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Consumer Information Center


Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. (Vatterott) owns and operates the Vatterott College, Vatterott Career College, L'Ecole Culinaire, and Court Reporting Institute schools, all licensed and accredited postsecondary institutions. The Consumer Information Center is intended to supplement the information provided in our schools' Campus Catalogs and other publications. In many instances, this website indicates where additional information relating to a subject may be located, either in one of our school's publications, on a school's website, or on a third-party website (e.g., the College Navigator website maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics). This website also serves to notify current and prospective students regarding the availability and location of consumer information in accordance with certain state and federal laws applicable to our schools. For assistance with any of the consumer information discussed herein, prospective and current students may contact the Campus Director at any of our schools during regular business hours. Requests also may be e-mailed to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Catalogs
The Campus Catalog for each Vatterott school contains a wide variety of consumer information, including information relating to academic programs, facilities, courses, costs, financial aid, and institutional policies.  To view the Campus Catalog for the Vatterott school you are interested in attending, please visit our www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

Questions relating to Campus Catalogs may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Entities that Accredit, License, or Approve the Institution
The names of the organizations that accredit, approve, or license each Vatterott school and its programs are detailed in the current Campus Catalog for that location, along with contact information for each such organization.  The Campus Catalog for each Vatterott school is available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

The College also will make available upon request a copy of each school’s accreditation, licensure, or approval documentation. To request a copy of any such documentation, students should submit a written request to the appropriate Campus Director or via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu
Cost of Attending the Institution
The institutional costs associated with attending each Vatterott school (e.g., tuition, fees, books and supplies) are detailed in the current Campus Catalog for each location.  As noted above, the Campus Catalogs for all Vatterott schools are available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

In addition, Vatterott maintains a distinct webpage for each program of study at each school.  Each such “Program Page” provides a wealth of information, including both the institutional costs of enrolling in the program and estimates of the living expenses students typically incur (e.g., transportation, room and board).

To locate a specific Program Page for Vatterott College or Vatterott Career College, visit www.vatterott.edu/programs.asp.  To locate a specific Program Page for L’Ecole Culinaire or the Court Reporting Institutes, visit www.lecole.edu or www.cri.edu, respectively.  Once there, navigate to the Campus Page for the campus you are interested in attending.  Each Campus Page lists all the programs offered at that school.  Simply select the program of your choice, and you will be directed to the appropriate Program Page, which includes the information discussed above.

Questions relating to institutional costs may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Programs of Study Offered at the Institution
The academic programs, training, and other education offered at each Vatterott school are detailed in the location’s current Campus Catalog, available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

In addition, Vatterott maintains a distinct webpage for each program of study at each location.  Each such “Program Page” provides a wealth of information, including a detailed description of the program, cost and financing information, graduation and employment rates, and information concerning potential occupational paths for program graduates.

To locate a specific Program Page for Vatterott College or Vatterott Career College, visit www.vatterott.edu/programs.asp.  To locate a specific Program Page for L’Ecole Culinaire or the Court Reporting Institutes, visit www.lecole.edu or www.cri.edu, respectively.  Once there, navigate to the Campus Page for the campus you are interested in attending.  Each Campus Page lists all the programs offered at that school.  Simply select the program of your choice, and you will be directed to the appropriate Program Page, which includes the information discussed above.

We encourage prospective students to explore the Program Pages at each campus, and to return if considerable time has passed since your last visit, as Vatterott is always adding new programs, and working to revise and strengthen existing ones.  Indeed, it is Vatterott’s right, and responsibility, to continually consider changes in program content, materials, schedules, sequences of courses in programs, or location in the interest of improving our student’s education experience, or where deemed necessary due to industry changes, academic scheduling, or professional requirements.  Students may inquire as to whether any plans exist for improving or otherwise altering a particular program at a Vatterott location by contacting the Campus Director, or emailing their inquiry to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
School Facilities Associated with Academic Programs
Central to the mission of Vatterott is the provision of hands-on, technical training that prepares graduates to enter the workforce ready to practice their chosen trade or vocation.  For this reason, we expend considerable resources ensuring that our facilities include appropriate equipment and space for lecture, lab, and study.  Information regarding the instructional, lab, and related facilities available at each Vatterott location is provided in the school’s current Campus Catalog, available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

Questions relating to facilities and programs may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Textbook Information
On-ground students attending Vatterott schools can locate textbook and related information for each course in their course syllabi.  Online students will receive an email with textbook and related information. 

