Banner Information

Logging In
  1. Double click the BANNER icon on your desktop to log into PROD – production, live database.
  2. When the logon window appears, type your username, tab, enter password, press enter or click on connect.

If you are wanting to login to UPGR for learning or practice purposes, you will need to go to Start, .Banner.CC.VPA.GASOU, then choose UPGR. This is the test database and will not affect the PROD version.


After you are logged in
  1. You can navigate thru the menu shown by double clicking on the menu and form names.
  2. You may also enter into the Go To… box the 7 character form name. Some commonly used forms:
    • Course Schedule: SSASECT, ZSASECT, SSASECQ
    • Class Roster: SFASLST, SFAALST
    • General Student Information: SGASTDN
    • Addresses: SOADDRQ
    • Telephone Numbers: SPATELE
    • Student Schedule: SFAREGQ
    • Student Registration Audit Trail: SFASTCA
    • Admissions Information: SAAADMS
    • Hold Information: SOAHOLD
    • Update Advisor: SGAADVR

To change your Banner Oracle Password

In the Direct Access box enter form name GUAPSWD or click on the option Change Banner Password on the right side of the screen. Type your current password, tab, type the new password, tab, type the new password again, SAVE, Exit. You will receive a message “Password has been changed reconnecting”. The next time you logon to Banner you will use this new password. NOTE: If you change your password in PROD, you may also want to change it in UPGR.


Helpful Hints
  • Watch MESSAGES at the BOTTOM of the FORM
  • Maximize your window
  • The form name and database instance are displayed in the title bar
  • Field names that are blue indicate there should be list of values for the field, press F9 or double click in field
  • The flashlight button indicates you can perform a search on that field, click on flashlight button
  • Always remember to save if you make any changes in a form
  • Watch for scroll bars, this will provide more information: click on the scroll bar or use your arrow keys to see
  • Terms are signified by 6 numbers, the first four are the year and the last two are the month the term begins (for example: Spring 2012 = 201201)
  • To exit out of a QuickFlow while in the middle of one – click on File then Exit QuickFlow

Downloadable Documents
Please review each tab on this page before opening the request form on the last tab.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The intent of this legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records.  The Act applies to all institutions that are the recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education.  Additional details regarding FERPA can be found at:  http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html


Directory Information

Georgia Southern has defined directory information to include student’s name, post office box, local telephone number, class level, major, participation in activities, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and most recent educational institution attended.  This information is considered public information and will be released to those requesting such information unless the student has specifically requested that the information in this category be restricted.  Students who wish to prohibit the release of Directory Information may present a written request to the Registrar and such information will not be released.  However, requests that directory information be withheld from a written publication must be received in sufficient time to prevent delay in processing that publication.


Annual Notice of Privacy Rights

Georgia Southern is covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) which is designed to protect the student’s rights with regard to educational records maintained by the institution.  Under this Act, a student has the following rights:

  • The right to inspect and review education records maintained by this institution that pertain to the student;
  • The right to challenge the content of records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading or a violation of privacy or other rights; and
  • The right to control disclosures from the education records with certain exceptions.

Education Records

“Education Record” means generally any record maintained by and for Georgia Southern University which contains information directly related to the student.  However, the records listed in the following category are excluded.


Restricted Records

The following records are considered restricted and are not included in the “Education Records” noted above.  They are not available for inspection by the student or his representative except as noted.

  • Records kept by education personnel which remain in the sole possession of the maker.
  • Law enforcement records maintained by Public Safety.
  • Employment records which relate exclusively to employment.
  • Records of professionals providing medical or psychological treatment to the student.  However, the student may have an appropriate professional review of such records.

Student Right of Access to Records

Any student, regardless of age, who is or has been in attendance at Georgia Southern University has the right to inspect and review his or her “Education Record” within a reasonable period of time after requesting to do so (not to exceed 45 days).  However, the student shall not have access to:

  • Financial records of parents.
  • Confidential letters or recommendation concerning admissions placed in the record prior to January 1, 1975.
  • Letters of recommendation concerning admission, application for employment or honors for which the student has signed a waiver.
  • Transcripts received from other institutions.  Students may inspect transcripts from other institutions but may not obtain copies of these records.  Students may request personal copies of these records from the institutions that issued them.

Any student desiring to inspect his “Education Record” should consult the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official designated as responsible for that part of his record to be inspected.


Release of Education Records

Release of personally identifiable student information will not be allowed without the written consent of the student except as follows:

  1. Georgia Southern University personnel, where such persons have a legitimate educational interest and demonstrate a need to know to the official responsible for the record.
  2. Officials of other schools where the student seeks to enroll.  The student will be notified of the release of such information and will be provided a copy of the record if requested.
  3. Representatives of Federal Agencies authorized by law to have access to education records, and state education authorities.
  4. Appropriate persons in connection with a student’s application for receipt of financial aid.
  5. State and local officials to whom information must be released pursuant to a state statute adopted prior to November 19, 1974.
  6. Organizations conducting studies for the institution.
  7. Accrediting  organizations.
  8. Parents of a dependent student, as determined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.
  9. Necessary persons in emergency situations to protect health and safety.
  10. Persons designated in subpoenas or court orders. (Records will be released in compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.  However, every reasonable effort will be made to notify the student in advance of the compliance).

