Consumer Information

Student Right-to-Know

The Student Right-to-Know Act was enacted in 1990 by federal law. The law requires institutions that receive Title IV HEA student financial aid to collect, report and/or disclose graduation rates for full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students and students receiving athletically related student aid.

The following links contain Southeast Tech systems and processes adopted by Southeast Tech. Policies are written statements which express the will and intent of Southeast Tech with regard to the operation of Southeast Tech.

Academics & Financial Aid   Health & Safety    Information Technology   Privacy and Release of Information
 
Registering a Complaint    Southeast Tech Policies   Other Institutional Information
 
 

Academics & Financial Aid

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Graduation Rates (4-Year Average)

                                                        Graduation         Transfer
                                                              Rate              Out Rate

First Time/Full Time Students           49%                  9% 

While reviewing this information please note:

This report includes first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students as measured during the normal fall census.

The graduation/completion rate is based on 3 years of attendance that equates to 150% of the length of our standard program.

The graduation/completion rate may not include students who left the school to serve in the armed forces, or official church missions, or in the foreign service of the federal government.

Students who died or were totally and permanently disabled may also be excluded.

Southeast Technical Institute's mission is to educate for employment; therefore, graduate placement is key to successfully meeting our mission. Southeast Tech has a strong history of meeting that mission, and it continues to be a strength as shown in the following results.*

For the 2018–2019 graduates, Southeast Tech's graduate placement was:

97% employed or continuing education

94% of those employed were employed in a field related to their Southeast Tech program

6% of those were employed were in a non-related field

82% of those employed were in South Dakota

The survey response rate for these graduates was 82%. For information regarding job placement rates by program, please contact one of our Admissions Representatives. 

*Placement data is gathered through graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, and phone surveys started after six months of graduation. Employment/Continuing Education rate is figured by: (graduates employed or continuing education)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment and are not in military service). 

Due to Section 487 of the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, Southeast Tech has implemented a Code of Conduct to participate in the Title IV program. Southeast Tech prohibits conflicts of interest for its financial aid personnel. Southeast Tech’s officers and all other employees are required to comply with the Code of Conduct listed below:

Neither Southeast Tech as an institute nor any individual officer or employee shall enter into any revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender.

No officer or employee of Southeast Tech who is employed in the Financial Aid Office or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans, or representatives of lenders, or any of their family members, shall solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor or servicer of education loans. The term “gift” means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan or other items with monetary value.

No officer or employee of Southeast Tech who is employed in the Financial Aid Office or who has responsibilities with respect to educations loans or representative of lenders or affiliate, shall accept any fee, payment, or other financial benefit, including the opportunity to purchase stock, as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.

Southeast Tech shall not:

assign, through award packaging or other methods, the borrower’s loan to a particular lender or

refuse to certify, or delay certification of any loan based on a borrower’s selection of a particular lender or guarantee agency.

Southeast Tech shall not request or accept from any lender or lender representative, any offer of funds to be used for private education loans to students in exchange for the institution providing concessions or promises providing lenders with any of the following:

a specified number of loans made, insured, or guaranteed under Title IV;

a specified loan volume;

a preferred lender arrangement for such loans.

Southeast Tech shall not request or accept from any lender or lender representative, any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid staffing.

Any employee who is employed in the Financial Aid Office, or who has responsibilities with respect to education loans or other student financial aid, and who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, shall be prohibited from receiving anything of value from lender, guarantor, or a group of lenders or guarantors, except the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on advisory board, commission or group.

 

Health & Safety

Campus Safety & Security  

The Southeast Tech Alert System is a mass notification system used to effectively communicate physical, environmental and weather-related threats to students and employees of Southeast Tech.

A Southeast Tech Alert will be sent only to inform students and employees of an imminent emergency, such as a fire, tornado, threat of violence, chemical hazard, or of significant other events such as a school closing, snow emergency or power outage. The Southeast Tech Alert system will send a voice, email and text messages to all Southeast Tech employees and students. 

When Southeast Tech sends out a call using the Southeast Tech Alert System, it will display caller ID information and the phone number 605-367-5553.

