Trinity Law School students must comply with the rules and regulations of the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California (CBE) and with the policies, rules, regulations and procedures of the law school as contained in the current "Trinity Law School Student Handbook," as amended from time to time. Clarifying policies consistent with the operative Student Handbook may be instituted by the administration or faculty at any time. Each student is responsible to know and comply with all applicable regulations of the law school, in letter and in spirit. The law school provides students with this catalog as a convenient reference to the basic rules, regulations and standards under which Trinity Law School operates in the ordinary course of its academic functions and student-related activities, but the Catalog does not contain all of the operational standards or procedures of the law school. The law school may adopt and publish additional or modified policies consistent with the operative Catalog at any time, and may issue a new Student Handbook at any time.
Students are subject to the residency, unit, grade, and course requirements of the current Trinity Law School catalog in effect at the time of their matriculation. Students who withdraw from the program of study and are later re-admitted will be subject to the requirements of the catalog and the Student Handbook that is current at the time of re-admission.
Registration generally begins in August for the fall semester, January for the spring semester and May for the summer sessions. Specific dates are found on the academic calendar published by the Registrar’s Office.
To add or drop a class or to change a class schedule, a student must submit an ADD/DROP request through the law school student portal at https://tlsrecords.tiu.edu/. The last day to add a class is the end of the third week of classes. However, a student who misses more than 20% of the entire class will receive a grade of “UW” for an unauthorized withdrawal. A student who attends 80% or more of a class but fails to take a final exam because of a decision to discontinue the class will have the zero credit for the exam factored into a final grade. Failure to drop a class is not considered an authorized withdrawal from the class. The date the ADD/DROP request is submitted to the Registrar’s Office is the date the student is deemed to have withdrawn from or enrolled in a class. Tuition refunds are based on the date the ADD/DROP request is submitted, as indicated in the posting records maintained by the Registrar.
Students are responsible for the completion of every course in which they are enrolled. If a student properly drops a course during the first three weeks of instruction, that course will not appear on the student's transcript. Withdrawals made after the third week of instruction will appear on transcripts as "AW," indicating authorized withdrawal from the course while doing acceptable work, or "UW," indicating withdrawal from the course while doing unacceptable work, or a failure to timely withdraw from a class Neither a course grade designated as "UW" or “AW” will factor into the grade point average. The last day to drop a class and receive an “AW” is the end of the twelfth week of classes. Specific dates may be found on the academic calendar published by t he Registrar’s Office. Withdrawals after the twelfth week of instruction will result in a “UW” for that class.
Leaves of Absence and Withdrawal from the Law School
A Leave of Absence
A student may request a leave of absence for up to two semesters. To obtain a leave of absence the student must request leave via the student portal, TrinityOnline prior to withdrawal. In calculating the duration of a leave of absence, the first semester of a leave of absence is the semester in which the leave of absence is requested, even if the student attended classes for part of that semester. Students on academic probation cannot obtain a leave of absence after the twelfth week of the semester in which they are on probation.
A Permanent Withdrawal
A permanent withdrawal occurs when a student leaves the law school at any time after registration and does not intend to complete the semester and does not wish to return any subsequent semester. Failure to register for classes without seeking a leave of absence will also constitute a permanent withdrawal. Students wishing to return to the law school after a permanent withdrawal must seek readmission through the Admissions Office. Readmitted students are subject to the Catalog and the Student Handbook requirements that are current at the time of their re-enrollment.
Students who withdraw or are deemed withdrawn while on probation are likely to have re- admission denied except under unusually compelling circumstances.
Privacy and Confidentiality
The law school does not disclose to any outside person or entity any information about individual students such as social security number, grades, grade point average, class schedule, race, sex, religion and national origin, without student’s prior consent, unless required by law (including statutes, government regulations, court orders, the Committee of Bar Examiners), accrediting agencies or emergency. The school may release directory information, which includes: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. Students may request in writing that all or part of their directory information be withheld. Students have the right to inspect and review their educational records and request the records be corrected if they feel the records are incorrect.
