Consumer Information Disclosures

Your Right to Know – Consumer Information

Notice of Required Disclosures

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements that are intended to assist current and prospective students and their families in accessing information about higher education institutions.

Official statutory sources in which disclosure and reporting requirements are described include:

In addition, the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 34, Part 668.41 - Student Assistance General Provisions mandate that a Notice of Required Disclosures is provided to all enrolled students on an annual basis and to all prospective students. Following is a list of Chapman University required disclosures, summary descriptions, and information to obtain a paper copy of each disclosure.

General Consumer Information Contacts

In addition to the sections of this webpage, individual sections may direct students, employees and others to specific Wiregrass webpages. Paper copies of all disclosures and additional information can be coordinated by requesting them from the specific Departments or by requesting them from either the Director of Financial Aid or the Director or the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

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Admission to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Students interested in learning about the admissions eligibility requirements, application filing periods, deadlines and the application process can visit the Office of Admission or via email at admissions@wiregrass.edu or by calling 229-333-2105.

Annual Crime Awareness & Security Report (ASR) & the Annual Fire Safety Report (Clery)

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act Compliance.

The annual security report is prepared by the Campus Police Department in cooperation with Campus Operations, Student Activities and Enrollment Management, along with information provided by the local Police Departments. To comply with the federal requirements, the Campus Police Department collects crime statistics from local police departments, by providing the address of off-campus property either owned or controlled by the College or public property immediately adjacent to campus.

The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, report of crimes, sexual assault, fire safety and other matters.

The full text of this report can be obtained by contacting the Wiregrass Chief of Police Tim Allmond tim.allmond@wiregrass.edu or by calling (229) 468-2034

All campus security authorities have an obligation to forward, to Public Safety, information on offenses reported to them for inclusion in the report.

Campus security authorities include not only Public Safety but also employees in the health center, staff members of Residence Life, athletic coaches, student activity coordinators and faculty advisors.

Annual Crime Awareness & Security Report (ASR)

Campus Security Personnel

The Wiregrass Campus Police Department is headed by Chief Tim Allmond and staffed with trained officers on each campus to facilitate a safe environment conducive to learning, working, and personal growth through education, engagement and the development of community partnerships. Additional information about the Campus Police Department can be found on their webpage.

College Navigator

The College Navigator is provided by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences and is designed to assist students in choosing the college or university that is right for them. In addition to searching for and viewing profiles of colleges and universities across the country, the College Navigator website features additional resources designed to assist students as they prepare for college. All colleges and universities receiving federal financial aid are required to contribute data to the College Navigator.

Please visit College Navigator and search for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to view our profile.

Constitution Day

Each year, on or around, September 17th, the college celebrates the founding document of the United States of America; the U.S. Constitution. Activities are open to all students and are shared on the college’s website, social media sites, and via student email.

Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions

The purpose of this section is to establish uniform policies and campus-wide procedures to ensure compliance with all state and federal laws applying to copyrighted materials. The Acceptable Computer and Internet Use Policy is distributed annually to all faculty, staff and students from the IT Department via email and printed in the Student Catalog. In addition, the college adheres to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

Costs and Consumer Information

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and the U.S. Department of Education provide several resources to assist students and families in calculating the cost of attendance. Please note that, once enrolled, each student will receive a personalized bill from the Business Office detailing all charges for the term. Student may also view their charges in myBanWeb.

Wiregrass Cost of Attendance – located in myBanWeb
Wiregrass Net Price Calculator
Wiregrass Tuition and Fee Schedule
College Navigator

Students and families with questions about Cost of Attendance should contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@wiregrass.edu or by calling 229-333-2107.

Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

At Wiregrass, all students, faculty and staff have the right to an inclusive learning and work environment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

More information about Wiregrass’s Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation policy including the complaint procedure and information about Title IX can be found on the Campus Equity and Compliance webpage.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Wiregrass is in compliance with Title 34 CFR 86 which requires notice to all students, faculty and employees concerning its drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that institutions of higher education certify that they have adopted and implemented a drug and alcohol prevention program as a condition of receiving funding under any federal program. The Secretary of Education has, as required by the Amendments, issued regulations to enforce the law. These regulations, known as the “Drug Free Schools and Campuses”, may be found in 34 CFR 86 at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2018-title34-vol1/xml/CFR-2018-title34-vol1-part86.xml.

Resources:

Students enrolled in College Success and Commercial Truck Driving are required to complete the Everfi AlcoholEdu Prevention and Awareness Modules.

