee, FL 32306-2480

Or

registrar@fsu.edu (or registrar@pc.fsu.edu for Panama City Campus students); e-mail must originate from the student’s fsu.edu account.

Students who cancel registration within this time frame are not liable for tuition; if tuition has been paid, students should request a refund from the Office of Student Business Services.

Beyond the fourth day of classes students cannot cancel registration but must officially withdraw from the University through Withdrawal Services, at A4300 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306; (850) 644-1741. Panama City students should contact Student Affairs, Barron Building, Panama City, FL 32405; (850) 770-2172.

The University may automatically drop students for non–payment of tuition. See, “Cancellation of Student Schedules for Non-payment of Tuition and Fees” for more information.

International students who wish to cancel their registration must request and receive prior authorization from a Center for Global Engagement advisor. In addition, international students should submit the SEVIS Update Form available at http://cge.fsu.edu.

Students who have elected to purchase student health insurance and cancel their schedules must notify the Health Compliance Office at healthcompliance@fsu.edu. Insurance charges are NOT automatically removed from the student’s account when schedules change.

Withdrawal

All students (degree-seeking and non-degree) who wish to leave the University after the fourth day of a term must officially withdraw from the University no later than seven days prior to the last day of the semester or term. See the “Academic Calendar” for the specific deadline date. For more information, contact Withdrawal Services at (850) 644-1741. Students who withdraw within the first seven weeks of a term (to be adjusted accordingly for Summer term and session) have no liability for grades. Under documented exceptional circumstances (beyond the student’s control), as determined by the appropriate academic dean, a student withdrawing from the University may receive “WD” grades in all courses taken that term. Students who do not officially withdraw will be assigned a grade of “F” for each course for which they are registered but fail to attend. These grading policies also apply to courses taken S/U.

International students who wish to withdraw must request and receive prior authorization from a Center for Global Engagement advisor. In addition, international students should submit the SEVIS Update Form, available at http://cge.fsu.edu.

For additional information regarding withdrawals, including fee liability, please refer to the “Withdrawals and Return of Financial Aid” section of this Registration Guide.

Students who have elected to purchase student health insurance must notify the Health Compliance Office in writing at healthcompliance@fsu.edu of withdrawal from the University. Students withdrawing before the 31st calendar day of the term for which insurance was purchased will receive a full premium refund less any claims paid. Students withdrawing after the 31st calendar day of the term for which insurance was purchased can only request cancellation of the insurance if they are leaving the University to join the military. Otherwise, they have met the attendance requirement to keep the coverage and the charges on their account will be due as posted at Student Business Services.

Auditing Courses

Note: Seating privileges will be afforded to currently enrolled students and non-students on a space-available basis after registration. Admission to Florida State University is not required; no credit will be given and no permanent record will be maintained for audited courses. Standard tuition costs do apply.

Procedures

During the first week of classes, obtain the audit approval form online at http://registrar.fsu.edu/forms/audit_registration.pdf or you may pick up an audit approval form from the Office of the University Registrar.

Fill out the form and obtain both the instructor’s approval and clearance from University Health Services.

Return the approved form to the Office of the University Registrar for final approval and class registration. Registration must be completed to attend a course.

Pay fees during fee payment at A1500 University Center. No waivers or deferments may be used, except for those age sixty or over.

Present the form to your instructor at the next class meeting.

Note: If you have already registered for the course you wish to audit, you must drop it within the first week of class, before the audit request can be processed.

For the policy for audited-course refunds please refer to the “Financial Information” page of this Registration Guide.

Grade Reports

Semester grades are reported via the myFSU portal at https://my.fsu.edu through the My Courses portlet. Grade changes processed after the initial grade posting will not display and may be viewed on the unofficial transcript.

Enrollment Verification

All student enrollment and degree verifications will be by official request only. Students who need enrollment verification should submit a request online at https://my.fsu.edu. Go to the FSU Student Homepage in Student Central and select the “My Academics” tile. Under the “Academic Records” menu on the left side of the page, select “Request Enrollment Verification.” If the student requests the institution to mail their verification letter, their letter will be processed the following business day. When submitting requests to be mailed, students must make sure they complete all mailing address information. Written requests may be submitted to:

Office of the University Registrar Florida State University Room A3900 UCA 282 Champions Way P.O. Box 3062480 Tallahassee, FL 32306-2480

Former students or outside agencies may request an enrollment verification or degree verification online from the National Student Clearinghouse at http://www.degreeverify.org.

Privacy of Student Records

Parental or Third-Party Access to Records

Students may give a designated parent(s) authority to review their University financial status by logging onto Student Central and clicking the “Share My Information” link in the My Info tile. Granting access to a parent or third party to view information in this manner also authorizes University personnel to discuss those records with the designated parent or third party.

Phone Monitoring

Students should be aware that phone calls placed to Florida State University’s interactive telephone network may be periodically monitored to ensure that the appropriate quality control is maintained.

