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Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (H.R. 4137) was signed into law on August 14, 2008. This Law mandates that we provide you with a significant amount of additional information in a variety of formats.


Consumer Information Contact Person: Mary Harper 812/464-1767 or finaid@usi.edu


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records.

www.usi.edu/registrar/academic-records/privacy/ferpa-guidelines-for-faculty-and-staff

Source: Office of the Registrar, OC 1075; 812/464-1762 or 800/467-1965


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) rules create a framework to protect the medical privacy of patients and health plan members. In general, HIPAA privacy regulations allow covered healthcare providers and health plans to share information for the purposes of treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.


Institutional policy on medical records:

www.usi.edu/healthcenter/policies/medical-records

Source: Student Health Center, HP 091; 812/465-1250


Patient Rights and Responsibilities:

www.usi.edu/healthcenter/policies/patients-rights-responsibilities

Source: Student Health Center, HP 091; 812/465-1250


Student Health Center Billing Policy:

www.usi.edu/healthcenter/fees-insurance/billing-policy

Source: Student Health Center, HP 091; 812/465-1250


Student Health Center Office Visit Plan (OVP):

www.usi.edu/healthcenter/fees-insurance/office-visit-plan-ovp

Source: Student Health Center, HP 091; 812/465-1250


Hospitalization Insurance:

www.usi.edu/healthcenter/fees-insurance/hospitalization-insurance

Source: Student Health Center, HP 091; 812/465-1250


General Institution Information

The Fact Book provides 10 years of statistical information regarding USI at the university, college and academic department level, as well as information on various other departments on campus.

www.usi.edu/opra/factbook/

Source: Source: Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment, WA 104; 812/465-7000


School Profile on the National Center for Education Statistics' web site. This site is maintained by the Department of Education and contains information on many aspects of university life including characteristics, enrollment, and financial information.

http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/


The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers, as represented by the College Board, Peterson's-Thomson Learning, and U.S. News & World Report.

www.usi.edu/opra/research/commondata.aspx

Source: Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment, WA 104; 812/465-7000


The College Portrait is a reliable source of basic information about public colleges and institutions for prospective college students and their families.

http://www.collegeportraits.org/IN/USI


USI's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan:

http://www.usi.edu/strategicplan

Source: Office of the President, WA 101; 812/464-1756


Admission and Withdrawal

The Admission Web site is your source for information about USI, admission requirements and procedures, academic programs, degrees, USI cost estimator and other topics of interest to prospective students.

http://www.usi.edu/admission/

Source: Office of Admissions, OC 1096; 812/464-1765 or 800/467-1965


Procedures for officially withdrawing from USI:

www.usi.edu/registrar/schedule-changes/withdrawal

Source: Office of the Registrar, OC 1075; 812/464-1762 or 800/467-1965


University refund policy and a summary of the requirements for the return of Title IV assistance for students who withdraw from USI:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/policies/refund.pdf

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Academics and Student Life
Information about USI's academic programs:

www.usi.edu/academics/


Information about the accrediting and licensing agencies for USI's academic programs:

www.usi.edu/about/accreditation-memberships


Information about university facilities:

www.usi.edu/about/facilities


Academic Policy on accepting transfer credits:

www.usi.edu/registrar/transfer-credit

Source: Office of the Registrar, OC 1075; 812/464-1762 or 800/467-1965


Institutional policies regarding advanced placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Departmental Examinations:

www.usi.edu/registrar/classes/credit-by-exam

Source: Office of the Registrar, OC 1075; 812/464-1762 or 800/467-1965


Institutional policy on Intellectual Property and Copyright Information:

http://www.usi.edu/copyright/IPpolicy.asp

Source: Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee


Institutional policy on proper use of university computing resources:

www.usi.edu/it/policies/data-communication-computer-use

Source: Computer Center and Telecommunication Services, OC 046; 812/465-1080


Information about services for alumni:

http://www.alumni.usi.edu/s/1195/index.aspx

Source: Alumni and Volunteer Services, WA104; 812/1924


Information on employment and counseling services for students and alumni:

http://www.usi.edu/careersv/index.asp - Career Services and Internships

Source: Career Services and Internships, OC 0074; 464-1865


http://www.usi.edu/cac/career.asp - Career Counseling

Source: Career Counseling Center, OC 0095; 812/465-1136


Post-graduate statistics and salary data for baccalaureate and professional degree recipients:

http://www.usi.edu/careersv/index.asp

Source: Career Services and Placement, OC 0074; 464-1865


Institutional policies on vaccinations:

www.usi.edu/healthcenter/policies/immunization-policy

Source: Student Immunization Office, HP 0102; 812/461-5285


Textbook pricing information:

http://usibook.usi.edu/Home.aspx

Source: Campus Store, UC 132; 812/464-1717


Purchasing Textbooks/Payment Options

http://www.usi.edu/campusstore/payment-options

Source: Campus Store, UC 132; 812/464-1717


Graduation Rates

The current six-year graduation rate for degree-seeking, full-time, undergraduate students is 39%.

