Consumer Information

All institutions participating in Federal Student Aid Programs are required to notify enrolled and prospective students and prospective employees about consumer information. You have the right to review the following information in each document below. To request a printed copy of the entire Consumer Information Guide, contact the Financial Aid Coordinator or the Director of Financial Services at the Kansas City campus during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

FERPADisability GuidelinesDiversityCost of AttendanceRefund PolicyEducational EffectivenessWithdrawal Procedures
Repayment PolicyFormal Grievance PolicyAcademic ProgramsFacilities and LabsFacultyAccreditationPeer-to-Peer Sharing
Financial AssistanceScholarship FraudStudent Right-to-KnowSafety and SecurityIowa DisclosuresSexual Misconduct ReportingInstitutional Review Board

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, many offices at the institution collect and maintain information about students. Although these records belong to the institution, both institution policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning these records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records.

To fulfill FERPA requirements, the institution has established Policies on Student Records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student’s rights have been compromised. The policies on student records are published by the Registrar’s Office.

Because the institution does not maintain all student records in one location, each office that maintains student records is required to develop a written statement of its policies and procedures for handling those records; these statements are available for students to examine in the respective offices. In addition, copies of the institution’s policies on student records and the pertinent federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), are posted in the Registrar’s Office.

General Information

FERPA Release Form

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Facilities & Services for Disabled Students

For information on facilities and services for disabled students, see the document entitled, Disability Services at MBTS.  If you need further information, please contact the Student Development Office at (816) 414-3733.

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Student Body Diversity

For information about the diversity of the institution’s student body, contact the Registrar’s Office at (816) 414-3713.

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Cost of Attending Midwestern

For actual tuition and fee charges contact:

Registrar’s Office
Administration Building
(816) 414-3713
Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and personal/miscellaneous expenses contact:

Financial Aid Office
Trustees Classroom Building
(816) 414-3739
Financial Aid

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Refund Policy

The institution has a tuition refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from all classes during a term.

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Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Board of Commissioners of The Association of Theological Schools requires member schools to publish a statement regarding the school’s educational effectiveness.  Two of the tools utilized by Midwestern are the ATS Alumni Questionnaire and the ATS Graduate Student Questionnaire (GSQ).  Based on the 2012 Alumni Survey, 90.1% of 2007 Midwestern graduates report their education was effective or very effective at helping them obtain the goals of their degree program.  During the first six months following graduation, 62.5% of M.Div. graduates responding to the study were in paid ministry positions.  Of 2015-2016 graduates, the GSQ shows the top five responses to student satisfaction questions were: “I liked the quality of teaching,” “I liked the class size,” “I liked the accessibility of faculty,” “I liked the access of the library,” and “I liked the adequacy of the library.” The GSQ asked Master of Divinity graduates to indicate their satisfaction with progress in skills related to their future work.  The top five areas at Midwestern were: “Ability to Use and Interpret Scripture,” “Ability to Think Logically,” “Ability to Preach Well,” “Knowledge of Christian Philosophy and Ethics,” and “Ability to Teach Well.”  The GSQ indicated that 68.4% of the Master of Divinity students who completed the survey just prior to their graduations in the 2015-2016 academic year had found employment, been offered jobs, were continuing their educations, or (in 5% of the cases) had pursued their degrees for personal edification and were not seeking employment.

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Withdrawal Procedures

Students who are withdrawing from all classes at the institution must notify the Registrar’s Office.

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Repayment Policy (Return of Title IV Aid)

The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (federal Title IV grant and loan assistance) they have “earned” up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the institution and/or the student to the federal government.

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Formal Grievance Policy

If a student feels the decisions or actions by faculty, staff, or fellow students are inappropriate or unjustified, the student may choose to appeal the decision or action. If the student chooses to do so, the following 3-step grievance process is designed to give biblically-based guidance in resolving a grievance, dispute, or conflict.

Step One

The student is first to seek to resolve the matter in a specific conference with the faculty member, or fellow student involved. Careful and thorough attention must be given to achieving a mutual understanding of the perceived problem by determining and agreeing on relevant facts, clarifying perceptions and misunderstandings, and seeking to define the problem in a way that is acceptable to both parties (Matthew 18:15-20).