By accepting admission to and/or taking any classes at TIU, each student (and his or her parents/ guardians if the student is under 18):
- authorize TIU and its employees, agents and contractors to use, copy, modify, publish, display, broadcast, and distribute
- the student’s name, voice and likeness,
- photographs, images and video and sound recordings of the student, and
- the city, state or province, and country where the student lives (together, the “Materials”);
- waive any right to inspect or approve TIU’s use of the Materials and also waives any right to royalties or other payment for the use of the Materials; and
- release TIU, its employees, agents and contractors, and their successors and assigns from any claim or liability, whether known or unknown, resulting from use of the Materials, including but not limited to, claims for violation of publicity rights, privacy rights, defamation, and copyright infringement.
Change of Address
Changes of student mailing addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers must be updated on TrinityOnline within five days of the change. Notices from the school will be sent to the contact information on record. The school relies upon accurate contact information from students in order to inform students of important information, including notices of class cancellations and deadlines that must be met by students.
The campus is open 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. The law school campus is closed on Sundays.
Formal Student Complaint Policy
Trinity Law School, as part of Trinity International University, in accordance with the Federal Compliance Policy, keeps a record of formal student complaints. Students who have a complaint should make the complaint known to the Law School. In the event that the complaint is not resolved, the student may choose to submit a formal complaint to one of the following offices: the Registrar, law faculty senate, Dean of the law school, Provost of the university, or the President of the university. The complaint must be dated, written and signed. Upon receipt of the formal complaint, the person to whom the complaint is addressed will initiate the Student Complaint Tracking Form which records the nature of the complaint, the steps taken by the institution to resolve the complaint, the institution's final decision regarding the complaint, and other external action initiated by the student to resolve the complaint.
Information regarding student complaints is accessible to members of the Higher Learning Commission evaluation team. A student's privacy w ill be protected by removing the names of individuals involved unless the student has given permission for release of his or her name.
Acceptable Use Policy Summary for Technology and Telecommunication Systems
The following summarizes major points contained in the Acceptable Use Policy. Students are responsible for abiding by the complete text contained within the “Acceptable Use Policy for University Technology and Telecommunications Systems.” For the complete text, visit the student portal. This policy supersedes all other policies and applies to all individuals with respect to the acceptable use of university networks, phone systems, computer systems, and technology.
The university network and systems are to be used primarily for activities related to the educational mission of the university. Personal use of the network is limited to e-mail and browsing web pages, providing such use complies with these Terms and Conditions and does not, at the university’s discretion, utilize excessive capacity of resources, or in the case of employees, interfere with the employee’s work. For any other personal use, written approval is required from the Registrar’s Office.
Computer login and phone PIN (Personal Identification Number) account holders are responsible for any activity originating from their accounts. Your computer and account may be used:
- For authorized network access to university systems and resources that are used for curricular, academic, and administrative activities
- For e-mail and access to World Wide Web pages
Official notifications made by university offices are increasingly made using e-mail, rather than by paper memos sent through the university mail services. E-mail used for such notifications will be delivered to the recipient’s university e-mail account. Employees and students are expected to read their university e-mail and are strongly encouraged to use their university e-mail accounts for all communication within the university to ensure reliable and secure delivery. University personnel can and will access files when necessary for maintaining the university network and computer systems. Every effort will be made to respect the privacy of user files, and the contents of user files will be examined only when it is required by law or by the policies of the university.
You may not use university computers, networks, system resources, and phones:
- For commercial or business purposes
- For accessing or distributing defamatory, abusive, obscene, sexually oriented/ pornographic, threatening, racially offensive or illegal material. Any access to such materials by way of the university Internet connection will be blocked, logged, and reported
- For any activity which interferes or inhibits the use of the network or university systems by others
- To connect non-authorized private networks. University networks may not be modified, extended, or used in any manner that violates a federal, state, or local law or a university policy
Additionally, you may not use university computers, networks, and system resources:
- For unauthorized browsing or exploring, or making other unauthorized attempts to view data, files, or directories belonging to TIU or to other users
- To transmit, use, or serve unauthorized software
- To violate copyrights of documents or media
- For misuse of message boards or any Web-based community
- For computer tampering or unauthorized alteration of data, identification, or credentials
- For introducing deviant software (viruses, worms, etc.) into the university network and systems
Students and employees who do not comply with the “Acceptable Use Policy for University Technology and Telecommunications Systems” are subject to disciplinary action. The university reserves the right to cooperate fully with local, state, and federal officials in investigations relating to information accessed or distributed using university computing systems, the university network, the university phone system, or the university internet connection.
Auxiliary Aids and Services for Students with Disabilities
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of the Law School to provide effective auxiliary aids, services, and academic adjustments to qualified students with disabilities.
