Jun 13, 2024  
ARCHIVED 2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology, Safety, and Federal Policies

Information Technology, Safety and Federal Policies
Email, Web Pages, and Other Network Applications

All students at Doane University are assigned a personal network account that allows them access to their Doane email account, Google Apps (including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, etc.), online course materials, computers in lab areas, and electronic databases and reference materials. The university does not charge a fee for network accounts or the use of network resources. A student’s network account remains active until graduation or withdrawal from Doane. During enrollment, students can receive their email accounts, or it will be sent through campus mail during the first week of classes.

Verification of Student Identity

To meet federal guidelines, Doane requires all electronic coursework be submitted through Canvas or Doane email. Canvas requires students to login each time using their Doane login id and password. All coursework email correspondence is done using Doane assigned email accounts. When student accounts are set up, the student gets contacted to set up their challenge questions and password at our password service portal. Students can change their password via the web at any time to maintain their security.

Public Safety Office

The Public Safety Office offers security and access resources to the University communities at Crete, Lincoln, and Omaha in order to support the responsible actions of students, employees and guests in a collaborative effort to provide for a safe campus.

Lines of Effort:
   1.  Communication - PSO provides connectivity to all offices on campus on a 24/7 basis.  We can assist in connecting you with the right resource.  Prior to and during an emergency, our office manages and operates the campus emergency alert system.
   2.  Reporting - PSO is responsible for the public crime log and all reporting requirements related to the Clery Act.  We also track related incidents across all campuses, which assists us in providing data-informed knowledge to the campus.
   3.  Access Management - PSO is responsible for access management at campus.  Our office manages manual keys as well as keyless access. Our objective is to provide controlled and convenient access for approved community members.

For additional information and resources, please utilize the following:
Website: www.doane.edu/students/campus/safety
Phone: (402)826-8669
Email: doanesafetyoffice@doane.edu

Doane Transportation for Crete Campus Events and Programming

Doane will endeavor to provide students with transportation to off-site events and programming. Doane students and parents should understand that if a student elects to transport themselves, rather than using Doane-provided transportation, that Doane’s insurance policies do not cover the student in the event of an accident.

Liability stemming from students transporting themselves is solely the responsibility of students and their parents, and their associated insurance policies.

Doane highly recommends that students transporting themselves not travel during bad weather or other dangerous conditions.

Access/Services For Students With Disabilities

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) provide that “no otherwise qualified disabled individual in the United States… shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance.” This regulation requires that Doane programs be accessible to the disabled, but it does not require that every building or part of a building be accessible. Thus it may be necessary to reschedule classes to accessible classrooms or take other steps to open some of the programs to students with mobility impairments.

There is no Special Education at the college level.  Educational rights covered by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) do not apply to postsecondary education.  Colleges must comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Civil Rights Restoration Act.  College students have civil rights, but no “education” rights. 

Postsecondary institutions are required to:

  • Make all programs and services physically accessible to all students 
  • Provide auxiliary aids, notetakers, and appropriate equipment to ensure the participation of students with disabilities in college classes and activities 
  • Accommodate the academic participation of qualified students with disabilities in college classes and activities

Postsecondary institutions are not required to:

  • Provide specific auxiliary aids as long as the college provides a method of assistance that allows equal opportunity 
  • Provide academic modifications if these modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the course or program or place undue burden on the institution 
  • Lower admission criteria for applicants with disabilities 
  • Diagnose a disability or conduct testing and assessment of learning difficulties, physical, or mental impairments 
  • Provide personal attendants 
  • Provide personal or private tutors 
  • Prepare “Individualized Education Programs” (IEP’s)
  1. Students interested in services for a diagnosed disability should notify the university of any special circumstances that would affect their ability to compete equally in the university environment. To assist the university in providing services, documentation of such disabilities must be provided by qualified professionals upon request, unless the disability is easily discernible by university personnel.
  2. While students are encouraged to self-identify at the earliest possible time, they can access services at any time by initiating the process and contacting the ADA Director for the university.
  3. To initiate this process, students are encouraged to contact the ADA Director.

For further information refer to Federal Disclosure Information . See Student Handbook for grievance procedure.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts of 1974 is designed to protect the confidentiality of students’ educational records and to give students access to their records to assure accuracy. FERPA outlines four rights with respect to students Education Records. They are

  1. Access to Education Records: Students have the right to inspect and review their Education Records within 45 days of the day the University receives a written request for access, any time after their matriculation.
  2. Request for Amendment of Education Records: Students have the right to request amendment of Education Records if they believe the records are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy rights.
  3. Disclosure of Education Records: This right protects confidentiality of student records and requires the student’s signature to release academic records, such as transcripts. Some exceptions exist such as school officials who’ve been determined to have a legitimate educational interest, or information determined to be directory information. Examples of directory information include: name, addresses, email, telephone numbers, major and/or minor fields of study, degree sought, expected date of completion of degree requirements and graduation, degrees conferred, awards and honors (e.g. Dean’s list), full or part time enrollment status, dates of attendance, or photograph.
  4. Compliance: Students have the right to submit complaints concerning the University’s compliance with the requirement of FERPA to the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Student Privacy Policy Office, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-8520. Students may obtain a complaint form at https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/file-a-complaint.

For more information on FERPA, or to view the entire FERPA policy, please visit the Registrar’s web page or office.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. Nebraska is a member of SARA and Doane University is a participating institution in SARA.

Complaints can be sent to SARA@doane.edu. In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved at the University level, a student may contact the Nebraska State portal agency.

State Portal Agency Contact
Kathleen L. Fimple, Ph.D., Acad. Program Officer
Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Ed.
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005

If you are not a resident of the State of Nebraska, you have the option of filing a complaint with your state licensing authority or with the Higher Learning Commission.

Title IX Policy Statement

Doane University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The University’s Title IX Policy addresses our responsibilities under Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”).

Person(s) wishing to bring a complaint involving any prohibited conduct noted above may contact Anne Ziola, Director of Human Resources at anne.ziola@doane.edu or 1014 Boswell Ave., Crete, NE 68333; (402) 826-6773, the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@doane.edu, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C., 20202.