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Compliance/Consumer Information

The following is a brief overview of the information that Peirce College is required to provide to current and prospective students, faculty, and staff. The list provides links to other departmental sites that disclose specific information that is in compliance with:

  • Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics
  • Pennsylvania Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990
  • Higher Education Amendments of 1965, as amended
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • The Student Right-to-Know Act
  • Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988
  • Drug-free Schools and Communities Act

If you have any questions please refer to the department or person listed at each site.

Acceptable Use Policy
Accreditation and Licensing
Alcohol and Drugs
Alumni Graduate Education Information
Articulation Agreements with Higher Education Institutions
Complaint Process
Costs of Attending
Career Services
Degree Programs and Catalogs
Disability Services
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Equal Opportunity/Title IX Policy
Gainful Employment Certificate Program
Graduation Rates
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
IPEDS Retention Rates
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Security and Safety Services
Sex Offender Registration
Student Body Diversity
Student Lending Code of Conduct
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Transfer Credit Policy
How to Register to Vote


Acceptable Use Policy

The purpose of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to give the employees and students of Peirce College an understanding of the guidelines for acceptable usage of technology at Peirce College. Access to the Peirce College computing, networking facilities and resources is a privilege granted solely to Peirce faculty, staff, and students. Students and employees are responsible for checking this website periodically to learn about and read the AUP.

Acceptable Use Policy
Student Handbook (pages 143-147)

Employee Handbook Section E (secure access)


Accreditation and Licensing

The College is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to award the Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degrees. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, phone 215-662-5606. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits the Business Administration program. The Paralegal Studies program is recognized and approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

To review any documents regarding accreditation, approval or licensing, please contact the Senior Vice President and Provost, Academic Advancement at 215-670-9104


Alcohol and Drugs

Student Handbook (pages 180-187)

Employee Handbook Section G (secure access)

Peirce complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit the use, possession, and sale of illegal drugs. The College neither condones nor shields from prosecution students, faculty, staff, or visitors found in violation. Peirce College prohibits its students and employees from using, possessing, manufacturing, selling, distributing, or dispensing illegal drugs while on the premises of the College and while off campus participating in any College sponsored activity or event.

Peirce College complies with all federal, state, and local laws which regulate the sale, possession, and use of alcohol while on the premises of the College and while off campus participating in any College sponsored activity or event. The College neither condones nor shields from prosecution any individual found in violation of the Pennsylvania liquor control laws. Peirce College maintains a strong commitment to programs that promote the health, well-being, and safety of its students and employees and the security of its premises. To sustain this commitment successfully, the College has established its Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy to protect students from the adverse effects of alcoholic beverages and the use of illegal drugs. The Handbook for Employees of Peirce College contains a similar Substance Abuse Policy.

See also: Counseling at the Walker Center for Academic Excellence, the Alcohol Education site of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.


Costs of Attending

The Student Financial Services site presents a thorough, detailed overview of the costs associated with attending Peirce College, including:

  • Tuition and fees, books and supplies, and applicable transportation
  • Refunds and repayment policies
  • Additional costs for certain programs of study



The Peirce College Online Store offers students a high-capacity electronic commerce system over the Internet employing the latest Internet security technology. Through, you can purchase textbooks and related course materials, track previous orders, sell your old textbooks and much more.


Degree Programs and Catalogs

Click on the hyperlink for access to the current Peirce College catalog that contain summaries of campus facilities, programs, and services; description of the college, departments, major programs of study, degree requirements, course descriptions, and faculty listings.


Disability Services

Peirce College is committed to ensuring that students with persons with disabilities are provided equal access to educational programs and activities.

If a prospective or current employee believes that he or she requires a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Chief Employee Services/Risk Management Officer, who is a member of the Human Resources Department and is available at 3R Alumni Hall (215-670-9277).

If a prospective or current student believes he or she requires a reasonable accommodation or has a question regarding educational services, activities, programs, or facilities that are accessible to or usable by students with disabilities, please contact the Facilitator, Perkins Grant/Student Disability Services Coordinator, who is available at the Mary W. Walker '33 Center for Academic Excellence, 2 Alumni Hall (215-670-9251).


Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Peirce College values the safety of its students, faculty, administration, and staff. In the event of an emergency, Peirce College will respond immediately and appropriately by using timely warning, lock down, shelter in place, and/or evacuation procedures as described below. Under the direction of campus security and/or other designated College personnel, such as the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer, emergency response procedures will be enacted. In the event that emergency procedures are enacted, the College will provide timely and ongoing updates to the College community as appropriate.

On a semi-annual basis, the College will conduct testing for emergency response and evacuation procedures. Notification of scheduled testing of the emergency response and evacuation procedures will be shared with the College community, through the College email system, student portal at, or the College website at Documentation of the testing of emergency response and evacuation procedures, which will entail a description of the exercise, date, time, a copy of the announcement and meeting notes after assessing the test, will be placed on file the Office of the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer.

In consultation with local police, fire officials, campus security and/or members of Peirce's emergency response team, the Chief Auxiliary Officer will confirm an emergency. Once a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty, administration, and/or staff has been confirmed by the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer or designee, the College will use the following procedures:

  1. Determine the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community to receive the emergency notification
  2. Under the direction of the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer, Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and/or the Dean of Students, determine the content of the notification
  3. Initiate the timely warning and emergency notification procedures
  4. Provide detailed follow up information through any of the means listed in the timely warning and emergency notification section
  5. Document the use of emergency procedures (date, time, description of procedures enacted will be kept on file in the Office of the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer)


This means there is an immediate threat to the College. This is a complete classroom and College lockdown.

This represents a process that prevents unauthorized personnel from entering the College and requires all occupants to remain inside the College for their safety. All doors are locked and entrances are monitored by campus security. This allows the College to maintain normal business operations but curtails outside activity. This procedure is typically used when there is a civil disturbance outside of the College premises. The following steps will be taken in these instances:

Notification will be provided to the College community through the Peirce College email system, public address system, student portal at, the Peirce College website at, or other means deemed appropriate by the College.

Under the direction of the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer, campus security, or other designated personnel, individuals will be instructed to:

Move all students, staff and identified visitors into the nearest classroom, office or secure room.

  1. Try to remain calm;
  2. Remain indoors, e.g. your office or classroom. Once "Lockdown" you would be allowed to move about the facilitate certain needs, e.g. bathroom, water, but you are not allowed to leave the building unless an all clear has been sounded;
  3. If not in your typical surroundings proceed to a room that can be locked;
  4. Close, and lock all doors;
  5. Turn off all lights;
  6. Occupants should be seated below window level, toward the middle of a room away from windows and doors;
  7. Remain silent;
  8. Turn off all radios or other devices that emit sound;
  9. Lock all interior and exterior doors.
  10. Turn off all lights.
  11. Move all students, staff and visitors away from windows and doors. Have everyone crouch down and remain quiet. Anyone who is physically unable to crouch down may use a low chair.
  12. Anyone who uses wheelchairs should remain in their wheelchairs. If a person is out of the wheelchair at the time of lockdown, efforts should be made to assist the person back into the wheelchair unless doing so jeopardizes safety.
  13. Moveable furniture can be used as a buffer between students and doors/windows. If an ID card is not displayed, it will be assumed that the assailant is present in that room and a police emergency response team will enter.
  14. Wait until emergency personnel give you an "all clear"

Shelter-In Place/Lockout

Shelter-In-Place is a procedure where the entire building population is moved to a single or multiple location(s) in a building. Most commonly used during weather emergencies or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the outside atmosphere.

Notification will be provided to the College community through the Peirce College email system, public address system, student portal at, the Peirce College website at, or other means deemed appropriate by the College.

