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Consumer Information

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be disclosed to all students at Wallace Community College (WCC).  Each topic listed gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it may be obtained.  If you need assistance obtaining information listed or you would like a paper copy, contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs or the respective location noted in each section.   The Dean of Student Affairs may be contacted at (334) 556-2266 or jscrews@wallace.edu

Information About the College
Information About Student Financial Assistance
Student Outcomes
Health and Safety
Voter Registration Information

Information About The College


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, officials at Wallace Community College collect and maintain information about students.  Although these records are property of the College, both College policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning their records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records. 

To fulfill FERPA requirements, the College has established policies regarding student records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student's rights have been compromised. Policies and procedures for privacy of student educational records are published by the Office of the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar and are included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the College website.  To review the policies regarding the privacy of student records, click here

The College is also required to annually notify students of their rights under FERPA.  Students are provided an annual notice via email.  To review and obtain a paper copy of the Annual Notification of Rights under FERPA, click here
Interested parties may also obtain a paper copy of information regarding FERPA or the annual notification process by contacting the Office of the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar at (334) 556-2470 or ksaulsberry@wallace.edu.


Student Activities 

Wallace Community College offers activities, programs, and services that promote academic support, leadership, and social and cultural experiences.  An outline of student activities is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the College website.  Enquiries regarding student activities may be directed to the Office of the Coordinator of Student Life, (334)556-2587 or rspry@wallace.eduClick here to review information regarding student activities.


Facilities & Services for Disabled Students

Information on facilities and services for disabled students is outlined on the College website and may be obtained in hardcopy format at the following location:  Disability Services Manual

Interested individuals may also contact the following Compliance Officers:
Wallace Campus
Dr. Thomas Maple
1141 Wallace Drive
Dothan, AL  36303-0943
Physical Location:  Room 114 Grimsley Hall
Phone:  (334) 556-2616
Fax:  (334) 556-2575
TDD:  1-800-548-2546
Email:  tmaple@wallace.edu

Sparks Campus
Earl Bynum
P.O. Drawer 580
Eufaula, AL  36072-0580
Physical Location:  Room 11, Building A
Phone:  (334) 687-3543, ext. 4270
Fax:  (334) 687-0255
Email:  ebynum@wallace.edu


Student Body Diversity

Student demographic information is published each year in the Wallace Community College Fact Book.  Information is also reported to the National Center for Educational Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  Click here for the entire report.  For additional information about the diversity of the WCC student body, contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, (334) 556-2235 or fbarefield@wallace.edu.
                                               

Cost of Attending the College

For actual tuition and fee charges: 
A tuition and fees schedule is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the College website. Click here for the tuition and fees schedule.    

For information regarding estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, and other educational and miscellaneous expenses for educational programs at WCC, click here and access the link for your chosen program of study. For additional information or to request a paper copy of the estimated cost of attendance contact:  

Office of Financial Aid

Wallace Campus:  (334) 556-2476
Sparks Campus:  (334) 687-3543, ext. 4226
Or ask@wallace.edu  

Textbook Information

Textbook prices are listed on the College website.  A link to the site is also included in the Class Schedule.  For textbook price listings, click here and enter information for your chosen program. 

Net Price Calculator

Students interested in calculating the cost of their attendance at the College may also click here to access the Net Price Calculator.

College Navigator

To compare the cost of attending Wallace Community College to the cost of other similar colleges, you may access the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator website by clicking here.
 

Refund Policy

WCC has a refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees to be refunded to students who withdraw from classes during a term.  This policy is published by the Office of the Dean of Business Affairs.  The refund policy is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the website.   Click here for information regarding the refund policy.  Questions regarding the calculations of refunds may be directed to the Office of Business Affairs at (334) 556-2206.


Withdrawal Procedures

To be entitled to a refund of tuition and fees, students on the Wallace Campus must officially withdraw in person by visiting a College counselor and completing a withdrawal form.  Students on the Sparks campus must see the Coordinator, Student Services or a designated Student Affairs representative.  Students at other College locations must see the designated College official at the particular site.  Click here for additional details regarding the withdrawals. 


Repayment Policy (Return of Title IV Aid)

The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (federal "Title IV" grant) they have "earned" up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the College and/or the student to the federal government. The repayment policy is available on the Web and in the College Catalog and Student Handbook.  Click here for details regarding the return of Title IV funds.  Questions regarding the calculations of refunds may be directed to the Office of Business Affairs at (334)556-2206.


Educational Program Descriptions

Information on the College’s academic, career & technical health, continuing education, adult education, and distance education degree and certificate program offerings is available in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the website. For information regarding plans for future programs, contact the Office of the Dean of Instructional Affairs at (334) 556-2254 or tholland@wallace.edu. Click here for information regarding the instructional course offerings available at the College. Click here to request a paper copy of the College Catalog and Student Handbook.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Information regarding the Gainful Employment program disclosures may be viewed on the Educational Programs link of the Wallace Community College website under applicable program Web pages.  Click here to access the Educational Programs link. 

