Missouri State University - West Plains

Annual Consumer Information Notice

Consumer & Safety Information Annual Notice

September 2013

Information Dissemination

The dean of student services is available on a full-time basis to assist enrolled or prospective students in obtaining information on financial assistance, Missouri State University-West Plains, graduation, completion rates, security policies, and crime statistics. The office of the dean of student services is located in Lybyer Technology Center 207; telephone (417) 255-7255.

Athletic Program Information

Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support

The annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report that contains participation rates, financial support, and other information on men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs is available through the dean of student services, Lybyer Technology Center 207, Missouri State University-West Plains, 128 Garfield Avenue; West Plains, MO 65775, (417) 255-7255.

Graduation Rates for Student Athletes

Missouri State University-West Plains offers varsity sports in women's volleyball and men's basketball. Both sports compete at the Division One level of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Annually, Missouri State University-West Plains produces a report containing the following information:

  1. The number of students, categorized by race and gender, who attended the institution during the year prior to preparation of the report;
  2. The number of those students who received athletically-related student aid, categorized by race and gender within each sport;
  3. The completion or graduation rate and, if applicable, transfer-out rate of all the entering, certificate- or degree-seeking, full-time students;
  4. The completion or graduation rate and, if applicable, transfer-out rate of those entering students who received athletically-related student aid, categorized by race and gender within each sport;
  5. The average completion or graduation rate and, if applicable, transfer-out rate for the four most recent completing or graduating classes of those students, categorized by race and gender;
  6. The average completion or graduation rate and, if applicable, transfer-out rate of the four most recent completing or graduating classes those entering students who received athletically-related student aid, categorized by race and gender within each sport.

When Missouri State University-West Plains offers a prospective student-athlete athletically related student aid, the University discloses the information above to the potential athlete and his or her parents, high school coach, and guidance counselor. This information is also available from the dean of student services; Missouri State University-West Plains; 128 Garfield Avenue; West Plains, MO 65775; Office: Lybyer Technology Center 207; Telephone: (417) 255-7255.

Campus Contacts

University officials may be contacted to assist enrolled or prospective students with the following:

  • Financial Assistance Information: Coordinator, Office of Financial Aid, Cass Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7243.
  • Institutional Information: Director, University Communications, Kellett Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7960.
  • Completion or graduation rates: Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Lybyer Technology Center 206, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7904.
  • Security policies and crime statistics: Dean of Student Services, Lybyer Technology Center 207, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7255.
  • Academic concerns: Dean of Academic Affairs, Lybyer Technology Center 206, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7272.
  • Miscellaneous Informal Complaints: Dean of Student Services, Lybyer Technology Center 207, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7255.

Campus Safety

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to supporting the welfare of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Missouri State University-West Plains' annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by Missouri State University; and on public property within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and other drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. Persons may obtain a paper copy of this report by contacting the dean of student services, Lybyer Technology Center 207, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7255, or by accessing the following website: https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/WPCS/Annual+Security+and+Fire+Safety+Report.

Additionally, Emergency Procedures posters are displayed in every room in every campus facility. The posters advise campus community members and guests of actions to take in the event of fire, tornado, earthquake, and more. The posters may be accessed in the "Procedures" section of the Campus Safety website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/CampusSafety/.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

The Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan establishes policies and procedures that will be employed when there exists the potential for an emergency condition, such as severe weather; an emergency situation that has occurred or is occurring; or in any situation where it is necessary and beneficial for the operations of Missouri State University-West Plains to be conducted out of a single location. In order to ensure the various plans at Missouri State University-West Plains will work in an emergency situation, the University participates in drills and exercises that include campus personnel as well as local, county, and state public safety agencies.

The University has several procedures in place to communicate with faculty, staff, students and media regarding any emergency on campus and has established an emergency mass notification system, known as "Missouri State Alert", on all Missouri State University campuses. Complete details about the Emergency Response Plan (Crisis Management) and the Missouri State Alert System are available from the dean of student services, Lybyer Technology Center 207, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7255, or can be found at the following web address: http://wp.missouristate.edu/CampusSafety/.

Missing Person Policy

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008, all students who reside in on-campus housing may identify an individual who will be contacted by University or law enforcement personnel after it has been determined that the student is missing. If campus officials determine that a student for whom a missing person report has been filed has been missing for more than 24 hours, then within the next 24 hours, they must: notify the individual identified by the student to be contacted in this circumstance; notify a parent or guardian if the student is under 18 years old; and notify law enforcement. If at any time foul play is suspected or suspicious circumstances are uncovered, the dean of student services and law enforcement officials will be contacted immediately. The complete policy is available from the office of student life & development, Putnam Student Center, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7233. The policy is also available on the web at the following address: https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/WPCS/Missing+Persons.

Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification

Under provisions of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (Wetterling Act), any person who is required to register under a state sex offender registration program must notify the state when he or she enrolls at an institution of higher education or is employed at such an institution, and must notify the state of any change in enrollment or employment at an institution of higher education. Sex offender registration information is to be transmitted from each state to the law enforcement entities where the registered sex offenders reside. In Missouri, the sex offender list is maintained at the county level.

The University's Campus Safety website (http://wp.missouristate.edu/CampusSafety/), includes a link to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Registry Sex Offenders List. Members of the University Community who wish to be informed of the identities of registered sex offenders who reside in Howell County are encouraged to access this information.

Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Policy

The Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Policy can be obtained from the office for institutional equity and compliance, Missouri State University, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Missouri State University, (417) 836-4252, or at the following web address: http://www.missouristate.edu/policy/Op1_02_8_Harassment.htm.

Title IX prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual violence is a form a sexual harassment and sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to an intellectual or other disability. This can include, but is not limited to, rape, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Missouri State University prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence and sex discrimination. All complaints of sexual harassment, including sexual violence and sex discrimination, will be investigated pursuant to the Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Policy approved by the Board of Governors September 15, 2005. Persons may obtain a copy of this policy from the office for institutional equity and compliance, Missouri State University, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Missouri State University, (417) 836-4252, or at the following web address: http://www.missouristate.edu/policy/Op1_02_8_Harassment.htm.

Copyright Infringement

Missouri State University prohibits the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. (See http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/copyrightpolicy.htm). Members of the University community who use these networks to share copyrighted media files will have network access suspended until an agreement to no longer share material is made. Subsequent unauthorized sharing by students will result in disciplinary action through the office of student conduct. University employee actions are presented in the Faculty and Staff Handbooks. In addition, unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject a student or employee to civil and criminal liabilities summarized below:

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 attorney's 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.

Policies and more information can be found by contacting the information security officer, 163 Cheek Hall, Missouri State University, (417) 836-5226 or on the web at http://computerservices.missouristate.edu/infosec/73234.htm.

Disabilities Resources

Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities. Equal access for qualified students with disabilities is an obligation of the University under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Missouri State University-West Plains does not discriminate on the basis of disability against otherwise-qualified individuals in any program, service or activity offered by the University. Information is available at the advisement and academic coaching center for student success (AACCESS), Garnett Library First Floor, Missouri State University-West Plains (417) 255-7222 or online at http://wp.missouristate.edu/aaccess/Disability.htm. The University is committed to insuring that no otherwise-qualified individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids or other appropriate services; however, accommodations cannot result in an undue burden to the University or fundamentally alter the requirements essential to a program of instruction.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The Alcohol and Drug policy of Missouri State University-West Plains is annually distributed to every employee and student of Missouri State University-West Plains out of concern for their welfare and in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and learning environment for its students, faculty, staff, and guests. Abuse of alcohol and other drugs disrupts this environment and interferes with the academic and personal development of the student, and personal and professional development of University employees. This policy can be found at https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/WPCS/Drug+and+Alcohol+Abuse+Policy.

Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They include the right to: 1) inspect and review these records; 2) request an amendment to the records; 3) consent to or restrict disclosures of personally identifiable information in the records; and 4) file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the University's alleged failure to comply with FERPA. Copies of the complete policies and procedures for reviewing educational records and requesting an amendment of the records may be obtained from the office of registration & records, Cass Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7979, or on the web at http://wp.missouristate.edu/recreg/FERPA.htm.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); the University is required to identify and make available upon request, to those needing such information, directory information which has been so identified. Other non-directory information is available to Missouri State–West Plains faculty and staff who have a "need to know" this information to conduct business and provide service to students, unless that information is prohibited from release by either a Privacy Hold, or a FERPA Hold.

For distribution to the general public, Missouri State University-West Plains has defined the following as directory information:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Telephone number
  4. BearPass Email
  5. Major field of study
  6. Classification (e.g. sophomore)
  7. Enrollment status (full-time, part-time, or less than part-time)
  8. Participation in recognized activities and sports, including photographs of athletes,
  9. Dates of attendance, (including matriculation and withdrawal dates),
  10. Degrees and certificates received including date awarded as well as lists of graduates to newspapers.
  11. Awards received, Including dean's list and chancellor's list scholastic honors, departmental honors, memberships in national honor societies, athletic letters, and university-funded scholarships (excluding those that are need based)
  12. Previous education institutions attended.

