Student Consumer Information

 

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, provides this notice which contains relevant consumer information and the procedures for obtaining this consumer information. St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service or any other protected class in its administration of education policies, programs, activities or services; admissions and housing policies; scholarship and loan programs; or employment; except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Office of Administration.

 

Information About St. Andrews National Survey of Student Engagement
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Voter Registration
Financial Aid Availability Grants Information
Student Loan Information Maintaining Eligibility For Student Financial Aid
Total Cost of Attendance Refunds/Adjustments Policy
Refund Calculations Services and Facilities For Students With Disabilites
Study Abroad Teacher Preparation
Course and Textbook Information Student Diversity
Retention and Graduation Rates Student Complaint Policy
Student Athlete Information Discrimination and Sexual or Other Harrassment Policy and Procedures
Placement Information Immunization Requirements
Computer Use on Campus Copyright Infringement
Institutional Drug and Alcohol Policy Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Campus Safety Fire Safety
Missing Persons Comparison Institutions
University Assessment and Planning Scholarship Scams

 

Information About St. Andrews
St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University (Babson Park, Florida), is student and teaching-focused. Located in Laurinburg, North Carolina, a broad range of undergraduate liberal arts and sciences majors are available, to both traditional residential students and adult learners, in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its many academic programs, there are numerous men’s and women’s athletic teams, an acclaimed university press, a nationally competitive equestrian program, opportunities for international study, and an award-winning pipe band.

Classes challenge the student to think critically and to express ideas clearly and effectively. Emphasis on interdisciplinary study and the acquisition and mastery of communication skills, analytical techniques, problem-solving strategies, leadership skills and creative expression are focal points of the curriculum. Members of the faculty work cooperatively as teachers, mentors, and advisors while maintaining a commitment to scholarship and professional development.

 

Mission

Webber International University
and St. Andrews University
(a branch of Webber International University)
(collectively, The University)

The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.

The University awards degrees at the associate, bachelor and master levels, and offers students educational opportunities at locations in Florida and North Carolina. Traditional classroom, online, and hybrid learning environments are available. Opportunities exist for students to draw on the courses and programs of study at both locations through online courses and/or periods of residence at either campus. Webber’s programs in Florida focus on the worldwide business environment, and emphasize development of skills in administration and strategic planning, applied modern business practices, and entrepreneurship. The St. Andrews locations offer an array of traditional undergraduate liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs of study.

Administrative approval: November 17, 2011
Approved by the Webber and St. Andrews Boards of Trustees: December 19, 2011
Revised: February 2014

General information about the University is available throughout the website.

St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University (1201 N. Scenic Highway, Babson Park, Florida, telephone 1-800-741-1844). Webber International University is accredited by the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate, bachelor and master's levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Webber International University. The Elementary Education program at St. Andrews is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). And the Ride Like A Knight Program has been granted Premier Accredited Center status by PATH, Intl. (the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International).  Information about each of these accreditations can be found on the University website at https://www.sa.edu/about-us/accreditation.

 

Information regarding requirements for admission to an academic program, the transfer student application process and the criteria used regarding transfer credits earned at another institution is available in the Admissions Office, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5555 or 1-800-763-0198, or https://www.sa.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements Descriptions of academic offerings are available at https://www.sa.edu/academics.

For more information go to https://www.sa.edu/about-us.

 

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 

Each year the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the quality of their educational experiences with special emphasis placed on: the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, supportive campus environment, and enriching educational experiences. The topics explored are linked by previous research on student success in college. With the results from this independent survey, NSSE can provide prospective students with insights into how they might learn and develop at a given college. For more information on NSSE, visit http://nsse.iub.edu. 

Students routinely rank their experiences at St. Andrews, in and out of the classroom, higher than the NSSE national average. 

 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. No one outside the institution shall have access to students' education records nor will the institution disclose any information from those records without the written consent of student. There are exceptions, such as allowing certain personnel within the institution with legitimate educational interest to view the records, or releasing in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. More information about FERPA may be requested by filling out the Notifications of Rights Under FERPA Form and the Disability Services Form.

Disclosure of Educational Records under the Provisions of FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Guidance for Eligible Students (February 2011) US DOE

Under FERPA, a school may not generally disclose personally identifiable information from an eligible student's education records to a third party unless the eligible student has provided written consent. However, there are a number of exceptions to FERPA's prohibition against nonconsensual disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records. Under these exceptions, schools are permitted to disclose personally identifiable information from education records without consent, though they are not required to do so. Following is general information regarding some of these exceptions. 

