Official ISU Information - For All Students Fall 2017

Iowa State University distributes the following information to all students on an annual basis.
Iowa State University is required by law to make available to enrolled students, prospective students, and their parents certain information about its operations. Such information pertains to: (1) general institutional operation, (2) financial assistance, (3) general completion, retention and graduation rates, (4) annual security report and transfer out rate, (5) completion and graduation rates for student athletes, and (6) athletic program participation rates and financial support. See ISU Consumer Information for more information.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Disability Resources (DR), provides support and guidance to qualified ISU students, faculty, and staff as it relates to providing reasonable accommodations and access for those with learning, physical, and/or psychological disabilities. For more information regarding requirements and services, visit the Student Disability Resources website or call 515/294-7220.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. The ISU FERPA annual notification to students is available on the Office of the Registrar's website.

The 1998 Higher Education Act requires all post-secondary institutions to annually distribute voter registration information to all students. For more information on voter registration, visit the Iowa Secretary of State's website.


Iowa State University is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning, work and residential living environment for all its community members. The University recognizes that the unlawful or improper use of alcohol and other drugs interferes with the University's mission by negatively affecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. ISU takes this issue seriously and has policies and services devoted to reducing and preventing drug and alcohol abuse and use on campus and in the workplace.

Federal regulations require the Office of Student Financial Aid to monitor the academic progress of students receiving financial aid. The regulations also require implementation of a financial aid census date policy.  For more information on this policy as well as policies regarding FAFSA Verification, Enrollment Status, Concurrent Enrollment, Second Bachelor's Degrees, Tax Extensions, CA & RA Positions, Veteran's Benefits, and Withdrawal from Classes, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

It is important to remember to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year between October 1 and December 1 in order to be considered for priority financial aid.
The ISU Alert System quickly alerts Iowa State University students, faculty and staff of potentially dangerous situations on the Iowa State University campus. ISU Alert information for new ISU students was recently added to this system. Please review and update your ISU Alert information.
The ISU Emergency Contact system will provide information for person(s) the university needs to contact in case of a personal emergency (e.g., if you are injured, become ill and cannot transport yourself). Note that this information is separate from your contact information and needs to be updated. To submit your emergency contact information, go to AccessPlus and choose "Emergency Contact" from the left navigation menu on the homepage. This contact information is considered confidential and is only available to campus emergency response staff.
As a registered student, your name, major, and year-in-school will be published in the ISU Directory unless you request that your information be suppressed.

To opt out of ISU Directory/Public information, click on the Address Change link on the Student tab in AccessPlus. See the Student Records portion of the catalog for details about the confidentiality policy.

Check out the ISU Policy Library for policies for everything from parking regulations to academic grievances. The University Catalog, is also a good resource.

Iowa State University is committed to treating all students fairly and respectfully. The university’s policies that apply to students are available in the University Policy Library. Academic policies are included in the University Catalog. In addition there are policies within individual offices/departments (e.g. Department of Residence policies). See the Student Complaint
hompepage for more information regarding student complaints and how to file a formal complaint.

  • Annual Security Report: This DPS report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as crime prevention, fire safety, law enforcement authority, how to report a crime, the ISU Alert System, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance relating to security and safety on campus.
  • Note to Graduating Students: Access Plus is available to you AFTER graduation! Use it to order your transcript from any computer. Call 294-1840 if you need your Access Plus password reset.
  • Your e-mail account will be active for a limited time after you graduate. More information is available on the IT-Cymail website.
  • Security is important. Make sure your AccessPlus password is unique to strengthen security for your data. If you forget your password, help is available by going to AccessPlus from the Iowa State University homepage.
  • Third Party Access allows you to grant access to selected personal information to a trusted Third Party. For example, Third Party Access allows you to set up a special account for your parent or family member to view your grades and/or pay your university bill.
  • If you need enrollment status certification for health insurance or other purposes, you may print a free official Enrollment Verification Certificate by selecting "Enrollment Cert" on the AccessPlus student tab.
  • You can order a copy of your official ISU transcript by selecting "Grade & Transcripts" on AccessPlus and then "Order Transcript."
  • Midterm grades for Fall 2017 will be available Saturday, October 14 for undergraduates not making satisfactory progress. To see if you have midterms, choose "Grade & Transcripts".
  • Your registration start date and time for Spring 2018 will be available beginning Tuesday, Oct. 3. To access your start date, choose "Current Student Info" under the student tab in AccessPlus.
  •  If your course has an online presence it may be found in Blackboard or Canvas, Iowa State’s Learning Management Systems (LMS). To log into an LMS: open a web browser, navigate to the Iowa State University website, locate the "Sign Ons" link found on the upper right corner (above the search box), and then select “Canvas” or “Blackboard.” If you don’t see your course after logging in, contact your instructor. In spring 2018, Iowa State will only use Canvas as the campus-wide LMS.
  • Don't engage in the illegal sharing of copyrighted music, movies, TV shows, or software.  Those "free" files can end up costing you a lot.  More information can be found on the IT website.