If the issue is solely academic in nature and relates specifically to a professor’s judgment regarding the student’s grade or other similar matter, the student should refer to the Academic Appeal Process under Policies in the Academic Information section of the Catalog.

Step Two

If a student, after a good faith effort to resolve the matter, feels that the problem persists to his injury or disadvantage, the student may appeal to the Vice President for Student Development (VP/SD). The VP/SD will meet with the student to hear the grievance and take steps to resolve the problem. This meeting shall remain confidential unless legal or protective action is mandated by law. The VP/SD will work with the student to formulate a plan of resolution.

Step Three

Should the student feel the issue remains unresolved, the student may submit an official grievance to the Student Development Committee for review. If the student’s grievance is with the VP/SD (i.e., if it relates specifically to some decision or action by the VP/SD), then the student may, after unsuccessfully finding resolution in Step One, bypass Step Two and submit an official grievance directly to the Student Development Committee. A Formal Grievance Form is available online here.

The Formal Grievance Form is to be completed and returned to the VP/SD within two business days of the unsuccessful attempt to resolve the problem in Step Two. The VP/SD will make a copy for the student’s files and forward the grievance form to the chairperson of the Student Development Committee within two business days of receiving it from the student. The VP/SD will also submit to the committee chair his response to the student’s formal grievance. The Student Development Committee serves as an objective interpreter of policy processing and as a monitor of policy integrity in relation to specific student grievances.

The Student Development Committee will:

  1. Review the filed grievance form submitted by the student. If the grievance is directed against any member of the Committee then that member will be recused and replaced temporarily by another faculty member assigned by the President.
  2. Review the filed grievance response submitted by the VP/SD.
  3. May make a face-to-face inquiry with the student.
  4. May make a face-to-face inquiry with the VP/SD.
  5. May make a face-to-face inquiry with any other party that can assist in determining a solution to the grievance.
  6. Provide one of the following responses:
    1. The Committee may find that the decision of the VP/SD accurately reflects the institution’s guiding documents and core values and, thus, will direct that his decision be upheld.
    2. The Committee may find that the decision of the VP/SD does not in some way accurately reflect the institution’s guiding documents and core values and, thus, will direct that his decision should be amended, stating specifically how it should be amended; and if any additional actions are deemed necessary by the Committee in order to bring resolution in the matter the committe may so direct. In this second case (6.2), all Committee decisions shall be reviewed by the President prior to announcement and final implementation.

Final Appeal

If the student believe the Student Development Committee has violated the Student Handbook or due process, the student may file a Student Development Committee Grievance Form with Midwestern’s President. This form is to be completed and submitted to the VP/SD, who will forward it along with all relevant documents to the President’s Office within two business days of receipt from the student. The decision of the President shall be final. The Student Development Committee Grievance Form is available here.

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Descriptions of Academic Programs

Information on the institution’s academic programs, degree offerings, and plans for future programs is available here.

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Instructional Facilities and Labs

Information on the institution’s instructional facilities is available from the Student Development Office. Also click here for information on library resources at the institution.

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Faculty

Information on the institution’s faculty and instructional personnel is available at here.

Accreditation Information

Students may review copies of documents regarding entities that accredit, license, or approve the institution and its programs. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. Tel: (800) 621-7440. Contact the Institutional Effectiveness Office to review the accreditation documents at (816) 414-3700. Further information is available here.

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Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. The basic provisions are as follows:

  • An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law
  • A plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials” by users of its network, including “the use of one or more technology-based deterrents”
  • A plan to “offer alternatives to illegal downloading”

Below is a basic outline of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (MBTS) efforts to comply with these policies.

Annual Disclosure

Consistent with principles of our institution and our expectations of student behavior, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted material. We use a wide variety of methods to inform our community about the law and our response to copyright infringement claims:

  • MBTS Information Technology policies clearly prohibit the copying of copyrighted material without proper permissions. This policy is included in the Student, Faculty and Staff handbooks.
  • MBTS will distribute information in the fall semester of each academic year on our policies concerning P2P file sharing, the legal implications as well as legal alternatives to illegal file sharing. This information will be distributed in hardcopy to all new incoming students.
  • MBTS will maintain up to date information on our policies around P2P file sharing on the MBTS web page. This will include the implications and liabilities of illegal file sharing.