One of the exceptions to the prior written consent requirement in FERPA allows “school officials,” including teachers, within a school to obtain access to personally identifiable information contained in education records provided the school has determined that they have “legitimate educational interest” in the information. Although the term “school official” is not defined in the statute or regulations, this Office generally interprets the term to include parties such as: professors; instructors; administrators; health staff; counselors; attorneys; clerical staff; trustees; members of committees and disciplinary boards; and a contractor, volunteer or other party to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions. 

A school must inform eligible students of how it defines the terms “school official” and “legitimate educational interest” in its annual notification of FERPA rights. A school official generally has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.” (FERPA Guidance, page 3) 

Pursuant to the above FERPA Guidance, St. Andrews University designates the following (and any other individuals as may be designated by the CEO under special circumstances) as “school officials” having a “legitimate educational interest” in the information contained in a student’s education records in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities: 

  • President & members of the Administrative Council
  • The University’s attorney
  • Faculty and members of the staff of the VP for Academic Affairs (Assoc. and Asst. Deans, Registrar, Coordinator for Disability Services, Director of St. Andrews at Sandhills, and Director of the Center for Academic Success)
  • Dean of Students & Assoc. Dean of Students
  • Assoc. & Asst. Athletic Director
  • Members of committees and disciplinary boards with a need to know
  • Health Staff and Counselors
  • Athletic Trainers are designated school officials for the sole purpose of treating injuries and dealing with athletic emergencies.
  • Financial Aid personnel

Approved by the Administrative Council: October 18, 2011

 

Voter Registration

Detailed voter registration information for North Carolina residents can be found within the North Carolina Secretary of State website. Nonresident students may find voter information about their specific states through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

 

Financial Aid Availability

We are committed to assisting students and their families in meeting their financial obligations to the institution. Admissions decisions are based on the applicant’s academic qualifications, not on ability to pay. And, every year, financial aid is awarded to approximately 90% of students. The goal of the Office of Financial Aid is to help students make their education affordable. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid, in person in the Morgan Liberal Arts Building on campus, or by phone at 910-277-5778, or by email at finaid@sa.edu. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday.

Main sources for institutional financial aid are 1) grants, (2) federal loans, (3) part-time employment, and (4) scholarships. Scholarships and grants are portions of the financial aid award that do not have to be repaid, and are made possible by special gifts and income from the University, various state programs, and the federal government. Any student who wishes to receive financial aid from any of the programs administered here must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Supplemental information may be required for some scholarship programs. More information about the scholarship programs at St. Andrews is available on the Financial Aid: Ways to Pay page.

 

Grants Information 

Federal and state grants are awarded based on financial need. These grants include federal sources such as the Federal Pell Grant and state resources such as the North Carolina Need Based Scholarship. Additionally, need-based grants are awarded to qualified individuals.

Information about these grants may be obtained from guidance counselors, independent educational consultants and on the Financial Aid: Ways to Pay page.

 

Student Loan Information 

St. Andrews, as a branch of Webber International University, participates in the Federal Direct Lending Program. This program, administered by the US Department of Education, provides for Stafford loans for students and PLUS loans for parents. The Stafford loan may be subsidized (need-based) or unsubsidized (non need-based). These loans are determined after the Office of Student Financial Planning receives a student’s FAFSA. Loan levels are set by the US Department of Education and awarded based on the number of University credits a student has completed. The website provides a variety of additional information on the Financial Aid: Ways to Pay page including information about counseling for student borrowers and the Institutional Code of Conduct for Education Loans. 

 

Maintaining Eligibility For Student Financial Aid 

St. Andrews, a branch of Webber International University, adheres to the terms of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended by Congress) that require institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of “Satisfactory Progress” for students receiving financial aid. A student’s eligibility to receive financial aid from federal or state sources is verified upon the initial award. Subsequently, his/her grades and percentage of credits completed are evaluated by the Office of Financial Aid at the end of each semester to ensure that a student has met our definition of satisfactory progress. Please refer to the Academic Catalog.

