Asked Questions about Semester Verification
Q: Which students need to complete the "semester
A: An international student at BU is defined as a part-time
or full-time student taking classes who is not a US citizen or
U.S. Permanent Resident. Every new international student MUST complete an initial check-in with the ISSO at the beginning of
an academic program. This includes all graduate, undergraduate,
non-degree, certificate, diploma, special or exchange students.
This also includes continuing BU students who are beginning a
new level of study at BU.
Every continuing international student in F-1 immigration status
must then complete “semester verification” at their
school or college beginning in their second semester on campus
until they complete their academic program. Students in immigration
classifications other than F-1 must check-in with the ISSO at the
start of an academic program however, they are not required to
complete semester verification each semester thereafter.
Q: Does the student need to present documentation (i.e. passport,
license or BU ID) to complete semester verification?
A: No, the picture appearing on the screen should allow the
administrator to identify the student.
Q: Should I complete "semester verification" for students
who I "think" may have returned for the semester but
who have not yet presented themselves for "semester verification".
A: NO. Students must initiate the verification and be responsible
for making certain they complete the verification every semester
to verify their physical presence on-campus.
Q: When should the "semester verification" be completed?
A: Students can begin the verification two weeks prior to
the start of classes until the standard "add" deadline
for the Charles River campus (approximately 2 weeks after
Q: Will the school and college administrators be able to
run lists and reports to determine who has checked in from their
school or college?
A: Yes, UIS has designed reporting tools on the “Faculty/Staff
link” to monitor the verification progress in the departments.
Instructions are located on the ISSO website at http://www.bu.edu/isso/administrators/verification/reports.html
Q: Can I complete the "semester verification" for students
from all schools or colleges at BU?
A: Yes, Students will also be able to complete “semester
verification” at a few central administrative locations at
both the Charles River and the Medical School campuses.
Q: Is it possible that a student’s record may have more than
one warning message?
A: YES, In some circumstances, a student may have multiple,
concurrent messages. In most cases, the student should contact
their advisor at the ISSO.
Q: Should I complete ‘semester verification" for students
who are registered for the semester but not physically present
in the Boston area?
A: NO, Students completing any academic work outside of the
Boston area should contact his/her ISSO Advisor to complete "semester
Q: Do I automatically have the UIS permissions I need to
complete the "semester verification"?
A: Administrators must have authorization from ISSO to gain
access to the semester verification screen. If you need access,
please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to
request access to semester verification. Your message must include
your name, address, school, department, email, UIS Userid and the
academic level of students for whom you will be completing semester
verfication. You must then request ISSS permission from your department
DSA to gain access to “Semester Verification”.