Questions relating to textbook information may be directed to your campus Director of Education or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Career Services
Vatterott does not and cannot guarantee that its graduates will obtain employment, or employment in any particular field.  Vatterott schools are committed, however, to fully preparing graduates to enter the workforce, and staff a Career Services department entirely for the purpose of assisting students with their job search.  Indeed, providing students with the skills and training they need to embark on a successful career is at the very core of Vatterott’s mission. 

As noted above, Vatterott maintains a distinct webpage for each program of study at each location.  Each Program Page includes, among other things, employment or placement rates for the program, as reported in the school’s most recent annual reports to its accreditor, and information concerning potential occupational paths for program graduates.  For each occupational path, the Program Page also provides links to occupational profiles on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET website.

Questions relating to career services may be directed to your campus Career Services department or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu. To learn more about, visit our Career services web page here: http://www.vatterott.edu/careers.asp
Campus Faculty and Other Instructional Personnel
Individuals may request the names of the faculty and instructional personnel employed at a Vatterott College location from the appropriate Campus Director, or by emailing consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.  In addition, the names of the administrative staff and faculty employed at certain Vatterott locations are included in the location’s Campus Catalog.  The Campus Catalogs for all Vatterott locations are available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

Questions relating to faculty may be directed to your campus Director of Education or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Student Achievement (Graduation, Retention, Employment, and Placement Rates)
Federal Student-Right-to-Know Graduation Rate: Pursuant to the Student Right-to-Know Act, Vatterott determines and makes available each year the graduation rate of certificate or degree-seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students.  It’s important to note that the Student Right-to-Know graduation rate is calculated at the school level.  In other words, there is one rate for the entire school, not a rate for each specific program.  Certain institutions also are required to calculate and distribute graduation or completion rates for students receiving athletically related student aid, as well as transfer-out rates.  These requirements are not applicable to Vatterott. 

The Student Right-to-Know rate is based on a "cohort” study; that is, a group of students who are first-time freshmen who are enrolled full-time and are degree-seeking is identified in a fall term and their graduation rate is measured over a period of time (i.e., the total number of students in the cohort who earn either a degree, a certificate, or who successfully completed a two-year-equivalent transfer-preparatory program).  The rate does not include students who left the school to serve in the armed forces, on official church missions, or in the foreign service of the federal government.  Students who died or were totally and permanently disabled also are excluded.

The most recent Student-Right-to-Know graduation rate for each Vatterott school is available on Vatterott’s website at www.vatterott.edu/right2know.  Current and prospective students also may request a copy of any Vatterott location’s Student-Right-to-Know disclosure from the Campus Director, or by emailing consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.

Notably, the Student-Right-to-Know graduation rate for each Vatterott location also is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website, located at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/.  In addition to providing the overall graduation rate, the College Navigator website also provides the Student-Right-to-Know graduation rate disaggregated by:

  • Gender
  • Major racial and ethnic subgroup (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education)
  • Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
  • Recipients of a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant
  • Students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or subsidized Stafford Loan
Federal On-Time Graduation Rate: Beginning July 1, 2011, in accordance with federal regulations, Vatterott will make available an “On-Time Graduation Rate” for each program.  This rate is calculated using the following, federal methodology:
  • Determine the number of students who completed the program during the most recently completed award year;
  • Determine the number of such students who completed the  program within normal time, regardless of whether the students transferred into the program or changed programs at the institution; and
  • Divide the number of students who completed the program within normal time by the total number of students who completed the program and multiplying the result by 100.

Vatterott maintains a Program Page for each program of study at each Vatterott location that includes the program’s current Federal On-Time Graduation Rate.  To locate a specific Program Page for Vatterott College or Vatterott Career College, visit www.vatterott.edu/programs.asp.  To locate a specific Program Page for L’Ecole Culinaire or the Court Reporting Institutes, visit www.lecole.edu or www.cri.edu, respectively.  Once there, navigate to the Campus Page for the campus you are interested in attending.  Each Campus Page lists all the programs offered at that school.  Simply select the program of your choice, and you will be directed to the appropriate Program Page, which includes the information discussed above.

