The Student Right-to-Know Act
The Student Right-to-Know Act was enacted in 1990 by federal law. The law requires institutions that receive Title IV HEA student financial aid to collect, report and/or disclose graduation rates for full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students and students receiving athletically related student aid. See the 2021 IPEDS enrollment and diversity data
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Campus Crime & The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose crime statistics that happen on and around their campuses. The law was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and was amended and renamed in 1998 after Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student who was assaulted and murdered in her residence hall on April 5, 1986. This information is published in the annual Campus Crime Statistics Report from the Office of Post-Secondary Education at (OPE).
Substance Abuse Policy and Drug Testing Program
The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) and the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690, Sec. 5151 et. seq.) and adhered to by McPherson College. Pursuant to these Acts, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance or abuse of alcohol (as defined in these Acts) by a student on college property or as part of any college activity is prohibited.
Under Public Law 100-226, the College will distribute to all students, in the Student Handbook, a statement of compliance in accordance with the applicable provisions of the law. A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action including suspension and/or dismissal from the college as provided in the Student Handbook under Community Code and Campus Judicial Process. Students receiving athletic scholarships shall be subject to random drug testing as outlined in the Athletic Handbook in order to assure compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 as referenced in this policy.
Equity in Athletics
Any coeducational institution of higher education that participates in a federal student aid program and has an intercollegiate athletics program is required to publish an annual Equity in Athletics report. This report contains participation rates, financial support, and other information on its men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs. This report is available from the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Report from the Office of Post-Secondary Education (OPE).
Other Institutional Information
Federal legislation also requires the release of institutional information regarding the cost of attendance; accreditation; academic programs; facilities and services to disabled students; and financial assistance available to students and requirements and restrictions imposed on Title IV. This information along with non-discrimination (equity), academic, withdrawal, and refund policies are published annually in the McPherson College Catalog.
For questions regarding forms on this page, please notify The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Academic Records at (620)242-0430.