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General Information for All Students

Academic Holds

Academic holds are placed on students’ accounts by the Office of Records and Registration and prevent students from registering without one’s advisor removing the hold through PAWS. Students must meet with their advisor, review their academic requirements and Art Department Program Planner, and develop a curriculum plan for future semesters.

Academic Load

The normal academic load is four course units. The maximum load for any student is five course units. A student must receive permission of the Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Communication to carry five course units. Permission to carry beyond four course units may be requested by sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 3.3 GPA.

Course Substitution Approval

Any transfer or TCNJ art course being considered for substitution must be discussed with the student’s area coordinator. The coordinator then submits the request in writing for approval by the Art Department Chair or Art Department Academic Advisor, who then submits a written substitution request to Records & Registration via PAWS.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. The College must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record.

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