Student Right to Know

Oakton Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 312.263.0456. The College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges

Oakton is pleased to provide you this list of information that must be disseminated under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Listed below is the type of information Oakton is required to provide and the College offices or materials where the information can be found. Please refer to these sources for more information.


General Information

  • Names of associations, agencies and/or governmental bodies that accredit, approve or license the school and its programs
  • The procedures by which a student may receive a copy for review of the school’s accreditation, licensure or approval

Academic Divisions

Oakton Community College Catalog
— The printed College Catalog is available for viewing in several offices including: the Library, the Enrollment Center, Advising Services, and online in pdf format. The Catalog is also available for purchase in the College bookstores.

Special Facilities and Services Available to Students With Disabilities

Costs of Attending Oakton Community College
— (Includes tuition, fees, books & supplies, and applicable transportation costs, as well as any additional costs of the program in which you are enrolled or have expressed an interest.)

Refund Policies and Official Withdrawal Procedures

Degree Programs, Training and Other Education Offered

Instructional, Laboratory and Other Physical Plant Facilities Associated With Oakton Community College Academic Programs

List of Faculty and Other Instructional Personnel

Oakton Community College Campus and Extension Sites

  • Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016, 847.635.1600
  • Oakton Community College, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077, 847.635.1600

General Institutional Issues

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct
Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are types of sex discrimination. Other prohibited acts (whether sexual in nature or not) that are forms of sex-based discrimination include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community. Any individual who wishes to report a concern or complaint relating to discrimination or harassment may do so by contacting the College's Title IX coordinator.

For additional information, call 847.635.1745 or email titleix@oakton.edu.

Campus Crime Report and Security Policy and Procedures

Campus Security — In accordance with the Campus Security Act, as amended, Oakton Community College has adopted policies to address issues of safety on campus, and has compiled statistics of on-campus crimes. This information is published in a pamphlet entitled: Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act Report. The pamphlets are available on information racks located throughout both campuses, or may be obtained from the Public Safety or College Relations departments. In addition, crime statistics, safety tips and other helpful information may be found on Oakton's Public Safety Web pages.

Contact or stop by Public Safety for a paper copy, Des Plaines, Room 1170, 847.635.1880 or Skokie, Room C100, 847.635.1422.

FERPA Policy — (Describes Oakton’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Notice to all Current and Former Students

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Annual notice to students

The following notice and information is given by Oakton Community College, District Number 535 to advise its students of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“The Act”).

The Act established the right of students to inspect and review their education records; provides that personally identifiable information will not, with certain exception, be disclosed without the student’s written permission; provides for guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings; grants students the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures of the College to comply with The Act; and makes provisions for notice to the students concerning their rights.

Oakton Community College has adopted policies and procedures implementing The Act, which are contained in the Oakton Community College Student Handbook, copies of which are available in the Office of Student Life.

A student who wishes to review his or her education records must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Registrar. The student will be notified in writing of a date and time he or she may come to review the records.

The following student data is hereby designed as “Directory Information” and as such may be disclosed or released by the College of any purpose and at its discretion:

  • Student Name
  • Telephone Number
  • E-mail address
  • Height/weight (for athletic team members)
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Participation in officially recognized activities/sports
  • Degrees/Awards Received
  • Most recent educational institution attended
  • Course of Study
  • Photographs

To have all of the “Directory Information” withheld, the student must give written notice, in person, or if by mail, by certified mail return receipt requested and addressed to the Enrollment Center.

Initial notice or changes may be made at anytime; however, notification must be done in writing and to the Registrar following the directions above.

Copies of The Act, the HEW regulations, Oakton Community College policies and procedures, the Oakton Community College Student Handbook; and forms for use in implementing The Act are available upon request in the Enrollment Center at the Des Plaines and Skokie Campuses.

Drug Abuse Prevention information

Emergency Closings
In the event of a closure, Alert!Oakton, the self-service emergency notification system, will be enacted, and an update will be posted to the Oakton website. In addition, information will be disseminated through the Chicagoland Emergency Closing Center, through Oakton’s social media pages, and an announcement on myOakton.

Graduation Rate
— Oakton Community College students are successful. According to data recently compiled by the Illinois Community College Board, 66 percent of Oakton’s full-time students who had no prior college experience and entered Oakton in fall 2010 graduated, transferred or continued to be enrolled at Oakton through summer 2013. Statewide, approximately 58 percent of first-time, full-time community college students achieved success as indicated by these measures. Note that many students who begin their enrollment at Oakton as full-time students continue on a part-time or intermittent basis, taking longer than two or even three years to complete their studies. Note, as well, that these data consider transfer only to four-year colleges and universities. In the Chicago metropolitan region there is a great deal of student mobility among community colleges, with students moving from one community college to another.

A graduation rate is the percentage of students in a given entering cohort (group) who graduated within a specified period of time. The number of students in the entering cohort is the denominator of the rate; the number of students graduating is the numerator of the rate. The entering cohort of an institution includes all full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students who began in the stated cohort year. Oakton's fall 2011 entering cohort included 682 students, just 6.3 percent of the 10,744 students enrolled in the fall 2011 term. The time period is 150 percent of normal time to program completion (for example, for a four-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had graduated within six years of beginning the program).

Oakton Community College, in compliance with U.S. Department of Education reporting mandates, calculates the graduation rate of first-time, full-time degree- or certificate-seeking students who enter the College in the fall term. "Graduation" is defined as the completion of a degree or certificate within 150 percent of the normal time to completion; for example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who graduated within three years of beginning the program.

Oakton's graduation rate for the 2011 fall entering cohort was 17 percent. Thirty-seven percent of the 2011 fall entering cohort transferred to another college or university.

Using data from the National Student Clearinghouse, Oakton has identified more than 600 different colleges and universities in which Oakton students enroll after leaving the College. Many students move among community colleges in the Chicago area, and many students move from a four-year college or university to a two-year institution. Thus “transfer” can no longer be considered simply as moving from a two-year to a four-year college or university.