Consumer Information

San Diego Global Knowledge University is committed to abiding by the Federal and State guidelines for reporting student completion, graduation, and placement rates. The following links disclose this information for our community’s access and to promote transparency regarding our school’s student achievement and performance.

These are the data reported to ACICS by the institution in its most recent Campus Accountability Report. 

These are the data reported to BPPE by the institution in its most recent Annual Report.

University Policies and Guidelines for Consumers

Under federal law, the Clery Act (20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)) postsecondary institutions that participate in Title IV student financial aid programs under the Higher Education Act are required to make the Clery Act (officially known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act) available to students, faculty, and staff.

SDGKU’s Annual Security Report on campus crime statistics is provided on the university website and has three years of 2018, 2019, 2020 Clery Geography annual crime statistics.  They are included in an annual security report published for students, faculty, and staff to educate any interested consumer on campus about community safety. In addition to publishing an annual security report, colleges and universities are required to publish and update associated security policies for the institution.  Upon request, hard copies will be made available at the SDGKU campus administrative office. You may download the following documents for information on campus security and safety compliance:

The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first-class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. This is applicable to on-ground, online, and hybrid courses. If a student paid fees and did not access the instructional program, or attended class, all fees except for the non-refundable registration/enrollment fee will be returned to them. The refund will be mailed within 30 days from the time of the withdrawal or cancellation, according to the schedule below.

Students may withdraw after instruction has started and receive a pro-rata refund for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges if the student has completed 60% or less of the payment period. A payment period is 15 weeks for non-degree and 20 weeks (semester) for degree programs. For example, a 20-week payment period of $1200 has the following refund schedule: 

After Attending Example

Weeks Scheduled

% Complete School Retains Refund to Student

4 weeks

20% $  240.00

$960.00

8 weeks

40% $  480.00

$720.00

12 weeks (60%)

60% $  720.00

$480.00

After 12 weeks $1,200.00

No refund

If the school cancels or discontinues a course or educational program, the school will make a full refund of all charges. Refunds will be paid within 30 days of cancellation or withdrawal.

I. Covered Individuals

Any officer, agent, or employee of San Diego Global Knowledge University (“SDGKU”, “University”), who works in the financial aid office or has responsibilities with respect to education loans, whether those loans are through the federal student loan programs or are private loans, is a covered individual for purposes of this Code of Conduct.

II. Gifts and Gratuities

A. No covered individual may accept any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, hospitality, loan, discount, or other thing having more than a de minimus value from any lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans, unless such gift or thing of value comes within the following exceptions:

1) Materials or training programs related to loans, default aversion, default prevention, or financial literacy
2) Food, refreshments, training, or informational material provided as part of a training session that is designed to improve the service of a lender, guarantor or servicer, as long as the training contributes to the professional development of the SDGKU representative.

B. A student who is also an employee of SDGKU may accept favorable terms, conditions and borrower benefits that are comparable to those provided to all students at SDGKU.

C. A gift to a family member or other person with a relationship to a covered individual is a gift to the covered individual if it is given with the knowledge of the covered individual and the covered individual has reason to believe the gift was given because of his or her position with SDGKU.

III. Services and Contributions

A. SDGKU may permit a lender, servicer, or guarantor to provide entrance and exit counseling services to borrowers as long as SDGKU staff are in control of the counseling and it does not promote the products or services of any particular lender, servicer, or guarantor.

B. SDGKU may accept philanthropic contributions that are unrelated to educational loans and not made in exchange for any advantage or consideration related to education loans.

IV. Contracting and Board Arrangements

A. A covered individual may not accept any fee, payment, or other financial benefit from a lender or any affiliate of a lender as compensation for any type of consulting relationship or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender that relates to educational loans. With the permission of the President of SDGKU, a covered individual may serve on an advisory board or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, and may accept reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in such service.

B. With the advance permission of the President of SDGKU, an officer or employee of SDGKU who is not employed in the financial aid office and does not otherwise have responsibilities for education loans may serve as a paid or unpaid member of the board of directors of a lender, servicer, or guarantor of education loans.

