Consumer Information

The following is a list of consumer information that Williams Baptist University is required by federal regulations to make available to you as a student or parent of a student.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Violations of academic integrity such as cheating and plagiarism may be handled at the discretion of the faculty member in consultation with the Academic Dean.  Before a penalty is assessed, the student’s overall disciplinary record will be reviewed by the Academic Dean.  Possible penalties for a first offense may include failure in the course in which the offense occurred.  A student may be dismissed from the College for a second offense.  All academic infractions become part of the student’s permanent disciplinary record filed in the Office of Student Affairs.

ACCREDITATION

Williams Baptist University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

The University’s Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PENALTIES FOR DRUG LAW VIOLATIONS

A conviction for any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs, during a period of enrollment when receiving federal aid, will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work study assistance. A conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed does not count, nor does one received as a juvenile, unless tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

 Possession of illegal drugsSale of illegal drugs
1st offense1 year from date of conviction2 years from date of conviction
2nd offense2 years from date of convictionIndefinite period
3+ offensesIndefinite period 

To regain eligibility, a person must successfully complete a drug rehabilitation program recognized by a federal, state or local government agency and the program must include at least 2 unannounced drug tests OR if the conviction was reversed, set aside or removed from the student’s record. If a student is denied eligibility for an indefinite period, the student can regain eligibility after completing a drug rehabilitation program as described previously or if the conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility

THE INTEGRATED POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION DATA SYSTEM (IPEDS)

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MISSION STATEMENT

To provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students’ lives.

NON-DISCRIMINATION

Williams Baptist University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the university is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other university-administered programs. In order to fulfill its purpose, the University may legally discriminate on the basis of religion in employment. And the university has been granted exemption from certain regulations promulgated under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which conflict with the university’s religious tenets.

NOTICE TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Williams Baptist University is an independent, non-profit, church-related institution that does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the provision of educational services.  Although Williams does not provide separate programs for students with disabilities, accommodations for a class presentation, evaluation, and access will be determined on a case-by-case basis once the student has disclosed a disability and appropriate documentation supporting the request for the accommodations has been provided to the College. 

For further information, contact Dr. Aneita Cooper, Director of Counseling at 870-759-4184.  All students, regardless of disability, must meet the same admission and graduation requirements. 

OUR VISION

Williams’ vision is to produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.

PRIVACY POLICY

Williams Baptist University

56 McClellan Drive

Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

870.886.6741

Williams Baptist University respects your privacy, and it is not our policy to sell personal information to third parties.  The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Williams Baptist University public website (https://williamsbu.edu)

When you correspond with us we may use the information you give us to reply to you, to send you more information about WBU, and, unless you are a student, to solicit donations.

If you are a student:

  • We may share your information only if you give us permission.
  • We may share your information for the purposes of awarding scholarships
  • We do not automatically enroll you to receive any solicitations.

We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website by identifying which parts of our site are most heavily used, and which portion of our audience comes from within the Williams network.  We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable.  This means that user sessions will be tracked, but the users will remain anonymous.  Some of WBU’s web services require cookies to operate the pages.

 

Our website uses third-party services to improve usability and to analyze usage patterns.  These may receive intentionally or automatically disclosed information during your visit to our website, and have their own privacy practices.

We may give your information to third-party email delivery services for the purpose of sending emails or other electronic communications on our behalf.  To remove your information from a distribution list, you may reply to a message, follow the unsubscribe link, or contact us by telephone, email, or mail.

The Williams Baptist University website contains links to other independently run websites within the Williams network and to some sites outside the “williamsbu.edu” domain.  WBU is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of the external websites to which it links. 

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. The data contained in this website is for information purposes only and is not represented to be error-free.  It is not intended to constitute a promise or contract of any kind.  

REFUND POLICY & REQUIREMENTS FOR WITHDRAWAL & RETURN OF FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID

A student who officially withdraws from the university will be notified at the time of withdrawal as to whether further payments are due to the University or whether a refund due to the student.  The official withdrawal procedure begins in the Registrar’s office.  The rate of refund will be as follows:

 Withdrawal During:Payment DueRefund Due
 First Week 20% 80%
 Second Week 30% 70%
 Third Week 40% 60%
 Fourth Week 60% 40%
 Fifth Week 80% 20%
 After Fifth WeekPro-rata of unused
cafeteria only
 

Williams is authorized by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education. Questions or unresolved complaints related to state standards or state-sponsored financial aid may be directed to their complaint form.

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Williams Baptist University is an independent, non-profit, church-related institution that does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the provision of educational services.  Although Williams does not provide separate programs for students with disabilities, accommodations for a class presentation, evaluation, and access will be determined on a case-by-case basis once the student has disclosed a disability and appropriate documentation supporting the request for the accommodations has been provided to the College.  For further information, contact Dr. Aneita Cooper, Director of Counseling at 870-759-4184.  All students, regardless of disability, must meet the same admission and graduation requirements. 

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

All Williams Baptist University faculty and staff are expected to live an exemplary Christian life both on and off-campus.

STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool that guides, leads, and directs students, parents, high school counselors, and other interested parties to information about higher education institutions.  The primary data source for College Navigator is IPEDS/Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. For information on College Navigator regarding WBU click here.

