This page is designed to provide students and staff with a wide range of information that is available through a variety of resources on campus. It is our hope that you will find this information helpful. If you would prefer to get the information in writing, you may request it from the appropriate office. For additional information, you may also access our catalog online.
Below you'll find an index with a brief description of each topic, a link to more information when available, and the office that can provide additional information; the Director of the Office of Financial Assistance can also provide information when needed.
Buena Vista University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For inquires regarding accreditation, contact:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
800.621.7400, 312.263.0456, Fax: 312.263.7462
This report describes our athletic program participation rates and expenses related to athletics at BVU. Contact the BVU Director of Athletics for information.
BVU's annual report will provide students, employees, and visitors with an overview of the University's security resources, policies and procedures, as well as crime and fire statistics. The report is updated annually and also includes information related to missing persons. (Please click on the report link on the website to find the latest report.) For additional information, contact the Director of Campus Security.
This policy explains the procedures for an orderly evacuation, should one be necessary. For additional information contact the Director of Campus Security.
Iowa Code Section 261E.2 and Sections 487(a)(25) and 487(e) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, require the development, administration, and enforcement of a code of conduct governing educational loan activities.
The completion/graduation rate of all full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduates. Contact the Office of Institutional Research for additional information.
The Department of Education is required to post 26 items for each institution on this website.
Describes BVU's expectations for academic honesty and the penalties for violating federal or institutional copyright laws, including those related to the institution's technology system. Contact the Associate Dean of Faculty for more information.
Costs for tuition, fees and room and board and an estimate of other related expenses. Please contact the BVU Business Office for additional information.
Drug and Alcohol abuse, prevention and awareness information, along with information relevant to institutional policies related to drug and alcohol use. Contact the BVU Human Resources Department for more information.
This policy will describe the financial aid penalties for the illegal possession or sale of drugs.
Contact the Office of Financial Assistance for more information.
Physical facilities that relate to academic programs at BVU.
Facilities and Services available to students with disabilities (Storm Lake):
Nearly all buildings on the Buena Vista University campus are handicapped accessible. Students seeking assistance regarding accessibility should contact the following individuals:
- For assistance with the academic program, including accessibility of courses, laboratories, or academic materials, students should contact the the director of the Center of Academic Excellence, 712.749.1237.
- For assistance with the co-curricular program, such as residence halls, food service, student activities, or other programs, students should contact the dean of students in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum, 712.749.2123.
Facilities and Services available to students with disabilities (Graduate & Professional Studies):
Faculty and instructional personnel. Additional information can be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Student's rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Contact the Registrar's Office for additional information.
Additional specific information for Graduate & Professional Studies students and Graduate students is available. These links will provide you with information pertaining to:
- The process of applying for financial assistance and how eligibility is determined.
- Need-based and non-need based state, institutional, and private/local assistance programs.
- Need based and non-need based federal financial assistance, including application procedures, general eligibility guidelines, and award amounts.
- The terms and conditions of any federal loans, including a sample repayment schedule.
- The rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance.
- Information regarding the availability of federal student aid for study abroad opportunities.
Information is available on BVU's job placement data, including the types of employment our graduates have obtained and the types of graduate programs in which our graduates have enrolled. Contact the Director of Career Services for additional information.
Schools that participate in preferred lender arrangement must disclose detailed information about the terms and conditions of the loans offered, why the school chose the particular lender and the method used to select the lenders. Other required information can also be found on the link provided.
Students who withdraw from the university may be entitled to a refund of charges and financial assistance. For additional information, including the request for a sample calculation, please contact the BVU Business Office.
This policy will detail the correct procedure to follow if you find the need to withdraw from BVU during a term/semester. Information is also available on BVU's Administrative Withdrawal Policy.
This policy addresses the criteria for remaining in good academic standing academically at BVU. Good academic standing is necessary to continue to be eligible for federal, state and institutional financial assistance. For more information, contact the Associate Dean of Faculty or the Office of Financial Assistance.
This link will provide students with contact information for filing a complaint with any state in which a student resides while attending BVU.
To review statistics for enrollment by gender, race/ethnicity and financial need. For further information, please contact the Director of Institutional Research.
To review the terms and conditions of employment that may be part of a financial assistance package. Contact Lauri Lyman, Work Study Coordinator for more information.
Text Book Information
Please refer to the BVU Registrar site to find information pertaining to required text books, by course, their costs and ISBNs.
Please refer to the Book Voucher Policy to determine if you are able to use a credit balance to purchase books before the start of a term/semester.
This information will detail the policy for acceptance of course work taken elsewhere. For information on transfer of credit for any of our graduate programs, please see the corresponding area of the BVU Catalog. In addition, information is also available on BVU's articulation agreements
This policy offers a description of required medical forms, insurance waiver, and required and recommended immunizations for students living in university residence halls.