Manuals and Policies - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program | Briar Cliff University

DPT Program Manuals & Policies

Student Handbooks

Briar Cliff DPT Student Handbook (PDF)

A guide to the rights, responsibilities and policies for students enrolled in the Briar Cliff Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Last updated June 2020.

Clinical Education Handbook (PDF)

The clinical education student handbook (PDF) serves as a supplement to other BCU Doctor of Physical Therapy and Briar Cliff University student handbooks. Last updated August 2017.

Combined Student Handbook (PDF)

A guide to student rights, responsibilities and services at Briar Cliff University. Last updated October 15, 2019

University Academic Catalog

In the Briar Cliff University academic catalog, you'll find general university information, guidelines, majors, courses, academic requirements, etc. The catalog that pertains to you is based on the type of student you are and the year you enrolled at BCU. Current and past catalogs can be found on the University Academic Catalog page »

Institutional Review Board

According to federal law, an Institutional Review Board must approve proposed non-exempt research at the University before involvement of human subjects may begin. For more information, contact Briar Cliff's IRB Director »

Grievances Outside of Due Process

Grievances made by individuals that fall outside of the due process, such as complaints from clinical education sites, employers of graduates, and the public, must be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The written document should include circumstances of the grievance, specific concerns, and a possible remedy. The individual will be notified in writing of the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ decision. Complaints, supporting documents, and a copy of the decision, will be maintained by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The form for this process can be found under the Legal and Consumer information page »

Public Safety Report

The safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty are primary considerations at Briar Cliff University. We must ensure all applicants have access to this information regarding campus security. 

Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (DOCX)

This report contains information on institutional policies concerning security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, emergency response, fire safety and other matters. (Last updated Sept. 2019)



The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The law requires that you complete this form and submit it in order for a member of BCU physical therapy department to give a recommendation and/or provide any confidential information about your academic history with other individuals. 


Please download the FREPA form and complete with your recommendation request.