Consumer Information

Student Consumer Complaints

It is tech college policy to resolve all student complaints at the level most immediate to the parties involved. Students are encouraged to discuss their complaints with college employees in an attempt to allow due process and resolve the problem at the level most immediate to the parties involved. If students are not comfortable discussing their complaints with the college employee in that area, they may go to a counselor or a director/manager. If the complaint is not resolved, the student may choose to complete an Informal Student Complaint Form within five days of the incident and submit it to a counselor or director/manager.

If the complaint is related to civil rights, discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, or ADA compliance, students should report their concerns directly to the CCO, Campus Compliance Officer – Patrick Butler – Compliance Coordinator/Counselor – SS104 – 801-627-8452.

If the complaint is related to discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, or ADA compliance, students should report their concerns directly to a counselor, Compliance Counselor, Diversity Coordinator, or a

The complaint process is outlined in OWATC Policy 520.8, Student Complaints.

Students who have complaints relating to the college’s quality of education or other issues appropriate for its accrediting body to consider, can file a complaint with the Council on Occupational Education at:

Commission on the Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Phone: 770.396.3898 or 800.917.2081
www.council.org

Copies of documents describing the college/university’s accreditation and state approval are available for review upon request.

Students who have complaints against the college relating to fraud, false advertising, or other deceptive practices can file a complaint with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, 160 East 300 East, 2nd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, Telephone No. 801-530-6601, Toll Free in Utah at 1-800-721-SAFE or online.

In addition, students involved with distance and correspondence education can file a complaint with their state’s enforcement authority. A PDF list of state enforcement agencies may be downloaded here. Students who have complaints relating to issues that are covered by the Student Responsibilities and Conduct policy should follow the college’s process for filing a complaint, per the Student Complaints policy.

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Policies

Student Privacy Rights / Management

The tech college Records Office maintains student records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA) also referred to as the Buckley Amendment, provides that (1) students have access to inspect and review their educational records and (2) protects the rights of a student to privacy by limiting access to the education records without express written consent. Institutions may release without written consent those items specified as public or directory information, provided that the institution informs students of the data designated as public information, and gives students prior opportunity to refuse disclosure of any or all categories of that information.

Directory information at Ogden-Weber Tech College includes: name, home address, home phone number, email address, date and place of birth, major area of study, program in which enrolled, certificates and dates received, and dates of attendance. (Policy 530.1 Release of Information)

The Records Office maintains student records and follows the guidelines provided by the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). GRAMA went into effect in 1992. It sets forth guidelines for classifying information in government records based upon who has the right to access that information. The law also identifies the records management responsibilities of agencies, and the duties of State Archives and the State Records Committee. (Policies 530.1 & 520.57)

Additional information concerning student privacy rights, records management and policies is available in the Records Office

Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibit Ogden Weber Applied Technology College from engaging in discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity. Discrimination is also prohibited in all aspects of employment against persons with disabilities who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of a job.

Any person who believes/he has been denied program access or otherwise discriminated against because of disability is encouraged to immediately contact the Counselor/Compliance Coordinator, Patrick Butler at 801-627-8452.

Upon request, this information is available in alternative formats, such as audio or large print. To request this format, email butlerp@owatc.edu.

Student Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of the tech college to operate under an open door policy and serve all individuals on an equal opportunity basis. All persons who can gain from technical education shall have an opportunity to enroll in courses but not necessarily all programs.

The college is committed to providing equal educational opportunity regardless of gender, marital status or parental status, race, color, religion, age, national origin, or physical or mental disability, as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Vocational Amendments of 1976, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and all other applicable state and federal laws. (OWATC Policy 530.5 Student Non-Discrimination)

Students who feel they have been denied services or have not received fair and equal treatment should report their concerns to the campus compliance officer (Title XI) – Patrick Butler – SS 104 – 801 -627-8452, or a counselor, director, or the diversity coordinator who shall advise and refer them to the college’s Student Complaints policy. (OWATC Policy 520.8, Student Complaints) http://www.owatc.edu/current-students/policies-student-handbook/

Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorney’s fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.

For additional information on copyright policies at the Ogden-Weber Technology College, please click on the following link: http://www.owatc.edu/current-students/policies-student-handbook/ (OWATC Policy 540.19, Information Technology Acceptable Use) and (OWATC Policy, 530.4 Student Responsibilities and Conduct).

Peer to Peer File Sharing

It is illegal to reproduce and distribute copyrighted music, movies, television shows, books, articles, pictures, software and other copyrighted materials specifically through use of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

For additional information on copyright policies at the Ogden-Weber Technology College, please click on the following link: http://www.owatc.edu/current-students/policies-student-handbook/   (OWATC Policy 540.19, Information Technology Acceptable Use) and (OWATC Policy, 530.4 Student Responsibilities and Conduct).

Campus Security/Safety Information/Crime Statistics

The tech college employs a full-time Security Coordinator and staff to provide a safe and secure environment and provide police presence on campus to support and assist students, faculty, and staff. Students can contact security by letting an employee know they need their assistance, calling zero from a college phone or calling them directly at 801.430.5139.  Additional information is located on the college website at http://www.owatc.edu/information/security/

As a safety measure the college has posted a red emergency guide and a building map near the exit to classrooms and meeting rooms. The guide provides students with helpful emergency information and phone numbers. The map helps students locate exits, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and the defibrillator.

The tech college is committed to assist in providing students a safe environment for learning and in keeping students, parents, and employees well informed about campus security. These goals were advanced by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990; you can review campus crime statistics for Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College online: http://ope.ed.gov/security.

Vaccinations Policy

It is the policy of the Ogden-Weber Technology College that students entering into the health professional programs will undergo the necessary vaccinations required of that program.  For details, please see the program web pages for individual program requirements.

Drug Free Schools Statement/Policy

Use, possession, distribution, manufacturing, or being under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, illicit drugs, and/or abusing any psycho-toxic chemical/substance. (Any chemical/substance capable of causing a condition of intoxication, inebriation, excitement, stupefaction, or the dulling of the brain or nervous system) while on college property or college sponsored activities will result in disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from the college, denial of Federal/State student loan/grant money, and criminal penalties pursued through State, Federal, or local law enforcement agencies. (OWATC Policy 530.4 Student Responsibilities and Conduct) http://www.owatc.edu/current-students/policies-student-handbook/

The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs are as follows, but not limited to, increased heart rate, decreased appetite, dry mouth, insomnia, short-term memory loss, paranoia, hallucinations, psychological dependency, lack of concentration and coordination, altered perception and vision, health issues, or premature death. Students will be notified yearly by email of the tech college’s Drug & Alcohol policy

For community help, see a college counselor or call the following numbers:

1.800.Alcohol

1.888.567.TRUTH (Tobacco)

1.800.Cocaine

1.800.342.Aids (Spanish)

1.800.Aids.TTY.TDD

Voters Registration

The Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College makes a good faith effort in distributing Utah Voter registration forms. Forms are available in the information brochures display which is housed in the Student Services building lobby. Voter registration forms are also available in the financial aid office, and at the Pell guideline sessions held for new students.