Students may complete a FERPA Consent form to authorize release of their educational record information to specific individuals named in the release by completing the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Consent form in the Student’s Personal Setting menu in their MyGeorgiaSouthern (https://my.georgiasouthern.edu/) account.

I have read the above and am ready to proceed to the REQUEST FORM.


It is vital that all data entry be consistent to avoid duplication of records and to simplify searches. Entered data must also look professional and attractive when inserted into word processed documents. The following standards are intended for guidelines for data entry.

Please enter all information in upper and lower case.


Identification (ID) Numbers

The Eagle ID should be used as the ID number for all persons, if available. This is especially critical for persons who are general students and faculty/employees.

If a system generated number is used as ID for a person, the appropriate query must be executed prior to creating the person.

Banner provides an ID/Name Search form which can be accessed by entering the list command in the first Key ID block. Make sure to check all possible spellings and ID’s. Also use soundex search.

When searching for a name with a prefix or suffix (Mr., Mrs., Jr., III), the prefix or suffix will not be retrieved.


Names

Full legal name should be entered on SPAIDEN, with middle name spelled out. If legal name is unknown, enter as complete a name as possible and update name when information is available.

First and Middle Names

Whenever possible spell out the full name. If you must use an initial, follow it with a period. Banner allows 15 characters for first and middle names. If a first or middle name is too long to fit, enter the middle initial, then enter the entire name in the Comment Form (SPACMNT).

For Comment Type, enter:

  • FRS for first name
  • MID for middle name
  • For Originator enter NAME
Last Names

Always spell out last names. Banner allows 60 characters for last names but only displays 20. If the last name is longer than 20 characters, enter as much as possible, then enter the entire name in the Comment Form (SPACMNT).

For Comment Type, enter:

  • LST
  • For Originator enter NAME
  • For persons with more than three names, enter all names in Legal Name field on SPAPERS.
Prefixed, Suffix, or Double Names

Names beginning with prefixes (Mac, Van, Di, etc.) require some attention. The following section defines standards to use when entering such names.

  • Mac, Mc
    • Spell the name as the person does
    • If that spelling is unclear (as with poor handwriting), capitalize the second part of the name. (MacDonald rather than Macdonald)
    • Do not type a space between the two parts of the name (McDonald rather than Mc Donald)
  • Van, Von, Da, De, Di
    • Spell the name as the person does
    • If that spelling is unclear (as with poor handwriting), capitalize both parts and type a space between them. (Van Konsky rather than vanKonsky; De Martino rather than Demartino.)
    • Be consistent. Once you have decided on a spelling for a person’s name, spell it that way everywhere
  • O’
    • Always capitalize both parts of the name. Do not type a space between the parts. (O’Leary rather than O’ leary.)
    • Enter hyphenated last names with no spaces between the hyphens. For example: Smith-Jones Cochran-Ansley
  • Names using a first initial and middle name should be entered as follows – Example:  R. Maureen Smith  – R. (first name), Maureen (middle name), Smith (last name)

Use periods after prefixes and suffixes where applicable. For example:

  • Miss
  • Rev.
  • Mrs.
  • Jr.
  • Mr.
  • II
SPAIDEN

On SPAIDEN, enter last, first, and middle without truncating or to the first space, whichever is appropriate. Print parameters will enable user to select first name and middle initial only if desired.

Example: Ann Marie Smith Jones would be (last) Jones, (first) Anne, (middle) Marie Smith. Use one space between multiple middle names.

Name Changes In Banner
  1. Name change is requested by student and/or alumni.
  2. Is the person enrolled in the current or next two (2) terms?
  3. Name change requests for a current student should be forwarded to namechange@georgiasouthern.edu. THE FOLLOWING STEPS SHOULD ONLY BE DONE BY ADMISSIONS (FOR THE FIRST ACADEMIC TERM) AND THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE.  THESE TWO OFFICES WILL BE THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE ABLE TO MODIFY CURRENT OR FUTURE STUDENTS.

Has the student provided legal documentation?

  • NO – Let the student know the change cannot be made until legal documentation is provided.
  • YES – Make the name change in the “Current Identification” block in SPAIDEN and notify the department which may have forwarded a request for a name change.

