Consumer Information

Consumer Information

We have compiled this key consumer information from across our university to help you make informed decisions regarding your education. Also, in compliance with state and federal regulations, and in keeping with our student-first philosophy, we annually notify our students (via email and the portal) about the availability of this information.

Accreditation and Licensure of Institution and Programs

Lakewood University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC regularly reviews our curriculum, administrative policies, faculty, and instructional services to ensure that we meet their exacting standards of quality. The address for DEAC is 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036 and can be reached at (202) 234-5100. Visit their website at

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The DEAC is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Lakewood University’s Pharmacy Technician Program is approved for ASHP/ACPE accreditation.

Lakewood University also holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for its degree programs. Click Here To View the Approval

Mailing Address

Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215


Lakewood University is approved by the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools for its certificate and diploma programs. Registration # 06-11-1800B. Click Here To View the Approval

Mailing Address

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481
Columbus, OH 43215 Click here to view the website.


Lakewood University has been approved by Ohio SARA Council to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.

Lakewood University Completion & Retention Data

Please click on the following link to view Lakewood University completion and retention data:

Disclosure Information

Copyright & File Sharing

Faculty, staff, and students must comply with federal copyright and trademark laws. Lakewood University outlines additional copyright infringement policies within the student catalog.

Disability: Notice of Nondiscrimination (Section 504)

The University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in violation of applicable law and regulation.  The University does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.  The University’s Disability Officer coordinates compliance with the Section 504 regulation and may be contacted at:

James Gepperth
Director and Disability Officer
2231 North Taylor Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44112
800-517-0857 X745

[email protected]

Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations [EDGAR Part 86]

Lakewood University is committed to achieving an alcohol and drug-free workplace. Accordingly, Lakewood University has the right and obligation to maintain a safe, healthy and productive working and learning environment through policies on drug and alcohol abuse prevention. The annual notification  for Lakewood University’s Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations [EDGAR Part 86] can be found at

Also see the the Lakewood University Drug and Alcohol Compliance Checklist 2023.

To view the complete policy and procedure visit

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Lakewood University complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, which regulates the confidentiality of data in education records and terms for disclosure of information.

Safety & Security (Clery Act)

As required by the Clery Act, Lakewood University publishes an annual security report containing certain university safety and security information and three years of relevant campus crime statistics (if any). You may request a paper copy by emailing [email protected]

Student Demographics

Information on our community of students is provided by our institutional research team. For additional information, email [email protected].

Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination - Discrimination on Basis of Sex

The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) not to discriminate in such a manner, including with respect to admission and employment. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Lakewood University Title IX Coordinator, or the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education.

Title IX Coordinator Contact
Nicolle Estevez
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-517-0857 X741
Mail: Lakewood University
Attn: Nicolle Estevez
2231 North Taylor Road

Cleveland Heights, OH 44112

For more information please see the University’s Title IX Compliance Policy.


Vaccination Policy

Although Lakewood University as an online institution has no specific policies related to vaccinations, Lakewood encourages students to speak with their health care providers about vaccinations and immunizations, and to review the guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available at:

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our financial assistance options, academic programs, tuition & fees, or other items listed in this consumer information section.

Constitution Day

Mission: Constitution Day commemorates and educates the campus on the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Purpose: During Constitution Day, students will gain an understanding of the constitution and the impact on U.S. citizens.

Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating Sept. 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. Senator Byrd added the Constitution Day clause to a 2004 federal spending bill because he believed all citizens should know about their rights as outlined in the Constitution. This clause mandates the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds, as well as federal agencies. In honor of Constitution Day, all educational institutions that receive federal funding are required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution.

Stop by the online trivia page on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer trivia questions about the Constitution.

  • Visit this page to find more about the Constitution.


The National Student Loan Data Service (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.

Students may access their federal student loan history through the National Student Data Service at:

Voter Registration

All U.S. citizens are encouraged to vote! 

You must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election.  Ohio voters may obtain a voter registration form in the Office of the Registrar or online at the Ohio Secretary of State (click here for downloadable form).  If you register or update your information after the deadline, the change will apply for the next election.

Upcoming voter registration deadlines:

  • October 10, 2023 for the November 7, 2023 General Election

More information on voter registration can be found on the following web sites:

Ohio Secretary of State – Voter Services

United States Election Assistance Commission

Retention & Graduation Rates

Lakewood University’s retention and graduation rates can be found at

Health and Safety Exemption Requirement

A health and safety exception permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s record in case of an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or other individuals.

The University follows the provisions outlined in the regulations as follows:

The University only discloses personally identifiable information from an education record to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

Student Right-to-Know Act

The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding, under the Higher Education Act of 1965, to calculate completion or graduation rates of certificate- or degree-seeking, full-time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to current and prospective students. To read more about the Student Right-to-Know Act, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics website at

Our goal at Lakewood University is to be as transparent as possible with prospective and current students. The information provided is to help provide a snapshot of the university. In addition, useful tools are included to assist the student in obtaining even more detailed information. 

College Navigator

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others search for and obtain information about U.S. post-secondary institutions.  Click here to launch the College Navigator for Lakewood University

Finacial Aid Forms

All Financial Aid information is available at the link below:

Title IX & Lakewood University

In accordance with Title IX, Lakewood University does not deny or limit any student or employee the ability to participate in or benefit from any program offered by the institution on the basis of sex or gender. Please see the Student Handbook for policy, reporting, and procedural information.

For additional information on your rights under Title IX, visit

How to File a Title IX Complaint:

  • File via email through the Title IX Coordinator
  • Contact any Lakewood University faculty or staff member for assistance

Title IX Coordinator Contact:

The Title IX Coordinator at Lakewood University is Nicolle Estevez. Her contact information is as follows:

Nicolle Extevez
VP of  Administrations

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-517-0857 X741

On-and Off-Campus Contacts:

If you experience sexual harassment, gender discrimination, or sexual violence, we encourage you to reach out right away – we are here to help!

Should you be unable to reach the Title IX Coordinator or Liaison, please contact one of the following individuals during normal business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm)

Jack Solomon, VP of Instruction & Compliance- 1-800-517-0857 X 706

James Gepperth, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs – 800-517-0857 x745

Tommy Sutton-Lovett, VP of Operations- 800-517-0857 x724

Academic Calendar

To access the academic calendar for Lakewood University visit

Current Students- Quick Contact Links

A lot is happening at University of the Southwest. This is your one-stop-shop to key academic tools, resources and campus news and events.


Student Portal
Online Research Databases

Exchange Online (New Mailboxes)
Campus Directory

Business Office

Financial Aid
Course Catalogs



Career Services
Title IX
Drop/Withdrawal Request
Online Tutoring
School Catalog

Technical Support

Contact technical support by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-517-0857 X793 or [email protected].