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Oakland City University

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

Oakland City University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Some programs are also accredited and/or approved by other agencies. Accreditation information can be found on the OCU Accreditation Page.

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. Please know that distance education students residing outside of the state of Indiana may contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education if there are any complaints. This is to eb done after the institutional complaint process has been completed.

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.

Student Right to Know Information

If you have trouble locating specific information, please contact the Office of Student Life. The Office of 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).

Diversity of Enrollment

In Fall 2021, enrollment of full-time undergraduate students in credit programs was 518.

  • Gender:
    • Female – 46.4%
    • Male – 53.6%
  • Race:
    • American Indiana/Native Alaskan – 0.36%
    • Asian or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 1.54%
    • Black/African American – 11.10%
    • Hispanic of Any Race – 1.70%
    • Non-resident Alien – 6.20%
    • Two or More Races – 5.02%
    • White – 69.17%
    • Race Unknown – 4.91%
Retention Rates

Of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled in the Fall of 2020, 72% returned in the Fall of 2021.

Graduation and Transfer Rates

For Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013

The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know,” or the IPEDS graduation rate was 52%. The graduation rate tracks the progress of students who began their studies as a full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% (6 years) of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

The 150% (6 years) “Student Right to Know” transfer-out rate was 15%.

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.

Drug Free Biennial Report 2018-2020

Student Handbook >>

Employee Code of Conduct >>

OCU Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. The US Department of Education released new rules in May of 2020. On August 14, 2020, the OCU Title IX Sexual Harassment policy revision becomes effective. This revision incorporates the new requirements.

Title IX Grievance Filing >>

Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy >>

Title IX Training Su-21

Reporting Options >>

Training for Title IX Team >>

Cozen & Conner Training >>

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

The University provides an annual EADA (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act) 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 The report is also available by contacting the athletic department to request a printed copy. The report is typically published by October 15. The publication date for data from 2019 was published later due to the pandemic. It is included in the report published on December 31, 2020.

Athletic Graduation rates are included on this page. A paper copy of these reports are available by contacting the Athletic Department at (812)749-1264 or sending a request to [email protected].

2012-13 Cohort Athletic Graduation Rate >>

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 2020 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 policies are included in the Annual Security report.

Emergency Notification System

Oakland City University currently uses RAVE as its emergency notification system. Students and employees are automatically registered during the time they are actively enrolled or employed. Access preferences may be changed by accessing the individual’s RAVE account.

2023 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

2022 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

2021 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

2020 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

2019 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

2018 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

2017 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

2016 Annual Campus Safety and Fire Report >>

HEERF/CARES Act Reporting

Oakland City University continues to monitor the impact COVID-19 is having on the OCU community.

In an effort to assist students with the financial impact resulting from the disruption to their educational program due to the pandemic, Dr. Dempsey signed and returned to the U. S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement required for OCU to receive a portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Included in the agreement is the assurance that the institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to qualifying Title IV students.

For more information, please download the most recent update.

CARES Act Summaries

HEERF Student Portion Updates

HEERF Institution Portion Updates

Disability Services Available

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.

 Accomodation Request Process for Students >>

Accomodation Request for Students >>

Accomodation Request for Employees >>

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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 – APS 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
  • 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.


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 [email protected], or the University’s Office of Compliance at [email protected]. Another option to submit a complaint is to complete the Reporting Concerns and Ideas for Future Success at OCU form.

If a student is not satisfied with the outcome after filing a complaint through the OCU complaint process, the student has the option to file an external complaint with the designated state regulatory agency.


State Authorization and Regulatory Contact Information
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
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
NC-SARA State Portal Entity Contacts


