Compliance & Accreditation

Mount Mercy University provides the following information in accordance with the disclosure requirements for institutions participating in federal financial aid programs under Title IV. The list contains links to the pages containing the actual information or policies or where to obtain the information if it is not available online.

Compliance & Student Consumer Information

This policy describes acceptable conduct, applicable legal sanctions for unlawful activities, health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs/alcohol and available counseling related to drug or alcohol abuse.

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The annual Campus Safety report meets all compliance standards as established by the federal Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, which is known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The report reflects recent changes and additions to the reporting requirement as specified by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), amendments effective August 2008. This report is available to all current and prospective students and employees. Upon request, a paper copy can be provided by contacting:  Director of Public Safety, Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402.

2018 Clery Act Crime Data (pdf)

Fire Safety Report: The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), amendments effective August 2008, requires that certain information pertaining to the Fire Safety in Student Housing Buildings of current or perspective students and employees be reported on and readily available for viewing by any interested party. The Campus First Safety Annual Compliance Report is the public disclosure report detailing fire safety practices, standards, and all fire-related on-campus statistics. This report is available to all current and prospective students and employees. Upon request, a paper copy can be provided by contacting: Director of Public Safety, Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402.

2018 Fire Data

Compliance with Iowa Sex Offender Registry Law

Emergency Procedures

Fire Emergency Plan

Missing Persons Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students." Paper copies information regarding FERPA, may be obtained by writing the Registrar’s Office, Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402 or by calling 319-363-8213, ext. 1584.

View FERPA webpage

Financial Aid Information

Aid Application Process

Code of Conduct for Educational Loans: This policy addresses the administration and enforcement of a code of conduct governing educational loan activities at Mount Mercy University.
View the extended version of the Financial Code of Conduct

Description of Available Aid

Disbursement of Your Aid Funds

Entrance and Exit Counseling Information

Financial Aid Handbook

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS): Institutions entering into agreement with a potential student, student, or parent of a student regarding a Title IV, HEA loan are required to inform students and parents that the loan will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system

Net Price Calculator

Notice of Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Price of Attendance

Private Education Loan Disclosures

Refund Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress

State Grant Assistance

Student Loan Information: The Department of Education provides information regarding loan availability as well as rights and responsibilities of students and institutions under Title IV, HEA loan programs.

Program of Study Abroad: If a student is studying or planning to study abroad, he/she must visit with a staff member of the Student Financial Services Office early in the process to determine what aid can be applied to the student’s study abroad program and to complete the appropriate forms. Many federal grants and loans in the package may apply to the student’s study abroad program. Mount Mercy institutional funding and state aid may apply to the study abroad program. Whether portions of a student’s financial aid will transfer, depends upon the type of aid that has been awarded and the cost of the study abroad program. In general, enrollment in a study abroad program that is approved for credit by Mount Mercy may be considered “enrollment” for purposes of a student applying for federal financial aid.

Retention

Completion/Graduation Rate: Each year Mount Mercy University provides information on graduation and completion rates for a specific cohort of students. This information is gathered annually in compliance with the Student Right-to-Know Act. Graduation and completion rates are calculated for full time, first-time undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the length of their program; students pursuing a traditional, four-year bachelor’s degree would be expected to graduate within a six-year time frame. The detailed information regarding (Link to student right to know saved on desktop) graduation rates may be reviewed in the Registrar’s Office, 213 Warde Hall. For questions, appointments should be made with Chance McWorthy, Registrar. 

Graduation Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid

Records Retention Policy

Title IXGender-Based Misconduct Policy: This policy details Mount Mercy University 's policy and procedures regarding gender and sex-based discrimination, harassment, and abuse.

Title IX Coordinator: This page details information regarding compliance and Mount Mercy University's Title IX Coordinator.

Vaccination Policy

Employment and Graduate School Placement Rates: Mount Mercy University offers career development services to its students and graduates. Each year approximately nine months after graduation, data on graduates is collected included employment status, employer information, and graduate school placement. 

