Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public. The following information is disclosed to you in compliance with federal law. For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please call or email the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.

Academic Programs Drug Law Violations Locations
Accreditation Equal Opportunity Misrepresentation
College Profile Financial Aid Missing Student Procedures
Confidentiality of Records Financial Aid Calculator Refund Policy
Copyright Infringement FERPA Textbook Information
Cost of Attendance Gainful Employment Transfer Agreements
Crime, Security, and Fire GED Assessment Vaccination Policies
Disability Services Graduation/Retention Rates Voter Registration
Drug/Alcohol Policy Intercollegiate Athletics

Academic Programs and Institutional Information

Contact: Registrar | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5112

Information concerning the current educational programs and course descriptions of Indian Hills Community College is available in the IHCC College Catalog. The catalog also includes a listing of current faculty. Information about campus facilities, including those that relate to instructional programs, is available through the Campus and Service Center Locations web page.

Accreditation

Contact: Institutional Research | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5751

Information concerning the Indian Hills institutional and specialized accreditations is available on the Indian Hills Community College: Accreditation web page. Following guidelines established by the Iowa Department of Education, all academic programs are assessed through a formal Program Review process on a regular basis. In addition to review of programs, Indian Hills Community College continually reviews and assesses its educational programs through student outcomes assessment.

College Profile

Contact: Institutional Research | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5751
Contact: Tuition & Financial Aid | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5155

The IHCC Institutional Profile provides consistent, comparable, and transparent information on the characteristics of institutions and students, success rates, degree offerings, and student engagement with the learning process. Information on the cost of attendance is available through the Tuition and Financial Aid office. The information is intended for students, families, policy–makers, campus faculty and staff, the general public, and other higher education stakeholders.

Confidentiality of Student Records and Student Health Records
(FERPA and HIPAA)

Contact: Registrar | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5112
Contact: IHCC Student Health Services | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5336

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. IHCC publishes a FERPA notification that delineates student rights under FERPA. IHCC information on confidentiality of student records is published in the Office of the Registrar: General Information document.

IHCC is committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal health information concerning our employees and students.

Copyright Infringement and Peer–to–Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions

Contact: Chief Information Officer | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5141

Information regarding file sharing and copyright policies and resources is available on the Copyright Policy and Law page in the Information Technology section of the IHCC website.

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Cost of Attendance

Contact: Tuition & Financial Aid | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5155

Information concerning the cost of attending IHCC is available from the Office of Tuition & Financial Aid. 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. Indian Hills provides a Net Price Calculator to assist in estimating the cost of attendance.

Crime Statistics, Campus Security Policies, Crime Log, and Fire Log

Contact: Dean of Students | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5159
Emergency Phone: 911 | Ottumwa Campus Security: (641) 683-5300 | Centerville Police: (641) 437-7100

Information regarding public safety at IHCC is provided in the IHCC Annual Security Report found on the IHCC Campus Security web page. The Security and Fire Safety Report includes crime statistics and policy statements, as required. It also includes information about police and public safety resources; reporting crimes; coordination between law enforcement agencies; fire and medical emergencies; emergency notification, response and evaluation; missing student policy; crime prevention; victim support services; the law and IHCC policies; campus facilities; residence hall security; the IHCC Policy on Sexual Harassment; sex offender registry; and the IHCC Drug/Alcohol Policy.

A paper copy of the IHCC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available upon request from Student Services, Human Resources (both on the Main Campus in Ottumwa), or the Dean’s Office, Centerville Campus.

Disability Services

Contact: Disability Services | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5749

Student Disability Resources (SDR) provides disability–related information and referrals for IHCC students, determines eligibility for services and facilitates reasonable accommodations, coordinates disability–related technical assistance and auxiliary aids/services, and provides advocacy and training. Visit the Disability Services web page for additional information on services and resources available to students with disabilities.

Drug/Alcohol Policy

Contact: Dean of Students | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5159

This policy addresses alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the rules regarding possession, consumption, and distribution of intoxicants within university owned or operated buildings, property and grounds including administrative, instructional and research facilities; the policy applies to all university employees, students and visitors. This policy supplements Iowa Administrative Code Section 681-13.17(2). In all instances this policy will be construed to comply with federal and state law.

