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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.

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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.

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.

Source: University Health Center (UHC), HP 0091; 812-465-1250

General Institution Information

The USI 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

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.

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.

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

Cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY). Visit Federal Student Aid's Default Management web site for more information regarding cohort default rate and to access USI's official cohort default rate.

Admission and Withdrawal

Undergraduate Admission is your source for information about USI undergraduate programs, admission requirements, institutional scholarships and other topics of interest to prospective undergraduate students.

Source: Undergraduate Admission, OC 1096; 812-464-1765 or 800-467-1965

Graduate Studies is your source for information about USI graduate programs, admission requirements, graduate assistantships and other topics of interest to prospective graduate students.

Source: Graduate Studies, OC 1060; 812-465-7015

Procedures for officially withdrawing from USI

Source: Registrar, OC 1075; 812-464-1762 or 800-467-1965

Return of Title IV Federal Funds Institutional Refund Policy and a summary of the requirements for the return of Title IV assistance for students who withdraw from USI

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

Treatment of Title IV Aid When a Student Withdraws

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

Academics and Student Life

The Dean of Students Office is the official source of the University's community standards and related policies and procedures. The website provides an overview of University policies on student conduct, academic integrity, alcohol and drugs, Title IX, policies, procedures and community standards relevant to all students, undergraduate and graduate.

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Graduation Rates

The current six-year graduation rate for degree-seeking, full-time, undergraduate students is 36 percent.

View USI's School Profile on the National Center for Education Statistics' web site.

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

Financial Assistance

Student Financial Assistance 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.

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

Federal Tax Benefits for Education

IRS Publication 970 This publication explains tax benefits that may be available to you if you are saving for or paying education costs for yourself or, in many cases, another student who is a member of your immediate family. Most benefits apply only to higher education.

Source: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Deferments and Performed Services

There are a variety of circumstances that may qualify you for a deferment on your federal student loan. For more information visit

Source: Federal Student Aid

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.

Source: USI 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.

Source: Center for International Programs, UC-East 1234; 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 scholarships and other financial aid towards study abroad.

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

Special Services and Facilities for Students with Disabilities

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

Source: Disability Resources, Science Center (SC) 2206; 812-464-1961

Campus Safety and Security

USI Public Safety 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. Read the annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

crime log is published Monday through Friday and is available for public view in the Public Safety 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.

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.

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

Read about Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Intervention.

Source: Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness; 812-461-5268

Voter Registration

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.

Source: Government and Legal Affairs; 812-464-1849