Student Right to Know

BHC Student Handbook

Black Hawk College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institution of Higher Education Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, 312-263-0456.

Black Hawk College is pleased to provide you this list of information in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

For information regarding associations, agencies, and/or governmental bodies that accredit, approve or license the school and its programs, and the procedures by which a student may receive a copy for review of the school’s accreditation, licensure or approval, contact the academic department or refer to the college catalog.

General information:
Campus and Extension Locations

Degree programs, training and other education offered:
Information regarding classes and programs is available in the Quad Cities Campus Advising Center and the East Campus Office of Admissions or here:
Credit Degree and Certificate Programs
Continuing Education Programs
Adult Education Programs
Business Training
Gainful Employment

Cost of attending:
Click here for tuition and fees or contact the Bursar’s Office or the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Payment policies
Withdrawal procedures

Campus security:
BHC Police Department
Campus Crime Report
Emergency Responses

Services available to students with disabilities:
For information regarding accommodations, contact Disability Services at the Quad-Cities Campus or the Admissions Office at the East Campus.

FERPA policy:
The following notice and information is given by Black Hawk College to advise its students of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

FERPA established the right of students to inspect and review their education records; provides that personally identifiable information will not, with certain exception, be disclosed without the student’s written permission; provides for guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings; grants students the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office concerning alleged failures of the College to comply; and makes provisions for notice to the students concerning their rights.

Black Hawk College has adopted policies and procedures implementing FERPA, which are contained in the BHC Student Handbook.

A student who wants to review their education records must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. The student will be notified in writing of a date and time he or she may come to review the records.

The following student data is hereby designed as “Directory Information” and as such may be disclosed or released by the college for any purpose and at its discretion:

  • Student name
  • Home address
  • Home telephone
  • E-mail address
  • Height/weight (for athletic team members)
  • Dates of attendance
  • Participation in officially recognized activities/sports
  • Degrees/awards received
  • Most recent educational institution attended
  • Course of study
  • Photographs

To have all of the “Directory Information” withheld, the student must give written notice, in person, or if by mail, by certified mail return receipt requested and addressed to the Registrar’s Office. Notification must be done in writing and to the Registrar’s Office following the directions above.

Drug-Free Schools and Community Act

Computer use and copyright infringement policy:
Students may be subject to criminal and civil penalties if they engage in the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. Black Hawk College monitors network activity and utilizes network traffic shaping for stopping illegal file sharing and copyright use. Further information:

Computer Security and Responsible Use and Responsible Use Guidelines and Procedures.

Athletic Participation, Equity In Athletics Disclosure Act

Voter registration:
Information and voter registration applications can be found at the Illinois State Board of Elections.