The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires postsecondary institutions to disclose certain information to future students, current students, and employees.  The content on this Web page is disclosed to you in compliance with federal law. 

If you would like additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please contact the appropriate office or visit the Web pages listed below.

Academic Programs and Faculty
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Information concerning current academic programs and course offerings, including descriptions, is available in the College Catalog.  The campus map includes information regarding campus facilities, including those related to instructional programs.  The Employee Directory provides a quick resource to locate faculty members by department or name.  Each faulty member has a posted photo, email, phone number, educational achievement, courses routinely taught, and the current semester schedule that includes office hours.

Academic Standard
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A student who attempts six or more academic credits must achieve a grade point average of at least 1.75 per semester. Failure to maintain the minimum grade point average of at least 1.75 per semester will result in academic warning for the next semester of attendance. If the grade point is not at least 1.75 at the conclusion of the semester of academic probation, the student may be placed on academic suspension.  A student demonstrating satisfactory academic progress (at least 1.75 for an academic semester) may avoid suspension while remaining on academic warning until the cumulative grade point average reaches 1.75.  Academic warning, academic suspension, and the process  of re-enrolling at Southwestern are explained in the Student Handbook in detail.

Accreditation
Contact:  Dr. Barb Crittenden | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1425

To request additional information related to Southwestern Community College's accreditation, and to obtain or review documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing, please review the SWCC Accreditation Web page. Following guidelines established by the Iowa Department of Education, all academic programs are assessed through a formal Program Review process on a regular basis. Southwestern Community College continually monitors and reviews its educational programs through multiple student outcomes assessments.

Anti-Lobbying Provisions
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Southwestern Community College does not use Federal Student Aid funds for lobbying, to hire a registered lobbyist, or to pay any person or entity for securing funds.

Books and Supplies Policy
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Financial aid can be used to purchase books and supplies through the bookstore. If the student billing statement shows that the student has been awarded financial aid (grants, scholarships and loans) and the student account reflects a credit balance, the student may obtain a charge slip issued from the Business Office and take it along with the billing statement to the bookstore.  The student will be allowed to charge books to the student account for up to the amount of the credit. If the billing statement does not show a credit balance, the student may not be able to charge books on the student account and will need to check with the financial aid and business offices. Students may charge books to their student account until the deadline of a week prior to aid disbursement each term. Students should check with the Business Office regarding the last day a student can receive a charge slip for books and supplies.

College Navigator
Contact:  Beth Kulow | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1413

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to assist students, parents, high school counselors, and other interested parties search and obtain information about U.S. postsecondary institutions. The U.S. Department of Education provides the College Navigator Web site as an easy tool for current and prospective students to gain information about all postsecondary Title IV participating schools. The minimum twenty-six items listed about each postsecondary school include information regarding: student activities offered by the school, services offered by the school for individuals with disabilities, career and placement services offered to students during and after enrollment, and policies of the school related to transfer of credit from other schools.

College Profile
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The College Navigator Web site provides consistent, comparable, and transparent information on the characteristics of institutions and students, success rates, degree offerings, and student engagement with the learning process. General information regarding Southwestern Community College can be gathered on our “About” page. Information on the cost of attendance is available through the tuition and financial aid office. The information is intended for students, families, policy–makers, campus faculty and staff, the general public, and other higher education stakeholders.

Confidentiality of Records
Contact:  Sandy Webb | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1422

The Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with regards to their educational records. SWCC publishes a FERPA notification that delineates students rights under FERPA. SWCC information on confidentiality of student records is published in the College Catalog.

Copyright Infringement
Contact:  Ann Coulter | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1340

Information regarding file sharing and copyright policies and resources is available on the Copyright Information Web page. This includes information regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and individuals rights and responsibilities.  Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may be subject to civil and criminal liabilities. 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 attorneys’ fees.  For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Cost of Attendance
Contact:  Tom Lesan | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1336

The cost of attendance consists of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest. Southwestern Community College fully discloses its tuition and fees and refund policy to all current and prospective students. In order to assist students with estimating their cost of attendance, Southwestern provides a Net Price Calculator.

Crime, Security, and Fire
Contact:  Beth Kulow | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1413

The Southwestern Community College Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report is sent annually to all current students and employees.  In addition, the report is published on the SWCC Web site to provide the information to all interested parties. The Security and Fire Safety Report includes crime statistics and policy statements, as required. The Fire Safety Log includes information regarding fires on-campus including the nature, date, time and location of each fire. It also provides information about police and public safety resources; reporting crimes; fire and medical emergencies; emergency notification; missing student policy; crime prevention; victim support services; campus facilities; residence hall safety; policies regarding sexual harassment, sexual offense, sex offenders, and weapons on campus.