C. With the advance permission of the President of SDGKU, an officer, agent, or employee of SDGKU who is not employed in the financial aid office but does otherwise have responsibilities for education loans may serve as a paid or unpaid member of the board of directors of a lender, servicer, or guarantor of education loans, so long as that person recuses himself or herself from participating in any decisions of the board relating to education loans at the institution.

D. An officer, employee, or agent of a lender, guarantor, or servicer may serve on the SDGKU board so long as that board member recuses himself or herself from any decisions of the board relating to education loans.

V. Interaction with Borrowers

A. The loan of a first-time borrower may not be assigned to a particular lender through award packaging or other methods.

B. A borrower may choose any lender, and SDGKU will not refuse to certify a loan or delay in certifying a loan based on the borrower’s selection of a lender.

VI. Offers of Funds for Private Loans

No officer, employee, or agent of SDGKU shall on the University’s behalf request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans in exchange for the University providing concessions or promises to the lender relating to numbers of loans, loan volume, or preferred lender arrangements.

VII. Staffing Assistance and Materials

A. SDGKU shall not solicit or accept assistance with staffing a call center or the financial aid office from any lender, except as provided below.

B. In an emergency, such as a federally or state-declared disaster or other emergency identified by the Department of Education, SDGKU may accept short-term assistance in providing financial aid related functions from a lender.

C. SDGKU may accept assistance from a lender related to professional development training for financial aid administrators.

D. SDGKU may accept educational counseling materials, financial literacy materials, or debt management materials from a lender so long as those materials disclose the identification of any lender that assisted in preparing or providing those materials.

When a person joins the university community either as a student, faculty member, or staff member, he or she agrees to participate meaningfully in the life of the university and to share in the obligation to promote and preserve its educational endeavors. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to abide by ethical standards both in their conduct and in their exercise of responsibility towards other members of the community.

The following prohibitions apply to students, faculty, and staff of San Diego Global Knowledge University:

• No misuse, alteration or mutilation of university property.
• No stealing of any kind.
• No physical or verbal abuse of faculty, administration, or fellow students is permitted, as well as inappropriate conduct that can threaten or endanger anyone at the university.
• No obstruction or interference of movement on university property, or disruption of activities on university property.
• No unlawful possession use or distribution of illegal drugs, or abuse of alcohol on university property during any student activities.
• No violation of any federal, state, or local ordinance.
• No aiding, abetting, encouraging, inciting, or participating in a riot.
• No use or possession of any dangerous weapons, firearms, ammunition, substances, materials, bombs, explosives, or incendiary devices prohibited by law.
• No misrepresentation or falsification of materials leading to the awarding of any degree. If this violation, which has serious legal and personal consequences, is discovered, the degree will be revoked.
• No unauthorized use of university facilities or personnel.
• No disregard of or violation of university policies or regulations.
• No forgery or misuse of university documents, records, or identification.
• No disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression in or on university property.
• No defamatory statements, undocumented allegations, attack upon personal integrity, or harassment of any kind.
• No failure to comply with directions of university officials acting in the performance of their duties.
• No conducting personal business for gain while teaching or participating in other university activities in or on university property or facilities.
• No failure to maintain the highest ethical standards in interactions with students, staff, and faculty with regard to confidentiality and personal privacy.

To determine a student’s eligibility for federal student aid, the student must first complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) for each award year.  An award year is defined for the periods of July 1 – June 30 of each year. The FAFSA is made available on October 1st of each year. A completed FAFSA that includes the school code will generate a SAR to the applicant and an ISIR to the school. Once the ISIR report is received by the school, the financial aid office will review the ISIR for any c-codes, verification flags and/or discrepancies. Once all C-codes, verification flags and/or discrepancies are cleared by the applicant, the financial aid office will determine the student’s maximum eligibility for the following awards:

Federal Pell Grant (Undergraduate Students Only) – Full Stack Development Immersive and Bachelor’s in Global Management

Federal Pell Grant is free money from the government and does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grant is usually awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. Students are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if they are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or non forcible sexual offense. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances: (1) Student’s withdraw early from the program for which the grant was given to them. (2) Student’s enrollment status changed in a way that reduced their eligibility for their grant (for instance, if a student switch from full-time enrollment to part-time, their grant amount will be reduced.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans

Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Direct Subsidized Loan (1) While they are in school at least half-time. (2) For the first six months after students leave school (referred to as a grace period). (3) During a period of deferment (a postponement of loan payments).