For a summary of costs to attend Williams, click here.

For for information regarding Federal Student Aid, click here.

For an estimated summary of your costs to attend WBU, use our net price calculator tool.

For a list of available scholarships, click here.

STUDENT OUTCOMES DATA

Information regarding graduation rates for Williams Baptist University can from the U.S. Department of Education can be found by clicking this link: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=AR&l=5&ct=2&ic=1&id=107877#retgrad

Information regarding retention rates for Williams Baptist University can from the U.S. Department of Education can be found by clicking this link: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=AR&l=5&ct=2&ic=1&id=107877#retgrad

The Arkansas Department of Education’s Educator Preparation Provider Quality Report for Williams Baptist Baptist University includes rates for Williams teacher education candidates who took the PRAXIS licensure exams.

Information regarding transfer-out rates rates for Williams Baptist University can from the U.S. Department of Education can be found by clicking this link: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=AR&l=5&ct=2&ic=1&id=107877#retgrad

SUMMARY OF CONSUMER INFORMATION REQUIRED DISCLOSURES

The following is a list of consumer information that Williams Baptist University is required by federal regulations to make available to you as a student or parent of a student. This list will give you a brief summary of the information available and at least one source for obtaining a full disclosure of the information.

Cohort Default Rate (CDR) Information

  • The U.S. Department of Education releases official cohort default rates once per year. A cohort default rate (CDR), for schools having 30 or more borrowers entering repayment in a fiscal year, is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans (Direct Loans) and Federal Family Education Loans (FFELs) during that fiscal year and default (or meet the other specified condition) before the end of the second fiscal year following the fiscal year that the borrower entered repayment. The current CDR for Williams Baptist University can be found here.

Entrance & Exit Counseling

Historical Private Lender List

 

For information on the Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics and Fire Safety Report, click here.

For information regarding graduation of student athletes at WBU, click here.

To obtain information about WBU’s health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19, click here.

  • Right to and procedures for inspecting and reviewing student’s education records
  • Right to and procedures for requesting amendment of student’s education records
  • Right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in student’s education records
  • Right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education
  • Right to obtain a copy of the student records policy as it relates to FERPA

More Information: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Purpose

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires financial institutions to establish policies and procedures for safeguarding customer financial information by complying with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).  The GLBA also includes specific requirements regarding the privacy of customer financial information.  The FTC has ruled that being in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) satisfies the privacy requirement of the GLBA, but does not satisfy the safeguarding provisions.  This procedure focuses on the safeguarding of customer information.

Objectives

  1. Ensure the security and confidentiality of customer/student records and information
  2. Protect against any anticipated threats to the security or integrity of such records
  3. Protect against unauthorized access to, or use of, such records or information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to any customer.

For more information visit: https://williamsbu.edu/glba/

For information regarding a notice of availability of institutional and Financial Aid information, students diversity and other measures, click here.

All Williams Baptist University students are required to complete Title IX training each year while faculty and staff receive training every other year. For information on WBU’s Title IX policies click here.

  • Program Quality and CAPEL Annual Reporting Measures
  • PRAXIS Assessment

TRANSFER STUDENT POLICIES

A transfer student is defined as one who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attempted some college or university work for credit. Students with transfer credit who apply to Williams must submit the following: 1. A fully completed application. 2. Official transcripts of all previous college work. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Note: Students who are on academic suspension from another institution will not be considered for admission at Williams Baptist University until the suspension is lifted from the other institution. 3. Applicants with less than 24 hours of acceptable credit must furnish high school transcripts or official GED scores and results of an ACT or SAT examination. 4. For applicants desiring to live on campus, a completed residence hall application and $75 housing fee. 5. For applicants planning on studying full-time and/or those desiring to live on campus, an immunization record. 6. Applicants who receive the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship must submit ACT scores.

Transfer students who do not meet the admissions requirements may be able to appeal their decision to the Academic Affairs Committee.

Transfer credit will be accepted on all regular college credit courses taken at a regionally accredited institution. Admission cannot be completed, nor credits granted, until all necessary transcripts and information have been forwarded and evaluated. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit necessary materials for the adequate evaluation of any transcripts. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be on file in the Registrar’s Office before a student may be granted any transfer credit or receive any grades from Williams.

No more than 66 semester hours will be accepted from an accredited two year institution. Up to 30 hours may be accepted from a regionally accredited theological seminary or from educational institutions not accredited by a regional accrediting agency only after the student has achieved a 2.00 GPA on at least 12 hours during the first semester at Williams. Highly specialized and technical courses, such as vocational and paramedical courses, will not be accepted. Specific credits granted will depend upon the accreditation status of the institution(s) involved, upon course equivalencies and upon grades earned. Courses accepted must be consistent with the curriculum of Williams.

All grades from acceptable college-level courses will be used in calculating the cumulative GPA. Students who wish to retake those compatible courses in which they have received a D or F must repeat those courses at Williams. All education majors refer to Specialization Requirements note concerning transfer credit in the EDUCATION DEPARTMENT and in each department offering a Bachelor of Science education degree.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SCORECARD

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VETERAN AFFAIRS EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

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