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Disclosures and Consumer Information

Student Consumer Information

Fisher College biannually distributes to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of institutional and financial aid information. This information is required to be made available under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and under HEA Sec. 485(a)(1), Sec. 485(f), Sec. 485(g), [Sec. 485(h)] and Sec. 485(j).

Students are sent a notification of the availability of institutional and financial aid information via email in the Bi-Annual Right to Know Information Notification. Additionally, this information may also be obtained through the College links below. This page provides a comprehensive list of all information students are entitled to receive along with direct links to the content referred to on the page.

To request a paper copy of specific Institutional and Financial aid Information, please contact the Director of Title IV Compliance, Colleen Woods at cwoods@fisher.edu or 617-670-4527. Written requests may be sent to Fisher College c/o Colleen Woods 118 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02116.

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, certain student consumer information must be made available to all students at Fisher College. The Fisher College Biannual Right to Know Information Notification is distributed to enrolled students and employees after the 1st week of classes during both the Fall and Winter semesters (September and January terms). The links below provide quick access to this information.

Disclosures, Reports, and Policies

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Report)

For the Boston, Brockton, New Bedford and North Attleboro Campuses

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092 (f ) [formerly known as the "Campus Security Act"], Fisher College publishes the Campus Safety Report, which contains its basic security policies as well as campus crime statistics for three years. 

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Fisher College Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)

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Fisher College complies with the Drug Free Schools Campuses Regulations (34CFR Part 86) of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), which requires an institution of higher education (IHE) to certify that it has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the unlawful possession, abuse of alcohol and use, or distribution of illicit drugs. This applies to all Fisher College students and employees, both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities. This report is distributed annually and contains the following:

  • Standards of Conduct
  • Legal Sanctions and Penalties
  • Health Risks
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Programs
  • Disciplinary Sanctions
  • Fisher College Offices and Contacts

Constitution Day

Every year on September 17, the Office of Financial Aid marks the signing of the final draft of the Constitution by putting on a program and/or event. A federal law enacted in December 2004 designates September 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Under this law, every school that receives federal funding for the fiscal year is required to hold an educational program for students designed around the Constitution.

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College Navigator

The National Center for Education Statistics offers additional information regarding Fisher College including Financial Aid, Accreditation, Enrollment and much more. For this information, please click here.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA)

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Report on athletic program and participation rates and financial support data.

EADA Report

Equal Educational Opportunity

Equal Educational Opportunity

Fisher College is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the College community. In accordance with federal and state law, the College prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status and sexual orientation. 

Title IX/ADA/504/Title VI

Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972), race, color, and national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).

Please see the Student Grievance Procedure for instructions to file a complaint regarding discrimination. Please refer to Title IX Policy to file a complaint regarding gender discrimination or sexual misconduct. 

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Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act Policy (FERPA)

Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act Policy

Fisher College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regarding the access and release of student records and information. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records:
 
  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Site Coordinator, or other appropriate official written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official 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 College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
    Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
    If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff ); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Fisher College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: 
Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605
 

For the purpose of this Act, Fisher College defines all students as independent. A parent may be awarded the same rights as the student with regard to educational records and other confidential information only if:

  1. the student signs a written consent to this effect, or 
  2. the parent supplies proof of dependency, as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, which requires receipt of a certified copy of the parent's most recent Federal Income Tax Form.
The College does not release confidential information to outside parties without the student's written authorization except as required or permitted by law. Students must provide the College with a signed letter before any confidential information will be released. The following information should be included in the request:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Student ID or SSN
  • Attendance dates
  • Major
  • Address to which information should be sent
  • Signature
The following items, however, are considered "directory information" and may be released at the discretion of the College upon request. 
  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • Dates of enrollment
  • Academic major
  • Full- or Part-time status
  • Year of study
  • Resident status
  • Date of graduation or withdrawal
  • Degrees, certificates or awards earned
  • Participation in officially recognized sports or activities
  • Most recent educational institution attended by the student
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams

Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, currently enrolled students have the right to withhold disclosure of directory information, except as authorized by law. To withhold disclosure, students should submit written notification to the College Registrar or Site Coordinator within 30 days of the student's initial semester or term at Fisher, and thereafter by September 30 of each subsequent academic year. Forms for this purpose are available in the Registrar's Office and at each campus of the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies. A new form for non-disclosure must be completed each academic year. Fisher College assumes that failure by any student to request the withholding of directory information indicates approval for disclosure.