The Drug Free Schools and Committees Act Amendments of 1989 requires institutions who participate in federal student aid programs to provide information to its students, faculty, and employees to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Information about programming opportunities, assistance programs available to students and employees with suspected drug or alcohol problems, and the possible repercussions of violating state and institutional drug and alcohol policies is available in the Southeast Tech Student Catalog/Handbook and through Southeast Tech email notifications.

Southeast Tech has written guidelines in place that should be viewed prior to an emergency. The document outlines general response guidelines, chains of command, protocol for specific emergency situations and reporting measures.

Emergency Response Guide

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to be alert to warning signs of trouble and take appropriate measures of intervention when necessary. Read more about warning signs. LINK TO PDF

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: ‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.'

In an effort to provide a safe, respectful educational environment, Southeast Tech prohibits discrimination in its policies, employment practices, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, national origin or ancestry, military/veteran status, genetic information or any other category protected by law. Southeast Tech prohibits acts of discrimination toward any individual(s) while on Southeast Tech property or at Southeast Tech sponsored activities. Southeast Tech prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of parental status, marital status or pregnancy. Students will not be excluded from any program or activity, including any class based on the above. Prohibited acts of discrimination include racial, sexual, ethnic or other types of slurs, insults, intimidation, harassment and other such conduct directed toward another person. Southeast Tech does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and Title IX requires that it not discriminate in such a manner.

Title IX Coordinator  
Tracy Noldner
Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Research
Mickelson Building, Student Success Center, Room 252I 
tracy.noldner@southeasttech.edu 
605-367-7487
 

Students are encouraged to submit a complaint or report by writing an email to the Title IX Coordinator.  Please include as much information and detail as possible. The Title IX Coordinator will investigate all grievances, regardless of whether or not they have been reported to the authorities.


Information Technology

Southeast Tech Data Storage Policy

The Southeast Tech Information Technology Department developed a data storage infrastructure (datacluster) that enables faculty, staff, and students to store and access data in a secure and protected directory. This data storage can be accessed from any desktop/laptop that has access to the Southeast Tech secure network, provided that users login with their Southeast Tech username and password. All individual data storage directories are tied to Southeast Tech username and password. Please refer to the Southeast Tech Technology Resource Policy for definition what desktop/laptops have access to the Southeast Tech secure network.

Student Data Storage Policy
Students will have access to 500MB of email storage and 500MB of data storage on the Datacluster. These quotas will not be increased under any circumstances. In addition, employees will have access to 500 GB of data storage through their Southeast Tech One Drive provided by Microsoft.All storage quotas are set as a Southeast Tech Policy. Users who approach or exceed their storage limit will receive an email notification notifying that they are approaching or exceeded the storage limit. Users will not be able to save additional data on their home folder until storage has been freed up. Users will be able to move data from their home folder to another location (hard drive, CD-ROM, flash drive) to free up storage space. No files will be deleted by the Southeast Tech IT Department.The data storage infrastructure is intended for educational data only. It is not intended to archive large amounts of non-critical or personal data including the storage of personal pictures, videos, music, or any other non-educational material.Student data is backed up on a daily basis in anticipation of potential system-wide disaster recovery. The Southeast Tech IT Department will put a good faith effort to recover lost or accidentally deleted files, individual users should develop contingency data backup procedures.The Southeast Tech IT Department reserves the right to suspend email and network data storage access if illegal data is stored in these locations. Storage of illegal or copyrighted materials outside of individual ownership or academic use is prohibited.Student data will be removed upon graduation or termination from Southeast Tech. E-mail accounts for graduating students will stay active for one semester beyond their graduation date.Revision History
 
April 3, 2009 Policy effective date
July 21, 2009 Changed Student storage limit from 1GB to 500MB

 

Technology resources at Southeast Tech include, but are not limited to, the following: network, Internet, computer hardware, application software, printers, servers, data files, stored text, electronic mail, local databases, externally accessed databases, CD/DVD ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, Southeast Tech hosted web space, communications technologies, and any new technologies as they become available.