To Prevent Publication of Directory Information

The educational record designated as Directory Information may be released or published by the University without prior written consent of the student, unless exception is made in writing by the student. Appropriate forms are available in the Office of the University Registrar. Such written exception must be received prior to the first class-day of the academic year. Once received, that request will remain in effect until notification to the contrary is received by the Office of the University Registrar. Directory Information includes:

  1. Name
  2. EMPLID
  3. Date and place of birth
  4. Local address
  5. Permanent address
  6. Classification
  7. Major
  8. Participation in official University activities and sports
  9. Weight and height of athletic team members
  10. Dates of attendance
  11. Degrees, honors and awards received
  12. Most recently attended educational institution
  13. Digitized FSUCard photo

Note: By submitting a request to prevent the publication or release of directory information you may be blocking the verification or publication of directory information, including but not limited to, the following: academic certification requests by or for employers, insurance companies, etc.; requests for information by or for parents, spouses, or other family members; publication in the Seminole Guide book, commencement program, or other media acknowledging a relationship between you and the University.

Notification of Student Rights under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. These rights are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s educational record within forty-five days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, or head of the academic department (or appropriate official) written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational record that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is defined as a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using University employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the University discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

Students have the right to obtain a copy of Florida State University’s student record policy. You can obtain a copy of the policy from the Office of the University Registrar, A3900 University Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2480.

Community Service

The Center for Leadership & Social Change

The center’s mission, to transform lives through identity development, leadership education, and community engagement, is woven throughout our work. We encourage students to learn, serve, and transform through programming that encompasses diversity, leadership, and service. The center provides education and learning programs for students of all levels along with professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and community members. Some of these classes, seminars, retreats, and hands-on learning experiences include Leadership LOGIC, Social Justice Ally Training, and the Multicultural Leadership Summit. The center serves as an outlet to engage in community action through initiatives such as EngageTLH service trips, Youth Programs Mentoring Initiative, and the Moellership Program’s summers of service. With more than 30 programs, the center provides opportunities for any schedule, ranging from low commitment (one to a few hours) to high commitment (a semester, year, or four years). There is something for everyone!

Students are welcome to schedule a meeting with an advisor. To schedule an appointment, go to the “Get Involved” section of our website at http://thecenter.fsu.edu or visit our office. The center also offers the ServScript Program, which allows Florida State University students to enhance their official academic transcript by documenting their service hours online.

For more information, contact the Center for Leadership & Social Change, Division of Student Affairs, Dunlap Student Success Center, 100 S. Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32306; (850) 644-3342; Fax: (850) 644-3362; Website: http://thecenter.fsu.edu; e-mail: thecenter@fsu.edu.

ServScript Program

The purpose of the ServScript Program is to formally recognize students’ demonstrated commitment to community service. This commitment is documented through the description of students’ community service hours on their official FSU academic transcript. Transcripts are student records of scholarly achievement; as such, the ServScript program has created guidelines to clarify and recognize community service of consistent quality. To qualify for the ServScript Program, service hours cannot be court ordered or sanctioned, must be unpaid, and must benefit or contribute to the solution of a community need. They also must be completed and submitted within the same semester, no later than the final day of each semester.

The ServScript Program is designed to encourage students to contribute their skills and resources to serve others. Through informed service, students gain compassion for others and the challenges they face. Recognizing these challenges, and the power of individual action to effect change, students may develop a commitment to practice social responsibility throughout their lives.

To participate in the ServScript Program, students need to print a ServScript Program form and keep track of their service hours on that form. Those hours must also be signed and verified by a supervisor. Students then log on to my.fsu.edu, and from the Student Community, select “ServScript Application” from the Student Services portlet located on the bottom right side of the page. Here, students can transfer information from their ServScript Program form to the online system. Service hours are only accepted for the current semester, and must be entered online by the deadline, which is the last day of the semester. The ServScript form and additional information about the program are available online at http://thecenter.fsu.edu/servscript.

Graduation

Undergraduate students should request an academic progress check from the Office of the University Registrar two terms prior to their anticipated graduation date, or at the time they have earned ninety hours of credit. A second graduation progress check should be completed in the office of their Academic Dean one term prior to their anticipated graduation. Registration holds will be placed on students who have earned ninety semester hours, including current term registration, but have not completed the graduation progress check. Graduate students should check with their department regarding degree requirements. Application for graduation must be made by the published deadline; students can apply online through the myFSU portal. Students who graduate in Spring 2021 must apply for and be readmitted to register for Summer 2021 or any subsequent term. Likewise, students who graduate in Fall 2021 must apply for and be readmitted to register for Spring 2022 or any subsequent term.

Note: Despite your graduation status, students will still receive standard emails from University Health Services reminding them of insurance compliance requirements. Because the Student Central system presumes all students intend to enroll as a full-time student for the subsequent term (regardless of graduation status) an insurance hold will appear on your account. However, if you are graduating this registration hold for the following term will not stop your ability to graduate, obtain your diploma, or request transcripts.