 

Student Code of Conduct

Fisher College Student Code of Conduct includes all policies, procedures, responsibilities and general information for the student body. Inclusive of, but limited to, the Fisher College Copyright Compliance Policy.

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Written Information Security Program

Fisher College Written Security Information Program ("WISP") policy regarding safeguards for protection of Personal Information in compliance with obligations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the regulations found at 201 C.M.R. 17.00 et seq.

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Student Grievance Procedure

Student Grievance Procedure  

Before invoking this Student Grievance Procedure, students must make a reasonable effort to resolve their issues or concerns amicably by communicating directly with the individual(s) involved. When attempts to resolve grievances through an open dialogue are unsuccessful, this Student Grievance Procedure may be invoked. The Student Grievance Procedure may be used to address any concern regarding an alleged violation of a student’s rights, including discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Instances in which the Student Grievance Procedure may be used include, for example, complaints regarding Fisher faculty, staff or other member of the Fisher College community or appeals of a policy decision made by a Fisher College official. 
 
Complaints regarding a claim of physical or sexual assault shall not proceed under the Student Grievance Procedure. Please see Fisher College’s Title IX Policy. A student or employee claiming physical or sexual assault by an employee of the College or another student shall report the incident to the College’s Title IX Coordinator. 
    
Before invoking this Student Grievance Procedure, students must make a reasonable effort to resolve their issues or concerns amicably by communicating directly with the individual(s) involved. When attempts to resolve grievances through an open dialogue are unsuccessful, this Student Grievance Procedure may be invoked. The Student Grievance Procedure may be used to address any concern regarding an alleged violation of a student’s rights, including discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Instances in which the Student Grievance Procedure may be used include, for example, complaints regarding Fisher faculty, staff or other member of the Fisher College community or appeals of a policy decision made by a Fisher College official. 
Complaints regarding a claim of physical or sexual assault shall not proceed under the Student Grievance Procedure. Please see Fisher College’s Title IX Policy below. A student or employee claiming physical or sexual assault by an employee of the College or another student shall report the incident to the College’s Title IX Coordinator. 

  
Complaints regarding final course grades or grades on course work shall not proceed under the Student Grievance Procedure. Please see Fisher College’s Grade Review Policy.
Failure by a student to comply with the Student Grievance Procedure during the course of a grievance shall result in the waiving of the student’s rights under the Student Grievance Procedure.

Utilizing the Student Grievance Procedure
If a grievance is not resolved directly and informally by the student, the student may file a written grievance complaint (the “Grievance”). The Grievance complaint must be filed within 10 calendar days from the last attempt to resolve the matter directly with the interested parties. All Grievances shall be filed directly with the Dean of Students by certified mail, regular mail or in hand. A student may withdraw a Grievance at any time by filing a withdrawal request in writing with the Dean of Students.

The Grievance must include the following information:

  • Name, Address, and contact information (email, phone number, etc.) of the student making the grievance complaint;
  • Information regarding the individual(s) the grievance complaint is about, including their name and title;
  • A detailed statement outlining all facts relating to the incident(s), including: date, time, and location;
  • The names of any individual(s)who witnessed the incident or who may have pertinent information regarding the incident(s), if applicable;
  • Details regarding all steps taken to resolve the grievance;
  • A statement of the relief sought by the complainant; and
  • A list of all documents supporting the Grievance, which shall be attached to the Grievance.

