Title IX

St. Augustine College adheres to the provisions outlined in Title IX of the 1972 Federal Education Amendment Act prohibiting sex discrimination and harassment in all activities of the College. Title IX is coordinated by the Office of Human Resources.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

St. Augustine College follows the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibit discrimination on the basis of an individual’s disability and offers disabled persons the opportunity to participate fully in all educational programs and activities.

St. Augustine College’s Office of Academic Advising coordinates and ensures services and accommodations for registered students with disabilities. These services provide equal educational opportunities to students by minimizing the impact of functional limitations upon their academic lives and offer disabled persons the opportunity to participate fully in all educational programs and activities.

The Dean of Academic & Student Affairs serves as the College ADA compliance officer. The Dean assumes responsibility for seeing that the College is properly interpreting federal regulations that require the College take such steps as are necessary to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made for all students with documented learning disabilities. The Dean is responsible for coordinating the College’s compliance with these regulations with the Office of Academic Advising.

The College adheres to all confidentiality and privacy concerns as outlined in these regulations.

Any student with an appropriately documented disability is eligible for services. The Office of Academic Advising will serve students with permanent, temporary or episodic disabilities including psychological, medical, physical, visual, hearing and learning disabilities, including ADHD/ADD. Students seeking ADA and Section 504 services should contact the Office of Academic Advising as early as possible, including during the admission or registration process.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy act of 1974 affords certain rights to students with respect to the student’s educational records. 1) The right to inspect and review their records within 45 days of a request for access. 2) The right to request amendment of the student’s educational record that the student believes to be inaccurate. 3) The right to consent in writing to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s record. 4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of St. Augustine College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The office which administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office; U.S. Department of Education; 400 Maryland Ave, SW; Washington, DC 20202.

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1984, St. Augustine College protects the rights of students with relation to the accuracy and privacy of their educational records. Students requesting inspection, amendment or correction of the student’s records may do so through the Associate Dean of Student Services or Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. As the law permits, St. Augustine College has designated the following categories of information as directory information, to be released without prior written consent. Directory Information: Student’s Name; SAC e-mail address & phone number (currently enrolled students only); dates of attendance; date of any degree awarded and major; honors or awards received; and photographs. Students may direct that any or all of the listed directory information be withheld from public disclosure by completing a form in the Registrar’s Office each year.

FERPA Annual Notice – Possible Federal and State Data Collection & Use

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which a student’s education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records— including Social Security Number, grades, or other private information—may be accessed without the student’s consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities (“federal and state authorities”) may allow access to student records and PII without consent to any third party designated by a federal or state authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is “principally engaged in the provision of education,” such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, federal and state authorities may allow access to students’ education records and PII without their consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when St. Augustine College objects to or does not request such research. Federal and state authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive a student’s PII, but the authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities.

In addition, in connection with statewide longitudinal data systems, state authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without students’ consent PII from their education records, and they may track their participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about students that they obtain from other federal or state data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

The Solomon Amendment (10 U.S.C. §983, effective January 2000)

is a federal law that mandates that colleges provide student recruiting information upon request to military recruiting organizations. The request and information released by the College is limited to military recruiting purposes only. The request for information must be in writing on letterhead that clearly identifies the military recruiting organization. The release of student recruiting information follows the FERPA guidelines defining student directory information. Students are not permitted under federal law to restrict the release of this information specifically to military organizations, but if students withhold the release of directory information generally, then the College may not release this information to military organizations.

Nondiscrimination Policy

St. Augustine College is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity. Decisions involving students and employees are based on individual merit and are free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. Therefore, it is the policy of St. Augustine College not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era and to comply with all federal and state non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in College programs and activities. Complaints of discrimination prohibited by College policy are to be resolved within existing College procedures.

Inquiries regarding compliance with State or Federal nondiscrimination requirements may be addressed to the Office of Human Resources and Payroll, 1345 West Argyle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640, 773/878-7798; or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

Harassment Policy

In keeping with the spirit and the intent of federal and state law, St. Augustine College strives to provide a comfortable work environment. We are committed to an institution that is free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, or any other protected status. Offensive or harassing behavior will not be tolerated against any student or employee. Any student, faculty, or employee who believes s/he has been sexually harassed may obtain redress through the established grievance procedures.

Sexual harassment is defined as any use of one person’s power and/or authority over another person to attempt to coerce a sexual relationship, or to subject a person to unwanted sexual attention, or to punish a refusal to comply, or to create a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Sexual harassment is understood to include a wide range of behaviors, including, but not limited to, the actual coercing of sexual relations, verbal or physical sexual advances, sexually explicit or derogatory statements, physical aggressiveness such as touching, pinching or patting, and slurs, jokes, posters, cartoons, and gestures. Such behavior may offend the aggrieved party, cause discomfort or humiliation, and interfere with job performance. This definition will be interpreted and applied consistent with accepted standards of mature behavior and freedom of expression.

Campus Safety and Security and Compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act

Originally known as the Campus Security Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. St. Augustine College complies with the Jeanne Clery Act. In addition, the College complies with the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act 2013, which expanded the Clery Act’s definition of sexual assault crimes (forcible and non-forcible) to include domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. St. Augustine College collects information to provide institutional safety policies and crime statistics to students. Further information regarding the annual crime statistics is available through the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.