In addition, Human Resources provides all employees with information about substance abuse in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.

Drug Violations and Consequences

A state or federal drug conviction can disqualify a student from receiving financial aid. Financial aid recipients are only held accountable for convictions that occurred during a period of enrollment.

The period of financial aid ineligibility for a drug possession or sale conviction is as follows:

For possession of illegal drugs

  • First offense: one year from date of conviction
  • Second offense: two years from date of conviction
  • Three or more offenses: indefinite period

For sale of illegal drugs (including conspiring to sell drugs)

  • First offense: two years from date of conviction
  • Second offense: permanent ineligibility

If a student is convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, he or she will be disqualified for the longer period of ineligibility.

Resources:

Please note: A conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record doesn't count, nor do juvenile convictions, unless the student was tried as an adult.

Emergency Management

Wiregrass President or designee is authorized to close the college if conditions exist that may threaten the health and safety of students and employees. The President is also authorized to delay the opening hour of the academic day or to release students and employees before the normal day ends if hazardous conditions exist. Closing or delayed openings will be announced by all available media.

Questions? Please contact Campus Police at (229) 468-2034.

Faculty Personnel

The faculty member of Wiregrass are listed online in the faculty directory.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Wiregrass is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student educational records, adhering closely to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - a federal legislation established to regulate access and maintenance of student educational records.

FERPA Policy
U.S. Department of Education FERPA Guide

For more information about FERPA, or to obtain a paper copy of this policy, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 229-259-5536

Federal Student and Parent Loan NSLDS Disclosure

Wiregrass does not participate in Federal Student Loans. Students are eligible to use Private and State loan programs while enrolled. Students and parents who borrow funds for education expenses can access their own information via NSLDS for Student Access.

Financial Aid Office Code of Conduct

Wiregrass’s Financial Aid Offices believe in and maintain a commitment to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator's Code of Conduct.

1. No action will be taken by financial aid staff that is for their personal benefit or could be perceived to be a conflict of interest.

  1. Employees within the financial aid office will not award aid to themselves or their immediate family members. Staff will reserve this task to an institutionally designated person, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
  2. If a preferred lender list is provided, it will be compiled without prejudice and for the sole benefit of the students attending the institution. The information included about lenders and loan terms will be transparent, complete, and accurate. The complete process through which preferred lenders are selected will be fully and publicly disclosed. Borrowers will not be auto-assigned to any particular lender.
  3. A borrower's choice of a lender will not be denied, impeded, or unnecessarily delayed by the institution, even if that lender is not included on the institution's preferred lender list.
  4. No amount of cash, gift, or benefit in excess of a de minimis amount shall be accepted by a financial aid staff member from any financial aid applicant (or his/her family), or from any entity doing business with or seeking to do business with the institution (including service on advisory committees or boards beyond reimbursement for reasonable expenses directly associated with such service).

2. Information provided by the financial aid office is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.

3. Institutional award notifications and/or other institutionally provided materials shall include the following:

  1. A breakdown of individual components of the institution's Cost of Attendance, designating all potential billable charges.
  2. Clear identification of each award, indicating the type of aid, i.e. gift aid (grant, scholarship), work, or loan.
  3. Standard terminology and definitions, using NASFAA's glossary of award letter terms.
  4. Renewal requirements for each award.

4. All required consumer information is displayed in a prominent location on the institutional website(s) and in any printed materials, easily identified and found, and labeled as "Consumer Information."

5. Financial aid professionals will disclose to their institution any involvement, interest in, or potential conflict of interest with any entity with which the institution has a business relationship.

Financial Aid Office Statement of Ethical Principals

Both the Undergraduate and Graduate Financial Aid Offices believe in and maintain a commitment to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator's Statement of Ethical Principles.

Financial aid administrators shall:

Advocate for Students

  • Remain aware of issues affecting students and continually advocate for their interests at the institutional, state and federal levels.
  • Support federal, state and institutional efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire to and plan for education beyond high school.

Manifest the Highest Level of Integrity

  • Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest or the perception thereof.
  • Deal with others honestly and fairly, abiding by our commitments and always acting in a manner that merits the trust and confidence others have placed in us.
  • Protect the privacy of individual student financial records.
  • Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse viewpoints within the profession.