Transfer of Credit and Articulation Agreements

The College is required to communicate its policy on transfer credit.  Information regarding the College’s policies regarding transfer of credit is outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and has also been included in this section.  Students or prospects with questions regarding transfer of credit may contact the Office of the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar at (334) 556-2470 or ksaulsberry@wallace.edu

General Principles for Transfer of Credit

Course work transferred or accepted for credit toward an undergraduate program must represent collegiate course work relevant to the formal award.  Course content and level of instruction must result in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in College undergraduate formal award programs.  In assessing and documenting equivalent learning and qualified faculty members, the College may use recognized guides that aid in the evaluation for credit.  Such guides include those published by the American Council on Education, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs.  

Courses completed with a passing grade at other duly accredited institutions are accepted for transfer as potentially creditable toward graduation requirements.  Transfer grades of D are accepted only when the transfer student’s cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or above.  If students have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above, the D grade is accepted the same as for native students. 

Transfer students who desire to have course work completed at international colleges or universities evaluated for transfer credit must submit an evaluation provided by an organization affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org).  

Articulation Agreements
The Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a transfer guide/agreement for the major of their choice.  The guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through his/her first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama.  The Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) is responsible for oversight and monitoring of the STARS System.  Students may access the STARS system by Clicking here.

The Alabama Community College System's 2 to 4 Transfer Program facilitates the seamless transfer from community colleges to selected independent colleges and universities in Alabama.  The 2 to 4 Transfer Program is similar to the STARS program in that it allows transfer to four-year institutions.  A transfer agreement, if used correctly, will guide the student through his/her first two years of coursework and prevent loss of credit hours upon transfer to appropriate independent four-year colleges and universities in Alabama.   Students may access the 2 to 4 Transfer Program system clicking here


Instructional Facilities and Labs

Information on the College's instructional facilities and laboratories is available from the Office of the Dean of Instructional Affairs, 1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, AL  36303-0943, (334) 556-2254.  Click here for detailed campus maps and facilities layouts.  


Faculty

Information on the College's faculty is available from various College departments.  Click here for the employee directory or to contact a particular department. 


Accreditation, Licensure, and Approval Information

Students may review copies of documents regarding entities that accredit, license, or approve the College and its programs. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate in arts, science, and applied science degrees. Students may contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-697-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wallace Community College. Information regarding accreditations is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the College website.  Click here for a full listing of accrediting entities for the College.

State Authorizations for Distance Education

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s regulation (34 C.F.R. § 600.9) Wallace Community College is also authorized by certain states to provide distance education to residents residing outside of the state of Alabama. Click here to review the College’s state authorization disclaimers and/or approval.


Copyright Infringement Policies

Information about the College's policy related to the use of copyrighted material including peer-to-peer file sharing may be found under the Acceptable Use Policy heading as outlined in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Click here for a detailed outline of this policy and sanctions that may be imposed for violations. Students and others are also reminded that copyright infringement is a federal offense punishable by law.


Information About Student Financial Assistance

General Information

The primary purpose of student financial assistance programs at Wallace Community College is to assist students with meeting the cost of their education. All students are encouraged to apply.  Wallace Community College is required to communicate the availability of financial aid programs to students and prospective students. Information regarding financial aid programs is included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and on the College website.  Individuals may also contact the Office of Financial Aid at the following locations:

Wallace Campus in Dothan 
1141 Wallace Drive  
Dothan, AL  36303-0943       
(334) 556-2476
or     Sparks Campus in Eufaula
3235 South Eufaula Avenue
P.O. Drawer 580
Eufaula, AL  36072-0580
(334) 687-3543, ext. 4226
     
                   
Click here for information regarding financial aid programs, services, and application procedures.  

Student Loan Code of Conduct: Wallace Community College does not participate in the Federal Student Loan program; however, the Office of Financial Aid will process private student loans as requested by students.  The College adheres to a code of conduct regarding relationships with providers of private educational loans. Click here to review the Code of Conduct for Private Loans.


Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients

Information regarding student rights and responsibilities is outlined in the Catalog and Student Handbook and is included in this document for review.  

Students have the right to know the following information regarding financial aid at Wallace Community College:
  • Financial aid programs available.
  • Educational programs and services available.
  • Cost of attendance for programs.
  • Application process for all financial aid programs, including deadlines.
  • How financial aid recipients are selected.
  • Procedures for appealing decisions made by Financial Aid staff members.
  • How the College determines financial need.
  • How and when students will receive financial aid funds.
  • Wallace Community College refund policy.
  • Job description and rate of pay for any job assigned under the Federal Work-Study program.
  • How the College determines if students are making satisfactory academic progress and what happens if they are not.

Students have the following responsibilities:
  • Completing applications correctly and on time.
  • Reading and understanding all materials sent from the Office of Financial Aid and other agencies.
  • Keeping copies of all documents submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Knowing and complying with the rules governing financial aid received.
  • Providing all documentation and information requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Registering for the number of hours required for financial aid disbursement.
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
  • Using financial aid only for expenses related to attending Wallace Community College.
  • Checking College student email account for financial aid information.
  • Keeping email and mailing addresses up to date with the College and other financial aid agencies.
  • Informing the Office of Financial Aid of all colleges attending or previously attended.


