Regulatory Compliance

Provision Description Responsibility Details
Student Aid Improvements The institution must evaluate the possible impact on , and demand for your institutional aid as a result of the many changes made in student aid, including changes made to the need analysis. Student Financial Services  
Transfer of Credit Assure that your institution has a transfer-of-credit policy, and that it is published on your institution's website.
As part of the law's consumer information requirements, these policies must be "easily accessible" on B-CU's website by August 14, 2009.
Provost,
Registrar's Office,
Communications
Transfer Credit Policy
College Costs

Become familiar with provisions for the publication of college cost watch lists and price calculators , and take note of the use of a new, standard net price calculation.

Institutions must post on their websites a net price calculator no later than two years after the Secretary of Education develops a model net price calculator.

The model calculator was developed Jan 27-28 2009.

Admissions,
IT,
President's Office

Net Price Calculator

Textbooks The institution must begin preparations to assure that by July 1, 2010, required information about textbooks will be posted on the website and provided to the bookstore. Colleges will be required, "to the maximum extent practicable," to disclose information on required textbooks on all Internet-based course schedules. Provost,
President for Finance and Administration,
IT
See www.park.bncollege.com
Crime Reporting

The institution must assure that campus officials responsible for preparing required reports are aware of additional hate crimes to be included in campus crime reports. The new law makes several changes to the campus crime provisions (commonly referred to as the "Clery Act") of the Higher Education Act.

  • Safety Report Polices: Current requirements regarding campus law enforcement policies would be expanded to include plans for coordination with state and local law enforcement agencies for the investigation of alleged criminal offenses.
  • New Hate Crime Reporting: The list of hate crimes to be reported is expanded to include four new crimes: larceny-theft; simple assault; intimidation, and destruction, damage, or vandalism of property.
  • Emergency Procedures/Notification: Institutions must prepare a statement of campus policies regarding immediate emergency response and evacuation procedures.
Office of Public Safety Park Alerts
Campus Emergency Procedures
Institutions must prepare a statement of campus policies regarding immediate emergency response and evacuation procedures. This must include procedures for notifying the campus community "immediately" of a "significant emergency or dangerous situation" "involving an immediate threat" occurring at any of the locations specified in the Cleary Act (i.e. on campus, non-campus buildings or property, and public property). The procedures must be publicized and tested annually. Public Safety,
IT,
Communications
The University's Emergency Management Plan, procedures processes and alerts relative to weather related emergencies, acts of terrorism and disaster are fully established and published in the Campus Safety Booklet.
Consumer Info.
The institutions must assure that campus officials responsible for preparing required reports are aware of new IPEDS collection items for 2008-09. In the college cost section of the new law is a lengthy list of information about each intuition of higher education that is to be posted on the Department of Education's College Navigator Website. Office of Institutional Research The OIR responds to all Items requested by IPEDS on the various reports.
Disaggregation of Graduate Data Graduation data under the "Student Right to Know" provisions of the law would have to be disaggregated by gender, by major racial and ethnic subgroup, by recipients of Pell Grants, by recipients of a subsidized federal loan who did not receive a Pell Grant, and by recipients of neither a Pell Grant nor a subsidized loan. Student Financial Services,
Office of Institutional Research
These data are currently being compiled for review and distribution.
Disciplinary Proceeding The institution must bring campus disciplinary proceedings into compliance. Office of Student Life,
Office of Legal Counsel
Campus Disciplinary Proceedings are in compliance and are posted in the University Catalog.
Disclosures to Students Campus officials must be responsible for required disclosures to students to ensure students are aware of new requirements . Alumni Office,
Career Services,
Provost,
Office of Institutional Research
Disclosures are provided via Student Handbook, University Catalog, University Website and Campus Email.
Teacher Preparation Report Cards Institutions with teacher preparation programs and that receive federal student assistance will have increased reporting requirements on the Institutional Report Cards. Most importantly, institutions will need to set annual goals regarding teacher development in shortage areas identified by their state, and provide assurances that they are working toward those goals. School of Education,
Office of Institutional Research
The information will be captured through the annual planning, budget and assessment process.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention The institution must assure that campus officials responsible for preparing required reports are aware of additional data to be added to the next biennial drug and alcohol review.
  • The number of drug and alcohol-related incidents and fatalities occurring on campus, or as part of an institution's activities that are reported to campus officials.
  • The number and type of sanctions imposed as a result of such incidents and fatalities.
Public Safety,
Office of Student Life

Rights and Responsibilities of Students
Drug Violation Penalty Notice
The institution is responsible for required disclosures to students including written notice advising students of the penalties for drug violations .
Office of Student Life,
Student Financial Services

University Catalog
Fire Safety
The institution must establish procedures and policies to comply with new fire safety requirements .
Student Affairs,
Physical Plant

Park University Campus Safety Booklet
Lobbying Certification
Each institution must annually "demonstrate and certify" to the Secretary of Education that it has not used any funds under the Higher Education Act to attempt to influence a member of Congress in connection with any federal grant, contract, loan, or cooperative agreement. No student aid funding under HEA may be used to hire a registered lobbyist or to pay for securing an earmark.
President's Office,
Vice President for Finance & Administration,
Office of the General Counsel

Missing Person Procedures
Institutions must establish procedures and policies to address missing persons procedures . Institutions providing on-campus student housing must establish a missing student notification policy and procedures for those who reside on campus. Among other things, the student must be given the option to provide confidential contact information for a person to be notified in the event the student is officially reported as missing.
Public Safety,
Office of Student Life,
Communications