The Registrar acting as the institution’s ADA coordinator assists students with disabilities in obtaining auxiliary aids and services. The Registrar in consultation with the faculty member(s) involved assists students with disabilities by making academic adjustments. Academic adjustments are determined on a case-by-case basis and are subject to review by the Dean.
It is the policy of Trinity as outlined by the ADA to require from the students supporting diagnostic test results and professional prescriptions for auxiliary aids and services, particularly for those students with hidden disabilities. Documentation for medical/physical disabilities may be satisfied by a physician’s statement that includes, but is not limited to, description of the disability and the limitations it poses for the student. Documentation for hidden disabilities, such as specific learning disabilities, poor hearing, or impaired vision, may include the results of medical, psychological, or emotional diagnostic tests, or other professional evaluations to verify the need for auxiliary aids, services, or academic adjustments.
For students with specific learning disabilities, the following is considered reasonable documentation:
- It must be prepared by a professional qualified to diagnose a learning disability, including but not limited to, a licensed physician, learning disability specialist, or psychologist.
- It must include the testing procedures followed, the instruments used to assess the disability, the test results, and an interpretation of the test results. If, for example, the disability requires additional time for taking examinations, documentation must state the specific amount of time needed.
- It must reflect the student’s present achievement level, be as comprehensive as possible, and dated no more than three years prior to the student’s request for auxiliary aids, services, or academic adjustments. Extenuating circumstances may justify reliance on older documentation. The achievement test should sample reading, math/reasoning, writing, adequately measure cognitive abilities using the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised or equivalent, and adequately measure academic achievement using the Woodcock-Johnson Part II, Wide Range Achievement Test, Nelson-Danny or equivalent.
- It must include test results for the following characteristics: intelligence, vocabulary, reading rate, reading comprehension, memory, and processing skills. The diagnosis must conform to federal and state regulations.
Students with disabilities who believe that their request for auxiliary aids, services, or academic adjustments have not been appropriately addressed by the Registrar, should direct their complaints to the Law Faculty Senate or, in their absence, to the Dean.
Students are encouraged to apply early to the State Bar of California regarding their disability arrangements. Students may apply for special accommodations to take the bar examination up to a year ahead of time. Materials for applying are available from the State Bar of California.
The Copyright Permissions Act of 1976 as it may have been or will be amended from time to time requires that permission to reproduce copyrighted materials be obtained from the copyright owner except under very limited circumstances. Faculty, staff, and students of Trinity are expected to comply with the provisions of the state and federal intellectual property laws, such as the Copyright Act. Procedures for obtaining copyright permissions for course materials have been established and should be followed. Copies of this procedure and other information explaining the Copyright Act as it pertains to copying both course materials and material for personal use are available through the Dean’s office.
Trinity is committed to the maintenance of a drug-free environment. We believe that the implementation of a drug- free environment is for the protection of students and employees of Trinity, and we have established the following policy designed to maintain such an atmosphere: The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited on the campus in general.
Employees or students found to be in violation of a drug-free environment will be subject to appropriate action, including termination or expulsion. If individuals become aware of a violation of this policy, they are encouraged to report it to the Registrar immediately so that the matter can be investigated promptly.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
The purpose of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380) is to ensure access to educational records for students and parents while protecting privacy of such records and to control the careless release of educational information.
In accordance with requirements established by the Act also commonly known as the “Buckley Amendment,” Trinity International University hereby provides notice of intention to comply fully with the Act and also provides notice to students of their rights under the Act.
In general, the purpose of the Act is to give presently or formerly enrolled students access to their individual educational records maintained at Trinity and to protect such student’s right to privacy by limiting the transfer of their records without their consent. “Educational records” are defined as those records, files, documents, and other materials directly related to a student that are maintained by Trinity, or by a person acting for Trinity, in the normal course of business. The Records Office has a full copy of the Act should you desire to review it in full.
The Act clarifies that an institution is not required to grant access to students to certain materials, including the following:
- Private notes and other materials created by Trinity’s personnel provided they are not revealed to another individual.
- Medical, psychiatric, or similar records created or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologists (or other recognized professional acting in such capacity) that are used solely in connection with treatment purposes and only available to recognized professionals in connection with such treatment (provided, however, that a physician or other appropriate professional of the student’s choice may review such records).
