Applicants for admission or employment, students, parents, employees and sources of referral of applicants for admission or employment with Hesston College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, perceived gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, citizenship status, age, ancestry, color, marital or family status, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military or veteran or military discharge status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law in employment or admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Hesston College’s compliance with Title IX should contact Whitney Douglas, disability services and Title IX coordinator (620-327-8342). Inquiries related to Title VI are directed to contact the human resources office. Section 504 inquiries are directed to contact Whitney Douglas. Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the college’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX or Section 504.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and amended in 2009, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), prohibits excluding or denying individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. By law, Hesston College is required to provide reasonable accommodations in the academic environment for otherwise qualified students with disabilities. Students must provide documentation of their disability from a qualified, licensed professional in order to receive accommodations. Common accommodations include extended time or a quiet location to take exams, books in electronic format, or note taking services. Students who wish to request accommodations should contact Whitney Douglas, disability services and Title IX coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 620-327-8342. Further information is located in the Student Handbook.
Hesston College treats student educational records confidentially and in accordance with the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Personally identifiable information from educational records is not disclosed to third parties without written consent of the student, except where required by law, where needed by college personnel to perform their duties or where needed to ensure the health and safety of the student and others. Students have the right to inspect their educational records (with certain limitations) and to seek to amend records that they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of their rights to privacy. Full details of the institution’s FERPA policy are published in the Student Handbook. In addition, students are provided a written notification of rights during the registration process at the beginning of each year. More information is available from the Registrar’s Office.
Concerns about compliance with these guidelines may be addressed to Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
The Student Right-to-Know Act, PL 101-542, requires that institutions publish graduation rates. The rates are based on new freshman entering an institution as first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students and graduating within 1.5 times the normal time for their program. The graduation rate for those entering Hesston College in the fall of 2015 and graduating within six years was 64 percent. The average rate over the last four years is 57 percent.
Although certain facilities are not fully physically accessible to persons with disabilities, Hesston College will take such means as are necessary to ensure that no qualified person with disabilities is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subject to discrimination because Hesston College facilities are physically inaccessible to or unusable by persons with disabilities. The accessibility standard required by Federal law for “existing facilities” is that Hesston College’s programs or activities, when viewed in their entirety, must be readily accessible to persons with disabilities. Hesston College may meet this standard through such means as a reassignment of classes or other services to accessible locations, redesign of equipment, assignment of aids, alteration of existing facilities, and construction of new accessible facilities. Hesston College is not required to make structural changes in existing facilities where other methods are sufficient to comply with the accessibility standard described above.
Because scheduling of classes and arranging housing in accessible facilities may require reasonable advance planning, students with disabilities accepted for admission should identify themselves within 90 days of the start of the semester of admission and indicate the nature of accommodation that they need.
Policies and procedures are established in order to assist in the fair resolution of student and employee grievances. Student procedures are outlined in the Hesston College Student Handbook and employee procedures in the Hesston College Human Resources Policies and the faculty handbook.