The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires postsecondary institutions that participate in federal aid programs to provide disclosures to the public. In compliance with federal law, Bakersfield College discloses the following written and linked information to current and prospective students, current employees, parents, coaches, and counselors of prospective student athletes.
The Bakersfield College (BC) Financial Aid Office sends an Annual Notice to students by email containing a link to this Consumer Information page and its disclosures. The Financial Aid Office can also provide a paper copy of Consumer Information disclosures. Use the contact information at the bottom of this page to submit your request.
Bakersfield College, as noted in its Educational Master Plan, builds upon more than 100 years of excellence and continues to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of the communities it serves. The college's mission statement declares the following:
Bakersfield College provides opportunities for students from diverse economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds to attain Associate and Baccalaureate degrees and certificates, workplace skills, and preparation for transfer. Our rigorous and supportive learning environment fosters students' abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate competencies and skills in order to engage productively in their communities and the world.
To learn more about the mission, vision, and values of Bakersfield College, visit About BC.
The following disclosures provide in-depth data about the school, its demographics and programs, and the policies that govern it:
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of student records. Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's educational records, request corrections to records they believe are inaccurate or misleading, and file complaints with the Department of Education. (The student must create an FSA ID or log in with their existing ID before filing the complaint.)
In addition, schools must have written consent from parents or the eligible student to release any information from a student's educational record with some exceptions as detailed in the Privacy Act.
The following pages disclose Bakersfield College's policies in relation to the Privacy Act and how students can protect their privacy:
Copies of the Bakersfield College FERPA Policy are available in the Office of Admissions and Records. Students who wish to inspect, review, or challenge any of their educational records must make their request in writing to the Director of Enrollment Services (Office of Admissions and Records) of the campus where the student was enrolled.
In addition to providing notice to students about the Privacy Act, colleges must provide students with clear notice regarding the penalties for federal or state convictions of drug-related offenses while receiving financial aid. The following disclosure, the Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations, details these penalties and the methods by which a student can regain eligibility. General information about Bakersfield College's drug and alcohol policies can be found under the "Health and Safety" section below.
Schools must make available to students information about all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial student assistance programs, both need-based and non-need-based, that are available to enrolled students. These disclosures must also explain student eligibility requirements, procedures and forms for applying for aid, criteria for awarding, and disbursement information. The following links provide this information.
In addition to financial aid information, schools must provide disclosures about the institution's cost of education, academic programs, and the facilities, faculty, and staff of those programs, including facilities and services for students with disabilities. These disclosures must also include accreditation, licensure, and other institutional data such as graduation and retention rates, employment statistics, and equity data. The following provides these disclosures.
The following disclosures provide instructions for students who wish to register to vote:
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 website of the U.S. Copyright Office.