Disability Services
Contact:  Deb Pantini | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1458

Students with disabilities are entitled to equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from educational services at Southwestern Community College.  Students with disabilities attending Southwestern will be assisted in the most appropriate manner to accommodate their special needs as they complete their educational programs.

The director of student development provides disability-related information, determines eligibility for services and facilitates reasonable accommodations, coordinated disability-related technical assistance and auxiliary services.  The student disability support services Web page provides additional information regarding services and support available.

Drug/Alcohol Policy
Contact:  Beth Kulow | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1413

The Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report includes the institution's drug and alcohol policy. The annual report provides information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug and alcohol laws and penalties, and campus alcohol and other drug education and counseling resources.

The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) require an institution of higher education (IHE) such as Southwestern Community College to certify it has implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs by SWCC students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities. The 2011-2013 Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program Biennial Review and the 2013-2015 Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program Biennial Review provide summary information regarding the preventative measures, activities, and programs that Southwestern implemented to honor the commitment to providing a drug free environment for all students and staff.

Emergency Notification
Contact:  Scott Helm | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1481

SWCC has a campus-wide emergency notification system (e2Campus) to send instant text messages and/or e-mail messages to all students, faculty, and staff who have elected to receive them. This system will be utilized to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus. This service also allows users to receive messages when classes are canceled and/or messages when the college is closed due to weather.

To sign up for emergency alerts, students and employees will need to log on to SWCC’s CampusConnect system. New students will receive training on CampusConnect during Success Seminar, The College Experience course, and orientation. Employees receive information regarding the process for signing up for emergency alerts during orientation and on an annual basis thereafter through the SWCC Weekly online newsletter. The campus-wide emergency notification system (e2Campus) is tested on an annual basis.

Equal Opportunity
Contact:  Jolene Griffith | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1456

Southwestern Community College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age in employment, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, creed, religion, veteran status, associational preference and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities or employment and personnel policies and practices. Southwestern also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities. Information regarding compliance with the nondiscrimination policy and the appropriate grievance procedure are located on the Educational Equity Web page.

Financial Aid
Contact:  Rebecca Slick | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1434

The Financial Aid Guide provides information including adjustment of awards, applying for aid, attendance policy, books and supplies policy, code of conduct for loans, contact individuals, course repeats, disbursement of aid, entrance and exit counseling, financial aid definitions, financial aid programs available, general eligibility, loan terms and repayment, preferred lender arrangements, preferred lender list, return of Title IV funds, satisfactory academic progress, and terms and conditions.

Financial Aid Calculator
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Estimates regarding financial aid and cost of attendance can be found by utilizing the Net Price Calculator.

Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violation
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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 loan, grant, or work assistance. Southwestern Community College publishes Penalties for Drug Law Violations in the financial aid department Web pages.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Contact:  Sandy Webb | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1422

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Gainful Employment
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The United States Department of Education requires public disclosure for certain college programs preparing students for gainful employment.  This includes on-time graduation rates, job placement rates, and median loan debt incurred by students completing these SWCC programs.  Information is not provided if the represented population is less than 10 students.

GED/HSED Assessment and Advising
Contact: Darla Helm | Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1497

The Adult and Continuing Education Department at Southwestern Community College provides information regarding the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), formerly known as General Education Development (GED), to students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Graduation, Retention, and Transfer Rates
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Graduation data and retention rates for Southwestern Community College full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students, as well as SWCC overall retention, graduation, and transfer out data, are available from the Registrar's Office. SWCC annually reports graduation and retention information to the National Center for Education Statistics.  This information can be found on our institutional IPEDS page on College Navigator.

Intercollegiate Athletics
Contact:  Todd Lorensen, Equity in Athletics Data | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Phone: 641.782.1459

In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), the Southwestern Community College Athletic Department publishes information regarding men's and women's athletics at SWCC. The Equity in Athletics Data report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches' salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid.

Graduation Rates and Transfer-out Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid

Locations
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Southwestern Community College is located in southwest Iowa.  The main campus is located in Creston, IA, with additional centers located in Osceola, IA, and Red Oak, IA. More information regarding campus offerings and locations may be found in the general college information.

Misrepresentation
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Southwestern Community College will not engage in substantial misrepresentation by having the college itself, or one of its representatives, or any ineligible institution, organization, or person whom the institution has an agreement to provide education programs, marketing, advertising, recruiting or admissions services, make a substantial misrepresentation regarding the institution, including the nature of the educational program, its financial charges, employability of its graduates, or its relationship with the Department of Education. Substantial misrepresentations are prohibited in all forms, including those made in any advertising, promotional materials, or in the marketing or sale of courses or program of instruction offered by SWCC.

