Consumer Information

Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is committed to the principles of promoting access to information that will allow consumers to make informed decisions about their post-secondary education.

This web portal provides a single access point to all mandated reports and disclosures, and some additional information of interest. See the list below.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many federal disclosure and reporting requirements. Others are included as required reports certain states or agencies. Such information includes general institutional operation, financial aid, general completion and graduation rates, an annual security report, completion and graduation rates for students, and financial support.

It is the individual’s responsibility to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the program and College-Institute levels. You may request additional information, including a paper copy of any materials, by contacting the appropriate HUC office.


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Privacy of Student Records – FERPA

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows current and former students access to their individual educational records, provides basic protections of privacy of their records, and allows them to request that certain “directory information” be kept confidential. Review additional information regarding the rights afforded to students about FERPA at U.S. Department of Education.

Contact the Registrar at registrar@huc.edu or (513) 487-3202.

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Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended by the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is committed to the admission of all qualified students without regard to disability. We further commit to providing accommodations to ensure that academic programs and support services are accessible to all students and that the academic programs and support services do not discriminate against or have the effect of discriminating against students. We provide reasonable accommodations to help facilitate academic success. Students with documented disabilities may receive assistance and support from our designated staff on each campus. Services are available for students with documented disabilities on a case-by-case basis according to individual needs.

Contact Tracey Ward at tward@huc.edu.

The Disability Services staff member for your campus can be contacted at:

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Veterans Benefits and Services

Veterans are welcome at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. We have enrolled veterans on each of our campuses and many of the College-Institute’s alumni have gone on to serve as military chaplains including Rear Admiral Harold Robinson and Cincinnati Associate Dean Rabbi Julie Schwartz, the first woman to serve as an active-duty Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Navy.

The staff of the Registrar’s Office can assist you in filing your enrollment certifications for each semester and assist you with any concerns with VA educational benefits.

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Title IX, Equity & Inclusion

For Title IX concerns, contact Nicole Jones, Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@huc.edu or (513) 487-3215, or Andrew Goodman at andrew.goodman@huc.edu or (212) 824-2252.

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Student Diversity 

Contact Sutanu Majumdar (Institutional Research) at smajumdar@huc.edu or (513) 487-3259.

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Student Enrollment Data 

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Demographic Profiles of the Year-In-Israel Class

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Year-In-Israel Enrollment, 1975-Current Year

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Textbook Information

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion provides textbook information through the Registrar. The textbook information includes title, author, edition ISBN, etc. when available.

In accordance with Federal policy, HUC-JIR makes available to students the list of required textbooks for a course several weeks before the beginning of the semester/term so that the student can determine cost-efficient options for obtaining the books. Faculty members will provide the required textbook information for their courses to the Office of the Registrar at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the upcoming semester/term.

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Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

Contact the Registrar at registrar@huc.edu or (513) 487-3204.

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Educational Program, Instructional Facilities and Faculty

Cincinnati – Campus Life

Established in 1875 as the historic birthplace of HUC-JIR by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the founder of American Reform Judaism, the Cincinnati campus is a vital center for higher Jewish learning, scholarly research, and community engagement. Students from around the world pursue their studies in the Rabbinical School and Pines School of Graduate Studies, and have access to the internationally renowned resources of the Klau Library, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and the Skirball Museum.

Contact: Jonathan Hecht, Dean of the Cincinnati Campus
jhecht@huc.edu
(513) 487-3255

Jerusalem – Campus Life

Established in 1963 as a post-doctoral center of archaeological and biblical studies, the Jerusalem campus has grown since 1971 to serve as the center of HUC-JIR’s Israel experience for stateside students, including the Year-In-Israel Program, and prepares Israeli students for leadership in the Israel Rabbinical Program, M.A. Program in Pluralistic Jewish Education with the Melton Centre of Hebrew University, and the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling’s Mezorim Program.

Scholars and students from around the world are enriched by the excavations and publications of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, and the resources of the Abramov Library and Skirball Museum. The Murstein Synagogue welcomes the community for services and holidays.