- Law enforcement records, which are kept separate from education records, are maintained for law enforcement purposes only and are available only to law enforcement officials. (In each case, student access to such records is at the sole discretion of the individual who maintains these materials.)
It should also be noted that the Act specifically indicates that the legislation does not alter the confidentiality of communications otherwise protected by law. To ensure that the school does not compromise the rights of individuals enjoyed prior to the enactment of the legislation, students and alumni will not be permitted access to materials of an evaluative nature that were received or placed in files prior to November 19, 1974.
Additionally, as provided by the Act, students shall not have the right to see confidential letters and statements of recommendation placed in educational records prior to January 1, 1975, provided that they are used only for the purposes for which they were intended. The Act further stipulates that students do not have the right to see financial records of their parents.
As provided by the legislation, students may voluntarily waive their rights of access to confidential recommendations on or after January 1, 1975, in three areas: admissions, job placement, and receipt of awards. Under no circumstances, however, can a student be required to waive this right.
The legislation also makes clear that the parents or legal guardians of dependent students, as defined for Federal Income Tax purposes, has a right to information about their children without the school’s having to seek the student’s consent. Thus, upon the written request of a parent or legal guardian of a dependent student, the school will honor this right to the extent that it is required by law.
As provided by the Act, the school retains the right to publish at its discretion the following categories of information with respect to each student presently or previously attending the school: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, class level, honors, certificates, degrees and dates conferred, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. Students have a right to inform the school within a reasonable period of time that any or all of this so-called “directory information” should not be released without their prior consent. Requests by the student to suppress from public distribution the above- mentioned information are to be made annually.
As required by the Act, the school hereby provides public notice of its intention to publish this type of information in the annual directory.
In complying with the legislation, the school has adopted the procedures and policies below, in addition to those noted on the previous page:
- Except for those parties stated below, no one shall have access to education records without the written consent of the student concerned. The exceptions to the consent requirement are as follows:
- Other university officials, including faculty, who have legitimate educational interests.
- Officials of other schools or school systems in which the student intends to enroll, upon condition that the student is notified of the transfer, receives a copy of the record if desired, and has an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the record.
- Those representatives of the federal government and the state who are identified in the “Act,” provided that any data so released are not to include information (including social security numbers) that would permit the personal identification of the students unless otherwise specifically provided by federal law
- Those who serve in connection with the student’s application, or receipt of, financial aid
- State and local officials or authorities to which such information is specifically required to be reported or disclosed pursuant state statute adopted prior to November 19, 1974
- Organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs, and improving instruction if such studies are conducted in such a manner as will not permit the personal identification of students and their parents by persons other than representatives of such organizations, and such information will be destroyed when no longer required for the purpose for which it is conducted
- Accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accreditation functions, or by the dean of students or the emergency dean, designated to act in an emergency to protect the health safety of the student or the persons
- To parents of a dependent student as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, subject to the notice provisions of the law
- In connection with a health or safety emergency
- Information that has been designated as “directory information”
- To the parent of a student who is not an eligible student or to the student
- To an alleged victim of any crime of evidence, as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code, of the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by an institution of postsecondary education against the alleged perpetrator of that crime with respect to that crime
- Records (usually only transcripts) released to any organization, agency, or individual at a student’s request shall be transmitted with a notice informing the recipient that such information is released only on the condition that the recipient will not permit any other party to have access to such information without the written consent of the student.
- Each office that maintains education records shall maintain a record for each student that shall list all individuals (except institution officials described above), agencies, or organizations that have requested or obtained access to such student’s education record.
- Students may inspect material belonging to their education record solely at the office that is responsible for maintaining such information. Any Trinity employee may require that the student inspect that record only in the presence of the professional or staff person qualified to assist in interpreting the information.
Each Trinity department has the ultimate responsibility for establishing appropriate procedures; however, each Trinity department has been instructed to ask that the student’s request be made in writing, and where appropriate, in person. On request, students may be required to identify themselves in filing a request prior to having access to their records. The student is obligated to examine the record during reasonable hours at the place the record is maintained and not to interfere with the operation of the office in which the record is being maintained. Under the Act, the school has 45 days from the time of request until it must comply with the request. Copies of records accessible to students shall be transmitted to the student upon payment of the established fee for issuing such copies. The Act does not preclude the school’s right to destroy any records if not otherwise precluded by law, unless prior to destruction the student has requested access. In fact, there is general encouragement to reduce the number of records so that destruction of records is consistent with the spirit of the law.