Upon receipt of a Grievance, the Dean of Students shall review the Grievance and either handle it directly or, if it is of an academic nature, forward it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for handling. The Dean of Students or the Vice President for Academic Affairs, as appropriate, shall request a written response from the individual involved and immediately begin a full, fair and impartial investigation into the Grievance. If needed, meetings will be scheduled individually or jointly with the student and the faculty/staff member/individual that is the subject of the complaint. Witnesses may be asked to provide a written statement or meet during the investigation. The investigation will be kept confidential to the extent possible. Upon completion of the investigation the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Dean of Students will issue a decision regarding the Grievance. Both the student and faculty/staff member will be notified in writing regarding the decision. 
 
Appeal of Grievance Decision
If the Grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, he or she may request a review of the matter by the College’s General Counsel. Such a request must be made in writing within five calendar days of the issuance of the decision that is being appealed. All appeals shall be made directly to the General Counsel’s office by mail, certified mail or in hand delivery. The appeal shall include all evidence in support of the appeal and include all reasons why the student feels the decision should be overturned or changed. The General Counsel’s office shall review all underlying facts, including any new evidence that the student may wish to submit, and shall deliver its decision in writing within ten calendar days which shall accept, modify or reject the prior decision. The decision of the General Counsel or his/her designee shall be final and binding. 
 
No Retaliation
No member of the Fisher College community shall retaliate or threaten to retaliate against, interfere with, restrain, or coerce any student in the exercise of his/her rights under the Student Grievance Procedure or due to his/her participation in any grievance proceedings whether as a complainant, witness or otherwise.
  
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Complaint Process
 
If a complaint cannot be resolved internally, students may be able to file a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. 
 
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, in its capacity as the SARA portal entity for Massachusetts, reviews and evaluates student complaints regarding distance learning programs offered by Massachusetts-based institutions that are members of SARA in accordance with 610 CMR 12.07. Complaints that should be filed as a SARA Complaint are those that pertain to distance (online) education provided by Massachusetts-based SARA institutions to students residing in other SARA participating states and territories. Complaints about a SARA institution’s operations or activities in Massachusetts can be filed here and will be resolved pursuant to 610 CMR 2.00 or otherwise in accordance with the institution's policies.

The SARA complaint process is as follows:

  1. Students must first attempt to resolve their complaint using internal administrative procedures offered by the SARA institution.
  2. After all administrative remedies have been exhausted with the MA-SARA institution, the student may submit a SARA Complaint via the URL below.
  3. The Department shall send a copy of the complaint to the institution that is the subject of the complaint;
  4. Within 30 days of the date that the Department sends a copy of the complaint to the institution, the institution must provide a written response to the student and the Department

More information about the BHE’s complaint process can be found at https://www.mass.edu/forstufam/complaints/complaints.asp (for students residing in MA) and https://www.mass.edu/foradmin/sara/complaints.asp (for students residing in SARA states and territories outside of MA)

Within 30 days of the date the Department received the institution’s response, or if the Department receives no response, the Commissioner or his or her designee shall issue a notice to the institution containing the Commissioner’s findings regarding the complaint; any corrective actions that the institution shall take; and that, should the institution fail to take those corrective actions, the complaint shall be referred to the Office of the Attorney General for review and, if the Office of the Attorney General deems it appropriate, enforcement action.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

The final program integrity regulations published in the Federal Register on October 31, 2014, and a correction published in the Federal Register on December 4, 2014 [79 FR 64890 and 79 FR 71957] require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment (GE) Programs. Fisher College programs includes Medical Coding Certification and Medical Assistant Certificate. 

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy

Fisher College is committed to fostering a community that is free from sexual misconduct, in order to create a successful learning and working environment for all of its members.  Sexual misconduct, in any form, is a violation of an individual’s dignity, integrity, and rights.  In order to create an environment that promotes respect for all members of its community, Fisher College expects all members of the College community to take action to prevent acts of sexual misconduct.

State and federal law, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits discrimination on the bases of sex or gender.  The College takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously. In accordance with the requirements of Title IX, Fisher College has appointed Ellen Lyons, Director of Human Resources, as the Title IX Coordinator. 

 

To file a report of sexual misconduct, contact any of the following departments

• Title IX Coordinator- Ellen Lyons, Office located on the 1st floor of Building 116, 617-236-8812, elyons@fisher.edu.

