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The registrar’s office staff provides information to ease your path in and through Trinity—all the way to graduation. Below you’ll find information and services we provide.

Registrar's Office

Jaynn Tobias-Johnson

Registrar

AP/CLEP/IB CREDIT

A maximum of 32 semester hours may be obtained through the transfer of non-classroom or test-based credit, of which 8 hours can be applied to a major for credit by examination. Additionally, a student may not obtain credit by examination after auditing or receiving a failing grade in the corresponding course.

Trinity does not award academic credit for life experience.

Please Note: The credit information posted on these pages is subject to change without notice and does not represent an official Trinity credit evaluation. Official evaluations are made upon request and are provided upon admission to Trinity.

At the time of admission, first-year students may submit scores from an Advanced Placement examination conducted by the College Board. A score of 3 or better is required to receive college credit for most examinations.

A satisfactory score as determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) is required to receive credit through CLEP. The amount of credit granted depends on the particular course taken. No credit is awarded for science CLEP exams because a lab is required by the College for students to receive credit for a science course.

IB credit will be given to students who receive a grade of 5 or greater on higher-level classes. No credit will be given for subsidiary-level work.

Credit is granted for A-level grades of A*, A, and B. Generally two semesters of credit are awarded per subject. Credit is granted for AS-level grades of a and b. Generally one semester of credit is awarded per subject. International A Level exams are granted credit in a similar manner.

Trinity awards credit for educational experiences during military service according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) as published in the “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.” The amount and type of credit awarded is dependent upon the training completed and the compatibility of the credit recommendations with other Trinity transfer credit policies.

Students who wish to be exempted from taking CPSC 111 must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the core CPSC 111 through a) an interview conducted by a Trinity computer science faculty member or a portfolio/narrative of prior programming experience, and b) a department-approved test of basic programming ability. Any such student who subsequently earns a grade of B- or better in CPSC 112 will also receive credit for CPSC 111.

New students may be eligible for Spanish placement credits on the condition that they take the Web-CAPE exam at the beginning of the semester in which they take their first Spanish course, enroll for the Spanish course into which they were placed, and earn a grade of B or better. Placement credits are available only for SPAN 201 (if placed into 202) or 201-202 (if placed into a 300 level course). Transfer students with college-level Spanish on their transcripts are not eligible for credits by placement.

Academic Advising & Registration Information

Students, before you register for Spring 2018, you need to meet with your faculty advisor.
Academic advising begins Monday, October 16, 2017.

  • Write down any questions you have for your advisor and bring it to your appointment!
  • Consult the college catalog for program requirements (general education, major and minor).
  • Contact your advisor to see if the department has a Suggested 4-year plan of study for the major.
  1. Check the class schedule online for days and times of classes
  2. Pick classes for general education, major and minor.
  3. Select a few back-up courses in case a course you want is closed.

This is a professional courtesy.

GRADUATION INFORMATION

Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. Ozinga Chapel
Commencement ceremony for Traditional, Adult Studies and Masters Graduates

Applications for Fall 2017 commencement have already been submitted. Applications for Spring 2018 will be available via the Student Portal in October and are due by December 29, 2017.

Degree audits are available on the Student Portal either electronically or in the document tracker.

Students may participate in commencement but must have completion all graduation requirements (foundations, major, minor, electives) with the exception of two courses. Because students may participate in commencement exercises with outstanding coursework, participation does not equate with graduation. Rather, degrees are conferred at the end of each term (Fall, Spring, Summer) for students who have met all academic requirements during that term.

The College Bookstore has information about ordering announcements, thank you notes, appreciation certificates, and diploma frames. Contact the bookstore (located at the Bootsma Bookstore Cafe) for more information.

Class & Exam Schedules

Below are listings of final and tentative class schedules for the various semesters in our Undergraduate Program. Also available are listings of any Important Dates for the various semesters.

Below are the final and tentative class schedules for the various semesters in our Adult Studies Programs. Semesters for Adult Studies do not follow the normal 15 week period so please make special note of the dates that classes are offered.

Please contact the Adult Studies Office with any questions regarding our Adult Studies Programs.

Below are the final and tentative class schedules for the various semesters for our Graduate Programs in Psychologyand Special Education. Classes for the Graduate Program do not always follow the normal 15 week period so please make special note of the dates that classes are offered.

Please contact the Graduate Program Office with any questions regarding the Graduate Programs.

+ Undergraduate Studies

Below are listings of final and tentative class schedules for the various semesters in our Undergraduate Program. Also available are listings of any Important Dates for the various semesters.

+ Adult Studies

Below are the final and tentative class schedules for the various semesters in our Adult Studies Programs. Semesters for Adult Studies do not follow the normal 15 week period so please make special note of the dates that classes are offered.

Please contact the Adult Studies Office with any questions regarding our Adult Studies Programs.

+ Graduate Studies

Below are the final and tentative class schedules for the various semesters for our Graduate Programs in Psychologyand Special Education. Classes for the Graduate Program do not always follow the normal 15 week period so please make special note of the dates that classes are offered.

