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Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

This page has been created to fulfill CUA's compliance with the disclosure requirements under Title IV and Title IX.  Title IV requires institutions participating in financial aid programs to disclose specified information to all prospective students, applicants, employees and current students.  Below is a list of the disclosure requirements, and links to pages that contain the actual information or where to obtain the information. A hard copy of any of the information is available by requesting same from the relevant employee listed below. Title IX requires disclosure of information about the Univerity Title IX Officer.


Financial Assistance Information

Federal Student Financial Aid 

CUA Financial Aid Programs

Financing Education Abroad 

Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid 

Notice to All Students on Drug Use and Ineligibility for Federal Financial Aid 

Financial Aid Calculator

Contact Information for Financial Aid Information: Deborah Harry, Director of Enrollment Management Systems, (


Accreditation and Licensure Information

Middle States

The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Middle States region includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education page on The Catholic University of America

Middle State Complaint Procedures

Accreditation and Memberships Accreditation (list of organizations that accredit specific schools and programs).

Washington DC

DC Education Licensure Commission (as a conditionally exempt institution)

Congressional Charter

Virginia (SLIS and Engineering Management offer programs in this state)

State Council on Higher Education in Virginia Complaint Procedures

Maryland (an application is pending with MHEC for online courses leading to a MS in Management and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management)

Maryland Higher Education Commission Complaint Procedures

Please note that CUA is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of Attorney General of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

CUA Internal Grievance Process

Most external grievance processes require that the student first exhaust internal processes.  If a student believes he/she has a complaint regarding financial aid a complaint should be filed with Michael Hendricks, Vice President for Enrollment Management at If the complaint is about Undergraduate Academics, the person to contact is Dr. Peter Shoemaker, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, at

A complaint about Graduate Academics should be directed to Dr. James Greene at Students with complaints of discrimination of any type should follow the Discrimination Complaint Procedures.

Please note that no student will be subject to unfair actions as a result of his/her initiation of a complaint proceeding. For more information please see the CUA Non-Retaliation Policy.

Step by Step CUA Complaint Procedure as required by the Program Integrity Rule, 34 CFR 600.9


Institutional Information

Tuition and Fees at CUA 

Refund of Student Charges  (includes tuition adjustment for complete withdrawal from university)

Change of Enrollment

Academic Program 

Transfer of Credit Policy

Contact Information for Transfer of Credit:

Dr. Peter Shoemaker, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, at

Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Information

Sexual Harassment and any other form of discrimination based upon gender is prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the education programs or activities it operates. The requirement not to discriminate in the recipient’s education programs and activities extends to employees and students. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Wood at TITLEIX-COORD@CUA.EDU; Room 170 Leahy Hall; Phone Number: tel. 202-319-6594.

Title IX Web Page

Disability Support Services for Students

Contact Information on Disability Support Services:Emily Lucio, Director, Disability Support Services (

Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy

Contact Information for Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination as well as Title IX Issues: Lisa Wood, Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Room 170 Leahy Hall, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20064,  TITLEIX-COORD@CUA.EDU, tel. 202-319-6594

Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions

Liability for Online Activities 

What is Wrong with Ripping?
A short video to be used for educating students about copyright law and downloading music off the Internet. The video was produced for CUA by Whatbox Productions. Copyright permission to use the song What Happened by Sublime was received for use in this context. 

Publications, Videos and Web Tutorials On Copyright

Resources, Forms and Checklists on Copyright 

Q and A on Copyright 

Alternatives to Illegal Downloading and Sharing of MP3s (updated October 2009) 

Intellectual Property Information for Faculty

Contact Information for Peer to Peer File sharing and Copyright Issues:
Betsy Ramsey, Director of Information Technology ( Betsy Ramsey is also the DMCA Registered Agent.

Drug and Alcohol Use Prevention Program

Federal and Local Alcohol and Drug Penalties

Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy

Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Contact Information for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Jon Sawyer, Associate VP for Student Life (

Information on Graduation Rates and other Student Profile Information

Most Recent Student Retention and Graduation Information

Six Year Freshman Cohort Graduation Rate by Federal Award Type (include Pell Grant as a category)

Contact Information for Graduation Rates, Retention Rate and other IPEDS information: Brian Johnston, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment

Student Record Privacy and FERPA

CUA Student Record Policy

Office of General Counsel Web Page on FERPA  

Enrollment Services Page on Student Records Privacy (includes Notification of Rights and Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information)

Contact Information on FERPA and Student Record Privacy Danielle Spinato, Director of Constituent Services and Associate Registrar, at

Information on Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics

Emergency Response Procedures

Department of Public Safety Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Copies of this report are available in paper upon request by contacting Public Safety.

How to Report Crimes on Campus 

Coordination with Local Police

Contact Information for Campus Security: Thomasine Johnson, Director of Public Safety

Missing Student Notification Policy

Employees to Contact for Further Required Disclosure Information

Immunization Requirements for Students

Contact Information for Immunization Policy Dr. Loretta Staudt at 

Certification Exam Success Rates

Teacher Education Reporting Requirements Contact Information for Teacher Education Reporting Requirements:Dr. Agnes Cave, Director of Teacher Education ( 

CUA Policies Page (includes official university wide policies for students)
Institutional Plans for Improving the Academic Program of the Institution: Dr. James Brennan, Provost (

Placement Information for the Graduates of the Institution's Degree or Certificate Programs,
Anthony Chiappetta,  Director of Career Services (

Director OCPD Law School,   Jill Frost, Director, or Brian Johnston, Associate Vice President for Planning, Institutional Assessment and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment,

Graduate and Professional Programs in which graduates of CUA's undergrad program have enrolled:Brian Johnston, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment,

Fire Safety Report: Louis P. Alar, Director of Environmental Health and Safety,






updated 1/8/14