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The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), as well as other federal regulations, requires colleges and universities that participate in federal student financial aid programs to disclose certain information to current and prospective students, and employees.  In compliance with the HEOA, Gwynedd Mercy University posts the consumer information set forth below on the University’s web site.

General Institutional Information

Financial Assistance Information and Related Policies

Health and Safety Information

Student Outcomes

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

Teacher Preparation Program Report

Voter Registration

State Authorization for Distance Education

 

General Institutional Information

Academic Programs
Gwynedd Mercy University provides information regarding its educational programs under Academics and the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, which can be found on the University's Publications page.

Accreditation
A list of all agencies that accredit Gwynedd Mercy University and its specific programs is provided in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, which can be found on the University's Publications page.

College Navigator
Consumer information regarding Gwynedd Mercy University, including student activities offered by the University, disability services offered by the University; career and placement services offered to students during and after enrollment, and the University’s Transfer of Credit Policy is available on the College Navigator web site.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing/Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions
Gwynedd Mercy University Copyright policies are set forth in Volume II of the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual.  They are also located on our IT Services page.

Computer, Communication, and Network Technology Acceptable Use Policy
The University’s Computer and Technology Use Policy, which is set forth in Volume II the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual, sets forth the University’s institutional computer use policies and guidance. Information can be found on the IT Service Computer Usage Policy page.

Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
Information regarding University campuses and facilities are available on The Disability Support Services (DSS) page, as well as the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. The Disability Support Services (DSS) Office provides support services to students with documented disabilities.

Student Diversity

Gwynedd Mercy University annually calculates information relating to the diversity of its students, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time students in the following categories: male, female, self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group, and federal Pell Grant recipients.  This information is posted on the University web site on our Institutional Research + Assessment page under Common Data Set.

Net Price Calculator
Gwynedd Mercy University provides a net price calculator on its web site that assists students in estimating their net cost of attendance.

Price of Attendance
Information regarding the costs of attending Gwynedd Mercy University is posted on the Bursar's Office page.

Privacy of Student Records - FERPA:
Gwynedd Mercy University annually publishes to enrolled and prospective students a notice of FERPA rights in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, which can be found on the University's Publications page.

In addition, the University’s Student Records (FERPA) Policy is published in in Volume II of the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual.

Refund and Withdrawal Information
Gwynedd Mercy University policies regarding refunds and withdrawal are available in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, as well as the Student Handbook, which can be found on the University's Publications page.

Student Activities
A listing of available student activities is provided in the Student Handbook, as well as the University’s Student Activities page.

Textbook Information
The Gwynedd Mercy University Bookstore provides information on what textbooks students will need for the classes they select.  Textbook information is organized by Course Title, Section Number and Instructor, and the information provided regarding textbooks includes Title, Author, Edition, ISBN # and pricing information.  

Online Students Textbook Information: Textbooks for online students can be found online through the University Bookstore website as well as on-campus at the Gwynedd Valley campus book store

Transfer of Credit Policy/Articulation Agreements
Policies addressing the transfer of credit are available in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, as well as on the Transfer Students page.

Articulation Agreements
Gwynedd Mercy University  publicly discloses and makes available a list of institutions with which it has articulation agreements.  Such information is available on our Transfer Students page.

Student Complaints and Grievances Distance Learning Student Complaints
The University strives to resolve complaints in a fair and timely manner.  Students residing outside of the State of Pennsylvania while attending Gwynedd Mercy University who desire to resolve a complaint should refer to the university’s grievance procedures.  If after following the university procedures the issue is not satisfactorily resolved internally and the student seeks additional resolution, the resources below may be used to file complaints with the appropriate agency for handling complaints in the student's state or the institution’s accrediting body.

The Student Complaint Information by State and Agency list provides contact information for state education agencies.  The State Contact Information in the linked list has been collected by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), and it will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Gwynedd Mercy University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104-2680 or call 267-284-5000 for questions about the accreditation of Gwynedd Mercy University.   Information regarding MSCHE’s complaint process can be found on their website (www.msche.org) under Complaint Procedures.

