Consumer Information Disclosures

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public. The following information is disclosed to you in compliance with federal law. For additional information, including requesting a paper copy of any materials, please call or e-mail the appropriate office or visit the indicated websites.

Academic Programs & Institutional Information

Contact: Registrar | mclingman@nmjc.edu | 575.492.2575

Information concerning NMJC's current educational programs and course descriptions is available in the Catalog. The catalog also includes a listing of current faculty. Faculty contact information is also found on the website. Information about campus facilities, including those that relate to instructional programs, is available through the campus map.

Accreditation

Contact: Institutional Effectiveness | Email: lsanderson@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2787

Information Concerning NMJC's institutional and specialized accreditations is available in the Catalog. Following guidelines established by the Board, all academic programs are assessed through a formal program review process on a regular basis. In addition to review of the program's NMJC continually reviews and assesses the educational programs through student outcomes assessment. Reviews and assessment reports are available from the Institutional Research Office.

Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics, Crime Log, Fire Log

Contact: Director, Administrative Services | Email: bmorrill@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2791

Information regarding public safety at NMJC is provided in the Student Handbook. The Handbook contains information about police and public safety resources, reporting crimes, emergency notification, missing student policy, crime prevention, campus facilities, residence housing security, sexual harassment policy, and drug/alcohol policy. Crime statistics can be found on the website, and additional information can be obtained from the Director of Administrative Services.

College Bookstore

Contact: 575.392.5392

The NMJC Bookstore is located in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center. The online NMJC Course Schedule includes a link to textbook and required materials for each course as soon as the information is available for a given term. Textbook information is also available directly from the NMJC Bookstore website.

College Navigator

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others search for and obtain information about U.S. postsecondary institutions. It provides information about tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool.

College Scorecard

College Scorecard is a free consumer information tool designed to help students and others search for and obtain information about the cost of postsecondary institutions.

Confidentiality of Student Records (FERPA)

Contact: Registrar | Email: mclingman@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2575

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. NMJC publishes a FERPA notification that delineates student rights under FERPA. Additionally, NMJC information on confidentiality of student records is published in the Catalog.

Constitution Day

On May 24, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education released a Notice of Implementation, announcing that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must provide an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day shall be held during the preceding or following week.

Students and classes are encouraged to participate in the events scheduled for Constitution Day.

Please select from the following list of resources to learn more about the United States Constitution:

United States Constitution

Charters of Freedom

What is Your Constitution IQ?

Facts About the U.S. Constitution

National Constitution Center: Interactive Constitution

Copyright & File Sharing

New Mexico Junior College maintains a campus network to support and enhance the academic and administrative needs of our students, faculty, staff and other campus users. The College is required by Federal Law – H.R. 4137, Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) – to make an annual disclosure informing students that illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may lead to civil and/or criminal penalties. Also, the HEOA requires institutions to take steps to combat and disclose its policies and sanctions for copyright infringement. The College must certify to the Secretary of Education that a policy is in place. Finally, the HEOA requires the College to provide alternatives to illegal file sharing. All users are encouraged to check the list of “Alternatives to Illegal Downloading”,

Although the HEOA makes reference only to students using Peer-to-Peer (P2P), this policy applies to all New Mexico Junior College network users. The College reserves the right to suspend or terminate network access to any campus user. Likewise, network access may be suspended if any use is impacting the operations of the network. Violations may be reported to appropriate authorities for criminal or civil prosecution.

 Annual Disclosure

The College’s Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy requires that each campus user abide by and agree to the College’s policies. This information is referenced in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.

Introduction

Peer-to-peer (P2P) applications such as Napster, Gnutella, iMesh, Audiogalaxy Satellite, and KaZaA, make it easy for users to exchange files with each other over the Internet. While these programs are a good way of sharing information, they are not entirely harmless and can cause problems for personal computer systems as well as for the College’s network. This is why NMJC does not allow P2P traffic on the network. The P2P network packets will be immediately dropped if anyone tries to run a P2P application. However, the P2P information in this document has been left intact so you understand the ramifications of using P2P applications on other networks.

