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The Federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions of higher education disclose certain information to the public; to all enrolled and prospective students; and to current and prospective employees. These disclosures must be provided annually. The information in this notice provides the required disclosures and the exact location where the information can be found.

If you need assistance with obtaining any of the information referenced, or if you would like a paper copy of this notice or any of the referenced materials, please contact the Enrollment Management or Student Financial Services Office at or 814-393-2306.

Institutional Information for Students

Academic Programs  - Information about Clarion’s academic programs; their faculty and other instructional personnel; and facilities & resources (physical plant facilities that relate to the program).  Click on an individual program or degree in the search box for more information about that school's programs.   

Instructional Facilities and Labs information is available on the individual school websites by clicking on  Facilities  link in the left-hand navigation.

Instructional Personnel information is available by clicking on the Faculty & Staff  link in the left-hand navigation.

Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs – The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools ("Middle States" or MSA) is Clarion University's regional accreditor. Many of Clarion's programs have additional program-specific accreditations. For information on all the entities providing accreditation, approval, or licensure of Clarion and its programs click on the above link or contact the Office of the Provost by mail at 115 Carrier Hall, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214; by phone at (814) 393-2413.


For complete course schedule listings, go to the website at and click on "Course Search" You can also view a full listing of Courses by term on the site.


All textbook pricing information is available via the student's MyClarion Student Center.  Click on "My Class Schedule".  Select the appropriate term and click "continue".  Click the Textbook Icon           on the left side of each course.  You may also visit the bookstore at 930 Main Street, Clarion, PA 16214; or contact the CU Bookstore by mail at 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214; by phone at (814) 393-2696; or by email at

Disbursement for Books/Supplies Policy - Clarion's Disbursement for Books and Supplies policy may be viewed at


Information about Transfer Credit policies is available by clicking here.

A guide to view the transfer equivalencies that Clarion has established with numerous colleges, community colleges and universities may be found by clicking here.


The Teacher Preparation Program Report is available at


The federal government, as part of the Title IV student

College Navigator Website - Information on colleges and universities across the country, hosted by the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Constitution Day - September 17th is Constitution and Citizenship Day. Each year, Clarion University celebrates Constitution and Citizenship Day by featuring a special Constitution Day promotion and by notifying the entire campus community by email.

Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions - Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.  

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ's at

Computer Use and File Sharing

Copyright Infringement - Policies and Sanctions - Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. 

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ's at

Digital Millennium Copyright Act - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)1 was signed into law by the President on October 28, 1998. The legislation implements two 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties: the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. The DMCA also addresses a number of other significant copyright-related issues.

Copyright Infringement - Policies and Sanctions – (add bookmarks for Peer to peer & sanctions?)

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities – The Office of Disability Support Services provides accommodations and services to ensure equal access to education as intended by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Instructional Facilities

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Clarion University Cost of Attendance

For approved undergraduate tuition and fees charges, please see and click on the appropriate term.   For the estimated cost of attendance, including housing costs, books, supplies, and other miscellaneous costs, visit

Refund Policy - Students who withdraw from the university may be entitled to a refund of charges. Also, recipients of federal financial aid who withdraw from the university may be required to have a portion of their aid returned to the federal financial aid programs.

Student Body Diversity - In keeping with its mission and core values, Clarion University reaffirms its commitment to diversity and equity as integral parts of educational excellence and civic engagement.  A breakdown of student diversity by race, ethnicity, gender, and pell status.

Teacher Preparation Program Report Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)’s mission is to “advance equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.” The education programs at Clarion University are accredited through CAEP. 1

Textbook Information

Disbursement of Books and Supplies Policy – Clarion University offers book vouchers, for educational purposes only, to Pell Grant eligible students and all other aid recipients at the University Book Store located at the Suites on Main/South.  For online students can use a fillable online form. 

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements

Vaccination Policies

Veterans – Clarion University would like to affirm that we are committed to assisting our veteran student population.  Clarion University is a signatory and abides by the Presidential Executive Order 13607

Voter Registration Information - Voter registration information and forms.

Written Arrangements Disclosures

Clery/Campus Security Act & Fire Safety Reports on Student Housing

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office

Anti-Hazing Policy - All acts of hazing are prohibited. Students are entitled to be treated with consideration and respect. No Clarion student, individually or as part of a registered student club or organization, is permitted to engage in behavior that is likely to cause physical or psychological harm to any other person within the Clarion University community. Such behavior is forbidden in admitting, initiating, pledging, joining or continuing membership in any group-affiliation activity.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)

Crime & Fire Log Clarion Campus - The daily Crime and Fire Log is printed each day and available for public inspection seven days a week, 24 hours a day in the lobby of the Public Safety Office located on Wood Street. Venango students can stop by 200 Frame Hall to access the fire log for Venango Campus.

Crime & Fire Log Venango Campus  - The daily Crime and Fire Log is printed each day and available for public inspection seven days a week, 24 hours a day in  200 Frame Hall of the Venango Campus.

