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Registration for any session of the University is contingent upon being eligible for registration. Thus advance registration, (including the payment of tuition and fees), is considered to be invalid if the student is later declared to be ineligible to register due to scholastic reasons. One may also be considered ineligible to register because of financial or disciplinary reasons.

Detailed information about the dates and procedures for advisement and registration may be found at:

Familiarization with the following general points about registration is important:

  1. Registration for a semester is conducted under a registration calendar consisting of three distinct periods. Advance registration occurs during the latter half of the preceding term, final registration immediately preceding the start of classes and late registration during the first week of classes. Late registration is subject to a late fee.
  2. Currently enrolled students are expected to register during the advance registration period. New freshmen, transfer, and re-entry students are provided an opportunity to advance register on specific new student registration days during the advance registration periods.
  3. Students who are unable to advance register may register prior to the beginning of classes during the final registration period.
  4. Students register online within SalukiNet ( after visiting with the advisement center of their college or school.
  5. A student may not attend a class for which he/she is not officially registered. Mere attendance does not constitute registration in a class, nor will attendance in a class for which a student is not registered be a basis for asking that a program change be approved permitting registration in that class. Students should complete the registration process before classes begin.
  6. Enrollment changes to classes are normally made within SalukiNet. After particular deadlines have passed which would prevent the student from doing this, such changes can only be made through the use of an official registration form approved by the advisement center and processed by the Registrar’s Office.
  7. Tuition and fees are payable as billed, and no student shall be allowed to register for classes in any educational unit if they have a past-due balance greater than $1,500.
  8. Students may not drop a course merely by stopping attendance, but must officially drop the course.  Any credit/refund of tuition or fees is determined by the date the course was dropped. Student initiated course drop using SalukiNet will carry the effective date of that action for the purpose of determining tuition and fee refund.
  9. Transfer students admitted on the basis of incomplete transcripts must submit complete transcripts prior to being allowed to register for a second term at SIU. A registration hold is used to ensure final transcripts are received in a timely manner. SIU, Evaluations, Registrar’s Office, Student Services Building MC 4725, 1263 Lincoln Drive, Room 0251, Carbondale IL 62901.

Enrollment in Distance Education and Online Courses for International Students

Per Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G), an online or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing.

  • Only one class or three credits during each term or semester may count toward a full course of study for an F-1 student if the class is taken online or through distance learning.
  • No online or distance learning classes may count toward an English language training student's full course of study requirement.
For SEVP purposes, a course is considered online if 50% or more of it is conducted online.


The faculty of Southern Illinois University Carbondale affirms the importance of prompt and regular attendance on the part of all undergraduate students. Quality instruction clearly depends upon active student participation in the classroom or its equivalent learning environment. In the transition from high school to the university and from the university to the workplace, personal success is directly related to good attendance.

As a caring public institution, SIU has the obligation to encourage its primary constituents, the students, to meet their responsibilities first of all to themselves, but also to their families, their classmates, their instructors and the taxpayers and donors who underwrite higher education in the state of Illinois.

For these reasons the SIU faculty remind undergraduates and their instructors that the first day of class is just as valuable as the last day of class; that work and other extracurricular commitments do not necessarily justify an absence; that holidays begin and end precisely as stated in the University calendar; that instructors should be notified three days prior to religious observances; that major examinations, term papers, and/or assigned projects for one class do not exempt students from their need to attend another; and finally, that some financial assistance at the University is actually contingent upon attendance. Students who need to miss class due to religious observances should refer to the Policy Accommodating Religious Observances of Students at the end of the University Policies section of this catalog.

Students who stop attending a class without officially dropping will be subject to being awarded a WF grade for the class. The WF grade is assigned by the instructor along with an indication of the recorded last date of attendance. The WF grade counts as an F in the undergraduate GPA calculation. The last date of attendance associated with the WF may affect the student’s enrollment status, and thus their eligibility for financial aid.

These guidelines express the faculty’s collective concern for undergraduates and for one important feature of their education here at SIU.

Preferred Name Policy

SIU recognizes that many of its students use a name other than their legal name. As long as the use of a preferred name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, the university acknowledges that a preferred name should be used whenever possible in the course of university business and education. Therefore, the university will permit any student who wishes to choose to identify themselves within the university’s student information systems with a preferred name in addition to their legal name. Some records, such as paychecks, financial aid, or the official transcript, that require use of a legal name, will not change to preferred name. However, whenever possible, preferred name will be used except in the following areas where the use of the legal name is necessitated by university business or legal requirement.

Legal Name Used:

  • Student Accounts (Bursar)
  • Financial Aid
  • Responses to enrollment or degree inquiries such verification requests
  • Official Transcript
  • College of Education Teacher Certification Records (US Dept. of Education)

A preferred name is a first name (i.e., given name) that may be chosen to be used instead of a legal first name. You may specify a preferred name within SalukiNet which will then replace your first (given) name in your directory profile and other records identified earlier. However, you must request that your preferred name (once established) also to be reflected on your Student ID card, SIU e-mail address, and on your diploma when you are ready to graduate.

Preferred First Name Used:

  • Class Roster
  • Grade Reports
  • Advisor/Advisee Lists
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Directory Listing (unless FERPA exclusion)
  • SIU Student ID Card (legal name discreetly presented on back)
  • Diploma
  • SIU email account

SIU is committed to maintaining an environment where inquiry and growth are supported by a shared sense of responsibility and respect toward one another and with this understanding in mind the university maintains the right to decline a preferred name when it is recognized to be offensive to the institution or inflammatory to the student body. Authority to terminate or deny the use of a preferred name resides with the Dean of Students who maintains and has oversight for the Student Conduct Code.

Student Identification Numbers

Effective Fall 2009 all students will be issued a system-generated ID number (referred to as their DAWG Tag) to be used in place of their Social Security number (SSN). The DAWG Tag will be the basis for a student’s Network ID, which provides access to various campus computing systems (such as SalukiNet). The Network ID must first be claimed by the student (at: before the student can use these computing systems.

The SSN may still be needed for things such as financial aid, student employment, and 1098-T reporting. If the SSN on file for the student is incorrect, the student can submit a correction of the SSN to the Bursar’s Office. Official documentation may be required.

Name and Date of Birth

A student’s legal name may be changed upon request to the Records staff within the Registrar’s Office. If the name or the date of birth on file for the student is incorrect, the student can submit a correction to the same office. Official documentation may be required.