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.

Oakland City University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Some programs are also accredited and/or approved by other agencies. Accreditation information can be found on the Oakland City University 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 http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions 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 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).

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Assessment and Research

Institutional Assessment

Data and Reports

In the Fall of 2016, enrollment of all full-time undergraduate students in credit programs was 405. Of these

  • 54% were female and 46% were male;
  • less than 1% were American Indian/Alaska Native,
  • less than 1% were Asian/Pacific Islander,
  • 7% were Black, 3% were Hispanic,
  • 71% were White,
  • 1% were Two or More Races, and
  • 4% were Non-Resident Alien.

Of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled in the Fall of 2015, 62% returned in the Fall of 2016.

The 4-year average Student Right-to-Know completion or graduation rate was 55%.  The 4-year average Student Right-to-Know transfer-out rate was 15%.  The 4-year average calculations are created by combining the data from the previous four years (2007-2010) of 6-year graduation rates.

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.

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 ope.gov/athletics. Athletic Graduation rates are included within the Institutional Research section of the OCU website. A paper copy of these reports are available by contacting the Athletic Department at (812)749-1264.

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 policies are included in the Annual Security report.

Emergency Notification System

Oakland City University currently uses Nixle as its emergency notification system. Students may register online at http://nixle.com or by texting OAKS to 888777.

Disability Services Available for Students

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.

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.  

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

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 at https://www.oak.edu/admission-and-aid/tuition-and-financial-aid/tuition-and-fees/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

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 bknotts@oak.edu, or the University’s Office of Compliance at compliance@oak.edu. 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. 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

http://www.in.gov/cpe/files/sf39280-complaint.pdf

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

tim.vick@ache.alabama.gov

Alaska

Kierke Kussart

Program Coordinator Institutional Authorization Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education

P.O. Box 110505 Juneau, AK 99811-0505

907.465.6741  

kierke.kussart@alaska.gov

Arizona

Lanna Dueck

Executive Director

Arizona SARA Council 2323 W. 14th Street Tempe, AZ 85281 480.517.8226 

ldueck.azsara@riosalado.edu

http://azsara.arizona.edu/

Arkansas

Alana Boles

Program Specialist, Academic Affairs

Arkansas Department of Higher Education 423 Main Street, Suite 400 Little Rock, AR 72201

501.371.2060

alana.boles@adhe.edu

Colorado

Heather Delange

Academic Policy Officer

Department of Higher Education 1560 Broadway, Suite 1600 Denver, CO 80202

303.862.3005

heather.delange@dhe.state.co.us

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

ckurker-stewart@ctohe.org

www.ctohe.org

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

302.735.4193 

nicholas.buono@doe.k12.de.us

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

202.724.2095

Angela.Lee@dc.go

Florida

Morgan Champion

Director, Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Commission for Independent Education 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400

850.245.3212

morgan.champion@fldoe.org

Georgia

Patricia “Pat” Neri

GA-SARA Coordinator

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220 Tucker, GA 30084

770.414.3235

GASARA@gnpec.org

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

808-586-7327

hpeap@dcca.hawaii.gov

Idaho

Valerie Fenske

Idaho Private Colleges & Proprietary Schools Coordinator

Idaho State Board of Education PO Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0037

208.332.1587

valerie.fenske@osbe.idaho.gov

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

217.557.7382

sara@ibhe.org

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

317.232.1090

academics@che.in.gov

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

lisa.pundt@iowa.gov

Kansas

Jennifer L. Armour

Business Analyst, Private Postsecondary Education

Kansas Board of Regents 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 520 Topeka, KS 66612-1368

785.430.4288

jarmour@ksbor.org

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

sarah.levy@ky.gov

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

225.342.4253

larry.tremblay@la.gov

Maine

Angel Loredo

Higher Education Specialist

Department of Higher Education 23 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0023

207.624.6846

angel.loredo@maine.gov

Maryland

Koliwe Moyo

Online Education Analyst

Maryland Higher Education Commission 6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor Baltimore, MD 21201

410.767.3297

koliwe.moyo@maryland.gov

Massachusetts

Alex Nally

SARA Coordinator

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education One Ashburton Place, Room 1401 Boston, MA 02108

617.994.6910

SARAInquiries@dhe.mass.edu

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

beamishm@michigan.gov

Minnesota

Betsy Talbot

Minnesota Office of Higher Education 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 Saint Paul, MN 55108

651.259.3965

Betsy.Talbot@state.mn.us

Mississippi

Menia Dykes

Director of Accreditation

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning 3825 Ridgewood Road Jackson, MS 39211

601.432.6372

mdykes@mississippi.edu

Missouri

Leroy Wade

Assistant Commissioner

Missouri Department of Higher Education 205 Jefferson Street P.O. Box 1469 Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469

573.751.2361

leroy.wade@dhe.mo.gov

Montana

Elizabeth Ternes

Academic Policy Specialist

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education Montana University System PO Box 203201 Helena, MT 59620-3201

406.444.0311

eternes@montana.edu

Nebraska

Kathleen L. Fimple, Ph.D.

