Student Right to Know
Students have a right to know their institution of higher education is in compliance with the various education laws and regulations governing our operations. This page has been created to disclose our compliance requirements and make data available directly to our students and their families. Students who need or want a printed copy of any of the following information can request one via the Student Life Office.
- Change of enrollment information
Student Right to Know Act (SRTK) refers to a Federally-mandated public disclosure of a college’s Completion Rate and Transfer Rate. The intent of SRTK is to provide to the consumer a statistic of comparable effectiveness that they can use in the determination of college choice. All colleges nationwide are effectively required to participate in the disclosure of rates.
Title IV is a term that refers to federal financial aid funds. Federal regulations state that any federal funds disbursed to a student's account in excess of allowable charges must be delivered to the student (or parent in case of an undergraduate PLUS loan). If other non-allowable charges are on the account, an outstanding balance due may exist after the Title IV excess has been delivered.
The Director of Financial Aid, Mary Ellen Chamberlain, is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with Title IV regulations and is a member of NASFAA, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
- FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Financial Aid eligibility requirements
- Requirements for withdrawal or return of federal financial aid
- Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
- Exit Counseling
- NCCC does not maintain a Preferred Lender List maintained nor does it engage in Preferred Lender Arrangements
Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. North Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, gender identity arrest record, veteran or marital status in its education programs or activities, including employment and admissions.
The New York Stated Education Law Article 129 B "Enough is Enough" statute requires that higher education institutions submit annual aggregate data reports to the Department concerning incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault during each reporting period. (The reporting period is January 1 – December 31 of each year.) Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests are not necessary to access the annual aggregate data submitted to the NYS Department of Education. As with other data reports submitted by institutions of higher education, the Enough is Enough annual aggregate data will be publicly available on the Department’s website at: http://www.nysed.gov/information-reporting-services/higher-education-reports after the due date for the submission of the data reports has passed. That site will periodically be updated to include additional data reports submitted by institutions.
The Human Resources Director, Tara Smtih, also serves as the College's Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with Title IX regulations and NYS Education Law Article 129 B.
The Athletics Director, Chad LaDue, is responsible for TItle IX compliance in athletics.
The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092) was originally enacted as Title II of the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-542); it was signed into federal law as an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Clery Act was enacted to increase the accountability and transparency of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) in meeting certain responsibilities with regard to the safety and security of students on their campuses. It required IHEs participating in HEA Title IV financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information.
New York State Education Law Article 129-A requires all New York State public and private colleges and universities to maintain policies related to specific provisions of this Article. This Article is comprised of laws which include: (1) advisory committee on campus security, )2) sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking prevention information, (3) campus crime reporting and statistics Investigation of violent felony offenses, (4) bias related crime prevention information, (5) prohibition on the marketing of credit cards, and (6) notification of fire safety standards and measures in all college-owned or operated housing.
The Dean of Student Life, Kim Irland, maintains all student and campus judicial and behavior files and is responsible for preparing the annual report and disclosure of campus crime statistics. The Dean of Student Life is also responsible for producing the annual Fire Safety & Security Report and ensuring compliance with NYS Education Law Article 129 A.
Students have the right to file a grievance in writing if they have allegations of improper, unfair, arbitrary or discriminatory action by an employee involving the application of a specific provision of a college rule or regulation. Students should use available informal means to seek resolution before filing a grievance. Access the Student Complaint Form online.
We encourage you to seek resolution to any concerns by discussing them informally with a staff member at the college. If a complaint cannot be handled informally, NCCC students are encouraged to use our college's complaint process. If a complaint cannot be resolved at the college level, you may contact the New York State Department of Education or our accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The College participates in an ongoing Verification of Compliance process to ensure standards are being consistently met.