The Student Consumer Information Regulations of the United States Department of Education require all colleges and universities to provide their students access to certain information to which they are entitled to as consumers. Under these regulations, Cerritos College annually distributes to all students a notice of the availability of consumer information. The links below provides the information outlined for consumer disclosure by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).
This information is available in a hard-copy form upon request.
The links below are provided as a service to the community members as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Click on each section to learn more.
Cerritos College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); a regionally federally-recognized accrediting agency designated by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. In addition, many of the programs offered are separately accredited, licensed, or approved by other accrediting agencies.
students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are outlined in the Cerritos College catalog.
Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) assists colleges in meeting the requirements of federal and State non-discrimination laws, including Sections 504 and 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA), and State Government Code Sections 11135-11139.5.
Institutional Effectiveness, Research, & Planning provides data for college planning. displays student demographic data on their website. The Fact Book link on their website provides student demographic data.
Credits from other regionally accredited institutions may be accepted for transfer credit after evaluation by District evaluators. Cerritos College will not accept the transfer credits from another institution if the evaluation by the District evaluators determines that the credits received from another accredited institution do not meet the equivalent standards for a similar course taken at Cerritos College. Our transfer articulation agreements can be found on the Transfer Center website.
ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER COLLEGE CREDIT
A student who presents an official transcript of previous college or university work (other than non-degree applicable course work) in courses comparable to those of Cerritos College, may receive credit towards the Associate in Arts degree from Cerritos College. Before credit can be granted, the course work must have been completed at a college or university that is a member of one of the six regional accrediting associations. Official transcripts must be on file with the Admissions and Records Office. Hand-delivered copies of transcripts are accepted provided they are received in a sealed envelope. Transfer credit from institutions using the quarter system shall be evaluated as follows:
The number of quarter units shall be multiplied by two and divided by three to arrive at the approximate number of semester units. (i.e., 4 quarter units equal approximately 3 semester units.)
Cerritos College is authorized to enroll F-1 non-immigrant students and welcomes applications from such persons. All records of any previous schools (mark sheets, transcripts, diplomas, certificates, etc.) must be submitted. These records must show courses taken and grades earned, and must be translated into English if the original records are in another language. If a translation is supplied, it should be certified as accurate and correct by an appropriate public or school official, or sponsoring agency or government. The original record should also be included.
Prior to the application of credit towards the Associate in Arts degree (A.A.), the international transcript must be submitted to evaluation agencies acceptable to Cerritos College. The college may then choose to accept or not accept the agency’s recommendations to award credit towards the Associate in Arts degree.
Since the four-year universities maintain their own individual evaluation staffs, credit from foreign institutions towards the Baccalaureate degree is subject to the universities’ review.
International students who wish to enroll as an F-1 status, please refer to the “Admission of International Students” in this catalog. Also, please contact the Office of International Student Services (OISS) at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2133; Fax (562) 467-5086; or visit the website at www.cerritos.edu/oiss.
It is the student's responsibility to maintain their student class schedule and adhere to registration deadlines as posted on the online class schedule. Cerritos College adheres to California Education Code section 55024 regarding withdrawing from classes.
Admissions & Records - Add/Drop Deadline Dates
Financial Aid Office - If students receive financial aid and withdrawal from some or all of their classes, they may owe a portion or all of their financial aid. See Return of Title IV Policy and census date information.
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees.
For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S.Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.
A student shall first meet with the employee(s) involved to attempt to resolve their concern. If the matter is not resolved informally with the employee(s) involved, the student shall attempt to resolve the matter by informal discussion with the person at the lowest level of supervisory authority for the person with whom there is a complaint. For faculty members this would be the Division Dean, and for other employees this would be identified manager for the department or area.
There is a general grievance form and a grade grievance form on the Student Conduct & Grievances website.
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Student financial assistance is available for students. How financial assistance is distributed, the requirements, and how to complete the application process can be found below.
For specific information regarding student financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid Office website. The Financial Aid website contains important information including:
Types of financial aid assistance available to students
Student eligibility requirements and applying for Financial Aid
Required forms for verification and notification of awards
Withdrawal from courses and Return to Title IV (R2T4)
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Disbursement schedule and process
Loans - entrance/exit counseling, loan terms and conditions
Cost of Attendance
Other resources and programs available to students
All federal student loans obtained by a student or parent are reported to and tracked on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS loan records are accessible to all authorized NSLDS users, including schools, student loan guaranty agencies, lenders, federal agencies, and other authorized users.
Student and parent loan borrowers may view their federal loan information at NSLDS. Borrowers access the system using their federal PIN. Students can also access prior federal grant information at NSLDS.
health and safety
Cerritos College Police Officers provide the primary law enforcement response within the campus community.
The department handles all patrol, investigation, crime prevention education, emergency preparedness and related law enforcement duties for the college district and operates 24 hours, seven days a week. The Cerritos College Police coordinate with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, operating under a mutual aid agreement in the campus areas and surrounding communities.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, which requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
Cerritos College is committed to providing a drug & alcohol free environment for all students. Please visit our Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program website.
This website provides information on the following:
- Drug and alcohol prevention and abuse
- Code of conduct
- Sanctions under local, state, and federal law
- Potential consequences impacting financial aid
- Drug and alcohol counseling and resources
Students enrolled in programs located in the Health Occupations division must meet regulations regarding completed immunizations. These immunizations are required to protect all clients but especially the immune-compromised clients from contacting illness or disease from the students. Please refer to each program for the required immunizations and time frames.
International students are required to provide a TB clearance as part of the admissions process. See administrative policy for international students.
In general, students are not required to provide proof of vaccination or immunization unless they are in one of the health occupation programs, an international student, or an employee of the college (including work-study).
STUDENT RIGHT TO KNOW
Cerritos College reports annual student enrollment, retention, and graduation data at the state and federal level as required by federal and state law.