Student Right to Know

The Student Right-to-Know Act

Columbus Technical College is pleased to provide the following information regarding our
institution’s graduation/completion and retention rates. This data reflects the graduation/completion status of students who enrolled during the specified year and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-complete has elapsed.  The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended and the Student Right-to-Know Act.   While reviewing this information please note:

  • This report includes first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students as measured during the normal fall census.
  • The graduation/completion rate is based on 6 years of attendance that equates to 150% of the length of our standard program.
  • We have elected not to report our transfer-out rate because our university’s mission does not include providing substantial preparation for students to enroll in other institutions.
  • The graduation/completion rate does not include students who left the school to serve in the armed forces, or official church missions, or in the foreign service of the federal government.
  • Students who died or were totally and permanently disabled are also excluded.

Questions related to this information should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 706-649-1305, or the Office of the Registrar, 706-649-1857.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose crime statistics that happen on and around their campuses. The law was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and was amended and renamed in 1998 after Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student who was assaulted and murdered in her residence hall on April 5, 1986.

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Columbus Technical College complies with federal, state, and local laws, including those that regulate the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. The College’s drug and alcohol policy (on and off campus) prohibits, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College property or as part of any of the College’s activities. Arrest Statistics for Reporting Periods.

For compliance with the Campus Security Act, institutions must also report the number of arrests for liquor-law violations, drug-abuse violations, and weapons possession.

The National Association of College and University Attorneys College Law Digest define crimes for which an arrest must be reported as follows:

  1. Liquor-Law Violations: violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages (with the exception of “driving under the influence” or “drunkenness”).
  2. Drug-Abuse Violations: violations of laws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation or use.
  3. Weapons Possession: violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.

Campus Crime Statistics

Columbus Technical College—in compliance with the Students’ Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, Public Law 101-542—provides the information contained in this disclosure document as amended by the Higher Education Technical Amendments, Public Law 102-26, and the Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights as included in the Higher Education Amendments of 1992. Review the report. Inquiries concerning the information contained in this disclosure should be directed to the Vice President of Operations, 706-649-7511.

Other Institutional Information 

Federal legislation also requires the release of institutional information regarding the accreditationequity; Gainful Employment program data; facilitates and services to disabled studentsfinancial assistance available to students and requirements and restrictions imposed on Title IV; withdrawal; and refund policies.

Life Balance Program

Columbus Technical College offers all enrolled students and their household members use of the Life Balance Program. Each student and household member has a pre-approved number of sessions for use per issue.

The Life Balance Program is a confidential counseling program designed to help students gain and maintain balance between academics, family, and work. The program’s goal is to help students achieve academic success and life harmony. We believe that our students are valuable and we want you to succeed. We recognize that personal problems can affect academic performance and that you may not be able to resolve these problems on your own.

Participation in the program cover students to receive confidential, professional counseling from licensed therapists in the areas of marital, family, relationships, grief, stress, alcohol & drugs, financial, legal or any other challenge interfering with your academic performance.

For more information, please come to the CARE Center in Patrick Hall, Room 600.