This document provides the information users may need to avoid degrading the performance of the College’s network, to avoid unknowingly sharing personal data, to prevent inadvertently violating Federal Copyright Law, or to prevent exposing personal computer equipment to malicious code or unacceptable use when using peer-to-peer applications.

Network Capacity

Most P2P applications will usually be configured so other users can access your hard drive and share your files all of the time. This constant file transfer can degrade your computer’s performance and generate heavy traffic loads on the College’s network, making overall network performance poor. The network is a shared resource, and we all must use it responsibly. Network traffic capacity (referred to as “bandwidth”) is a limited and expensive resource that we must all consume responsibly.

NMJC network bandwidth consumption is monitored. If your usage could possibly impact the overall performance of the network, your computer may be blocked until the situation can be discussed and resolved. 

Before you install any program on your computer, especially a P2P application, read that program’s documentation and disable, if possible, file-sharing access.

 Copyright Issues

File-sharing applications make it easy for you to share music, videos, movies, software, text and other files. However, unless you have the explicit permission of the copyright owner to possess or distribute the material, you may be in violation of federal copyright law. It is best to assume that all material is copyrighted. 

 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 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.  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 Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially the FAQs at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

The College cannot protect you from a copyright complaint. You are not insulated from legal action because of your status as a student or because you use College network resources. In fact, the College may be legally required to assist a complainant in pursuing action against you. The penalties can range from College sanctions to civil and criminal prosecution. Individual copyright owners and the entertainment industry are quite active in pursuing legal actions. You are not protected just because you received material at no cost or are distributing material with no charge. Your only protection is to not possess or distribute any unlicensed copyrighted material.

 Privacy

If you are running a file-sharing application, make sure you know which files and data the program can access and provide to others. You may be inadvertently sharing personal information such as e-mail messages and credit card information.


 Security

Virus writers are increasingly targeting file-sharing applications. If malicious code infects your computer, it can spread to millions of computers on the Internet. It is essential that you keep your anti-virus program up to date and install programs acquired only from reputable sources.

Some file-sharing applications also access your computer to provide a computational or storage resource for another organization’s personal use. This may not be an acceptable use of state-owned resources such as the NMJC network.

Plans to “Effectively Combat” the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material

New Mexico Junior College currently employs bandwidth shaping technology to prioritize network traffic. The College does not allow P2P traffic because of bandwidth limitations, issues concerning the sharing of copyrighted materials and other issues brought on by the use of P2P applications..

NMJC Policy and Assistance

In summary, please remember that file-sharing programs are not usable on the NMJC Campus network, because you may inadvertently consume excessive network bandwidth, violate copyright law, inadvertently share confidential information or make your computer unsecured. Disproportionate bandwidth usage and copyright infringement are violations of the College’s rules for acceptable use of information technology.
 

Students should be aware that NMJC’s networks and computers connected to the College’s networks are monitored by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other copyright protection agencies.  If you install peer-to-peer file sharing software on your computer you “open” your computer to monitoring by these agencies. If the university receives a notice from one of these agencies alleging a copyright violation associated with your computer, you will be contacted by the Director of Computer Information Systems and the Vice President for Student Services.

 

Cost of Attendance

Information concerning the cost of attending NMJC is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. These costs consist of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and any additional costs for a program in which the student is enrolled or expresses an interest.

Students can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the cost of attendance.

Contact: Financial Aid Office | Email: kmitchell@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2560

Disability Services

Contact: the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities | Email: krueda@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2576

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities provides disability-related information and referrals; documents disability and conducts needs assessments; facilitates reasonable accommodations, and provides auxiliary services. Visit the website for more information. Additionally, an ADA Student Guideline Manual is available to students who seek services.

Drug / Alcohol Policy

Contact: Vice President for Student Services | Email: PRoybal@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2760

NMJC publishes the Drug / Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook and on the website. The policy includes information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug alcohol laws and penalties, and campus alcohol and other drug education and counseling resources.