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students; there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. With the unsubsidized loans students are responsible for paying the interest on a Direct Unsubsidized Loan during all periods.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

When a parent applies for a Direct PLUS Loan, the parent can authorize the University to use their loan funds to satisfy their student’s direct and indirect cost (tuition and fees, and room and board). Parents are not required to provide this authorization. As a parent borrower, the parent can also use the Direct PLUS Loan Application to: (1) Designate whether the University pays any credit balance to the student or to the parent. (2) Request a deferment while the student is in school, and for an additional deferment for six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time.  (3) Request a change to the loan amount specified in a previously submitted application.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans

When students apply for a Direct PLUS Loan as a graduate or professional student, students can authorize the University to use their loan funds to satisfy the Cost of Attendance for the academic year to include tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.

This is a request for supplemental information in connection with student’s application for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan (Direct PLUS Loan) through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Some schools may have a different process for obtaining the additional information needed to process students’ Direct PLUS Loan application.

The information that students provide will be sent to the University the student selects. The University will use the information collected to determine their eligibility for a Direct PLUS Loan and originate their application. Before student’s can receive a Direct PLUS Loan, they must complete a Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (Direct PLUS Loan MPN), which explains all the terms and conditions of Direct PLUS Loans and constitutes their legally binding agreement to repay all Direct PLUS Loans that students receive under the Direct PLUS Loan MPN. Students will have an opportunity to complete the Direct PLUS Loan MPN after they complete the Direct PLUS Loan Application.

The Direct Grad PLUS Loan Request allows the student to: (1) Designate whether the school pays any credit balance to the student. (2) Request a deferment while the student is in school and (3) Request an additional deferment for 6 months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time. The student’s school will notify them what loans, if any, they are eligible to receive. If students have questions regarding their loan eligibility, the next steps in the processing of their loan, when the loan will be disbursed (paid out), or no longer wish to receive the loan, students need to contact their school’s financial aid office.

Example of Financial Aid Eligibility

If the student is an undergraduate, the financial aid office will review the students’ Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to determine how much (if eligible) Federal Pell grant the student may receive. The financial aid office will confirm with the admissions office if the student has any transfer units to determine the grade level the student is in to determine the award amount. If the student did not receive transfer credit from a previously attended school, the student will be deemed grade level one:

Example of grade level one independent student with zero EFC:

  • Pell $6,495 (2021-2022 Award Year)
  • Subsidized $3,500 (less loan fees)
  • Unsubsidized $6,000 (less loan fees)

Total Award Amount that the student is eligible for is: $15,995 for the first academic year.

SDGKU complies with the provisions of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the regulations developed under the law. The Act states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

SDGKU complies with the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Accordingly, qualified persons with disabilities cannot, on the basis of disability, be denied admission or subjected to discrimination in admission decisions. Further, no qualified disabled student may be excluded from any academic, research, counseling, financial aid, or other post-secondary education program or activity that the university provides to all students on the basis of that student’s disability. Disabled students will not be subject to any extra eligibility criteria in comparison to other students nor are subject to additional tuition, fees or costs. Any qualified disable student may contact the Director of Admissions and Registrar or the Chief Academic Officer to request reasonable accommodations at no cost. The disabled student always has the option of not taking the accommodations by informing the Director of Admissions and Registrar or the Chief Academic Officer of their decision.

San Diego Global Knowledge University does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and the administrative regulations adopted thereunder prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs and activities. Such programs include the admission and employment of students.
SDGKU is committed to providing equal opportunities to men and women students in all programs.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of marital status, religion, or sexual orientation. Students are urged to refer any complaint of any type of harassment to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

SDGKU complies with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the regulations adopted thereunder. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program of the University.

The University policy regarding the possession, use, and/or sale of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs by SDGKU staff, faculty or visiting students is governed by state and municipal law and further governed by the Student Conduct Code. The university expects that individuals and groups will conduct themselves and operate within the scope of the rules and regulations. Proven violations of these policies and regulations will lead to serious consequences and may include criminal prosecutions as well as suspension. Grievance Procedures have been established for use by students who feel discriminated against on the basis of gender, disabled condition, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or age. Students wishing to initiate a grievance are advised to obtain written instructions on the filing of grievances from the Office of Academic Affairs.

