Cornell College Consumer Information
The following consumer information is provided in compliance with federal regulations. For further information, or to request a printed copy of any of the items in this list, contact the Director of Financial Planning and Assistance, Pam Perry at extension 4216.
Academic Program and Institutional Information
Cornell offers a wide range of majors and minors, along with the flexibility for students to create individualized majors. Information related to Cornell’s Degree and Professional Programs is available in the college catalogue.
Cornell also offers distinctive, professionally-staffed centers to support and guide students interested in pursuing graduate programs or careers in health-related fields, and law. Other pre-professional tracks are typically interdisciplinary in nature, with faculty advisors. Any student can get career advice and internship information from our career coaches at the Berry Career Institute.
The college website has information related to the instructional, laboratory, and other physical plant facilities associated with the academic programs.
Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs for information regarding plans Cornell has for improving its academic programs.
Cornell College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Iowa State Department of Education, the American Chemical Society, and the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Cornell is a member of the College Entrance Examination Board.
Athletics, Equity in Athletics Report
In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, the Cornell College Athletic Department publishes information on men’s and women’s athletic programs. The EADA report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches’ salaries, revenues and athletically related student aid.
Clery Act (Annual Security Report)
Information about Cornell College safety policies, procedures and statistics can be found in the following sections. Anyone who would like to receive a document with the full Annual Security Report should contact the Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Campus Crime Statistics
In accordance with the Clery Act, statistics regarding crimes that occurred on or on public property adjacent to campus are reported for the prior three calendar years. This report is generated by the Dean of Students office, in collaboration with Campus Safety and the Mt. Vernon Police Department. Contact: Associate Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Gwen Schimek-Tischler; 319-895-4234 or email@example.com
- Crime & Safety Reports
Information about reporting criminal activities or emergencies, Cornell’s timely warning policies and procedures, and Campus Security Authorities (“mandatory reporters”) can be found on the Campus Safety website. Cornell’s “Good Samaritan” guidelines, which allow students to report certain incidents without penalty, can be found in the Compass. Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Security of & Access to Facilities
Policies related to use of campus facilities can be found in the Compass. Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or email@example.com
- Campus Safety Personnel & Authority
Cornell College Campus Safety officers provide local security services; Campus Safety officers enforce college policies and help maintain a safe campus environment. Campus Safety works in close collaboration with local law enforcement. More information can be found on the Campus Safety homepage Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Educational Programs
Descriptions of Campus Safety’s programs designed to educate the campus community about crime prevention and reporting can be found on the Crime Prevention web page. Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or email@example.com
- Off-Campus Enforcement
Information about Cornell College’s jurisdiction to enforce college policies can be found in the Compass. Additional information defining areas to be included in the annual security report [PDF] can be found on the Campus Safety website. Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Drug & Alcohol Policies
Cornell College’s Drug Free Schools & Communities Act statement includes information regarding college policies, sanctions, risks associated with alcohol and drug (AOD) use, and educational programs related to AOD use. Student policies on alcohol and drug possession and use, as well as information about the conduct process and sanctions, can be found in the Compass. Contact: Associate Vice President of Students & Dean of Students, Gwen Schimek-Tischler; 319-895-4234 or email@example.com
- Sexual Assault Programs & Policies
Cornell College has policies defining student sexual misconduct and describing the conduct process (including possible sanctions) for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct. The policy includes steps students should take to report sexual misconduct, and rights and services available to both victims and students accused of sexual misconduct. Cornell College’s Counseling Center website includes information for victims of sexual violence and about assault prevention programs. Contact: Associate Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Gwen Schimek-Tischler; 319-895-4234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sex Offender Registry
The Campus Safety website provides information on how to access the Iowa sex offender registry. Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or email@example.com
- Emergency Response Protocols
The Cornell College emergency plan includes information about responding to specific emergency scenarios, evacuation protocols, and a link to the College’s Emergency Operations Plan. Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Missing Students Policy
Provides contacts for reporting a missing student and Cornell's response protocol. Students will also find a link allowing them to confidentially designate emergency contacts. Contact: Associate Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Gwen Schimek; 319-895-4234 or email@example.com
- Fire Safety Report
Provides a summary of Cornell's residence hall fire safety systems, policies, protocols and a 3-year log of residence hall fires. Contact: Director of Campus Safety, Mark Winder; 319-895-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
College Navigator Website
College Navigator is a free federal website that provides information about U.S. postsecondary institutions. It is intended to help prospective and current students, parents, high school counselors, and others search for and obtain information. Extensive information about Cornell College is available.
