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Consumer Information & Compliance

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

Acceptable Use Policy

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 Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment, at 215-670-9270.


Accreditation and Licensing

The College is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to award Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, phone 267-284-5000, email: info@msche.org, Spanish: espanolinfo@msche.org. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits the Business Administration and Accounting programs. 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 Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment, at 215-670-9270.


Alcohol and Drugs

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.

Please visit the Alcohol and Drugs Policy page for complete information.


Alumni Graduate Education Information

Interested in what schools our graduates attend for graduate school? View our Graduate and Professional Education statistics for more.


Articulation Agreements with Higher Education Institutions

Learn what schools Peirce has articulation agreements with, including high schools, community colleges, and graduate schools.


Attendance and Participation Policy

For information on the Peirce College Attendance and Participation Policy, click here.


Bookstore

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


Career Services

Learn how Peirce can help prepare you for your future career with our Career Development Services department.


Complaint Process

For information on the Peirce College complaint process, as well as links to state and accreditation complaints, please click here.


Copyright Infringement

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.

Please visit the Copyright Infringement page for complete information.


Costs of Attending

The Tuition & Financial Aid section of this 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

Degree Programs and Catalogs

Access the current Peirce College catalogs containing 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.

Pleave visit the Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures page for complete information.


Equal Opportunity/Title IX

Peirce College is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The College is committed to ensuring equal opportunity in all employment decisions, policies and practices and in connection with all educational programs and activities (including but not limited to recruitment, admissions, access to programs and course offerings, counseling, financial aid and scholarships, employment, use of facilities and College-sponsored extracurricular activities). 

Please visit the Equal Opportunity/Title IX page for complete information.


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 here.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

Please click the following links for information on where our Paralegal Studies and Medical Coding certificate-level graduates are finding employment.


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.

Please visit the Graduation Rates page for complete information.


IPEDS Retention Rates

Click here to see our retention rates for first-time undergraduate students who enroll in the fall semester.


Leave of Absence Policy

For information on the Peirce College Leave of Absence Policy, click here.


Nondiscrimination

Peirce College is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The College is committed to ensuring equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities (including but not limited to recruitment, admissions, access to programs and course offerings, counseling, financial aid and scholarships, employment, use of facilities and College-sponsored extracurricular activities).

Read the College's full Annual Public Notice of Nondiscrimination here.


Refund and Return of Title IV Funds Policy

For information on the Peirce College Refund and Return of Title IV Funds Policy, click here.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

For information on the Peirce College Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy, click here.


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 Security 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 sexual violence (awareness, prevention and response)
  • 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 the Megan's Law website, 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.


Sexual Violence Policy/Title IX

Peirce College does not tolerate any form of sexual violence or sexual harassment, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, rape, stalking or any other form of sexual offense. These behaviors are more generally addressed in the College’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, set forth under the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, which appears in the Handbook for the Employees of Peirce College as well as under Equal Opportunity, which appears in the Student Policy Handbook. Information provided in this Policy is intended to supplement and reinforce the College’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment.

Please visit the Sexual Violence Policy/Title IX page for complete information.


Student Body Diversity

Peirce’s student body is a diverse group of students from all ages and backgrounds. For detailed information on diversity relating to Federal Pell Grants, please click here.


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.


Transfer Credit Policy

Peirce welcomes students who wish to transfer credits from other intuitions. Learn about the College’s criteria for transfer credits here.


Voter Registration

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.


Withdrawal

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 https://my.peirce.edu under the My Advising tab. The completed withdrawal form is submitted to the Academic Advisor. Students cannot withdraw at my.peirce.edu.

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.