Authorization to Release Information The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (or FERPA, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. At age 18, FERPA rights transfer from the guardian to the student. As a result, there is limited educational information that the Student Advocacy & Accountability office can discuss with anyone other than the student directly. For the office staff to discuss specific incidents and files, an “Authorization to Release Information” form must be signed by the student.
I, ________________________________________, hereby grant the Student Advocacy & Accountability office of Louisiana State University permission to release and/or discuss any/all information within my student disciplinary file and academic record to the LSU Premedical/Predental Review Committee. This information will be used for the purposes of submitting a letter of evaluation to the professional schools on my behalf.
Signature of Student ______________________________________
LSU ID Number ______________________________________
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1. If you have previously used the Premedical/Predental Committee, you may request a copy of your Committee evaluation be sent to the medical/dental schools to which you are re-applying. Only your composite committee evaluation will be sent; faculty letters cannot be sent again by this office. The request form to release a copy of your committee evaluation can be picked up in the BASC Student Services Office, 351 Hatcher Hall. This can only be done the following year after your file is reviewed by the Premedical/Predental Committee. Under no circumstances will the re-applicant be reviewed again by the Committee. There is a $10 charge to have your composite evaluation resent. This must be paid by check or money order only and made payable to the College of Basic Sciences.
2. MCAT registration is available on line (http://www.aamc.org). Check the website for dates. The DAT may be taken at anytime. It is scheduled through the Dental Admission Testing Program and Prometric Registration Center. Registration is available online at http://www.adea.org. Students wanting to repeat the DAT, must wait 90 days before attempting to retake it.
3. It is very important to get your application in early. Earliest submission for AMCAS and AADSAS is approximately June 1, 2013. The AMCAS application is expected to be available via the AAMC web site on approximately May 15, 2013. The AADSAS application is usually available the first week of May. Check the web site for availability (http://www.adea.org).
4. As a reapplicant, it is in your best interest to solicit new faculty letters to be submitted directly to the schools to which you are applying. These letters of evaluation should be written on
departmental/individual letterhead and not on the Committee faculty evaluation form.
5. You should also know that it is generally considered a big “NO-NO” to enroll in a graduate program that you do “NOT” intend to complete.
6. It is usually best to schedule an appointment at the medical or dental school in the summer to discuss how you can improve your application for the following year. You should attempt to obtain new letters of evaluation and to update your application to include new information that was not a part of the original application.