Organization and Governance
Adler University is a private, independent, nonprofit institution of higher education. The University is incorporated in and operates under the provisions of the State of Illinois General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act and is declared a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The University is extra-provincially registered under the laws of British Columbia as Adler University.
The catalog and its contents are not to be construed as a binding contract between Adler University and the student. The catalog presents the offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication. Adler University may amend, without prior notice, the policies or procedures as stated in this catalog, Adler University handbooks, and other documents. These changes include, but are not limited to, changes in admission or academic requirements, rules, policies and procedures, tuition, fees, curricula, courses, course content, and graduation requirements. Changes to Adler University’s policies, procedures, and requirements affect all students who have not yet graduated. Clarification of matters contained in this catalog or institutional handbooks can be obtained from the directors of the appropriate administrative or academic departments and offices. The University, while always working to communicate changes that affect its learning community, may make such changes as necessary and with or without advance notice. Degree and course offerings and requirements are continually under examination, and revisions are expected.
Adler University reserves the right to refuse to admit or readmit any applicant. Adler University reserves the right to dismiss any student at any time who fails to give satisfactory evidence of academic or clinical ability, earnestness of purpose, acceptable student conduct, or active cooperation in all requirements for acceptable program completion.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records and affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Although FERPA contains exceptions for the release of “directory information” without a student’s prior written consent, students have the right to request that even such directory information be withheld from disclosure to third parties. Applicants who are not admitted to the University or who do not matriculate following admission have no right of access to their submitted education records.
Education records include any information or documentation that is recorded in any way, including records produced by handwriting, computer, email, audio, and video, among others. Educational records contain information directly related to a student, and are maintained by Adler University or any party acting on its behalf. Adler University does not maintain education records in one central office. Education records are maintained in the Office of the Registrar and in the respective academic program and department offices. Other education records are maintained in Financial Aid (financial aid information), Student Accounts (financial account payment information), Student Affairs, the Office of Community Engagement, the Training Department, and other offices. Questions regarding individual student records should be directed to the appropriate department.
Adler does not release copies of students’ transcripts from other institutions. Students are encouraged to contact their previous institutions for copies of their transcripts.
FERPA provides students the following rights:
- To inspect and review educational records by submitting a written request to the Office of the Registrar. Requests can take up to 45 days. Students should submit to the Office of the Registrar, Dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- To request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. The student should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- To consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, such as directory information. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to university officials with legitimate educational interests. A university official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff), or a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent). A university official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibility.
- Students who believe their privacy has been violated have the right to file a written grievance with the Office of the Registrar by following the procedures of the Grievance Appeal Policy posted online at adler.edu.
- Students are informed of their rights under FERPA each October by the Office of the Registrar. The annual FERPA notice is located on the Office of the Registrar page on Adler Connect. For the annual notice please go to https://connect.adler.edu/studentservices/registrar.
Given the restrictions of FERPA, Adler University faculty and staff and any entity acting on behalf of Adler University should assume that all students must provide written consent that follows the format specified in FERPA before any education records may be released to anyone other than the student. Information cannot be released to any third party, including a student’s parents, relatives, and friends.
Particularly sensitive information includes a student’s Social Security number, race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, academic performance, disciplinary records, and grades.
Certain information classified by Adler University as “directory information” may be disclosed to the public at the discretion of the appropriate Adler University representative without obtaining the student’s permission. The items classified as directory information include:
- student’s full name
- local and permanent addresses
- local and permanent phone numbers
- Adler University email address
- date and place of birth
- major and minor field(s) of study, including the college, division, department, or program in which the student is enrolled
- dates of attendance and graduation, and degrees received
- previous colleges/universities attended
- degrees earned at previous colleges/universities
- enrollment status
Adler University reserves the right to ask for additional information, such as a written release from a student, before releasing directory information.
Students may restrict the release of any item of information considered directory information by submitting a written request via their Adler University email account to their campus’s Office of the Registrar. The decision to restrict directory information will apply to all requests for directory information from within and outside Adler University, including prospective employers. These restrictions will remain in effect until the Office of the Registrar is informed in writing to remove the restrictions.
The Degree Completion and Graduation Application signals that a student is nearing completion of their degree program. By signing the Degree Completion and Graduation Application, the student is giving permission to the University to print the following information in any Adler University graduation program and/or announce this information at any Adler University commencement ceremony: the student’s name, the Adler degree, and the student’s major.
