Consumer Information

General Institution Information

Oakland City University is authorized by name by the State of IndianaComplaints may be filed with the Indiana Commission of Higher Education.

Religious Studies courses are approved to be offered on-site by the State of Kentucky. Oakland City University is approved to provide distance education through online delivery systems through the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). You may view the states that are approved for distance education through NC-SARA at or you may contact an Admissions counselor for additional information regarding the current distance education offerings for the state in which you reside.

Oakland City University is required by the Higher Education Act to provide institution specific information to current and prospective students. This information may be found on our website or as printed materials which are available upon request from the appropriate department. This site serves to update the Student Right to Know information and provide resources for all members of the OCU community including: students, prospective students, and employees.

If you have trouble locating specific information, please contact the Office for Student Life. The Office for Student Life will also be able to assist with further information concerning campus safety, fire inspection, or our facilities. Information contained within University reports and records will be disclosed upon receipt of a written request as allowed within the Higher Education Act amendments and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Alcohol and Drug Policies

Oakland City University is committed to providing an alcohol and drug free learning environment. Campus policies have been established which are consistent with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments and General Baptist principles. These policies may be found in the Student Handbook or the Employee Code of Conduct.

Significant psychological and physiological health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Individuals who violate Federal, State or Local laws and campus policies are subject to University Disciplinary action as provided in the Student/Employee Handbook and criminal prosecution. A description of alcohol and drug categories, their effects, symptoms of overdose and indications of misuse may be found at the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice website.

The Biennial Review of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act is completed by the OCU Health and Wellness Committee. The most recent version is available upon written request in the Office for Student Life.

Athletic Program: Participation Rates, Financial Support Data and Graduation Rates

The University provides an annual report to the Department of Education regarding the athletic program. The information includes: participation by gender, staffing by gender and athletic revenues and expenses. This report is available at Athletic Graduation rates are included within the Institutional Research section of the OCU website. A paper copy is available by contacting the Athletic Department at (812)749-1264.

Campus Safety

Emergency procedures and contact information may be accessed on the Campus Safety section of the website.

The current Annual Security Report is a combination of the Annual Security Report and the Fire Safety Report. University’s statistics for reported crimes and fires that occurred on campus for the previous three years and University safety related policies including the missing person and timely warning polices are included in the Annual Security report.

Emergency Notification System

Oakland City University currently uses Nixle as its emergency notification system. 

Facilities and Services Available to Students with Disabilities

Oakland City University actively supports the Americans with Disabilities Act which protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination. Oakland City University will work with students and other associates to provide reasonable accommodations as provided in the Act. If a student or another associate believes he/she needs academic accommodations or otherwise has a concern or issue regarding the ADA, they should notify the Section 504 Coordinator. Contact information for the Section 504 Coordinator may be obtained from the Office for Academic Affairs. Questions regarding facilities may be directed to the Office for Student Life or the APC for the appropriate facility. Additional information regarding services available to students may be found on the Student Services page.  Employees should contact the Human Resources Office at 812-749-1408 to request a reasonable accommodation.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records. Only information defined as “Directory Information” may be released without the express written permission of the student except for a few exceptions designated within FERPA. Further information regarding the disclosure of educational records consistent with FERPA, OCU policies, and procedures is available in the Student Handbook.

Directory information, as designated by OCU, includes:

  • Student’s name
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Electronic mail address
  • Photograph
  • Degrees, honors, and awards
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Student Identification Number

If you wish to grant access to your student records (academic and financial) please submit the FERPA Release Form to the Academic Affairs Office.

If you wish to place a hold on your “Directory Information” please contact the Academic Affairs Office and provide a written request to have your directory information held.  

Financial Statements/Accounts

The Main Campus Business Office located in the Murray Center receives payment on accounts, disburses checks, and processes tax forms. The Student Accounts Office processes payment plans and Perkins loans after the Financial Aid Office determines eligibility.

After the final registration date for each academic term, statements are sent to all persons with a balance due. After the first billing, statements are sent on the first and the fifteenth of each month to all who owe monies for the remainder of the semester. Refunds or changes in registration must be supported by authorization from the Registrar or Financial Aid Office. Account discrepancies reported to the Business Office will be verified. Annual audit procedures will verify the system information.

