Wilmington University Consumer Information
In 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) was enacted into law. That legislation requires Wilmington University and all other colleges and universities that participate in federal educational initiatives to make significant institutional information available so that consumers can make informed decisions about postsecondary education. To help current students, prospective students, and other interested parties locate important information about Wilmington University, this webpage provides links to those disclosures required by federal law.
This page contains information on the following subjects:
- General Institutional Information
- Financial Assistance Information
- Institutional Data
- Health and Safety
- Other Information
- Gainful Employment
- State Contact Information for Student Complaints
The University invites all current students, prospective students, and members of our community to browse these links for more information. Should you have any questions on the contents of this webpage, please contact the individuals listed on these links.
GENERAL INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs
Wilmington University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Wilmington University’s Middle States Statement of Accreditation can be found on the Middle States website at http://msche.org.
In addition, many of the University’s academic colleges and individual academic programs hold specialized accreditations from professional or educational organizations in specific disciplines. In addition, a complete listing of the University’s program accreditations can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/about/accreditation.aspx
If you would like to obtain or review documents describing accreditation, approval or licensing, please submit a request in writing to Office of the President, Wilmington University, 45 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.
Traditional classroom courses are available at fourteen locations. More information about each of these locations can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/locations.aspx
Students also have the opportunity to take many classes through hybrid and online course formats. More information about these two formats can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/onlinelearning/dloptions.aspx. A list of the programs available online can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/onlinelearning/online_programs.aspx
Wilmington University students may be accepted in associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or certificate programs. A searchable list of our academic programs available to our students can be found at http://www.wilmu.edu/programs/. For more information on the University's programs of study, please see http://www.wilmu.edu/catalog/index.aspx.
In addition, a listing of the University’s full-time and part-time faculty and staff can be found at http://www.wilmu.edu/directory/.
For detailed information and prices on textbooks and supplemental course materials please visit: http://bookstore.wilmu.edu/
Wilmington University is committed to providing our students with a high-quality education. In order to achieve this goal, the University reviews the effectiveness of our programs of study. Please see http://www.wilmu.edu/outcomes/ to learn more about Wilmington University’s outcomes assessment efforts.
Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
Information regarding the University’s transfer of credit policy can be found at http://www.wilmu.edu/academics/transfercredit.aspx. A list of the University’s transfer partners can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/transfer/partnerschools.aspx.
Please see http://www.wilmu.edu/catalog/index.aspx. for additional information about our transfer of credit policy and the University’s articulation agreements.
Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
Wilmington University is committed to providing an institutional climate that supports all students. Students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible upon enrollment. The University encourages anyone who has questions regarding disabilities services to visit: http://www.wilmu.edu/studentlife/disabilityservices/
Price of Attendance
Information regarding the price of attending Wilmington University can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/studentfinancialservices/tuition.aspx
Refund Policy and Withdrawal Requirements
The University’s refund policy and requirements for withdrawal can be found at https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/R2T4.aspx and requirements for withdrawal are available at: https://www.wilmu.edu/registrar/withdrawal-2015-2016.aspx.
Privacy of Student Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA was enacted to protect the privacy of educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Among other things, FERPA gives students the right to file complaints with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the educational institution to comply with the Act.
In accordance with FERPA, Wilmington University will not release information to another party, exclusive of "Directory Information" as defined by the University, without a signed release from the student indicating the specific recipient of such information and the specific information the University is authorized to release. Directory Information may be released by the University pursuant to the law. For more information on the University’s FERPA policy, please see http://www.wilmu.edu/privacy/collegepolicies.aspx
Career Planning and Development Information
Wilmington University is committed to providing our students with extensive career planning and development services. Career Counselors are available to assist students and graduates with a variety of career planning services. For more information on the University’s career planning services, please see: http://www.wilmu.edu/careerservices/
Athletic Program Information
Wilmington University is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution that competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The Conference is comprised of 14 schools throughout Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. Eligibility rules, codes of conduct, substance abuse policies, as well as gender equity policies are mandated or suggested by the NCAA.
The Wildcats sponsor 11 intercollegiate athletic teams. In the fall, Wilmington offers men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. The winter season has men's and women's basketball, while the spring consists of men's baseball, men's golf, women's lacrosse, and women's softball.
The Athletic Department at Wilmington University aims to promote the education and development of our students through participation in intercollegiate athletics. The Athletic Department seeks to instill the desire to achieve academic and athletic excellence in all student-athletes, while fostering sportsmanship, school spirit, and ethical conduct that includes honesty, integrity and fair play.
