The Student Success Center is pleased to provide you this information that Richland Community College must disseminate under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Listed below is the type of information Richland is required to provide and where the information can be found. Please refer to these “information sources” if you need more information.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy

Richland Community College subscribes to the principles and laws of the State of Illinois and the Federal Government pertaining to civil rights and equal opportunity, including applicable Executive Orders.

Richland Community College policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital or parental status, national origin or ancestry, age, mental and/or physical disabilities (except where they are bona fide occupational qualifications), sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics or conduct.

The College’s nondiscrimination policy applies to the admission and retention of students, recruitment, employment, and retention of faculty and staff, and access to and treatment in the College’s programs and activities.

Complaints alleging violations of this policy should be immediately reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer, as designated by the President. Complaints reported to the EEO Officer will be promptly investigated. In all cases, the investigator will make reasonable attempts to determine the facts pertinent to the complaint by interviewing the parties involved, including the alleged harasser. If the accused is a College employee who is a member of a bargaining unit, the employee may request union representation during the investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, a written report of findings will be prepared and forwarded to the President.

No Retaliation

The College will not retaliate against any person for making a good faith complaint under this policy. Similarly, the College will not retaliate against or discipline any person (other than a person who is found to have violated this policy) who provides truthful information in connection with an investigation. Any employee of the College who retaliates against another employee or student for utilizing the procedure in this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

If any employee believes that he or she has been retaliated against for exercising his or her rights under this policy, the employee should report such conduct immediately to the EEO Officer. Any employee who makes a complaint that he or she knows to be false will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

  • Alex Berry, Title IX Coordinator, Room N117, 217.875.7211, Ext. 6314, aberry@richland.edu
  • Dr. Leanne R. Brooks, Section 504 Coordinator, Room C138, 217.875.7211, Ext. 6379, lbrooks@richland.edu
  • Richland Community College, One College Park, Decatur, IL 62521-8513

Accreditation Information

Richland Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440, https://www.hlcommission.org.

General Information

  • Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
    • In accordance with federal regulations, Richland Community College reports overall graduation and transfer-out rates for a select group of students who entered the college in fall semester 2014. Note that not all students at Richland are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At Richland, 25% of entering students were counted as “full-time, first-time” in fall 2016.
    • The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know” or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” (3 years for a 2-year degree) for completing the program in which they are enrolled. Richland also reports a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.
    • Overall Graduation Rates for students who began studies in Fall 2014 (IPEDS): 40%
    • Overall Transfer-out Rates for students who began studies in Fall 2014: 17%
  • Retention Rates
    • Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall. The percentage of full-time students who began their studies in fall 2015 and returned in fall 2016 was 64%.
  • Student Right to Know Information – National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator
  • Names of associations, agencies, and/or governmental bodies that accredit, approve, or license the school and its programs, and the procedures by which a student may receive a copy for review of the school’s accreditation, licensure or approval
  • Special facilities and services available to disabled students.
  • The costs of attending Richland Community College (tuition & fees, books & supplies, and applicable transportation costs) and any additional costs of the program in which you are enrolled or have expressed an interest
  • Degree programs, training, and other education offered
  • The instructional, laboratory, and other physical plant facilities associated with Richland Community College academic programs
  • List of faculty and other instructional personnel
  • Richland Community College Campus and Extension Sites
    • Richland Community College – One College Park, Decatur IL 62521 (217) 875-7200
    • Clinton Higher Education Center – 140 Sunrise Court, Clinton, IL 61727 (217) 935-6791
  • General institutional issues
    • Student Success Center – (217) 875-7211, ext. 6267
    • Richland Community College Catalog http://www.richland.edu/catalog or in the Student Success Center
    • Richland Homepage: http://www.richland.edu/
    • Richland General Information: http://www.richland.edu/info
    • Contact the Student Success Center for a paper copy – (217) 875-7211, ext. 6267 or the Vice President for Student Services Office – W141 – 875-7211, ext. 6292
  • FERPA Policy – This form describes the College’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Information
    • Richland Community College Catalog http://www.richland.edu/catalog or in the Student Success Center
    • Richland Community College Counselors – 875-7211, ext. 6267
    • Student Engagement Coordinator – 875-7211, ext. 6314
  • Nursing Mothers (pursuant to IL Public Act 92-0068)
    • The College provides a lactation room (located between the LRC and ASC) for students who are nursing mothers.  To use this room, or to set up a schedule for use, please contact the Academic Success Center.
    • Adjunct instructors, and other employees who do not have a private office, may use the lactation room that is located in the Adjunct Faculty Office.  Please speak to the employee on duty to use this room or set up a schedule for use.

Financial Aid Information

  • Types of need-based and non-need based federal financial aid available to Richland Community College Students
  • How students apply for financial aid and how eligibility is determined:
  • How Richland Community College distributes financial aid:
    • Financial Aid disbursement dates & procedures are available on myRichland or in the Student Success Center or by Clicking Here
    • Financial Aid and Veterans’ Affairs Office – Student Success Center – (217) 875-7211, ext. 6271 or 6205
  • The rights and responsibilities of students receiving federal aid:
  • Availability of Federal Student Aid funds for study abroad programs
    • Richland Community College does not have a study abroad program. Richland courses may have sessions out of the US, but courses are Richland courses.
  • Individual State Financial Aid agencies
    • Illinois Student Assistance Commission -1-800-899-4722
    • Financial Aid and Veterans’ Affairs Office, Student Success Center or (217) 875-7211, ext. 6271
  • How to Receive Pell Grant Funds:
    • Richland Community College Catalog http://www.richland.edu/catalog or in the Student Success Center
    • Financial Aid and Veterans’ Affairs Office – Student Success Center – (217) 875-7211, ext. 6271
  • Refund and Return of Title IV Funds:
    • Richland Community College Catalog http://www.richland.edu/catalog or in the Student Success Center
    • Financial Aid and Veterans’ Affairs Office – Student Success Center – (217) 875-7211, ext. 6271 or 6205

Contact Information

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Alex Berry, Title IX Coordinator (aberry@richland.edu) 217.875.7211, ext. 6314

Dr. Leanne Brooks, Section 504 Coordinator (lbrooks@richland.edu) 217.875.7211, ext. 6362
One College Park, Decatur, IL, 62521.

For a copy of the Richland Community College Catalog, contact the Student Success Center at (217) 875-7200, Ext. 6267