**Notice** As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.
Grievance Procedure for Discriminatory and Sexual Harassment Complaints
It is the policy of Trinity International University not to discriminate on the basis of age, disability, color, national origin, race, or sex in student admission and recruitment, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, and school-administered programs in accordance with applicable laws. It is Trinity’s intent to comply with both the letter and the spirit of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of1964, of Section SOL of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and of all equal opportunity laws and regulations. In compliance with these provisions, we have established a set grievance procedure to be followed should a discriminatory or harassment situation occur. The Registrar’s Office has available for all students a written copy of the official grievance procedures to be followed and will be glad to assist students having questions or concerns regarding such matters.
Purpose and Policy
The policy and procedures hereunder have been developed by the administration and faculty of the law school. The basic purpose described herein is to resolve problems in a fair and equitable manner respecting the rights of all parties.
The law school maintains equality of opportunity in legal education in admission and retention of students without discrimination or segregation on grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation except insofar as such action is protected by the U.S. and or California Constitutions.
A law school student may allege discrimination based on any one or more of the following: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation except insofar as such action is protected by the U.S. and or California Constitutions.
There are two methods of resolving matters involving charges of discrimination:
- informal and
For the informal process, any faculty or staff member may receive a discrimination complaint and participate in the mediation process at the request of the complainant. No record of informal complaint(s) will be made in either student or employee complainant files.
For the formal process, the Registrar must be notified by an aggrieved party in writing within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act. The complainant is urged to file a complaint soon after the alleged discriminatory act to facilitate the gathering and preservation of testimony from witnesses and/or other relevant evidence. Anonymous requests will not be processed. The following steps will be followed for all formal complaints:
- The Dean shall appoint a member of the California bar to serve as a mediator. It shall be the mediator’s responsibility to process the complaint and attempt to resolve the issue in a fair and equitable manner.
- The hearing shall be promptly held, no later than thirty days after the filing of the complaint. The person against whom the formal complaint is filed shall have notice within five calendar days of its filing and shall have no less than ten-calendar day’s notice of the hearing date, time and location.
- Persons against whom the formal complaint is filed shall have the right to cross-examine any witnesses called and to present witnesses on their own behalf.
- The complainants shall have the right to be present throughout the hearing, and to present their evidence, including questioning witnesses called on behalf of the person against whom the complaint is filed.
- The findings of any hearing and the remedy therefore, if any, shall be reported in writing. Copies of the mediator’s report will be sent to the complainant, the person against whom the formal complaint is filed, the Registrar and the Dean within five working days.
- The Dean or other appropriate official shall be responsible for implementing the findings. The proceedings will be documented in accordance with the law school policy.
- If students have a discrimination complaint against the Dean of the law school, they may file a formal complaint with the University Provost.
Reporting Procedure for Sexual Harassment
If the perpetrator is a student, follow the procedures outlined in the Honor Code.
If the perpetrator is an employee or faculty member of Trinity, follow the same procedure as outlined in the anti-discrimination policy.
If the perpetrator is not in the above category, notify security and/or the police if necessary.
Under state law, Trinity Law School is required to provide certain information concerning sexual assault. The following information and procedures apply only to students, faculty and staff who are victims of, or witnesses to, sexual assault or other crimes committed at or upon the grounds or facilities of Trinity Law School. Any sexual assault must be reported to the police and emergency services authorities immediately. Telephone 911 (or 9-911 with an on-campus phone) using any available telephone. Give the authorities the following information:
- your name;
- your telephone number (i.e. the telephone number at which authorities can reach you at a later time);
- the building name and address (2200 North Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705), and any other specific location information;
- describe the situation clearly and accurately; and;
- do not hang up the telephone. Let the person you are talking to end the conversation. The emergency service authorities may need additional information or assistance.
Trinity Law School’s policy is one of encouraging the immediate reporting of all crimes, including sexual assault, to the administration office and to proper law enforcement authorities by victims and witnesses. Immediate reporting enhances the likelihood of apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators, and assists in the improvement of preventative measures for the future. Trinity Law School also respects the privacy concerns of victims and attaches a high priority to dealing with those concerns in a sensitive and positive manner.
Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives
Possession of firearms, weapons, or explosives on campus is not permitted. Students who are found in possession of any type of firearm, weapon, or explosive are subject to immediate dismissal from the institution. This includes, but is not limited to, BB guns, paint ball guns, air - soft pellet guns, bows and arrows, ammunition, knives other than pocket knives, toy guns, and any other weapon of any kind or imitation thereof that could be used to cause fear or injury to another person.
Photography and Videography Release
By accepting admission to and or taking any classes at TIU, each student (and his or her parents/guardians if the student is under 18):
- authorize TIU and its employees, agents, and contractors to use, copy, modify, publish, display, broadcast and distribute
- the student’s name, voice and likeness,
- photographs, images, and video and sound recordings of the student , and
- the city, state or province, and country where the student lives (together, the “materials”);
- waive any right to inspect or approve TIU’s use of the materials and also waives any right to royalties or other payment for the use of the Materials; and
- release TIU, its employees, agents and contractors, and their successors and assigns from any claim or liability, whether known or unknown, resulting from use of the Materials, including but not limited to, claims for violation of publicity rights, privacy rights, defamation, and copyright infringement.
No soliciting is permitted on campus and violations of this policy should be reported to the Registrar.
Student Loan Program Code of Conduct
Trinity International University (TIU) has adopted a Code of Conduct, in compliance with sec 487(a) (25) of the HEA of 1985.
The goal of the TIU financial aid office is to provide the highest quality service in the most efficient and timely manner possible, while upholding the mission of the institution, and acting in a matter with the integrity of a Christian institution. We willingly adhere to the following “Code of Conduct.” All officers, employees and agents of Trinity International University willingly agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct.
- TIU will not enter into a revenue-sharing agreement with any lender. A “revenue-sharing arrangement” is defined to mean any arrangement made between an institution and a lender under which the lender makes Title IV loans to students attending the institution (or to the families of those students), the institution recommends the lender or the loan products of the lender and, in exchange, the lender pays a fee or provides other material benefits, including revenue or profit-sharing, to the institution or to its officers, employees or agents.
- TIU embraces a ban on the employees of the university receiving gifts from a lender, guaranty agency or loan servicer. No officer or employee of the TIU financial aid office, (or an employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to educational loans) will solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans. A “gift” is defined as any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having monetary value of more than a de minimus amount. However, a gift does not include
- a brochure, workshop, or training using standard materials relating to a loan, default aversion, or financial literacy, such as a brochure, workshop, or training;
- food, training, or informational material provided as part of a training session designed to improve the service of a lender, guarantor, or servicer if the training contributes to the professional development of the institution’s officer, employee or agent;
- favorable terms and benefits on an education loan provided to a student employed by the institution if those terms and benefits are comparable to those provided to all students at the institution;
- entrance and exit counseling as long as the institution’s staff are in control of the counseling and the counseling does not promote the services of a specific lender;
- philanthropic contributions from a lender, guarantor, or servicer that are unrelated to education loans or any contribution that is not made in exchange or advantage related to education loans;
- State education grants, scholarships, or financial aid funds administered by or on behalf of a State.
- TIU embraces a ban on contracting agreements. No officer or employee of the university (or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans) will accept from a lender, or an affiliate of any lender, any fee, payment, or other financial benefit as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
- TIU embraces a prohibition against steering borrowers to particular lenders or the delay of loan certifications. For the first time borrower, TIU will not assign, through the award packaging or other methods, the borrower’s loan to a particular lender. In addition, TIU will not refuse to certify, or delay the certification, of any loan based on the borrower’s selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.
- TIU embraces a prohibition on offers of funds for private loans. TIU will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds for private loans, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for providing concessions or promises to the lender for a specific number of Title IV loans made, insured, or guaranteed, a specific loan volume, or a preferred lender arrangement. An “opportunity pool loan” is defined as a private education loan made by a lender to a student (or the student’s family) that involves a payment by the institution to the lender for extending credit to the student.
- TIU bans the use of staffing assistance from lenders. TIU will not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing, except that provided by a lender that involves professional development training, educational counseling materials (as long as the materials identify the lender that assisted in preparing the materials), or staffing services on a short-term, nonrecurring basis during emergencies or disasters.
- TIU adopts a ban on advisory board compensation. An employee of TIU who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender or guarantor (or a group of lenders or guarantors) is prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group, except for reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee for serving on the board.