  1. Building Engineer will conduct shut down of air handling systems.
  2. Move indoors to a safe location.
  3. If unable to get indoors, lie flat, get behind an obstruction, put distance between you and the danger and await police. Get into a room, office, meeting room, etc. and lock all doors and windows.
  4. Blockade the door if possible with large/heavy furniture, or other heavy object.
  5. Pull down blinds, block windows to door in an effort to obstruct vision from hallway, turn off lights.
  6. Remain quiet, silence cell phones, and any other noise producing objects.
  7. Stay low to the ground, on floor, near solid interior walls, staying away from windows and doors.
  8. Take cover under furniture, or other large objects placing as many items as possible between you and the threat.
  9. Do not peek out windows, or doors, to see what may be occurring.
  10. Do not evacuate if fire alarm is activated unless you are positive a fire is occurring.
  11. Select a room in the building where occupants will be the most comfortable and which is easy to seal off. This room should, if possible, provide access to water, toilet facilities, and adequate room for people to sit or lie down.
  12. Help others when possible, especially the physically disabled.
  13. Remain in the Shelter-In-Place until informed by Security, via the PA System or by Emergence Personal that it is safe to leave.
  14. When notified that the emergency is over, security will direct occupants outdoors until building air-handling systems are operated to remove any contaminants.


Campus Security on duty is responsible for contacting the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer to inform him of the type of emergency and receive further instructions. With the exception of the fire alarm system being activated, the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer will make the decision whether or not to evacuate in conjunction with law enforcement and/or the fire department.

Notification of all personnel and students to evacuate the building will be given by sounding the fire alarms and via the public address system.

  1. Floor wardens will be responsible for instructing students, staff and visitors to form a single line and proceed immediately into the fire exits staying on one side of the staircase and leaving the other side open for fire fighters and equipment.
  2. Each fire warden is responsible for the evacuation of their assigned area, to include restroom checks and the assistance of any disabled employees or visitors in their space.
  3. All faculty are floor wardens and are responsible for making sure students are safely evacuated.
  4. Faculty are responsible for closing their classroom doors and taking their class lists when exiting the classroom.
  5. Staff floor wardens are responsible for the safe exit of employees and visitors in their assigned areas.
  6. Under no circumstances shall any individual be allowed to enter the facility unless the Fire Chief or Police Official has given the "all clear", and the client representative has directed reentry.
  7. Elevators ARE NOT TO BE USED under any circumstances should the following conditions exist:
    1. Fire (contained to this facility)
    2. Natural Gas Leaks (inside the facility)
  8. All individuals present are requested to maintain a calm demeanor during the evacuation as this will help to maintain order during the evacuation process. They are also requested to ensure all necessary doors have been unlocked and not tie up telephone lines.
  9. When exiting the building, individuals should go to the following evacuation gathering locations:
    • If exiting the building from Alumni Hall, proceed south on 15th St. to Lombard St.
    • If exiting the building form College Hall onto Pine St. or Waverly St. proceed east to Broad St.
  10. Once you arrive at the evacuation gathering location, please await further instructions from campus security.
  11. Campus Security will remain in the lobby area to ensure the safe evacuation of the facility and to assist emergency personnel as needed. Once it has been determined the campus is clear, all personnel must evacuate the buildings.

The College's Building Engineer and the Chief Auxiliary Services Officer will coordinate with the Fire Department and/or Law Enforcement in assisting them with floor plans and critical utility service locations.


Graduation Rates

In order for students to make more informed decisions about attending college, Peirce College makes the following completion and graduation rates available in accordance with the federal Student Right-to-Know Act.

The following completion and graduation rates are based upon a limited cohort of 20 first-time, full-time, degree/ certificate-seeking students who entered during the fall 2006 term. Please note that these rates may not be representative of the entire student population of the College. [The graduation rates represent the cohort only and do not include students who completed their degree or certificate after the six-year tracking period, or students who attended the College in a part-time capacity.]


First-time undergraduate student: An entering undergraduate who has never attended an institution of higher education. Includes a student enrolled in the fall term who attended a postsecondary institution for the first time in the prior summer term, and a student who entered with advanced standing (college credit earned before graduation from high school).

Completer: The student completed an AS, BS, or certificate by August 31, 2012.

