Students Right to Know

Higher Education Act - Annual Notice

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (HEA98) requires institutions to provide annual notice to enrolled students of the availability of the following consumer information.


Electronic Information Technology (“EIT”) Accessibility Compliance

Youngstown State University is committed to making its electronic and information technologies, ("EIT") which includes all information provided though the University’s website, the University’s online learning or e-learning environment and its course management systems, for instance Blackboard technology, accessible to students, prospective students, employees, guests and visitors with disabilities, particularly those with visual, hearing and manual impairments or who otherwise require the use of assistive technology to access information provided through the University’s EIT.  More information may be found at the EIT Accessibility Compliance page.


Security and Privacy Policy

Youngstown State University strives to balance academic freedom and access to IT resources with security and privacy.

Acceptable use of university technology resources (No. 4-09)

Discrimination/Harassment Policy (No. 2-03)

It is the established policy of Youngstown State University not to tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment by or against any individual or group of individuals for reasons of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (GINA), military status, sexual orientation gender identity and expression. The University is fully committed to providing equal opportunities in all employment-related activities, educational programs, and other activities of the college. Anyone who is subjected to conduct that creates a discriminatory, intimidating or harassing environment should report the conduct as outlined in University Policy 2-03.

Other College polices regarding Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment/Misconduct and Workplace Family and Relationship Violence may be found at the University Policies website.


Reasonable Accommodations

It is the Youngstown State University policy to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities. If you would like to request such accommodations because of a physical, mental, or learning disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services, 330-941-1372.


99.7 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Information on rights and procedures for inspection, correction, and disclosure of information in the student's record. Student rights under FERPA are published in the eCatalog section on Student Records. You may obtain a copy of FERPA by contacting the office of Records and Registration at 330-941-2217 or by visiting the FERPA web page..


668.42 Financial Assistance Information

Description of student aid program, application procedures and eligibility criteria, and rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance. Information is published in the High Finance, available by contacting the Financial Aid Office, 330-941-3505.

Financial Aid website


668.43 Institutional Information

Information on cost, academic programs, accreditation, special services, campus contacts, refund policies, Return of Funds to Title IV, and procedures for officially withdrawing are available in the eCatalog at these locations:

Cost of Attending 
Academic Programs 
Special Services
Campus Contacts
Refund Policy
Return of Funds to Title IV (F.A. Home Page Letter from Director)
Procedures for Officially Withdrawing 
General Information on physical facilities 
College Index

Information is published in the Youngstown State University eCatalog

For a copy of information on Return of Funds to Title IV: Contact the Financial Aid Office, 330-941-3505.  


668.46 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Youngstown State University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the YSU Police Department, 330-941-3527 or by viewing the Annual Campus Safety & Fire Report.

Drug Prevention brochure.    


668.47 Report on Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletic Disclosure Act)

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires co-educational institutions of postsecondary education that participate in a Title IV federal student financial assistance program and an intercollegiate athletic program to prepare an annual report to the Department of Education on athletic participation, staffing, revenues and expenses by gender.

Information on Youngstown State's intercollegiate athletics programs: intercollegiate varsity teams; number of participants; operating expenses; gender, status, and salary of all coaches; revenue generated; funds spent on athletic student; and recruiting expenditures for both men's and women's teams.

Equity in Athletics Report


668.48 Report on Completion or Graduation Rates for Student-Athletes

Information, by race and gender, on graduation rates for Youngstown State student athletes.

You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Athletics Department, 330-941-1910.    


Completion or Graduation and Transfer Out Rates

HEOA Sec. 488(a)(2) amended HEA Sec. 485(a) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)): new HEA Sec. 485(a)(4) HEOA Sec. 488(a)(3) amended HEA Sec. 485(a) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)): added HEA Sec. 485(a)(7): Each institution must annually make available to prospective and enrolled students the completion or graduation rate of certificate- or degree-seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students. The HEOA (Sec. 488(a)(3)) added a provision requiring that the completion or graduation rates must be disaggregated by gender; major racial and ethnic subgroup [as defined in IPEDS]; recipients of a Federal Pell Grant; recipients of a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant; and students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a subsidized Stafford Loan (National Postsecondary Education Cooperative – NPEC – reference 25; download Report of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative*

2010 Cohort Graduation Rates

Fall 2015 Full-Time, Degree Seeking

Retention Rate

HEOA Sec. 488(a)(1)(E) amended HEA Sec. 485(a)(1) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)(1)): added HEA Sec. 485(a)(1)(U): HEOA amendment effective August 14, 2008: "Institutions must make available to current and prospective students the retention rate of certificate- or degree-seeking, first-time, undergraduate students as reported to IPEDS.

Student Status Percent

2014 Retention Rates

First-time, Full-time certificate/degree-seeking 75%
First-time, Part-Time certificate/degree-seeking 47%