http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/

Source: Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment, WA 104; 812/465-7000

Financial Assistance

The Student Financial Assistance Office coordinates the administration of all student financial assistance awarded to ensure equity, consistency, and compliance in the delivery of funds to student. Descriptions of the types of federal, state, institutional, and outside sources of financial assistance, eligibility criteria, methods of disbursement, terms and conditions, and employment opportunities are available on our website and in various office publications.

www.usi.edu/finaid/

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Applying for financial assistance:

www.usi.edu/finaid/ - Select the "Apply" tab

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Financial assistance forms (verification worksheets, Direct loan adjustment forms, Direct PLUS loan applications, dependency overrides, special conditions, appeals, etc):

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/sfaforms.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Types of financial assistance:

www.usi.edu/finaid/ -Select the "Type" tab

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Financial assistance notification process:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/notification.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Financial assistance eligibility:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/eligibility.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Financial assistance enrollment requirements:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/enroll.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Financial assistance disbursement process:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/disburse.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Return to Title IV Federal Funds - Institutional Refund Policy:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/policies.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/policies.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Appealing financial assistance ineligibility:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/policies.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Student Loan Code of Conduct:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/policies/conduct.pdf

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Repayment, Deferment, and Student Loan History:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/repay.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Direct Loan Entrance Counseling:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/entrance.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Direct Loan Exit Counseling:

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/exit.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Federal Tax Benefits for Education

IRS Publication 970 (Hope Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, Student Loan Interest Deduction)

http://www.irs.gov/

Source: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


Deferments and Performed Services

Borrowers in the Federal Stafford Loan Program may be eligible for deferred payment provisions for service in the Peace Corps, service under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, or comparable volunteer services for a tax-exempt organization in community service. Borrowers should seek applications and detailed information from their lender.

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/repay.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

Completion or graduation rates for students who receive athletically related student aid and the annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report that contains participation rates, financial support, and other information on men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs.

http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/

Source: Athletics, PA 200; 812/464-1846


Study Abroad

USI offers study abroad opportunities in more than 50 countries around the globe. With advance planning, it is possible for students in virtually any major to participate in an overseas program. Programs offer a variety of experiences, from specialized courses taught entirely in English, to direct enrollment in the foreign university. Students receive USI credit for the coursework completed during the summer, semester or academic year at an approved USI study abroad location.

www.usi.edu/international/studyabroad/

Source: International Programs and Services, UC-East; 812/465-1248


The costs of many USI study abroad programs are based on tuition, room and board at USI. Since participants pay program fees to USI and receive USI credit, they can continue to apply their scholarship and other financial aid towards those fees.

http://www.usi.edu/finaid/studyabroad.asp

Source: Office of Student Financial Assistance, OC 1005; 812/464-1767 or 800/467-1965


Special Services and Facilities for Students with Disabilities

The USI Office of Disability Resources office (ODR) coordinates services and academic accommodations for USI students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the university.

www.usi.edu/disabilities

Source: Office of Disabilities Resources, OC 0095; 812/464-1961


Campus Safety and Security

The University Safety and Security Department records and annually publishes statistics on crime and security matters, fire safety, missing student notification policies and procedures, drug and alcohol policy, and the University provides timely warnings of crimes or incidents that may be considered a threat to the University community.

www.usi.edu/security/annual-security-and-fire-safety-report

Source: Office of Public Safety, Security Building; 812/464-1845


A crime log is published Monday through Friday and is available for public view in the Safety and Security Office. The log includes the nature, date, time, and general location of each incident. All log entries, except where disclosure of such information is prohibited by law or such disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim, will be open to public inspection within two business days of the initial report being made to the department or a campus security authority.

www.usi.edu/security/annual-security-and-fire-safety-report

Source: Office of Public Safety, Security Building; 812/464-1845


The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires sex offenders, when they register with the designated law enforcement agency, to indicate whether and where they are enrolled, employed, or volunteering on a college campus. The registering agency must share that information with the relevant colleges, and the colleges must tell students, faculty members, administrators, and staff members where information on registered sex offenders can be obtained. The designated law enforcement agency for the University of Southern Indiana community is the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office.

www.usi.edu/security/annual-security-and-fire-safety-report

Source: Office of Security, Security Building; 812/464-1845


Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program:

www.usi.edu/security/drug-alcohol-policy

Source: Office of the President, WA 101; 812/464-1756


Voter Registration

Recent changes in the 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act require universities to make available voter registration forms to students enrolled in on-campus classes. Any student not registered to vote may obtain an Indiana Mail-In Voter Registration Application (VRG-7i) from several convenient campus locations.

www.usi.edu/registrar/forms-general-information/voter-registration

Source: Office of the Registrar, OC 1075; 812/464-1762 or 800/467-1965






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