Regulations
The use of Southeast Tech’s technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of using the technology resources provided by Southeast Tech is not transferable or extendible to people or groups outside Southeast Tech without authorized permission from the Director of Information Technology/CIO or the President of Southeast Tech. This privilege terminates when a student is no longer enrolled at Southeast Tech. This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates any of these provisions, privileges may be terminated, access to the Southeast Tech network may be denied, and other appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied, according to the Southeast Tech discipline policy.

User Terms and Conditions
The use of Southeast Tech’s technology resources is subject to the following terms and conditions:

The use of technology resources must be for educational and/or research purposes consistent with the mission, goals, and objectives of Southeast Technical Institute along with State and Federal regulations. In compliance with federal law, Southeast Tech shall operate a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access. The technology protection measure shall protect against access by adults and minors to content that is abusive, obscene, profane, sexually explicit, threatening, illegal or pertains to pornography. Southeast Tech shall make every effort to restrict access to inappropriate materials and shall monitor the online activities of the end users; however, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network. Therefore, Southeast Tech shall not be liable for the content or viewing of any materials not prepared by Southeast Tech. Disciplinary action may be taken against students whose on-site or off-site communication causes a substantial disruption to the education environment or interferes with another student’s rights. Criminal action may be taken against students if their on-site or off-site communication constitutes a threat.
 
User accounts are considered the property of Southeast Tech. Southeast Tech reserves the right at any time to review the subject, content and appropriateness of electronic communications or other computer files and remove them if warranted, reporting any violation to the school administration or law enforcement officials.

User accounts of Southeast Tech graduates will remain active through one term following graduation.

Students who withdraw, terminate enrollment or are expelled will have their account disabled immediately.

Persons using the Southeast Tech’s network shall have no expectation of privacy or confidentiality in the content of electronic communications or other computer files sent and received on the Southeast Tech network.

Prohibited technology resource activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials.

Downloading or transmitting multi-player games, music, or non-educational video files using the school network.

Vandalizing, damaging, or disabling property of the school or another individual or organization. Accessing another individual’s material, information, or files without permission.

Using the network or Internet, which also includes Southeast Tech e-mail and/or web pages, to solicit sales or conduct business. Users shall not set up web pages to advertise or sell service.

Releasing files, home address, personal phone numbers, user ID’s, passwords, or other vital information.
Violating copyright or other protected material laws without the express consent or authorization of the owner of the copyrights.

Attempting to repair, remove, or install hardware components reserved for an authorized service technician.
Subscribing to mailing lists, mass e-mail messages, games, or other services that cause excess traffic that can slow the system and waste other users’ time and access.

Users are responsible for all use of the network under their accounts, regardless of whether access is gained with or without the person’s knowledge and/or consent. Immediately notify the IT Department if you suspect any unauthorized use of your account. The user shall remain liable and responsible for any unauthorized use until the Southeast Tech Information Department is notified of the suspected unauthorized use and has reasonable opportunity to act upon such notice.

Intentionally damaging equipment or software or intentionally attempting to harm or destroy data of another person. This includes, but is not limited to, “hacking” and the loading or creation of computer viruses. The user who is responsible for the incident will be held liable for damages or cost of correcting the problem.

Attempting to log on to the Internet or network (servers, routers, switches, printers, firewall) as system administrator.
Installing, enabling, launching, or creating programs that interfere with the performance of the network, Internet, or hardware technology resources.
Attempting to defeat computer or network security.
Use of proxy sites or other means to circumvent the Southeast Tech filter.

Attempting to or installing equipment on or making modifications to the Southeast Tech network without pre-authorization from the Southeast Tech’s Director of Information Technology/CIO.

Consequences will vary depending on the severity of the infraction which could include, but is not limited to temporary suspension of access to Southeast Tech Technology resources, referral to law enforcement authorities, and possible long term suspension or expulsion from Southeast Tech.

Southeast Tech does not guarantee that the network will be uninterrupted or error-free; nor does it make any warranty as to the results to be obtained from use of the service or the accuracy or quality of the information obtained on or by the network. Access to the network is provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind. Neither Southeast Tech nor any of its agents or employees shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use the network or out of any breach of any warranty.

