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The United States Department of Education has set forth disclosure requirements to provide information that may be useful to prospective students, current students, and employees of Bryan University. This information is provided below. If you have questions regarding this information or would like additional information, please contact us directly at 888-768-6861.


Privacy of Student Records under FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

Bryan University respects the rights and privacy of its students and acknowledge the responsibility to maintain confidentiality of personally identifiable information. Student records are maintained for a minimum of five years from the student’s last day of attendance; academic transcripts are maintained indefinitely.

FERPA is a federal law that affords students the following rights with respect to their education records:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records during normal business hours, by appointment, and no sooner than five days after the Education Department receives a written, dated request for access. The university does not permit students to review confidential student guidance notes maintained by the university or financial records of their parents or guardians.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate. Students must submit a written inquiry to the program director in which they are enrolled specifying what they want changed and why it is inaccurate. If the university decides not to amend the record, the university will notify the student in writing and/or verbally of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing, if desired.
  • The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without prior consent from the parents or the eligible student, as applicable. The university may neither release nor disclose personally identifiable information contained in the student’s records to outside employers, agencies, or individuals without first securing a written release from the parent or eligible student, unless permitted by the law.

Exemptions: Items not considered part of the student’s record under FERPA include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Certain confidential letters of recommendation received by the university.
  • Records about students or incidents made by and accessible only to instructors or administrators.
  • School security records or records maintained by certain professionals providing specific forms of treatment to the student.

Access Without Student Consent: The university will not permit access to, or release of, confidential information to any individual or agency without the written consent of the student, except to the following:

  • Bryan University officials in the proper performance of their duties.
  • Organizations conducting studies for educational and governmental agencies where personally identifiable information will not be disclosed.
  • U.S. Government agencies as listed in Public Law 93-380.
  • Accrediting agencies.
  • Parents of dependent children as defined in the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
  • Any organizations or persons who sponsor the student by paying any portion of the cost of training directly to the university.
  • Appropriate emergency personnel, as necessary to protect the health or safety of another student or person.
  • Other educational institutions upon request of transcripts for students seeking enrollment in that institution.
  • In connection with the award of financial aid.
  • To comply with judicial order or subpoena, provided that the university makes a reasonable effort to notify the student prior to such compliance.
  • Organizations conducting studies involving testing, student aid programs, or instructions.
  • To comply with conditions otherwise required by FERPA.

 

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 Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions

Bryan University strives to provide access to varied materials, services and equipment for students, faculty and staff and does not knowingly condone policies or practices that constitute an infringement of Federal copyright law.

Transmitting (including peer-to-peer) or downloading any material that you do not have the right to make available and that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party is prohibited. Installing or distributing pirated or unlicensed software is also forbidden. Violation of these requirements may subject students, faculty and staff to civil and criminal liabilities as well as possible dismissal from the institution. Students, faculty or staff who violate federal copyright law do so at their own risk. Copyright status is applied to a work as soon as it is created. Users should assume that all writings and images are copyrighted.

Title 17 of the United States Code (17 USC §501 et seq.) outlines remedies for copyright infringement that may include some or all of the following: obtaining an injunction to stop the infringing activity; impounding and disposing of the infringing articles; an award to the copyright owner of actual damages and the profits of the infringer, or in the alternative, an award of statutory damages which may be increased if the infringement is found to be willful; an award of two times the amount of the license fee a copyright owner could have gotten; an award of the full costs incurred in bringing an infringement action, and the award of attorney’s fees; and for criminal copyright infringement, fines and imprisonment.

Bryan University maintains a campus network to support and enhance the academic and administrative needs of our students, faculty and staff. Bryan University is required by Federal Law – H.R. 4137 to make an annual disclosure informing students that illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may lead to civil and/or criminal penalties. Bryan University takes steps to detect and punish users who illegally distribute copyrighted materials.

