Student Right to Know

Student Handbook

Black Hawk College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 North LaSalle Street., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.; 800-621-7440

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Black Hawk College is pleased to provide you this list of information in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

For information regarding associations, agencies, and/or governmental bodies that accredit, approve or license the school and its programs, and the procedures by which a student may receive a copy for review of the school’s accreditation, licensure or approval, contact the academic department here or refer to the college catalog.

General information:
Campus and Extension Locations

Degree programs, training and other education offered:
Information regarding classes and programs is available in the Quad-Cities Campus Advising Center and the East Campus Advising Office or here:
Credit Degree and Certificate Programs
Community & Continuing Education Programs
Adult Education Programs
Business Training

Cost of attending:
View tuition and fees here or contact the Bursar’s Office or the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Also, learn more about Payment policies and Withdrawal procedures.

Campus safety:
BHC Police Department
Campus Crime Report
Emergency Responses

 If a student or BHC employee has a concern about a student who is exhibiting ‘red flag’ behaviors or is involved in incidents of student misconduct (but does not warrant immediate intervention) they are welcome to fill out a Behavioral Incident Report.

Services available to students with disabilities:
For information regarding accommodations, contact Disability Services at the Quad-Cities Campus or the Admissions Office at the East Campus.

FERPA policy:
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) established the right of students to inspect and review their education records; provides that personally identifiable information will not, with certain exception, be disclosed without the student’s written permission; provides for guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings; grants students the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office concerning alleged failures of the College to comply; and makes provisions for notice to the students concerning their rights.

Black Hawk College has adopted policies and procedures implementing FERPA, which are outlined in the BHC academic catalog.

Drug-Free Schools and Community Act

Computer use and copyright infringement policy:
Students may be subject to criminal and civil penalties if they engage in the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. Black Hawk College monitors network activity and utilizes network traffic shaping for stopping illegal file sharing and copyright use. For further information refer to the Student Handbook.

Athletic Participation, Equity In Athletics Disclosure Act

Student Complaints
A student who has a complaint should work with the individual who the complaint is against. If that person is not available or the student is uncomfortable working with that individual, the student should discuss the complaint with a BHC employee who can direct the student to the proper individual. The student may also contact a Director, Dean, Vice President, Executive Director or the Title IX Coordinator for assistance. A student wishing to file a complaint without speaking to a person may do so by completing the Black Hawk College website contact form. If the specific concern has not been resolved in an expeditious and fair manner at BHC, the student may file a complaint with the Illinois Community College Board or out-of-state online students may also file a complaint in the state which he or she resides.

Note: Black Hawk College is registered with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission on behalf of the state of Iowa. Iowa resident students who wish to inquire about Black Hawk College or file a complaint in Iowa may contact the commission.
475 SW Fifth St., Suite D
Des Moines, IA 50309

Black Hawk College’s Refund Policy 
Black Hawk College is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which ensures quality BHC online courses, opens up intern opportunities for our students, streamlines the process of sharing our online courses with our students who live in another SARA state. IMPORTANT: Students who change residency from a state the institution is authorized in to one it is not authorized in may experience adverse consequences.

Voter registration:
Information and voter registration applications can be found at the Illinois State Board of Elections

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