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The Registrar determines who is a student at Colby College, and what their academic status is. Academic status codes fall into eight categories:
As the Colby College Catalogue states, "...the College's official means of communication is electronic" (page 19, 2005-06 catalogue). All active students need access to e-mail and the web in order to communicate with faculty and classmates, and password-protected webpages are used for registration and class activities. So, all current students require a Colby computer account.
Students are the first six categories above have the right to a computer account. Suspended students (category 6, academic status "RW") are the one exception to this rule. The Dean of Students may revoke computer account privileges for a suspended student if she deems it appropriate.
New students accepted for the upcoming semester (category 7) need a computer account in order to register for courses via the web. ITS creates these accounts at the request of the Registrar. ITS has devised a system whereby an incoming student can activate their computer account before arriving on campus. The new student is mailed (US Postal Service) a code word and instructions on how to activate their account via a Colby webpage. The student uses the code word and other personal information to set a password via the web. Their account is then activated and becomes fully functional.
If a new student defers admission after acceptance (category 7, academic status "DF") and a computer account has been created, that account will be closed. It will be reopened when the student returns to "AC" (accepted) status.
Category 8 encompasses all other possibilities. The policy of the Dean of Students states that, where appropriate, computer accounts for inactive students should remain open for one year. The College wants students to return to active status as soon as possible; an active computer account can aid in a student's return to the Colby community. Table 1 lists the academic status codes for category 8, their meanings, and whether or not an account will be held open for a one-year period.
Eventually all students end up in category eight somehow. At what point is their computer account closed? A student's account is immediately closed upon the events of death, expulsion, transfer, canceling registration, or failure to pay monies owed to the College. The accounts of visitors (and auditors) are closed at the end of the semester. The accounts of students "in limbo" (status IS, MD, PG, UN, or WD) are left alone for one year after change to this status. After one year, the account will be closed without warning. Students on medical leave are granted extra consideration by ITS, in consultation with the Dean of Students.
Graduates (status PG, RC, and GR) may keep their accounts open after graduation. The accounts of December graduates are left alone during the following Spring semester. The accounts of all December and May graduates are kept open until September 1. Graduates may request (in person) that their accounts be held open until December 15 of the year in which they graduate. All other graduates have their accounts closed on September 1 following their graduation date.
Rhodes scholars, Fulbright scholars, and IBM Watson scholars may request that their Colby accounts be held open for the period of their scholarship, up to two years following graduation.