University Mission & Policies

The mission and purpose of William Howard Taft University is to offer unique and innovative distance learning educational programs at a reasonable cost to qualified applicants, with a particular focus on those who are mature adults, employed on a full-time basis, or for whom place of residence, travel requirements, or finances are constraining factors. The University is committed to providing quality distance education programs responsive to the needs of society, now and into the future. Valuing the rich variety of cultures, races, ages, religions and ethnic backgrounds in the world today, the University seeks students from all regions of the United States, and English-speaking students from around the world. It is an objective of the University to utilize advancing technologies in the delivery of its educational services.

 


Technology Requirements

The University believes evidence of computer literacy is required to earn a credible graduate degree in any discipline. Technology also plays an important part in a student’s ability to communicate with administration, faculty, and fellow students. Accordingly, all students must have access to a computer with the minimum specifications set forth. Prospective students who do not have access to such a computer can contact the Admissions Office for assistance in purchasing a system.

Minimum Hardware Requirements: Any modern internet connected desktop or laptop computer capable of meeting the below software requirements will be sufficient. While course materials are accessible to mobile devices, access to a desktop or laptop computer is required for completion of assignments and examinations. Some supplemental materials and activities will require a functioning audio device and speakers.

Reliable and consistent access to the internet is required.

  • Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz (or AMD® equivalent) Processor
  • 2 Gigabytes of RAM

Minimum Software Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows® Vista/7/8/10.
  • Microsoft Office® or comparable software (Must be able to create .DOC or .DOCX format files)
  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 (or Higher) (Available at no cost when downloaded from the Internet. Any modern browser will be acceptable. Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.)
  • E-Mail Capability (Available at no cost from various providers)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader® (Available at no cost when downloaded from the Internet)
  • (A Macintosh® environment may not be compatible with the School’s system and will not be supported by the School’s Technical Support. More Information.)


 

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Consistent with sound educational policy, William Howard Taft University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, disability, medical condition, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 


Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

William Howard Taft University understands the importance of protecting the privacy of applicants and students. The privacy policies which follow explain what data the University collects from visitors to its website and how that information may be used.

The University is the sole owner of the information it gathers on its website. It will only share collected information with outside parties in ways that are described in this privacy statement or if it is required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law, cooperate with law enforcement agencies, or comply with a legal process served on the University.

No part of this Website may be reprinted, reproduced, transmitted, stored in a retrieval system, or otherwise utilized, in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, now existing or hereinafter invented without the prior written permission of William Howard Taft University.

Permission for a current or prospective student to download and/or print out a single copy of University Catalogs for personal use only is hereby granted.

Questions, comments and/or concerns regarding the websites functions should be directed to the Webmaster.

Information Collected and Use of Information
The University may collect online and store personal identifiable information about persons who visit its website and voluntarily submit information. It routinely collects information such as name, mailing address, email address, phone number, employment, former education and other information related to the application process. It will not sell any of this information to third parties without the advance explicit permission of the applicant/student. However, in the normal course of business it may share such information with employees assisting an applicant or student, as well as regulatory, licensing, and accrediting agencies acting within the scope of their responsibilities.

The University uses email links located on the “Contact” page and other areas of the site to allow interested parties to contact the University directly with any questions or comments. University personnel read every message submitted and attempt to reply promptly. This information is used to respond directly to questions or comments. The University may also file such questions or comments to improve this website and University systems and procedures.

The University may use your information:

  • To provide you with personalized content.
  • To process and respond to inquiries.
  • For the purposes for which you provided the information.
  • To alert you to new Website features, special events, products and services, and to deliver newsletters from which you may opt out.
  • To promote, measure, and improve the effectiveness of the University’s products and services.

Electronic Group Participation Activities
During the course of study at the University, students may be participating in online University Course Forums, Electronic Classrooms, and other group activities. During such activities, a student’s name will be viewable by classmates, faculty members, and administration.

Privacy Policies of Other Websites
This site contains links to other sites. The University is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. Readers are encouraged to review the privacy statement of any website that they may visit.

Privacy Precautionary Warning
It should be noted that no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. As a result, the University cannot guarantee the security of the information that is transmitted via its online services. However, a digital certificate has been installed on this website and SSL encryption is in place for all application forms submitted electronically.

Reservation of Rights
The University reserves the right to access and/or disclose the user information discussed herein (including personal information) as required by courts, regulators, administrative agencies or accrediting bodies and to the extent required to permit the University to investigate suspected fraud, harassment or other violations of law or its usage policies.

Consent/Opt Out
By using this site, you consent to the collection, use and storage of your personal and non-personal information as described in this policy. You further authorize the export of personal information to the United States and its storage and use as specified in this policy. This policy and all legal obligations of the University are subject to the laws of Colorado and the United States, regardless of the location of any user. Any claims or complaints must be filed in the State of Colorado. If you have questions about our privacy policy, or wish to have your provided information removed from our systems, please contact us directly.

Notification of Changes
If the University intends to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection through this website, it will notify the parties via email. They would then have a choice as to whether or not the University may use the information in this different manner. In addition, if it makes any material changes in the privacy practices that do not affect user information already collected through the website, the University will post a prominent notice in this section of our website notifying users of the change.

Effective Date
The effective date of the above online privacy policies is August 12, 2004.


Complaints & Grievances

In addition to the specific policies outlined in the Student Handbook regarding harassment and appeals for reevaluation of grades, The Taft University System, which operates William Howard Taft University and Taft Law School (hereinafter called the “University”), provides the following process to file a formal grievance in the unlikely event that a dispute cannot be easily or immediately resolved. Fundamental to the process is the principle that all parties make good-faith efforts to resolve all issues prior to initiating a formal grievance.

The following actions are recommended to resolve any issue, complaint or grievance.

1. Informal Resolution: The complainant is encouraged to resolve the issue informally with the faculty or staff member involved.

2. Formal Grievance Filing: If a prompt resolution cannot be achieved through informal discussion the complainant should document in writing and submit it to the Director of Student Services. Current students should use the Request and Appeal Form. A copy of this form, which may be reproduced, is included as Exhibit “B” of the Student Handbook. A formal grievance must clearly and concisely set forth what is sought, the reasons therefore, and any supporting information or documentation. The Director of Student Services will conduct an initial review of the grievance and convene the faculty, Associate Dean, and administration as necessary to arrive at a resolution. Additional information may be requested from the complainant. If the requested information is not received within 15 days, the complaint may be considered abandoned and may not be continued. If no resolution can be reached in a reasonable amount of time (generally 1 -2 weeks), the grievance and supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Dean who will render a decision in writing within 1 week. The Dean’s decision shall be final. In all cases, the University will take follow-up action as necessary based on the review and the decisions rendered.

The complainant will be keep informed of progress throughout the grievance process. Records of all formal grievance filings are kept on file at the University. Any complainant that does not believe that his or her grievance has been satisfactorily resolved may lodge a complaint with either The Taft University System’s home state regulatory body, the Colorado Department of Higher Education or its accrediting body the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Information to contact these agencies are listed below. Any current or former student of The Taft University System who believes that the University, or anyone representing the University, has acted unlawfully, has the right to file a complaint with the accrediting commission, Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) or the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Information to contact these agencies are listed below.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
1601 18th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: 202-234-5100
DEAC Policy on Complaints:
http://www.deac.org/Student-Center/Complaint-Process.aspx

Colorado Department of Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Lakewood, CO 80227
Phone 303-862-3001
Fax 303-996-1329
Colorado Department of Higher Education Policy on Complaints:
http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/default.html

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