Directory information may be disclosed by the University for any purpose at its discretion, without the consent of a student. However, A FERPA hold may be requested by currently-enrolled students. This non-disclosure option means that the university may not release any directory information about the student (except as permitted under the provisions of FERPA). The University may not even acknowledge to third parties that the person is a student at the institution.

Annual Notice: The University hereby gives annual public notice to students of the categories of information designated as directory information. Currently-enrolled students have the right to suppress disclosure of their directory information by requesting a FERPA Hold. These holds do apply retroactively to previous releases of directory information and will remain applicable until the student submits a written request specifying otherwise.

Any student refusing to have directory information disclosed must file written notification to this effect requesting a Privacy Hold or FERPA Hold with the University during regular business hours. Forms for this purpose are available in the office of registration and records, Cass Hall. The written notification does not apply retroactively to previous releases of directory information (e.g., once the Campus Directory has been published, the directory information contained therein will remain). To prevent publication of directory information in the campus directory, written notification must be filed no later than the second week of classes during the fall semester. In the event a refusal is not filed, the University assumes that a student does not object to the release of the directory information designated.

Financial Aid

The following information regarding financial aid and its availability to students can be obtained at the office of financial aid, Cass Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7243, and can also be found on their website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/finaid/.

Types of aid available
How to apply for financial assistance
Contact information for the office of financial aid
Eligibility criteria
Disbursement information
Student loans
Terms and conditions of loans
Loan entrance & exit interviews
Student rights & responsibilities
Withdrawal and return of federal funds
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Repeated courses and financial aid eligibility

Student Loan Forgiveness Opportunities

Borrowers in the Federal Direct Loan program may be eligible for deferred payment provisions for service in the Peace Corps, service under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, or comparable service as a volunteer for a tax-exempt organization of demonstrated effectiveness in the field of community service. Details are available from the office of financial aid, Cass Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7243, and can also be found on the U. S. Department of Education website at http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/PSF.jsp.

Missouri A+ Scholarship Program:

If a student has completed the Missouri A+ Scholarship Program in high school and is or will be utilizing the A+ Program tuition benefit for the current academic year, the student should be aware of A+ Program guidelines. If a student drops a class or withdraws from classes for which A+ funds were used, the University cannot bill the state. The student will be responsible for the tuition and fees for that course or courses. A student's eligibility for A+ funds expires with the earliest of the following: Completion of an associate's degree OR 48 months have expired since high school graduation OR completion of 105 percent of the hours required for the program in which the student is currently enrolled. More information can be found on the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) website at http://www.dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php.

Graduation Rates

Under regulations developed by the United States Department of Education, colleges and universities are required to report graduation rates to current and prospective students. The Missouri State University-West Plains graduation rates can be obtained from the office of institutional research, 128 Garfield, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7904, or at the following web address: http://wp.missouristate.edu/InstResearch/GraduationRates.htm.

Health Disclosures

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

Missouri State University's Board of Governors has designated the University and those components of the University, which transmit health information in electronic form, as a hybrid entity under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Before or during the first visit by a patient or client to a University Health Care Component (HCC), the HCC must require the person to sign an Acknowledgement that they have received the HCC's Notice of Privacy Practices. The University and its HCC must comply with HIPAA unless complying violates other federal or state laws, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). More information about the University's HIPAA policies, procedures, forms, privacy officers and security officers can be viewed at http://www.privacy.missouristate.edu/hipaa.htm.

Informational Brochure on Meningococcal Disease

Missouri's General Assembly recently added a new section to 167.638 RSMo, regarding meningococcal disease. Per this new section, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has developed an informational brochure relating to meningococcal disease. This brochure is available on the Department of Health and Senior Services' website at http://www.health.mo.gov/immunizations. The brochure includes: risk factors for and symptoms of the disease; how it may be diagnosed and its possible consequences if untreated; how the disease is transmitted; the latest scientific information on the disease immunization and its effectiveness; and a statement that any questions or concerns regarding immunization against meningococcal disease may be answered by contacting the student's health provider. For additional information, contact the Bureau of Immunization Assessment and Assurance at (800) 219-3224.

Institutional Information

Academic Programs

Descriptions of academic programs and degree offerings are available from the Missouri State University-West Plains Course Catalogs (https://experts.missouristate.edu/display/WPC/West+Plains+Catalogs+Home) or by contacting the dean of academic affairs, Lybyer Technology Center 206, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7272.

Accreditation

Missouri State University-West Plains is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, P. O. Box 656, Jefferson City, MO 65101 (pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp) and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, Phone: (212) 363-5555, ext. 153 (http://www.nlnac.org).

