Diversity and Inclusion Commitment Statement
In support of building a culture where difference is valued and every individual feels empowered to bring his/her full, authentic self to work or school, we adopt the following Value Statement for Diversity and Inclusion:
Northwest Florida State College is fully committed to diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. We are responsible for inclusion in all forms. Our ability to thrive in a multicultural world depends on our respecting differences and dismantling barriers. Our institution embraces this challenge by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness, and implementing programs and initiatives that bring the celebration of diversity to life on our campuses, at our centers, and in the community.
Northwest Florida State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or age in programs or activities. Inquiries regarding the Colleges non-discrimination policies may be directed to Roberta Mackey, Equity and Title IX Officer in Human Resources, Administration building, building 320, 100 College Blvd. Niceville, Fl 32578, (850) 729-5337, [email protected].
Materiales de la Universidad son disponibles en Española llamando a la Oficina de Admisiones de Northwest Florida State College al (850) 729-5205.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. ss1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex of students, employees, and third parties when appropriate, of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Northwest Florida State College complies with all aspects of this and other federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.
Questions or Complaints
Anyone with questions about compliance or a complaint regarding harassment or discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence of Title IX, should contact the College’s Equity Coordinator, Roberta Mackey, at [email protected], or at 850-729-5365. You may also fill out a complaint form by clicking on the button below.
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There are two types of information distinguished under FERPA: personally identifiable information and directory information. Certain conditions exist with regard to disclosure of each kind of information. NWF State College complies as follows:
Personally Identifiable Information
Personally Identifiable Information is information that includes identifying data such as social security number, academic work completed, grades, achievement test scores, aptitude test scores, health data, or other personal characteristics or information which would make the student’s identity easily traceable. Prior consent, in the form of a signed and dated document, must be provided by the student to authorize the College to disclose personally identifiable information. The consent must specify educational records that may be disclosed, should state purpose of the disclosure, and must identify the party or class of parties to whom disclosure may be made
FERPA allows for the disclosure of directory information as identified by the institution. NWF State College has designated the student’s name, address, major field of study, most recent education agency or institution attended, degrees, honors and awards, height and weight of student athletes and participation in officially recognized activities as directory information. A student has the right to refuse designation of any or all of this directory information by notifying the Registrar, in writing, at least 10 calendar days prior to enrolling in the term that the directory information block should begin. Once a student obtains a confidential classification, it will not be removed until a signed authorization requesting it be removed is received by the Registrar. A student’s request to prevent the release of any informational items will result in preventing the publication of all items including graduation, honors, and awards.
Social Security Number Collection and Usage Policy
In compliance with FL Statute 119.071(5), this document serves to notify you of the purpose for the collection and usage of your Social Security Number (SSN). Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) collects and uses your SSN only for the following purposes in performance of the College’s duties and responsibilities. To protect your identity, NWFSC secures your SSN from unauthorized access, strictly prohibits the release of your SSN to unauthorized parties contrary to state and federal law, and assigns you a unique student/employee identification number. This unique ID number is used for all associated employment and educational purposes at NWFSC.
Your SSN is used for legitimate business purposes for completing and processing the following:
- Federal I-9 (Department of Homeland Security)
- Federal W4, W2, 1099 (Internal Revenue Service)
- Federal Social Security taxes (FICA)
- Distributing Federal W2 (Internal Revenue Service)
- Unemployment Reports (FL Dept of Revenue)
- Florida Retirement Contribution reports (FL Dept of Revenue)
- Workers Comp Claims (FCCRMC and Department of Labor)
- 403(b), 457(b) and 401(a) contribution reports
- Group health, life and dental coverage enrollment
- Work study work assignment
- Background checks
Please note that providing your Social Security Card is a condition of employment at NWFSC.