The Office of the Registrar maintains the permanent academic records of all Columbia College students. The office is also responsible for course registration, classroom scheduling, transcripts, transfer credit, certification of enrollments, issuing diplomas, and producing the Schedule of Classes.
Registrar forms including applications for independent study, co-enrollment, course withdrawal, change of major, leave of absence, etc. can be found on Koala Connection for current students.
Request Your Transcript
Students who attended Columbia College since September 2001 can now request their transcripts electronically.
All transcripts are sent via Parchment and can be accessed anytime for a small fee. We have the ability to send your transcript electronically, by mail, or for pickup from the Registrar's Office.
If you last date of attendance was prior to September 2001, your transcripts must be requested directly from the Registrar's Office.
Privacy of Student Records
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
With the exception of limitations herein stated, Columbia College permits any student presently or previously enrolled, access to her/his official records created during her/his period of enrollment. The creation and maintenance of student records are based upon recommended practices, and, except for the permanent academic transcript, records are destroyed periodically.
Confidential information placed in the educational record prior to January 1, 1975, is excluded from student inspection. Students may not have access to records of instructional, supervisory, or administrative personnel which are in the sole possession of the maker. Records created and maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professionals and used in relation to treatment of the student are not open to the student. These records may be reviewed by a professional selected by the student. Also included are financial records of parents.
A student wishing access to his/her file or record must present to the appropriate office personal identification credentials, along with a written request for an appointment to make the inspection. The accuracy of information contained in any file or record to which the student has access may be challenged by the student, provided a request for a hearing is made in writing to the Provost.
Federal law provides that student records may be released to persons under the following circumstances without first obtaining permission from the student:
To Columbia College professional personnel with legitimate educational interest in students.
To an agency of the government which may require records in connection with legal or judicial matters.
In connection with a student’s application for or receipt of financial aid.
In relation to the student’s health or safety emergency needs.
On behalf of educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering predictive tests, student aid programs, or improvement of instruction, provided such studies are conducted in a way which does not identify individual students.
To accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions.
To parents of a dependent as defined for income tax purposes.
In addition to the above exceptions, directory information may be released to a third party without the written consent of the student. Directory information is defined as including a student’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, participation in extracurricular activities, dates of attendance, major field of study, academic honors, and degree awarded. Students may submit a request in writing to the Registrar that directory information may not be released. (Students wishing to have directory information omitted from the annual Campus Directory must submit a written request to the Registrar by July 31 each academic year.
- Release of Student Information
Columbia College may provide directory information in accordance with the provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 without the written consent of an eligible student unless it is requested in writing that such information not be disclosed. The items listed below are designated as Directory information and may be released on any student for any purpose at the discretion of the College unless a written request for non-disclosure is on file in the Office of the Registrar.
Category I: Name, address, e-mail, telephone number, dates of attendance, class.
Category II: Previous institution attended, major field of study, awards, honors, degree conferred.
Students who wish to request non-disclosure of the above items must complete the appropriate form available from the Office of the Registrar and return the form to the Office of the Registrar no later that July 31 prior to the fall semester each academic year.
- Location and Security of Student Records
Type of Information | Responsibility for Security
Office of Registrar | Registrar
Office of Alumnae Relations | V.P. for Advancement
Office of Student Affairs | Dean of Students
Office of the Registrar | Registrar
Career Center | Director of Career Center
Office of Student Affairs | Director of Residence Life
Office of Business Affairs | V.P. for Finance
Department of Education | Department Chairperson