Security of the network at Southeast Tech is a high priority. Anyone observing a security problem on the Southeast Tech network should notify an instructor or the Southeast Tech Information Technology Department personnel. Any person identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Southeast Tech network.

Users shall be responsible for any costs, fees, charges, or expenses incurred under the person’s user account in connection with the use of the network except such costs, fees, charges, and expenses as Southeast Tech explicitly agrees to pay.

Laptop Policies
Southeast Tech Laptop Conditional Sales Agreement

Apple Mac Book Pro’s will only be distributed to students who are currently enrolled in Graphics Communications or Animation Technology programs. All other students (laptop included programs and non-laptop included programs) will use a PC laptop.
Laptops that have software or hardware that malfunctions or is damaged must be brought to the Southeast Technical Institute’s Information Technology Department’s IT Support Center. Southeast Tech will be responsible for repairing computer software or hardware malfunctions under warranty.

Laptops that are under warranty through Southeast Tech must be brought to the Southeast Tech IT Support Center for warranty work. Any tampering or removal of laptop parts other than by a certified service technician will void all warranties.

Students who select to bring their own laptop are on their own. Technical support and program specific software are the responsibility of the student.

Laptops that are stolen must be reported immediately to the police department and to Southeast Tech’s IT Support Center.

Laptops and accessories that are under contract with Southeast Tech are to be brought to the Southeast Tech IT Support Center when a student graduates, withdraws, terminates enrollment, or is expelled. At that time software that is owned by Southeast Tech and/or the school district will be removed from the student’s laptop.

If a student fails to return the computer at the above mentioned times of departure the student will be charged and/or a hold will be placed on their account for any Southeast Tech owned software applications that are not removed by the Southeast Tech IT Support Center. Upon the software removal, the system will be set back to factory settings, including software which was shipped with the system.

Laptops are serviced on a first come first serve basis, and warranty parts are delivered and installed as they are received within the vendor parts return policy.

Student-owned Laptops (non-purchased Southeast Tech laptops)
Students who bring their own laptop to campus will only have access to Southeast Tech Public Wireless Network, which only gives them access to Internet connectivity. Access to all other campus resources i.e (printing and datacluster) will not be available through non- Southeast Tech purchased laptops. To gain access to these campus resources, students must log in with their Southeast Tech username and password on a computer on campus which is on the Southeast Tech secured network. All computer labs and Public Kiosks on campus will be available to all students and are connected to the Southeast Tech secured network.
 
Students who access the Southeast Tech Public Internet, must have one of the following active and up to date anti-virus programs.

  • Norton Antivirus
  • McAfee VirusScan Plus
  • Tren Micro Internet Security
  • AVG Anti-Virus

Revision History:
February 1, 2008 Policy effective date
March 1, 2009 Added STI Public Wireless Network info

Wireless Network and Internet Access are available throughout buildings on Southeast Tech's campus. Due to the nature of wireless communication, wireless networking requires cooperation between faculty, staff and students in order to fully maximize the benefits of wireless technology.

The wireless network was designed for educational use on campus. The wireless network is a shared resource and is intended to supplement and enhance the existing wired network, not replace it.

Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to inform the user about the acceptable use of the wireless network at Southeast Tech. This policy has been put in place to protect the staff, faculty, and students; to prevent inappropriate use of wireless network access that may expose Southeast Tech to multiple risks including viruses, network attacks, and various administrative and legal issues.

This policy has been created to expand on the Southeast Tech’s Technology Resource Policy and Acceptable Use Policy by including specific information regarding the use of wireless networking and data access on campus.

Scope
This Wireless Usage policy applies to any and all wireless devices and software applications used on campus. It also applies to all staff, faculty, students, and guests at Southeast Tech. The purpose of this policy is to ensure the security, reliability and utilization of the wireless network.