If a restriction on directory information request was previously submitted, the student’s signature and/or submission of the Degree Completion and Graduation Application temporarily releases (for graduation ceremony/program purposes only) the directory information restrictions enacted by the student so that the information can be published in any Adler University graduation program and/or announced at any Adler University commencement ceremony. In addition, the student’s signature permits Adler University to release the student’s name and address to the external photography vendor with whom Adler contracts, and to have the vendor place graduation photographs of the student on its website. The recording of the graduation ceremony could also appear on the Adler University website and/or social media sites including but not limited to YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
If there are questions about how the information will be used for graduation or commencement purposes, please speak with the Office of the Registrar before signing and submitting the Degree Completion and Graduation Application.
Records of Deceased Student
Adler University does not permit the release of education record information of a deceased student unless required by law and/or authorized by the executor of the deceased student’s estate, or parents, or next of kin, if an executor has not been appointed. Inquiries regarding this policy should be made to the Office of the Registrar.
Adler University does not release the names, addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses of its current or former students as mailing lists unless required to by law (i.e., the Solomon Amendment).
The Office of the Registrar is the compliance office for FERPA at Adler University. If there are additional questions, please contact your campus office of the Registrar.
Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) - Vancouver Campus
British Columbia’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) sets out the rules for how private sector and nonprofit organizations, such as Adler University, may collect, use, or disclose information about its students.
Adler University collects relevant personal information about its students and has processes in place to protect the privacy of these records. Student records will not be disclosed to a third party unless the student has given written consent or the request qualifies as a legal exception. To release their information to a third party, students must complete and submit the FERPA - PIPA document release form online at adler.edu.
Students have access to their academic file through the Office of the Registrar. Students who wish to see the contents of their academic file should submit a written request to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar can take up to 30 days to respond to a student request. Students can submit correspondence to be filed in their academic file to the Office of the Registrar.
Students who believe that their privacy rights have been violated have the right to file a written complaint to the University Commissioner. The designated University commissioner is the Vancouver Campus Dean. The commissioner can conduct an investigation and will respond to the complaint in writing. For questions about confidentiality of records and privacy of students, please contact the Dean of the Vancouver Campus at 604.482.5510. If the concern is not resolved with the University Commissioner, students can contact the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia at [email protected].
Students with Disabilities
It is the policy of Adler University to offer reasonable accommodations to students with qualified disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the B.C. Human Rights Code. If a student with a disability wishes to receive accommodations in order to participate in the courses, programs, or activities offered by the University, the student may request accommodations by contacting the associate vice president of student affairs. The use of these services is voluntary and confidential. Students must request accommodation prior to the implementation of needed accommodation. Accommodations cannot be applied retroactively.
Any student with an appropriately documented disability, including psychological, medical, physical, visual, hearing, and learning disabilities is eligible for reasonable accommodations. Faculty should direct all students with inquiries or concerns regarding disabilities or accommodations to the Office of Student Affairs, who will work directly with the student to develop a reasonable accommodation plan. The Office of Student Affairs will also work with any faculty regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Students seeking accommodations on the Vancouver Campus should contact the Director of Admissions and Student Services.
Celebrating the richness of human diversity is at the heart of Adler University’s commitment to social responsibility and is reflected in the content of our curricula and makeup of our community. Apparent differences in race, ethnicity, language, religion, values, beliefs, abilities, class, sexuality, gender, and age are woven into the fabric of excellence at Adler University. At every level of our organization, we invite and embrace diversity of faculty, staff, students, sponsors, trustees, vendors, and our wide range of business partners.
The curricula for all programs provide the opportunity for students to acquire knowledge, skills, and values related to individual and group diversity. Field placements for clinical training are available in areas where the clientele is partly or primarily from traditionally underserved communities.
Recruitment and retention of a diverse student body is important to prepare students to enter a world in which the understanding of individual and cultural diversity is essential for peace and progress. Student organizations provide support and fellowship for members of diverse and marginalized groups. Our commitment to honoring diversity is not only a concept, it is practiced.
Active Military Duty
Adler University will promptly readmit a service member returning from active duty with the same academic status and enrollment status, to the same program to which the student was last admitted. (If that exact program is no longer offered, the student will be admitted to the program that is most similar to the former program, unless the student requests or agrees to admission to a different program.) The student will be readmitted with the same number of credit hours completed previously (unless the student is readmitted to a different program to which the completed credit hours or clock hours are not transferable).
