Student Consumer Information

Rocky Mountain College has gathered information about the institution that the College and the U.S. Department of Education believe is important to current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, and staff. This information is also made available to satisfy the disclosure requirements by the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). The HEOA requires higher education institutions to make specific information available to its consumers.

If you wish to read more about the specific disclosure requirements, additional information about the Higher Education Opportunity Act is available on the U.S. Department of Education's website.

This website has been created to provide an easy and convenient way to access this information. The links within this site will take you to specific areas where the required information can be found.

To request a paper copy of institutional and financial aid information, please contact the vice president for student services by mail at 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102; by phone at 406.657.1018; or via email at nasonb@rocky.edu.

Athletic Graduation Rates

The athletic graduation rates include graduation rates of degree-seeking, first-time, full-time undergraduates who received athletic-related aid. Graduation rates are disaggregated by gender and ethnicity within each sport.

As required by the Student-Right-to-Know Act, this information is available to prospective student-athletes, students' parents, high school guidance counselors, and coaches. The report is updated annually by July 1 with the most recent graduation cohort.

Student-Athlete Graduation and Participation Rates


Notice of Availability of Institutional Information

Rocky Mountain College annually distributes to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of the information that is required to be made available under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and under HEA Sec. 485(a)(1), Sec. 485(f), Sec. 485(g), [Sec. 485(h)] and Sec. 485(j).

Students are sent a notification of the availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information, and this information can be obtained through the Student Consumer Information page. The notification lists and describes the information with direct links to the content on this page.

To request a paper copy of institutional and financial aid information, please contact the vice president for student services by mail at 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102, by phone at 406.657.1018, or via email at nasonb@rocky.edu.


Campus Crime Report

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as a part of The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it.

The U.S. Department of Education maintains the Campus Security Data Analysis website as well. This site provides individuals access to annual Clery Report data for every college and university in the U.S.

In accordance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, Rocky Mountain College is required to provide all students, prospective students, faculty, and staff with information on how to obtain the Montana sex offenders registry

You can also mail inquires and requests to: 

Sexual and Violent Offender Registration Unit
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 201417
Helena, MT 59620

Phone: 406.444.9479


Campus Fire Safety Report

As a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), federal law requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus fire incidents and safety policies for all on campus housing facilities. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to this reporting. A paper copy of this report is available upon request in the Campus Safety Office.

Fire Safety Report

Widenhouse, Rimview, and Jorgenson Halls are equipped with automatic sprinkler fire suppression systems. Anderson and Widenhouse Halls utilize interior alarms and warning lights through the corridors and common areas, with Rimview and Jorgenson Halls employing large exterior alarms, as well as interior alarms within the common areas.

Policies concerning the use of specific electrical appliances can be found in the Residence Hall Policy Handbook.

Fire drills are conducted three times per year, with further testing as necessary. A log of fire drill dates and results is housed in the Campus Safety Office.

Evacuation procedures for each residence hall are posted in their respective buildings and given to each resident upon arrival.


Equity in Athletics

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) is a component of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), which requires all colleges and universities to disclose information related to varsity athletic programs.

Rocky Mountain College annually complies with the requirements of the EADA by making available to the College community information about athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses for each of our varsity athletic programs.

The U.S. Department of Education maintains EADA information for all institutions of higher learning on their searchable database/website at: www.ope.ed.gov.


Freshman Graduation Rates

The graduation rates are calculated for the full-time, degree-seeking students who graduated within 150 percent of normal time.

Graduation rates are disaggregated by:

  • Gender;
  • Ethnicity;
  • Federal Pell grant recipients;
  • Subsidized Stafford load recipients; and
  • Students who did not receive either a Pell grant or a subsidized Stafford load.

As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Student Right-to-Know-Act, this information is available to prospective and enrolled students. The report is updated annually by July 1 with the most recent graduation cohort.

Freshmen Graduation Rates


Freshman Retention Rates

The first year retention rates of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates presented here are for the five most recent incoming classes. The retention rates are calculated for the full-time, degree-seeking students who entered in the fall and retained the following fall. Retention rates are collected annually in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and are also available on the IPEDS website.

Overall First-Year Retention Rate for Full-Time Students

Fall 2017 cohort 67%
Fall 2016 cohort 67%
Fall 2015 cohort 69%
Fall 2014 cohort 71%
Fall 2013 cohort 71%

General Institutional Information

From this section, you can access general information about the institution including, but not limited to, links to references, reports, and policies.


Harassment & Discrimination Policy

General Policies

Rocky Mountain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or sexual orientation in admissions or its policies and/or programs, employment, or other activities.