General Use
It is the intention of Southeast Tech’s IT Department to provide a high level of reliability and privacy when using the wireless network. Wireless Access Points are distributed across Southeast Tech’s campus in order to provide and maintain connectivity with buildings on campus. Wireless Access Points provide a shared bandwidth. As the number of users increase the available bandwidth per user decreases. Please show consideration for other users and refrain from running high bandwidth applications and operations such as downloading large music files and video from the Internet. Network reliability is determined by the level of user traffic and accessibility. In order to provide an acceptable level of reliability, bandwidth will be regulated according to the application.

Southeast Tech’s IT Department cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information stored on any device belonging to Southeast Tech’s or connected to the Southeast Tech’s Wireless Network.

Access
Southeast Tech Wireless Network (Secured)
The Southeast Tech Wireless Network is Southeast Tech’s secured wireless network. Through this network, all campus resources such as printing and datacluster are available. This network is only accessible to students and employees on Southeast Tech owned machines. Students who complete a conditional sales agreement and receive a laptop through Southeast Tech will have access.

In order to access the Southeast Tech Wireless Network authorized users will be required to login and authenticate with their assigned Username and Password. Usernames and passwords will be assigned by Southeast Tech’s IT Department.

Please see the Southeast Tech’s Technology Resource Policy for additional details on acceptable usage relating to passwords.

Guests/Students with non-Southeast Tech purchased laptop
Southeast Tech Public Wireless Network
The Southeast Tech Public Wireless Network is an open network which only Internet can be accessed. Campus resources such as printing and datacluster storage are not available. This network will be available to all guest machines on campus. Students who choose to bring their own laptop to campus will be considered guests and only have Internet access through their laptop. To gain access to other campus resources, students must log in with their Southeast Tech username and password to a computer on campus which is on the Southeast Tech secured network. All computer labs and public kiosks computers on campus will be available to all students and are connected to the Southeast Tech secured network.

In order to access the Southeast Tech Public Wireless Network users must accept and follow the Southeast Tech Technology Acceptable Use Policy on the portal page before gaining access.

Security
All computers that are connected to the Southeast Tech’s Network in any way, whether owned by the user or Southeast Tech, must be running approved anti-virus software with the latest virus updates. Extreme care must be taken when opening email attachments as they may contain a virus.

Approved anti-virus software by Southeast Tech:

  • Norton Antivirus
  • McAfee VirusScan Plus
  • Microsoft Forefront
  • Trend Micro Internet Security
  • AVG Anti-Virus

For security and network maintenance purposes, Southeast Tech’s IT Department may monitor and audit individual equipment, systems, and wireless network traffic at any time to ensure compliance with this policy.

Southeast Tech’s IT Department has the authority to disconnect any device from the wireless network that violates the practices set forth in this policy or any other related policy. It is the responsibility of the user to be knowledgeable of the information set forth in such policies.

Prohibited Use
All users are subject to the rules laid out in the Southeast Tech’s Technology Resource Policy and other relevant policies. Authorized personnel may be exempt from these restrictions during the course of their work (e.g.: Dept. of Information Technology staff may need to scan the network to troubleshoot performance issues). At no time is any Southeast Tech student or employee to take part in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal or international law while using Southeast Tech’s resources.

Southeast Tech’s IT Department is solely responsible for providing wireless networking services campus-wide. No unauthorized personnel or department may deploy wireless network access points or other wireless service on campus. Private wireless access points in Student Housing or offices are strictly prohibited.

Policy Enforcement
Violations of the rules set forth in this policy may result in the following disciplinary actions being taken by Southeast Tech:

  • Limiting of a person’s access to some or all of the Southeast Tech’s resources.
  • Initiation of disciplinary actions by Southeast Tech up to and including, but not limited to, termination or suspension of employment or enrollment.
  • Criminal prosecution under state and federal laws.

This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis and is subject to change as new technologies and methods of implementing these technologies emerge. Changes that are made to this document must be approved by the Southeast Tech’s Director of Information Technology/CIO and Southeast Tech’s governing bodies.

Revision History:
February 1, 2008 Policy effective date
March 1, 2009 Added STI Public Wireless Network info


Privacy and Release of Information

Privacy Statement

  
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA information is published in the Southeast Tech Catalog/Handbook.

