Student Right To Know
The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires institutions to disclose certain information to prospective and current students, and employees. The purpose of this webpage is to provide the information required to be disclosed by the HEA in an easy to find location. These federal regulations require that colleges that receive Title IV federal funding provide specific consumer information about the college. Listed below is the information WVNCC is required to disclose and the web links, or catalogs/handbooks where the information can be found.
AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYEE FOR DISSEMINATION PURPOSES
The College is required to designate an employee or a group of employees who are available to assist enrolled or prospective students in obtaining institutional and financial assistance information for students as specified in Sections 668.42, 668.43, 668.45, and 668.46 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
If the College has designated one person for an area of responsibility, that person shall be available, upon reasonable notice, to any enrolled or perspective student throughout the normal administrative working hours listed. If more than one person, often an entire office, is designated, their combined work schedules have been arranged so that at least one of them is available, upon reasonable notice, throughout the normal administrative working hours of the College.
Please contact your Campus Service Center for assistance in this area. They will coordinate/organize the resources necessary to satisfy all relevant requests.
Constitution Day - Celebration of Constitution Day (Sept 17th) is promoted on the Student Activities calendar yearly. Pocket constitutions are distributed on the day of observance. Special events are held annually in conjunction with Student Activities, the Library/Learning Resource Center, and/or current professors of history courses going on during the Fall semester. Click here to watch a video take of the WV Independence Hall in honor of Constitution Day!
Health & Safety Exemption Requirement - WV Northern adheres to all requirements pertaining to the protection of student information. Information about student records and confidentiality can be found in the college catalog. However, in some situations, the College may determine that it is necessary to disclose personally identifiable information (PII) from a student’s education records to appropriate parties in order to address a health or safety emergency. FERPA’s health or safety emergency provision permits such disclosures when the disclosure is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. This exception to FERPA’s general consent requirement is limited to the period of the emergency and generally does not allow for a blanket release of PII from a student’s education records. Rather, these disclosures must be related to an actual, impending, or imminent emergency, such as a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a campus shooting, or the outbreak of an epidemic disease.
Official Withdraw Requirements and Procedures (page 24 in current catalog) - Withdrawal from all courses, when necessary, is completed through Northern on the Web. Telephone withdrawals can be taken by the Campus Counselor only. Students are encouraged to talk with their instructors and academic advisor prior to withdrawing to determine if there are other alternatives available. Students Student Handbook are responsible for verifying their withdrawal. The last day to totally withdraw from the College is published in the academic calendar. Students who completed short-term courses or tested out of a course in the same semester are not eligible for a total withdrawal
Principles of Excellence - Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members
Private Education Loans - WVNCC does not endorse or provide information regarding any single loan product or loan provider. Students may independently explore private student loan options. Please remember that you may qualify for Federal Direct Loans by completing a FAFSA. If you decide to apply for a private student loan, you must complete, sign, and provide a copy of the U.S. Department of Education’s self-certification form for private student loans to your lending institution.
Student Loan Code of Conduct - West Virginia Northern's Financial Aid staff are committed to providing the highest quality customer service to our students and families. It is our goal to provide information and advice, in keeping with federal requirements, and to base decisions solely by consideration of the best interests of our students (and their parents). Click the link above for more information.
Transfer of Credit Policies - To have transfer credit evaluated and applied toward your degree, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Transfer credits are evaluated by the Registrar's Office. Once your transfer evaluation is completed, access your NOW account and view your academic transcript (Select Student Services tab, then click on Student Records, then select Academic Transcript). You should speak with your academic advisor regarding any questions you have regarding your transfer credits.
Transfer Rates - reported annually by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission and WV Council for Community and Technical College Education (see page 71 of 2019 Report Card Report)
Vaccination Policy - Copies of health records are not required for admission to community colleges. (135-23-3 WV Council for Community and Technical College Education)
Voter Registration - WVNCC Student Activities Office promotes voter registration by including important dates on the annual student activities calendar that include on-campus voter registration days. They also encourage voter registration through e-mail blasts and materials displayed around each campus.