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Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs provide the following information to current as well as prospective students.

 

Click on the following numbered item to find information on it below:

1. Academic Programs

Detailed information about academic programs can be found on the University website at www.swau.edu and in the online bulletin at http://catalog.swau.edu. Individuals responsible for disseminating of academic information are:

Dr. Amy Rosenthal, Vice President for Academic Administration - Findley Building

Jason Kowarsch, Registrar - Records Office, Findley Building

2. Accreditations

More information can be found at: Accreditation and Non-Discrimination Policy.

The individual responsible for dissemination of accreditation information is:

Dr. Amy Rosenthal, Vice President for Academic Administration - Findley Building

3. Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

The Employee Drug Policy is distributed to employees by email each year. A copy can be obtained from the Human Resources Department.

The Student Drug Prevention Policy is available in the Student Handbook on the University website.

Individuals responsible for dissemination of the Alcohol and Drug Policy are:

Denise Rivera, Human Resources Director - Administrative Office - Findley Building

James The, Vice President for Student Services - Administrative Office - Findley Building

4. Campus Security Policies, and Crime Statistics and Crime Log

The University Security statistics may be viewed at: Safety & Security Reports

The individual responsible for dissemination of these policies and statistics is:

Keith Beucler, Director, Campus Security - Campus Services Office

5. Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions

More information can be found at: Academic Integrity policies.

The individual responsible for disseminating this information is:

Dr. Amy Rosenthal, Vice President for Academic Administration - Findley Building

6. Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance.

Additional information in regard to this restriction can be obtained by contacting:

Student Financial Services - Findley Building

7. Financial Aid

The Finances section of the University website and the online Bulletin as well as the Student Financial Services publications include information about the following:

  • need-based and non-need-based federal, state, local, private and institutional financial assistance programs available to students;

  • eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for aid;

  • criteria for selecting recipients and determining amount of award;

  • methods and frequency of disbursements of aid;

  • financial aid terms and conditions, including terms applicable to employment provided as part of a financial aid package;

  • rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV, HEA loans;

  • the availability of financial aid for study abroad programs;

  • how financial aid is handled when students withdraw;

  • and whom to contact for questions regarding financial aid.

Federal notices concerning the terms and conditions of federal student loans, entrance and exit counseling information, drug violation penalties, and the code of conduct for financial aid professionals and advisory disclosure are available.

Individuals responsible for dissemination of financial information are:

Duane Valencia, Asst. Financial VP, Student Finance and

Student Financial Services Staff - Findley Building

 

 

8. Fire Safety Report and Fire Log

The fire safety report and fire log can be found at:

Fire Reports 2007-2014

The individual responsible for dissemination of safety information is:

Sean Amos, Director of Campus Services - Campus Services Office

9. Graduation and Retention Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act)

Graduation and Retention Rates can be found in the Student Consumer Information section of the website at: Student Outcomes.

The individual responsible for dissemination of these statistics is:

Dr. Tom Bunch, Director of Institutional Research - Findley Building

10. Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)

EADA Report.

The individual responsible for dissemination of this information is:

James The, Vice President of Student Services - Findley Building

11. Missing Student Notification Procedure

The individual responsible for dissemination of safety information is:

Sean Amos, Director of Campus Services - Campus Services Office

12. Net Price Calculator

A federally mandated estimator of college costs can be found at:

Net Price Calculator

Individuals responsible for dissemination of this information are:

Enga Almeida, Vice President for Enrollment - Findley Building

Duane Valencia, Asst. Financial Vice President, Student Finance - Findley Building

13. Placement in Employment

Job placement rates can be found under Student Outcomes in the Consumer Information on the University website at: Student Outcomes.

The individual responsible for dissemination of these statistics is:

Dr. Tom Bunch, Director of Institutional Research - Administrative Office - Findley Building

14. Price of Attendance

The price of attendance including estimated costs for personal, transportation, and living expenses while attending Southwestern is located at: Estimated Costs.