Federal Retention Rate: In accordance with federal law, Vatterott College also must make available the retention rates it reports to the U.S. Department of Education.  The Federal Retention Rate, as defined by the Department, is a measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program at an institution, expressed as a percentage.  More specifically, each year it is the percentage of first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students from the previous fall who either re-enrolled or successfully completed their program by the current fall.  Like the Student-Right-to-Know graduation rate, the Federal Retention Rate is calculated at the school level (i.e., there is one rate for the entire school, not a rate for each specific program).

The Federal Retention Rate for each Vatterott College location is available on the College’s website at www.vatterott.edu/right2know, and on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website, located at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/.  Current and prospective students also may request a copy of any Vatterott location’s Student-Right-to-Know disclosure from the Campus Director, or by emailing consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.

ACCSC Graduation & Employment Rates:  All locations of Vatterott College, Vatterott Career College, and L’Ecole Culinaire are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.  The Commission requires each Vatterott location that it accredits to calculate a graduation rate and an employment rate each year, for each program offered, which the institution submits in its Annual Report to ACCSC.  These rates are calculated in accordance with the timeframes and methodology set forth in the ACCSC Standards of Accreditation, a current copy of which may be obtained http://www.accsc.org/Content/Accreditation/StandardsofAccreditation/Standards.asp.  As discussed in the Standards, a school demonstrates successful student achievement by maintaining graduation and employment rates that meet or exceed certain “Benchmark Rates” established by the Commission. 

Graduation and employment rate disclosures for Vatterott schools accredited by ACCSC are available on Vatterott’s website at www.vatterott.edu/outcomes.  In addition, as discussed above, Vatterott maintains a Program Page at each location.  Each Program Page sets out the graduation and employment for all programs, as most recently reported to ACCSC.  In addition, the Program Page provides the ACCSC Benchmark Rates that apply to each program, thus enabling students to quickly determine whether programs are meeting or exceeding the expectations set by the Commission. 

ACICS Retention & Placement Rates:  All locations of the Court Reporting Institutes are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.  The Council requires each Court Reporting Institutes location that it accredits to calculate a retention rate and a placement rate each year, for each program offered, which the institution submits in its Campus Accountability Report to ACICS.  These rates are calculated in accordance with the timeframes and methodology set forth in the ACICS Accreditation Criteria, a current copy of which may be obtained by clicking here. As discussed in the Criteria, a school demonstrates successful student achievement by maintaining retention and placement rates that meet or exceed certain “Benchmark Rates” established by the Council. 

Retention and placement rate disclosures for Vatterott schools accredited by ACICS are available on Vatterott’s website at www.vatterott.edu/outcomes.  In addition, as discussed above, Vatterott maintains a Program Page at each location.  Each Program Page sets out the retention and placement rates for all programs, as reported in the location’s most recent Campus Accountability Report.  In addition, the Program Page provides the ACICS Benchmark Rates that apply to each program, thus enabling students to quickly determine whether programs are meeting or exceeding the expectations set by the Council.


Additionally, students attending Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee should also be aware of the following:

Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee are authorized for operation as postsecondary educational institutions by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee, please visit http://tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

State Student Achievement Rates: Vatterott locations in certain states also calculate student achievement rates in accordance with the laws of the state in which they are located. 

Questions relating to student achievement rates may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.

Services for Disabled Students
Vatterott is committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities, consistent with its obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Accordingly, Vatterott does not discriminate on the basis of disability against otherwise-qualified individuals in any program, service, or activity offered by a Vatterott school, and strives to ensure that no otherwise-qualified individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids or other appropriate services.  However, accommodations cannot result in an undue burden to Vatterott or fundamentally alter the requirements essential to a program of instruction.

Prospective and current students should refer to the “Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities” section of the Campus Catalog for additional, detailed information regarding the services available to disabled students attending a Vatterott location.  The Campus Catalogs for all Vatterott locations are available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

In addition, individuals with any questions or concerns about this policy may contact the Director of Education at their local campus, or the Corporate Administrator of Student Affairs via email at studentaffairs@vatterott.edu.
Immunization Policy
Vatterott schools do not generally require specific immunizations beyond those requirements that may be imposed by federal or state law.  However, if we determine that a public health situation has developed that warrants the implementation of mandatory immunization requirements, those requirements will be communicated as quickly as possible.  In addition, Vatterott reserves the right to take steps to limit or restrict an individual’s access to any campus or to require medical documentation as reasonably necessary to verify that an individual does not pose a substantial risk to the community due to communicable disease.