Bryan University reserves the right to suspend or terminate network access to any campus user that violates this policy and Network access may be suspended if any use is impacting the operations of the network. Violations may be reported to appropriate authorities for criminal or civil prosecution. The existence and imposition of sanctions do not protect members of the campus community from any legal action by external entities.

Please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.

 

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Transfer Credit Policy

Bryan University offers generous transfer credit. An official credit evaluation is completed for students as part of the application process as soon as students submit unofficial or official transcripts, along with the transcript evaluation request form to their admissions representative. Please note that a final list of approved transfer credits cannot be completed until official transcripts have been received by the university. Courses with a grade of “C” or higher are generally transferable if the cumulative GPA of course work is a 2.0 or higher and if the course objective and rigor align with those set by Bryan University.

Credits can only be approved for college-level courses from an accredited institution and must meet requirements of the degree program in which the student is pursuing. Once transcripts are submitted, preliminary results are communicated within five business days. Official transcripts should be submitted to an admissions representative or to the Office of the Registrar. The university accepts up to 30 credits toward an associate degree. Additional details such as a course catalog or official syllabus may be needed to finalize the evaluation process. All accepted transfer credits are applied toward satisfactory academic progress.

For Court Reporting, only academic and machine courses earned at a school approved by the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA) or from an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education will be considered. Court Reporting machine classes may be considered based on speed examination of the applicant by Bryan University.

International students should contact an Admissions Representative for information about transferring credits from an institution outside of the United States.

Veteran/Military Transfer Credit

Transfer credits from regionally or nationally accredited post-secondary institutions, as recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), may be accepted as courses for transfer into undergraduate, graduate degree, and certification programs. The approval of transfer credits is at the sole discretion of Bryan University. Official transcripts must be submitted for evaluation as part of the enrollment process. For Bryan University’s 100 percent online programs, active-duty service members may be required to complete up to 30 percent of the program online to satisfy academic residency requirements (up to 25 percent requirement for residential programs). In addition, Bryan transfer credits may be approved for completion of formal military courses as recommended through official transcripts (Army/ACE Registry Transcript System, Community College of Air Force, Sailor/Marine/ACE Registry Transcript, Registry of Credit Recommendations, or National Registry for Training Programs). Credits will be applied as approved by the Office of the Registrar. Credit may also be given for completion of approved examinations, including CLEP, DSST, and ECE as outlined in the ACE guide to Educational Credit by Examination.

Transferability of Bryan University Credits

The transferability of credits and degrees earned at Bryan University is at the sole discretion of the institution to which a student plans to transfer. Students are advised to contact the admissions department at consecutive institutions for information on transferring credits or degrees. A degree, diploma, or certification from Bryan University does not serve as a basis for a higher-level degree at another university.

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Complaint Procedure

Bryan University students may send comments and complaints to the University Chancellor via email at any time to: feedback@bryanuniversity.edu. Students are also encouraged to share feedback during module-based class evaluations. If a student has a grievance to bring to the attention of the school’s administration, the following process should be followed:

  1. The student should first report the issue—in letter or email form—to the faculty member responsible for the class. The faculty member will attempt to resolve the issue within three business days.
  2. If the issue is not resolved by the faculty member, the student should submit a letter or email, explaining the reasons for the grievance, to the Program Director. The Program Director will respond within three business days.
  3. If the problem is still unresolved, the student should submit the written grievance letter to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, who will respond within three business days.
  4. If the grievance is not fully resolved by the Dean, the student should submit the grievance letter or email directly to the University President, who will investigate and respond within 10 days.
  5. If the student is not satisfied with the President’s response, the student may petition in a reasonable time to review the grievance resolution.
  6. If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 W. Washington St., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007; phone: 602.542.5709; website: www.azppse.gov.
  7. For Utah residents, you may file a complaint with the Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Consumer Protection, 160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6704.
  8. For Indiana residents, you may file a complaint with the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984.
  9. Students with questions may also contact the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980 Washington, DC 20002 4241; phone: 202.336.6780; website: www.acics.org.
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