The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires universities participating in federal student aid programs to make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public. In an effort to assist students and their families in making informed decisions, Future Generations University has developed this page to serve as a central point for obtaining consumer information about the institution.

Accreditation

Future Generations University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the largest and oldest accrediting body in the United States. This quality assurance by a federally-recognized body also meets requirements necessary for the institution to receive and manage federal financial aid funds. The accreditation process also provides a periodic opportunity and incentive for the institution to review, assess, and advance the quality of its educational and financial operations

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
inquiry@hlcommission.org
Phone: 1-800-621-7440
Website:http://www.ncahlc.org/

Future Generations University ensures equal educational opportunities for students who qualify as a person with a disability under the applicable laws (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504). Many students who were under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan during high school will qualify for services, as will many other students who did not receive any specialized services during their K-12 education. It is the students responsibility to email our disability services representative at disabilityservices@future.edu to register for services. Documentation may be required and approved accommodations are determined on an individual basis. It is the students responsibility to inform faculty via letter from our office of the necessary accommodations each semester in order to receive accommodations throughout the semester. Professors are under no obligation to provide academic accommodations until they receive and discuss the accommodation letter with the student requesting accommodations. When a student has asked for disability related accommodations without an accommodation letter, a referral is appropriate and necessary. Faculty or students who encounter problems regarding accommodations are asked to notify Disability Services immediately. We encourage students to communicate with faculty at the start of each semester, but there are no deadlines to register for disability services. Students may disclose a disability to our office anytime during their education at the institution. Faculty may be approached by a student with an accommodation letter anytime during the semester. Though a student may approach a faculty member late in the semester with an accommodation letter, accommodations are not retroactive; that is, the accommodations do not apply to work completed before the students submission of documentation and the determination of necessary accommodations.

Our faculty, students, and alumni are all working toward local education and empowerment so that future generations can enjoy a livable, locally-owned and collectively-grown future. When change takes root through empowerment, more people on the ground are excited to get involved, and changes are more effective and long-lasting. That’s because local leaders assume responsibility, and projects benefit from local knowledge, resources, and innovation.

We are proud to say that the Future Generations United States Federal Student Loan Default Rate is zero.

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Future Generations University is committed to protecting your privacy. Any information you voluntarily provide to us through a Future Generations University website such as email address, name, or phone number will never be sold or traded to other colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, or businesses. Future Generations University might use this information to inform you of changes to that website or to provide you other news and information about that site that we believe would be of interest to you.  At your request, Future Generations University will remove any contact information you provided from its files

Information gathered automatically

Unless you take steps to browse the Internet anonymously, or opt-out, Future Generations University, similar to most institutions and organizations on the Internet, tracks web browsing patterns to inform understanding of how our sites are being used. Generic information is collected through the use of “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to evaluate usage patterns so that we can improve both content and distribution. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, doing so may prevent you from using the full functionality of all of our websites. The generic information we collect is based on IP address, which is the location of a computer or network, and is not linked to your specific email address in any of the reports or other material compiled by Future Generations University. Future Generations University will not associate your IP address and web usage data with any other information held by Future Generations University that can specifically identify you unless required to do so by law.

Some sections of Future Generations University owned websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how users use our sites. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website includes your IP address. This information will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Please visit the following pages for more information on Google Analytics terms of use and Google’s privacypractices. Google Analytics gathers information based on an individual user’s activities on Google websites and other websites within their network. Google then determines the age, gender, and interests of the user. In order to review and edit this personal information please visit Google’s ad settings page.

Future Generations University has implemented Remarketing with Google Analytics to help personalize its advertising efforts online. Such analytics allow third party vendors, including Google, to show personalized ads on sites across the internet. Future Generations University and third party vendors, including Google, use first and third party cookies together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on a visitor’s past visits on any Future Generations University websites. In other words, AdWords remarketing will display relevant ads tailored to you based on what parts of the Future Generations University’s websites you have viewed, by placing a cookie on your machine. This cookie does not in any way identify you or give access to your computer. Google AdWords Remarketing allows us to tailor our marketing to better suit your needs and deliver a more personalized experience by only displaying ads that are relevant to your specific interests. In order to prevent data collected by Google Analytics, users can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. Please visit Google’s support page for information on how to disable Google Analytics. It is important to remember that that many of Google’s services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.