 

 

Total Cost of Attendance 

Information regarding cost of attending can be found on the Tuition Fees and Payment Plans page. 
In accordance with federal law, access to a net price calculator is available at https://www.sa.edu/NetPriceCalculator/npcalc.htm. 

It is important to note that the estimate provided using this calculator does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance, or a final net price; it is an estimate based on price of attendance and financial aid provided to students in a previous year. Price of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year. The estimates shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, the institution of higher education, or the State. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes Federal grants, loans, or work-study assistance.

We subscribe to the principle that the amount of financial aid granted to a student should be based on demonstrated need, which is the difference between the student’s cost of attending the University and the family’s ability to pay. FAFSA uses financial aid data to determine eligibility. Upon receipt of the financial information from the US Department of Education, the Office of Financial Aid estimates the student’s need by subtracting the amount of the family’s contribution from the total cost of attendance, which includes estimated educational expenses of the student, including indirect expenses such as books, personal expenses, and transportation. For additional information, contact Office of Financial Aid, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5778 or finaid@sa.edu.

 

Refunds/Adjustments Policy 

A student who withdraws within the first 60% of the semester will receive a student account adjustment: a percentage that represents the amount of time remaining in the semester, the total institutional charges assessed the student and the Title IV financial aid applied to the student’s account is calculated. See refund policy in the Academic Catalog For additional information, contact Office of Financial Aid, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5778 or email at finaid@sa.edu.

 

Refund Calculations

If a refund is due a student under the institutional refund policy and the student has received financial aid under any Title IV student financial aid program other than the Federal University Work-Study Program, a portion of the refund will be returned to the Title IV student assistance programs using the following formula: 

  • Total amount of Title IV aid less FWS earnings
  • Total amount of aid less FWS earnings

The resulting percentage will be applied to the refund based upon refund policy.

 

Services and Facilities For Students With Disabilites 

The Disability Services Office coordinates and provides various academic and support services to students with disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Information is available in the Academic Support Center, located in Pate Hall, phone (910) 277-5667; or by filling out the Disability Services Form. 

 

Study Abroad

Full time degree seeking students are encouraged to enrich their educational experience through study abroad. Financial aid might be available. Students who are planning to study abroad should see the Financial Aid Office for the specific information regarding their personal financial aid package prior to making a commitment to study abroad. For more information see the Study Abroad Program. 

 

Teacher Preparation 

Statistical information regarding the success of education students can be found on the Teacher Data page.

 

Course and Textbook Information 

SEC. 133  of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, states: The purpose of this section is to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. It is the intent of this section to encourage all of the involved parties, including faculty, students, administrators, institutions of higher education, bookstores, distributors, and publishers, to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students.  St Andrews University, A Branch Campus of Webber International University, complies with Sec. 133 by having worked with all involved parties to reduce course material costs to students through the use of a text book loan program. Course materials and textbooks needed for all courses are loaned to students at the beginning of each semester and returned by the students at the end of the semester. Like computer network use, library access and other educational related costs, textbooks and course material is covered by the student’s tuition.

 

Student Diversity 

Information regarding student diversity, including race/ethnicity, economics and gender, is located in the Office of Registrar, Institutional Research, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352 . Phone 910-277-3975.

 

Retention and Graduation Rates 

Retention and graduation rates for first-time full-time freshman cohorts from 1998-2007 are located in the Office of Registrar, Institutional Research, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, Phone 910-277-3975.

 

Student Complaint Policy 

St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, seeks to provide an environment supportive of its educational and residential aims. If a situation should arise in which a student feels compelled to voice a complaint, various appropriate avenues are available. A student who feels that the grade for a course is not a fair evaluation of his/her effort and performance may use the Grade Appeal Procedure found in the Academic Catalog. 

Should a student wish to request a sanction review after a non-academic disciplinary action, a sanction review process is found in the Saltire. 

In the event a student feels that he or she has been the object of some form of discrimination, or sexual or other harassment, a written complaint should be filed with the appropriate college office (Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business Office, Athletics Office, etc.). 

In all instances, the informal resolution of a perceived problem through reasoned and collegial dialogue is ideal, and should be the first step taken. 

Complaint Policies and Procedures 

Complaint policies and procedures appear in: (1) the Academic Catalog; (2) the Saltire [student handbook]; and (3) the Student-Athlete Handbook.

