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Reports & Disclosures

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosures and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap. For certain topics, institutions are required to make information available to students or other and to submit information to the Department of Education. Such information includes general institutional operation, financial aid, general completion and graduation rates, annual security report, completion and graduation rates for student athletes, and athletic program participation rates and financial support.

Erskine Theological Seminary is committed to the principle of promoting access to information that will allow consumers such as parents, counselors, researchers, and legislators to make informed decisions about post-graduate education. This web portal provides a single access point to all federally mandated reports and disclosures.

It is the individual’s responsibility to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the departmental and college levels. For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please call or e-mail the appropriate office.

Final regulations implementing the legislative provisions for consumer information are available from the Federal Register’s website. Below is a list of disclosure provided by ETS pursuant to these regulations.

General Institutional Information

Cash Management Information

Institutions are required to post any contracts or agreements establishing arrangements between the institution and a third party servicer or financial institution; please see pages 18-19 of the catalog  http://www.erskine.edu/academics/registrar/college-catalogs/ concerning contract information with Erskine College and Higher One, Inc.

http://www.erskine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TERMS-AND-CONDITIONS.pdf

Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Contact: Tracy Spires

Email:  Tspires@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-8773

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) helps protect the privacy of educational records for present and future students. You can sign-up and access your FERPA waiver from the Registrar’s webpage http://www.erskine.edu/academics/registrar/ferpa

Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities

Contact: Dean of the Seminary: Dr. R.J. Gore

Email: rgore@erskine.edu

Phone: 864-379-6506

Description of accommodations, required paperwork and services available for students with disabilities are available by visiting the Student Success webpage and Disability Services link

Student Diversity

Contact: Dr. Wendi Santee, Dean of Student Development

Email:  santee@erskine.edu
Phone: (864)379-8701

ETS annually calculates information relating to the diversity of its students. College Navigator T information can be found on our website at

http://www.erskine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Student-Enrollment-and-Diversity.pdf

Cost of Attendance

Contact: Jordan Turner

Email:  jpturner@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-6653

Cost of Attendance information can be found on our website

http://seminary.erskine.edu/admissions/cost/

Textbook Information

Contact: Erskine Bookstore

Email:  bhawthrn@erskine.edu

Phone: 864-379-8846

Erskine College/ETS provides textbook information through the bookstore website. The textbook information includes title, author, edition, IBSN, price, etc. when available. For more information please go to the Erskine Bookstore webpage:

http://www.erskine.edu/students/bookstore/booklists

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

Contact: Registrar, Tracy Spires

Email:  tspires@erskine.edu

Phone: (864) 379-8773

Information for transfer students is available on the Registrar webpage http://www.erskine.edu/academics/registrar/transcripts

Additional transfer information is also located in the ETS Academic Catalog: http://www.erskine.edu/academics/registrar/college-catalogs

Educational Program, Instructional Facilities and Faculty

Contact: Dr. R.J. Gore

Email:  rgore@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-8873

Information on ETS educational programs, instructional facilities and faculty may be found in the most recent undergraduate catalog:

http://www.erskine.edu/academics/registrar/college-catalogs

and graduate catalog http://seminary.erskine.edu/academics/catalog

Faculty contact information is also found on the website http://www.seminary.erskine.edu/directory

Information about campus facilities including those that relate to instructional programs is available through the campus map

http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/campus-map

For more information on Academics at ETS please go to the website: http://www.seminary.erskine.edu/academics

Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs

Contact: John Kennerly

Email: kennerly@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-8802

Erskine College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate level degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur Georgia, 3003-4097 or call (404)679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Erskine College/ETS. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence to support an institutions significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. A list of all agencies that accredit Erskine College/ETS can be found on our website http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/accreditation

Copyright Infringement – Policies and Sanctions

Contact: Director of Communications, Brian Smith

Email: keith@erskine.edu

Phone: (864) 864-379-6304

The Office of Marketing and Communication supports the mission of Erskine College/ETS by developing and protecting the brand of the institution and projecting the brand in a consistent and effective manner to external audiences. It is vital that Erskine College/ETS be known as a private Christian college/seminary where academic excellence and faith combine in a supportive environment where faculty, staff and students are dedicated to learning and service.