Financial Assistance Information and Related Policies

Notice of Availability of Financial Aid
Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid is available on the University web site on our Financial Aid page. Financial Aid information is available both online and as paper copy. Assistance Available from Federal, State, Local and Institutional Programs: Information regarding the various types of financial assistance available to Gwynedd Mercy University students may be found on the University's Financial Aid page.  In addition, information is published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Gwynedd Mercy University provides to each student, upon enrollment, a separate, clear, and conspicuous written notice that advises the student that a conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work-study assistance.

Terms and Conditions of Accepting Financial Aid Award
Terms and conditions of accepting financial aid awards are set forth in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, which can be found on the University's Publications page.

Academic Progress and Financial Aid Eligibility
Gwynedd Mercy University policies regarding academic progress and financial aid eligibility are set forth in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, which can be found on the University's Publications page.  These policies are also published in Volume VI the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual.

Initial Loan Counseling for Student Borrowers
Before receiving a student loan, borrowers must complete an entrance counseling session with a member of the Financial Aid Office, which will provide useful tips and tools to help borrowers develop a budget for managing their educational expenses and help them understand their loan responsibilities.

Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers
Prior to graduating or leaving school, loan borrowers must complete exit counseling.  The University’s Exit Counseling program explains borrowers rights and responsibilities as loan borrowers. 

Financial Aid Code of Conduct
Gwynedd Mercy University has adopted a Financial Aid Code of Conduct, which is posted on the University's Financial Aid Code of Conduct page.  In addition, the University’s Financial Aid Code of Conduct is published in Volume VII the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual.

Health and Safety Information

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
Gwynedd Mercy University annually prepares and distributes to all students, faculty, and staff information regarding its alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs.  This information is included on the our Health + Wellness page, as well as the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

Vaccination Policies
University policies regarding required student vaccinations and immunizations are set forth in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, as well as on the University web site on our Health + Wellness New Students page.  In addition, the University’s Immunization Policy is published in Volume VI the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual.

Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics, and Crime Log
The University annually provides a report that provides a detailed disclosure of information regarding campus security practices (including Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures, Timely Warnings, Missing Persons and Crime Log policies), as well as crime statistics for the preceding year.  This information can be found on the University Crime Statistics page.

Additional information and the University’s crime log are available in the Department of Public Safety and Security.  In addition to the above, the University’s campus security policies are published in the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual.  The institution will provide a paper copy of the report upon request.

Fire Safety Policies, Fire Statistics, and Fire Log
The University annually provides a report to each student and current employee that discloses campus fire safety policies, fire prevention activity data, and any fire-related incident that occurs with on-campus housing. This information can be found on the University Crime Statistics page.

Additional information is available from the Department of Public Safety and Security.  Prospective students and prospective employees receive a notice of the report’s availability.  In addition to the above, the University fire safety policies are published in the Gwynedd Mercy University Policy Manual.

Student Outcomes

Retention Rate
The University provides retention rates for students, which are available  the University web site at: Institutional Research + Assessment.

Graduation Rates
The University provides graduation rates, which are available on the University web site at: Institutional Research + Assessment.

Intercollegiate Athletics Graduation Rates
The University reports annually on the graduation rates of students receiving grant-in-aid support for their participation in intercollegiate athletics.  For more information regarding the data included in this report, contact the University’s Department of Athletics.

Post Graduate Survey (Placement in Employment, Job Placement, and Graduate and Professional Education)
The University gathers data from graduates, such as survey response rates, employment rates, and graduate/professional school attendance rates, that it hopes will be helpful to current and prospective students.  This information is available at  Institutional Research + Assessment.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires co-educational institutions of postsecondary education that participate in a Title IV federal student financial assistance program and have an intercollegiate athletic program, to prepare an annual report to the U.S. Department of Education. This report includes information on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses.

Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data Report: http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/
A copy of this report may be requested by contacting the Athletics Director.

Teacher Preparation Program Report

Please find a copy of the University’s Teacher Preparation Program Report here.

