July 31, 2006

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

A reminder: Graduate students are required to register every fall and spring semester in order to remain active.

Be sure to register by September 4th in order to avoid paying a late registration fee. Courses with low enrollment are often cancelled prior to the start of the semester; don’t lose your chance to take a course because you didn’t register in time. See the Fall 06 Refund and Drop/Add Deadlines for details on making registration changes.

• If you are working as a graduate assistant, are an international student, or are receiving a fellowship, you are required to register full-time (6-14 credits each semester).

• Advanced masters or doctoral students may register using the full-time equivalent registration (EPsy 8333 or 8444). If you have completed all coursework and registered for all thesis credits, you may qualify. Please note that masters students must apply for this status in advance. Each semester you register under this status you’ll need to submit the “application for full-time status with one-credit registration? form. Details and forms are available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/registration/FTE_procedures.html

• If you only need to register in order to remain active in the Graduate School, you may register for Grad 999, a no-cost/no-credit registration option. However, please note that EPsy students are only allowed to register for Grad 999 four times. More information about this registration option is available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/registration/grad_999.html.

• Ed Psych graduate students may not register for more than 24 credits of EPsy 8666 (pre-thesis credits) during their graduate career.

• If you are taking your oral prelim by September 14, be sure to return the Prelim Oral Examination Report to the Graduate School (316 Johnston Hall) immediately following the exam so that you can change your registration to EPsy 8888 (thesis credits) for Fall 2005.

• If you are planning to take the written prelim exam in the fall, be sure to check with your program area for their registration deadline. You need to have submitted a degree program in order to register for the written prelim.


Posted by kwalter at 2:14 PM

July 24, 2006

NEW PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico, and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. This new requirement will also affect certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the United States. The new requirements will start to be implemented on Dec. 31, 2006. See the U.S. State Department website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html

Please take this information into account if your passport is due to expire or if you need to get a passport. There may be delays in getting a passport due to the Dec. 31 deadline.

Posted by kwalter at 11:04 AM

July 13, 2006

LIMITED SERVICE

Kathy Walter is going to be out of the office July 17-21 (next week) and August 14-18. Jennifer McComas, DGS, will be out of the office during much of August. If you have documents that need DGS approval, please be sure to keep these dates in mind.

If you are scheduling your prelim oral early in fall semester, be sure to check that we’ve sent your written prelim exam report form to the Graduate School. That form must be in before you can schedule the oral with the Graduate School. Please note that we have an internal form that must be submitted with the Grad School form.

Posted by kwalter at 10:58 AM