Title IX (Equal Opportunity in Education Act) 

Ms. Elizabeth Hernandez is the Title IX Coordinator.
Elizabeth Hernandez
Assistant Dean of Students for Student Affairs
Office phone: (910) 277-5271
hernandezse@sa.edu 

 

Student Athlete Information 

St. Andrews offers student athletes the following opportunities: 

  • WOMEN: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, and Volleyball
  • MEN: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, and Wrestling

The Higher Education Act of 1992 mandated that all U.S. institutions receiving Title IV funding complete the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Survey each year to the National Center for Education Statistics. The IPEDS graduation rate survey data is based on a 6-year graduation rate for each cohort of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergraduates. Each April, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Studies and Planning, the Office of the Registrar prepares and reports on the graduation rates of student-athletes receiving athletically-related financial aid in a specific cohort. Interested parties can obtain copies of the graduation rates of the current cohort of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergraduate and student-athletes that have received athletic financial aid, from the Office of the Director of Athletics, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5274. The information can also be found on the IPEDS website at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/. 

While reviewing this information, please know: 

  • All graduation rates are based upon 6 years of attendance which equates to 150% of the normal completion time of our longest program. (For example, the 2003 cohort is comprised of all first-time, full-time degree seeking students who entered in the fall 2003 semester; and had through the summer 2009 semester to graduate in order to be considered a completer for the IPEDS survey.)
  • These charts do not identify the reasons why our students withdrew; therefore, students who withdrew for personal or medical reasons are included.
  • Graduation rates do not include students who left school: to serve in the armed forces, on official church missions, with a foreign aid service of the federal government or students who died or were totally disabled.

The University also sponsors competitive opportunities in its equestrian program: 

  • Competitive opportunities with hunter/jumper, dressage, western, Show Team, and Schooling Team.
  • Competition is through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), American National Riding Commission (ANRC), Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA).

 

Discrimination and Sexual or Other Harrassment Policy and Procedures
Approved by Administrative Council February 21, 2012
Reviewed and updated by Administrative Council November 19, 2013 

St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, (the “University”) is committed to a work and academic environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We believe that each individual has the right to work, study, and participate in University sponsored activities in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, the University expects that all relationships among persons in the workplace and in the academic and student life setting will be business-like and free of bias, prejudice and harassment. Thus the University does not and will not tolerate discrimination against or harassment of or by our employees, students, contractors, consultants, agents, applicants, customers, or vendors. 

Discrimination is conduct that is based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation that excludes an individual from participation, denies the individual the benefits of, teats the individual differently or otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment or participation in a University program or activity. This includes failing to provide reasonable accommodation, consistent with state and federal law, to persons with disabilities.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, sex (includes discrimination against or harassment of individuals of the same sex), pregnancy, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, workers compensation claims, marital, veteran or any other protected status. “Harassment” may include a range of subtle and not so subtle behaviors and also includes unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances, requests or demands for favors, offensive touching, and other types of conduct whether it be physical, verbal, graphic, or electronic communication (including e-mail and facsimiles) of a harassing or sexual nature involving individuals of the same or different gender. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Unwelcome or unwanted physical contact or sexual advances including, but not limited to, patting, grabbing, pinching, brushing-up against, hugging, cornering, kissing, fondling, poking, tickling, groping, or any other similar physical contact.
  • Unwelcome requests or demands for favors including, but not limited to, subtle or blatant expectations, pressures, requests or demands for sexual, unethical or illegal favors; or unwelcome requests for dates or contacts. Such unwelcome requests or demands may or may not relate to an implied or stated promise of preferential treatment, or a threat of negative consequences concerning employment or academic status, including, but not limited to, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, pay or other form of compensation, selection for training and other perquisites and grades.
  • Verbal and written abuse or unwelcome kidding including, but not limited to, that which is sexually-oriented, including same-sex harassment; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies; inappropriate comments about race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, workers compensation claims, marital, veteran or other protected status; dirty jokes or other jokes which are unwanted and considered offensive or tasteless; or comments, innuendoes, epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, leering, catcalls or other actions that offend, whether sexually oriented or otherwise related to a prohibited form of discrimination or harassment.
  • Any form of behavior that unreasonably interferes with work or academic performance, including, but not limited to, unwanted sexual attentions, comments, interruptions, or other communications, whether sexually-oriented or otherwise related to a prohibited form of discrimination or harassment that reduces productivity or time available to perform work or academically-related tasks or otherwise interferes with work or academic performances.
  • Actions that create a work environment that is intimidating, hostile, abusive, or offensive because of unwelcome or unwanted conversations, suggestions, requests, demands, physical contacts or attentions, whether sexually-oriented or otherwise related to a prohibited form of discrimination or harassment.
  • The distribution, display, or discussion of any written or graphic material, including e-mails, calendars, posters, cartoons, or names, that belittles or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual, his/her relatives, friends or associates or group because of race, color, religion, sex (including same sex discrimination or harassment), pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, workers compensation claims, marital, veteran or other protected status.