Refunds - Traditional Calendar Programs - Main Campus and Online (Undergraduate/Graduate)

If courses are dropped after the first day of the semester, refunds of tuition and fees are as follows:

  • During the first week — 75 percent is refunded
  • During the second week — 50 percent is refunded
  • After the second week — 0 percent is refunded

Refunds - AEL Programs (Undergraduate/Graduate) and Alternative Calendar Online Programs

If courses are dropped or a student withdraws after the first day of the course, refunds of tuition and fees are as follows:

  • During the first week — 50 percent is refunded
  • After the first week — 0 percent is refunded

Financial Aid

OCU Student Financial Aid information is available on the Financial Aid page. Information includes:

  • Available Federal, State, Local, Private and Institutional financial assistance programs
  • Eligibility requirements, including standards for satisfactory academic progress
  • Instructions on how to apply for undergraduates or for graduates
  • Method of award and distribution of assistance grants or scholarships
  • Rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance, including the terms of any loans received, the terms and conditions of obtaining FFEL and Direct Loans deferrals, terms and conditions of any employment provided as financial assistance
  • Cost of attendance which includes tuition and fees, room and board, and an estimate of the cost of books, supplies and transportation for undergraduates or for graduates
  • Link to the net-price calculator
  • Requirements for the refunds of tuition, fees and costs, for the return of federal funds, and for officially withdrawing from the institution
  • Employee Code of Conduct related to Education Loans

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Information regarding undergraduate and graduate programs at OCU is listed below. This information includes: academic programs, faculty, physical facilities, retention, and graduation rates.

State Authorization and Contact Information for Filing of Complaints

Oakland City University is regulated by state regulatory bodies across the country for filing complaints in the state that a student resides. If a student or prospective student chooses to file a complaint, he or she should submit an internal complaint to the Dean of the appropriate school, the Office for Student Life at, or the University’s Office of Compliance at If a student is not satisfied with the outcome after filing a complaint through the OCU compliant process, the student has the option to file an external complaint with the designated state regulatory agency. The following is a list of the contact information for the state regulatory bodies of the states in which Oakland City University is authorized or is approved to provide distance education.

State Contact Information

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

P.O. Box 302000

Montgomery, AL 36130-2000

Indiana: On-site and Distance Offerings

Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education

Attn: Director of Regulatory Compliance

302 West Washington Street, Room E201

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Kentucky: On-site Offerings

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

1024 Capital Center Drive #320

Frankfort, KY 40601-7512

Kentucky Board of Proprietary Education

911 Leawood Drive

Frankfort, KY 40601-3319

NC-SARA State Portal Entity Contacts

State Contact Information

G. G. Fitch, Executive Director

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

100 N. Union St.  #782

Montgomery, Alabama 36104


Kierke Kussart

Program Coordinator Institutional Authorization

Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education

PO Box 110505

Juneau, AK 99811-0505



Lanna Dueck

2323 W. 14th Street

Tempe, AZ 85281



Alana Boles

Program Specialist, Academic Affairs

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

423 Main Street, Suite 400

Little Rock, AR 72201



Heather Delange

Academic Policy Officer

Department of Higher Education

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600

Denver, CO 80202



Shana Payne

Director, Higher Education Office

Delaware Department of Education

Delaware Higher Education Office

Townsend Building

401 Federal Street, Suite 2

Dover, DE  19901


District of Columbia

Angela H. Lee

Executive Director

Higher Education Licensure Commission

Postsecondary Education

Office of the State Superintendent of Education

810 1st Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002




Patricia “Pat” Neri

GA-SARA Coordinator

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)

2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220

Tucker, GA 30084



Bobbi Lum-Mew

Program Administrator

Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)

Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs

P.O. Box 541

Honolulu, HI 96809



Valerie Fenske

Idaho Private Colleges & Proprietary Schools Coordinator

Idaho State Board of Education

PO Box 83720

Boise, ID 83720-0037



Nkechi Onwuameze, PhD

Assistant Director for Academic Affairs

Illinois SARA Coordinator

Illinois Board of Higher Education

1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333

Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377



Ken Sauer

Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 550

Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984



Jayna Grauerholz, J.D.

