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 Faulkner State Community College.  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 Services or the respective location noted in each section.   The Dean of Student Services may be contacted at 251-580-2122 or mnikolakis@faulknerstate.edu

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Faulkner State Community College annually informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  This Act, which the institution fully complies, was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.  Also, students have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, students under the age of 21 who commits a violation of drug and alcohol policies and laws will have such violation(s) reported to their parents/guardians.

Local policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act.  Copies of the policy are available to students in the Registrar’s Office.  The policy is also printed in the annual College Catalog.

Questions concerning the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Office of the Registrar at 251-580-2227.

Non-Discrimination Policies

It is the official policy of the Alabama State Department of Postsecondary Education and Faulkner State Community College that no person in Alabama shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, gender, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment. Faulkner State Community College complies with nondiscriminatory regulations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title IV and IX of the Civil Rights Act.  Questions or concerns regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should be directed to the ADA Coordinator, Dr. Brenda J. Kennedy, Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Student Development, telephone (251) 580-2180. The President of Faulkner State Community College has assigned responsibility for Titles IV and IX as follows:
•  Students with questions that are academic in nature should contact Emily Martin, the Dean of Instruction, telephone (251) 580-2140.
•  Students with questions that are non-academic in nature should contact Michael G. Nikolakis, Dean of Student Services, telephone (251) 580-2122.
•  Employees and other individuals who have questions concerning Title IV or Title IX issues should contact Laura Burks, Director of Human Resources, telephone (251) 580-2144.

These individuals can be contacted at the following address:  Faulkner State Community College, 1900 U.S. Highway 31 South, Bay Minette, Alabama , 36507.  Information on the College’s non-discrimination policy will be made available in large type upon request.  Also this information will be read to any person making the request.

Student Activities

Faulkner State 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 on the College’s website.  Enquiries regarding student activities may be directed to the Dean of Student Services Office, 251-580-2122.  Click here to review information regarding student activities.

Facilities and Services for Disabled Students

Students with special needs are encouraged to speak with the Dean of Student Development, Dr. Brenda Kennedy, 251-580-2180.  Information regarding the Americans’ with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be found here.

Student Body Diversity

Student Body Diversity information is 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 College’s student body, contact the Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Development, 251-580-2247.

Cost of Attending College

The tuition and fees to attend Faulkner State are listed in the semesterly course schedules and in the annual College Catalog.  The tuition and fees can be found on here.

Refund Policy

Faulkner State Community College 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 Business Office.  The refund policy is included in the annual College Catalog and on the website.  Information regarding the refund policy can be found on here.  Questions regarding the calculations of refunds may be directed to the Business Office, 251-580-2217.

Withdrawal Procedures

To be entitled to a refund of tuition and fees, students must officially withdraw in person by visiting the College’s Registrar’s Office and completing a withdrawal form.  Additional details regarding the withdrawals procedures can be found here.

Withdrawal Procedures for Students Receiving Financial Aid

If you are receiving assistance from one or more student financial aid (SFA) programs (other than Work-Study) during a semester when you are due a refund under the Faulkner State refund policy, you must return part of your refund to the financial aid program(s) involved.  The refund repayment procedure can be found here.

Descriptions of Academic Programs and Majors

Information on the College’s academic programs and course offerings, students may refer to the annual viewbook, the semesterly course schedules, the annual College Catalog or on the website.  Click here to view the webpage for majors.

Policy Regarding Transfer of Credit

The College is required to communicate its policy on transfer credit.  Information on the College’s policies regarding transfer of credit is outlined in the annual College Catalog and has also been included in this section.  Students or prospects with questions regarding transfer of credit may contact the Office of Student Development at 251-580-2104 or 251-580-2181.  Information for transfer students can be found on here.

General Principles for Transfer of Credit

  1. Courses completed at other regionally accredited postsecondary institutions with a passing grade (D or higher, without being on probation or suspension) will be accepted for transfer as potentially creditable toward graduation requirements.  Transfer students admitted on academic probation will have only course grades of “C” or better accepted for transfer.
  2. Awarding of transfer credit to fulfill graduation requirements will be based on applicability of the credits to the requirements of the degree sought.
  3. Credit may be extended based on a comprehensive evaluation of demonstrated and documented competencies and previous formal training.

Instructional Facilities and Labs

Information on the College’s instructional facilities and laboratories is available upon request from the Dean of Instruction’s Office, 251-580-2101.  Click here for detailed campus maps and facility layouts of Faulkner State’s three campuses.

Faculty and Staff

An updated College Directory will be available soon for viewing.  Until then, contact the Switchboard at 251-580-2100 for information.

Accreditation Information

Faulkner State 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.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-697-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Faulkner State Community College.  Information regarding accreditations is included in the annual College Catalog.  For a full listing of accrediting entities for the College, refer to this page.

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 System Network Policy heading as outlined in the annual College Catalog.  A detailed outline of this policy and sanctions that may be imposed for violations can be found on here.  Students and others are also reminded that copyright infringement is a federal offense punishable by law.

Information about Student Financial Aid

General Information

The primary purpose of student financial assistance programs at Faulkner State Community College is to assist students with meeting the cost of their education.  All students are encouraged to apply.  Faulkner State 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 annual College Catalog and on the College’s website.  Individuals may also contact the Office of Financial Aid at 251-580-2151.

Click here for information regarding financial aid programs, services, and application procedures.  This information was pulled from pages 27 through 32 of the 2014-2015 College Catalog.

Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients

Information regarding student rights and responsibilities is outlined below for review.

Students have the right to know the following information regarding financial aid at Faulkner State 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.
  • Faulkner State 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 Faulkner State Community College.
  • Checking College student e-mail account for financial aid information.
  • Keeping e-mail 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.
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Student Outcomes

Graduation, Transfer-Out and Retention Rates

Faulkner State 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 can be seen by clicking here.  Students may also request a copy of the report by contacting the Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Development at 251-580-2247 or lcaldwell@faulknerstate.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, 251-580-2135 or vdavis@faulknerstate.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. For information or to receive a paper copy of the report, contact the Athletic Department, 251-580-2135 or vdavis@faulknerstate.edu

Employment for Graduates

Students wishing to review available job listings in the College’s service area may visit the Career Development Center in the Student Development Office on the Bay Minette Campus.  For information via telephone, call the Office of Student Development at 251-580-2104 or 251-580-2181.

Health & Safety

Campus Safety and Security

Each year, Faulkner State Community College prepares a “Campus Security and Crime Report.”  The report 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. For a complete copy of this report and to review additional information regarding campus security, contact the Dean of Student Services Office at 251-580-2122 or mnikolakis@faulknerstate.edu

Vaccination Policy

Faulkner State 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, Faulkner State encourages all students and employees to remain current on vaccinations as suggested by appropriate health authorities.

Voter Registration Information

Do your part – register to vote!
According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, qualifications to vote in the State of Alabama for an individual are:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Reside in Alabama
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)
  • Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court

Interested in registering?  The deadline is ten (10) days before a given election.  To obtain an application to register to vote, visit the Alabama Secretary of State’s website.

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