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Higher Education Opportunity Act – 2008

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) was signed into law on August 14. The law was designed to empower students and their families to make informed decisions with respect to higher education. This webpage was created in order to fulfill the new consumer information requirements outlined in the HEOA.

https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea08/index.html 


Institutional and Professional Accreditation

Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The following links can be used to find accreditation information.   

https://www.wku.edu/sacscoc2015/

Accreditation Complaints-FAQ

www.sacscoc.org/FAQsanswers.asp

Complaint Form

www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaint%20form.pdf

Complaint Procedures

www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf


Academic Improvement Plan (QEP)

Western Kentucky University is intent on maintaining its position as a leading university. In order to achieve this goal, WKU has developed an academic improvement plan designed to raise student communication skills thereby making them more marketable upon graduation.

https://www.wku.edu/academicaffairs/qep/evidenceargument.php


Private Loans

Private loans that are available for students.

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/types/loans.php


Campus Activities

Student Activities and Organizational Homepage

https://www.wku.edu/sao/index.php 

A list of co-curricular actives that WKU students can take part in.

https://www.wku.edu/sao/


Campus Map

https://www.wku.edu/campusmap.php


Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics

As part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 and the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Campus Security (Minger) Act of 2000 Western Kentucky makes crime and fire information available to the public.

https://wku.edu/police/clerymingerreport.php

Annual Fire Safety Report

https://www.wku.edu/police/documents/2017annualcampussafetyandsecurityreport.pdf 

http://www.wku.edu/ehs/fire/

Minger Act

https://www.wku.edu/police/mingeract.php 

Missing Person Policy

http://www.wku.edu/police/clerymingerreport.php


Career Services

In an effort to better serve students after graduation, WKU’s Career Services offers many services to help students obtain meaningful employment after graduation.

https://www.wku.edu/career/services/


Catalogue of Courses & Programs

Graduate Catalogue

https://www.wku.edu/graduate/prospective_students/catalog.php

Undergraduate Catalogue

https://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/


Code of Conduct and Related Policies

The WKU Student Code of Conduct was designed to help students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

https://wku.edu/studentconduct/student-code-of-conduct.php


College Navigator

The College Navigator was designed to provide user-friendly interface for prospective students to research potential institutes of higher education.

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/


Complaints/Grievance Processes

Academic Freedom

https://www.wku.edu/studentconduct/first_amendment_and_academic_freedom.php

Conflict of interest

www.wku.edu/compliance/documents/conflict_interest_policy.pdf

Conflict of Interest Annual Report

www.wku.edu/sponsoredprograms/documents/wku_fcoi_form.doc     

Complaint Policy for Distance Learners

https://www.wku.edu/online/srp/studentcomplaint.php

Complaint Policy for Faculty (p.50)

https://www.wku.edu/academicaffairs/documents/master-wku-faculty-handbook-22nd-edition.pdf

Discrimination and Harassment Policy

https://wku.edu/policies/hr_policies/2040_discrimination_harassment_policy.pdf

Human Subjects IRB Complaint

https://www.wku.edu/compliance/contactus.php

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education - Consumer Complaints

http://cpe.ky.gov/campuses/consumer_complaint.html 

Students Disability Resources

https://www.wku.edu/sarc/

https://www.wku.edu/online/srp/studentcomplaint.php

Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States

https://www.wku.edu/online/srp/state_directory.php

Sexual Harassment

https://www.wku.edu/eoo/eeo/sexualharassment.php

Student Ombudsman

https://www.wku.edu/academicaffairs/em/student_ombuds.php

WKU Police Complaint

https://www.wku.edu/studentconduct/complainantrights.php

https://www.bgky.org/citizen-resource-guide


Constitution Day

Constitution Day (September 17) commemorates the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787.  In order to strengthen student understanding and appreciation for the Constitution WKU will host several programs designed to showcase the university’s commitment to creating an informed citizenry.

https://www.wku.edu/library/dlps/gov_law/constitution.php


Copyright Policy

WKU’s policy on copyright infringement, including peer-to-peer file sharing and plagiarism. 