Postsecondary Registration Compliance Officer

Iowa College Student Aid Commission

430 East Grand Ave, FL 3

Des Moines, IA 50309-1920


515.725.3401 fax


Jennifer L. Armour

Business Analyst, Private Postsecondary Education

Kansas Board of Regents

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 520

Topeka, KS 66612-1368



Larry Tremblay

Deputy Commissioner for Planning, Research and Academic Affairs

Louisiana Board of Regents

1201 N. Third St., Suite 6-200

Baton Rouge, LA 70802



Angel Loredo

Higher Education Specialist

Department of Higher Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333-0023



Koliwe Moyo

Online Education Analyst

Maryland Higher Education Commission

6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21201



Michael Beamish, Manager

State of Michigan

Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing

Schools and Licensing

PO Box 30018

Lansing, MI 48909

517.241.6806 phone

517.373.2162 fax


Betsy Talbot

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350

Saint Paul, MN 55108



Menia Dykes

Director of Accreditation

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning

3825 Ridgewood Road

Jackson, MS 39211



Leroy Wade

Assistant Commissioner

Missouri Department of Higher Education

205 Jefferson Street

P.O. Box 1469

Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469



Elizabeth Ternes

Academic Policy Specialist

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Montana University System

PO Box 203201

Helena, MT 59620-3201



Kathleen L. Fimple, Ph.D.

Academic Programs Officer

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

P.O. Box 95005

Lincoln, NE 68509-5005



Crystal Abba

Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs

Nevada System of Higher Education

2601 Enterprise Road

Reno, NV 89512


New Hampshire

Edward R. MacKay

Division Director

Higher Education Commission

New Hampshire Department of Education

101 Pleasant Street

Concord, NH 03301-3494


New Mexico

David Mathews

General Counsel

New Mexico Higher Education Department

2048 Galisteo Street

Santa Fe, NM 87505


North Carolina

Terrence R. Scarborough, M.P.A.

Director of SARA-NC

North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority

P.O. Box 14103

Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

919.549.8614, ext. 4660

North Dakota

Tanya Spilovoy

Director, Distance Education & State Authorization

North Dakota University System

1815 Schafer St., Ste. 202

Bismarck, ND 58501-1217



Matt Exline

Assistant Director of Program Approval Operations

Ohio Department of Higher Education

25 South Front Street

Columbus, OH  43215



Daniel Archer

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

655 Research Parkway, Ste. 200

P.O. Box 108850

Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850



Juan Baez-Arevalo

Director of Private Post-secondary Education

Higher Education Coordinating Commission

775 Court Street NE

Salem, OR  97301


Rhode Island

Michael Walker-Jones

Assistant Commissioner/External Affairs

RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

560 Jefferson Blvd.

Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1304


South Carolina

Clay Barton

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

1122 Lady Street, Suite 300

Columbia, SC 29201


South Dakota

Katie Boehnke

Academic Affairs Specialist

South Dakota SARA Coordinator

South Dakota Board of Regents

306 East Capitol Ave., Suite 200

Pierre, SD 57501



Jessica Acton

Program Director

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

1200 E. Anderson Lane

Austin, TX 78752



Julie Woodruff

Director of Postsecondary School Authorization and Lead Attorney

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900

Nashville, TN 37243



Cynthia "Cyd" Grua

Office of the Commissioner for Higher Education

Utah System of Higher Education

Board of Regents Building, The Gateway

60 S 400 W

Salt Lake City, Utah  84111



Cassandra Ryan

School Finance Analyst

Vermont Agency of Education

120 State St.

Montpelier, VT 05620



Darlene Derricott

Director of Academic Services

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

101 N. 14th Street, 9th Floor

Richmond, VA 23219



Tivoli Sharp

Student Achievement Council

PO Box 43430

Olympia, WA 98504-3430


West Virginia

Mark Stotler

Director of Academic Programming

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700

Charleston, WV 25301



Dr. Morna Foy

President, Wisconsin Technical College System and

Chair, Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board

4622 University Avenue - PO  Box 7874

Madison, WI 53707-7874



Larry Buchholtz

Fiscal Operations Team Manager

State of Wyoming

Wyoming Community College Commission

2300 Capitol Ave., 5th Floor, Suite B

Cheyenne, WY 82002