Consumer Information

Online, Site, and Graduate Programs


Buena Vista University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1927), 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL, 60602, 312.263-0456, Special accreditations for specific undergraduate programs include Athletic Training: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE,; Education: conditional accreditation from the Iowa Department of Education; (additional information regarding the status of our teacher education programs can be found on the federal Title 2 website); and Social Work: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE, Additionally, our Mental Health Counseling graduate program is currently seeking special accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP

Buena Vista University holds membership in Iowa College Foundation; Iowa Association of Independent Colleges & Universities Campus Compact; Iowa Campus Compact; Association of Governing Boards (AGB); Association of American Colleges & Universities; The Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL); Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities; Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; National Collegiate Athletic Association; and American Association of University Women.

This link provides students with contact information for filing a complaint with any state in which a student resides while attending BVU.  Additional information is available through the Office of Academic Affairs or in the specific information for majors that require additional approval or licensure, as found in the BVU Catalog.

Consumer Information on College Navigator Website

The Department of Education is required to post 26 items for each institution on this website.

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Copyright Policies

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

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For additional information, please contact the Associate Dean of Faculty.


Costs for tuition, fees and room and board and an estimate of other related expenses.

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For additional information, please contact the Business Office.


Current Degree and Educational Training Programs offered. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs or the Registrar's Office for more information.

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Physical facilities that relate to academic programs at BVU.

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Facilities and Services available to students with disabilities (Storm Lake campus)

Nearly all buildings on the Buena Vista University campus are handicapped accessible. Students seeking assistance regarding accessibility should contact the following individuals:

  • For assistance with the academic program, including accessibility of courses, laboratories, or academic materials, students should contact the the director of the Center of Academic Excellence, 712.749.1237.
  • For assistance with the co-curricular program, such as residence halls, food service, student activities, or other programs, students should contact the dean of students in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business/Siebens Forum, 712.749.2123.

Facilities and Services available to students with disabilities (Online, Site, and Graduate Programs)

Nearly all buildings are handicapped accessible. Students seeking assistance regarding handicapped accessibility should contact their BVU site director.


Faculty and instructional personnel.

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For additional information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Student's rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy.

For additional information, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Safeguarding Confidential Electronic Information Policy

This Buena Vista University Information Technology Services (IT) Policies and Security Manual includes policies, standards, procedures and guidelines to ensure the integrity of BVU IT systems and reflect responsible stewardship of BVU IT resources.

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Student Body Diversity

Review statistics for enrollment by gender, race/ethnicity and financial need.

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For additional information, please contact the Director of Institutional Research.

Textbook Information

Please refer to the BVU Registrar site to find information pertaining to required text books, by course, their costs and ISBNs.

Please refer to the Book Voucher Policy to determine if you are able to use a credit balance to purchase books before the start of a term/semester.

Transfer of Credit - Undergraduate

This information will detail the policy for acceptance of course work taken elsewhere. For information on transfer of credit for any of our graduate programs, please see the corresponding area of the BVU Catalog. In addition, information is also available on BVU's articulation agreements.

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