Academic Programs Officer

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education P.O. Box 95005 Lincoln, NE 68509-5005

402.471.0030

Kathleen.Fimple@nebraska.gov

Nevada

Crystal Abba

Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs

Nevada System of Higher Education 2601 Enterprise Road Reno, NV 89512

775.784.4901

crystal_abba@nshe.nevada.edu

New Hampshire

Edward R. MacKay

Division Director

Higher Education Commission New Hampshire Department of Education 101 Pleasant Street Concord, NH 03301-3494

603.271.0256

Edward.MacKay@doe.nh.gov

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

609.984.3738

New Mexico

David Mathews

General Counsel

New Mexico Higher Education Department 2048 Galisteo Street Santa Fe, NM 87505

505.476.8402

david.mathews@state.nm.us

New York

Owen Donovan, PhD

Supervisor, Higher Education Programs

New York State Education Department 89 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12234

518.474.1551

IHEauthorize@nysed.gov

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

tscarborough@ncseaa.edu

North Dakota

Tanya Spilovoy

Director, Distance Education & State Authorization

North Dakota University System 1815 Schafer St., Ste. 202 Bismarck, ND 58501-1217

701.328.4102

tanya.spilovoy@ndus.edu

Ohio

Matt Exline

Assistant Director of Program Approval Operations

Ohio Department of Higher Education 25 South Front Street Columbus, OH  43215

614.728.3095  

mexline@regents.state.oh.us

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

405.225.9142

darcher@osrhe.edu

Oregon

Juan Baez-Arevalo

Director of Private Post-secondary Education

Higher Education Coordinating Commission 775 Court Street NE Salem, OR  97301

503.947.5977

juan.baez-arevalo@state.or.us

Pennsylvania

Patricia Landis

Division Chief

Department of Education Division of Higher and Career Education 333 Market Street  Harrisburg, PA 17126

717.783.8228

plandis@pa.gov

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

dbaez@ce.pr.gov

Rhode Island

Michael Walker-Jones

Assistant Commissioner/External Affairs

RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner 560 Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1304

401.736.1122

Michael.Walker-Jones@riopc.edu

South Carolina

Clay Barton

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300 Columbia, SC 29201

803.737.7781

Cbarton@che.sc.gov

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

605.773.3455

Katie.Boehnke@sdbor.edu

Tennessee

Julie Woodruff

Director of Postsecondary School Authorization and Lead Attorney

Tennessee Higher Education Commission 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900 Nashville, TN 37243

615.253.8857

julie.woodruff@tn.gov

Texas

Jessica Acton

Program Director

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 1200 E. Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78752

512.427.6214

jessica.acton@thecb.state.tx.us

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

801.321.7152

cgrua@ushe.edu

Vermont

Cassandra Ryan

School Finance Analyst

Vermont Agency of Education 120 State St. Montpelier, VT 05620

802.479.8545

Cassandra.Ryan@state.vt.us

Virgin Islands

Camille McKayle

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

University of the Virgin Islands #2 John Brewers Bay St. Thomas, USVI  00802

340.693.1200

cmckayl@uvi.edu

Virginia

Darlene Derricott

Director of Academic Services

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 101 N. 14th Street, 9th Floor Richmond, VA 23219

804.2252621

DarleneDerricott@schev.edu

Washington

Tivoli Sharp

Student Achievement Council PO Box 43430 Olympia, WA 98504-3430

360.753.7869

tivolis@wsac.wa.gov

West Virginia

Mark Stotler

Director of Academic Programming

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission 1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700 Charleston, WV 25301

304.558.0262

mark.stotler@wvhepc.edu

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

608.266.1770

President@wtcsystem.edu

Wyoming

Larry Buchholtz

Fiscal Operations Team Manager

State of Wyoming Wyoming Community College Commission 2300 Capitol Ave., 5th Floor, Suite B Cheyenne, WY 82002

307.777.7068

larry.buchholtz@wyo.gov