Information Technology Services/Computer Use and Wi-Fi

Contact: Director of Informational Technology, Matthew Cockrell

Email: helpdesk@erskine.edu

Phone: (864)379-8816

Erskine College/ETS provides access to various forms of electronic communications and information technology systems and equipment including computers, internet, voice mail, and email to its students and employees who comply with the Electronic Communications Systems and Equipment Use Policy https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4KvXxOvWAEBSzJyR0YwWmVsM1k

 For more information please go to the website http://www.erskine.edu/students/it

 

Student Activities

Contact: Dean of Student Development, Dr. Wendi Santee

Email: santee@erskine.edu

Phone: (864) 379-8701

Please visit the Student Development section of our website for information on activities, organizations and general information about Erskine College/ETS at http://www.erskine.edu/students/student-dev

Teacher Preparation Program Report

Contact: Dr. R. J. Gore

Email: rgore@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-6506

Health and Safety

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Contact: Dean of Student Development, Dr. Wendi Santee

Email: santee@erskine.edu

Phone: (864) 379-8701

Information related to the University’s drug and alcohol abuse program may be found in the Student Handbook https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4KvXxOvWAEBSzJyR0YwWmVsM1k

This information applies to the entire College and ETS community, including students, faculty, staff , and visitors to the campus http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/campus-police/alcohol-and-drug-policies

Vaccine/Health Requirements Policy for On Campus Housing

Contact: Dean of Student Development, Dr. Wendi Santee

Email: santee@erskine.edu

Phone: (864) 379-8701

Contact: Erskine College/ETS Nurse, Joanne Wrenn, RN

Email:  wren@erskine.edu

Phone: (864) 379-2345

For detailed information on Health requirements please view the Erskine College/ETS webpages Student Development health services http://www.erskine.edu/students/student-dev/healthcounseling-services and http://www.erskine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Medical-Form-1.pdf

Campus Safety Policies and Crime Statistics

Contact: Campus Safety, EC/ETS Chief of Police, Randy Estep

Email: estep@erskine.edu

Phone: (864) 379-8869 (office) (864) 378-1650 (cell phone)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Each year Erskine College/ETS files a report with the U.S. Department of Education stating the incidences of crime on campus.

Safety alerts allow students, faculty and staff to receive campus-wide alerts on cell phones and their Erskine College/ETS email account. The system will be used to notify you of dangerous situations, such as severe weather, building or area evacuations, major disruptions to campus services, or closings due to ice or snow.

For more information please go to the campus safety website at http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/campus-police/

or http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/campus-police/crime-statistics/

and http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/campus-police/safety-tips/

Fire Safety Policies and Fire Statistics (On Campus Housing Facilities)

Contact: Campus Safety

Email: estep@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 231-2060

Erskine College/ETS provides an annual report which includes the campus fire safety policies, number of fire drills, and any fire related incidents for on campus housing. For more information please go to our website at http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/campus-police/emergency-procedures/

Student Outcomes (Student Right to Know Act)

Retention and Graduation Rates, Placement of Employment

Contact: The Associate Dean, Max Rogland

Email: rogland@erskine.edu

Phone: (803) 771-6180

For more information on student achievement please go to our website at http://www.erskine.edu/erskine/institutional-effectiveness/and http://www.erskine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/SACSCOC-Statement-of-Student-Achievement-2015.03.pdf

Voter Registration

Contact: Dean of Student Development, Dr. Wendi Santee

Email: santee@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-8701

Erskine College/ETS, as a participant in Federal Title IV Student Aid programs, is required to advise you that voter registration information is available and that you must be registered 30 days prior to any election. For more information please go to https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote – item-212645

Student Financial Assistance

Contact: Director of Financial Aid, LaShelia M. Wyatt

Email: lwyatt@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-6653

Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information can be found on the Financial Aid website at http://seminary.erskine.edu/resources/financial-aid/

or in the Financial Aid Planning Office.

Contact information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information:

ETS Financial Aid Office

LaShelia M. Wyatt, Director of Financial Aid

Bowie Divinity Hall
210 S.Main Street

Due West, SC 29639

Email:  lwyatt@erskine.edu
Phone: (864) 379-6653

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

A conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV, HEA Program (federal) funds under any federal law involving possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1).

Student Loan Information Published by the U.S. Department of Education

Federal Student Loan information is available at http://www.studentloans.gov

and Student Loan Information can also be found on the ETS Financial Aid website http://seminary.erskine.edu/resources/financial-aid/

CIP Programs and Descriptions

 http://www.erskine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Erskine-College-CIP-Program-Codes-v2.pdf

 Loan Repayment and Deferment

Federal Student Loan Repayment and Deferment information can be found at http://www.studentloans.govand on the ETS Financial Aid Planning website

http://seminary.erskine.edu/resources/financial-aid/

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Federal student loan records of students  will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined by the authorized user s of the data system. Students may view their loan record history via NSLDS at https://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/.