University Security is the primary respondent to campus reports to include Missing Persons. The procedures for reporting, preliminary investigations and dissemination of information are established in Security's Standards of Operation. Procedure for contacting security is posted campus-wide .
Peer to Peer File Sharing
The institution must develop a plan to combat illegal file sharing and determine alternatives practicable for your institution. The new law requires institutions to make disclosures to students about institutional policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement.
Office of Student Life,
Office of Legal Counsel,
Public Safety,
IT

Acceptable Use Policy
Post-Graduate Information
Campus officials must be responsible for required disclosures to employment and graduate school/professional education students and institution graduates. Each institution must disclose information about the employment of, and participation in graduate and professional education by its graduates.
Career Services,
Registrar,
Alumni Affairs,
Assessment Office

The Department of Career and Program Services corresponds with graduates via postal mailings, emails and phone, providing graduate school and employment information. Additionally, the department submits an annual report to the University containing data on employed graduates and those enrolled in graduate school.
Voter Registration
Since the 1998 reauthorization of the HEA, colleges and universities have been required to distribute hard copies of in-state voter registration forms to students prior to their state's voter registration deadline. Although the 1998 statute anticipated changes in distributing voter registration forms in the future, it did not specifically state that electronic transmission of the forms was legal. The new law clarifies that e-mail messages with links to the state forms are acceptable, as long as the messages are devoted exclusively to voter registration.
Student Affairs,
CIT

Since the 1998 reauthorization of the HEA, colleges and universities have been required to distribute hard copies of in-state voter registration forms to students prior to their state's voter registration deadline. Although the 1998 statute anticipated changes in distributing voter registration forms in the future, it did not specifically state that electronic transmission of the forms was legal. The new law clarifies that e-mail messages with links to the state forms are acceptable, as long as the messages are devoted exclusively to voter registration.
LEAP
The institution must evaluate the possible impact on, and demand for your institutional aid as a result of the many changes made in student aid, including replacement of Special LEAP (a grant program to states to promote innovative college access programs) by Grants for Access and Persistence (GAP) ; which may change the institution's relationship with the state grant program. Special LEAP was replaced with a new partnership program called Grants for Access and Persistence (GAP).
Student Financial Services
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Student Aid Simplification

Simplification initiatives in the new law primarily focus on changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure it is not a barrier to college access.

The new law includes a requirement for the Secretary to evaluate the current financial aid award letters used by colleges with an eye toward creating a single, national disclosure form. Not included in the law, however, are any of the earlier proposals to eliminate several core student aid programs (including Perkins Loans, SEOG, and LEAP) in the name of "simplification."

Financial Aid,
Student Affairs

The B-CU Office of Student Financial Aid is aware of: regulations that will loosen criteria in determining the status of independent students, data is automatically pulled regarding social security benefits, veterans' status, citizenship status, and draft registration. We concur that these steps are necessary to ensure fewer barriers to college access.
Student Loan Sunshine
The law imposes new restrictions on colleges and student loan lenders (both federal and private). In order to prevent conflicts of interest between colleges' lender relationships and their responsibilities to students, issues addressed include "prohibited inducements" by lenders, new disclosures to borrowers, and requirements for institutional codes of conduct. The law also defines the requirements for preferred lender lists.
Under the new law, colleges can be held liable for the actions of certain "institutional-affiliated organizations," such as alumni associations and athletic booster clubs.
Student Financial Services,
Athletics,
Alumni Office,
University Advancement

Veterans Readmission
The institution must comply with new readmission requirements for veterans . The law includes a new section requiring institutions to readmit veterans who left in order to perform military service.
Admissions,
Park Distance Learning

The only Section of the HEA that applies directly to B-CU is Section 495. This section requires B-CU to adopt formal policies that describe processes that will ensure:

1. That Distance Education Courses have the same standards as face-to-face courses.
2. That the person taking the course is the one who is receiving the credit.

Professional Studies can demonstrate the above requirements through its common course syllabi, on-site advisement, on-campus advisement, and administrative oversight site visits.

This issue is also addressed in the University Policy and Procedures Manual - under
Distance Learning

Articulation Agreements
The new law requires an institution to disclose its transfer of credit policies, including any criteria it uses to make credit transfer decisions and a list of institutions with which it has articulation agreements. These policies must be published on the institution's Website
Registrar,
Communications,
IT

All non-articulated equivalency guides can also be accessed from the Office of the Registrar
Disability Services, Guidelines and Accommodations
Park University Notification and Documentation Policy for Special Assistance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [Revised 6/17/2011]
Office of General Council

Reference: Disability Guidelines

Student Consumer Information
The following is consumer information that is available to students by request and where that information can be obtained: Accreditation, Annual Campus Security Report, Cost of Attendance, Disability Guidelines, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information, Educational Program at Park University, Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Financial Aid Information, Graduation Rate Survey, Study Abroad Programs
Student Financial Services (Financial Aid Office)
Reference: Student Financial Services - Consumer Information
Gainful Employment Programs
Gainful employment programs are those that are offered by Park University that lead to a certificate or other non-degree credential, and for which students may receive federal financial assistance. The information is being provided per federal regulation.
Student Financial Services (Financial Aid Office),
Graduate School

Reference: Gainful Employment Programs

Federal Financial Aid for 2011-2012
Legislation for federal financial assistance including 2nd Pell grant in a year, satisfactory academic progress, and repeated coursework.
Student Financial Services (Financial Aid Office)

Reference: Limitations on Pell Grants

Satisfactory Academic Progress
Park University process, policy and progress appeal for satisfactory academic progress.
Student Financial Services (Financial Aid Office)

Reference: Student Financial Services - Satisfactory Academic Progress