Individuals responsible for dissemination of cost information are:

Duane Valencia, Asst. Financial Vice President, Student Finance and

Student Financial Services staff - Findley Building

15. Privacy of Student Records

Southwestern FERPA policies may be viewed in the online Bulletin on the University website at: Student Records - Student Rights (FERPA).

The individual responsible for dissemination of FERPA information is:

Jason Kowarsch, Registrar - Records Office - Findley Building

16. Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal, and Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid

The institutional and the federal and state aid refund policies and procedures are described in the Finance section of the online Bulletin and on the University website and can be viewed at:

Return of Federal/State Funds

Tuition, Room & Board Institutional Refund

Individuals responsible for dissemination of refund information are:

Duane Valenc, Asst. Financial Vice President, Student Finance and

Student Financial Services staff - Findley Building

17. Services for Students with Disabilities

The services available to students with disabilities are described in the online University Bulletin at: ADA Support

The individual responsible for dissemination of this information is:

Dorie Cruz, Director of Students with Disabilities, Counseling & Testing - Scales Hall

18. Stalking, Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault Response Protocol

For more information see our Sexual Assault Support policy.

To meet the requirements for the newly enacted Campus SaVE Act, mandated training for all faculty, staff, and new students took place during the 2014-2015 academic year. From the 2015-2016 academic year forward, all new faculty, staff, and students are required to undergo the same training.

The individual responsible for directing this process is:

Sean Amos, Director, Campus Services - Campus Services Office

19. Student Body Diversity

Information about student diversity at Southwestern can be found in the Consumer Information section of the University website under General Institutional Information at: General Institutional Information.

The individual responsible for dissemination of this information is:

Dr. Tom Bunch, Director of Institutional Research - Administrative Office - Findley Building

20. Teacher Preparation Program Report

Teacher Preparation Program statistics can be viewed under the Student Consumer Information section of the University website at: Teacher Preparation Program.

The individual responsible for dissemination of Teacher Preparation Program information is:

Dr. Marcel Sargeant, Professor, Education - Pechero Hall

21. Textbook Information/Required Course Materials

Textbook information for Southwestern courses can be found at the online University Bookstore at: SWAU Bookstore

The individual responsible for dissemination of textbook information is:

Marcela Wall, Director, Bookstore - Mabee Center

22. Title IX and Sex Discrimination Policy

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. For more information see our Full Title IX Policy.

The Title IX Coordinator is:

Greg Wicklund, Assistant Vice President for Financial Administration - Findley Administration Building

23. Vaccination Policies

The University vaccination policy can be viewed in the online Student Handbook at:

Meningitis Requirements for Students.

The individual responsible for dissemination of vaccination policies is:

James The, Vice President for Student Services - Findley Building

24. Voter Registration

Information on how to register to be able to vote in public elections can be found on the University website under Student Consumer Information at: Voter Registration.

The individual responsible for dissemination of voter registration information is:

James The, Vice President for Student Services - Findley Building

25. State of Texas - Student Complaint Process

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) adopted rules codified under Title 19 of the Texas Administrative Code, Sections 1.110 - 1.120, on October 25, 2012. The rules create a student complaint procedure to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s “Program Integrity” regulations, which require each state to have a student complaint procedure in order for public and private higher education institutions to be eligible for federal Title IV funds. In December 2011, the Office of Attorney General of Texas issued an opinion stating that THECB has authority under Texas Education Code Section 61.031 to promulgate procedures for handling student complaints concerning higher education institutions. Instructions for filing a complaint can be found at:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

26. Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Complaint Process

The complaint process for the institution’s accreditation organization can be found at: SACSCOC Frequently Asked Questions.

27. Federal Student Loan Disputes

Please use the following information to contact the FSA Student Loan Ombudsman Group:

Via online assistance: Federal Student Aid

Via telephone: (877) 557-2575

Via fax: (202) 275-0549

Via mail:

U.S. Department of Education

FSA Ombudsman Group

830 First Street, NE, Mail Stop 5144

Washington, DC 20202-5144