The IHCC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report found on the IHCC Campus Security web page includes the institution's drug/alcohol policy. The annual report also provides information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug alcohol laws and penalties, and campus alcohol and other drug education and counseling resources.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program Biennial Review: 2011–2013

Health Risks Associated with Drug and Alcohol Use
Illicit drug use may result in:

  • Physical or psychological dependency
  • A craving or inability to stop using drugs
  • Adverse effects on the body systems
  • Injury due to motor vehicle crashes assaults, or other unintended acts
  • Disruption of personal relationships and work habits
  • Ineligibility for some types of employment

Facts you should know if you are considering the consumption of alcoholic beverages:

  • Iowa's legal drinking age is 21
  • Iowa's legal blood alcohol limit is .08
  • The fine for possession of alcohol under the legal age is $300

If you DO choose to drink: Misuse of alcohol or drugs inhibits your ability to act responsibly or react quickly.
Below are a few safety tips you should keep in mind:

  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Avoid combining alcohol with prescription medicines and club drugs; the combination can be dangerous
  • Never leave your drink unattended or accept a pre–poured drink from a stranger
  • Buzzed or drunk driving is deadly and illegal; leave your vehicle parked and find other transportation. Your life and others’ lives depend upon your decision.

Don't hesitate to call Indian Hills Security (641) 683-5300 if you or your friends are in need of assistance and have been drinking. Our main concern is your safety!

Drug Law Violations: Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties

Contact: Tuition & Financial Aid | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5155

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.

Applicable Legal Sanctions
Both state and federal laws prohibit distribution of, manufacture of, or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance or a counterfeit controlled substance. State penalties range from five years to life confinement and a fine of $1,000 to $1,000,000, depending upon the type and quantity of drug involved. Conviction may also result in the loss of state and federal benefits, such as grants, school loans, or work assistance, during the time periods required by federal law. Specific drugs, amounts, and penalties are described in Iowa Code § 124.

Maximum federal penalties range from one year confinement to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 to $4,000,000, depending upon the type and quantity of drug involved. State and federal legal sanctions are subject to change by the General Assembly and Congress, respectively.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs in Iowa
Offense License Suspension Incarceration Fine
First 180 days 2 days to 1 year $625–$1,250
Second 2 years 7 days to 2 years $1,875–$6,250
Third 6 years 30 days to 5 years $3,125–$9,375
 
Iowa Drug Laws and Penalties
Offense Penalty Incarceration Maximum Fine
Posession Offenders who are chronic abusers of marijuana may be sent to rehab.
Any amount (first offense) misdemeanor 6 months $1,000
Any amount (second offense) misdemeanor 1 year $1,875
Any amount (third offense) misdemeanor 2 years $6,250
 
Cultivation or Distribution Distribution includes posession with intent to distribute.
50 kg or less felony 5 years $7,500
50–100 kg felony 10 years $50,000
100–1000 kg felony 25 years $100,000
Involving a minor felony 5*–25 years $100,000
To a minor within 1000 feet of a park,
elementary or middle school, or school bus
felony 10 years* $100,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
 
Hash and Concentrates
Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana except in the circumstance where the plant–form marijuana is for a charge of delivery or possession with intent to deliver one half ounce or less without remuneration. In that circumstance, plant–form marijuana is punished equivalent to the penalties for simple possession, whereas delivery, or possession with intent to deliver an equivalent amount of hashish, hash oil, or other derivatives are punished in accordance with the regular penalties for distribution.
 
Paraphernalia
Possession, distribution, or manufacture of paraphernalia misdemeanor 6 months $1,000
 
Miscellaneous Posession with intent to sell large amounts can lead to an automatic driver's license suspension.
Sponsoring, promoting, or assisting in
a gathering where marijuana will be
used,distributed, or possessed
misdemeanor 1 year $1,875

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Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of Indian Hills Community College to provide equal educational and employment opportunities and not to illegally discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, religion, genetic information or disability in its educational programs, activities or its employment and personnel policies. It is the further policy of Indian Hills Community College that no retaliatory action shall be taken against any person exercising their rights as an employee or student irrespective of the outcome of any procedure instituted hereunder.

This college shall provide activities, a curriculum, and instructional resources which reflect the racial and cultural diversity present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles and life styles open to both men and women in our society. One of the objectives of the college’s programs, curriculum, services, and teaching strategies is to reduce stereotyping and to eliminate bias. The curricula, programs and services shall foster respect and appreciation for the diverse populations found in our country and an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a pluralistic society.

It is the policy of this college to recruit women and men, members of diverse racial/ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities for job categories where they are under–represented. A fair and supportive environment will be provided for all students and employees regardless of their age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, religion, genetic information, or disability. Harassment of a sexual nature or with demeaning intent made from one employee to another, from an employee to a student or vice versa, or from one student to another is a violation of this policy.

Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to Bonnie Campbell, Director of Human Resources/Equity Coordinator, 525 Grandview, Ottumwa, IA 52501, (641) 683-5108; Sheri Heisdorffer, Human Resources Coordinator (staff and faculty), (641) 683-5200; Chris Bowser, Dean of Student Services (students), (641) 683-5159; Darlas Shockley, Executive Dean, Arts & Sciences (includes students with disabilities), (641) 683-5174; the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in Des Moines; the Director of the Region VII Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Financial Aid

Contact: Tuition & Financial Aid | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5155

The Tuition & Financial Aid web page 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; the terms and conditions of federal student loans; entrance and exit counseling information; and drug violation penalties.

Financial Aid Calculator

Contact: Tuition & Financial Aid | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5155

Students may use the Financial Aid Net Price Calculator to find estimates.

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Contact: Registrar | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5112

Indian Hills FERPA information is listed in the Indian Hills Student Handbook Policies and Regulations.

Gainful Employment

Contact: Institutional Research | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5751

Disclosures related to programs preparing students for Gainful Employment

GED Assessment and Advising

Contact: IHCC Testing Center | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5142

The IHCC Testing Center provides GED assessment and advising to students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Graduation and Retention Rates

Contact: Institutional Research | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5751

Graduation data and retention rates for IHCC full–time, degree–seeking, undergraduate students, as well as IHCC retention, graduation, and transfer out data, are available from the Institutional Research Office. IHCC annually reports graduation and retention information to the National Center for Education Statistics. This information can be found on our institutional page in IPEDS.

Institutional Graduation Rates
Student Athlete Graduation Rates (2010–2011)

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

Contact: Athletics Director | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5213

In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, the IHCC Athletics Office publishes information on men's and women's athletic programs at IHCC. The Equity in Athletics Data (EADA) report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches' salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid.

Institutional Graduation Rates
Student Athlete Graduation Rates (2010–2011)

Locations

Indian Hills Community College is located in Southeast Iowa. We have three campus locations and eight county service centers, in order to serve the residents of our 10–county area. More information about each campus location and county service center can be viewed in the About Indian Hills section of the IHCC website.

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Misrepresentation

Contact: Chief Academic Officer | Email: matt.thompson@indianhills.edu | Phone: (641) 683-5100

Guidance: Indian Hills Community College will not engage in substantial misrepresentation by having the College itself, one of its representatives, or any ineligible institution, organization, or person with whom the institution has an agreement to provide educational programs, marketing, advertising, recruiting or admissions services, make a substantial misrepresentation regarding the institution, including about the nature of its educational program, its financial charges, employability of its graduates, or its relationship with the Department of Education. Substantial misrepresentations are prohibited in all forms, including those made in any advertising, promotional materials, or in the marketing or sale of courses or programs of instruction offered by the College.

Reporting: Misrepresentation may be reported to Indian Hills Community College by contacting Matt Thompson, Chief Academic Officer, by phone: (641) 683-5100 or email: matt.thompson@indianhills.edu with “Misrepresentation” in the subject line.

Missing Student Policy and Notification Procedures

Contact: Director of Security | Phone: (641) 683-5300
Contact: Dean of Students | Phone: (641) 683-5159
Contact: Director of Housing | Phone: (641) 683-5152

The missing student policy and notification procedures to be followed when an IHCC student has been reported missing for more than 24 hours are available in the IHCC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report found on the IHCC Campus Security web page. The report also includes directions for students on how to submit emergency contact and missing person contact information.

Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal,
and Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid

Contact: Tuition & Financial Aid | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5155

If a student withdraws or drops a course, IHCC will adhere to its refund policy as published in the College Catalog. The Catalog also contains information regarding the requirements and procedures for students seeking to withdraw. Requirements for return of Title IV, HEA grant or loan aid are available on the Tuition & Financial Aid web page.

Textbook Information/Required Course Materials

Contact: Registrar | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5112
Contact: Ottumwa Bookstore | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5264
Centerville Bookstore | Phone: (641) 856-2143, x2237 or x2238

Textbook information, including ISBN and pricing, for individual courses is available, each term, on the Indian Hills Bookstore web page via the Order Textbooks Online link.

Transfer of Credit and Articulation Agreements

Contact: Academic Advising | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5262

Transfer of credit policies and articulation agreements are published in the College Catalog. More specific information on articulation agreements with several four–year institutions is available in the Transfer Agreements document.

Vaccination Policies

Contact: IHCC Student Health Services | Email: | Phone: (641) 683-5336

Indian Hills Community College follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation for immunizations. Specific requirements for vaccinations are published on the Health Sciences Student Information Sheet for Physical Examination and Immunizations.

Voter Registration

Information on voting in local, state, and federal elections, including a copy of the Iowa voter registration application form, may be accessed at the Iowa Secretary of State website.

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