 

In 1974, Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or “FERPA”, also known as the Buckley Amendment. FERPA applies to both K-12 and postsecondary educational records, although there is one key difference in the way that the law applies. In K-12 the rights under FERPA belong to the student’s parents until the student turns 18. In postsecondary education the rights belong to the student, regardless of age or dependent status.

The law gives students certain rights concerning their educational records, including the right to expect that information in their educational records will be kept confidential, disclosed only with their permission or under provisions of the law. One such provision allows the release of “Directory Information” – name, address, phone number, e-mail address, major, degree sought, honors, dates of enrollment, number of credits in which enrolled – without student permission. “Directory Information” is the type of information that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released.

There are some types of information that parents might like to receive: grades, bills, financial aid, and others that are not considered “directory information”. The Institute will not release that information without the student’s permission, even to parents who pay the bill. So what can parents do to get this information? The easiest way is to ask your son or daughter for the information. Another is to ask for access to their STInet account. Or, you can have them fill out a FERPA Release form for information regarding student billing and financial aid. Students can find the form on STInet under Students > Academic Information > Release of Information Permissions. 

We encourage parents to communicate with their students about their grades and their progress toward their educational objectives, and not just at the end of the semester. Mid-semester and prior to the start of registration for the next term are very good times to have a conversation about how a student’s courses are going in the current term and what course the student plans to take the next semester.

Please be advised that Southeast Tech student ID numbers and STInet passwords are available only to the student and never given over the phone.

  • Students have a right to inspect and review everything in their record, and we must respond to all requests within 45 days. 
  • Students have the right to amend their record if they believe something is inaccurate. 
  • Students have the right to consent to the disclosure of all non-directory information. 
  • Students have the right to file a complaint with the Department of Education if they believe the Institution is in violation of FERPA. 
  • This institution must make their policy on FERPA available to students and provide annual notification to their students regarding their rights.  


Registering a Complaint

 Complaint Process

Southeast Tech recognizes that there may be conditions that are in need of improvement and that students and others should have some means by which their concerns may be effectively expressed, considered and dealt with fairly. Such means can do much to maintain harmonious relationships between Southeast Tech and the students and community.

Southeast Tech desires that all types of complaints be handled informally at the level closest to the origin of the complaint, but that channels be provided for filing official complaints when resolution is not achieved. Southeast Tech will follow approved policies and procedures for handling complaints. These policies can be found in the Sioux Falls School Board Policies section below.

 

If the matter is not resolved through Southeast Tech’s formal processes as outlined in policy, the complaint may be filed at the state level as follows: 

With the South Dakota Board of Technical Education
The South Dakota Department of Education recognizes that there may be conditions on the Technical Institute campuses that are in need of improvement, and that students and others should have some means by which their concerns may be effectively expressed, considered, and dealt with fairly. Such means can do much to maintain harmonious relationships between the Technical Institutes, their students, and the community.

For all complaints, the first course of action should be to attempt to resolve the complaint directly with Southeast Tech through informal or formal processes. If the matter is not resolved through formal processes, an individual may choose to file a complaint with the South Dakota Department of Education’s Board of Technical Education (BoTE).

Nick Wendell, Executive Director
South Dakota Board of Technical Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3261 (Office)

BoTE will only handle those complaints that concern educational programs or practices and that have exhausted the individual institution’s formal process for complaints. BoTE does not handle anonymous complaints, nor does it intervene in matters concerning an individual’s grades or examination results, as these are the prerogative of Southeast Tech’s faculty.

Complaints must be filed within one year of the event/concern. Complete the complaint form and submit it to Executive Director, Nick Wendell.

With the South Dakota Board of Regents (exclusively online students only)
Non-South Dakota Residents taking exclusively online courses at Southeast Tech should first file any complaints with Southeast Technical Institute. Any unresolved online student complaints regarding the belief that Southeast Tech has violated deceptive trade practices or consumer protections, or that the institution does not meet standards established by the institution’s accrediting agency or the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), may be sent to the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR). The SDBOR will only address complaints after a student has exhausted his/her appeals at Southeast Tech. Complaints involving student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by Southeast Tech policy.

