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Undergraduate Bulletin 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]


Dominican University Bulletin


Student Responsibilities

The university bulletin and annual student handbook are available to all students. It is expected that students who enroll in the university will familiarize themselves with the Student Rights and Responsibilities and Due Process procedures that are found in the student handbook (additional copies are available online and from the office of the Dean of Students), and it is understood that they accept the terms and conditions stated in this bulletin. It is further understood that students will assume all responsibility for meeting necessary graduation requirements including but not limited to cumulative semester hours earned, major/minor, core, and GPA. Successful degree completion is the sole responsibility of the student. The university reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student at any time when, in the judgment of university authorities, the general welfare demands such action.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Notification of Rights under FERPA

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

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access.

Students should submit to the Office of the Registrar 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 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 education records that the student believes is inaccurate.

Students may ask the university to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. 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.

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 education records, 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 a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (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 education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Dominican University to comply with the requirement of FERPA.

The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920

Dominican University Notice for Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that Dominican, with certain exceptions, obtain a student’s written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the student’s education records. FERPA permits institutions to identify certain items of information as “directory information.” This information may be released unless the student has indicated, in writing to the registrar that he or she does not wish this information released. Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. Dominican has designated the following information as directory information:

  • Student’s name
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Address (home, local, email)
  • Telephone listings
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Photograph/Video for university and other publications
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received
  • Date of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Current enrollment status
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Class level
  • Anticipated graduation date

Statement of Institutional Policy

Dominican University, as an institution of higher education, maintains information, data, evaluations, and other records, generally referred to as “education records,” concerning its students. It is Dominican University’s policy to preserve the confidentiality of such records by limiting access to education records and by permitting students to review their own records and to correct or delete any inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate data. Directory information may be made public without the consent of the student unless the student has requested in writing that the university not release such information without the student’s prior written consent. Information on what Dominican University has designated as directory information is available in the Dominican University Notice for Directory Information, available in this bulletin and on the university website.

Dominican University selects its students and administers all of its programs without discrimination as to race, creed, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin. In addition, Dominican University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, in accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (www.hhs.gov/ocr/504.html). Student organizations must be open to all students without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, ability, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Rights Reserved—While no revision of the schedule of courses in this bulletin is contemplated and the courses will be held if the enrollment justifies, the president and the officers of Dominican University reserve the right to change the scheduling, credit, or content of the courses, the books used, the fees charged, and the requirements for admission as announced in this bulletin. The university also reserves the right to refuse to admit or readmit any student and to dismiss any student at any time should it be deemed necessary in the interest of the student or of the university.

Neither the university nor any of its officers shall be under any liability whatsoever in the exercise of its rights.

Communications with the University

The post office address for Dominican University is 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305.

The university telephone is (708) 366-2490.

Correspondence on matters listed here should be addressed as follows:

  • General interests of the university: President
  • Gifts and bequests: Vice President for University Advancement
  • Academic affairs: Provost
  • Requests for transcripts: Registrar
  • Requests for catalogs, admission, and financial aid: Office of Admission and Financial Aid
  • Student activities, general student welfare: Dean of Students
  • Payment of bills: Student Accounts
  • Alumnae/i activities: Director of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations