The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to students. The following information is disclosed to you as a student at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in compliance with federal law. For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please call the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.
Academic Programs and Accreditations
Information concerning LSSU’s current educational programs and course descriptions is available at http://www.lssu.edu/academics. This includes information about instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relate to the academic programs, as well as faculty and other instructional personnel. The University catalog, (http://www.lssu.edu/catalog) provides information related to institutional/program accreditations (http://www.lssu.edu/hlc/accreditation.php) and approvals, as well as transferring courses and credits to LSSU (http://www.lssu.edu/admissions/transfer.php). View the Transfer Credit Policy at http://www.lssu.edu/cmscatalog1617/admissions.php. University-approved articulation and consortium agreements are available for reference at http://www.lssu.edu/equivalency/guide_index.php. The policies and procedures related to academic governance may be accessed at http://www.lssu.edu/provost.
Alcohol and Other Drug Policy
The LSSU Alcohol and Other Drug Policy can be accessed at http://www.lssu.edu/campuslife/policies/alcohol.php. The Annual Security Report (http://www.lssu.edu/publicsafety/clery/) provides information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug alcohol laws and penalties, and campus alcohol and other drug education and counseling resources.
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log
Information regarding public safety at LSSU is provided in the Annual Security Report (http://www.lssu.edu/publicsafety).The Security Report includes crime statistics for the previous three years concerning certain crimes reported to have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by LSSU; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The Security Report also includes information about police and public safety resources, reporting crimes, coordination between law enforcement agencies, fire and medical emergencies, crime prevention, victim support services, the law and LSSU policies, campus facilities, residence hall security, timely warning policy statement, the LSSU Policy on Sexual Harassment, and the LSSU Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. Pursuant to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, LSSU’s statement advising the campus community about registered sex offenders is available at http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/. To obtain a paper copy of the Security Report, contact the Office of Public Safety at 906-635-2100.
Cohort Default Rate
The cohort default rate (http://www.lssu.edu/finaid/cohortdefaultrate.php) is calculated using actual payment records of the student borrower. A 3-year 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), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year. Repayment begins 6 months after a student is no longer enrolled for at least 6 credit hours. Default occurs when a student is in repayment, but fails to make their payment for 270 days or more. Data from the most recent years is provided below. The numbers below represent the 3 year cohort default rate as well as the previously calculated 2 year cohort default rate which is no longer in use.
Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance. The separate, written notice of the penalties for drug violations provided to students upon enrollment may be accessed at http://www.lssu.edu/finaid/druglawviolations.php.
The Office of Financial Aid website (http://www.lssu.edu/finaid) includes information about the following: need-based and non-need-based federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial assistance programs available to students; eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for aid; criteria for selecting recipients and determining amount of award; methods and frequency of disbursements of aid; financial aid terms and conditions, including terms applicable to employment provided as part of a financial aid package; rights and responsibilities of students receiving Title IV, HEA loans; the availability of financial aid for study abroad programs; how financial aid is handled when students withdraw; and whom to contact for questions regarding financial aid. Federal notices concerning the terms and conditions of federal student loans, entrance and exit counseling information, drug violation penalties, and the code of conduct for financial aid professionals and advisory disclosure are available at http://www.lssu.edu/finaid/pdfs/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.pdf.
Graduation and Retention Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act)
Graduation data of degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate students at LSSU is available at http://www.lssu.edu/career/PlacementReports.php. Information concerning retention rates is available at http://www.lssu.edu/advising. Additional information can be found in our Common Data Set at http://www.lssu.edu/ir/reports.php.
Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)
In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on men’s and women’s athletic programs at LSSU is available at http://lssulakers.com/information/forms/EADA_Report_2015_-_LSSU.pdf. The report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches’ salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid. A copy of the report is available online on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Equity in Athletics Disclosure website at http://www2.ed.gov/finaid/prof/resources/athletics/eada.html
Missing Student Notification Procedures
Notification procedures to be followed when a student residing in on-campus housing has been reported missing for more than 24 hours are available at http://www.lssu.edu/publicsafety/clery/.
Placement of Graduates
The report (http://www.lssu.edu/career/PlacementReports.php) provides post-graduation outcomes of LSSU baccalaureate degree recipients, including the types of graduate and professional education programs in which graduates enrolled. The report is prepared using information obtained annually from students who received a baccalaureate degree, offering a snapshot of their progress during the transition out of college.
Price of Attendance
Information concerning the cost of attending LSSU is available at http://www.lssu.edu/costs. These costs consist of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest. More information can be found at http://www.lssu.edu/finaid/costofattendance-1516.php. A net price calculator can be found at: http://www.lssu.edu/netprice.
Privacy of Student Records (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives students the right to review their education records, to request amendment of their records, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information, and to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information regarding student rights under FERPA is available at http://www.lssu.edu/registrar/FERPA. This information includes LSSU procedures for reviewing and requesting amendment of education records, notice of the types of information LSSU has designated as directory information, and students’ right to opt-out of directory information.
Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal, and Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid
If a student withdraws or drops a course, LSSU will adhere to its refund policy as published at http://www.lssu.edu/scheduling/add_drop.php. Information regarding the requirements and procedures for students seeking to withdraw officially is also available at http://www.lssu.edu/scheduling/add_drop.php. Requirements for return of Title IV, HEA grant or loan aid are available at http://www.lssu.edu/finaid/withdrawalprocess.php.
Services for Students with Disabilities
The Accessibility Services Office provides disability-related information and referrals; documents disability and conducts needs assessments; facilitates reasonable accommodations; and provides disability-related technical assistance, auxiliary aids/services, and advocacy and training. Visit the Accessibility Services homepage (http://www.lssu.edu/accessibility) for additional information on services and resources available to students with disabilities.
Student Body Diversity
Information about student body diversity, including the number of enrolled full-time students by gender and race/ethnicity, is provided in the Common Data Set found at http://www.lssu.edu/hoeanotices/commondataset.php. The number of undergraduate students who receive a Federal Pell Grant is available at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator.
Textbook Information/Required Course Materials
Detailed lists of required course materials will be made available to students through Barnes and Noble at Lake Superior State University (http://lssu.bncollege.com).
LSSU policies regarding vaccinations are available at http://www.lssu.edu/nursing/documents/ImmunizationRequirementsFall2010.pdf.
Information on voting in local, state, and federal elections, including a copy of the Michigan voter registration application form, may be accessed at http://www.mi.gov/sos.