Information you provide to us

To communicate effectively with visitors to our website, we may ask you for personally-identifiable information that can include, by way of illustration, name, email address or phone number. Future Generations University will never sell or trade personally-identifiable information you voluntarily provide to us such as name, email address or phone number, to other colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, or businesses unless one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • We have your consent to share the information.
  • We are sharing such information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal processes

External links

Some Future Generations University websites may contain links to external websites not owned by, or officially affiliated with, Future Generations University in any way. Future Generations University is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Changes to this policy

When we make changes to this policy, the changes will be highlighted on the top of this page for one month before going into effect. The highlights will then remain on top of the page for three months to keep you informed of the change.

Contact information

If you have any questions about this privacy statement or the practices of this website, you can contact:

Future Generations University

Office of Admissions

(304) 358-2000

A grievance is a complaint by a student who alleges that he/ she has been adversely affected in his/her professional or educational activities as a result of an arbitrary or capricious act, or failure to act, or a violation of a University procedure or regulation by one of his/her advisors, a faculty member, or other administrator or administrative body. A grievant is a student currently enrolled in the University who brings a grievance according to this procedure.

This sets forth a procedure whereby a student may grieve an adverse action or failure to act, or for a violation of University policy.

Typically complaints or disputes are brought to the attention of the Chief Academic Officer, and are resolved through informal discussion. If the complaint concerns the Chief Academic Officer, the Chief Operating Officer shall replace the Chief Academic Officer in the grievance procedure. The formal procedure set forth below is not meant to replace attempts at resolving complaints through informal means. When at all possible, complaints and disputes should be settled through informal discussion, though there are no circumstances under which a grievance must be settled informally. The procedures presented here apply only after every effort has been made to settle disputes informally.

Whether settled informally or formally, the grievance process should move expeditiously without sacrificing the integrity of the process. Nothing in this document should be construed to impinge upon the responsibilities of any office and/or regularly constituted body of the University. Moreover, no action may be taken with respect to a grievance that would conflict with or modify any policy approved by the Board of Trustees of the University, any policy of the University, any federal, state or local law or regulation, or any contract to which the University is a party.

As needed, the Chief Academic Officer of the University will convene a committee including himself or herself, a rotating member of the Dean’s Council, and another faculty or staff member to serve on the Grievance Committee. This Committee will hear any grievance.

The following points provide clarification as to what may be considered under this grievance procedure:

  • Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, or veteran status are to be referred to the Chief Operating Officer, and are not addressed by this procedure.
  • Disputes involving grades or other evaluation of the grievant’s academic work may be addressed by this procedure only if the evaluation is alleged to be arbitrary or capricious.

Disputes that are purely personal in nature and do not involve the grievant’s professional or educational activities are not addressed by this procedure.

In the event that informal discussion fails to resolve a dispute, the grievant may initiate formal grievance procedures. The grievant may decide to submit a formal grievance at any time while at the University. Students may also file a grievance within one year of degree completion.