In accordance with Tennessee Department of Health Rule 1200-14-1-.29, all students enrolled in one of Vatterott’s Tennessee schools on a full time basis on or after August 1, 2011, must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox), and health science students also must be immunized against hepatitis B.  Vatterott’s full Immunization Policy for its Tennessee schools may be accessed by clicking here.  In order to comply with this Policy, students enrolling in one of Vatterott’s Tennessee schools will need to complete a Documentation of Immunization for Tennessee Students form, which is available here.

If you have any questions regarding our Immunization policy, please do not hesitate to contact Vatterott’s Administrator of Student Affairs via email at studentaffairs@vatterott.edu.

Transfer of Credit
Prospective and current students should never assume:

  • that a Vatterott school will accept credits earned at another institution; or
  • that another institution will accept credits earned at a Vatterott school.

Prospective and current students seeking additional information regarding whether a Vatterott school will accept credits earned at another institution should consult their Campus Catalog, which details the process by which Vatterott evaluates a student’s previous education and training and, where appropriate, accepts credit on transfer.  Prospective students are strongly advised to obtain confirmation that the Vatterott school they are interested in attending will accept credit earned at another institution before executing their enrollment agreement.

Prospective and current students seeking additional information regarding whether another institution will accept credits earned at a Vatterott location should be advised that Vatterott does not and cannot guarantee that credits earned at a Vatterott location will be accepted by or transferable to any other college, university, or educational institution.  As stated above, it should never be assumed that another institution will accept credits earned at a Vatterott school.  Each postsecondary institution has its own policies governing the acceptance of credit from other institutions.  Accordingly, prospective students are strongly encourage to contact any institution to which they may want to transfer credits earned at a Vatterott school prior to executing their enrollment agreement to determine if such institutions will accept their credits on transfer.  Similarly, current students wishing to transfer credits earned at a Vatterott school to another institution should contact the other institution to confirm whether it will accept credits earned at Vatterott. 

Additionally, students attending Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee should also be aware of the following:

Credits earned at Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee. You should obtain confirmation that Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. schools in the State of Tennessee before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Additional information regarding the transfer of credit to other institutions is available in the Campus Catalog.  Campus Catalogs for all Vatterott locations are available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs

Questions relating to transfer of credit may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Articulation Agreements
In some circumstances, one or more Vatterott schools may enter into a written agreement with another postsecondary institution pursuant to which certain courses or programs are assessed and pre-approved for transferability.  Information regarding such agreements, frequently called “articulation agreements” can be found here. Individuals seeking information relating to articulation agreements also may contact their Campus Director or Director of Education, or email their inquiry to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.

Prospective and current students should be advised that Vatterott does not and cannot guarantee that credits earned at an institution operated by Vatterott will be accepted by or transferable to any other college, university, or educational institution, even where an articulation agreement is in place.  Accordingly, individuals are strongly encouraged to contact any institution to which they may want to transfer credits earned at a Vatterott school to confirm that the institution will accept their credits on transfer, consistent with any existing articulation agreement. Questions relating to articulation agreements may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
College Navigator Website
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, is the primary federal entity responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to postsecondary education in the United States.  Each year, NCES collects a broad range of information from postsecondary institutions through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.  Much of this information is then sorted, organized, and presented to the public on the College Navigator website, which is managed by NCES. 

The College Navigator website is located at the following URL: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator.  To view information relating to the Vatterott school you are interested in attending, type the name of the school into the appropriate space in the upper left-hand corner of the webpage.
Gainful Employment Disclosures
Federal regulations that went into effect on July 1, 2011, include a provision that requires postsecondary institutions to disclose to prospective students certain information about each of their “gainful employment” programs.  For institutions like the Vatterott schools, a program is a gainful employment program if eligible students enrolled in the program can obtain federal financial aid.  The specific information that must be disclosed for each gainful employment program is as follows:

  • The name and U.S. Department of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code of the occupations that the program prepares students to enter, along with links to occupational profiles on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET Web site or its successor site.
  • The on-time graduation rate for students completing the program.
  • The tuition and fees the institution charges a student for completing the program within normal time.
  • The typical costs for books and supplies (unless those costs are included as part of tuition and fees), and the cost of room and board, if applicable.
  • The job placement rate for students completing the program.
  • The median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program.

