Student Consumer Information
The Student Consumer Information regulations of the United States Department of Education require colleges and universities to provide prospective and current students and employees access to certain information to which they are entitled as consumers. It is Rappahannock Community College’s intention to provide complete and easy access to any information students and employees need.
Schools must also provide a notice of student rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
For each targeted area, the information found below includes a brief description, the office phone number where the information may be found, and, where appropriate, a link for the information’s Web address. Please feel free to contact any of the offices indicated.
Please note that consumer information is also available in the college catalog and the student handbook. To access these documents, please use the following link:
In accordance with Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #122 – Early Implementation of the Rescission of the Gainful Employment Rule, Rappahannock Community College (RCC) will early implement the rescission of the Gainful Employment Rule. In accordance with early implementation, RCC will not be required to report GE data for the 2018-2019 award year to NSLDS, which will be due October 1, 2019. Additionally, RCC will not be required to comply with the current requirements in 34 CFR 668.412 that require institutions to include the disclosure template, or a link thereto, in their GE program promotional materials and directly distribute the disclosure template to prospective students, which will be required starting on July 1, 2019. RCC will no longer be required to post the GE Disclosure Template and may remove the template and any other GE disclosures that are required under 34 CFR 668.412 from their web pages. Finally, RCC will not be required to comply with the certification requirements for GE programs under 34 CFR 668.414. This decision is effective July 8, 2019.
SCHEV Research Profile
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) produces reports on many institutions of higher learning. Here is the report they published on RCC.
Campus Contacts for Consumer Information
Individuals seeking assistance with obtaining general institutional consumer and disclosure information should contact the Office of the Dean of Student Development, 804-758-6730. For assistance with student financial information, contact the Offices of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs, 804-758-6735.
Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that was enacted to protect the privacy of students and their educational records. For additional information concerning FERPA, please contact the Admissions and Records Office 804-758-6740 or use the following link:
Student Rights to Inspect, Review, and Amend Educational Records
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Included in these rights are the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access and the right to request the amendment of education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. For additional information concerning student rights under FERPA, please contact the Admissions and Records Office 804-758-6740 or use the following link:
Cost of Attendance/Education
For information on costs associated with attending school (tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation costs, etc.), use the following links:
For information on available federal, state, local, private, and institutional need-based and non-need-based assistance programs, please contact the Financial Aid Office 804-758-6730 or use the following links:
- Types of Aid
- Who Can Apply for Financial Aid
- How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Awarding Aid
- Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
- Withdrawing from School
- Refunds of Title IV Funds for Withdrawn Students
- Federal Work Study (FWS)
- Student Loan Programs
College Refund & Withdrawal Policies
For information on Rappahannock Community College’s tuition refund policy and procedures, please contact the Business Office 804-758-6720 or use the following link:
For information on Rappahannock Community College’s class withdrawal policy and procedures, please contact the Admissions Office 804-758-6740 or see our Withdrawal Policy and Procedures section.
For information on Rappahannock Community College’s policy regarding refunds, credits, and reinstatement as a result of military service, please use this link:
Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution & Programs
For information on associations, agencies, and governmental bodies that accredit, approve, and license Rappahannock Community College, please contact the Institutional Effectiveness Office 804-758-6719 or use the following link:
The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at RCC has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Contact the ACEN (formerly NLNAC) at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.
For information on receiving a copy of the school’s accreditation, licensures, and approval, please contact Dr. Glenda Haynie, Director of Research, Effectiveness, and Planning.
Facilities & Services for Students with Disabilities
Rappahannock Community College recognizes and accepts its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a disability and requiring the College to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled students in all College programs and activities. Persons with a disability who are considering applying for admission on a full-time or part-time basis should schedule an appointment with a Student Development counselor at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester. For additional information, please call 804-758-6730 or use the following link:
GED Exam Information
The Middle College program is designed for individuals between 18 and 24 years old who have not completed high school. This college recovery program is intended to help individuals who have a desire to pursue college coursework, but need to attain a GED or high school diploma first.
Through the Middle College, participants are given the opportunity to:
- Earn a GED or high school diploma
- Enhance basic workforce skills through engagement in project-based learning
- Participate in goal setting and post-secondary counseling
- Prepare to enroll in and be successful in Rappahannock Community College classes
- Attain a Career Readiness Certificate.
The Middle College program is offered FREE OF CHARGE to those students who qualify and are ready to make a commitment to improving their future. To get started, interested individuals can call Rappahannock Community College at 804-333-6758 to arrange a Middle College Placement test date and time. Middle College classes are held at the Warsaw Campus, Glenns Campus, the Kilmarnock Center and the King George site.
Rappahannock Community College provides an extensive schedule of course offerings and programs to serve the diverse needs of its students. Programs include:
- Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree Program is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree.
- Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to provide specific programmatic coursework that prepares students for the workplace or provides new skills for career advancement. In general, this degree is not transferable to a four-year institution. However, RCC does have specific articulation agreements with area colleges and universities for some of these programs.
- Certificate programs are designed to provide specific programmatic coursework that prepares students for the workplace or provides new skills for career advancement. In general, these certificates are not transferable to a four-year institution.
- Career studies program options are developed and implemented as community needs are identified and institutional resources permit.