Scholarship Fraud  

On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use luring lines to sell their scholarship services.  Students should avoid any scholarship service or website which asserts any of the following statements:
  • “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  • “You can't get this information anywhere else.”
  • “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
  • “We'll do all the work.”
  • “This scholarship will cost some money.”
  • “You've been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You're a finalist” in a contest you never entered.

If you believe you have been the victim of scholarship fraud and wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit the website at www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.


Student Outcomes


Graduation, Transfer-Out and Retention Rates

Graduation, Transfer-Out and Retention Rates The Wallace Community College maintains annual information regarding its graduation, transfer-out and retention rates for first-time full-time entering freshmen.  While many students enter the College with varying educational goals, the College is required to disclose information for first-time full-time entering freshmen who are certificate or degree-seeking undergraduates and have completed their programs within 150% of the normal time for graduation.  Graduation, transfer-out and retention rates are reported to the Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  Data regarding the College’s graduation, transfer-out and retention rates are displayed at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/SnapshotX.aspx?unitId=acabacadb3b1Click here for the latest report.  Students may also request a copy of the report by contacting the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at (334) 556-2235 or fbarefield@wallace.edu.


Graduation and Retention Rates for Student Athletes

Information regarding student demographics for athletes must be provided to potential student-athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically related student aid offer is made.  For information, contact the Athletic Department, (334) 556-2216 or msasser@wallace.edu.


Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support

As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on annual participation rates and financing of men's and women's sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available upon request to students and the general public. Athletic disclosure information on Wallace Community College may be obtained by visiting the website provided by the U.S. Department of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/GetOneInstitutionData.aspx and entering the College’s name and location. Interested individuals may also click here to review the actual disclosure report.  For additional information or to receive a paper copy of the report, contact the Athletic Department, (334) 556-2216 or msasser@wallace.edu.


Employment for Graduates

According to institutional data, 58% of the graduates who completed their programs of study during the 2011-2012 academic year are employed in their field or a related field or they have enlisted in the military.  Questions regarding employment percentages may be directed to the Office of the Dean of Instructional Affairs, (334) 556-2254 or tholland@wallace.edu.  Students wishing to review available job listings in the College’s service area may visit the Career Development Center on the Wallace Campus at (334) 556-2208 or the Student Affairs Department on the Sparks Campus at (334) 687-3543, ext. 4270.  Students may also review current job listings on the College website at the following link http://wallace.edu/jobs.


Health and Safety


Campus Safety and Security  

Each year, Wallace Community College prepares a “Campus Security and Crime Report” and distributes it to the College community. The report, which is issued by October 1, contains detailed information on campus police and security personnel, drug and alcohol abuse policies, sexual harassment policies, crime prevention, crime prevention tips, information on reporting criminal activity, and timely warnings regarding campus emergencies. The report also includes statistics concerning crimes on campus. Click here to review the report.  For a complete copy of this report and to review additional information regarding campus security, visit the WCC Security website at http://www.wallace.edu/security/ or call (334) 556-2295.


Vaccination Policy

Wallace Community College does not have a policy regarding vaccinations; however, the College is concerned about the health and well being of all members of the College community.  In this regard, WCC encourages all students and employees to remain current on vaccinations as suggested by appropriate health authorities.   The College has also initiated measures to inform students and employees of tips for preventing the spread of flu and other airborne diseases. Click here to view flu prevention measures and tips.  


Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

The College is a public educational institution of the State of Alabama and, as such, shall not allow on its premises, or at any activity it sponsors, the possession, use, or distribution of any alcoholic beverage or any illicit drug by any student, employee, or visitor.  In the event of confirmation of such prohibited possession, use, or distribution by a student or employee, the College shall, within the scope of applicable federal and state due process requirements, take such administrative or disciplinary action as is appropriate.  For a student, the disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, suspension, expulsion, and/or arrest or referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  For an employee, such administrative or disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, reprimand, suspension, or termination of employment or requirement that the employee participate in and/or successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program and/or arrest or referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Any visitor engaging in any act prohibited by this policy shall be called on to immediately cease such behavior and shall be subject to other sanctions including referral to law enforcement officials for arrest and prosecution.

If any employee, student, or visitor shall engage in any behavior prohibited by this policy which is also a violation of federal, state, or local law or ordinance, that employee, student, or visitor shall be subject to referral to law enforcement officials for arrest and prosecution. For detailed information concerning drug and alcohol abuse programs, contact the student affairs office at any college location  or click here for a copy of the College's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program handbook.


Voter Registration Information


General Information

Wallace Community College believes in the democratic process and makes every effort to educate students regarding the importance of exercising their right to vote. The College is required to distribute voter registration forms to students for federal elections and state elections for governor.  In an effort to distribute voter registration forms to students, the College conducts periodic voter registration drives and makes forms available on the College campuses. Students interested in obtaining voter registration forms may contact the Office of the Coordinator of Student Services on the Sparks Campus at (334) 687-3543, ext. 4270, ebynum@wallace.edu or the Office of the Coordinator of Student Life on the Dothan Campus at (334) 556-2587, rspry@wallace.edu. Students may also click here to visit the United States Election Assistance Commission website to register electronically.