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Johnson College’s provides real-world hands-on learning in a caring environment and prepares graduates to enter into or advance in their careers.
Innovating. Partnering. Advancing.
The guiding principles as established in the Johnson’s strategic plan are:
- Foster Academic Innovation & Excellence
- Enhance Student Success
- Promote Equity & Inclusion
- Ensure Stewardship & Growth of Resources
Johnson College’s most recent catalog has accreditation and school history to academic information, financial aid funding, a synopsis of FERPA rights as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 19740, and student services. The information contained in the catalog is comprehensive. The college’s catalog is published annually during the summer and updated throughout the year by addendum.
In an effort to provide you a positive environment, Johnson has identified guidelines, policies and procedures that address the expectations of students as members of the college community. This handbook serves as a resource for this information, including students’ rights and responsibilities. Read more.
Student Code Of Conduct
Johnson College students are responsible for reading and abiding by all rules and policies described in this Catalog and the Student Information Handbook. Students are personally responsible for following policies and procedures as they affect their academic progress, financial obligations, and relationships with College authorities, and eligibility for graduation.
Johnson College students are expected at all times to conduct themselves in a responsible manner that conforms to generally accepted standards of adult behavior. Students should show courtesy and respect for other students and the faculty as well as the administrative and support staff of the College. Students also must accept the need for various College regulations and comply with the directives of those authorized to enforce the regulations. Failure to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner may subject students to disciplinary actions.
Johnson College students are also expected to exercise good judgment in selecting attire that is appropriate to an educational environment and to abide by all College policies regarding the wearing and use of safety equipment and apparel.
When in doubt about any College directive, students should seek advice from their faculty advisor or the appropriate office within the College.
Books and Supplies
Books, swag, and supplies are available through eCampus and can be rolled into the financial aid plan that is created during the admissions process. For students and families who would like to know which books, kits, and supplies are needed for their program of study, a detailed list, including course code and name, book title, ISBN number and estimated cost is accessible here.
Credit Hour Definition – A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. The equivalency approximates are:
- One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out‐of-class student work each week for ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.
- The equivalent amount of work for other activities as established by JC, which includes laboratory work, practicum, internships and other academic work.
- For every 15 hours of lecture + 30 clock hours of additional outside work, one credit;
For every 30 hours of lab + 15 clock hours of additional outside work, one credit;
For every 45 hours of internship, one credit.
In order to be successful in courses, students need to spend adequate time outside of class to complete homework assignments, projects, and papers as well as prepare for quizzes and tests. Students are expected to develop a plan to carve out time each day to keep up with the workload of their courses.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 protects students’ rights with respect to their educational records. By accessing this FERPA synopsis, students and parents can learn more about inspecting or requesting records, when written permission is needed, and how schools are permitted to use directory-type information.
The Clery Act Campus Security and Safety Report
Signed into Federal law in 1990, The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose campus crime and security policy information in an annual report. The Clery Act also requires JC to deliver timely warnings to the campus community about specific types of criminal activity when an ongoing threat may exist. All post-secondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs must adhere to Clery regulations.
To learn more about the Clery Act, visit The Jeanne Clery Act Information website.
Johnson College publishes its annual Campus Security and Safety Report to share policies, information, and reports that pertain to The Clery Act.
The report contains material that an individual may reference before or after an emergency or incident so it is important for students, faculty, and staff to familiarize themselves with this information and any associated procedures. Information contained in the report includes a list of emergency numbers, timely warnings, fire and evacuation procedures, crime or missing person reporting instructions, disciplinary processes, and sexual harassment and sexual violence policies.
Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence
In accordance with the Violence against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA), the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, Jeanne Clery Act, and Title IX, Johnson College is dedicated to increasing awareness of and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Johnson College is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination, sexual harassment and any other form of harassment. Johnson College’s policy is to maintain a working environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. All relationships should be professional and free of harassment, unlawful bias and other offensive conduct. Johnson College will not tolerate unlawful discrimination including harassment based on sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, and other forms of legally impermissible harassment. The College will not tolerate offensive or otherwise unprofessional behavior which it determines is inappropriate, even if it does not amount to unlawful harassment. The College’s policy prohibits harassing conduct even if it is not sufficiently severe or pervasive to meet the legal definition of a hostile environment.
All employees, students and applicants are covered and protected by this policy. Additionally, our policy prohibits harassment by or toward students, vendors, contractors, suppliers, visitors, trades people, and other non-employees on the College’s premises or conducting business with the College.
More information about can be found in the Student Information Handbook and the Employee Information Guide.
The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights
The Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights signed into law by President George Bush in July 1992 requires all colleges and universities (both public and private) participating in federal student aid programs to afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights. Schools violating this law can be fined or lose federal student aid program eligibility. Complaints should be made to the U.S. Department of Education.
The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights includes the following:
- Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
- Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
- Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
- Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
- Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.
The Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights exists as a part of the Clery Act campus security reporting requirements.
RAINN : 1-800-656-4673
Students’ Bill of Rights
Johnson College is committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in College -wide and campus programs, activities, and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus or off campus. All students have the right to:
- Make a report to local law enforcement or state police;
- Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault treated seriously;
- Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressures from the institution;
- Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard.
- Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services where available.
- Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations.
- Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
- Be free from retaliation by the institution, the accused, and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
- Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination which shall be considered by a panel, not a single person.
- Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;.
- Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the College.
- Options in Brief- Victims/survivors have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:
- Receive resources, such as counseling and medical attention;
- Confidentially or anonymously disclose a crime or violation
- Make a report to any employee and/or local law enforcement
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination and states:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The Title IX Coordinator is a resource for members of the Johnson College community who have questions or concerns regarding sexual harassment or sexual violence, who encounter sexual harassment or violence, who want to learn their rights under Title IX, or who feel their Title IX rights are being violated.
The Title IX Coordinator, Stephenie Vergnetti, may be reached at 570-702-8944 or email@example.com. To learn more about Title IX, visit the U.S. Department of Education website. To file a report, click here.
All students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report criminal incidents, accidents and other emergencies to the Safety Committee, Title IX Coordinator and/or Human Resources.
Campus security authorities are required to disclose any Clery Act reportable incident or crime to the Human Resource Department and, in cases of sexual harassment or violence, to the Title IX Coordinator.
The college classifies Campus Security Authorities under one of the following categories:
- Human Resources
- Safety Committee
- Anyone who has responsibility for Johnson College security but are not members of the Safety Committee
- Anyone specified in Johnson College safety policy as someone to whom students and employees should report crimes
- A Johnson employee who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, student housing, or student discipline
At Johnson College CSAs include Safety Committee, the Title IX Coordinator, resident coordinator, program directors, student activities staff, student advisors, reception, and more.
Students who do not wish to report an incident, but want a professional to confide in, may speak with a professional.
Student Complaint Policy and Procedures
Johnson College makes every effort to resolve student complaints internally, using policies and procedures. It is expected that students will fully utilize any and all such administrative procedures to address concerns and/or complaints in as timely a manner as possible. The college defines a grievance as an issue related to a perceived academic or non-academic injustice, whereby a student believes she/he has been deal with arbitrarily, unfairly or in a way that violates established laws, rules, policies, by an employee of the college.
- Informal complaint: Academic or Non-Academic issue with faculty, staff, administrator, department, program or any other reason.
- Attempt should be made to resolve issue with parties involved
- If resolution could not be made informally, a formal grievance could be submitted
- Non-Academic Grievance: Official grievance form submitted because the student believes they were treated indiscriminately, unfairly, or in a way that violates rules, policies or procedures, and or any laws.
- Academic Grievance: Official grievance form submitted because the student feels they have been harmed by being treated indiscriminately or unfairly within the context of the course.