Missing Student Procedure
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The missing students policy and notification procedures to be followed in the event of a missing student are available in the Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report.

Placement of Graduates
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Each year, Southwestern Community College surveys graduates and compiles the information into the Graduate Placement Report. The annual graduate placement report is available on the career-related services Web page.

Receipt of Pell Grants
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A student must be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program to be eligible to receive Title IV federally-funded financial aid: Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized) and Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans. The financial aid office will award all federal, state, and institutional aid a student is eligible to receive up to cost of attendance. The percentage of students who receive Pell Grants is provided on the College Navigator Web site.

Refund and Return of Title IV Funds
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Southwestern Community College’s refund policy exists for calculating the refund of institutional and state charges. The federal “Return of Title IV Funds” policy dictates the amount of Federal Title IV aid that must be returned to the federal government by the school and the student. The federal formula is applicable to a student receiving any type of federal aid, other than Federal Work-Study, if that student does not complete 60 percent of the payment period. The refund and return of Title IV funds policy is further explained in the Financial Aid Guide.

Refund Policy
Contact: Erin Kiley | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1411

Southwestern Community College's refund policy exists for calculating the refund of institutional and state charges. The college refund policy, along with tuition and fees, is fully disclosed on the business office Web pages. If a student withdraws or drops a course, a schedule of percentage of cost to be refunded is located in the College Catalog. The Catalog also contains information for a student who is seeking to withdraw from the institution. SWCC also provides information regarding the requirements and procedures for the return of Title IV funds in the college's financial aid guide found on the Financial Aid Web pages.

Reporting on Foreign Sources and Gifts
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Federal law requires most two-year and four-year postsecondary schools to report ownership or control by foreign sources and contracts with or gifts from the same foreign source that, alone or combined, have a value of $250,000 or more for a calendar year.  Southwestern Community College does not have any foreign sources, contracts, or gifts that value at or above $250,000.

Services for Students with Disabilities
Contact:  Deb Pantini | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1458

Southwestern Community College is committed to the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 in making reasonable accommodations for students, staff, or patrons of the college in accessing its facilities. Any student with a disability wanting to request accommodations should notify the director of student development of his/her needs. The college will do what is reasonable to effect changes and assist the individual in being successful in the college environment.  Steps for obtaining such accommodations are listed in the Student Handbook.

For further assistance regarding accommodations or to identify special needs, students should contact the director of student development. A student who feels his/her accommodations needs have not been met should contact the director of human resources and educational equity coordinator.

Student Demographics

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The 2015 Fall Student Demographic Report provides a snap-shot of the student population during the fall semester. Information included in this report consists of, but is not limited to: enrollment figures, percentage of enrolled full-time and part-time students, gender, ethnicity, scholarships received, and percentage of students receiving Title IV funding.

Textbook Information
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In compliance with the Higher Education Act, the SWCC Shoppe (bookstore) releases the list of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) textbooks each semester  This information is listed with course and academic information on the class schedules page.

Transfer and Articulation Agreements
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Southwestern Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; therefore, credits earned at SWCC are readily accepted at colleges and universities across the United States. SWCC has official articulation agreements with a number of colleges and universities.  The SWCC transfer planning Web pages contains information regarding articulation agreements, course equivalency guides, as well as details about SWCC's partnership programs.

Iowa's Regents universities and community colleges have joined to create a web portal dedicated to assisting students with the transfer process.  The site serves as a one-stop resource for students planning their future.  The site is located at www.transferiniowa.org.

Vaccination Policies
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Southwestern Community College suggests students consult with their healthcare provider regarding recommended vaccinations/immunizations recommended by the American College Health Association when deciding whether or not they may want to be vaccinated.

Immunizations recommended by the American College Health Association include: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Tetanus (Td), Polio, Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis), Chicken Pox (Varicella), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (females only), Influenza, and Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine.

Voter Registration
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Southwestern Community College provides each student residing in the on-campus housing facilities a voter registration form in their campus mailbox. Information regarding voting in local, state, or federal elections, including a copy of the Iowa Voter Registration Form, may be accessed at the Iowa Secretary of State Web site.

Withdrawal from College
Contact:  Beth Kulow | E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 641.782.1413

Certain circumstances require that a student withdraw from school. A student may withdraw from college without grade penalty during the semester up to and including the Friday prior to the first day of final examinations.  Online classes and face-to-face classes, shorter than the sixteen week term, may have different start and stop dates. Due to the differences, the last day that a student may withdraw from a term less than sixteen weeks is two weeks prior to the last day of class.  To initiate the procedure of complete withdrawal from college, the student must complete the withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office or the off-campus center offices.  The full procedure for complete withdrawal from the college is located in the Student Handbook.