San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation Privacy (GDRP) Policy

 

1. Scope

All data subjects whose personal data is collected, in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This regulation applies to data about anyone in the EU, regardless of whether they are a citizen or permanent resident of an EU country. The regulation makes no distinctions based on individuals’ permanent places of residence or nationality.

2. Responsibilities

2A: Subject Disclosure
The SDGKU Chief Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring that this policy is made available to data subjects prior to SDGKU collecting/processing their personal data.
2B: Employee Consent
All employees of SDGKU who interact with data subjects are responsible for ensuring that this policy is presented to them and required consent is collected.

3. Policy Statement

San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) is an institution of higher education. For SDGKU to educate its students, it is necessary to collect, process, use, and maintain data for its student, employees, applicants, and others involved in their educational programs. The lawful bases include, without limitation, admission, registration, delivery of content, on ground and online courses, study abroad education, grades, communications, employment, program analysis for improvements, and records retention.
SDGKU takes seriously its duty to protect the personal data it collects or processes. In addition to SDGKU’s overall data protection program, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) imposes obligations on entities like SDGKU, that collect or process personal data for people in the European Union (‘EU’). GDPR applies to personal data that SDGKU collects about anyone located in the EU, regardless of whether they are a citizen or permanent resident of an EU country. Among other things, GDPR requires SDGKU to:
  • Be transparent about the personal data it collects or processes and the uses it makes of any personal data
  • Keep track of all uses and disclosures it makes of personal data
  • Appropriately secure personal data
This policy describes SDGKU’s data protection strategy to comply with the GDPR. For more information regarding SDGKU’s Privacy Policy, please click here.

3A: Background to the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’)
The General Data Protection Regulation 2016 replaces the EU Data Protection Directive of 1995 and supersedes the laws of individual Member States that were developed in compliance with the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. Its purpose is to protect the “rights and freedoms” of natural persons (i.e. living individuals) and to ensure that personal data is not processed without their knowledge, and, wherever possible, that it is processed with their consent.

3B: Definitions used by SDGKU
GDPR applies to the processing of personal data wholly or partly by automated means (i.e. by computer) and to the processing other than by automated means of personal data (i.e. paper records) that form part of a filing system or are intended to form part of a filing system.

3C: Territorial scope
GDPR will apply to all controllers that are established in the EU (European Union) who process the personal data of data subjects, in the context of that establishment. It will also apply to controllers outside of the EU that process personal data to offer goods and services or monitor the behavior of data subjects who are resident in the EU.
3D: General EU Definitions
  • Child – GDPR defines a child as anyone under the age of 16 years old, although this may be lowered to 13 by Member State law. The processing of personal data of a child is only lawful if parental or custodian consent has been obtained. The controller shall make reasonable efforts to verify in such cases that consent is given or authorized by the holder of parental responsibility over the child.
  • Data controller – the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law.
  • Data subject – any living individual who is the subject of personal data held by an organization.
  • Data subject consent – means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data.
  • Establishment – the main establishment of the controller in the EU will be the place in which the controller makes the main decisions as to the purpose and means of its data processing activities. The main establishment of a processor in the EU will be its administrative center. If a controller is based outside the EU, it will have to appoint a representative in the jurisdiction in which the controller operates to act on behalf of the controller and deal with supervisory authorities.
  • Filing system – any structured set of personal data which are accessible according to specific criteria, whether centralized, decentralized or dispersed on a functional or geographical basis.
  • Legitimate Interest – Processing of personal data is lawful if such processing is necessary for the legitimate business purposes of the data controller/processor, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data.
  • Personal data – any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
  • Processing – any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
  • Profiling – is any form of automated processing of personal data intended to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, or to analyze or predict that person’s performance at work, economic situation, location, health, personal preferences, reliability, or behavior. This definition is linked to the right of the data subject to object to profiling and a right to be informed about the existence of profiling, of measures based on profiling and the envisaged effects of profiling on the individual.
  • Personal data breach – a breach of security leading to the accidental, or unlawful, destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed. There is an obligation on the controller to report personal data breaches to the supervisory authority and where the breach is likely to adversely affect the personal data or privacy of the data subject.
  • Special categories of personal data – personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade-union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.
  • Third party – a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorized to process personal data.
Data subjects are considered those whose personal data is collected, in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This regulation applies to data about anyone in the EU, regardless of whether they are a citizen or permanent resident of an EU country. The regulation makes no distinctions based on individuals’ permanent places of residence or nationality.