Department of Public Safety & Communications About Crime

Emergency/Warning Notifications – The office of Emergency Management within the Public Safety Department is responsible for emergency planning and emergency response protocols. The Chief of Police acts as the Director of Emergency Management and is in frequent contact with the Clarion County Emergency Management Office to stay informed regarding potential events that could impact the campus community.

Missing Students Policy - In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, this policy establishes a protocol for the Clarion University community regarding the reporting, investigation, and notification when a student residing in University housing is believed missing.

Sexual Misconduct Policy - Clarion University is committed to creating an environment free of sexual harassment for all members of its University community. Sexual harassment encompasses all forms of sexual misconduct: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and any sexual activity conducted without consent. Accordingly, Clarion University will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment and provides this policy to ensure its employees, students, and other members of the University community are not subjected to sexual harassment in any form.

Sex Offender Registry - Pennsylvania's General Assembly has determined public safety will be enhanced by making information about registered sexual offenders available to the public through the internet. Knowledge whether a person is a registered sexual offender could be a significant factor in protecting yourself, your family members, or persons in your care from recidivist acts by registered sexual offenders. Public access to information about registered sexual offenders is intended solely as a means of public protection, any other use prohibited.

Student Code of Conduct

Title IX – The Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

FERPA/Safeguarding Customer Information

A student's rights with respect to their educational records are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - U.S. Department of Education

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act - The Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, provides limited privacy protections against the sale of your private financial information.

Information Protection Policy – Postsecondary educational institutions participating in Federal Student Aid programs are subject to the information security requirements established by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for financial institutions.  

Student Loan Disclosures

State Grants

PA State Grant Assistance - PHEAA State Grant – Pennsylvania State Grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to eligible Pennsylvania residents pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Eligible students must submit the FAFSA by May 1 of each year in order to meeting PHEAA’s state grant deadline.

Awards are based upon demonstrated financial need and enrollment (full-time, half-time) status. Continued eligibility (up to eight semesters) is based upon academic progress, housing status, and cost of attendance. 

If you take more than half of the semester's credits online (including blended courses that meet less than 50% in the classroom), PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) will reduce your state grant approximately in half for the term.   PHEAA requires that at least 50% of a term's credits must be in-person, in-classroom instruction.  If more than half of your credits for the semester are being taken online, the Financial Aid Office must notify PHEAA and your grant will be reduced for the term.   The 50% in-person, in-classroom requirement only applies to the PHEAA state grant program.  No other financial aid is affected

PHEAA measures academic progress based upon attempted/completed credits during an academic year (fall, spring, summer).

State Grants from outside of Pennsylvania

Some states have reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania that allow you to receive a state grant while attending a Pennsylvania university. You must follow your individual state guidelines for eligibility. For the 2017-2018 academic year reciprocal states include: Delaware, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Student Loan Information

Federal loans are available to students who have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Direct Loans offer low, fixed interest rates to students. The student is the borrower and responsible for repayment.  First-time borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling prior to the first disbursement.  Students can go to to complete their master promissory note, entrance counseling, and estimate loan repayment.

U.S. Department of Education Student Loan Information- Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central and essential role in America's postsecondary education community. 

Entrance Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers – The Federal Government requires that all first-time Federal Direct Loan borrowers complete an Entrance Counseling session prior to receiving any loan proceeds.  Entrance Counseling informs the student about Direct Loans and their terms, as well as the student’s right and responsibilities of borrowing therm. 

Exit Counseling - Exit counseling provides important information to prepare the student to repay their  federal student loan(s).  If you have received a loan during your college career, you are required to complete loan exit counseling before you withdraw, graduate, or drop below half-time attendance (regardless if you plan to transfer to another school). The counseling session helps guide you in managing your student loans after college.

Federal Direct Student Loans - Exit Counseling for Clarion students who received federal student loans is completed on the Federal Student Aid website. 

Perkins Loans -  Exit counseling for students who received a Perkins loan will receive an email from Heartland/ECSI with instructions and a key code to complete the required Exit Counseling.  Students can call ECSI at 888-549-3274 or visit their website

National Student Loan Data System(NSLDS)  - The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.

Please note - Any loans borrowed by the student or parent will be submitted to the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS) at and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.

Private Education Loans -

Preferred Lender List – Clarion University does not have a preferred lender list for private loans.    

Student Lending Code of Conduct

Self-Certification Form


Misrepresentation Policy

The Department of Education has provided numerous examples in the regulations of topics that cannot be misrepresented within each of the three areas covered by statute 20 USC § 1094(c) (3). Those three areas include:

  • The nature of the institution’s educational programs
  • The institution’s financial charges
  • The employability of the institution’s graduates

Clarion University is prohibited under federal regulations (20 USC 1094§ (3)) from making any false, inaccurate, or misleading statements directly or indirectly to a prospective or current student, member of the public at large, accrediting agency, state agency, or the Department of Education. Misleading statements include any student testimonials given under duress; facts or figures that have not been verified through surveys, focus groups, independent accreditation and/or ranking organizations and websites.

Clarion University will actively investigate any alleged misrepresentation and will take appropriate steps to ensure no further violations.

Reporting:  Any related concerns about possible misrepresentation from Clarion University may be reported to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at or 814-393-2413. 

Last Updated 11/5/20