Plans to “Effectively Combat” the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material

MBTS currently employs an enterprise-class Sonicwall security device for analysis of all inbound and outbound network traffic. We block access to P2P protocols as much as is practical by current technology.

When excessive sustained uploading is detected the IT department makes an effort to identify the end users system and notify the user of the issue and possible causes. In extreme cases when contact cannot be made with the system owner the data connection is severed until the owner can be reached and the issue resolved.

What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing?

Peer-to-peer (P2P) is an approach to content distribution in which digital files are transferred between “peer” computers over the Internet. Because they do not rely on a central server to deliver content, P2P networks tend to be fast and reliable—they can balance traffic loads that might otherwise overwhelm servers, and they minimize the chance of service breakdown due to localized server or communication outages. As a new channel for content distribution, P2P changes the conventional hierarchy of information. The roles of producer, consumer, and gatekeeper of digital content blur, and more information and resources can be delivered to more people and applications than otherwise would be possible. P2P technology has the potential to play an important, positive role in the fulfillment of institutional missions of teaching, research, and the dissemination of knowledge. [Source: 7 Things You Should Know About P2P]

Is P2P File Sharing Illegal?

It depends.  P2P file sharing is perfectly legal if the work being shared is not copyrighted or is shared with the authorization of the copyright owner.  However, unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works through a publicly accessible, P2P network is copyright infringement pure and simple.  There is no concept of fair use that encompasses making a copyrighted needlepoint design available for downloading by 100 million KaZaA users. [Source: Frequently Asked Questions about the P2P Piracy Prevention Act (H.R. 5211)]

The following list of P2P file-sharing programs are not to be installed on any Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS)-owned computer, or any computer with access to MBTS-owned network resources:

eDonkey, Overnet, Shareaza, WinMX, BitTorrent, Limewire, Morpheus,eMule, Ares, BearShare, Kazaa, iMesh, FastTrack, Ares Galaxy, Gnutella, ANts P2P, Azureus, BitComet, BitTornado, BitTorrent 5, BitTorrent 6, Cabos, DC++, ExoSee, eDonkey2000, Freenet, KCeasy, FrostWire, giFT, µTorrent, MUTE, MLDonkey, Gnucleus, Kazaa Lite, gtk-gnutella, Warez P2P, Winny, AresWarez, Blubster, others.

You may not be aware that file-sharing applications cause the following problems:

  • They waste your bandwidth: Not only will these programs share your downloaded songs and videos, but they can significantly slow performance of your own computer and impact network performance for the Seminary as a whole.
  • They come bundled with adware or spyware: Many file-sharing applications come bundled with adware or spyware which automatically installed on your computer along with the file-sharing application. This software can monitor your activity, sending information to third-party vendors and advertisers on such things as what web pages you browse or what searches you perform. Apart from privacy, concerns, these add-ons use your computer’s system resources to operate and will affect performance. Depending on how much spyware and/or adware you have installed, this may be significant.
  • You could be sued: If you share files that you are not the copyright owner of, you are likely in violation of Seminary policy and potentially subject to lawsuit by the copyright holder under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. You are responsible for understanding what constitutes legal use of music, movies, software, images, and other copyright works that you own or use. By using these resources you agree to abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by MBTS.

MBTS is committed to making you aware of legal options for downloading and sharing music, movies and other digital media. Please go to this list provided by Educause to find sources for legal downloads. Some of these resources make music available to you at no charge, others offer digital media at a reasonable cost.

A multitude of information can be found online. Here are a few of the more useful sites:

If you have questions about file sharing, please contact the MBTS Helpdesk at 816-414-3763 or helpdesk@mbts.edu.

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Student Financial Assistance

Most information is available from the Financial Aid Office or online here. The Office of Financial Aid publication Funding Your Education at MBTS will provide information about:

  • Overview of Financial Aid Programs
  • How to Apply for Aid
  • Aid Eligibility Requirements
  • How Eligibility for Need-Based Aid Is Determined and How Need-Based Aid Is Awarded
  • Financial Aid for Study Abroad:  MBTS does not presently have a study abroad program that qualified for Title IV aid.

Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients:

  • Continued Eligibility for Aid
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress: This is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. Students must maintain specific academic progress requirements to be eligible for financial aid. See the student catalog here. Pages 23 of the College Catalog and 22 of the Seminary Catalog address Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients.
  • Method and Frequency of Disbursements: Financial aid is disbursed (released) to students in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors.
  • Terms and Conditions of Financial Aid Employment: MBTS does not participate in the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • Terms of Student Loans, Including Necessity of Repayment and Sample Repayment Schedule: Students should refer to the Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Terms/Conditions of Deferment or Cancellation of Perkins Loan, Direct Stafford, or FFEL Loan Because of Volunteer Service:

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Scholarship Fraud

According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:

  • “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  • “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
  • “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
  • “We’ll do all the work.”
  • “This scholarship will cost some money.”
  • “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or see www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.

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Student Right-to-Know Act

Overall Graduation Rate – The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know.” It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At Midwestern, 26 percent of entering students were counted as “full-time, first-time” in 2008, which was the most recent cohort to have a 150% completion rate. The next 150% completion rate will be calculated for the 2009 cohort and will appear in 2015.

Student Outcome Data

Midwestern evaluates the success of its graduates through three measures. First, as noted above, Midwestern has exiting student surveys for all graduating students. These surveys, summarized in the charts below, track Midwestern’s graduates based on their success rate in finding jobs, finding jobs in their field, and their admission rates in to advanced degree programs.  The following charts depict the overall completion and retention rates for Midwestern students at all levels:

Undergraduate Success Rates

Graduate YearAssociates Graduates% Continuing Education% In Job% In Job in FieldBachelors Graduates% Continuing Education% In Job% In Job in Field
2011-12NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
2012-131100100026238944
2013-146100100026319642
2014-15000025168440
2015-162010010049249453

 

Graduate Program Success Rate

Graduate YearMaster’s Graduates% Continuing Education% In Job% In Job in FieldDoctoral Graduates% Continuing Education% In Job% In Job in Field
2011-124949645NDNDNDND
2012-136609453230100100
2013-1472188676190100100
2014-15873.4926080100100
2015-1611959272714100100

Midwestern has tracked retention, persistence and graduation rates using the IPEDS methodology of tracking entering cohorts, full-time, first-time degree-seeking students. While the institution uses this data, it does not provide an accurate picture of the institution’s student population. While the IPEDS reports track first-time, full-time Bachelors level students, the majority of Midwestern’s undergraduate student population is composed of transfer students. Moreover, the majority of the institution’s overall student populace are graduate and not undergraduate students. Therefore, the IPEDS definitions are not the best measure of student persistence and completion rates.

Rather, the institution measures its overall retention and completion rates. It does this by monitoring its year over year fall student populations and also by measuring the completion rates of all students (Fall11-15 Retention & Completion Rates and Graduation Success Rates).

 

 

Masters Retention- On Campus
Cohort YearHeadcountEnrolled in following FallNot Enrolled in following FallRetention Rate
 Fall 11                 44                                               36                                                          882%
 Fall 12                 43                                               35                                                          881%
 Fall 13                 47                                               38                                                          981%
 Fall 14                 76                                               58                                                        1876%
Undergraduate Retention- On Campus
Cohort YearHeadcountEnrolled in following FallNot Enrolled in following FallRetention Rate
 Fall 11                 72                                               47                                                        2565%
 Fall 12                 21                                               15                                                          671%
 Fall 13                 26                                               20                                                          677%
 Fall 14                 65                                               36                                                        2955%
 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Retention- Online
Cohort YearHeadcountEnrolled in following FallNot Enrolled in following FallRetention Rate
 Fall 11                  –                                                –                                                         –0%
 Fall 12                 13                                                 5                                                          838%
 Fall 13                 16                                               10                                                          663%
 Fall 14                 21                                               12                                                          957%
Doctoral Retention
Cohort YearHeadcountEnrolled in following FallNot Enrolled in following FallRetention Rate
 Fall 11                 75                                               65                                                        1087%
 Fall 12                 69                                               62                                                          790%
 Fall 13                 69                                               58                                                        1184%
 Fall 14                 81                                               62                                                        1977%