The law does not just prohibit discrimination and harassment of employees by employers. The law also prohibits discrimination and harassment between members of the University community more generally: for example, between an instructor and a student, between two students, or between a student and an applicant or campus guest. The policy applies in all University programs and activities, including, but not limited to, discrimination in athletics, instruction, grading, university housing, and university employment. In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. 

Conduct prohibited by this policy is unacceptable in the workplace and at the University and in any work-related, student life, or academic setting outside the workplace or University. Normal, courteous, mutually respectful, pleasant, and non-coercive interactions between employees, students, contractors, consultants, agents, applicants, vendors, clients, or customers, including men and women, that are acceptable to all parties are not considered to be prohibited harassment. Violation of this policy will subject an individual to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate discharge or separation from the University as a student. 

This policy shall not be construed or applied to restrict academic freedom at St. Andrews University, nor shall it be construed to restrict constitutionally protected expression, even though such expression may be offensive, unpleasant, or even hateful.

Retaliation is Prohibited
The University prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports discrimination or harassment or participates in an investigation of such reports. Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination or separation from the University as a student.

Reporting Procedures and Investigation
The University strongly urges the reporting of all incidents of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, regardless of the offender’s identity or position. Individuals who believe they have experienced conduct they believe is contrary to the University’s policy or who have concerns about such matters should file their complaints with the Title IX Coordinator:

Ms. Elizabeth Hernandez
Office of Student Affairs
Belk Center
910-277-5271

Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination or harassment as defined by state and federal law and as stated in this policy, the information will be evaluated and a determination will be made as of what further actions should be taken. Any action taken may or may not be shared with the complainant dependent upon whether there are violations of privacy. The University will then take immediate steps to stop any behavior which violates this policy and see that it does not repeat itself. Disciplinary action, up to and including termination or removal from the University, calculated to end the discrimination or harassment, will be taken, when appropriate, against the offender(s). 

If an employee, student or applicant suffers discrimination or harassment from a supervisor, manager or any employee, student, contractor, consultant, customer, vendor, or other third party and is not able to report, or is not comfortable reporting harassment to the Title IX Coordinator: 

Ms. Elizabeth Hernandez
Office of Student Affairs
Belk Center
910-277-5271 

or if a complaint concerning another employee, student, contractor, consultant, customer, vendor, supervisor, manager or other third party is not handled to your satisfaction, immediately contact the Campus President. 

Employees and students who have experienced conduct they believe is either discriminatory or harassing have an obligation to take advantage of this complaint procedure. Early reporting and intervention have proven to be the most effective method of resolving actual or perceived incidents of discrimination or harassment. Therefore, while no fixed reporting period has been established, the University strongly urges the prompt reporting of complaints or concerns involving perceived discrimination, or harassment, so that rapid and constructive action can be taken. The availability of this complaint procedure does not preclude individuals who believe they are being subjected to harassing conduct from promptly advising the offender that his or her behavior is unwelcome and requesting that it be discontinued. 

Responsive Action
Conduct constituting harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be dealt with appropriately and in a timely fashion. Responsive action may include training, referral to counseling and/or disciplinary action such as warning, reprimand, withholding of a promotion or pay increase, reassignment, temporary suspension without pay or termination, as the University believes appropriate under all of the circumstances. 

Any person utilizing this complaint resolution process will be treated courteously, and the problem will be handled swiftly and as confidentially as possible in light of all the circumstances, with appropriated corrective action being taken. The registering of a complaint will in no way be used against that individual, nor will it have an adverse impact on their employment or student status. A record of the complaint and findings will become a part of the complaint investigation record and that file will be maintained separately from the personnel files. 

