FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that gives students certain rights with respect to their education records. The following constitutes the College’s policy regarding FERPA:
+ FERPA Policy
Blackburn College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint to the HLC raises issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, the Commission forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.
- The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Other Grievance Procedures
A student who has a complaint which falls outside the jurisdiction of the disciplinary system, the harassment policy or academic matters should contact the Director of Residence Life or Dean of Students for guidance in making a written complaint. The Director of Residence Life or Dean of Students will offer mediation as an informal means of resolution. If the student chooses a formal resolution of the matter, the Director of Residence Life or Dean of Students will contact the appropriate hearing board.
Major, written complaints submitted by students to the College President, V.P. for Finance/Administration, Provost, and the Dean of Students must by regulation be recorded and shared with the College’s accrediting commission. The identities of the student making the complaint and any other individuals involved in facts of the complaint will be shielded in order to protect confidentiality.
Participants in Title IV Federal Financial Aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, are required to direct students to a state agency for assistance with unresolved complaints. Blackburn College will make available to students or prospective students, upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and state authorization. Blackburn College also provides its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and the state.
Complaints may be filed with the Illinois Board of Higher Education at IBHE Complaints; accessible through the agency’s homepage at www.ibhe.org.
Blackburn encourages each member of the campus community to exercise their right to vote. Students needing to register to vote may do so by obtaining an Illinois Voter Registration Application available on the State Board of Elections web site.
DRUG FREE SCHOOLS AND CAMPUSES ACT STATEMENT
Blackburn strictly prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on college property or as a part of college activities. Unlawful is defined in accordance with local, state, and federal laws. Each student and employee will be expected to meet these standards of conduct. The College will be consistent in enforcing our policy against drugs and alcohol on campus.
Individuals found to be in unlawful possession or use of drugs or alcohol on college property, in connection with college activities or while completing duties as an employee will be subject to judicial action. This action will include a hearing in front of the appropriate College official(s) or board, possibly resulting in referral for drug or alcohol treatment. Individuals found to be selling or trafficking drugs will be subject to the most serious disciplinary action–termination of employment/suspension from the college and referral to legal authorities for prosecution. Legal ramifications, in general, for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol may include: being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony with resulting penalties of supervision, probation, assessment of a monetary fine, imprisonment, or a combination of these.
The college will annually provide to each member of the community information about our policies, health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use, and resources for prevention, intervention, and treatment. Paper copies of this information are available upon request from the Student Life Office.
CAMPUS SECURITY, EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS
Blackburn College is committed to ensuring that our students are as free as possible from any threats to their safety or well being. Fortunately, our rural location affords us the luxury of a relatively low crime rate. In order to anticipate the unexpected, the residence life staff, the campus security force and the students themselves are employed to ensure that students and their possessions are protected as much as possible.
+ Security Policies and Procedures
+ Campus-Wide Emergency Response
+ Crime Statistics and Other Consumer Information
+ 2017-2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
STATEMENT ON CIVIL RIGHTS/NON-DISCRIMINATION
The facilities and services of the College are open to all students without respect to gender, race, color, age, ancestry, religion, marital status, national origin, physical or mental handicap, military status or sexual orientation. The President of the College is the Civil Rights Compliance Officer.
TITLE IX AT BLACKBURN COLLEGE
Title IX provides that “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 receiving Federal financial assistance.” Further information about Title IX can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/coord/titleix.php. And further information about Title IX at Blackburn College can be found here: https://blackburn.edu/why-blackburn/student-life/titleix/.
Blackburn College has a multidisciplinary team that is tasked with the responsibility of addressing and preventing sexual harassment and misconduct on campus. The Multidisciplinary Team consists of a Title IX Coordinator, two Deputy Title IX Coordinators, a team of confidential reporting options, a team of trained investigators, and the College administration.
For more information on Blackburn College’s specific policy, procedures, resources, and reporting option, please visit our full Title IX page found here: https://blackburn.edu/why-blackburn/student-life/titleix/.
Title IX Coordinator Contact Information :
Melissa Jones, Title IX Coordinator
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)
This policy applies to students with disabilities as defined by Section 504 and the ADA. A person is disabled if she or he:
- Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities;
- Has a record of such impairment; or
- Is regarded as having such impairment.
Procedure for Obtaining Adjustments
Blackburn College shall, upon request, consider adjustments for students who have been determined to have a disability. An adjustment is defined by this policy as any reasonable accommodation for a student’s disability as required by Federal regulations.
Blackburn’s College Counselor serves as the primary contact for students requesting adjustments related to a disability; the Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) is the College’s ADA compliance officer. Students requesting an adjustment must present to Counseling Services relevant, verifiable, professional documentation or assessment reports confirming the existence of a disability, and meet with the Counselor in order to confirm the disability claim and to assist College officials in determining what adjustment(s) may be warranted. Information regarding a student’s disability will be treated in a confidential manner in accordance with Blackburn College and Counseling Services policies as well as applicable federal and state law
After the existence of a disability has been confirmed, the Counselor will meet with appropriate college officials to discuss adjustments for the student.
- Academic Adjustments: The Counselor will confer with the Director of the Learning Center and the Provost to make specific recommendations regarding academic adjustments.
- Facilities Adjustments: The Counselor will confer with the Director of Physical Plant and the VPAF to make specific recommendations regarding facilities adjustments.
- Work Program Adjustments: The Counselor will confer with the Associate Dean of Work and Work Program General Managers to make specific recommendations regarding work adjustments.
The student will have two options for implementation of any recommended adjustments:
- (S)he may deliver the letter describing the recommended adjustments to (and conferring with) the individuals involved in determining the implementation of a recommended adjustment.
- The student may request the Counselor to contact those individuals involved in determining the implementation of recommended adjustments.
If an approved adjustment is not provided or followed as outlined by the Provost, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, or the Work Program, the student shall report the matter to the Counselor within fifteen business days of receiving his or her adjustment letter.
If a student has followed the procedures identified in this policy and does not agree with the determination of the existence of a disability and/or the recommended adjustment, he/she may file a grievance by using the grievance procedures listed in this handbook.
GRADUATION & COMPLETION RATES BY GENDER, ETHNICITY, RECEIPT OF PELL
+ Graduation & Completion Rates
WITHDRAWAL PROCESS, REFUND AND RETURN OF TITLE IV FINANCIAL AID
+ Return of Title IV Funds
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS AND ATTENDANCE POLICY
+ SAP Policy for Financial Aid
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
+ Study Abroad
+ Student Diversity for Fall 2017 Enrollment
STUDENT OUTCOMES DATA
+ Retention Rates
+ Graduation Rates
+ Transfer-Out Rates
TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM REPORT
The Teacher Preparation Program Report is available here.
CAREER OUTCOME RATE
Graduates from Blackburn College work in a variety of settings after graduation. The Career Outcome Rate for the Class of 2016 is 97%, as determined through a survey of all graduates approximately six months after commencement. Survey results also found that 17% of undergraduate students immediately continue their education by going on to graduate and professional schools. Our response rate for the 2016 graduating class is 97%.
More information about confidential reporting options and investigation procedures can be found in the B-Book (student handbook).
RESOURCE GUIDE FOR STUDENTS ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
More information can be found here.
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) 2017 Report
Click here to review the Blackburn College EADA Report.