Vatterott maintains a distinct webpage, or “Program Page,” for each gainful employment program offered at each school.  To locate a specific Program Page for Vatterott College or Vatterott Career College, visit www.vatterott.edu/programs.asp.  To locate a specific Program Page for L’Ecole Culinaire or the Court Reporting Institutes, visit www.lecole.edu or www.cri.edu, respectively.  Once there, navigate to the Campus Page for the campus you are interested in attending.  Each Campus Page lists all the programs offered at that school.  Simply select the program of your choice, and you will be directed to the appropriate Program Page, which includes the information discussed above.
Student Body Diversity
Pursuant to federal law, colleges and universities must make available to current and prospective students information about student body diversity, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time students in the following categories:

  • Male
  • Female
  • Self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group
  • Federal Pell Grant recipients

This and additional information relating to the student body diversity at each Vatterott location can be accessed on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website, located at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator.  To view information relating to the Vatterott school you are interested in attending, type the name of the school into the appropriate space in the upper left-hand corner of the webpage.     

Questions relating to student body diversity may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Vatterott seeks to ensure the accuracy and privacy of student records.  To this end, our organization adheres to the guidelines of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), as amended, a federal law that protects student information and affords students who are currently or were formerly enrolled, regardless of their age or status in regard to parental dependency, the following rights with respect to their education records.

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the institution receives a request for access. 
  • The right to request the amendment of education records the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
  • The right to provide written consent before the institution discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Following, we have set out a more detailed discussion of each of these rights and guidance regarding the manner in which they may be exercised.
  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the institution receives a request for access.

    With certain exceptions, an “education record” is defined under FERPA as any record (1) from which a student can be personally identified and (2) that is maintained by the institution.

    A student wishing to inspect his or her education records should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect.  The school will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.  If the records are not maintained by the Registrar, the Registrar will advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

    Copies of requested educational records will only be provided in the event that circumstances effectively prevent a student from exercising the right to inspect and review the education records requested and no other feasible arrangements can be made. In such instances, a fee may be charged to cover the production of copies.

    The right to request the amendment of education records the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

    To question the accuracy of education records, students should first informally confer with the custodian or originator of the record at issue.  A student who then wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record that he or she believes should be amended and the basis for why it should be amended.

    If the school decides not to amend the record, it will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing with school officials regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

    Note: The above procedure shall not be available to challenge the validity of a grade or score given by an instructor or any other decision by an instructor or official, but only whether the recording of such grade or decision is accurate or complete.

    The right to provide written consent before the institution discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    Students may consent to their school disclosing personally identifiable information from the student’s education record to a third party.  This consent must be made to the Registrar, in writing, signed and dated by the student, and must (1) specify the records to be disclosed, (2) state the purpose of the disclosure, (3) and identify the party to whom the disclosure is to be made.  This release requirement is applicable to disclosures to parents or other family members who inquire about a student’s education record.

    To facilitate this process, Vatterott has created a Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Release, which may be downloaded here, or obtained in hard copy from the Registrar.  A fee may be imposed for copying a student’s record(s) in connection with such a disclosure or release.

    Significantly, there are instances in which a school is permitted to disclose a student’s education records without consent.  Examples of such instances include, but are not limited to: responding to school officials with a legitimate educational interest; in compliance with a judicial order or pursuant to a lawfully issued subpoena; to officials of another school in which the student is enrolled or seeks or intends to enroll (in these cases Vatterott intends to forward the information upon request); in the event of a health or safety emergency involving the student; or to parties otherwise authorized to receive the information pursuant to FERPA.

    FERPA also permits institutions, within established guidelines, to disclose without a student’s consent information the institution deems “directory information.” This provision of FERPA enables institutions to provide beneficial services to students such as verifying enrollment for insurance purposes, verifying degrees earned for employment purposes, providing basic contact information so that students may contact each other, and so on.  Vatterott has identified the following items as “directory information”: name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, major field of study, credit hours earned, degrees earned, honors and awards received, participation in official school activities, and most recent previous educational agency or institution. 

    Students may request that directory information not be released.  To request restriction of directory information, students should complete a Request to Restrict Release of Student Directory Information form, which may be downloaded here, or obtained in hard copy from the Registrar. 

    The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
Students wishing to file complaints relating to FERPA matters may submit such complaints to the following office of the U.S. Department of Education, which administers FERPA:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20202-5901

In addition, Vatterott encourages students to file any such complaints or concerns with their school pursuant to the Student Grievance Policy located in the school’s Campus Catalog.

