Search South Mountain Community College Website
SMCC Cougar facebook South Mountain Community College twitter SMCC youtube Videos


Disclosures and Policies

South Mountain Community College adheres to all Federal, State, and Maricopa District policies, regulations, disclosure reporting requirements, and laws. Most policies are found in the college catalog, handbook, or on the Maricopa Community College District website.

Rights and Responsibilities will provide you with a quick way to research some of the most requested policy information.

Academic Programs

Information about the academic programs offered by South Mountain Community College may be viewed by an individual degree or certificate.


South Mountain Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South La Salle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456

For more information about South Mountain Community College accreditation, visit SMCC Accreditation.

Biennial Report

Biennial Review of South Mountain Community College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Programs

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act requires, as a condition of receiving any federal funding or other financial assistance, that an institution of higher education certifies it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol for students and employees on school premises and as a part of its activities.

Campus Security Report

The South Mountain Community College Public Safety department publishes a report that discloses relevant information about campus security. Policies and crime statistics can be found on the South Mountain Community College View Safety Report.

College Navigator

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to post 26 items on the College Navigator website for their college, which includes student activities offered by the college, services for students with disabilities, career services, and policies regarding transfer of credit.

Constitution Day

Pursuant to Section III of Div. J of Pub L 108-447, ‘Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005’, colleges receiving federal student aid must archive yearly activities and materials shared with students in the promotion of Constitution Day, September 17.

Consumer Information

Consumer information about topics such as academics, facts & figures, and paying for college is available at the MCCCD Consumer Information website.

Copyright Infringement Policy

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of copies or other reproductions of the copyrighted material. A person using college equipment is liable for any infringement.

The following documents issued by the United States Government or any of its agencies may not be copied: paper money; food stamps; immigration papers; bonds or other certificates of indebtedness; IRS stamps (cancelled or uncanceled); Selective Service or draft papers; identifying badges or insignias; passports; checks or drafts drawn by government agencies; US postage stamps.

Copyrighted works cannot be copied, however, sections of a copyrighted work may be copied under “Fair Use” guidelines. Multiple copies would indicate improper use.

Works of art are considered as the equivalent of copyrighted works. Licenses and certificates of title to motor vehicles may not be copied under certain state laws.

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including unauthorized peer-to-peer sharing, may subject an individual to civil and criminal liabilities. A summary of the penalties for violation of federal copyright laws and student disciplinary actions is located on the MCCCD webpage.

Disability Resources

Information about Disability Services at South Mountain Community College is available on their website.

Disability Resources website.

Disbursement for Books and Supplies

Disbursement of Pell Grant funds for eligible students beyond the cost of tuition and fees occurs 9 days prior to the start of the students’ first class in the term.

Diversity of Enrollment

In the Fall of 2018 enrollment of all full-time undergraduate students in credit programs was 1,227.  Of these 54% were female and 46% were male.  4% were American Indian/Alaska Native, 3% were Asian/Pacific Islander, 15% were Black, 57% were Hispanic, 14% were White, 4% were Two or More Races, and 1% were Non-Resident Alien.

Diversity of Pell Recipients

Federal Pell Grant recipients comprised 60% of the full-time enrolled students in the Fall of 2018. Of these, 56% were female and 44% were male. 89% of the Pell recipients identified themselves as members of a racial or ethnic minority.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Students and employees receive in writing standards of conduct regarding unlawful possession of and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on school property or school activities and description of applicable legal sanctions under state, local and federal law.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. South Mountain Community College complies with these requirements. These rights can be viewed at


An employee or representative of the college may not make a misrepresentation to any student, prospective student, or member of the public. A misrepresentation is any false, erroneous, or misleading statement about the nature of the college’s educational program, the nature of the college’s financial charges, or the employability of the college’s graduates. Any person who feels an employee or representative of the college has made a misrepresentation in violation of this provision may report the representative to the office of the Dean of Student Enrollment Services.

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is a tool designed to help students estimate what it may cost to attend any of the Maricopa Community Colleges or Skill Centers annually. This broad estimate is based on the cost of attendance and financial aid that was provided to full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students in 2009-10 and does not represent an actual award. Submission of the FAFSA is the only way to obtain a true and accurate determination of eligibility. The Actual net price can vary significantly based on student eligibility.

Net Price Calculator

Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations and Potential Loss of Federal Student Aid

There are penalties associated with drug-related offenses under existing section 484(r) of the HEA (Higher Education Act). Students are notified by student email of this law delineated below:

Price of Attendance

College price of attendance includes direct costs such as tuition and fees, but also indirect costs, such as books/supplies, room, and board, transportation costs and any additional costs for a program that a student may be enrolled in.

Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawals and Return of Title IV Federal Financial Aid, including grants and loans

A refund policy requires information to be given to students who receive federal student aid that there may be a portion of unearned federal student aid that must be refunded by the student and/or the institution to the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Office.

Religious Accommodations

The Maricopa County Community College District and South Mountain Community College will reasonably accommodate the religious needs, observances, and practices of employees and students when requested, and when said requests are made in accordance with procedures.

Religious Accommodation Procedure

Assisting Students with Religious or Sincerely Held Beliefs

Retention Rates

60% of the first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled in the Fall of 2017 returned in the Fall of 2018. The part-time student retention rate was 32%.

Textbook Information

Listed on the college’s internet course schedule, which is utilized for registration purposes, are the links for the textbooks which will be utilized in a course. The ISBN number (International Standard Book Number) is listed and students may purchase texts at the college bookstore or utilize the ISBN number to purchase or rent texts at other retail stores online or in person.

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

A list of schools with whom MCCCD has an articulation and transfer agreement is provided for student knowledge on transfer of credit policies.

Vaccination Policy

Maricopa does not require that students receive vaccinations prior to enrollment; however, certain professions or occupational programs do require particular vaccinations prior to participation in those programs.

Voter Registration

Voter registration forms for federal elections and state elections for Governor and other State chief executives are emailed to students through their student email portal annually.