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Consumer Information

To improve the transparency of consumer information and help prospective students and their families make school decisions, PTC has created this page for easy, convenient access to reports and publications.

Mission
The mission of Pittsburgh Technical College, as a degree-granting institution, is to empower its students to succeed in today’s dynamic world by integrating general studies and professional skills into a sound career-focused education necessary for students to realize their full potential and career goals.

Vision
Pittsburgh Technical College will expand our position as a first choice career college providing continued superior educational programs and an integrated campus community.

Guiding Principles
The guiding principles as established in the PTC strategic plan are:

  • Academic Excellence and Student Success
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Institutional Excellence 

Catalog
PTC's most recent catalog, a complete list of textbooks and supplies, a synopsis of FERPA rights as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and the college's annual security report, fire report and missing persons report all are available from this one page. Additionally there are links to program-specific consumer information.

From accreditation and school history to academic information, financial aid funding, and student services, the information contained in PTC's catalog is comprehensive. The college's catalog is published annually during the summer and updated throughout the year by addendum.

Student Handbook
In an effort to provide you a positive environment, PTC has identified guidelines, policies and procedures that address the expectations of students as members of the PTC community. This handbook serves as a resource for this information, including students’ rights and responsibilities. Student Handbook.

Books and Supplies
Books, kits and supplies are available through PTC 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.

Monthly Living Expense Service Agreement
Contract: link to Monthly Living Expense Agreement
FAQ: http://www.ecsi.net/refund/faq.html

FERPA
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 PTC 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.

PTC publishes its annual Campus Security and Safety Report to share PTC 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.

The document contains three individual reports: Annual Crime Statistics, which includes statistics for the past three years; Annual Fire Report, which includes statistics for student housing and academic buildings; and Missing Persons Report, which includes statistics for student housing.

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, PTC is dedicated to increasing awareness of and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy contains information on sexual misconduct definitions, and policies and procedures for reporting and responding to reports of sexual misconduct. For information on steps to reduce the risk of sexual assault, and information for victims of sexual misconduct, view the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention Handbook.

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.

Title IX Coordinator
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 PTC 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, Nancy Sheppard, may be reached at 412-809-5311 or sheppard.nancy@ptcollege.edu. To learn more about Title IX, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

Campus Security Authorities and Confidential Resources
All students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report criminal incidents, accidents and other emergencies to the Public Safety Department, Title IX Coordinator and/or a Campus Security Authority (CSA).

Campus security authorities are required to disclose any Clery Act reportable incident or crime to the Public Safety 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:

  • Public Safety
  • Anyone who has responsibility for PTC security but are not campus security
  • Anyone specified in PTC’s security policy as someone to whom students and employees should report crimes
  • A PTC employee who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, student housing, or student discipline

At PTC CSAs include public safety officers, the Title IX Coordinator, resident coordinators, resident assistants, academic chairs, program directors, team leaders, resident life staff, student activities staff, student advisors, reception, and more.

PTC provides a complete list of campus security authorities here.

Students who do not wish to report an incident, but want a professional to confide in, may speak with a professional or pastoral counselor. PTC offers confidential counseling through Outreach at 412-561-5405.

Student Complaint/Notice to Agencies
For purposes of this policy, Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) defines a student grievance as any complaint relating to discrimination, harassment, privacy of student records (FERPA), Title IX, appeals against disciplinary or grievance decisions, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations.

If a student has a question or concern regarding the admissions process, an individual course, or an academic program, the student may speak to a faculty member, Academic Chair, or, if the concern is not resolved by speaking with the former, a student may speak with the Vice President of Education to resolve the issue.

Questions or concerns that students have in regards to financial aid, tuition payments, or the federal work-study program may be discussed with a financial aid representative.

Students who have concerns about the student hearing or appeals processes, or who seek further action on financial aid or tuition concerns may speak to the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.  

Concerns regarding student housing, student activities, or other student services may be directed to the student services department, and if the issue is not resolved at this level, the Vice President of Student Services may assist.

Part-time or full-time employment or graduate services questions may be directed to a career services representative or the Director of Career Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is a resource for members of the PTC 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, Nancy Sheppard, may be reached at 412-809-5311 or sheppard.nancy@ptcollege.edu. To learn more about Title IX, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

In all cases, if the student is not satisfied with the outcome after speaking with the respective personnel, the issue may be brought to the attention of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs.

If a student hearing is held to resolve a grievance, and the student is not satisfied with the initial determination, the student may request an appeal by speaking with the Vice President of Academic Affairs. A Vice President appoints the Appeals Board, and it is comprised of a school administrator or manager from a department outside of the student’s program, one staff or faculty member not currently instructing the student, and a PTC student. 

Alternatively, student grievances may be brought to the attention of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education (PDE) and/or the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Fax: 717-772-3622
Email: RA-pls@pa.gov

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284–5000
E-mail: info@msche.org

Students who have an ADA or Title IX concern may contact The Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education for assistance.

Office for Civil Rights – Enforcement Office
U.S. Department of Education
The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
Telephone: 215-656-8541
FAX: 215-656-8605; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov
Website: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html

Students outside Pennsylvania

Students residing outside of Pennsylvania who are taking online courses from Pittsburgh Technical College may also choose to contact their own state if they wish to file a complaint. Please view the Student Complaint Information by State and Agency for contact information.

Notice to students residing in Maryland and enrolled in Distance Education courses at PTC: PTC’s Distance Education programs are registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

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 http://www.rockthevote.com/election-center/ .  Just click on your state of residence and the site will provide you with all of the information that you need to register to vote. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania, you can also register at this address http://www.votespa.com/

If you are registered to vote, the Rock the Vote Election Center also provides information on absentee ballots for your state.
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 here.

Program Specific Consumer Information
Here you can find information you need to make an informed decision about Pittsburgh Technical College: tuition, book and housing costs (There are no fees!) and statistics relating to on-time graduation, average salaries, and career success. Additional information is available by reading the student consumer information info below, by making a campus visit, or chatting with us using Live Chat.

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