Preferred Lender Lists and Arrangements

ETS does not recommend or promote or endorse lenders for private education loans. In order to assist our students who want to apply for private loans we provide information about private loans on our website. For more information please go to the ETS Financial Aid Planning http://seminary.erskine.edu/resources/financial-aid/

Loan information sheet https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4KvXxOvWAEBM2ZEN2tQS1hxXzQ

Types of Aid

ETS participated in the following Federal student aid programs:

  • Federal Direct Loan
  • Federal Graduate Plus Loan

Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://www.fafsa.gov in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

ETS Scholarships and Grants

Merit based scholarships are awarded by ETS to graduate degree seeking students who are enrolled full time. The Scholarship awarded is determined by the student’s application, GPA,and prior transcripts. Scholarship amounts may change based on financial need, seminary, and GPA status. ETS also offers other institutional scholarships such as denominational and non-denominational for students that meet the academic and/or institutional criteria.

If students apply for Institutional need-based scholarship, and once the student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is received, this scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and funds are limited and subject to change based on availability of funds. Students are emailed a notification of the award letter on the student portal showing the amount and type of Financial Aid awarded. Should changes be made to a student’s award package they will receive an updated award notification.

ETS Endowed Scholarships

Caring friends and Alumni of ETS have contributed money to be used for scholarships. The Development Office in conjunction with the Financial Aid and Admissions Offices oversee the awarding of endowed scholarships and can answer questions about the process and individual scholarship information. Scholarships are awarded based on criteria set by the donor and are awarded on a first- come, first- served basis. These scholarships do require a student to write a thank you note to the donor.  ETS appreciates this private support for our students.

Applying for Financial Aid, Procedures and Forms

There are many different sources of financial aid available to qualified students. It is best to complete and mail all required forms as soon as possible since most aid is awarded on a first come first serve basis for qualified applicants. Before you send in your FAFSA application and financial aid forms refer to our checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application to be processed in a timely manner. You can find the Financial Aid checklist on our website https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4KvXxOvWAEBM2ZEN2tQS1hxXzQ

Financial Aid documents can be found on our website

http://seminary.erskine.edu/resources/financial-aid/

Disbursement of Financial Aid

Financial Aid is disbursed by releasing payments over the academic year (one each semester/term). At the time of disbursement the student must meet eligibility requirements (academic progress, expected enrollment, financial eligibility, etc,) Funds will be applied to the student’s account after the semester/term drop/add period and enrollment is confirmed. If student aid funds are in excess of account charges a credit balance occurs of which will be paid to the student within 14 days of disbursement. If a student wishes to cancel a loan within 7 days of the first day of class he/she may do so by emailing the Financial Aid Office at: lwyatt@erskine.edu

A bookstore credit may be available prior to disbursements to purchase books and supplies for students expected to have an excess of loan funds and complete a Title IV authorization form.

Refund and Credit Balance Policy for Withdrawal of Return of Federal Aid

To view the refund and credit balances policy please refer to the ETS Academic Catalog http://seminary.erskine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Seminary-catalog-2016-17-Final-version-2.pdf

Students Rights and Responsibilities

To view student’s rights and responsibilities please refer the ETS Student Handbook

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4KvXxOvWAEBSzJyR0YwWmVsM1k

Misrepresentation

ETS does not misrepresent the nature of its educational programs and does not provide false, erroneous, or misleading statements.

Availability of Employees for Information Dissemination Purposes

Requests for information by students about the ETS information dissemination should be directed to:

Contact: Robin Broome, Director of Recruitment and Enrollment /Assistant to the Provost

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 338 Due West, SC 29639

Email: broome@erskine.edu

Phone Number: (864) 379-6571

Other employees such as enrollment counselors/advisors and financial aid counselors, may also provide information regarding their specific areas of responsibility.

If a student needs a paper copy of any of the information they can contact:

Contact: Robin Broome, Director of Recruitment and Enrollment /Assistant to the Provost

Email Address: broome@erskine.edu

Phone Number: (864) 379-6571

The contact information for each program can be found at the following link http://seminary.erskine.edu

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