We observe Constitution Day on or near September 17. We make students aware of the day through the campus newsletter, and may hold some kind of Constitution Day event on campus to observe this day.
Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions
The Cornell College Copyright Infringement and Peer –to Peer File Sharing Policy may be found online.
Cost of Attendance
Information concerning the direct cost of attendance at Cornell, including tuition, fees, room and board is available. Additional cost of attendance information including estimated costs for books, supplies, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses can also be found on the Financial Assistance Website.
Disabilities, facilities and services for students
Cornell College offers a variety of services and resources to help students succeed and, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Cornell staff members work closely with students who have documented disabilities requiring accommodation to ensure access to the College’s programs, activities and services.
More information on disability services and resources is available online on the Disabilities Services & Resources page.
Diversity of the Student Body
Information related to the diversity of the student body at Cornell College may be found on the Institutional Research website.
Drug and Alcohol abuse and Prevention Information
Cornell College is committed to complying with the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. The requirements for compliance are addressed in the alcohol policy which is distributed electronically each year to students and employees.
Educational Loans Code of Conduct
The Educational Loans Code of Conduct is provided as required by State of Iowa code.
Education loan Disclosures
In an effort to provide better counseling services to our students, Cornell College has entered into a preferred lender arrangement (PLA). Federal and state law mandates that we must provide the disclosures in association with this process. These disclosures are available on the Financial Assistance website. We also utilize FAST Choice as a tool for students to compare the various loan products offered by lenders. Specific lender’s loan disclosures are available on the FAST Choice website
Education Tax Credits
There are currently several tax benefits available for higher education. The American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit are available for educational expenses paid by the parent for their student and are a direct credit towards tax liability. Deductions are available for student loan interest as well as tuition and fees expense. The tax code also allows for an education exception to additional tax on early IRA distributions and the ability to cash in education savings bonds tax free. Because the specifics on each of these programs vary according to individual circumstances, we encourage you to discuss these options with your tax advisor.
Emergency Alert System
The R.A.M. (Rapid Alert Messaging) Emergency System is defined and procedures for subscribing are provided online.
FERPA - Confidentiality of Student Academic Records
FERPA, (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. The Cornell College FERPA Policy is available online and sent to students yearly.
The Financial Aid Website provides links to information about Federal, State and Institutional Financial Aid programs. In addition you can find Cornell’s Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Title IV aid, educational loans entrance, exit counseling and Cornell's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. The Financial Assistance Website also provides students a copy of their Rights and Responsibilities related to their financial assistance award.
Cornell College reports all foreign gifts or contracts valued at $250,000 or greater to the Department of Education in compliance with the law. Reports are sent in January and July each year.
Graduation Rate and Retention Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act)
Immunization Policies are available online. All students are required to provide proof of measles, mumps and rubella immunization. Additional information regarding recommended vaccinations is available from Student Health Services. Contact: Student Health Services; 319-859-4292; email@example.com
Military Refund Policy
The Military Refund Policy is for students who are members of the Iowa national guard or reserve forces of the United States and the spouses of such members if the members have dependent children when the members are ordered into active duty.
The Misrepresentation Policy is available online.
Net Price Calculator
Prospective students and parents (first-year only) may use the Net Price Calculator to determine their approximate cost for a Cornell education.
Cornell College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. All students have equal access to the facilities, financial aid, and programs of the College.
Student Grievance Policy
The Student Grievance Policy is available online.
Teacher Preparation Program Report
Contact: Shelli Bentley, Teacher Education Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual Summary Report on Practitioner Preparation [PDF] is filed with the State of Iowa Department of Education
Textbook information for courses is available online through the college bookstore. Students may find the required textbooks for their courses online.
Title IX Compliance
The Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the Title IX Coordinator and is available to meet with students who believe sexual misconduct has occurred. He can explain applicable college policies and procedures, including those pertaining to sexual misconduct, and will oversee the investigation. Contact Gwen Schimek-Tischler, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students, 319-895-4234; email@example.com.
Transfer of Credit Policies
Transfer of credit policies and articulation agreements are published in the Cornell College Catalogue. Select the most recent catalogue and under the Academic Information section search for "Credit by Transfer".
Information on voting in local, state, and federal elections, may be accessed at the Iowa Secretary of State website. The Voter Registration Form can be printed out and submitted to the county auditor’s office.
Withdrawal from the College
The college catalogue provides students with specific requirements for withdrawal from the college. Select the most recent catalogue and under the Academic Information section search for "Withdrawal from the College".