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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 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 Documents

Student Handbook

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 [link to 1.8], 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. 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.

 

Alcohol and Drug Policy Documents

Student Handbook

Employee Handbook Section G (secure access)

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

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.

Bookstore

The Peirce College Online Store offers students a high-capacity electronic commerce system over the Internet employing the latest Internet security technology. Through eCampus.com, 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.

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, especially their FAQs.

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.

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 or the College website. 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)

Lockdown

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, the Peirce College website 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, the Peirce College website 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.

Evacuation

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:

    1. If exiting the building from Alumni Hall, proceed south on 15th St. to Lombard St.

    2. 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.

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).

The College will not engage in or tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, color, disability, marital status, familial status, veteran status, ancestry, genetic characteristics, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, creed, citizenship, sexual orientation, military status or any other protected classifications in its employment, admissions, programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other applicable statutes and College policies. 

The College’s Policy on equal employment opportunity supports and is consistent with the College's commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusiveness. Diversity means not only membership in the various "protected groups" identified above but also diversity in experience, perspective, ideas, style and contacts. We believe that we are much stronger as a College as a result of the richness of our diversity and strive to ensure that we have policies and practices that are respectful of diversity and promote inclusion. 

Please visit the Equal Opportunity/Title IX webpage for complete information on policies, resources and contact information.

The Vice President, Human Resources/Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer has been designated as Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (including policies prohibiting harassment and retaliation) and to serve as the overall campus coordinator for purposes of Equal Opportunity and Title IX compliance and is available at 3R Alumni Hall, hsgolen@peirce.edu and/or (215) 670-9328.

In addition, the following individuals have been designated as Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

For prospective or current employees, the Human Resources Generalist will serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for employee-related matters and is available at 3R Alumni Hall, dmjuarez@peirce.edu or (215) 670-9217; and

For prospective or current students, the Assistant Dean, Student Support Services will serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for student-related matters and is available at 2R Alumni Hall, ahnuriddin@peirce.edu or (215) 670-9423. 

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and related statutes and regulations:

For prospective or current employees, the Chief Employee Services/Risk Management Officer is a member of the Human Resources Department, is available at 3R Alumni Hall, akmurphy@peirce.edu or (215) 670-9277; and

For prospective or current students, the Facilitator, Perkins Grant/Student Disability Services Coordinator is available at the Mary W. Walker '33 Center for Academic Excellence, 2 Alumni Hall, mlsilver@peirce.edu or (215) 670-9251. 

Inquiries concerning the application of anti-discrimination laws may be referred to the Title IX coordinators or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education. For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit the Office for Civil Rights website for the address and phone number of the U.S. Department of Education Office that serves your area or call 1(800) 421-3481.

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.

The following completion and graduation rates are based upon a limited cohort of 9 first-time, full-time, degree/ certificate-seeking students who entered during the fall 2008 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.]


Definitions

First-time undergraduate student: An entering undergraduate who has never attended an institution of higher education. This 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, 2014.

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 2008 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 divided by total adjusted entering cohort.

40% of the Peirce College 2008 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. 

IPEDS Retention Rates

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

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.

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 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. The College is committed to preventing the occurrence of such sexual offenses which includes any sexual act directed at another person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.  The College is also committed to offering educational programs to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic and dating violence, stalking and forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, as well as taking appropriate actions in the event a sexual assault is reported. Such offenses may also violate federal, state and local laws and those who engage in such acts may be subject to criminal prosecution.      

Complaints of sexual violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or rape and other sexual offenses, as well as sexual harassment can also be communicated to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the College’s compliance with Title IX and overseeing the College’s review, investigation and resolution of allegations of sexual violence and other sexual offenses. The Vice President, Human Resources/Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer who also serves as the Title IX Coordinator is available at 3R Alumni Hall, hsgolen@peirce.edu or (215) 670-9328.

Please visit the Sexual Violence/Title IX  webpage for complete information on policies, resources and contact information.

In addition, the following individuals have been designated as Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

  • For prospective or current employees, the Human Resources Generalist will serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for employee-related matters and is available at 3R Alumni Hall, dmjuarez@peirce.edu or (215) 670-9217; and 
  • For prospective or current students, the Assistant Dean, Student Support Services will serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for student related matters and is available at 2R Alumni Hall, ahnuriddin@peirce.edu or (215) 670-9423. 

Inquiries concerning the application of anti-discrimination laws may be referred to the Title IX Coordinators or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.  For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, click here for the address and phone number of the U.S. Department of Education Office that serves your area or call 1 (800) 421-3481.

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.