Voter Registration

The Enrollment and Student Services Division sends an electronic notice to all enrolled students that includes an internet address where voter registration forms may be downloaded prior to the deadline for registering to vote for all Federal and State elections.  Voter Registration Forms may also be downloaded here.

State Authorization for Distance Education

All universities offering distance education for fully online courses/programs in states other than their own must receive authorization from those states to do so.  

It is important that you understand that each state has different requirements for authorization for online programs to be offered to any student residing in any state other than Pennsylvania.    Although Gwynedd Mercy University strives to provide distance education opportunities for students from all states, the complex and ever-changing rules specific to individual states, including differing requirements for individual academic programs, make this impractical.  

What Gwynedd Mercy University is Doing
Gwynedd Mercy University is applying for necessary state authorizations and is authorized or exempt from authorization in the following states:

State

Enrollment

State

Enrollment

Arizona

Yes

North Carolina

Yes

Delaware 

Yes

North Dakota

Yes

Florida

Yes

Ohio

Yes

Georgia

Yes

Pennsylvania

Yes

Hawaii

Yes

Rhode Island

Yes

Idaho

Yes

South Carolina

Yes

Indiana

Yes

South Dakota

Yes

Kansas

Yes

Tennessee

Yes

Kentucky

Yes

Texas

Yes

Louisiana

Yes

Vermont

Yes

Maine

Yes

Virginia

Yes

Mississippi

Yes

Washington

Yes

Missouri

Yes

West Virginia

Yes

Nebraska

Yes

Guam

Yes

Nevada

Yes

Virgin Islands

Yes

New Hampshire

Yes

 

 

New Jersey

Yes

 

 

New York

Yes

 

 

Gwynedd Mercy University is also in the process of seeking authorization in other states, such as Illinois and the District of Columbia. If you are interested in an online program at GMercyU and your state is not listed, please contact our office for an update at accelerate@gmercy.edu, or check back for frequent updates.

Practicum, Clinical, Externships

For any online degree programs with required or optional clinicals or practicums, based upon a specific state authorization status, you may not be able to have that experience in your state of residence.  At the time you request approval to enroll in a clinical or practicum experience, the program coordinator will evaluate and determine whether or not this experience can occur in a particular state, or if the alternative educational experience can be substituted, or other options.
Although state authorization status at the time of recruitment, admission, and enrollment into an online program may vary from the time of enrollment in a clinical/practicum experience, the state authorization status at time of enrollment is primary.  Due to the constantly changing state authorization requirements for online programs, Gwynedd Mercy University cannot guarantee that you will be able to complete a clinical or practicum in your state of residence.  

Prospective Graduate Education Students

if you are considering an online academic program that will lead to a professional license/certification in your state, it is highly recommended that you seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning a program at Gwynedd Mercy University. GMercyU Education Program Directors from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies may also be of some assistance in helping answer certification questions. You may contact a Program Director for Graduate Education at accelerate@gmercyu.edu or call 877-499-6333.

Distance Learning Student Complaint Policy (5.5.2.1)
In compliance with § 668.43 (b) Institutional Information, Gwynedd Mercy University is required to provide current and prospective students with information for filing complaints.

The university strives to resolve complaints in a fair and timely manner.  Students residing outside of the State of Pennsylvania while attending Gwynedd Mercy University who desire to resolve a complaint should refer to the university’s grievance procedures.  If after following the university procedures the issue is not satisfactorily resolved internally and the student seeks additional resolution, the resources below may be used to file complaints with the appropriate agency for handling complaints in the student's state or the institution’s accrediting body.

The Student Complaint Information by State and Agency list provides contact information for state education agencies.  The State Contact Information in the linked list has been collected by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), and it will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Gwynedd Mercy University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Contact the Commission on Colleges at 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104-2680 or call 267-284-5000 for questions about the accreditation of Gwynedd Mercy University.   Information regarding MSCHE’s complaint process can be found on their website (www.msche.org) under Complaint Procedures: http://www.msche.org/documents/ComplaintsInvolvingMemberCandidate.pdf