Emergency Safety Information

Financial Aid

Contact: Financial Aid Office | Email: kmitchell@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2560

The Office of Student Financial Aid website and the Catalog includes information about financial aid to students.

Net Price Calculator

Net price calculator is a calculator to help you identify your total cost of attending NMJC.

Gainful Employment

Contact: Financial Aid Office | Email: kmitchell@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2560

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

Gainful Employment information for certificate programs:

General Education Assessment Reports

General Education Assessment Reports: 2007-08 | 2008-09| 2009-10 | 2010-11

Graduation and Retention Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act)

Contact: Institutional Effectiveness | Email: lsanderson@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2787

Graduation data and retention rates for NMJC full-time, degree-seeking students are available at College Navigator.

Graduation and Retention Rates for Student Athletes

Contact: Deron Clark, Athletic Director | Email: DClark@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2741

The Annual Athletic Report highlights achievements, goals, and accomplishments of the athletic programs at NMJC. Graduation rates are included in this report.

Identity Theft Prevention Policy

Contact: Accounts Receivable | Email: | Phone:

As required by the FTC's Red Flags Rule, NMJC has established and will maintain an Identity Theft Prevention Program.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

Contact: Athletic Director | Email: DClark@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2741

In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, the Athletic Department publishes information on men's and women's athletic programs at NMJC. The EADA report includes the number of participants by gender for each team, operating and recruiting expenses, coaches' salaries, revenues, and athletically related student aid.highlights

The Annual Athletic Report highlights achievements, goals, and accomplishments of the athletic programs at NMJC. Graduation rates are included in this report.

Loan Disclosures

Contact: Financial Aid Office | Email: kmitchell@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2560

Loan Disclosure Information

Missing Student Policy and Notification Procedures

Contact: Director of Administrative Services | Email: bmorrill@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2791

NMJC's missing student policy and notification procedures to be followed when an NMJC student has been reported missing are available in the Student Handbook. The policy includes directions for students on how to submit emergency contact information.

New Mexico Higher Education Department Complaint Process

Contact: New Mexico Higher Education Department

In accordance with the new Federal Program Integrity rules effective July 1, 2011, the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) will review complaints regarding public and private postsecondary institutions in New Mexico as well as New Mexico resident students attending out-of-state institutions. 

NMHED will receive complaints that were unable to be resolved through the institution’s internal complaint process.  Generally, in order to file a complaint with NMHED, you must have already filed with and received a response from the institution which you are complaining against.  If you have legitimate reasons preventing you from filing a complaint with the institution, you must provide supporting documentation to that regard.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Contact: Director of Administrative Services | Email: bmorrill@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2791

New Mexico Junior College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies and procedures with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Sexual Harassment / Discrimination Policies and Discrimination Grievance Procedures

Contact: Director of Administrative Services | Email: bmorrill@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2791

Sexual Harassment Policy

Compliance with Sex Discrimination Guidelines

Compliance with Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion or National Origin

Discrimination Grievance Procedure

Student Body Diversity

Contact: Institutional Effectiveness | Email: lsanderson@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.492.2787

Information about student body diversity, including the number of enrolled full-time students by gender and race / ethnicity, is provided in the NMJC Fact Book.

Textbook Information / Required Course Materials

Contact: NMJC Bookstore | Email: radams@nmjc.edu | Phone: 575.392.5392.

The on-line NMJC Course Schedule includes a link to textbook and required materials for each course as soon as the information is available for a given term. Textbook information is also available directly from the NMJC Bookstore website.

Verifications & Certifications

New Mexico Junior College has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide degree and enrollment verifications.  If you are an Employer, Credit Grantor, Insurance Company, Background Screening Agency, please contact the National Student Clearinghouse.

Web: www.degreeverify.com
Mail: National Student Clearinghouse
2300 Dulles Station Boulevard, Suite 300
Herndon, VA 20171

Voter Registration

Information on voting in local, state, and federal elections, including a copy of the New Mexico voter registration application form, may be accessed at the New Mexico Secretary of State website. Additional information may be found on our website.