Support Student Access and Success

  • Commit to removing financial barriers for those who want to pursue postsecondary learning and support each student admitted to our institution.
  • Without charge, assist students in applying for financial aid funds.
  • Provide services and apply principles that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
  • Understand the need for financial education and commit to educate students and families on how to responsibly manage expenses and debt.

Comply with Federal and State Laws

  • Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations governing federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
  • Actively participate in ongoing professional development and continuing education programs to ensure ample understanding of statutes, regulations, and best practices governing the financial aid programs.
  • Encourage colleagues to participate in the financial aid professional associations available to them at the state, regional, or national level and offer assistance to other aid professionals as needed.

Strive for Transparency and Clarity

  • Provide our students and parents with the information they need to make good decisions about attending and paying for college.
  • Educate students and families through quality information that is consumer-tested when possible. This includes (but is not limited to) transparency and full disclosure on award notices.
  • Ensure equity by applying all need-analysis formulas consistently across the institution's full population of student financial aid applicants.
  • Inform institutions, students, and parents of any changes in financial aid programs that could affect their student aid eligibility.

Protect the Privacy of Financial Aid Applicants

  • Ensure that student and parent private information provided to the financial aid office by financial aid applicants is protected in accordance with all state and federal statutes and regulations, including FERPA and the Higher Education Act, Section 483(a)(3)(E) (20 U.S.C. 1090).
  • Protect the information on the FAFSA from inappropriate use by ensuring that this information is only used for the application, award, and administration of aid awarded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, state aid, or aid awarded by eligible institutions.

Financial Assistance

This disclosure provides information on all available federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial need-based and non-need-based assistance programs.

Financial Assistance Available to Students

  • Grants and Scholarships
  • Loans
    • Please note: Wiregrass does not participate in the Federal Student Loan program.
  • Federal Work Study program is available to students enrolled at Wiregrass regardless of federal aid eligibility. Students may apply for work-study positions through the office of Human Resources.

Financial Aid Planning Resources

Private Education Loan Self-Certification Form

Students and parents borrowing through a private or alternative loan program may be required to complete and submit to a Private Education Loan Self-Certification Form. This form asks basic demographic and financial aid information of the application which the lender may choose to access electronically instead of via the paper form. Should you need assistance completing this form, please contact Financial Aid Office. Forms are available in the office.

General Wiregrass Information – Mission, Institutional Effectiveness, Board of Directors

The mission of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is to promote community, educational, and economic development by providing a trained workforce in our 11-county service area and throughout the State of Georgia. The college fulfills the mission by providing technical and academic instruction, through traditional and distance education delivery methods, leading to associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit; customized training for new and existing industries; professional and personal development through continuing education programs; and adult education services to meet the needs of citizens, business, and industry in the service area.

Institutional Information for Wiregrass

The Wiregrass Website and College Catalog provides a wealth useful and easily accessible information.
View the College Catalog, including archives of previous catalogs.

Other Useful Information

Required Reports: Completion/Graduation and Continuation/Retention Rates

The college provides in various publications data on the college and enrollment. Some of the most common publications are:

Student Activities

Wiregrass encourages students to become involved in their College community through a variety student activities and student organizations. To learn more about opportunities for involvement and student resources, please feel free to explore these areas:

Textbook Information

Students and guests may view required, recommended and supplemental course materials schedule for a given class via the Class Schedule by Term. By clicking searching for the course number and section there is a link to textbook title, the International Standards Book Number (ISBN), and the price for the book if purchased new or used (if available) and recommended textbooks and supplemental materials.

Students are not required to buy their text books from the College Book Store.

The College Bookstore can be reached at (229) 333-5392

Title IX Statement

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and its constituent Technical Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, spouse of military member, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all technical college-administered programs, federally financed programs, educational programs and activities involving admissions, scholarships and loans, student life, and athletics. It also applies to the recruitment and employment of personnel and contracting for goods and services.

All work and campus environments shall be free from unlawful forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation as outlined under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, Executive Order 11246, as amended, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, the Equal Pay Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the Georgia Fair Employment Act of 1978, as amended, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and other related mandates under TCSG Policy, federal or state statutes.

TCSG and the technical colleges are expected to promote the full realization of equal opportunity through affirmative and continuing practices. TCSG and each technical college shall develop Affirmative Action Plans based on federal guidelines to ensure compliance with applicable mandates. Each is required to report and monitor Affirmative Action Plan data as directed by federal compliance guidelines.