Rappahannock Community College has a number of facilities dedicated to serving the training and education needs of our students. These facilities offer different environments to support the various levels of use of technology in support of instruction. Instructional facilities are described at this link:
Faculty & Staff
To access Rappahannock Community College’s faculty and staff directory, please use the following link:
Transfer of Credit Policies & Articulation Agreements
The Associate of Art and Science (AA&S) Transfer degree programs are specifically designed for students who want to transfer to a 4-year college or university. Rappahannock Community College has a number of articulation agreements with senior institutions, and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) offers guaranteed admission agreements with a number of Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. For additional information on the college’s articulation agreements and guaranteed admissions agreements, please contact the Counseling Office 758-758-6730 or use the following link:
Transfer Credit Earned at another Institution
For information on transfer credit earned at another institution and how this credit may be eligible for transfer to Rappahannock Community College, please use the following link:
Student Activities at RCC are offered to enhance the academic program at RCC with cultural, social and recreational events and opportunities for participation in the campus life at RCC. For additional information, telephone 758-333-6734 or use the following link:
Student Retention, Completion, & Graduation rates
Get more information on student retention, completion, and graduation rates, at RCC from the Institutional Effectiveness Office 804-758-6719.
Student Transfer Rates
Get more information on Rappahannock Community College’s student transfer-out rates, from the Institutional Effectiveness Office 804-758-6719.
Get more information on Rappahannock Community College’s student diversity , please contact the Institutional Effectiveness Office 804-758-6719.
Career & Job Placement Services/Employment after Graduation
For information on graduate employment rates, please contact Dr. Glenda Haynie. Graduates and students seeking assistance with career-related matters should contact the Office of Career & Transition Services. They provide support to RCC students in a number of ways:
- Clarify interests and develop career goals
- Create short-term or long-term educational plans to achieve career goals
- Develop cover letters and resumes that sell your skills
- Polish your interview skills to create a professional image
Copyright Infringement – Policies & Sanctions
For information on school policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement, please contact the Dean of Student Development 804-758-6731 or use the following links:
- Copyright Infringement
- VCCS Intellectual Property Policy and Procedures (PDF)
Violations of the college’s copyright policies are a violation of RCC Student Conduct Code. For additional information, refer to the Student Discipline process.
Computer Use & File Sharing
For information on Rappahannock Community College’s computer use and file sharing policies, please contact Information Technologies at 804-333-6767 or use the following links:
Campus Security & Public Safety
RCC endeavors to maintain campuses on which everyone is secure and safe. Each campus has trained security staff, “best practices” procedures and planning, convenient emergency call boxes, ample lighting, and surveillance cameras. The College threat assessment team is composed of trained administrators, staff, external professional service providers, and law enforcement agencies. If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911 and contact campus security.
To request a paper copy of the college’s annual security report, please contact the Campus Security office 804-758-6765. Get additional information about the safety at RCC here.
Emergency Response & Evacuation Procedures
The College has a Crisis Management Plan and a Continuity of Operations Plan to address response to various potential threats and hazards and for continuing business operations and academic programs in the event of a major disaster or event that impacts college facilities. Included in the Crisis Management Plan are procedures for communicating emergencies to the campus community, evacuating facilities, providing shelter-in-place locations and actions to take in the event of lockdown orders.
Information regarding these plans may be obtained from the Campus Security Office, Dean of Student Development, or the Human Resources Department.
- Campus Safety Office – 804-758-6765
- Dean of Student Development – 804-758-6731
- Human Resources Department – 804-758-6728
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Policies & Preventions
To comply with federal laws (the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989), students and employees must receive materials annually that contain standards of conduct, a description of the various laws that apply in that jurisdiction regarding alcohol and drugs, a description of the various health risks of drug and alcohol abuse, a description of counseling and treatment programs that are available, and a statement on the sanctions the college will impose for a violation of the standards of conduct. For additional information, please contact the Dean of Student Development 804-758-6731 or use the following link:
For textbook information, including the International Standards Book Number (ISBN) and retail price, please contact our Follett bookstore.
RCC has contractual agreements with the region’s health care facilities to allow students in the College’s Health Sciences programs to have clinical learning experiences in those health care facilities. The terms of the contractual agreements state that the College agrees to require students meet the appropriate health requirements, with certification, prior to their clinical placement. This will include, but not be limited to: rubella/rubeola immunity, TB testing (PPD) on an annual basis or as indicated by OSHA regulations, HBV immunizations, and a urine drug screening in designated health care facilities and to provide documentation of immunity by verification of two MMR’s or titer. For more information on these programs and all related admission requirements, please contact the Health Programs Academic Division 804-758-6768.
RCC encourages all students to register to vote. To obtain a voter registration form or for more information on voting information please go to http://www.sbe.state.va.us
The State Board of Elections establishes and implements policies and procedures used to register voters properly and maintain voter registration records. In meeting its legal responsibilities of ensuring uniformity, fairness, and legality of the registration processes, the board operates and administers a computerized central record-keeping system (the Virginia Voter Registration System) of all voters registered in the Commonwealth. The Board itself does not register voters but supervises and coordinates the work of local election officials, who carry out registration activities in their jurisdiction.
The Virginia Voter Registration System maintains a complete, separate, and accurate record of all registered voters in the Commonwealth. The system is accessible by all local registrars and their staff who are required to change or correct registration records as necessary. In addition to maintaining individual registration records, the Virginia Voter Registration System generate voter information cards. The voter information cards are used to confirm registration for new registrants and to notify current registrants of changes or corrections to their record.
Prior to each general, primary or special election, the board provides each registrar with a computer generated list of all registered voters in their jurisdiction, with an alphabetical list of all registered voters in each precinct of the county, city, or town. The precinct record list is the official lists of qualified voters. The law requires the State Board of Elections to compile and distribute registration reports and statistics for the entire state. These reports and statistics are provided, at a reasonable cost, to legally qualified purchasers including candidates, incumbents, political parties, courts, and non-profit organizations that promote voter registration or participation.