Student Spotlight

Chauncey R. Syposs IV, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • Undergraduate Studies: Undergrad: Biology and Philosophy (Canisius College); Graduate: Human Anatomy and Cellular Biology (University of Buffalo School of Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Multicultural Club, acting Treasurer and Secretary, Students for Choice

Why did you choose RVU? RVU had a great reputation for its board scores and the structure of its curriculum. Being less than an hour...
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Faculty Spotlight

Rachel M.A. Linger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

  • Hometown: Dunkirk, MD
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Science in Biology with high honors in Zoology (University of Maryland)
  • Graduate Studies: Doctoral degree in Pharmacology (University of Colorado); Post-Doctoral Fellowship investigating novel biologic targets for new therapies in lung cancer and leukemia

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the COM and MSBS programs; pharmacology is taught as separate courses...
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Office of the Registrar

The mission of the Registrar’s Office is to maintain the integrity, accuracy, security and storage of all academic records while providing timely, exceptional services to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and outside organizations with whom we interface.  We are committed to efficiency and friendliness in our work, valuing diversity and compassion, while maintaining integrity, professionalism, and respect for others.

Services provided include:

  • Transcript requests
  • Enrollment verification
  • Course registration
  • Student/graduate academic and permanent records
  • Enrollment data calculations and reporting
  • Boards registration/scores/boards score letters
  • Class rank
  • Medical records and forms
  • Student information updates: address changes, emergency contacts, etc.
  • Background checks and drug screens
  • Commencement
  • Residency, licensure and degree verifications
  • Official notary
  • Name changes
  • Replacement diplomas

Rocky Vista University informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, annually. This Act was designated to protect the privacy of educational records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education 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 that 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.
  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. 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 procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  1. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, 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 interests.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 Trustees; 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; or parents/legal guardians of dependent students.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. The following is considered “Directory Information” at Rocky Vista University and will be made available to the general public unless the student notifies the Office of Student Records in person or in writing before the last day to add classes.Student’s name, telephone numbers, all addresses, e-mail address, photographs for University publications and web sites, place of birth, college, major, honors, awards, enrollment status, classification, dates of enrollment, degrees conferred, dates of conferral, graduation distinctions and the institution attended immediately prior to admission.
  1. FERPA permits the disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations.Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, § 99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student:
  • To other school officials, including teachers, within [School] whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§ 99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under § 99.37. (§ 99.31(a)(11))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of § 99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§ 99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of § 99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§ 99.31(a)(14))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))
  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Rocky Vista 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 20202-4605.

Source: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/ps-officials.html

Please email completed forms to registrar@rvu.edu or mail to the following address:

Office of the Registrar
Rocky Vista University
8401 South Chambers Road
Parker, CO 80134

Follow these instructions to update your personal information:

  1. Go to MyVista at https://myvista.rvu.edu and log in.
  2. Click on the tab at the top labeled, “Students.”
  3. On the menu at the left side of the screen, you’ll see a section in red titled, “Critical Student Information.” Click on this.
  4. Fill out the form.

If you have any questions or issues with filling out the form, please contact the Registrar’s office at registrar@rvu.edu or (720) 874-2466.

Student Regalia

For the commencement ceremony, you must rent regalia. This includes a cap, gown, hood, and tassel. You may rent these items through the approved website, which will be provided. Immediately following the commencement ceremony, you will return the items (except for the tassel) at the Chambers Grand Salon in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

 

Guest Hooder Registration and Regalia

During the commencement ceremony, a guest hooder of your choosing will hood you with your doctoral colors. You may select one immediate family member (parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling, or child) or an important mentor (e.g. RVU Faculty member) with a terminal degree at the doctoral level (DO, MD, JD, EdD, DVM, PhD, PharmD, etc.).**

It will be your responsibility to register, pay for, and pick up your guest hooder’s regalia. You may rent these items through the approved website, which will be provided to you. Immediately following the commencement ceremony, they will return any rented items at the Chambers Grand Salon in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

If you have opted to have an RVU faculty member hood you, you do not need to rent regalia for him/her.

 

Diploma and Guest Hooder Information

Students must fill out the diploma form (which will be made available to you prior to graduation), specifying how they would like their name to appear on the diploma, as well as how to pronounce each name. No one wants his or her name to be mispronounced during one of life’s most important moments!

This is your full name as it currently appears. Please indicate any changes you would like on your diploma at the link below. Any changes must be approved by the Registrar, Linda Cairns.

  • You are welcome to include – or not – your middle name. Think about how you want to be known professionally.
  • You should use your full name and not your nickname. (William, not Bob; Sandra, not Sandy).
  • If you will be changing your name before graduation, let the Registrar know; fill in your name as it WILL be when you graduate. You MUST turn in proper paperwork for the name change at the time this form is completed or let the Registrar know your timeframe.
  • If you will be changing your name after graduation (marriage, divorce, etc.) and would like your new name on your diploma, let the Registrar know. Fill in your name as it WILL be when you change your name. Your diploma will be held until you turn in the change of name paperwork.
  • Replacement diplomas after graduation will be $50 (damaged, lost, future name changes, etc.).
On this same form, you will register your guest hooder, specifying their name, correct pronunciation of their name, their degree, and their relationship to you. This information will be read aloud, so verify it is accurate. You can also choose to have a press release of your graduation sent to your hometown newspaper.