The Director of Athletics is responsible for the interpretation of eligibility rules and publishing positions on codes of conduct, substance abuse, and gender equity. Eligibility forms are reviewed both on the national and regional level.
All high school graduates are eligible for intercollegiate competition. Once a student begins taking college courses, his/her eligibility is determined by the number of college credit hours attempted and the grades earned in those courses. Transfer students from other colleges must produce a college transcript to determine eligibility. Any additional information concerning athletic matters (forms, scholarships, eligibility, etc.) should be referred to the Director of Athletics.
Information regarding our athletic programs can be found at: http://athletics.wilmu.edu/information/about_wilmu
The HEOA also requires the University to disclose intercollegiate athletic program participation rates and related financial support data required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA). The University’s Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act 2015-2016 (PDF)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE INFORMATION
Financial Aid Contact Information
Information about Financial Aid at Wilmington University can be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid via email (email@example.com), phone: 877-967-5464, or in person at our locations.
Financial Aid Information
Students, prospective students, and other interested parties are also encouraged to visit Wilmington University's financial aid webpage https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/index.aspx for a comprehensive review of ways that college can be made more affordable. Information regarding how to apply for financial aid can be found here: https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/apply.aspx and www.studentaid.ed.gov . Eligibility requirements for all financial assistance programs can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/eligibility.aspx. Furthermore, student financial aid rights and responsibilities can be found at: https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/rightsandresp.aspx
and www.studentaid.ed.gov .
Scholarship information for Wilmington University is available at https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/scholarships.aspx
Information on federal grant assistance programs is available at
Financial Aid Verification
The Department of Education requires borrowers to verify the information reported on your financial aid application. In addition, Wilmington University is required to provide upon request a self-certification form to admitted and enrolled students before disbursing a private education loan. Please visit your Financial Aid Office for a copy of this form. The self-certification form for private loans is also available at http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1001A-AppSelfCert.pdf.
Federal Work Study Program
Each year the federal government appropriates funds to postsecondary institutions to provide an opportunity for students needing financial assistance to earn a portion of their college expenses through part-time employment. More information is available at https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/workstudy.aspx and www.studentaid.ed.gov . Eligible students interview for jobs and may work up to a certain number of hours per week to receive pay after the performance of the assigned work.
Student Lending Code of Conduct
Wilmington University is committed to providing students and their families with the best information and processing alternatives available regarding student borrowing. In support of this and in an effort to rule out any perceived or actual conflict of interest. The University has adopted a code of conduct that can be found at https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/rightsandresp.aspx.
Wilmington University does not have a preferred lender and does not enter into preferred lender arrangements.
Entrance and Exit Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers
Prior to the first disbursement of a Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) or a Federal direct loan (other than a consolidated or Parent PLUS loan), Wilmington university provides to first-time borrowers comprehensive Entrance information on the terms and conditions of the loan and of the borrower's responsibilities. Similarly, the University provides Exit counseling to borrowers of loans under the FFEL, Federal Direct Loan, or Perkins loan programs (other than consolidated or Parent PLUS loans) shortly before the borrower stops at least half-time study at the University. More information is available on Entrance and Exit counseling at www.studentloans.gov or through our Office of Financial Aid.
Federal Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student from federal financial aid programs. Although students convicted of a federal or state drug law conviction may be ineligible for federal financial aid programs, students may regain financial aid eligibility in certain circumstances.
Please see Federal Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations for more information on the financial aid penalties for drug convictions and the ways in which a student can thereafter regain financial aid eligibility.
Other Financial Aid Disclosures
Pursuant to the HEOA, Wilmington University provides information published by the Department of Education and pertaining to loan programs, including student rights and responsibilities, at the time it is made available. Notice is provided to potential students, students, or parents of a student with a federal loan that the loan will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System and will accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders and other authorized users.
College Navigator Website
The National Center for Education Statistics maintains and analyzes data on educational institutions on its College Navigator website, available at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator. The College Navigator website contains information regarding Wilmington University at: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=wilmington+university&s=all&id=131113
Wilmington University Office of Institutional Research publishes an annual “facts at a glance” document to provide the community with important statistical information about the University We invite all interested parties to review this institutional data at: http://www.wilmu.edu/about/ataglance.aspx
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Drug and Alcohol Policy
In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Wilmington University believes that illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol have no place in the college environment. Please see http://www.wilmu.edu/studentlife/drugpolicy.aspx for the University’s Policy on illegal drugs and the unlawful use of alcohol.
