Dominicans at GSU Celebrate Nation’s 38th Independence


PR_NewsDefaultThe Grambling State University Black & Gold Room was transformed into a mini-island
paradise when the International Student Organization commemorated the Caribbean island of the Commonwealth of Dominica’s 38 th independence anniversary earlier this month.

The event included the nation’s folk songs, dance and a video presentation on Dominica’s
history and culture. The room was adorned with the bright green, yellow, black and white
colors of the country, commonly referred to as the Nature Isle.

Program chairwoman Nathalie Alfred said the program was geared at spreading
awareness of Dominica since many students and faculty on campus are unfamiliar about this tiny Caribbean island. Additionally, it was an opportunity to bring the sizable Dominican student
population on campus together. About 45 Dominicans are on campus this semester.

Dominica often is mistaken for the Dominican Republic, which is a Spanish-speaking
island that shares landmass with Haiti, Alfred said. The crowd of fellow Dominicans, GSU
student leaders and administrators were informed that the predominant language in Dominica is English, while a small percentage of the population speaks Creole French.

Dominican students used this activity as an opportunity to demonstrate traditional wear
commonly referred to the Wob Dwiyet. The pulsating and rhythmic music captured the
audience’s attention as Dominicans performed their Quadrille and Bèlè n ational dances.

ISO President Niana Celestine, a Dominican double majoring in Computer Science and
Marketing, said the program was a “good opportunity to share our culture, food, language and
dance with the student population.”

Dominica established a partnership with Grambling State University in 2005 and sends
students to acquire undergraduate/graduate degrees in various academic fields.

2016 Fall FERPA Notice


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Grambling State University adheres to a policy of compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Therefore, it is the policy of the University to:

  • Permit students (and eligible parents) to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
  • Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests which identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • Limit disclosure to others of personally identifiable information from education records without student’s prior written consent, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Supervisors; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  • Upon request, the University may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  • Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedure will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to file with the U. S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:Family Policy Compliance Office
    U. S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605The right to obtain a copy of the University’s student records policy. This policy can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

    Additional Information:


Student name, address, telephone number, degrees, awards/honors and date received, dates of attendance, full or part-time status, date and place of birth, classification, photographs, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and email addresses may be released by the University without prior consent of the student. Nevertheless, this information can only be released by the Registrar’s Office. A student may request in writing to the registrar that directory information not be released.


SSN Update for 1098T Annual Solicitation

TAX YEAR 2016!

We are sending this notice to all students via the student GSU email account and ask that students complete the attached W-9s form and return this form to the Student Accounts Office by December 1, 2016. The form may be faxed to 318-274-2302 and/or mailed to GSU, P.O. Box 25, Grambling, LA 71245.

Students may be eligible for tax credits to help meet the cost of college education. As required by the IRS, Grambling State University will prepare a 1098-T tax form to help students claim the tax credits. The form will be available to currently enrolled students online via Banner Web by the end of January 2016. Your social security number (SSN) or tax identification number (TIN) is required by the IRS for verification and to ensure accuracy. We must RECEIVE the completed W-9s by December 1, 2016.

Information about educational tax credits is available through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS Publication 970). According to the IRS, failure to furnish a correct SSN or TIN, person(s) may be subject to a $50 penalty by the IRS unless the failure is due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect (Title 26 IRS section 6723).

Thank you for helping to ensure the information reported by GSU is accurate. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 318-274-2206.


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Form W-9S Request for Student’s or Borrower’s Taxpayer
Identification Number and Certification