Director for Undergraduate Student Success
Question: I am concerned about my son's grades. How can I find out how he/she is doing?
Answer: Most (not all) professors use Blackboard and post grades regularly for the students. If this is the case, students should usually have a good idea of their grade in a class. After the fifth week of classes, professors turn in advisory grades, and students have access to those grades on Academus, unless there is a hold on the student's account. These early advisory grades give a student ample time to improve before the end of the semester. Because of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), professors will not talk to you about your student's grades. I have FERPA release forms in my office. If you would like to talk to me, just have your son or daughter stop by to sign the form and I will be happy to return your call or email.
Question: What is a hold?
By law, university officials may not discuss a student's grades without the student's signature on the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) release. He or she may print the release form here or get it from the Registrar's site.
Answer: A hold is placed most often because the student owes money on his/her account, but many holds also result from students not submitting required medical records. A hold will prevent a student from being able to access grades or register for classes. Students can log into their Academus site to see if there are holds on their account.