Violations of Student Conduct Standards
The University has developed a policy for handling complaints of violations of student conduct standards. That policy can be found at http://www.wilmu.edu/studentlife/studconduct.aspx.
Crime Awareness and Campus Security Report
Wilmington University is committed to providing students and employees with a safe environment in which to learn and work. University Safety officers provide a safe campus community for everyone. The University maintains a public safety website at http://www.wilmu.edu/safety/.
Please note that in support of crime prevention efforts, the University provides timely warnings to the community concerning those events that have been found to constitute a threat to students or employees. Moreover, the University’s security report released pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 can be found at: http://www.wilmu.edu/security/2014-2015-Annual-Security-Report_FINAL.pdf.
Immunization records are required for entering education and nursing majors and all international students. For more information on the University’s immunization policy, see http://www.wilmu.edu/health/documents/HealthHistory_3.26.13_W_Coversheet.pdf.
Computer Use, Copyright Infringement, and File Sharing
Computer Use Policy
Access to and use of the Wilmington University computing and electronic networks resources are privileges granted to students, staff, faculty and members of the University community. By using the computing resources made available by the University, users consent to utilize such resources in accordance with and subject to the University’s Computer Network Policy. For more information on the University’s Computer Use Policy, please see https://www.wilmu.edu/studentlife/computeruse.aspx.
Users of Wilmington University computing and electronic networks, as with all members of the University community, are required to comply with copyright laws. Copyright laws protect the ownership rights of an author in work which the author creates. Works protected by copyright laws include music, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, and literary materials.
While music, movies, and books are commonly associated with copyright protection, copyright laws also protect Wilmington University course materials. Some companies ask students to post course materials, such as tests, lecture notes, and syllabi, on websites geared toward college students. Wilmington University students are reminded that these course materials are protected by copyright and can only be reproduced with the permission of the instructor and the University.
Furthermore, faculty, instructors, and other University employees are encouraged to be mindful of copyright laws in generating course materials. Please see the Student Handbook for more information on the University’s Intellectual Property Policy.
Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Materials
Federal copyright laws, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), make it illegal to download, upload, or file-share copyrighted materials without permission of the copyright holder. Copyright infringers are subject to potentially severe criminal and civil penalties for violating federal copyright law. Federal law specifies civil liabilities of litigation costs, attorney fees, and damages in the amount of $750 to $30,000 for each work infringed. An individual who violates copyright laws in particularly egregious circumstances can be fined up to $150,000. Likewise, individuals may also be subject to criminal liability, such as the possibility of substantial imprisonment, for violating federal copyright laws. A more extensive review of these penalties can be found at http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#505.
Wilmington University encourages all of our students and employees to participate in our democracy. Registering to vote is one way that you can add your voice to this process. For more information on registering to vote in Delaware, please see http://elections.delaware.gov/services/voter/placestoregister.shtml.
Use of Federal Educational Funds
As mandated by the HEOA, the University does not use federal educational funds to lobby federal officials on any matter, including grants, contracts, and loans. The University has not used federal educational funds to hire a registered lobbyist or pay for securing an appropriations earmark.
Title IV Eligible Gainful Employment Program Disclosures
Federal Regulations require institutions to publish information on their website about students who enrolled in Title IV (federal financial aid) eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment (GE) in a recognized occupation. To view gainful employment disclosure, https://www.wilmu.edu/financialaid/gainfulemployment.aspx.
STATE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR STUDENT COMPLAINTS
Federal law requires Wilmington University to provide distance education students with contact information for filing complaints with the agency of the state in which the student resides and receives instruction.
Provided below is a link to contact information for the agency in each state with authority to review student complaints.
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
If you have a complaint about the University’s educational service, you may contact the appropriate authority in your state of residence.
The information contained in this disclosure should not be construed as an acknowledgment that the University is regulated by or is otherwise subject to the authorization or licensure requirements of the state agencies above and it should not be construed as an offer by the University to provide instruction to any prospective student in any of the enumerated states.
In addition, all students are strongly encouraged to utilize the internal complaint resolution process established by the University at http://www.wilmu.edu/academics/gradepol.aspx
The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which at Section VII of its Policies, Guidelines and Procedures provides a process for complaints against Member institutions. For more information visit MSCHE.org.