Students with questions regarding their rights pursuant to FERPA, or desiring additional guidance concerning the appropriate manner in which to exercise such rights at their school, can contact Student Affairs via email at studentaffairs@vatterott.edu, or email their inquiry to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Drug Abuse Prevention
Vatterott is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for its students, faculty, staff, and guests.  Abuse of alcohol and other drugs disrupts this environment, interfering with the academic and personal development of our students, and the personal and professional development of our employees.  For this reason, as a matter of policy, Vatterott prohibits the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, sale, dispensation, or distribution of controlled substances and the possession or use of alcohol by students and employees on its property or at any Vatterott school activity. 

Any violation of these policies will result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion in the case of students and termination in the case of employees, even for a first offense.  Violations of the law also will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.  It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21.  The possession of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal.

Students or employees also may be referred to abuse help centers.  If such a referral is made, continued enrollment or employment will be subject to successful completion of any prescribed counseling or treatment program. 

Information regarding Vatterott’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program and policies may be obtained from each Vatterott school’s Financial Aid Office.  In addition, Vatterott’s drug and alcohol abuse policy and prevention materials are available in electronic form here: Court Reporting | L'Ecole Culinaire | Vatterott

Questions relating to Vatterott’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program and policies may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Campus Safety and Security
Campus security and safety are important issues in postsecondary education.  In recognition of this fact, and in keeping with applicable federal requirements, each Vatterott school publishes each year a Campus Safety and Security Report.  This Report discloses information concerning campus safety and security policies and procedures, as well as statistics regarding certain types of crimes reported to the campus and local law enforcement during the prior calendar year.  Among other things, each Report includes policies and procedures relating to:

  • Security Awareness
  • Security of and Access to Campus Facilities
  • Campus Law Enforcement
  • Possession, Use, and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages of Illegal Drugs
  • Sex Offenses and Offenders
  • Reporting of Crimes and Emergencies
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Crime Statistics

This Report thus provides students, prospective students, employees, and prospective employees with key information regarding the security of the campus and surrounding areas, and ultimately, creates a safer, more secure campus environment.

The most recent Campus Safety and Security Reports for all Vatterott schools can be found here: www.vatterott.edu/security.  To request a paper copy of the Campus Safety and Security Report for a specific campus, or for assistance with any of the information discussed therein, individuals may contact the Campus Director or send their request via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Copyright Infringement
In an effort to make all members of the Vatterott community aware of the serious consequences related to the unauthorized use of copyrighted material, and to explain the policies and procedures Vatterott follows in responding to notifications of alleged copyright infringements involving the Vatterott network, Vatterott created and adopted its Anti-Copyright Infringement Policy, the full text of which is available here: Download the Copyright Policy

As the Policy articulates, Vatterott strictly prohibits, including on its computer systems or networks, any and all forms of copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other intellectual property infringement, including but not limited to using any copyrighted names, texts, or images, offering pirated computer programs or links to such programs, serial or registration numbers for software programs, copyrighted music, or similar content.  Vatterott users, including both students and employees, should not:

  • Make unauthorized copies of copyrighted material on or using Vatterott’s computer systems, networks or storage media;
  • Store unauthorized copies of copyrighted works using Vatterott’s systems, networks or storage media; or
  • Download, upload, transmit, make available or otherwise distribute copyrighted material without authorization using Vatterott’s computer systems, networks, Internet access or storage media.  This is inclusive of utilizing unlicensed/unauthorized peer-to-peer file services that would promote copyright infringement. 

Vatterott reserves the right to monitor its computer systems, networks and storage media for compliance with this policy, at any time, without notice, and with or without cause.  Additionally, Vatterott reserves the right to delete from its computer systems or storage media, or restrict access to, any seemingly unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials it may find, at any time and without notice.  If users utilize copyrighted material for educational, instructional, research, scholarship or like arenas, Vatterott will follow the legal doctrine of fair use, currently part of the copyright law

Users who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action as appropriate under the circumstances. Such disciplinary action may include termination, expulsion and other legal actions.

The College's designated agent for the resolution of copyright-related concerns is Vatterott’s Chief Information Officer. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact the CIO via mail at Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc., P.O. Box 28269, Olivette, Missouri 63132, or via email at copyright@vatterott.edu.
International Students
Because Vatterott schools do not participate in the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Vatterott schools are not able to assist:

  • Any international who desires to entire the country on a student visa to attend a Vatterott school; or
  • Any international who presently is in the country on a student visa and wishes to transfer to a Vatterott school. 

