The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap. For certain topics, institutions are required to make information available to students or others and to submit information to the Department of Education. Digital Media Arts College is committed to the principle that access to information will allow our students, parents, and others to make informed decisions about postsecondary education. Consumer information is published on the DMAC website and published in the College Catalog and Student Handbook as well as reported to other agencies. Additional information or clarification of consumer information can be obtained from the Digital Media Arts College President, Sunny Sharma.
Uploading of unofficial, illegally obtained or cracked digital copies of any content onto the DMAC user/computer network is expressly prohibited. Use of copyrighted content on the DMAC user/computer network without the express or implied consent of the content’s originator or copyright holder is expressly prohibited. Users found to be inappropriately using the DMAC user/computer network will be banned from it, and may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, and in addition may be subject to criminal charges for violation of applicable copyright laws.
The DMAC library provides the most up-to-date information about the fair use of printed and media materials and a code of best practices.
According to the most recent data, which measures the 2014 cohort**, the retention rate for first-time-in college students is 67% for full-time students and 73% for part-time students. The six-year graduation rate, which measures the 2008 cohort***, is 46% for undergraduate students and of those students; 31% graduated within the four years.
*Total is from the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Summary from the Fall Enrollment 2014-2015 Report. Total as of October 15, 2015.
**Students were full-time in Fall 2014 regardless of current status. Information was taken from the IPEDS First-time Bachelor’s Cohort Retention Rate (Full-time and Part-time). Information was taken from the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Report Submitted April 1, 2015.
***Cohort is defined as any student who had a Start Date between June 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008.
CONSTITUTION AND CITIZENSHIP DAYDMAC holds an educational program every September 17th, Constitution and Citizenship Day in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION INFORMATION
Alcohol and Drug Use Policy
The College is in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free School and Communities Act of 1989. The College makes an annual distribution in writing to each student through this document as follows:
Digital Media Arts College recognizes the problems of drug and alcohol abuse in society today and has therefore established the following drug and alcohol policy for students. As part of the Campus Effectiveness Plan (CEP) of the College, this policy will be reviewed by the Campus Effectiveness Planning Committee for procedures to assure desired outcomes. The unlawful possession, distribution, or use of illicit drugs on school property or in connection with any school activity is strictly prohibited. The prohibition applies to all students/staff/faculty. There are numerous health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Drug use may be a hidden habit, but drugs have visible effects on the user. Whether the drug of choice is alcohol, marijuana, a prescription drug, cocaine, or any other controlled substance, the habit can lead to a change in the emotional, physical, and mental health and performance of the individual. Some people may believe that drugs are harmless or even helpful. The truth is that drugs can have very serious, long-term physical and emotional health effects. If drugs are mixed, the impact is even more detrimental.
The following is a partial list of drugs that students/staff/faculty may encounter and some of the consequences of their use. Only some of the known health risks are covered, and not all legal or illegal drugs are included:
The following legal sanctions are applicable for the unlawful possession of illicit drugs:
Florida – possession of heroin, cocaine, or opium is considered a second-degree felony and is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Possession of marijuana or amphetamines is considered a felony in the third degree and is punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
Drug and alcohol tests may be administered when a student shows signs of impairment while on campus (i.e., based on reasonable suspicion), or after any accident or occurrence that results in an injury. Failure to submit to a required drug or alcohol test may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
INSTITUTIONAL SECURITY POLICIES AND CRIME STATISTICS
Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act
In accordance with the Student Right-To-Know Act of 1990, the College must provide information related to crime statistics and security measures to all members of the campus community. Annually, all matriculated students and employees are emailed the most current crime statistics as part of a comprehensive effort to work together for a safe campus. Prospective students are provided this information upon request. This information is included in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
The report includes crimes committed on campus during the reporting year/calendar, as well as a report of arrests for liquor, drug, and weapons violations the preceding year. This document and the DMAC Campus Safety and Security Guide are the vehicles used to convey policies regarding reporting of crimes; policies regarding drugs, alcohol and weapons; visitor policies; campus safety and security measures; and student orientation regarding campus safety.
Clery (Campus Security) ActPlease see the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for complete information regarding the Clery (Campus Security) Act.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)All students are required to complete an Information Release Authorization Form which complies with student information privacy regulations. See Student Handbook for full FERPA policy.
INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAMThe IT and Facilities Department creates, retains and manages this program in an IT Policies and Procedures Manual.
MISREPRESENTATIONDMAC ensures its prospective and existing students that accurate representation of the nature of its educational program(s) comply with all regulations. See the Course Catalog and Student Handbook for policies and procedures.
3-Year Default Rate
Federal Title IV Loans
GAINFUL EMPLOYMENTInformation regarding on-time graduation rates, tuition and fees, program costs, job placement and median loan debt of graduates is available via the links below. In addition, DMAC complies with the placement definition outlined per our accreditor, ACICS, which can be found at www.acics.org.