State Contact Information
Alabama Timothy Vick
Director of Operations and Fiscal Services Alabama Commission on Higher Education
P.O. Box 302000 Montgomery, Alabama 36130 334.353.9153
[email protected]
Alaska Kierke Kussart
Program Coordinator Institutional Authorization Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education
P.O. Box 110505 Juneau, AK 99811-0505
[email protected]
Arizona Lanna Dueck
Executive Director
Arizona SARA Council 2323 W. 14th Street Tempe, AZ 85281
[email protected]
Arkansas Alana Boles
Program Specialist, Academic Affairs
Arkansas Department of Higher Education 423 Main Street, Suite 400 Little Rock, AR 72201
[email protected]
Colorado Heather Delange
Academic Policy Officer
Department of Higher Education 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600 Denver, CO 80202
[email protected]
Connecticut Christon R. Kurker-Stewart, Esq.
Senior Associate, Academic Affairs
Office of Higher Education State of Connecticut. 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510 Hartford, CT 06103-1841
Telephone: 860.947.1820
Fax: 860.947.1310
[email protected]
Delaware Nick A. Buono
Education Specialist
Delaware Office of Higher Ed Delaware Department of Education The Townsend Building 401 Federal Street, Suite 2 Dover, DE 19901
[email protected]
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, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20002
[email protected]
Florida Morgan Champion
Director, Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Commission for Independent Education 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
[email protected]
Georgia Patricia “Pat” Neri
GA-SARA Coordinator
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220 Tucker, GA 30084
[email protected]
Hawaii Bobbi Lum-Mew
Program Administrator
Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP)
Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs P.O. Box 541 Honolulu, HI 96809
[email protected]
Idaho Valerie Fenske
Idaho Private Colleges & Proprietary Schools Coordinator
Idaho State Board of Education PO Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0037
[email protected]
Illinois 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
[email protected]
Indiana Ken Sauer
Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer
Indiana Commission for Higher Education 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 550 Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
[email protected]
Iowa Lisa Pundt
Compliance Officer
Iowa College Aid 430 E. Grand Ave., FL 3 Des Moines, IA 50309
515.725.3426 | fax: 515.725.3401
[email protected]
Kansas Jennifer L. Armour
Business Analyst, Private Postsecondary Education
Kansas Board of Regents 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 520 Topeka, KS 66612-1368
[email protected]
Kentucky Sarah Levy
Director of Postsecondary Licensing
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320 Frankfort, KY 40601
502.573.1555 ext. 350
[email protected]
Louisiana 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
[email protected]
Maine Angel Loredo
Higher Education Specialist
Department of Higher Education 23 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0023
[email protected]
Maryland Koliwe Moyo
Online Education Analyst
Maryland Higher Education Commission 6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor Baltimore, MD 21201v410.767.3297
[email protected]
Massachusetts Alex Nally
SARA Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education One Ashburton Place, Room 1401 Boston, MA 02108
[email protected]
Michigan 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
[email protected]
Minnesota Betsy Talbot
Minnesota Office of Higher Education 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 Saint Paul, MN 55108
[email protected]
Mississippi Menia Dykes
Director of Accreditation
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning 3825 Ridgewood Road Jackson, MS 39211
[email protected]
Missouri Leroy Wade
Assistant Commissioner
Missouri Department of Higher Education 205 Jefferson Street P.O. Box 1469 Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469
[email protected]
Montana Elizabeth Ternes
Academic Policy Specialist
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education Montana University System PO Box 203201 Helena, MT 59620-3201
[email protected]
Nebraska Kathleen L. Fimple, Ph.D.
Academic Programs Officer
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education P.O. Box 95005 Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
[email protected]
Nevada Crystal Abba
Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs
Nevada System of Higher Education 2601 Enterprise Road Reno, NV 89512
[email protected]
New Hampshire Edward R. MacKay
Division Director
Higher Education Commission New Hampshire Department of Education 101 Pleasant Street Concord, NH 03301-3494
[email protected]
New Jersey Eric Taylor, Esq.
Director, Office of Licensure
New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education 20 W. State St., 4th FL P.0. Box 542 Trenton, NJ 08625
New Mexico David Mathews
General Counsel
New Mexico Higher Education Department 2048 Galisteo Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
[email protected]
New York Owen Donovan, PhD
Supervisor, Higher Education Programs
New York State Education Department 89 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12234
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
North Dakota Tanya Spilovoy
Director, Distance Education & State Authorization
North Dakota University System 1815 Schafer St., Ste. 202 Bismarck, ND 58501-1217
[email protected]
Ohio Matt Exline
Assistant Director of Program Approval Operations
Ohio Department of Higher Education 25 South Front Street Columbus, OH  43215
[email protected]
Oklahoma 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
[email protected]
Oregon Juan Baez-Arevalo
Director of Private Post-secondary Education
Higher Education Coordinating Commission 775 Court Street NE Salem, OR  97301
[email protected]
Pennsylvania Patricia Landis
Division Chief
Department of Education Division of Higher and Career Education 333 Market Street  Harrisburg, PA 17126
[email protected]
Puerto Rico David Baez
Acting Director, Education Support Programs
Puerto Rico Council on Education P.O. Box 19900 San Juan, P.R. 00919-1900
787.641.7100 x 2056
[email protected]
Rhode Island Michael Walker-Jones
Assistant Commissioner/External Affairs
RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner 560 Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1304
[email protected]
South Carolina Clay Barton
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300 Columbia, SC 29201
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
Tennessee Julie Woodruff
Director of Postsecondary School Authorization and Lead Attorney
Tennessee Higher Education Commission 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900 Nashville, TN 37243
[email protected]
Texas Jessica Acton
Program Director
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 1200 E. Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78752
[email protected]
Utah 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
[email protected]
Vermont Cassandra Ryan
School Finance Analyst
Vermont Agency of Education 120 State St. Montpelier, VT 05620
[email protected]
Virgin Islands Camille McKayle
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of the Virgin Islands #2 John Brewers Bay St. Thomas, USVI  00802
[email protected]
Virginia Darlene Derricott
Director of Academic Services
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 101 N. 14th Street, 9th Floor Richmond, VA 23219
[email protected]
Washington Tivoli Sharp
Student Achievement Council PO Box 43430 Olympia, WA 98504-3430
[email protected]
West Virginia Mark Stotler
Director of Academic Programming
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission 1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700 Charleston, WV 25301
[email protected]
Wisconsin Dr. Morna Foy
President, Wisconsin Technical College System and Chair, Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board
Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board 4622 University Avenue – PO  Box 7874 Madison, WI 53707-7874
[email protected]
Wyoming Larry Buchholtz
Fiscal Operations Team Manager
State of Wyoming Wyoming Community College Commission 2300 Capitol Ave., 5th Floor, Suite B Cheyenne, WY 82002
[email protected]