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Complaints

UIW encourages students to address any complaints directly with the office(s) involved or by contacting the specific office(s) below related to the complaint.

  • Billing disputes:
  • Financial Aid disputes:
    • Office of Financial Assistance, (210) 829-6008,  finaid@uiwtx.edu, Attn: Amy Carcanagues
  • Grade/Faculty disputes:
    • Undergraduates: Student Success at (210) 829-3005, Attn: Dean McMakin
    • Graduates: Graduate Studies & Research at (210) 805-3555
  • Title IX disputes:

Students who wish to log their complaint directly with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) may do so at the THECB site. Students may also direct complaints about Financial Aid directly to the  Dept. of Education.

The Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) handles any incidents of potential discrimination against students. Information on how to protect students or report a potential incident may be found at OCR's website. View a video describing how to file a complaint View a video describing how to file a complaint here.

Constitution Day

UIW Celebrated Constitution Day 2020 (Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020)

Over 200 years ago, Chief Justice John Marshall famously stated in the landmark decision of Marbury v. Madison (1803) that "It is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is." In exercising this power, we must never forget that legal decisions - determining the scope of government powers and protections for individual rights - are also political decisions, whether judges (or everyday Americans) believe it or not. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued decisions affirming and sometimes expanding LGBTQ+ rights, religious liberty, and protections under the U.S. Constitution's 4th Amendment. It has also, in cases involving the census and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, at least temporarily restrained the exercise of executive power.

These decisions, and others, have contributed to and exacerbated existing legal and political tensions, once again making the Court a central issue in an ongoing Presidential Election Campaign. To paraphrase a famous quip, the Court really does follow the election returns: Presidents nominate justices (and indeed all federal judges), and the Senate must confirm any nominees. Nominees under a Biden/Harris Administration would almost certainly hold different legal and political ideologies than a Trump/Pence Administration. Whoever wins, any justices nominated and appointed will decide issues of great importance to our democratic republic.

To celebrate Constitution Day 2020, and in light of the aforementioned legal and electoral stakes, the UIW Department of Political Science invited all members of the community to join in watching a livestreamed discussion, hosted by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, of three important cases appearing on the Court's docket this Fall. The live stream was held from 7 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020, at the Dole Institute's website and YouTube page.

We also encouraged all members of our community to join us in reading and reflecting on the Constitution itself, a document that - for all of its flaws - continues to serve as our highest law since its ratification 232 years ago. View an interactive version of the U.S. Constitution here

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Financial Aid Policies and Regulations


Military-Related Financial Aid Policies and Regulations

UIW proudly follows the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003 when making financial aid judgments for covered individuals. Affected students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss options.

Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant Information

Drug Convictions and Title IV Aid

In accordance with federal regulations regarding the administration of Title IV funds, the Office of Financial Assistance is required to notify every enrolled student of these consequences, even if the student is not currently pursuing federal aid.

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Title IV funds. A conviction will only disqualify a student for funding if the offense occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid. Also, convictions that are reversed, set aside or removed from a student's record do not count, nor does any conviction received while the student was a juvenile, unless they were tried as an adult.

If you have been convicted of selling or possessing illegal drugs as previously described, you cannot be awarded Title IV aid. The chart below outlines the periods of ineligibility for Title IV funding, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses.

Drug Convictions Information
Offense Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st

One year from date of conviction

Two years from date of conviction

2nd

Two years from date of conviction

Indefinite period

3rd+

Indefinite period

 

Reference: Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.40

Referral of Fraud Cases

A school must refer to the Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG):

  • Any credible information indicating that an applicant for federal student aid may have engaged in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with their application.
  • Any credible information indicating that any employee, third-party servicer or other agent of the institution that acts in a capacity that involves the administration of the Title IV, HEA programs or the receipt of funds under those programs, may have engaged in fraud, misrepresentation, conversion or breach of fiduciary responsibility, or other illegal conduct involving the Title IV, HEA programs.

Common misconduct when applying for aid includes: false claims of independent student status, false claims of citizenship, use of false identities, forgery of signatures or certifications, and false statements of income. For these purposes, fraud is the intent to deceive as opposed to a mistake.

The UIW Office of Financial Assistance will report suspected cases of fraud to the OIG as is required by 34 CFR 668.16.

Note: Not all cases filed with the OIG will generate an investigation, audit or inspection by the OIG. Matters may be referred to another office within the U.S. Department of Education or to an external entity as appropriate.