Harassment and Discrimination Policy

Members of the Rocky Mountain College community have the right to work and study in an environment free of harassment and discrimination. Rocky Mountain College strongly disapproves of and forbids the harassment of students. The College will not tolerate discrimination or harassment, which includes discrimination or harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Student claims of harassment and discrimination should be reported to the vice president for student life/dean of students or campus counselor, who will determine an appropriate course of action based on the nature of the claim, which may include filing a charge of harassment via the complaint resolution procedure outlined below.

Any student who has a question or concern that he or she is being or has been harassed or discriminated against should contact the vice president for student life (657.1018) or one of the liaisons listed below. The liaisons can help identify the types of behavior, verbal or physical, that constitute harassment and discrimination, and they will assist in determining an appropriate response to an alleged incident. Students may contact one of the following College community members if they have questions or concerns about harassment and discrimination:

Vice President for Student Life: 657.1018

Associate Dean for Student Life: 657.1099

Campus Counselor: 657.1049

Executive Director of Human Resources: 657.1043

Harassment and Discrimination Definitions

Rocky Mountain College does not and will not tolerate harassment of its students, faculty, staff, and administration. The term "harassment" includes, but is not limited to: slurs, jokes, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct related to an individual's race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Harassment also includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, unwelcome or offensive touching, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Violation of this policy will subject the offending individual to sanctions, up to and including immediate discharge from employment or expulsion from school.

At Rocky Mountain College we believe that individuals should be able to live, study, teach, and work in an environment that is free of all forms of harassment, particularly those involving:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances in return for grades, promotions, or other workplace or classroom opportunities;
  • Workplace or classroom decisions affecting your employment or studies when you believe that these were made because of your reactions to those kinds of advances;
  • The nature of your work, classroom, or living environment if the atmosphere has been made hostile, intimidating, or offensive to you by the actions of others.

Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the College to provide a working, learning, and teaching environment free from unlawful harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of any student, on- or off-campus, is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation against a person who reports or complains about harassment or who participates in the investigation of a harassment complaint is also prohibited.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes any interpersonal attention of a sexual nature that is unwanted and unwelcome. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Physical assault. Assault in this sense includes any physical touching of any kind that is sexual in nature:
  • Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances may favorably affect employment, work status, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendation; or that rejection of sexual advances may negatively affect the same;
  • Direct propositions of a sexual nature;
  • Indirect or subtle pressure for sexual activity, one element of which may be conduct such as repeated and unwanted staring;
  • A pattern of conduct (not legitimately related to a reasonable person), which may include comments of sexual nature or sexually explicit jokes, statements, questions, or anecdotes; or
  • A pattern of conduct that would tend to bring discomfort or humiliation to a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed, which may include unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person's body; remarks of a sexual nature regarding a person's clothing or body; or remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience.

A periodic notice will be sent to faculty, staff, and students to remind them of the policy. Students will be referred to the policy on the RMC website, at new student orientation (and/or First-Year Experience), and copies of the policy will be available at appropriate campus centers and offices. A "no harassment" policy notice will be posted in residence halls, instructional buildings, and administrative office areas.

Student Complaint Resolution Procedure

The following represents the procedure for resolving incidents where harassment or discrimination has been alleged. 

Informal Resolution

In most instances, the College strives to resolve complaints informally. Students are encouraged to work with the liaisons mentioned above to accomplish this. As part of this process, individuals will be encouraged to contact the offending party directly if they are comfortable doing so. If, however, an individual is not comfortable talking to the offending party directly, a mediated conversation may be facilitated by an appropriate liaison. In addition, Rocky Mountain College reserves the right to take steps toward diffusing the incident (e.g. no contact agreements/orders, relocating various parties, altering schedules, etc.) These actions on the part of RMC should not be interpreted as an indication of guilt or innocence, rather, they are steps taken to create the most comfortable learning environment possible while the incident is being resolved. If the informal resolution process fails to address the concerns of the complainant, the formal complaint procedure is available.

Formal Complaint

Should informal resolutions not be appropriate, students may bring formal complaints to the vice president for student life. During this process the complainant may have another person present information at discussions of the incident. After discussion with the vice president for student life, an official investigative officer will be appointed to formally review the complaint. The complainant will submit a signed petition describing the incident and requesting a formal investigation; in some cases, it may be appropriate for the designated officer to draft the petition. Other investigative officers may be designated by the president of the College as needed (see item #7, Complaint Process). The petition will then be shown to the accused person, who may then file a written response within five (5) working days. This response will in turn be shown to the complainant. The proceedings described here are not those of a court of law and the participation of legal counsel is not permitted during these discussions.