A complaint of consumer fraud should be directed to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

With the Higher Learning Commission
Southeast Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For complaints relating to institutional practices that may not meet the Criteria for Accreditation established by The Higher Learning Commission, individuals should direct complaints to HLC. Follow the complaint process on the Higher Learning Commission complaint page.

Southeast Tech Policies

The following links contain Southeast Tech policies and regulations adopted by the School Board.

 

Policy Regulation Description
AC/STI AC-R/STI Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity
AD/STI   Educational Vision/Southeast Technical Institute Mission/Core Values
Policy Regulation Description
BA   School Board Operational Goals
BB   School Board Legal Status
BBAA   Board Member Authority and Responsibilities
BBB   Board Membership - Elections/Appointments
BBBE   Unexpired Term Fulfillment/Vacancies
BCB   Board Member Conflict of Interest
BDB   Organization of the School Board - Board Officers
BDC  
Appointed Board Officials
BDD   Board-Superintendent Relationship
BDE   Board Committees
BDG   School Attorney/Legal Services
BE   School Board Meetings
BEDB   Agenda
BEDC   Quorum
BEDD  
School Board Meetings - Order of Business - Rules of Order
BEDG  
Minutes of School Board Meetings
BEDH  
Public Participation at Board Meetings
BEDI  
News Media Services at Board Meetings
BG  
School Board Policy Process
BI  
School Board Memberships - Member Services
BIA  
New Board Member Orientation/Handbook
BIB  
Board Member Development Opportunities
BIBA  
Board Member Conferences, Conventions and Workshops
BID  
Board Member Compensation and Expenses

 

Policy Regulation Description
DA/STI   Fiscal Management Goals/Priority Objectives
DAA/STI DAA-R/STI Evaluation of Fiscal Management and Budget Transfers
DB/STI/STI   Annual Budget
DBJ/STI/STI   Budget Transfer
DCA/STI/STI   Taxing and Borrowing
DEC/STI/STI   Funds from Federal Tax Sources
DFA/STI   Investing
DFAB/STI   Fund Balance and Carryover Funds
DFF/STI DFF-R/STI Sales and Disposal of Real Property, Books, Equipment, Supplies, and Materials
DFGA/STI   Revenues from Non-Tax Sources - Tuition - Collection and Refund
DGA/STI   Depository
DGD/STI DGD-R/STI Credit Cards
DIA/STI DIA-R/STI Accounting System - Trust and Agency Funds
DIBA/STI   Uncollected Accounts Receivable
DID/STI   Inventories
DIE/STI DIE-R/STI Annual Examination of Financial Records - Audits/Financial Monitoring
DJ/STI DJ-R/STI Expenditures
DJBA/STI   Quantity Purchasing
DJE/STI   Bidding Procedures
DJEA/STI   Deposit and Performance Bond
DJF/STI   Local/Competitive Purchasing
DJG/STI   Vendor Relations
DK/STI DK-R/STI Payment Procedures
DKB/STI   Salary Deductions
DKC/STI DKC-R/STI Expense Authorization/Reimbursement
DLA/STI   Employee Benefits Administration
DLB/STI   Tax-Sheltered Annuities
DM/STI DM-R/STI Cash in School Buildings

 

Policy Regulation Description
EB/STI   Safe and Secure Environment
EBCA/STI EBCA-R/STI STI Emergency Management Program
EBCE/STI EBCE-R/STI STI Closings and Cancellations
EC/STI EC-R/STI Building Maintenance
ECA/STI ECA-R/STI Video Surveillance
ECAB/STI ECAB-R/STI Key Control/Access to Buildings
ECE/STI ECE-R/STI Seat Belt Use
EEAG/STI   Use of Private Vehicles for School Purposes
EEBB/STI   Use of Private Vehicles on School Business
EEBC/STI   Business and Personnel Transportation
EGA/STI   Communication Services
EGAD/STI EGAD-R/STI Copyright Compliance
EI/STI EI-R/STI Insurance Program/Risk Management

 

