University of Delaware

University Policies & Procedures

Consult the Student Guide to University Policies, and the University Catalog for further information.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Brief Description of the Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 grants to students certain rights, privileges, and protections relative to individually identifiable student education records which are maintained by the University. Specifically:

  1. Students' educational records (with the exception of directory information) will be released to third parties outside the University only with the written consent of the student. The University reserves the right to release education records to appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency or when the student's well-being is of concern.
  2. Students have the right to inspect their own individually identifiable education records. The right may be exercised by completing a request form at the service desk of the University Visitors Center.
  3. Students have the right to challenge information contained in individually identifiable education records. The procedure is described in the Annual Notification of Rights at

Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act permits the release of directory-type information to third parties outside the institution without written consent of the student provided the student has been given the opportunity to withhold such disclosure.

The University releases directory information without written consent of the student, upon inquiry by education-related third parties or third parties acting as agents of the University. Relevance to educational purposes is determined by the University. Directory information includes name, address (including email), telephone number, college, class, major, dates of attendance, and degree, honors and awards conferred. Students may withhold directory information by contacting the Registrar's Office ( or by changing privacy settings through UDSIS.
See directions at:

Please refer to: for the complete FERPA disclosure.

Further questions? Contact the Registrar's Office at

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

In general, to qualify as a Delaware (in-state) student for tuition and fee purposes, the student (or the parent/guardian upon whom the student is dependent) must have established a domicile in Delaware and must have maintained continuous residence therein for a period of 12 consecutive months as of the first day of classes in the semester/session in which Delaware student status is sought. Individuals who work in Delaware but reside in another state are not considered in-state students for the purpose of tuition and fees. First time students should resolve any questions concerning residency prior to submitting a registration form.
The complete residency policy can be found at

Seat Claim Policy

Classes are sometimes over-subscribed, and it is not always possible to accommodate all requests for assigned seats. To address this problem, the University has established a seat claim policy. Seat assignment in classes is based on such factors as classification, major, course status, and intended audience. Students are expected to occupy their confirmed, assigned seats within a reasonable period or time. The following policy applies to all classes:

Unless excused by the faculty member, students holding a confirmed assigned seat in a class will have relinquished their seat if they have not personally appeared in class to claim the seat by the third meeting for a class scheduled to meet three times a week, by the second meeting for a class scheduled twice a week, by the third meeting for a class scheduled five times a week, or by the second meeting for a class scheduled once a week. If the student does not claim the seat within the time limit specified above, and does not drop the course, the instructor has the option of assigning the student a grade of 'Z' at the end of the term. It is the responsibility of the student to drop each course that he/ she does not plan to attend, even when the student's registration is cancelled for non-payment of fees. Failure to drop a course will result in a grade of Z.

Enrollment Restrictions

The University of Delaware reserves the right to refuse for good and sufficient reasons enrollment of any applicant. Any applicant who is refused enrollment will, on written request, be provided with a written statement of the reasons for the refusal of enrollment.


The following information is for those students who have not been formally admitted to the University's undergraduate or graduate divisions. These students are identified by the classification CEND (Continuing Education Non-Degree). For additional general information, see the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies website, call (302) 831-8843 or email
No particular educational background is required in order to register. CEND students may register for any courses - as long as they meet any course prerequisites and restrictions.
All CEND students, particularly those registering for the first time, should contact the ACCESS Center at (302) 831-8843 to schedule an in-person or phone appointment with an academic advisor. Students are also welcome to contact the ACCESS Center by phone or at with questions.
Admission to a Degree Program
Students who wish to become full- or part-time matriculated students should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (831-8123) or the Office of Graduate and Professional Education (831-2129).
Readmission to a Degree Program
Students seeking readmission to a degree program should meet with an ACCESS counselor (302-831-8843) to discuss readmission procedures, or visit
Transfer of Graduate Credit
Students may be allowed to take up to nine credits of coursework toward a graduate degree program through Continuing Education. It is recommended that students consult with the department in which they would like to take courses or contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Education (302-831-2129) for details.

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