Any violation or questions may be directed to any member of the Campus Equity & Compliance Team: Shalonda Sanders, Title IX Coordinator (all campuses), Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Valdosta Campus, Brooks Hall, Room 547, or call (229) 333-5356, or email shalonda.sanders@wiregrass.edu; Sabrina Cox, Title IX Designee/Investigator, Executive Director of Distance Education, Coffee Campus, Room 145, or call (229) 468-2022, or email sabrina.cox@wiregrass.edu; Keren Wynn, Title IX Designee/Investigator, Vice President for Administrative Services, Valdosta Campus, Room 325, or call (229) 333-2103, or email keren.wynn@wiregrass.edu; Katrina Royal, Student ADA & Section 504 Coordinator (all campuses), Student Success Coordinator, Valdosta Campus, Berrien Hall, Room 107, or call (229) 333-2100 ext. 1236, or email katrina.royal@wiregrass.edu (student ADA & student disability claims only); or April McDuffie, Title IX Designee/Investigator, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Ben Hill-Irwin Campus, Dorminy-Mixon Hall, Room 8102B, or call (229) 468-2103 ext 4103, or email april.mcduffie@wiregrass.edu; Yolanda Woodall, Title IX Designee/Investigator, Human Resources & Career Services Coordinator, Ben Hill-Irwin Campus, Charles Harris Learning Center, Room 630C (229) 333-5356, or email yolanda.woodall@wiregrass.edu; or email campusequityandcompliance@wiregrass.edu.

Telephone numbers are accessible to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing through the Georgia Relay by dialing 711 or 800-255-0056 from a TTY/TDD.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit will be considered for courses completed with a “C” or better from a college, university, or other postsecondary institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the course was taken. The courses must meet the same content and length requirements of the courses offered at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to be considered for transfer credit. Occupationally specific courses may not be more than 120 months old when initially considered. Certain general education courses have no transfer time limitations. Transfer credit for up to 75 percent of a program of study may be applied toward graduation.

The student must provide official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit will automatically be awarded after receipt and review of the official transcript(s) for courses that are pertinent to the student’s current program of study. In some instances, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College may request documentation from a student to verify the potential transfer credit courses covered the same or similar content, and were taught by faculty qualified to teach at the appropriate level. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College reserves the right to test the proficiency of students for coursework to be transferred. Therefore, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College reserves the right to disallow transfer credit if the student cannot demonstrate acceptable proficiency.

Additionally, credit may be awarded for successfully completed coursework for students previously enrolled at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, provided the subject matter is the same or similar to the requirements of the program in which the student is currently enrolled.

Transfer credit will be designated as “TR” with the letter grade on the student’s transcript and will count toward the curriculum requirements of the program. The transferred course will not count in the computation of the student’s GPA. Failure to provide necessary transcripts for determination of transfer credit prior to the end of the first semester of enrollment may result in loss of the credit and/or a debt owed by the student if financial aid paid for a repeated course that had been previously completed successfully.

For questions regarding transfer of credit email registrar@wiregrass.edu, or call 229-259-5536.

Vaccination Policy

Wiregrass Allied Health Academic Programs require up to date and documented vaccinations. To see the policy and procedures related to vaccinations by program, please request a copy of the Program Advisement Sheet or Competitive Admissions Packet from the Advising and Retention Center by emailing arcsouth@wiregrass.edu or arcnorth@wiregrass.edu

Voter Registration

The Secretary of State's Office provides an easily accessible online voter registration process. Please visit https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button to easily access an online voter registration application.

In addition to this convenient resource, Wiregrass sends out annual reminders for voter registration and a listing of local, state and federal election dates via student email, social media postings and the college website.

Withdrawal from the College

As a student enrolling in college courses, you assume the financial and academic responsibility to properly withdraw from your courses if you decide not to complete them. You have the privilege of dropping a course during the first three instructional days of each semester through your Banner Web account, without the drop becoming part of your permanent academic record and without it affecting your financial aid. However, any amount charged against Pell or HOPE in the bookstore will be owed back to the college. If you withdraw from a class after the third instructional day, you will receive a grade of W up the published withdrawal date and an F if withdrawing after that date. The specific deadline dates for withdrawal are published on the school’s home website page, under Academic Calendar.

You should be aware that withdrawals may result in a loss of financial aid and that failing to properly withdraw from a course will result in your receiving a failing grade (F) for that course.

For the process and policy on withdrawing from a single course or a complete withdrawal visit the Drop/Withdrawal webpage or contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@wiregrass.edu.