Your Right to Know AT OVU
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Ohio Valley University admits students of any sex, race, color, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs.
Release of Student Information (FERPA)
The Family and Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) grants students the right to prohibit the University from releasing "Directory Information" which, unlike all other information, may be released by the University without student consent.
"Directory Information" consists of: name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, degrees and awards received, enrollment status in past or present semester, the most recent educational agency or institution attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
Students may prohibit the University from releasing this information without consent by contacting the Office of the Registrar in writing to indicate this request. By prohibiting release, students will eliminate the listing of their names in OVU news releases pertaining to such items as dean's list, announcements of participation in activities, and announcements of honors (including commencement).
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Family and Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) - OVU
Sexual harassment is an illegal form of discrimination and will not be tolerated in the Ohio Valley University community. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favor, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may take two forms. "Quid pro quo" harassment involves a superior demanding sexual consideration of a subordinate in exchange for benefits. "Hostile environment" involves a situation where a person is subjected to sexual innuendo or suggestion.
Sexual harassment may include a wide range of behaviors, from the actual coercing of sexual relations to unwelcome or inappropriate sexual inferences. Any form of sexual harassment is inconsistent with the standards for behavior at a Christian college.
Sexual harassment claims made by a student against another student or against a faculty or staff member must be filed with the Student Life Office. You must present a signed written formal complaint.
If you believe that you have been sexually harassed, you will obtain assistance as well as advocacy in obtaining recourse. Complaints will receive a prompt and equitable response. The right to confidentiality of all members of the academic community will be respected in both informal and formal procedures, insofar as is possible. Retaliation against individuals for bringing bona fide complaints of sexual harassment is expressly prohibited. Knowingly or willfully making a false claim is subject to discipline, up to but not limited to, suspension from school. Any individual found to have engaged in sexual harassment is subject to disciplinary action for violations of the policy.
Safety & Security
You may view Ohio Valley University's annual Safety & Security report by visiting the OVU Consumer Information & Disclosures page and downloading the most recent report.
Americans with Disabilities Compliance
Ohio Valley University does not discriminate against students with disabilities in any of its educational programs. In fact, there is a strong desire at OVU to help every student learn. Consequently, the University challenges all students, including those with learning disabilities, to think critically, improve communication skills and broaden their knowledge base.
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The federal government requires that colleges take specific measures to ensure an environment free from the abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol by its students, faculty, staff or administrators. Ohio Valley University student and employee policies strictly prohibit the purchase, use, possession or sale of these substances on campus.
In accordance with federal law, Ohio Valley University annually submits enrollment data as part of an IPEDS report. You have the right to review information related to retention and graduation rates at Ohio Valley University.
National Center for Education Statistics - OVU - click "Retention and Graduation Rates" tab
Graduation Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid
- Select "Ohio Valley University" in the dropdown box
- Click "Search" button
- You can sort stats and reports by Sport, Conference, Academic Success Rate, and Federal Graduation Rate
If you wish to review a hard copy of this information while visiting campus, a copy of the information is available in the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office.
In accordance with federal law, Ohio Valley University annually submits a Crime Statistics Report to the federal government. This report reflects statistics about crimes that have taken place on OVU's campus. You have the right to review this report.
For general information about Campus security, visit: ovu.edu/student-life/ovu-safety-and-security.html
To review OVU's most recent campus crime and fire statistics, visit: ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/institution/search
- Enter "Ohio Valley University into the Name Field
- Click "Continue"
- Under "Instition/Campus" click "Ohio Valley University"
- Click "Continue"
- Use the drop down menu to view information about Criminal Offenses, Hate Crimes, VAWA Offenses, Arrests, Disciplinary Actions, Unfounded Crimes, and Fire Statistics
If you prefer to view this report while visiting campus, a copy of the latest Crime Statistics Report is on file in the Legal Counsel's office.
Filing a Formal Complaint
Despite the University's best efforts to ensure your safety & security, personal & professional development, and overall transformation, situations may arise that cause you concern. In such cases, you have the right to file a formal complaint in writing with the Dean of Students.
Your formal complaint should describe the basis for your concern, and you are encouraged to be specific in identifying all individuals involved. Additionally, your complaint must be signed.
The Dean of Students will investigate the allegations in your complaint, keep you informed as to the progress of the investigation, and share the outcome with you.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools requires the University to maintain a record of formal complaints as well as any follow-up efforts. To protect privacy and in accordance with federal law, neither the complainant's name nor the names of individuals identified in the complaint will be recorded in the University's complaint log.
Individuals may view the formal complaint log in the Dean of Student's office.
Institutional Misrepresentation Policy
Per federal regulations, Ohio Valley University will hold itself to the highest levels of integrity and will not provide false, erroneous, or misleading statements directly or indirectly to a student, prospective student, member of the public, accrediting agency, state agency, or to the Department of Education. This includes disseminating testimonials and endorsements given under duress or as a requirement to participate in a program.
OVU is committed to operating in an environment of integrity. Therefore, each member of the campus community is responsible for ensuring that the actions and activities conducted at the University promote such an environment. This includes the responsibility to report, for appropriate review, actions or activities that concern an individual which do not promote this environment.
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