General Institutional Information
Following is a list of agencies with whom students may address complaints:
NYSED (New York State Education Department)
The Office of College and University Evaluation handles only those complaints that concern educational programs or practices of degree-granting institutions subject to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Please see details at http://www.nysed.gov/college-university-evaluation/complaints
New York State Education Department
Office of Higher Education and the Professions
Central Education Center, Room 5B28
Albany, NY 12230
Phone: (518) 474-1551
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Student complaints concerning alleged failures by UTS to comply with the requirements of FERPA can be filed with the U.S. Department of Education. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202.
MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
Complaints to MSCHE are a means of providing information and evidence regarding an institution’s compliance with the Commission’s standards for accreditation, requirements of affiliation, and policies and procedures outside of a scheduled accreditation review. For more information please visit https://www.msche.org/complaints MSCHE’s address is:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
1007 North Orange Street
4 th Floor, MB#166
Wilmington, DE 19801
SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) Procedure
Only those complaints resulting from distance education courses, activities and operations provided by UTS to students living in other SARA states than New York come under the coverage of SARA.
The complaint process is as follows:
2. To appeal the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints regarding Distance Education issues (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) students may submit a SARA Complaint to the SARA State Portal Entity within two years of the incident. (http://www.nysed.gov/college-university-evaluation/filing-complaint-about-college-or-university)
SARA State Portal Entity
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234
3. More information about the SARA complaint procedure can be found at (https://www.nc-sara.org/student-complaints)
For the graduate programs please visit our Academic Programs page.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Assessment of student learning is a critical aspect of the mission of the Unification Theological Seminary. Assessment assures the quality of our academic programs, supports the faculty in their efforts to improve the quality of courses, and assures you, the students, that the programs at UTS are delivering a tested, quality product.
Assessment of student learning, which is conducted using reliable and valid measures, can demonstrate whether students are in fact learning what a UTS program claims they should be learning. If an assessment result uncovers a deficit, it alerts the faculty that improvements are needed. Then our committed faculty can make the needed adjustments.
The Year-End Assessment Report includes the Assessment Plan, Program Learning Outcomes, and the results each year. The Reports for the past three years are available from the links below.
The federal government requires only institutions with first-time, full-time undergraduate students to report retention and graduation rates. UTS is a professional, exclusively graduate institution of higher education, and therefore this data is not available.
Time to Completion
For its graduate degree programs the following chart depicts the time to completion for the most recent three academic years:
Mr. Henry Christopher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manhattan: 212-563-6647 ext. 105
Barrytown: 845-752-3000 ext. 244
Institutional scholarships are available, please visit the Financial Aid page for more information.
- General information about eligibility for federal financial aid and the application procedure can be found on the Financial Aid page.
- Refund policies and requirements for withdrawal and return of federal financial aid can be found here.
- Initial Loan Counseling for Student Borrowers: http://www.studentloans.gov
- Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers: http://www.studentloans.gov
- UTS has no Preferred Lenders and Preferred Lender Arrangements.
Health & Safety Information
For on-campus events (class sessions, meetings, etc.): All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Appropriate social distancing should be maintained. Other health and safety measures may be implemented as necessary.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
For students born after January 1, 1957, immunization or evidence of vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), or proof of immunity is required by New York State.
A completed “Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form” is required from all students.
Students who do not intend to enroll in on-campus classes are not required to submit Health Forms as a part for admission. If students subsequently decide to take courses on campus, they will be required to submit the Health Forms.
UTS reserves the right to update its policies as health authorities’ guidelines and as circumstances demand.
Campus Safety is a 24-hour service on the Barrytown campus. When an emergency safety, security (or after-hours maintenance) problem occurs, students can call Campus Safety at x211. If a stranger is around the building without cause, or if they feel unsafe for any reason, Campus Safety is available.
For more detailed information contact: Dr. Michael Mickler via email email@example.com
Additional information on Security and Safety policies can be found in the Student Handbook.
- UTS Policy applies to all employees, applicants for employment, interns, whether paid or unpaid, contractors and persons conducting business with UTS.
- Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Any employee or individual covered by this policy who engages in sexual harassment or retaliation will be subject to remedial and/or disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
- Retaliation Prohibition: No person covered by this Policy shall be subject to adverse employment action including being discharged, disciplined, discriminated against, or otherwise subject to adverse employment action because the employee reports an incident of sexual harassment, provides information, or otherwise assists in any investigation of a sexual harassment complaint. UTS has a zero-tolerance policy for such retaliation against anyone who, in good faith complains or provides information about suspected sexual harassment. Any employee of UTS who retaliates against anyone involved in a sexual harassment investigation will be subjected to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Any employee, paid or unpaid intern, or non-employee working in the workplace who believes they have been subject to such retaliation should inform a supervisor, manager, or the Vice President. Any employee, paid or unpaid intern or non-employee who believes they have been a victim of such retaliation may also seek compensation in other available forums, as explained below in the section on Legal Protections.
- Sexual harassment is offensive, is a violation of our policies, is unlawful, and subjects UTS to liability for harm to victims of sexual harassment. Harassers may also beindividually subject to liability. Employees of every level who engage in sexual harassment, including managers and supervisors who engage in sexual harassment or who knowingly allow such behavior to continue, will be penalized for such misconduct.
- UTS will conduct a prompt, thorough and confidential investigation that ensures due process for all parties, whenever management receives a complaint about sexual harassment, or otherwise knows of possible sexual harassment occurring. Effective corrective action will be taken whenever sexual harassment is found to have occurred. All employees, including managers and supervisors, are required to cooperate with any internal investigation of sexual harassment.
- All employees are encouraged to report any harassment or behaviors that violate this policy. UTS will provide all employees a complaint form for employees to report harassment and file complaints.
- Managers and supervisors are required to report any complaint that they receive, or any harassment that they observe to the Vice President.
- This policy applies to all employees, paid or unpaid interns, and non-employees and all must follow and uphold this policy. This policy must be posted prominently in all work locations and be provided to employees upon hiring,
Complete UTS Sexual Harrassment Policy