The Taube Family Campus was named during a groundbreaking ceremony honoring Tad Taube, founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies, on June 29, 2016. Taube Philanthropies’ $15 million grant enables the Reform Movement’s headquarters in Israel to update, enhance, and beautify its Jerusalem campus as a vibrant academic, cultural, and spiritual center welcoming the larger Israeli community and visitors from around the world.

Contact: Rabbi Naamah Kelman-Ezrachi, Dean of the Jerusalem Campus
nkelman@huc.edu
011-972-2-620-3365

Los Angeles – Campus Life

Established in 1954 to serve the growing Jewish population on the West Coast, and situated adjacent to the University of Southern California since 1971, the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles is a vital center for higher Jewish learning, scholarly research, and community engagement. Students from around the world pursue their studies in the Rabbinical School, Rhea Hirsch School of Education, School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, and Magnin School of Graduate Studies, and have access to the resources of the Frances-Henry Library and Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, and enrichment offered by exhibitions. The Louchheim School of Judaic Studies provides the Jewish studies courses for undergraduate students at the University of Southern California. The campus engages with the community through a broad range of public programs and community leadership initiatives, including Haskalah, a new group of young professionals dedicated to support HUC-JIR’s work and mission through advocacy, outreach, and education.

Contact: Joshua Holo, Ph.D., Acting Dean of the Los Angeles Campus
jholo@huc.edu
(213) 765-2101

New York – Campus Life

Established in 1922 as an institution of pluralistic higher Jewish learning by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, social activist, Zionist leader, and advocate of the “free pulpit,” the New York campus is a vital leadership development center for the Reform Movement, the Jewish people, and the larger world.

Contact: Rabbi David Adelson, Dean of the New York Campus
dadelson@huc.edu
(212) 824-2217

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Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs

Contact: Provost Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D.
aweiss@huc.edu
(212) 824-2248

Contact: Institutional Research – Sutanu Majumdar
smajumdar@huc.edu
(513) 487-3259

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Contact the Commission on Colleges at 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or call (267) 284-5000 for questions about HUC-JIR accreditation. The commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

HUC-JIR’s DeLeT (Day School Teachers) program is the only program that leads to a licensed elementary teachers profession in the state of California. The curriculum of DeLeT is accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Please refer to the DeLeT page for more further information on credentialing.

For states other than California, HUC-JIR has not been able to determine if the curriculum meets the requirements for preparation for Teacher licensing credential in those states. All prospective and current students are advised to contact the respective state licensing board to determine the requirements and eligibility for teacher licensure and credentialing.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA): The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for the interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by post-secondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

HUC-JIR  is an approved member of SARA, through the State of New York. As of August 2019, all states, except California, Guam & American Samoa have introduced legislation to join SARA and/or have joined a regional compact.

Complaint Process & Procedures
The Hebrew Union College –Jewish Institute of Religion, as an institution of higher education and as a community of scholars, is committed to the elimination of discrimination and the provision of equal opportunity in education and employment. HUC-JIR does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. HUC-JIR does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, professors, administrators, visitors, and other third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in its programs and activities. When an allegation of discrimination or harassment is brought to the College’s attention, a prompt investigation will be performed. Please refer to the links below for more information on the complaint process and procedures.

Students should first address complaints to the school within HUC-JIR where they are registered. Policies and procedures are below in Academic Handbook.

If the resolution to school-based policy and procedure as well as the appeals process remain unsatisfactory, the complaint may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA portal agency in New York. Please note Grade grievances and student conduct matters are not within the purview of the New York portal agency.

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Disclosures for California Residents

  1. BPPE & California Department of Education
  2. Performance Factsheet – California Residents Only
  3. Additional Information (Annual reports)

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The United States Constitution provides for copyright in article I, section 8, clause 8, which grants to Congress the power “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times for Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective writings and discoveries[.]” Since the founding of the United States, then, copyright law has played an important role in the authorship of books and other writings, and since the late nineteenth century, audio recordings, followed by video and now digital media. Beginning in the 1970’s, Congress has amended copyright several times while attempting to realize the implications of newer technologies. Authors and users of potentially copyrighted works need to have a basic familiarity with the features of copyright law, and as importantly, need to be able to locate more detailed information. The Library provides these resource links to help you meet that need. If you find that you need additional information, please consider contacting your personal attorney.