Conclusion
If an individual making a complaint does not agree with its resolution, the individual may appeal to the University’s President, Mr. Paul Baldasare, or his successor. Individuals who have questions or concerns about this policy may talk with Ms. Terry Laughter, Vice President for Business and Finance or Mr. Paul Baldasare, the Campus President, Elizabeth Hernandez, Title IX Coordinator, or their successors. Please keep in mind that the very nature of discrimination, harassment and retaliation makes it virtually impossible to detect unless a complaint is appropriately reported. Do not assume that the University is aware of your problem! It is your responsibility to bring this information to the attention of the University so the issue can be resolved. Finally, this policy should not, and may not, be used as a basis for excluding or separating individuals of a particular gender, or any other protected characteristic, from participating in business, academic, student life, or work-related social activities or discussions in order to avoid allegations of harassment. The law and the policies of the University prohibit disparate treatment on the basis of sex or any other protected characteristic with regard to terms, conditions, privileges and perquisites of employment and academic status. The prohibitions against harassment, discrimination and retaliation are intended to complement and further these policies, not to form the basis of an exception to them.

 

Placement Information 

Information on placement and on the types of employment obtained by graduates is located in the Final Destinations Survey Report. This report also includes information on the graduate and professional schools graduates are attending. For more information, contact Career Services, Belk Center, St. Andrews. 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5331; or online at https://www.sa.edu/goals-for-student-achievement. 

 

Immunization Requirements 

All students enrolled in more than 3 credit hours must provide proof of immunizations as required by North Carolina statute G.S. 130A-155. Health and Wellness, in conjunction with the Scotland County Health Department, can assist students in obtaining necessary immunizations. You may print out a copy of the Health Information Summary and Physical

The Health Information Summary and Physical must include a health history, current immunization records and a physical and be completed, signed by the student’s doctor and returned to the Health Center before registering for classes. Students who participate in the athletic or equestrian programs must provide additional activity related medical information. More information is available at the website listed above or by contacting the Health and Wellness Center, Pate Hall, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC28352; phone (910) 277-5040.

 

Computer Use on Campus 

Students have access to the campus computer network. Policies exist to protect one’s right to privacy and allow for a free exchange of ideas and information. Specific policies are outlined in the student handbook.

 

Copyright Infringement 

We respect copyright laws and will not tolerate any unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, illegal downloading, or other inappropriate use of the University’s information technology system. Civil and criminal penalties for violation of federal copyright laws are applicable. Additionally, specific policies are outlined in the student handbook.

 

Institutional Drug and Alcohol Policy 

The Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs is published annually in the Student Handbook, The Saltire. Student conduct regulations prohibit the unlawful use, possession, sale, delivery, manufacturing, consumption or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs by students and student organizations. Other alcohol-related and drug-related misconduct is also prohibited. Sanctions are detailed for students who violate this policy. These policies may be found in the student handbook. 

We are also committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and educational environment. A full statement is available in the Academic Catalog.

 

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures 

Effective communication is one of the major challenges in emergency management. We have a comprehensive emergency notification system including on campus phone voicemail and email. Details are available through the Department of Campus Safety and Security, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone (910) 277-5112 or on the Campus Safety page as well as, in the student handbook.

 

Campus Safety 

The primary concern of the Department of Campus Security is the safety and security of all members of the campus community. In compliance with U.S. Department of Education Rules and Regulations CFR 34, Part 668.46 which is commonly referred to as the Jeanne Clery Act, we post crime statistics and other important information such as current campus policies concerning security of and access to campus facilities, programs offered to inform students and employees about crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. This website contains complete on-campus crime statistics as well as the number of reports of alcohol, drug and weapons violations referred to the Student Judicial system. Paper copies of this report are available upon request from the Department of Campus Safety and Security, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, (910)277-5112. More information is available on the Campus Safety page or in the student handbook.

 

Fire Safety 

Fire alarm systems are installed in all residential halls. Fire safety is addressed on campus with regular fire drills, and there are lists of approved appliances, with compliance expected. Details are available through the Department of Campus Safety and Security on the Campus Safety page as well as, the Office of Student Affairs found on the Life on Campus page as well as, the student handbook.