4. Policy Enforcement

This policy applies to all Employees/Staff/Students/Faculty and interested parties of San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU), such as outsourced suppliers. Any breach of GDPR will be dealt with under the applicable SDGKU disciplinary policy and may also be a criminal offense, in which case the matter will be reported as soon as possible to the appropriate authorities.
Partners and any third parties working with or for SDGKU, and who have or may have access to personal data, will be expected to have read, understood and to comply with this policy. No third party may access personal data held by SDGKU without having first entered into a data confidentiality agreement, which imposes on the third-party obligations no less onerous than those to which SDGKU is committed, and which gives SDGKU the right to audit compliance with the agreement.

5. Retention Period

San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) will process and store personal data for no longer than it is necessary for the specified education opportunities purpose(s).

6. Policy Updates

San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) reserves the right to modify this GDPR Privacy Policy, or any related policies, at any time. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to this policy. If we make changes, we will post an updated effective date below. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change. This policy was last updated on November 8, 2021.
This regulation applies to data about anyone in the EU, regardless of whether they are a citizen or permanent resident of an EU country. The regulation makes no distinctions based on individuals’ permanent places of residence or nationality.

7. Contacts

For questions or comments regarding San Diego Global Knolwdge University’s data collection and privacy policies please contact:
Chief Compliance Officer
Data Protection
Tonya Parker-Jones
tparker@sdgku.edu
Tel. (619) 934-0797

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and its regulations adopted thereunder and California Education Code 67100 et seq. were designed to protect the privacy of students concerning their records. Institutions must provide students access to records directly related to them and an opportunity for a hearing to challenge such records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate. The right to a hearing under the law does not include any right to challenge the appropriateness of a grade as determined by the instructor. The law requires that written consent of the student be received before releasing personally identifiable data about the student’s own records to other than a specified list of exceptions.

San Diego Global Knowledge University has adopted a set of policies and procedures concerning implementation of its statutes and regulations. Students may request copies of these policies and procedures concerning implementation of statutes and regulations in the Office of Academic Affairs. Among the types of information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures are the following:

• The type of student records and the information contained in them
• The official responsible for the maintenance of each type of record
• The location of access lists which indicate persons requesting or receiving information from the record
• Policies for reviewing and expunging records
• The access rights of students
• The procedures for challenging the content of student records
• The cost, which will be charged for reproducing copies of records
• The right of students to file a complaint with the Department of Education

The office to review complaints and adjudicate violations is:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA)
U.S. Department of Education
330 “C” Street, Room 4511
Washington, D.C. 20202

Under the Act, SDGKU is authorized to release information concerning students. This information may include the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
The above information is subject to release by the university at any time unless the campus has received prior written objections from students specifying information, which students request and be released. Written objections should be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs.

The university is authorized to provide access to student records to campus officials and employees who have legitimate educational interest in such access. These persons are those who have responsibilities in connection with the campus’ academic, administrative or service functions and who have reason for using student records connected with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Disclosure may also be made to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; or to other institutions to which the student is transferring).
The University is required by law to release information to state agencies on request concerning students who have requested in writing that such information be released to state agencies. Students will have an opportunity to request in writing release of such information. Students will also have an opportunity to forbid release of such directory information to state agencies or any other person or organization. The University will retain discretion regarding the release of such information to agencies of the State of California in cases where the student has neither requested nor forbidden the release of directory information concerning himself or herself to agencies of the State of California on request for purposes of recruitment.

Appeal to either request or forbid the release of directory information to State Agencies for recruitment purposes also must be made at the Student Services Office.

Students who have been subject to any form of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran or age, or who have been the victim of sexual harassment, may submit their complaint in accordance with the Policies and Procedures for Student Discipline and Grievances. Students should direct inquiries regarding the filing of such grievances to the Chief Academic Officer, SDGKU, 1095 K St., Suite B., San Diego, CA 92101, telephone (619) 934-9390.