 

 

Masters Completion- On Campus
Cohort YearHeadcount2 Year3-4 Years5+ YearsTotal GradsCompletion PercentageEnrolled in FA15-FA16Completed/ Persistence

Rate

Fall 084951482755.10%259.18%
Fall 0949315112959.18%467.35%
Fall 106551993350.77%456.92%
Fall 114461812556.82%568.18%
 Fall 12431112 N/A2353.49%1486.05%
 Fall 1348510 N/A1531.25%2277.08%
 Fall 14769 N/A N/A911.84%5381.58%
Masters Completion- Online
Cohort YearHeadcount2 Year3-4 Years5+ YearsTotal GradsCompletion PercentageEnrolled in FA15-FA16Completed/ Persistence

Rate

Fall 0800000na0na
Fall 0900000na0na
Fall 1039101012153.85%156.41%
Fall 114819912960.42%366.67%
 Fall 1238114 N/A1539.47%1271.05%
 Fall 1348113 N/A1429.17%1560.42%
 Fall 148116 N/A N/A1619.75%5688.89%
Undergraduate Completion- On Campus
Cohort YearHeadcount2 Year3-4 Years5+ YearsTotal GradsCompletion PercentageEnrolled in FA15-FA16Completed/ Persistence

Rate

Fall 084331182251.16%358.14%
Fall 09633892031.75%438.10%
Fall 105748142645.61%656.14%
Fall 116931392536.23%1253.62%
 Fall 122129 N/A1152.38%471.43%
 Fall 132670N/A726.92%1273.08%
 Fall 14674 N/A N/A45.97%3862.69%
 

 

Undergraduate Completion- Online
Cohort YearHeadcount2 Year3-4 Years5+ YearsTotal GradsCompletion PercentageEnrolled in FA15-FA16Completed/ Persistence

Rate

Fall 0800000na0na
Fall 0900000na0na
Fall 1000000na0na
Fall 1100000na0na
Fall 12711N/A228.57%485.71%
Fall 131430N/A321.43%450.00%
Fall 14202N/AN/A210.00%1165.00%
Doctoral Completion
Cohort YearHeadcount2 Year3-4 Years5+ YearsTotal GradsCompletion PercentageEnrolled in FA15-FA16Completed/ Persistence

Rate

Fall 089022444.44%488.89%
Fall 0915031426.67%773.33%
Fall 1010438112221.15%4160.58%
Fall 11751631013.33%4066.67%
Fall 126918N/A913.04%4781.16%
Fall 137111N/A22.82%5377.46%
Fall 14812N/AN/A22.47%6582.72%
Overall Completion
Cohort YearHeadcount2 Year3-4 Years5+ YearsTotal GradsCompletion PercentageEnrolled in FA15-FA16Completed/ Persistence

Rate

Fall 08101827185352.48%961.39%
Fall 09127626215341.73%1553.54%
Fall 1026522453510238.49%5258.11%
Fall 112362946148937.71%6063.14%
Fall 121782634N/A6033.71%8179.21%
Fall 132072714N/A4119.81%10671.01%
Fall 1432533N/AN/A3310.15%22378.77%

 

Fall 2014 Graduates
Total Graduates:74
Alumni Form Received from:57
Incomplete Info Received from:11
Pursuing Further Education:8
Pursuing Employment:12
Already Employed:30
Spring 2015 Graduates
Total Graduates:109
Information Received from:82
Incomplete Info Received from:2
Pursuing Further Education:22
Pursuing Employment:35
Already Employed:45
Fall 2015 Graduates
Total Graduates:101
Information Received from:67
Incomplete Info Received from:1
Pursuing Further Education:21
Pursuing Employment:20
Already Employed:42
Spring 2016 Graduates
Total Graduates:118
Information Received from:92
Incomplete Info Received from:1
Pursuing Further Education:21
Pursuing Employment:30
Already Employed:62

 

Job Placement Information: See the ministry placement and referral page here.