Addresses
  • If possible, do not use the 2nd Street or 3rd Street Address Line.
  • Only use the second or third line if the address will not fit on the first line.
  • Avoid using the “#” sign and “No.” when possible.  For example, you can enter an apartment number as “Apt.” followed by the number.  There is no reason to use “Apt. #” or “Apt. No.”.  If you have a situation that seems to require using “#” or “No.”, use the # sign.
  • Be sure to mark the current address and telephone as inactive before entering in the new address & telephone number.

Banner stores addresses and phone numbers according to type.

  • Street, Road, etc.
    • Enter full name of Street, Road, etc. If this makes the entry too long to fit on one line, abbreviate.
  • Compass Directions
    • Abbreviate compass directions and do not place a period after the letter.
      • 50 S Bond Street
      • 10 Park Avenue S
    • Abbreviate compound directions (NE, SW, ) as two letters with no periods, without a space.
      • 17 NE Bail Road
    • When a compass direction follows the street name, abbreviate two-syllable directions and use a comma after the street name.
      • 40 State Street, NW
  • Box Numbers
    • Treat post office boxes as follows:
      • List PO boxes without periods.
        • PO Box 535
      • If an address includes both a PO Box and a street address, put the PO Box on the same line as the street address.
        • 23 Damon Runyon Road PO Box 535
  • Rural Route (RR)
    • Enter a Rural Route (RR) and a box number on the same line.
      • RR 2, Box 77
  • In Care Of
    • Abbreviate In Care of as c/o. Place it on the first address line.
      • c/o Elvis Presley 123 Graceland Boulevard
  • Standard address abbreviations as provided by the United States Postal Service should be used in addresses.
    • City, State ZIP
  • Return through the city and state fields and enter the zip code. If the zip code is in the validation table, the city and state fields will automatically be populated. (Check to make sure the city, state agrees with the one entered. An incorrect zip code could have been provided; therefore, an incorrect city/state will appear.) When a full ten-digit zip code is entered, include the hyphen.
    • 12345-6789
  • If the zip code is not found in the validation table, the city and state must be entered.  Send an email to the Registrar’s Office (dataprocessing@georgiasouthern.edu) including the city, state, zip and county of the missing zip code.  Once this information is entered in Banner, the person will be informed via email of the update.
  • Do not enter US in the nation code when entering addresses in SPAIDEN!
  • Do not enter XX for the state when entering an address of a foreign country.
  • County Field
    • Press list for valid county codes and enter the correct code. (OIIT has populated the County Code Validation Form (STVCNTY).
    • If no county code exists, send an email to the Registrar’s Office (dataprocessing@georgiasouthern.edu) including the city, state, zip of the missing county code.  Once this information is entered in Banner, the person will be informed via email of the update.
  • International addresses
    • The country should be entered in the nation field in SPAIDEN.
    • Some countries refer to their divisions as providence or territory instead of state.
    • Most countries refer to the “zip” code as a “postal” code.
    • Some countries do not have postal codes.

Deceased

For deceased individuals, documentation will be sent to the Registrar’s Office at PO Box 8092 or emailed to regcert10@georgiasouthern.edu.  The account will be updated accordingly.  When inactivating the deceased person’s address, make sure all associated telephone numbers are inactivated.


Email

There should only be one email address for a given email type.


Telephone Numbers

Enter the full phone number, including the area code and an extension when it is available. Do not use parentheses or hyphens to separate the numbers. Banner separates the area code and extension with spaces automatically. For example: Enter as 912 4785555 1234 rather than 912-478-5555 x1234


Dates

Enter all dates as Month, Day Year. The system will format to Day, Month, Year. For example: Enter January 5, 2012 as 1/5/12. If you enter only part of the date, the rest of the current month/day/year defaults.
Note: A dash (-) may be used instead of a slash. (/).

Entering dates for reports/processes run through Job Submission should be entered in a DD-Mon-YYYY format; for example, January 5, 2012 must be entered as 05-Jan-2012.


Duplicates

When a duplicate account is discovered, any department with data for that account as indicated on form GUASYST must be contacted and agreement reached on which account will be retained.  All departments involved with a duplicate record must check the form GUASYST on the duplicate account to insure that all data for all departments is moved to the correct account before the record is coded as DUPLICATE and inactivated. Once all information has been moved to the correct record, the name and id that are chosen to be marked as a duplicate must be coded as the following in SPAIDEN:


Dolphus Lamar Deloach
Last name:  DUPLICATE (Deloach)
Middle name:  Lamar
First Name:  PIDM (Dolphus)
Prefix: No data entered for Prefix
Once submitted properly, the duplicate record will read:  PIDM (Dolphus) Lamar DUPLICATE (Deloach).


The duplicate record will need to be marked as deceased.  The date that the record coded as a duplicate must be the date used as the “deceased” date.  All addresses and telephone numbers for this duplicate record should be made inactive. The social security number needs to be removed from the record that is being marked as duplicate.


Last updated: 5/10/2016

THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR • PO Box 8092 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-5152