 

Missing Persons 

  • Any individual on campus who has information that a residential student may be missing must notify Campus Safety and Security as soon as possible.
  • Campus Safety and Security will contact the Office of Student Affairs if during office hours; or will call the resident director on duty if after hours. Office of Student Affairs Staff and Campus Safety and Security Staff will gather information about the residential student from the reporting person and from any of the student's acquaintances:
    • Description
    • Clothes last worn
    • Where student might be
    • Who student might be with
    • Vehicle description
    • Information about the physical and mental well being of the student
    • Up-to-date photograph
    • Class schedule
  • Appropriate campus staff will be notified to aid in the search for the student.
  • If the above actions are unsuccessful in locating the student within 24 hours of the report or if it is immediately apparent that the student is a missing person (i.e., witnessed abduction), Campus Safety and Security will contact the Laurinburg Police Department to report the student as a missing person and Laurinburg Police Department will take over the investigation.
  • No later than 24 hours after determining that a residential student is missing, the Dean of Students or a designee will notify the emergency contact (*for students 18 and over) or the parent/guardian (for students under the age of 18) that the student is believed to be missing. *Contact is contingent upon the correct emergency contact information being made available by the student.
  • Senior University Administration will be notified in accordance with this policy. 

 

Comparison Institutions

The comparison institutions represent a diverse mix of characteristics: 

  1. All offer liberal arts and sciences programs
  2. Some are single-sex, and others co-educational
  3. Most are colleges, but some are universities
  4. Many have a religious heritage, while others do not
  5. Some offer only undergraduate degrees, while others also offer graduate degrees
  6. They represent a wide range of enrollments 
Institution Web Address
Barton College  www.barton.edu
Belmont Abbey College www.belmontabbeycollege.edu
Brevard College    www.brevard.edu
Chowan University    www.chowan.edu
Coker College (SC)   www.coker.edu
Davis & Elkins College (WV)   www.dewv.edu/
Erskine College (SC)     www.erskine.edu
Gardner-Webb University   www.gardner-webb.edu
Greensboro College  www.greensboro.edu
Lees-McRae College    www.lmc.edu
Meredith College   www.meredith.edu/
Peace College    www.peace.edu
Queens University of Charlotte www.queens.edu
Warren Wilson College www.warren-wilson.edu
Wingate University  www.wingate.edu

 

University Assessment and Planning

Mission
In all cases, it is to be understood that the institutional mission is the point of departure for planning (all activities / plans / objectives / outcomes support and advance the mission of the institution in some appropriate way). Many disciplines, units, offices or programs will also have their own mission statement indicating the way(s) in which they support and advance the University’s Mission. 

The focus of institutional effectiveness is on a shared commitment to continuous improvement over time – a commitment to keep trying to do a better job of (a) helping students master desired learning outcomes; or (b) delivering services in ever more effective ways, etc.

The Assessment and Planning Cycle
Mission > plan with desired objectives or outcomes > assessment > specific improvements where assessment indicates the need > new plan > another assessment > more improvements > and the cycle continues on a permanent, ongoing basis 

This process reflects, facilitates, and documents, the University’s commitment to continuous quality improvement over time in all academic and administrative areas of the University. 

Planning and Evaluation Process
From Department / Discipline / Office through Institutional Review: 

  • A planning and evaluation process that is ongoing, integrated, institution-wide, systematic and research-based.
  • It is a continuous, cyclical process that includes all programs, services and constituencies.
  • The process is linked to decision-making and budgeting up to the institutional level.
  • Information-driven decision-making is vital (informed by research & data).
  • The focus is on continuous improvement over time.
  • Documentation and linking of every stage in the process.

Learning Outcomes
The focus of assessment (especially academic) is on outcomes, not processes. In the academic area, that means learning outcomes – the assessment of what students are actually learning. Learning outcomes are determined by each academic discipline /program of study / major, and are consonant with and supportive of the institution’s Mission. 

A Schematic of the Basic Planning and Evaluation Cycle

 

 

 

 

Scholarship Scams 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website contains important information for students and parents about scholarship scams. The FTC cautions the use of scholarship service agencies that say such things as:

  • “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  • “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
  • “I need your credit card number or bank account number to hold your scholarship.”
  • “We’ll do all the work.”
  • “The scholarship will cost some money.”
  • “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship.”
  • “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.

If you believe you have been a victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1(877)382-4357 or see http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/reporting.phtml.