September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
September 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services Information

Housing Assistance

Although the University does not provide dormitory facilities, the University’s Director of Career Development or other staff will assist non-commuting students with housing problems in finding suitable living accommodations.

Community Affairs

One of the functions of the University is to promote involvement in community affairs. By being sensitive to community needs, the University is a contributing agency in community improvements. Herzing University emphasizes community service as an institution, encouraging its staff and student body to participate in community activities.

Student Advising

Students are encouraged to consult the Director of Career Development about matters related to career plans, professional services, and even leisure activities. Students are encouraged to consult first with faculty if they are having problems with coursework and then, if necessary, with the appropriate department head or Academic Dean. Some Herzing University campuses also have a professional counselor on staff that is available daily to assist students who are experiencing difficulty in most aspects of university or personal life. Prior to acceptance to the University, applicants can seek advice through the admissions office. Student Services provides life management support for students taking courses both on ground and online.

Career Development Services

From the time a student enrolls at Herzing University, one of the University’s primary goals is to see that the student is successfully employed upon graduation. This can best be achieved if the student takes an active role in his/her employment efforts. In addition, the career development office is committed to supporting students in reaching their employment objectives.

Herzing University students come from multiple states and have widely different career aspirations and goals. Each student is a unique learner and person. While Herzing University provides career development guidance to each student in finding employment in their chosen field, Herzing University does not guarantee employment. Factors unique to each student that can limit employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor
  • Physical condition or health issues that prevent or hinder employment
  • Geographic limitations and inability to relocate
  • Poor work history
  • Poor language skills or communication skills
  • Unique personality traits
  • History of or contemporary substance abuse
  • Personal bankruptcy
  • Other issues that raise doubts in the mind of an employer as to the suitability of a student to become an employee
  • Failure to meet the admissions standards of other institutions (for bachelor’s or graduate programs)
  • Failure to fully investigate and understand the specific licensing or certificate requirements for a chosen profession in a specific state or locale

Herzing University has a long and proud tradition of helping students enter and succeed in their careers. The student’s unique situation may aid or hinder their career.

Herzing University makes no promises or guarantees of licensing, certification, or employment. Due to unique factors and attributes of each student, it is possible that even after successfully completing a Herzing University program, a student may not find employment. Students should consider their own unique “employability” prior to enrolling in any college or career-preparation program.

The services of the career development office are also available to presently enrolled students seeking part-time employment through the University’s Job Location and Development Program.

Crime Awareness

Herzing University is in compliance with Title II of Public Law 101542, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. Upon enrollment, students are provided with the University’s policies on crime awareness, prevention, and the reporting of crimes that might be observed. Crime statistics are tabulated and distributed annually to all students. Crime awareness seminars are held periodically.

Anti-Hazing Policy

Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of the University is considered hazing, regardless of the willingness of the participant.

Such prohibited actions, situations, and activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, branding, or forced calisthenics.
  2. Excessive exposure to the elements.
  3. Forced or required consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, or other substances.
  4. Forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student.
  5. Forced activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress such as sleep deprivation.
  6. Forced exclusion from social contact.
  7. Forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment.
  8. Any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student.

It can be unlawful under some state laws for any student to engage in what is known as hazing or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. Any violation could result in civil or criminal penalties that may include the imposition of a fine. Herzing University’s actions against violators can include the imposition of probation, suspension, or dismissal.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Drug-Free Campus Statement

It is Herzing University’s policy to provide a positive environment conducive to learning. To that end, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on school property or in connection with any school activity is strictly prohibited. Reporting to or remaining at work or school under the influence of or impaired by alcohol or illicit drugs is also prohibited. This prohibition applies to all employees and students. Violation of these provisions by a student may lead to the imposition of disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Herzing University employees are also subject to disciplinary sanctions for violation of these provisions occurring on University property or any work site during work time, up to and including termination for employment. Referral for criminal prosecution may occur where appropriate.

Legal Sanctions

Students must be aware that significant criminal penalties exist under state and federal laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs.

Legal sanctions under local, state, and federal laws vary by location, but may include:

  • Monetary fines
  • Jail time
  • Suspension, revocation, or denial of a driver’s license
  • Property seizure
  • Loss of eligibility for federal benefits, including federal financial aid

Federal penalties for drug trafficking may be found at

Students who are concerned about specific circumstances should consult applicable local, state, and federal law and/or seek legal counsel.

Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Convictions

A federal or state drug conviction (but not a local or municipal conviction) can disqualify a student from using federal student aid. Only convictions occurring during a period of enrollment in which the student was receiving federal student aid are counted against students for aid eligibility purposes, as indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The following chart indicates the suspension period for related offenses.

  Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite Period
3rd + Offense Indefinite Period Indefinite Period

A student may regain eligibility prior to the end of the period of ineligibility if he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program that includes passing two unannounced drug tests if he/she passes two unannounced drug tests administered by such a program, or if the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered invalid. A rehabilitation program is considered qualified if it meets at  least one of the following criteria:

  • It is qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • It is qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • It is administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • It is administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of National Drug Control Policy for more information at

Health Risks

Various health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs. Some of the more common risks are cited below and may be found at

Drug Risk of Physical Dependency Risk of Psychological Dependency Health Risks
Narcotics (e.g., heroin, oxycodone, morphine) High High Drowsiness, slow and shallow breathing, confusion, muscle weakness, nausea, convulsions, coma, death
Stimulants (e.g., crack/cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine) Possible High High fever, agitation, panic, headache, dizziness, tremors, convulsions, cardiac arrest, stroke, death
Depressants (e.g., Valium, Xanax, Rohypnol) Moderate Moderate Loss of motor coordination, weakness, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, low blood pressure, slow breathing, coma, death
Hallucinogens (e.g., LSD, MDMA, PCP) None Unknown Seizures, muscle cramps, nausea, liver kidney and cardiovascular failure, coma, death
Inhalants Unknown High Muscle weakness, disorientation, nausea, nervous system and organ damage, asphyxiation, death
Marijuana Unknown Moderate Dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, loss of motor coordination, panic attacks


For those students who choose to use alcohol, Herzing University encourages students to drink responsibly and to never drink and drive. Consuming alcohol has many risk factors and can lead to dependency. With excessive use, liver, brain, heart, and stomach damage can occur without apparent warning signs. Alcohol is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States.

Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

Drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs for employees and students are available from a variety of community sources. Anyone who recognizes a personal drug or alcohol problem, who is concerned about a student or coworker, or who wishes to know more about drug and alcohol abuse may contact a campus executive officer, the human resources department, or for more information. Community resources near a student or employee’s respective campus or location may be found by contacting a campus executive officer, the Human Resource Department, or

National Resources

Herzing University also encourages anyone dealing with substance abuse issues to contact the following national agencies for guidance and assistance in identifying counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs.

Alcohol/Drug Helpline: (800) 821-4357
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Hotline: (800) 662-HELP
Al-Anon: (888) 425-2666 (local information can be found in your local telephone directory)

Employee Resources

Herzing University provides an employee assistance program (EAP) as a benefit to all employees regardless of if they opt in to other benefits through the University. This service provides referrals and treatment sessions as needed and can connect employees to additional outpatient or inpatient services that could be eligible for coverage through the employee healthcare plan. Information about contacting the EAP can be obtained through the Human Resource Department.

Biennial Review

Herzing University conducts a biennial review of its program to determine the effectiveness of the program and implement changes as needed. This review also ensures that disciplinary sanctions are uniformly enforced.

Title IX Policy

Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to ensure that all students have equal access to education, specifically prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX (20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)) reads ” No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Though Title IX is a very short statute, U.S. Supreme Court decisions and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education have given it wide latitude covering sexual harassment and sexual violence. Under Title IX, colleges and universities are legally obligated to respond to and remedy hostile educational environments. Herzing University maintains a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination of any kind.

Title IX Coordinator

Any inquiry about Title IX rights or any complaints of harassing or discriminatory behavior should be brought to the Title IX coordinator.

The System Title IX Coordinator for Herzing University is:

Kevin McShane
Associate Vice President of Educational Funding and Compliance
Phone: 866-508-0748 x66638

Title IX coordinators are responsible for receiving and processing, in a timely manner:

  • Inquiries or complaints from students, faculty, or staff regarding rights and responsibilities concerning harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX
  • Inquiries or complaints from third parties who report suspicion of harassing behavior or other discriminatory behavior in violation of Title IX

Students may report a Title IX violation on the EthicsPoint site at

If a Title IX investigation is not appropriate, inquiries or complaints would be referred to Human Resources or the Office of the Provost as applicable.

Title IX Investigation Procedures, Grievance Procedures and Official Complaint

Information about Title IX Investigation Procedures, Grievance Procedures, and making an official complaint to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights can be found in each campus’ Annual Security Report.

The report for each campus is found at

Title IX Grievance Procedure

The grievance procedure for a Title IX investigation follows the Herzing University grievance procedure outlined in the Student Handbook. Students may report a grievance by accessing the form on the EthicsPoint site at

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Herzing University prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

No employee or student will be subject to any form of retaliation, intimidation, or discipline for pursuing a sexual misconduct complaint.

Students may report an incidence of sexual misconduct on the EthicsPoint site at


All University and appropriate state definitions of terminology related to sexual misconduct can be found in each campus’ Annual Security Report.

The report for each campus is found at

Prevention and Education

Information regarding prevention of and education about sexual misconduct, including risk reduction tips and safe options for bystander intervention is located in each campus’ Annual Security Report.

The report for each campus is found at

Sexual Misconduct Reporting, Investigation, Discipline and Grievance Procedures

Information about the full procedures for reporting, investigation, discipline and grievance procedures, including information about possible sanctions, complainant confidentiality, and possible accommodations for complainants can be found in each campus’ Annual Security Report.

The report for each campus is found at