Please contact the Graduate Program Office with any questions regarding the Graduate Programs.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 (FERPA)

  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records
  • FERPA is a Federal Law
  • It applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the Secretary of Education

FERPA gives eligible students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Eligible students are 18 years of age or older or attend a postsecondary institution. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day Trinity Christian College receives a request for access.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
  3. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Trinity Christian College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

For more information, please see the Notification of Rights under FERPA.

The following items are not considered educational records under FERPA:

  • Private notes of individual staff or faculty (not kept in student advising folders and not shared with others);
  • Campus police records;
  • Medical and treatment records;
  • Statistical data compilations that contain no mention of personally identifiable information about any specific student.
  • Employment records when employment is not contingent on being a student, provided the record is used only in relation to the individual’s employment
  • Alumni records created by an institution after a student has left the school unrelated to the student’s time as a student.

Faculty notes, data compilation, and administrative records kept exclusively by the maker of the records that are not accessible or revealed to anyone else are not considered educational records and, therefore, fall outside of the FERPA disclosure guidelines.

Any record that contains personally identifiable information that is directly related to the student is an educational record under FERPA.

  • Records may include files, documents, and materials in any medium (handwriting, print, tapes, disks, film, microfilm, microfiche)
  • Included are records kept by the school in the form of student files, student system databases kept in storage devices such as servers, or recordings or broadcasts which may include student projects.

There are two types of educational records as defined under FERPA. Each type of educational record is afforded different disclosure protections.

Directory Information

This is information contained in an educational record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Under a strict reading of FERPA, a school may disclose this type of information without the written consent of the student. However, a student may exercise the option to restrict the release of directory information by submitting a formal request to the school to limit disclosure.

Non-directory Information

This is any educational record not considered directory information. Non-directory information is not released to anyone, including parents of the student, without the prior written consent of the student. Further, faculty and staff can access non-directory information only if they have a legitimate academic need to do so.

Directory information includes:

  • Student’s full name
  • Address
  • College assigned e-mail address
  • Telephone listings
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Dates of attendance
  • Most recent previous school attended
  • Classification:  Full-time or Part-time
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Photograph

Non-directory information includes:

  • Social security numbers;
  • Student identification number;
  • Race, ethnicity, and/or nationality;
  • Gender
  • Transcripts; grade reports
  • Religion

Transcripts are non-directory information and, therefore, are protected educational records under FERPA. Students have a right to privacy regarding transcripts held by the school wherein third parties seek transcript copies.

The student must request that information be withheld by completing a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form to prevent release of directory information. The withhold directory flag will be put on the academic record when the student requests it in writing using the form.  The withhold directory flag remains in effect until the student requests in writing that it be removed.

Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information

  • FERPA gives certain rights to parents regarding their children’s educational records.  Rights transfer to the student when the student reaches age 18 or begins attending any school beyond the secondary level.
  • When may a parent access a student’s educational records?
      • Parents of a student termed “dependent” for income tax purposes may have access to the student’s education records.
      • Access is granted to both the parent who claims the student as well as the parent who is not claiming the student.
      • A copy of the parent’s most recent Federal Income Tax return, wherein the parent/s declared the student as a dependent, must be submitted to document “dependency.”
  • How can a parent access student information if the student is not being claimed by either parent for Federal income tax purposes?
  • A parent may access student information but may not act on the student’s behalf except in emergency situations.

The law allows disclosure without consent to:

  • School employees who have a legitimate educational interest
  • Other schools, upon request, in which a student is seeking or intending to enroll
  • Accrediting organizations
  • Organizations doing certain studies for or on behalf of the University
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student to determine eligibility, amount or conditions of financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of aid.
  • Parents when a student over 18 is still a dependent
  • Federal, state and local authorities involving an audit or evaluation of compliance with educational programs
  • Individuals who have obtained a judicial order or subpoena
  • School officials who have a need to know concerning disciplinary action taken against a student
  • Appropriate parties who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies when necessary to protect the health and safety of the student and/or others
  • State and local authorities, within the juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law
  • Alleged victim of a crime of violence the results of a disciplinary proceeding with respect to that crime
  • Parent or legal guardian of a student under the age of 21, information regarding any violation of university policy or state, federal or local law, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance
  • Those requesting directory information on a student provided the student has not requested his or her information be withheld
  • Financial information submitted by parents
  • Confidential letters and recommendations placed in student’s file before 1/1/75
  • Confidential letters, etc., associated with admissions, employment, job placement or honors to which a student has waived rights of inspection and review
  • Educational records containing information about other students such as
    • Grades
    • Test scores, etc.

If you have any questions on what you can or cannot see or release, check with the registrar’s office (708.239.4759)

Identity Verification Policy

When Trinity Christian College courses are offered primarily or jointly through a distance media (e.g., synchronous or asynchronous web programming, live video feed to a remote location), students must present a photo identification card when taking proctored exams.
A unique individual login and password system provides security for course work and exams taken through the College’s course management system. Tuition for the distance courses may include an additional fee for exam proctoring.

Updated April 20, 2011

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