Admission Information

Admission requirements for Missouri State University-West Plains students can be found online at http://wp.missouristate.edu/admissions/ or by contacting the office of admissions, Cass Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7955.

Bookstore

Drago College Store Refund Policy: Books, including rental books, may be returned within ten business days after classes begin for Fall/Spring semesters or the first seven business days of classes during the Summer semester. A cash register receipt is required. For refund, bundled or packaged text materials must not have been opened.

Cooperative Programs

Cooperative Programs available through Missouri State University-West Plains are listed in the Course Catalogs at http://wp.missouristate.edu/Catalog/default.htm and are also available from the office of the dean of academic affairs, Lybyer Technology Center 206, (417) 255-7272.

Student Characteristics/Diversity of the Student Body

Information regarding student characteristics may be obtained from the office of institutional research (Lybyer Technology Center 206) or in the Factbook online at http://wp.missouristate.edu/InstResearch/15044.htm.

Facilities

Campus-based courses are taught in classrooms and laboratories on the main campus in West Plains. Individual buildings are described on the campus map at http://wp.missouristate.edu/About/Maps.htm.

Placement Information

For information about jobs, placement, and volunteer opportunities, contact the office of career services in Cass Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7230.

Refund Policies

Refund policy for Drops and Withdrawals

Students who withdraw from the University or drop a course may receive a partial refund of tuition (or a change in their fee assessment if all fees have not been paid) provided they complete the formal drop or withdrawal process by the established deadlines appropriate to the length or delivery method of the class. Students who are enrolled in the My Payment Plan are responsible for the amount of unpaid fees after the refund or re-assessment. Information may be found on the web at http://wp.missouristate.edu/recreg/RefundSchedule.htm.

Housing and Meal Plan Refund Policies

All Student Housing Contracts must be canceled in writing. A student who has an active Student Housing Contract may choose to cancel that contract via the exception form should the exception request be approved. For more information, go to the Housing website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/housing/ or contact the office of the coordinator of student life & development, Putnam Student Center, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7233.

Financial Aid Withdrawal and Refund Policy

If a financial aid recipient withdraws from the University before completing at least 60% of the semester, federal regulations require that the "unearned" portion of any federal financial aid received be returned to the appropriate federal aid source. For example, a student who withdraws at the end of the fourth week of a semester will have "earned" approximately 25% of their aid (completed 4 weeks of a 16 week semester). The remaining 75% must be repaid. Federal rules specify that repayment first apply toward federal loans, then federal grants. The return of state aid follows federal regulations. Details: http://wp.missouristate.edu/finaid/satisfactoryacademicprogress.htm or contact the financial aid office, Cass Hall, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7243.

Retention Rates

Information regarding Missouri State University-West Plains retention rates of first-year undergraduate students can be found at http://wp.missouristate.edu/InstResearch/15223.htm. For information, contact the office of institutional research, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7904.

Students Rights & Responsibilities

All Missouri State University-West Plains students possess certain rights and privileges together with corresponding duties and responsibilities. The Code of Students Rights and Responsibilities may be accessed at the following webpage (http://wp.missouristate.edu/studentlife/code.htm). For additional information, contact the coordinator of student life & development, Putnam Student Center, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7233.

Study Abroad

For information about Study Abroad opportunities at Missouri State University-West Plains, visit the following webpage (http://wp.missouristate.edu/StudyAbroad/) or contact the dean of academic affairs, Lybyer Technology Center 206, (417) 255-7272.

Financial Aid & Study Abroad

Missouri State University-West Plains degree-seeking students who are studying abroad at the China campus may be eligible to use their federal financial aid and/or Missouri State University-West Plains scholarships. In order to use any financial aid or scholarships, this must be approved by the financial aid office.

University Withdrawal Policy

Students withdrawing from the University must initiate the withdrawal process either in person or electronically with the registration and records office, Cass Hall, (fax to (417) 255-7977). Individuals taking only one class who wish to drop that class must withdraw from the University. Withdrawal is not complete until the registration and records office has processed the paperwork. The date of withdrawal will be the date the withdrawal request is submitted to the registration and records office or the postmark date on a mailed request. Withdrawals are not allowed after the last day to drop or withdraw deadline for the course. See the "Refund Schedule" on the web for specific deadline dates. For additional important information, see http://wp.missouristate.edu/recreg/WithdrawlProcedures.htm. Students should contact their academic advisor with questions about the academic impact of their withdrawal. A withdrawal submitted electronically, via email, must be sent from an ".edu" account, from either Missouri State University, or another educational institution. Withdrawal from classes may change financial aid awards. Please contact Financial Aid, (417) 255-7243, prior to withdrawal, for more information.