The Formal Complaint Process/Timeline

The timetable set forth below is approximate. The vice president for student life, in consultation with the investigative officer may, at his or her discretion, allow additional time for any of the steps noted.

  1. Within three (3) working days of receiving the written complaint, the investigative officer will consult with the relevant parties, including the complainant and the accused, in order to ascertain the facts and views of both parties.
     
  2. When a complaint is brought, the vice president for student life, in consultation with the investigative officer (if other than the vice president for student life), may choose to refer the matter to be formally heard by a five-person panel appropriate to the position of the accused.
     
  3. Within fourteen (14) working days from the filing of the complaint, the investigative officer will conduct an inquiry and prepare a report summarizing the relevant evidence.
     
  4. The report of the vice president for student life or investigative officer will be sent to the complainant and to the accused. Within five (5) working days thereafter, the complainant and the accused may each submit a final statement to the vice president for student life concerning the report.
     
  5. The vice president for student life may at any point dismiss a complaint if it is found to be clearly without merit. The complainant may appeal this determination to the academic vice president.
     
  6. Within five (5) working days after the submission of any final statements from the complainant and the accused, the vice president for the student life or five-person panel will decide whether a violation of this policy has occurred and if so, what the consequences shall be. These may range from reprimand, suspension or probation, to termination or expulsion.
     
  7. If the accused individual is the vice president for student life or a senior administrator at the College, or if the president of the College believes it appropriate in any case, the College may employ an independent investigator. Such an independent investigator will report directly to the president of the College.
     
  8. If the accused is the president of the College the matter shall be referred to an independent investigator and reported to a special committee of the Board of Trustees for final determination.
     

Appeals Related to Harassment or Discrimination

Following the conclusion of a case, any student who is dissatisfied with the decision may appeal by submitting a statement to the academic vice president (AVP) within 10 working days stating with specificity the reasons for his or her dissatisfaction. The AVP, within 30 days of submission of such a request, shall either affirm or overturn the decision. Sanctions for harassment or discrimination will be appropriate to the nature and severity of the offense and will be consistent with relevant College policy guidelines. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, an oral reprimand, a written reprimand, a warning added to the accused person's file, or the probation, suspension, or expulsion of a student.

Protection of Rights

Both parties will be informed of the facts developed in the course of the investigation and will be promptly informed about the final outcome of the proceedings. To the extent reasonably possible, all proceedings will be conducted in a way calculated to protect the confidentiality interests of both parties. Moreover, all reasonable actions will be taken to ensure that the complainant and those testifying on behalf of either party will suffer no retaliation as a result of their actions. In the event that the allegations are not substantiated, all reasonable steps will be taken to restore the accused if he or she may have been damaged by the proceedings. If a complainant is found to have been intentionally dishonest in making the allegations or to have made allegations maliciously, the complainant is subject to institutional discipline.


Health & Safety

Health and safety information is available from the campus safety office and from student health services. The links below include information and policies to promote a safe and healthy learning environment.


Student Body Profiles

Student Body Profiles include information about the diversity of the student body population. The reports are published for the fall and spring semesters of each academic year and represent the population count as of the census date, the fifteenth day of the semester. Here you can find information such as full-time and part-time counts, gender, and ethnic diversity.


Student Financial Assistance

Funding for your Rocky Mountain College education may be available in three forms:

  • Rocky Mountain College scholarships and work opportunities;
  • Federal financial aid; and/or
  • Personal resources.

The RMC Financial Assistance Office works to balance these resources in a way that will make a private, liberal arts education affordable to you and your family. There is also financial assistance available from federal, state, local, and institutional programs.

The following information will assist students in obtaining and organizing financial assistance:


Student Outcomes

Below is a list of student outcome-related information for RMC. The individual links include demographic information about the student population, graduation, and retention rates for full-time, degree-seeking students and graduation rates for students receiving athletic-related aid. This section also includes information about placement in employment by RMC graduates. 

Student Diversity


Teacher Preparation

Rocky Mountain College annually submits a report containing information about the institution and its teacher preparation program to the state of Montana.

Annual reports on the preparation of teachers can be accessed on the Department of Education's website, which details Title II of the Higher Education Act.


Voter Registration

For students that are not registered to vote in the state of Montana, voter registration information and voter registration cards are accessible online.

Montana residents can register on the Montana Secretary of State’s website.

For out-of-state residents, forms are available on the Election Assistance Commission’s website.