A student going on a military leave must give advance electronic or written notice of service to the University, and to be readmitted, a student must provide proper documentation as listed in 34 CFR 668.18 (g). For the Active Duty Military Readmission policy to apply, the cumulative length of the absence, and of all previous absences from Adler University by reason of service, cannot exceed five years. A student must apply for readmission no later than three years after the completion of the period of service (unless a student is hospitalized and recovering from injuries suffered during service). Adler is not required to readmit a student, after undertaking reasonable efforts, if it determines that the student is not prepared to resume the program at the point where the student left off.
When a student is readmitted to the same program, for the first academic year in which he or she returns, the student is eligible to be charged the tuition and fee rates that he or she was or would have been assessed for the academic year during which he or she left the University.
Political Activity- 501(C)(3) Policy
Adler University’s status as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code prohibits it from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. Political intervention includes not only making financial contributions but also the publication or distribution of written or oral statements on behalf of or in opposition to a particular candidate.
Despite this policy faculty, staff and students are free to express their individual and collective political views, provided they understand and make clear that they are not speaking for or in the name of Adler University. Faculty and staff may take part in partisan political activities freely on their own time, but they must not do so at the expense of their regular responsibilities to the University and its students.
Policy for University Events
The University’s name, or those of a University campus, or department may not be used on any documents to endorse or oppose any candidate for elective public office. This prohibition applies to any University entities supported in whole or part by University funds, such as registered student organizations.
Political forums, candidate speeches, and debates are allowed provided no candidate either directly or indirectly receives an endorsement, preference, or support from Adler. The following guidelines apply:
- The agenda for the forum or debate should address a wide range of issues and be of significant interest to members of the Adler community.
- A non-partisan individual should serve as moderator and ensure that all ground rules are followed.
- The moderator should state, at the beginning and conclusion of the program, that the views expressed by the participants are their own and not those of the university, and that sponsorship of the forum is not intended as an endorsement of any particular candidate.
- Participants should be allotted equal time in which to present their views and ideas. Selection criteria for participation must be non-partisan.
- For a primary election, all candidates for nomination by the party being represented at the forum should be invited to participate.
- Where a general election is the underlying contest for a forum or debate, a non-partisan candidate debate is permissible provided that at least two candidates are invited to participate, and the forum or debate does not promote or advance one candidate over another. Criteria for determining participation must be non-partisan.
- Forums or debates limited to mainstream parties are permissible.
- At the beginning of each political forum, candidate speech or debate, a representative of the sponsoring group or organization should deliver the following disclaimer: “This event is sponsored by _____________. The use of Adler University facilities for this event does not constitute an endorsement by the University. Adler University does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with this or any other political campaign or election.”
- Politicians and individuals associated with political causes may speak and participate in events if their participation is not political (such as a graduation speaker).
- Voter education and registration activities are permissible so long as such activities are focused on increasing public understanding of the electoral process or encouraging participation in that process.
- University events organized around political issues instead of political candidates may be allowed provided that Adler has a longstanding involvement with the issue and the event isn’t timed to coincide with an election.
Policy for Student Organizations
Unlike Adler, recognized student organizations may use University facilities to host, sponsor and publicize an event on behalf of a single candidate provided organizations follow Adler procedure for reserving space and hosting an event.
Whenever a student organization hosts, sponsors, or publicizes an event on behalf of a political campaign or a political party, the sponsoring student organization must deliver a disclaimer explaining that the use of University facilities or resources for this event does not constitute an endorsement by the University, the views of those invited to speak on campus are the views of the speaker and not of the University, and that the University does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with this or any other political campaign or election.
However, no student organization or individual may:
- Use the name or seal of the University or any of its campuses on letters or other written materials intended for support of a political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office, including the solicitation of funds for such purpose or activities.
- Use University resources, for political campaigns or solicitation of endorsement of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.
- Use University property for the placement of signs (including flyers, banners, posters, stickers, and chalking) of endorsement of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.
- Host a campaign rally at University facilities.
As noted above, these policies are not intended to infringe in any way your individual right to support a particular candidate or participate in a political campaign. You remain entirely free to become involved in the election process as you choose, so long as you do so in a way that does not - either overtly or impliedly - involve Adler University.