Specifically, Vatterott schools are unable to legally issue a Form I-20 to internationals, which is the document internationals require to enter the country to attend or to transfer. 

However, Vatterott schools are able to enroll an international already in the country if the international is here on some other kind of visa (i.e., not a student visa), and that other visa permits him or her to engage in postsecondary study.  Thus, for example, if an individual were here on an R-1 Visa (issued to individuals in the country for religious work), or an A-1 Visa (issued to persons here for government work), the individual should be able to enroll in Vatterott without violating the terms of his visa. 

Importantly, any international enrolling in a Vatterott school is entirely responsible for verifying that the terms of his or her visa permit enrollment in a postsecondary institution while in the U.S., as well as for any consequence that may stem from an erroneous determination in this regard.

Questions relating to the admission of international students may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Agency Contact for Filing Student Complaints
Vatterott strongly encourages students to seek resolution of any concern through the Student Grievance Policy outlined in the Campus Catalog, so that the school may have the opportunity to address and resolve the concern.  In addition, students with complaints or concerns may at any time contact Vatterott’s Administrator of Student Affairs via email at studentaffairs@vatterott.edu.  However, as is also noted in the Campus Catalog, students may at any time choose to file a complaint with any one of the school’s regulators. 

The names of the organizations that accredit, approve, or license each Vatterott school and its programs are detailed in the current Campus Catalog for that location, along with contact information for each such organization.  The Campus Catalog for each Vatterott school is available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

We also have provided a list containing the contact information for all accreditors and state agencies that receive and act on complaints from students attending postsecondary institutions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  We provide this comprehensive list because a student wishing to file a complaint might choose to do so with his or her school’s accreditor, the agency that authorizes the institution to operate in the school’s home state, or with the agency that authorizes postsecondary institutions to operate in the student’s state of residence.  States, through the relevant agencies or Attorney Generals Offices will accept complaints regardless of whether an institution is required to be licensed in that state.

Please note that the comprehensive list found here should not be construed as a list of those states that regulate Vatterott’s locations, or the states in which Vatterott’s schools are licensed or required to be licensed. www.vatterott.edu/cpd.asp
Constitution Day
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or who by naturalization have become citizens.

Each year on September 17, Vatterott schools celebrate Constitution Day through activities and educational programming.  In the event September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day activities are held during the preceding or following week.  Below we have provided links to Constitution Day resources available on the Internet. 

Questions relating to Constitution Day may be directed to your Campus Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.

About the Signers
Charters of Freedom
Constitution Day, Inc.
Founding Fathers
The Constitution Game
Hi-Res Images
Independence Hall
Constitutional Initiative
Interactive Constitution
James Madison Papers
National Constitution Center
Ratification
U.S. Voter Registration

Vatterott recognizes the right to vote as one of the fundamental, cherished elements of American democracy.  As you know, it is a right that has been secured and maintained only at great cost, with many Americans having made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure its preservation.  Indeed, even today, people across the world struggle to win the right to vote for their own people. 

Because registering to vote is the first step one can take toward a lifetime of responsible, effective citizenship, Vatterott encourages its students and employees to register to vote, and to exercise this powerful and beloved right.  Individuals may obtain hardcopy voter registration forms from their Campus Receptionist, or access the forms electronically by visiting the voter registration website for their state of residence.  For your convenience, we also have set out select state voter registration websites below:

State

Voter Registration Website

Arkansas

http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/voterRegistration.aspx

Illinois

https://ovr.elections.il.gov

Iowa

http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html

Kansas

https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/Default.aspx

Mississippi

http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections_voter_info_center.aspx

Missouri

http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx

Nebraska

http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/voter_info.html#voter

Ohio

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/register.aspx

Oklahoma

http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Registration

Tennessee

http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/registration.htm

Texas

http://votetexas.gov/register-to-vote

Virginia

http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/BecomeARegisteredVoter.html

Individuals also may visit their local post office to obtain a voter registration form, or visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission at http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspxto obtain a National Mail Voter Registration form.  Each state has a different deadline for voter registration, but in most states, individuals will need to register at least 30 days before an election.

Students or employees with questions regarding voter registration may request assistance via email at consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.

Information Literacy
Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. is committed to providing each of our students with the practical knowledge necessary to succeed in their chosen career fields.  It is imperative that each of our students encompasses a functional level of Information Literacy to ensure that this success is achieved.