General Copyright

https://www.wku.edu/it/security/heoanotice.php

https://wku.edu/handbook/handbook_acceptable_use_policy.docx

Peer to Peer File Sharing

https://www.wku.edu/it/security/filesharing/consequences.php

Plagiarism

https://www.wku.edu/csa/policies/plagiarism.php

Student Publications

http://training.wkuheraldprojects.com/index.php/policy-manual/ 


Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance is an estimate of the total cost, including tuition, room and board, and other expenses (such as transportation) perspective students may incur as a result of one year of attendance.  It is designed to give students a more realistic understanding of the total cost of attendance. 

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/costinfo/calculator.php


Deadly Weapons Policy (2012)       

https://www.wku.edu/emergency/documents/weapons_policy_7-27-12.pdf


Description of Academic Programs

https://www.wku.edu/majors/

http://catalog.wku.edu/graduate/programsoffered/ 


Disability Resource Center

https://www.wku.edu/sarc/


Diversity

Western Kentucky University strives to be a leading university with international reach.  As part of its mission statement to “prepare students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society,” Western Kentucky University is devoted to supporting diversity on campus. 

Demographic Information

https://www.wku.edu/instres/publications.php

Diversity Statement

https://www.wku.edu/diversity/

Nondiscrimination Policy

https://www.wku.edu/eoo/documents/universityadaservicescivilrightscompliance.pdf


Drug Abuse Policy

Staff

https://wku.edu/policies/docs/152.pdf

Student

https://wku.edu/studentconduct/studentdrugcode.php


Drug Abuse Prevention

https://www.wku.edu/hr/safety/preventionresources.php


Faculty

Staff Classification

https://www.wku.edu/hr/compensation/index.php


FERPA Policy

Outlines the legal rights to privacy for students with respect to health and education records kept within the university.

https://www.wku.edu/registrar/ferpa_students.php


 

Financial Aid
Financial Aid Homepage

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/

Staff Directory

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/staff/index.php


Gainful Employment Policy

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/certificates.php


Graduation Rate

https://www.wku.edu/registrar/notification_of_rights.php

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=KY&l=94&pg=2&id=157951


Handbook

Student

https://wku.edu/handbook

Employee/Staff Emergency

https://www.wku.edu/emergency/ 


Information for Veterans and their Families

https://www.wku.edu/veterans/

https://www.wku.edu/sva/#


Net Price Calculator

An additional tool for students to estimate the total price of attendance.

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/costinfo/calculator.php 


Open Records Request

https://www.wku.edu/policies/documents/02030_open_records.pdf


Pell Grants

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/types/grants.php 


 

Private Loans

Private loans that are available for students.

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/types/loans.php


Refund Policy

https://www.wku.edu/bursar/refund_policy.php


Registration Guide

https://www.wku.edu/registrar/


 

Retention Rate

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=KY&l=94&pg=2&id=157951etention


Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients

Loan Cancellation/Deferment

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/types/loans.php

Satisfactory Academic Progress

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/eligibility/sap.php

Student Employment

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/studentemployment/

Student Loan Entrance/Exit Counseling

https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action


State Regulations

https://distancelearning.wku.edu/state_authorization/


Student Handbook

https://www.wku.edu/handbook/


Textbook Information

https://www.wku.edu/wkustore/index.php


Title XI

https://www.wku.edu/eoo/titleix/


Transfer Student Services

https://www.wku.edu/ace/transfer.php


Withdrawal Financial Aid Policy

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/eligibility/enroll-req.php


Withdrawal Procedures

https://www.wku.edu/registrar/withdrawal.php


Vaccination Policy

https://www.wku.edu/healthservices/clinical-services/immunizations-vaccines.php


Voter Registration

https://www.wku.edu/sga/initiatives/voterregistration.php

https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/basics/voter-registration.php

 

Certificates

View a list of certificate programs that are considered eligible for federal financial aid purposes. Such programs meet the definition of “gainful employment” programs per federal regulations and are therefore subject to the Gainful Employment Disclosure requirements.

 

Return to Title IV

Find more information about the Withdrawal and Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) Policy.

 

 

 


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 Last Modified 4/9/18