Blackboard Privacy Statement
In compliance with federal regulations, the Texas Southern University (TSU) provides
this written procedure for protecting the privacy of students in distance education
courses or programs. In addition to the information provided below regarding the terms
of privacy for the learning management system platform, the Texas Southern University MAPPs computer user policy provides relevant information on protecting the privacy of all university students
including those enrolled in distance education courses and programs.
Users of TSU’s learning management system are assigned a unique login name and an initial password to access this resource, which they are asked to change upon first logon. Faculty, staff, and students are required to protect and maintain the confidentiality of their passwords. Unauthorized access to electronic services may result in risk or liability for the user and/or the system.
Confidentiality of Student Information
Texas Southern University complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended. FERPA sets forth the requirements pertaining
to the privacy of student records, and the rights of students with respect to their
education records. Faculty cannot post any personally identifiable information about
a student to public websites (i.e. websites where the information may be visible to
people outside of a course), or require a student to post personally identifiable
information to any such websites, without first obtaining written consent from the
Support for Online Learning
Support requests for Blackboard are available by contacting the Center for Online
Education and Instructional Technology (COLEIT) @ (713) 313-7242 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. These support requests and the replies may be kept and reviewed to help ensure the
relevance of information presented on this Web site and the usefulness of the replies
from the support personnel.
Tracking Student Attendance
The U.S. Department of Education requires that students complete academic activities before they may be counted in attendance at any time during the semester. The U.S. Department of Education will not accept the simple act of logging into the University’s learning management system as proof of attendance at any time during the semester. Students must complete an academic activity to be counted as attending. For this reason, faculty members are required to include an academic activity for students to complete early in the semester. Completion of this activity will be used to verify students’ attendance and participation in the course.