OFFICE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The Office of Financial Assistance provides financial counseling, administers scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. Interested students should reference the Financial Information section of this catalog. For further information on application procedures, contact the Office of Financial Assistance.
Cameron University recognizes that all students deserve an equal opportunity to participate in university life and attain a higher education. The Office of Student Development coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities and develops programs to support disability awareness. Students who require an accommodation on the basis of a disability, who have concerns or issues with an accommodation, or who need further information should contact the Office of Student Development as soon as possible to complete the required documentation for accommodations.
STUDENT HANDBOOK AND CONDUCT
The Student Handbook is an official publication that explains university policies and procedures and provides that information for all aspects of university life. Students are responsible for knowing its contents. For questions regarding the Student Handbook, please contact the Office of Student Services.
Rules and regulations for the conduct of students attending Cameron University are listed in the Student Handbook. A primary purpose of these regulations is to help maintain a safe learning environment for members of the academic community. Student violations of these rules and regulations are reviewed by administrative officers having disciplinary responsibilities. The decisions made by these officers are subject to an appeal, either administratively or by proper referral to an appropriate judicial committee. When a student is suspended or dismissed for disciplinary reasons, the grades recorded for the student for that semester shall be determined in the same way as if the student had withdrawn voluntarily, and any refund of fees shall be determined by the regular refund policy.
ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS
Student records are filed in a variety of offices. The administrative officers are responsible for the records under their control and for the appropriate release of information contained in these records. Cameron University forwards educational records on request to other educational institutions in which a student seeks or intends to enroll without providing any further notice to the individual regarding the transfer of records.
Release of Student Information. Student records are confidential in the sense that the information contained in these records is given voluntarily by the student for the private use of the institution for educational purposes only. The information contained in student records is of two different types: Directory Information and Personally Identifiable Information.
Directory Information. This information may be freely released by university officials without the consent of the student. Upon written request by the student, this information will be treated as confidential and released only with the student’s written consent. Forms for withholding student “directory information” are available in the Registrar’s Office. This information consists of:
- Full name
- Mailing address
- Telephone number
- Enrollment status
- Academic classification
- Degrees and awards received
- Dates of attendance
- Date of graduation
- Athletic program information
- Previous institution most recently attended
- Participation in officially recognized organizations, activities
- Other similar information as permitted in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (Pub. L. 93-568, Sec. 99.3).
Personally Identifiable Information. All other information contained in student records and not listed as directory information falls into the second, or restricted category. This type of restricted information is found mainly in
- the academic record maintained by the Registrar’s Office and controlled by the Registrar;
- the student conduct record kept in the Office of Student Development; and
- the records of the various other university offices of Financial Assistance, Student Development, Public Safety, and Student Housing, supervised by their respective directors.
To protect the rights of the student or graduate, it shall be the policy of the university to release this restricted information to other persons or agencies, only as provided by FERPA. However, a student may choose to release information to a third party by completing a FERPA waiver. Forms and information are available in the Office of Student Services.
Emergency situations may develop which could necessitate release of restricted information without the approval of the student or proper legal action. In these emergency situations, where the immediate welfare of the student or the university may be in jeopardy, the administrative official in charge of the office maintaining the requested information will make the decision regarding release of the information. In cases where the responsible administrator is not available to make the decision, or, if they decide not to release the information, an appeal to secure the information may be made to the university President.