Normal time: The amount of time necessary for a student to complete all requirements for a degree or certificate according to the College's catalog. This is typically:

  • four years (eight 16-week semesters or 16 eight-week sessions) for a bachelor's degree
  • two years (four 16-week semesters or 8 eight-week sessions) for an associate degree
  • one year (two 16-week semesters or 4 eight-week sessions) for certificate programs

The following formula was used to calculate a completion rate for the fall 2006 entering cohort: Number of entering students who completed their program within 150% of the normal time for completion: six years for a bachelor's degree, three years for an associate's degree, and one and one-half years for a certificate program

25% of the Peirce College 2006 entering cohort graduated within 150% of normal time

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), institutions must disaggregate completion and graduation rates by gender; major racial and ethnic subgroup as defined in IPEDS; recipients of a Federal Pell Grant; recipients of a subsidized Stafford Load who did not receive a Pell Grant; and students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a subsidized Stafford Loan. Click here to access the report ».


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Peirce College Family Educational Rights and Privacy policy explains your rights with respect to your education records at Peirce College. Peirce College complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (FERPA), and makes public notification of the law. This "official notice" is incorporated into the Peirce College Student Handbook (pages 161-162) and is available in the Center for Enrollment Services, the Library, the Walker Center for Academic Excellence and the security desks.

See also: The U.S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office, and General Guidance for Students at


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to date, most reported cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the United States have been acquired during international travel to countries where SARS is being transmitted in the community. In this country, only a small number of suspected or probable cases of SARS have been detected among exposed health-care personnel and household contacts of SARS patients. Casual contact with SARS patients at schools, other institutions, or public gatherings (e.g., attending the same class or meeting) has not resulted in documented transmission in the United States.

Please go to the CDC web site for more information about SARS: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, located at 500 South Broad Street, is an additional resource and may be reached at 215-685-6740.

If you have visited a country that is identified as an area with documented or suspected community transmission of SARS and exhibit symptoms as described by CDC, please contact a Peirce College representative.

  • Students may contact the Walker Center at 215-670-9251 or by email at
  • Peirce employees may contact Human Resources at 215-670-9328 or by email at


Security and Safety Services

This page provides the information necessary to comply with the Campus Security Act of 1990 including the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and includes:

  • The annual Safety Services report, which is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State Police
  • Types and locations, on and off campus, of crimes for the past three years
  • Policy regarding procedures for reporting crimes
  • Policy concerning security of and access to campus facilities
  • Policy concerning campus law enforcement
  • Types of security and crime prevention programs offered:
    • Emergency Telephone Number
    • Identification Cards
    • Safety Tips
    • Walking Escort Service
  • Policy concerning the monitoring of criminal activity at off campus locations
  • Policy concerning the use, sale, and distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs
  • Description of drug and alcohol abuse and sexual assault programs


Sex Offender Registration

Students and employees of Peirce College seeking law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders can visit, an online listing established by the Pennsylvania State Police to provide timely information to the public on Sexually Violent Predators residing in the Commonwealth.

Students and employees may also refer to sex offender registries for Delaware and New Jersey:


New Jersey:


Student Lending Code of Conduct

Peirce College 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 between Peirce College officers, employees or agents and education loan lenders, Peirce College has adopted the following policy.


Summary of 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 attorneys' 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, especially their FAQ's at



A request to drop a course after the assigned drop date will be treated as a "withdrawal." A "W" grade is given to students who officially withdraw from a course on or before the withdrawal date noted in the academic calendar. The "W" grade is not computed into the grade point average. Accordingly, students are responsible for completing the required paperwork to withdraw from a course. The withdrawal form is available from Academic Advisors or online at under the My Advising tab. The completed withdrawal form is submitted to the Academic Advisor. Students cannot withdraw at

Students who wish to withdraw from full-time or part-time study at the College are eligible for a refund of tuition as described in the Student Handbook. By registering, students accept responsibility for paying for the entire term, regardless of the method of payment used and number of days of class attendance. Please refer to the Withdrawal From Class policy found in the Student Handbook.


How to Register to Vote

In order to vote in a local, state, or national election in Pennsylvania, you must register to vote. The Department of State administers voter registration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Information about how to register to vote can be found by clicking on the link Voter Registration Information.