• Department of Public Safety- Located in the Mall of Fisher College, can be contacted 24/7 at 617-236-8880.

• Human Resources Department, Ellen Lyons, Office located on the 1st floor of Building 116, 617-236-8812, elyons@fisher.edu.

• Office of the Dean of Students – Office located in the Mall of Fisher College, open from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday, 617-670-4421.

• Office of Housing and Residential Life- Located in the Mall of Fisher College, open from 8am -4pm Monday through Friday, 617-670-8828. 

 

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General Policies and Procedures

Accessibility of Programs and Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fisher College is committed to making its programs and services accessible to all students. The Director of Student Accessibility Services provides services to students requesting  accommodations. Students should contact the Director and provide current documentation of their needs. 

Emergency Notification System/Inclement Weather Policy

In case of any weather related emergencies, announcements will be made on the following television/radio stations by 6:00 a.m. for Undergraduate Studies students and after 3:00 p.m. for Graduate and Professional Studies students.

Where to locate weather updates:

WBZ-TV - Channel 4 - WBZ 1030AM
ABC- Channel 5 - WRKO 680AM
NBC- Channel 7

Definition of Cancellation Notices 

No Classes- Students and Faculty Only
All other personnel are expected to arrive at work. If you cannot report to work, please contact your supervisor that morning. Any special circumstances should be discussed with your immediate supervisor including make-up time or the use of a vacation day for missed work.

Closed- Students, Faculty, and Staff
The College is closed during the day (Graduate and Professional Studies will be determined by 3:00 p.m.). Essential personnel only are expected to report to work. The College defines essential personnel as Maintenance, Campus Police/Public Safety, Information Services, and Food Service.

No Evening Classes - (Campus Location)
The Campus listed in the announcement is closed to faculty, students, and staff unless otherwise noted.

Leave of Absence Policy

During your time at Fisher College, you may have a medical, psychological or personal situation that impacts your ability to successfully complete your studies. In these situations you may apply for a leave of absence. A leave of absence will result in withdrawal from current semester classes but not withdrawal from the College. You can remain in this status for up to 2 years (4 consecutive day school semesters or 8 consecutive Accelerated and Professional Studies terms). To apply for a leave of absence you must contact the Dean of International Academic Operations and Curriculum Development to obtain complete instructions. When ready to return, please contact the Dean again to file the return request form and provide appropriate documentation to establish your ability to return to the College.

Instructions

  • Complete course withdrawal forms to drop all your classes. Withdrawal forms are available in the Fisher College Registrar's office on the 1st floor of 108 Beacon Street. 
  • Complete and sign a Leave of Absence Request Form 

Submit all of the above information to: 

Dean Nancy Pithis 
Fisher College 
118 Beacon Street 
Boston, MA 02116 
617-236-8814 
  

Net Price Calculator

Provides an approximation of what a first-year, undergraduate student can expect to pay to attend Fisher College for the 2019-2020 academic year.  It is not intended for use by continuing, graduate, transfer, international, or part-time students.  Those students are recommended to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

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Re-enrollment from Voluntary Withdrawal

In general, students may re-enroll after a voluntary withdrawal as long as they are in good academic and financial standing with the College. Undergraduate students should contact the Office of the Registrar several weeks before the beginning of the semester in which they wish to re-enroll. Continuing Education students should contact the Site Coordinator. Students are subject to the College policies and program requirements in effect at the time of their re-enrollment.
Fisher College reserves full discretion to admit or deny any re-enrollment requests.

Re-enrollment from Academic Dismissal

A student academically dismissed from the College cannot attend any branch or Division of Fisher College.

Under certain circumstances, a student who has been academically dismissed may petition for re-enrollment to the Chief Academic Officer. Students petitioning for re-enrollment into an academic program must present evidence of ability and willingness to meet the College's standards of academic performance (for example, proof of successfully completed course work or an employer's recommendation). All requests for re-admission will be given careful consideration. Re-admitted students may not be eligible for financial aid. Students re-enrolled are subject to the College policies and program requirements in effect at the time of their re-enrollment.

Fisher College reserves full discretion to admit or deny any re-enrollment request.