This day has been created to offer each of our students the opportunity to utilize the technical tools and resources that are available at the campus level. 

We hope that Information Literacy Day is embraced and its benefit realized by each student and faculty member.  The ultimate goal of all that we do at Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. is the success of our students

EBSCOhost Login
EBSCOhost Homepage
Contact EBSCOhost
About EBSCOhost
Attestation Form
Defining Information Literacy
Financial Aid Information
Information relating to financial aid opportunities available to eligible students attending Vatterott schools may be found at www.vatterott.edu/financial_aid.asp, as well as in each location’s Campus Catalog.  The Campus Catalogs for all Vatterott locations are available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.

The Return of Title IV Funds Policy for all Vatterott schools is available by clicking here, and also may be accessed at www.vatterott.edu/financial_aid.asp.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education hosts various, free websites available to students that provide information regarding the regulations, requirements, and application for Federal Student Aid, including www.ed.gov, www.fafsa.ed.gov, www.studentaid.ed.gov, and

Questions relating to financial aid may be directed to your campus Financial Aid Director or submitted via email to
consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Withdrawal and Refund Policies
The withdrawal and refund policies for each Vatterott school are described in detail in each student’s Enrollment Agreement, as well as in the Campus Catalog for each location.  The current Campus Catalog for each Vatterott school is available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.  Questions relating to withdrawal and refunds policies may be directed to the Campus Director or via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Requirements for Return of Federal Financial Aid
The policy pursuant to which each Vatterott school returns federal financial aid is described in detail in the school’s Campus Catalog.  The current Campus Catalog for each Vatterott school is available at www.vatterott.edu/catalogs.  Questions relating to withdrawal and refunds policies may be directed to the school’s Financial Aid Office, or via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.
Net Price Calculator
Planning for a postsecondary education can seem like an insurmountable task, and sometimes it seems that the financial aid office has a language all its own.  The purpose of the Net Price Calculator is to give first time, full-time students (and their parents) a better idea of what their “estimated” educational cost will be.  

The estimates provided by the Net Price Calculator will provide you a general snapshot of what you can expect for planning purposes, should you enroll in the largest program offered at the Vatterott school you are considering.  The estimate provided is based on cost of attendance and financial aid provided to students in that program in the most recent award year (e.g., 2010-2011).  It is important to understand, however, that cost of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year, and awards are determined on an individual basis.  Moreover, not all students receive financial aid.  Therefore using the information provided, while helpful for planning, may only provide a partial overview of what you can expect to receive in financial aid.

Also, please keep in mind that actually applying for financial aid is a separate process.  In order to receive a federal financial aid award, for example, an eligible student must first submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or “FASFA” (to learn more about the FAFSA, students may visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov).  

To calculate the net price for the largest program at the Vatterott school you are considering attending, click the appropriate link below.  
Also, we have included the following glossary terms below, which may help explain the meaning of the terms used in the Net Price Calculator and how they relate to you.

  • Estimated total price of attendance: Also referred to as the Cost of Attendance (COA). The cost of attendance is based upon average costs and educational expenses for a student in your category. The cost of attendance helps us to determine your financial aid award, but does not reflect the amount you owe Vatterott. You will receive a bill that shows your actual charges.
  • Estimated Tuition & Fees: This number represents the cost of tuition for classes and any applicable fees.
  • Estimated Room & Board: This amount is an average figure based on information gathered by Vatterott each year. It is expected that additional financial aid proceeds will be used to pay living expenses.
  • Estimated Books and Supplies: This is an average amount you might spend on books and supplies. This amount is not actually billed to your student account.
  • Estimated Other Expenses: Also referred to as Miscellaneous and Personal. This is an estimate of what you might spend during the school year on personal items, clothing, recreation and travel, and is not an amount billed by Vatterott.
  • Estimated total Grant Aid: The median amount of grant aid, which is aid that does not have to be repaid (also known as gift aid) received by Vatterott students in your category. This amount includes Federal Aid (such as Pell Grant), as well as State & Institutional grant aid.  It does not include any outside scholarships you may receive.
  • Estimated net price: This is the price of attendance minus any grant aid you receive.

To access the Net Price Calculator please use the following link: http://www.vatterott.edu/calculator

Questions regarding the Net Price Calculator may be directed to your campus Financial Aid Director or submitted via email to consumerinfo@vatterott.edu.