Policy Regulation Description
FA/STI   Facilities Development Goals/Priority Objectives
FAA/STI   Evaluation of Facilities Planning and Development
FEA/STI   Educational Specifications for Construction
FEB/STI   Architect/Engineer/Construction Manager
FED/STI   Construction Plans and Specifications
FEF/STI   Construction Cost Estimates
FEG/STI FEG-R/STI Construction Contracts Bidding and Awards
FEH/STI FEH-R/STI Supervision of Construction
FEJ/STI   Construction Records and Reports
FF/STI FF-R/STI Naming Facilities
Policy Regulation Description
GA/STI   Personnel Goals/Priority Objectives
GB/STI   Employee Handbook
GBAA/STI GBAA-R/STI Harassment
GBEA/STI   Nepotism
GBEAA/STI   Conflict of Interest -Conflict of Interest Analysis Statement
GBEB/STI   Code of Conduct
GBEBC/STI   Staff Gifts and Solicitation
GBEC/STI GBEC-R/STI Drug-Free Workplace
GBECA/STI GBECA-R/STI Drug and Alcohol Testing for Commercial Drivers/Students
GBECB/STI GBECB-R/STI Alcohol Free Workplace
GBED/STI   Tobacco Free Institute
GBEG/STI   Searches of Employee Personal Property and STI Owned/Provided Property
GBG/STI   Staff Health
GBGA/STI GBGA-R/STI Communicable Diseases/Staff Welfare/Protection
GBGB/STI   Employees' Personal Property
GBI/STI   Staff Participation in Political Activities
GBJ/STI   Personnel Records and Files
GBM/STI   Permanent Employees
GCCAC/STI GCCAC-R/STI Family and Medical Leave
GCS/STI   Royalties - Professional Research and Publishing
Policy Regulation Description
IB/STI IB-R/STI Academic Freedom
IHDA/STI   Adult Basic Education
IHDB/STI   Adult High School/GED Programs
IHDC/STI   Adult Vocational/Career Education
IJNDB/STI IJNDB-R/STI Virtual/Online Courses
IJNDC/STI IJNDC-R/STI Acceptable and Ethical Use of Technology Resources
IJOB/STI   Community Resource People
IMDB/STI IMDB-R/STI Flag Displays
Policy Regulation Description
JH/STI   Student Absences
JIAA/STI JIAA-R/STI Harassment
JICA/STI   Student Personal Property
JICFA/STI JICFA-R/STI Hazing
JICG/STI   Tobacco Free Institute
JICK/STI JICK-R/STI StudentSex/Gender Harassment, Discrimination and Misconduct
JIH/STI   Student Interrogations, Searches and Arrests
JJA/STI   Student Organizations
JJAA/STI JJAA-R/STI School Activity Rules
JJE/STI JJE-R/STI Student Fundraising Activities
JJG/STI   Contests for Students
JJH/STI JJH-R/STI Student Travel
JK/STI JK-R/STI Student Discipline
JKA/STI   Corporal Punishment
JLA/STI   Student Insurance Programs
JLCC/STI JLCC-R/STI Communicable/Infectious Diseases
JLF/STI JLF-R/STI Reporting Child Abuse/Child Protection
JP/STI   Student Donations and Gifts
JRA/STI   Student Records
Policy Regulation Description
KCD/STI   Public Gifts/Donations to Schools
KDD/STI KDD-R/STI Media Relations
KE/STI   Public Concerns and Complaints
KEA/STI   Public Concerns/Complaints about Policy
KEB/STI KEB-R/STI Public Concerns/Complaints about Personnel
KHBA/STI KHBA-R/STI Commercial Activities
KL/STI   Relations with Other Government Authorities
KLC/STI KLC-R/STI Relations with Social Service Agencies
KLG/STI KLG-R/STI Relations with Law Enforcement Authorities - School Resource Officers
 

Other Institutional Information

Federal legislation also requires the release of institutional information regarding the cost of attendance; accreditation; equity; and academic program data; facilitates and services to disabled students; financial assistance available to students and requirements and restrictions imposed on Title IV; withdrawal; and refund policies. This information is published annually in the Southeast Tech Student Catalog/Handbook.

Questions related to any of this information should be directed to the Executive Director of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness, 605-367-7487.