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


Athletics (Intercollegiate) — Report on athletic program participation rates and financial support data is available at the U.S. Department of Education.


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


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 Police or College Relations departments. In addition, crime statistics, safety tips and other helpful information may be found on Oakton's Police Department Web pages.

Contact or stop by the Police Department for a paper copy, Des Plaines, Room 1170, 847.635.1880 or Skokie, Room C100, 847.635.1422.


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.


Complaints or Feedback — Students who have concerns or feedback may contact an Oakton department or employee, depending on the nature of the concern.


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.)


Degree Programs, Training and Other Education Offered


Disability Services — Special Facilities and Services Available to Students With Disabilities


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.


Faculty and Other Instructional Personnel List


FERPA Policy The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Students who believe that their rights have been abridged may file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-5901 concerning alleged failures of the College to comply with the Act.


Financial Assistance Information — Federal, state, and institutional financial assistance is available at Oakton. Eligibility, application processes, deadlines, and academic policies are posted online.

Students may also utilize the net price calculator for estimated tuition costs and financial aid awards.

Refund Policies and Official Withdrawal Procedures


General Institutional Issues


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


Title IX
Title IX provides that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community. Forms of sex-based discrimination include sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Title IX also protects the rights of pregnant and newly parenting students as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

Textbook Information — Textbook information is located within the Class Search – Credit tool. Oakton textbooks may be purchased on-campus at the Bookstore or online.

Transfer Credit Policies


Vaccination Policy — According to Illinois State law (IL Public Act 85-1315), students enrolled in community colleges are not required to provide proof of immunization to their college for tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella or meningitis. However, students enrolled in health career programs or early childhood education may need to submit the immunization record. More information about health-related matters is available through Health Services.

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.