Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to students. The following information is provided to you as a student or potential student of Jackson College (JC) in compliance with federal law. For additional information, including paper copies of any materials, please call the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.


Information about the Institution

Academic Programs and Accreditations
Jackson College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

Many of JC’s occupational programs are accredited by external occupation-specific professional organizations. Information about the program-specific accreditation is available in the JC catalog, program web pages, and on the Quality & Institutional Effectiveness department’s accreditation website.

Inquiries regarding accreditation, licensure or regulation of JC and its programs should be directed to the executive director of quality and institutional effectiveness.

Cost of Attendance
The estimated cost of attendance can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid web page. The cost of room and board at Campus View housing and meal plan options are available on the Campus View Student Housing website.

Public transportation is available for students attending Central Campus and W.J. Maher Campus. Students can take advantage of reduced bus fares offered through Jackson Transportation Authority (JTA). JTA operates a special schedule of services to Jackson College’s Central and North Campus when classes are in session.

Refund Policy
Students may receive a tuition refund for any class dropped on or before the last day of the ADD/DROP period for the course. Information on add/drop dates for course sections, withdrawals and cancelled course sections can be found on the Registration and Records web pages. Jackson College’s Tuition and Fees, Refunds and Adjustments to Student Accounts policy is available on the Policies and Procedures web page.

Return of Title IV, HEA Grant or Loan Aid
Title IV (federal) financial aid is recalculated when a student withdraws from all classes during the first 60 percent of the semester. This adjustment of all types of financial aid funding can result in the student owing money to the College. Students receiving any form of financial aid are advised to check with the financial aid office before withdrawing from any classes. Students are responsible for any financial obligation created by the loss of financial assistance that results from the student withdrawing from class(es).

Services for Disabled Students
The Center for Student Success (CSS) provides disability-related services and referrals; documents disability and conducts needs assessments; facilitates reasonable accommodations; and provides disability-related technical assistance, auxiliary aids/services, and advocacy and training.

Graduate Follow-Up Survey
Each year, Jackson College conducts a Graduate Follow-Up Survey to determine the status of students who have recently graduated.


Information about Financial Aid and Assistance

The Financial Aid Office can assist students in locating programs to assist them with the cost of going to college. The financial aid department provides information about: the types of financial aid; instructions on how to apply and application deadlines.

The U.S. Department of Education’s brochure, Funding Your Education beyond High School, provides information regarding Borrower’s Rights, Responsibilities, Repayment and Loan Consolidation.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Federal or state convictions for the possession or sale of illegal drugs that occur after the age of 18 may affect your eligibility for federal student financial aid. See the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for more information.  Please be advised that under federal law, a recipient of Title IV student financial assistance who is convicted for possession and/or sale of illegal drugs while enrolled as a student at JC, will be ineligible for further Title IV funds for a fixed period of time, as indicated below.

Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 1 yr from conviction date 2 yrs from conviction date
2nd Offense 2 yrs from conviction date Indefinite period
3+ Offenses Indefinite period

* If convicted of both possession and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. The student will lose eligibility again upon a subsequent drug conviction.

For more information, please contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must be making satisfactory academic progress towards completing their Jackson College degree or certificate program. Good academic standing means maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all attempted credit hours. Satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a course of study means completion of 67 percent of all attempted credits.

Completion/Graduation Rates
Overall and athletic graduation, retention, transfer, and job placement rates are published on Institutional Effectiveness & Reporting department website. Jackson College annually reports important data to the National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Feedback Report.

34 CFR; Part 668

Benchmarking Report

VFA Outcomes Dashboards


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

In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on men’s and women’s athletic programs at Jackson College is available online. The report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches’ salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid.

A paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the JC Athletic Director at 517.796.8628.


Campus Safety and Security

Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log
Policies
related to Campus Security are available on JC’s policy website. JC’s Daily Crime and Fire Log is available on the JC Security website. A hard copy of the Crime and Fire Log, for the past 60 days, is available by contacting Campus Security 517.796.8620. JC publishes an Annual Safety & Security Crime and Fire Report that includes crime and fire statistics, emergency procedures, crime prevention and awareness information, campus evacuation procedures and much more.

Missing Student Notification Procedures
JC’s has notification procedures for when a student residing in on-campus housing has been reported missing for more than 24 hours. The Missing Student Notification policy is available on Jackson College’s Policy and Procedures web page.

Copyright Infringement, Computer Use and File Sharing Policy
JC’s Responsible Use policy is designed to provide students and employees with guidance about what is considered responsible use of JC’s information technology resources. All students and employees are expected to comply with all applicable copyright laws. Violations of copyright laws may result in employee and/or student disciplinary action in addition to possible civil and criminal penalties (see summary below).

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is an act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorney’s fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information see the website of the U.S. Copyright office at: www.copyright.gov.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that provides students with the right to review their education records, to request amendment of their records, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information, and to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education. Information regarding the rights of JC students under FERPA is available on the JC Policy website. This information includes JC procedures for reviewing and requesting amendment of education records, notice of the types of information JC has designated as directory information, and students’ right to withhold the release of their directory information.


Gainful Employment

JC keeps gainful employment statistics on all of our degree programs, certificates and concentrations.


Career and Job Placement Services

Jackson College’s Seminar in Life Pathways courses include career exploration and educational planning as a component of the course. The Center for Student Success provides student with the opportunity to learn about their interests, abilities and values and to assist the student to identify and learn about potential careers.

JC students have access to the services of South Central Michigan Works centers located in Jackson, Hillsdale and Adrian to locate current employment opportunities.


Transfer Information

Information regarding transferring to or from JC, including articulation and consortium agreements, is available in the Student Center on the Central Campus, in the main offices at the Clyde E. LeTarte Center in Hillsdale and at JC @ LISD TECH in Adrian. The Transfer website also provides information about articulation agreements for specific programs, the MACRAO agreement for transferring to schools within Michigan and other helpful hints for transfer students.


Student Activities

There are many things for students to do while attending Jackson College. The Office of Student Life sponsors diverse activities.


Voter Registration

Information on voting in local, state and federal elections, including a copy of the Michigan voter registration application form, is available on the State of Michigan website.


Student Complaints

Jackson College desires to resolve student, grievance, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. The Office of the Student Ombudsman is available to assist students to resolve both academic and non-academic complaints.


Study Abroad

The International Student Institute at Jackson College offers study abroad opportunities for students. The International Education and Study Abroad Programs policy can be found on Jackson College’s Policies and Procedures web page.


Out of State Students

Students residing outside of the State of Michigan while attending Jackson College who desire to resolve a grievance should contact the Student Ombudsman. However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your state. Complaints may also be filed with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Graduate Employment and Placement