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Safety and Security

MBTS Biennial Review
Reporting Child Abuse

2014 Campus Safety Report
2015 Campus Safety Report
Daily Crime Log
Fire Log

Emergency Procedures
Building Evacuation Guide
Reporting Emergencies
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Sexual Assault Training
Sexual Misconduct Reporting
Institutional Review Board
How To Make a Family Fire Escape Plan

MBTS Alert
MBTS Alert Setup Instructions

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Iowa Disclosures

Iowa Military Deployment Student Refund Policy

Issued:           2016

Revised:        12/21/2016

 
In compliance with ICA 261.9(1)(g), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College  (1) Adopts a policy to offer not less than the following options to a student who is a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa National Guard or Reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to national guard duty or federal active duty: (a) Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees. (b) Make arrangements with the student’s instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student’s registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full. (c) Make arrangements with only some of the student’s instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded. (2) As used in this lettered paragraph, “dependent child” means the same as defined in section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a).

Scope: This policy applies to Iowa National Guard or Reserve force members and qualifying spouses pursing their education through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern College who reside in the state of Iowa.

Definitions: Section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a) of the Iowa Code defines “Dependent child”  as: “a student who was claimed by a qualified military person or qualified veteran as a dependent on the qualified military person’s or qualified veteran’s internal revenue service tax filing for the previous tax year.”

 

 

Midwestern Child Abuse Policy

Issued:                      2016

Revised:                   05/16/2016

 
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College does not tolerate child abuse. Suspected perpetrators of child abuse, including Seminary employees, volunteers, or students, may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution. Employees, volunteers, or students who engage in child abuse in the workplace, or who use Seminary facilities, property, or resources to engage in child abuse are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from employment, engagement, or from educational programs.

All Seminary employees and volunteers who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services.

Scope: This policy applies to all employees and volunteers of Midwestern.

Definitions:  The following definitions apply to the terms used in this policy:

Child or children means any person or persons under the age of eighteen years of age.

Child abuse includes:

  • Abuse or neglect means sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or injury of a child by any person under circumstances which cause harm to the child’s health, welfare, or safety, or the negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for or providing care to the child. The physical discipline of a child is not considered to fall within the reporting obligation when it is reasonable and moderate and is inflicted by a parent, teacher, child care worker or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child. Any use of force on a child by any other person is unlawful unless it is reasonable and moderate and is authorized in advance by the child’s parent or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child.
  • Negligent treatment or maltreatment means an act or a failure to act, or the cumulative effects of a pattern of conduct, behavior, or inaction that evidences a serious disregard of consequences of such magnitude as to constitute a clear and present danger to a child’s health, welfare, or safety.
  • Sexual exploitation includes:
    • Allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution by any person; or
    • Allowing, permitting, encouraging, or engaging in the obscene or pornographic photographing, filming, or depicting of a child by any person.

 

Child Abuse Reporting Process
 

  1. How to Make a Report: Seminary employees and volunteers must orally report suspected child abuse or neglect by telephone or otherwise at the first opportunity, but no later than 24 hours after suspecting abuse has taken place. There are three alternative ways to make such a report:
  2. Call the Midwestern Security Department at 816-414-3836.  If the incident is outside of Midwestern’s jurisdiction, Midwestern Security will report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency; or
  3. Call the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) at 816-929-7100 or
  4. Call the Kansas City Police Department having jurisdiction in the location of the suspected incident at 816-413-3400.

For suspected child abuse that occurs in a Seminary program or at a Seminary facility regardless of its location, Seminary employees and volunteers must also notify their supervisor or departmental administrator of the suspected abuse immediately after they report the suspected abuse to Midwestern Security, DSHS, or Kansas City Police. The supervisor or departmental administrator must notify the administrative head of their organization that a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been made in accordance with this policy. The administrative head or the administrative head’s designee will contact the Midwestern Security to confirm that it has received a report of the suspected abuse and the appropriate Human Resources office to determine what other actions may be warranted.

 

  1. What to Report: The following information may be requested when making a report:
  2. The name, address, and age of the child;
  3. The name and address of the child’s parents, stepparents, guardians, or other persons having custody of the child;
  4. The description of the alleged injury or injuries;
  5. The description of the alleged neglect;
  6. The description of the alleged sexual abuse;
  7. Any evidence of previous injuries, including their nature and extent; and
  8. Any other information that may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child’s death, injury, or injuries and the identity of the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators.

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