Inquiries regarding federal laws and regulation about nondiscrimination in education or the university’s compliance with those provisions should be directed to:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office for Civil Rights
50 Beale St., Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105
Ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov
Tel: (415) 486-5555

For any filing of grievances that may be resolved by SDGKU, students, employees and other interested parties must take the following steps:

First Step – Anyone with a grievance or complaint may request an individual conference with the instructor or staff member to discuss the matter. Conferences can be done via telephone or any other videoconferencing technologies, or in-person if possible.

Second Step – If a satisfactory resolution to the problem is not reached, the aggrieved party should seek guidance from the Chief Academic Officer.

Third Step – If the second step has not resolved the grievance, the aggrieved party should seek guidance from the Academic Appeals Committee, if it is an academic issue. Otherwise, the aggrieved party should proceed to step 4.

Fourth Step – If the previous steps have not resolved the grievance within 48 hours of the incident, the aggrieved party must present to the President, in writing, all facts of the grievance. Within 24 hours, upon receipt of the written information, the CAO will schedule a Grievance Committee hearing. The time of the meeting will be communicated in writing to all parties. The Committee will consist of the CAO, and two staff/faculty members not involved with the incident in question. All persons or their representatives involved with the incident must be present at the time of the hearing. All parties involved will be given the opportunity to discuss the grievance. The Grievance Committee will excuse all parties involved in the grievance and immediately review and conclude the case. The decision of the Committee will be communicated to those involved in the incident within 48 hours. The Committee’s decision will be final.

For any filing of grievances not resolved by SDGKU, students, employees and other interested parties may contact the state approval and/or accrediting agencies directly.

Students may request a leave of absence of no more than 180 days in any 12-months period from the university by applying in writing to the Office of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), at any time prior to the first day of class. To be readmitted following an approved leave of absence of not more than 6 months, students need only notify the Chief Academic Officer of the intention to terminate their leave at least one month before the beginning of their intended re-instatement.

San Diego Global Knowledge University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. The university’s nondiscrimination policies comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (pertaining to race, color, and national origin), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (pertaining to sex), Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (pertaining to veterans), and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (pertaining to age). This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, the university’s programs and activities, including vocational education.  To inquire about the equal opportunity policies or to request a copy of the university’s grievance procedures covering discrimination complaints, contact the Chief Academic Officer, SDGKU, 1095 K St., Suite B., San Diego, CA 92101, telephone (619) 934-9390.

 

“Equal Opportunity is the Law”
“Equal Opportunity es la Ley”

San Diego Global Knowledge University student body is made up of individuals from diverse ethnic, linguistic, racial, and cultural groups. It is essential that all members of the university recognize the need for an awareness of, sensitivity to, and respect for the cultural heritage, gender, disability, and sexual orientation of others. An individual’s or group’s action or activities which promote degrading or demeaning social stereotypes based on race, age, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability will not be tolerated.

Students who behave abusively toward members of the SDGKU community based on the aforementioned criteria will face serious consequences and will be subject to disciplinary action. Any student who commits acts of sexual or racial harassment manifested by acts of physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, verbal abuse, and/or hazing activities may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the university.

San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) is required to apply Return to Title IV (R2T4) provisions to Federal Student Aid (FSA) recipients who withdraw from their program of study. This refund formula determines the amount of FSA funds a student has earned as of the last day of attendance or academic activity. The R2T4 policy is in addition to SDGKU institutional refund policy. If a student withdraws prior to completing more than 60 percent of the term (e.g., payment period), the percentage of FSA funds earned will equal the percentage of days completed in the payment period prior to the withdrawal date. After the 60% point in the payment period, a student has earned 100 percent of the FSA funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period. For determining when the refund must be paid, the Title IV refund will be issued 30 days from the date of determination.

If the student has received any Federal Title IV financial aid funds, the school is obligated to do a R2T4 even if a credit balance has already been issued to the student. For programs beyond the current payment period, if a student withdraws prior to the next payment period then all charges collected for the next period will be refunded. If a balance due results from the R2T4 calculation, the student will be responsible for the unpaid balance.

