As partners in the process of ensuring your student achieves both academic and social success, it is important to stay involved and connected.
FERPA and Buckley Hold are terms you will hear when student privacy is referenced. Here's what they mean:
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) is a Federal law that helps protect the privacy of student education records. The Act provides students the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and the right to limit disclosure of information from the records. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. The Act applies to all institutions that are recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education.
What is a Buckley Hold?
Students who have placed a hold on their records should be aware that their name will be withheld from any news releases (e.g., graduation lists, dean’s lists, university honors lists) as well as publication in the commencement program.
For more information on FERPA laws and how they affect parents and guardians, visit the LSU homepage at lsu.edu and type “FERPA for Parents” into the search field.
Students can give their parents access to view fee bills and/or grades through the myProxy application. When creating a myProxy account, you will be prompted to create a community LSU ID which will then allow you to request access from your student.
Your student will stay connected through a myLSU account (my.lsu.edu), an online portal for all LSU students. The myLSU portal is important to both you and your student as you will see throughout this piece.
Through myLSU, your student can apply for housing, pay the enrollment deposit, schedule classes, check grades, and much more!
Moodle was developed to function the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. It is accessible to students and professors through myLSU.
All course scheduling is done via a student’s myLSU. A Schedule Booklet is released for each semester and includes scheduling instructions and important information such as:
- Critical scheduling dates, including when scheduling opens for each priority, dates fee bills are available and due, and last day to add/drop courses
- List of additional services and how to add these to a fee bill
- Final exam schedule
Students will be notified via email if they have a hold on their scheduling. Holds can be placed on a student’s account for multiple reasons such as being off track with the Comprehensive Academic Tracking System (CATS), having a major that requires advising before scheduling, etc. Students MUST take care of any scheduling holds prior to being able to schedule courses for the next semester.
Students are not alone in their desire for success and LSU has resources like the Center for Academic Success to help them succeed.
Other Support Services
Technology & Computer Access
A frequent question students and parents ask during Orientation is what type of laptop is recommended/required. The answer is twofold, it is based on student preference and each senior college may have specific requirements. We recommend all students use the “Directory” link to find their respective senior college web site to search for specific computer recommendations/requirements for their chosen major. When selecting a laptop students should keep in mind that they may prefer a lighter/more portable laptop if they will be bringing it to class. Each instructor may have a different policy regarding technology in the classroom, which should be outlined on the syllabus received the first day of class. LSU offers students a full array of technological services, hardware, and software, which is paid for through the Student Technology Fee. These include:
- Gear 2 Geaux
- Free and discounted software (Tigerware)
- Hardware pricing for LSU
- Public Access Printing Labs on Campus
- Residential Life Print Labs & IT Help Desk
Your students are not alone in their desire for success and LSU has many resources like the Center for Academic Success and Student Support Services to help them succeed and work through issues. If something unexpected occurs, it is the responsibility of your student to communicate with their professors or the appropriate service outlet to ensure they aren’t penalized for unforeseen situations. Situations where your student should communicate with a service department or professor on campus include:
- Extended Illness
- Family Member Illness/Death
- Missed Classes or Exams