Contact: Laurel Wolfson, National Administrative Librarian
lwolfson@huc.edu
(513) 487-3274

Computer Use and File Sharing
Contact: Andrew Durbin
adurbin@huc.edu
(213) 749-3424 ext. 4212

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Health and Safety

Medical Forms

It is HUC-JIR policy for all enrolled students to submit medical information that is added to your confidential student record, in fulfillment of certain governmental and insurance requirements, and to assist with any emergencies that may arise. Medical forms are required before matriculation. All incoming students must have the official medical forms complete and submitted to the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions no later than one month prior to the start date of your program. (Current HUC-JIR students may want to update your records). The documents include information for you to review and forms for you to complete with your doctor. You will need to schedule a medical appointment to complete the required information.

Campus Security Policies and Crimes Statistics

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Student Success (Retention and Graduation Rates, Placement in Employment)

The Office of Institutional Research annually calculates the retention and graduation rates for our students. The graduation rate is calculated based on the federal standard of 150 percent of the normal completion time. Also, self-reported information from alumni is collected annually to determine the types of employment placement that graduates obtain.

Outcome Measures

Contact: Sutanu Majumdar
smajumdar@huc.edu
(513) 487-3259

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Voter Registration

The Higher Education Act Amendments of 1998 require universities to make a good faith effort to make registration forms available to you. It is important that you exercise your right to vote. Any student who is not registered to vote or who needs to register in a new location due to relocation may do so by accessing one of these websites located on the voter registration information page.

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Student Financial Assistance

We have a generous scholarship program for students throughout their tenure at HUC-JIR for the Rabbinical, Cantorial, Education, Graduate Studies and the Jewish Non-Profit Management Programs. Around 95% of students who apply for an HUC-JIR scholarship receive either merit and or need-based aid. We also offer Federal Stafford Unsubsidized and Graduate Plus Loans to students.

Contact: Roseanne Ackerley, Director of Financial Aid
rackerley@huc.edu
(212) 824-2206

College Navigator
College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7000 postsecondary institutions in the United States – such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety,

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Cost of Attendance

Financial aid comes in two forms: tuition scholarship grants from the College-Institute and access to Federal Stafford Loans.

The cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated full and reasonable cost of completing a full year as a full-time student. This includes tuition and fees payable to the institution, books and supplies, room and board, personal costs, and transportation.

Contact: Roseanne Ackerley, Director of Financial Aid
rackerley@huc.edu
(212) 824-2206

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Applying for Financial Aid

To apply for an HUC-JIR tuition scholarship you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year for the award year you are attending using our school code. For best results, please wait until the calendar year you are planning to attend. International Students must also fill out the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®, an online application that helps locate financial aid from sources outside of the federal government.

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Gainful Employment Disclosures for our HUC-JIR Certificate Programs

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Student Academic Progress

Federal guidelines mandate that all institutions offering Title IV funds have a Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The following information defines HUC-JIR’s minimum standards for SAP to maintain eligibility for all types of financial aid, including Federal (Title IV), State and institutional (HUC-JIR) funding.

Education Program, Instructional Facilities, and Faculty

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Campus Climate Survey

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Student’s Rights

All students have the right to:

  • Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  • Have disclosures of Prohibited Conduct treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the HUC-JIR;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the HUC-JIR courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  • Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
  • Be protected from retaliation by the HUC-JIR, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family, and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the HUC-JIR;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, grievant, accused, or respondent throughout the investigative and disciplinary process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
  • A complainant whose allegations are found to be both demonstrably false and brought with malicious intent will be subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, written warning, demotion, transfer, suspension, dismissal, expulsion or termination.

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