Accreditation: See top of this webpage

Academic Programs: Information concerning Mount Mercy’s academic programs is found in the University Catalog.  

Articulation Agreements

File Sharing and the Higher Education Opportunity Act: Mount Mercy is committed to combatting copyright infringement and illegal file sharing and is obligated to comply with legislation outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act regarding unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

Copyright Policy

Faculty Data

Improper Usage Policy: Mount Mercy encourages proper computer usage as a tool to further its teaching, scholarly research, and service goals. The following linked document outlines the basic expectations of how the student will interact with the campus computing systems.

Planned Academic Improvements

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Teacher Preparation: Mount Mercy University prepares teachers for initial state certification and provides an annual report to the State of Iowa.

Transfer Credit Policies

Veteran Information

Athletic Program Participation: The annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report (EADA) includes information on participation rates, financial support, and other information on men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs. Upon request, a paper copy can be provided by contacting: Athletic Director’s Office, Hennessey 302, Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402.

College Navigator Website: The Department of Education is required to post 26 items on the College Navigator website for each institution, including a link to the institution’s website that provides “in an easily accessible manner” information on student activities offered by the institution; information on services offered by the institution for individuals with disabilities; information on career and placement services offered to students during and after enrollment; and policies of the institution related to transfer of credit from other Institutions.

Diversity of Student Body

Information for Prospective Students and Student Athletes

Services Provided to Students with Disabilities: Mount Mercy University complies with the federal mandates outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Mount Mercy accepts students who are able to engage in college level studies and who meet the admission criteria. Students with disabilities who wish to receive support services should contact the Disabilities Services Coordinator in the Academic Center for Excellence (319) 363-1323, ext.1204. Services may include assistance with note taking, alternative testing, or other accommodations deemed reasonable and necessary by qualified professionals. A student requesting services should provide documentation of a disability in order to receive any services.

Student Activities

Student Consumer Complaint Process: Mount Mercy University seeks to resolve all student complaints in a timely and effective manner.  Complaints should first be filed internally and then if an issue cannot be resolved can be filed externally through the Student Consumer Complaint Process.

Textbook Price Information: Current students may log into their Brightspace account and use the Campus Store link to access the Textbook system.

Voter Registration: Voter registration materials can be found in the Reference section of Busse Library or in the Student Services Suite located in the University Center. Use this link to access Iowa’s Absentee Ballot guidelines.

Privacy & Refund Policy

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for www.mtmercy.edu.  This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this web site.  It will notify you of the following:

  • What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.  
  • The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information. 
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you.  We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us.  We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about special opportunities, new services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time.  You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

Refund Policy

By making a charitable gift to the Mount Mercy University, the donor understands that charitable donations are not refundable.

Security

We take precautions to protect your information.  When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way.  You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information.  The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 319-363-1323 or via email webmaster@mtmercy.edu

Accreditation

Mount Mercy University is accredited by:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street
    Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411
    Phone: (800) 621-7440

  • COAMFTE
    The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    112 South Alfred St
    Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
    Phone: (703) 253-0473

  • The Council on Social Work Education
    1725 Duke Street
    Suite 500
    Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

  • Iowa Board of Nursing
    400 S.W. 8th Street
    Suite B
    Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    One Dupont Circle NW
    Suite 530
    Washington, DC 20036

  • Mount Mercy University is approved by the Iowa Department of Education (Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA  50319-0146) to offer programs leading to teacher certification in both elementary and secondary education and endorsements in several areas including early childhood education, Strategist I K-6 and 7-12 and Strategist II K-12

 

Mount Mercy University is registered to operate in Iowa by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and approved by the Commission to participate in the interstate distance education reciprocity program, SARA. Students who have questions or complaints about the University may contact the Commission at (877) 272-4456 or via the online student dispute resolution form.