If the student has received federal student Financial Aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursement Policy

If the Federal Student Aid funds the student earned as calculated under the R2T4 refund policy is greater than the total amount disbursed, the student may be eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of federal funds. The University will offer any loan amount related to a post-withdrawal disbursement that is due within 180 days of the date the University. An explanation of the post-withdrawal disbursement must be responded to by the student and/or parent within 14 days of the notification. If the student and/or parent does not respond, the post-withdrawal disbursement of loan funds will not be applied to outstanding charges.

The University will not tolerate sexual assault in any form, including date/acquaintance rape. Every allegation of sexual assault will be reported to the police. Where there is reason to believe that the university’s regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, the university will pursue strong disciplinary action. This discipline includes the possibility of suspension and dismissal or termination from the University. Any employee, student or other person at the university who commits a rape or other crime of a sexual nature specified in the California Penal Code can be criminally prosecuted. In addition, employees and students can be disciplined under the California Education Code even if the criminal justice authorities or the person assaulted choose not to pursue criminal prosecution.

SDGKU students are expected to observe standards of conduct consistent with respect for the law, the fulfillment of contractual obligations, consideration for the rights of others, and a high level of personal integrity. All members of the college, students, staff and faculty, should be aware that their behavior, both online and off-line, reflects on the university.

The personal behavior and ethical conduct of students impact on the climate and reputation of the entire institution. It is essential that students act with integrity and with respect toward all members of the university community. The University assumes that all students will conduct themselves as mature, responsible and courteous individuals who will comply with all policies and regulations.

SDGKU does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs, services or activities of individuals who meet the essential eligibility requirements. The school will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in academy programs, services or activities. SDGKU complies with the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Accordingly, qualified persons with disabilities cannot, on the basis of disability, be denied admission or subjected to discrimination in admission decisions.  Further, no qualified disabled student may be excluded from any academic, research, counseling, financial aid, or other post-secondary education program or activity that the university provides to all students on the basis of that student’s disability. Disabled students will not be subject to any extra eligibility criteria in comparison to other students nor are subject to additional tuition, fees or costs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to students with disabilities. Any disabled student may contact the Director of Admissions and Registrar or the Chief Academic Officer to request reasonable accommodations at no cost. The disabled student always has the option of not taking the accommodations by informing the Director of Admissions and Registrar or the Chief Academic Officer of their decision.

All transactions submitting personal information by the website user which is then collected by San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) requires the sender of such information (user) to attest their agreement to the following:

“I understand that by clicking “send” below, San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) may email, call and/or text me about educational services and for related purposes such as advising, enrollment, tuition settlement or telemarketing at the email and phone number provided, including a wireless number, using automated technology. I understand that I am not required to provide this consent to attend SDGKU. As an alternative to providing this consent, you may receive information and/or enroll in a SDGKU program by calling (619) 934-0797 or Toll Free (800) 215-0541.”

SDGKU is committed to protecting the privacy of its website users by using data collection methods that are based on ethical practices and responsible risk management techniques. The user will be well informed about SDGKU’s use of any personal information submitted and will require their acceptance of the terms of use.

The U.S Department of Education mandates that Universities and Colleges comply with requirement specificities under a variety of regulatory and lawful guidance; more specifically the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), and the U.S. Department of Education Title IV (Title IV). Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance; and preventing unjust deprivations of that right. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. 

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education Title IV regulation (Code of Federal Regulations at 34 CFR 100) as enforced by the Department’s OCR, enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education. 

Download San Diego Global Knowledge University’s Title IX Policies and Procedures here

Download the Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination Student Complaint Form here

“NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION:  The transferability of credits the student earns at San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate you  earn in the educational programs is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you  may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree, diploma, or certificate that you earn at SDGKU are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of the course work at the institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals.  This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending SDGKU to determine if your credits or degree, diploma or certificate will transfer.”

Units earned at San Diego Global Knowledge University in most cases will not be transferable to any other college or university. In addition, if a student earned a degree, diploma, or certificate through San Diego Global Knowledge University, in most cases it will  probably not serve as a basis for obtaining a higher level degree at another college or university.

San Diego Global Knowledge University does not require students or staff to be vaccinated prior to and during their enrollment or employment, respectively. However, we strongly encourage them to abide by the recommendations of their doctors and public health officials regarding vaccinations, particularly for COVID-19.  SDGKU believes that as individuals we can all do our part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in our respective communities.