  • The formal grievance must be submitted as a signed and dated written statement, and should include the following:
    • A factual description of the complaint or dispute resulting in the grievance;
    • The name of the person(s) against whom the grievance is initiated;
    • A brief description of all informal attempts at resolution; and
    • Any other information that the grievant believes to be relevant or helpful. The grievant should attach to the written complaint a copy of any relevant documentation in his/her possession.
  • The grievant should bring the case directly to the Chief Academic Officer, though he and she may consult with the Chief Operating Officer in preparing the documentation.
  • All grievances will be handled as confidentially as possible. The grievant is cautioned that the initiation of a formal grievance is a serious matter and must not be undertaken in bad faith or over trivial matters. If a formal or informal grievance is found to have been maliciously motivated or based on false evidence, the Chief Academic Officer may take appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible. If the formal grievance, however incorrect or unsupportable, is initiated in good faith, no retaliatory or disciplinary action will be taken against the grievant, and appropriate measures will be taken to protect the grievant from retaliation. Throughout any informal or formal grievance process, the grievant may consult with a faculty member, or a fellow student of his/her choice as an advocate and for guidance or support. The advocate may participate in the process with the grievant, provided the grievant has so notified the Chief Academic Officer.
  • Upon receipt of the grievance statement, the Chief Academic Officer will review the matter and consider whether informal attempts at resolution should be initiated or reinitiated. If the Chief Academic Officer finds that attempts at informal resolution have been exhausted and/ or are unlikely to lead to resolution, the Chief Academic Officer will inform the grievant that the grievance is under consideration, and refer the grievance to the Grievance Committee. The Grievance Committee will decide whether the grievance statement raises a grievable issue under this policy. If it finds the grievance statement does not raise a grievable issue, the Grievance Committee will so notify the grievant, stating the reasons for the Committee`s decision.
  • If there is a grievable issue, the Grievance Committee will notify the person(s) against whom the grievance is filed, and will provide a copy of the grievant’s statement. The Grievance Committee will assemble all relevant documentation and facts. It may interview and take statements from witnesses, request information in writing from the grievant and respondent(s), convene a hearing, and/or invite the grievant, respondent, and/or other witnesses to come before the panel at a hearing. On the basis of the assembled information, the Grievance Committee will attempt to identify a resolution of the grievance in a manner appropriate to the circumstances. The grievant must receive a summary of the Grievance Committee’s findings and an opportunity to provide the Grievance Committee with additional information prior to the panel’s report being forwarded to the Chief Academic Officer. Dissenting views within the Grievance Committee are to be noted in the report.
  • The Chief Academic Officer will issue a written determination of the grievance within ten days of receipt of a recommendation from the Grievance Committee. The decision of the Chief Academic Officer will be the final University action in this matter, unless the grievance is against the Chief Academic Officer, in which case the President will make the final determination. When the Chief Academic Officer (or President) deems it appropriate, he/ she may inform the grievant about actions taken arising from the decision.

Statements of Compliance

In order to meet compliance with the federal regulations concerning institutional security policies and crime statistics under the Clery Act, a copy of the current year’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report may be requested. Statistics in the annual report will cover the federally mandated period of January 1 through December 31 for the previous three calendar years.

This institution of higher education complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI, Section 601). The Act provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Inquiries concerning the School’s obligations under this Act may be addressed to the Executive Director. Any student or applicant who believes that Future Generations has failed to comply with this Act may file a written complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the University hereby notifies all faculty, staff, administrators, and students that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited on campus. Any campus member found to have violated this prohibition may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, or be required to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program as a condition of continued employment. The drug abuse assistance/rehabilitation program shall be one that has been previously approved for such purposes by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency. The imposition of such disciplinary action or requirement to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance/rehabilitation program is premised solely upon a violation of this prohibition and does not require a criminal conviction.

The University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act, Title II of Public Law 90-247), as amended. This Act provides that students attending any post-secondary educational institution that receives federal funds are entitled to access their education records kept by the institution in order to inspect and review those records. Students are entitled to request the amendment of any information in their records which they feel is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights. Copies of the complete Statement of Policy and Procedures in compliance with this Act may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Any student who believes that this institution has failed to comply with the provisions of this Act has the right to file a complaint, in writing, with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Office, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 330 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 restricts access to and disclosure of information from students’ educational records without the written consent of the student, except in certain instances permitted under the Act. “Directory Information” (as defined by FERPA) will be disclosed without prior written consent unless a student notifies the Records Office to restrict the release of that information.

Directory information includes:

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Community profile
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended by the student

Future Generations University is committed to the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in all research, class projects, and relative activities. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) upholds the standards of government agencies (Federal Regulations Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, and Part 46).

Future Generations University admits students of any race, gender, religion, creed, and national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students enrolled in the program. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, and national or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and other related programs.

Future Generations does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in the recruitment and admission of qualified students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations.

Future Generations University, in compliance with the Student Right-to-Know Act, makes available to any enrolled or prospective student its completion or graduation rate. This information is available in the Office of the Registrar upon request.

This institution complies with the regulations established to effectuate Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, as amended by Public Law 93-568. We adhere to the letter and spirit of the law with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sex. This policy applies to our educational program and activities, and extends to employment, admissions, and recruitment of both students and employees.