Informal complaint process:
Non-Academic: Initial efforts to resolve the issue with whomever the issue arose with must take place first, if possible (this does not apply to alleged sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or discrimination). If an informal discussion with the persons involved cannot solve the complaint, a student may submit a formal grievance (form Online) no later than thirty (30) business days after the alleged incident. The (Designated Staff/Faculty Member(s)) will make every effort to resolve the matter and report the decision, in writing, to the complainant(s) and respond via their Johnson College email address within fourteen (14) business days after receiving the complaint.
Academic: All academic related complaints must be submitted to the instructor/faculty member involved. In an informal resolution cannot be made, the student may submit a formal grievance within thirty (30) days of the alleged issue. The designated faculty or administrative staff member will make every effort to resolve the matter and report the decision, in writing, to the complainant(s) Johnson College email address within fourteen (14) business days of receiving the complaint.
In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved informally, the student may continue the process and submit a formal grievance by completing the Formal Grievance Form, located on the Johnson College website.
Prior to submitting a formal grievance, the complainant(s) must attempt to obtain a resolution through the information process. A formal grievance must be submitted no later than thirty (30) business days after the decision of informal resolution has been made.
Staff/Faculty who has been assigned the Formal Grievance has fourteen (14) days after receiving the grievance form to report the decision in writing to the complainant(s) email address.
A student may appeal the decision within ten (10) business days by submitting a formal appeal in writing, along with the written decision to the Johnson College Grievance Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee will have fourteen (14) business days to review the information and notify the complainant(s) of the Committee’s decision, in writing, to their Johnson College email address.
1) Name and contact information of complainant(s)
2) Detailed description of the appeal
3) A copy of any documents relating to the complaint, including previous decisions and supporting documents
4) Specific reason for the appeal
5) Desired outcome
6) Date grievance submitted
All decisions made by the Johnson College Grievance Committee are final. There is no further appeal within the Student Grievance Procedure Policy.
The college is committed to addressing student complaints timely and effectively, in accordance with student complaint/grievance procedures. If a student believes their concerns have not been sufficiently addressed, they may also file external complaints with the agencies Identified below.
Student Complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Students may also file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education:
Pennsylvania Department of Education – Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Student Complaints to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Students may also file a complaint with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, accrediting agency.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax: 215-662-5501 www.msche.org
Student Complaints to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Students may also file a complaint with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, accrediting agency.
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
2101 Wilson Blvd./Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
Programmatic Complaint Process
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
As part of the Higher Education Act (HEA), schools must make an attempt to make information available to students regarding voter registration. Why? Because voting is an important right that allows you to voice an opinion on who you want to represent you when it comes to issues that directly affect your life – like your ability to receive financial aid.
If you have not registered to vote, please consider doing so and be counted on Election Day.
No matter what state you are a resident of, you can register to vote by going to https://www.votespa.com/Pages/default.aspx
It’s easy to register to vote – and it’s important. Cast your vote on Election Day and let your voice be heard!
DISCLOSURE INFORMATION ON STUDENT BODY DIVERSITY
As required by the Higher Education Act, as amended, institutions must make available to current and prospective students information about the student body diversity. This data is collected and reported through the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES – IPEDS Data Center) and can be reviewed at here. Specific information required by the disclosure can be reviewed in college Fact Book.
Johnson College does not discriminate with regard to race, color, creed, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, including a transgender identity, genetics, veteran status, or ancestry in the administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarship, loan, athletic and other school administered programs, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other legally protected category. For information regarding civil rights and grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator of Johnson College, 3427 North Main Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508; (570) 702-8944.
Higher education institutions receiving Title IV funds are required to report annually on several student success measures including fall to fall retention and graduation rates. Johnson College recognizes that each student has different goals in mind when they begin their education and as such, prioritizes the success of each student and assists them in reaching their intended goals.