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INSTITUTE POLICIES

Attendance Attendance records are kept for each class.  Students must maintain a 90% attendance record. Lack of attendance is grounds for dismissal from a program.

In the event that a student falls below 90%, the Director of Education has the right to assess what portion of the class was missed and determine the appropriate options for making up that time. Remedies for tardiness may include additional Directed Studies and/or requiring the student to schedule private review time with the course instructor. Time with an instructor is subject to the re-take fee of $50.00. The Director of Educationís assignment determination will be issued in writing. Students have sixty (60) days from the date of issue to comply.

Students who fall below 70% for a class will automatically be required to retake the class the next time it is offered. (re-take fee of $50.00 applies.)

Students who fall below 70% for more than three (3) classes will be dismissed from the program and shall not be entitled to any tuition re-imbursement.


Being Late
Classes start on time. Any information covered will not be re-addressed for anyone who arrives late. All missed class time is doubled. If you are 15 minutes late, you lose 1/2 hour of class time. If you are 1/2 hour late, you lose 1 hour of class time., etc.  Obviously, this will affect your attendance percentage and the attendance policy will apply. So, Don't be late!

Emergencies

Students who are unable to attend a scheduled class or need to leave during a class due to an emergency, will need to contact the administration office to notify them of the missed class time. Excused absences will be considered on an individual basis.

Excused Absences or Lateness
Students are given a list of their anticipated class attendance dates. Should a student not be able to attend a class as scheduled, they must notify the administration no later than 14 days prior to the class. Requests for excused absence must be made in writing and sent to the administration office. Requests will be considered on an individual basis. Acceptance will be based upon what degree of control the student had over the event. Students who simply fail to appear for scheduled class without notice shall be subject to $50.00 class retake fee.

Leave of Absence
Each diploma program allows students 36 months to complete. Therefore, the need for a leave of absence is unlikely. However, should some extenuating circumstance arise, a student may make a request for a leave of absence. The request must be in writing and each circumstance will be considered on an individual basis. We will do our best to accommodate each student with their needs. Students granted a leave of absence, who are unable to resume attending classes within 36 months of the original enrollment, will need to re-enroll and will be subject to the current tuition fees at that time. The student may apply for Previous Education and/or Training Credits for classes they previously attended.

 

Directed Study (homework) Due Date

The majority of the classes credited toward a diploma will have a Directed Study assignment. The homework assignment due date is typically 30 days after the completion of the class, unless otherwise specified. Homework must be submitted in hard copy form. (No electronic submissions such as e-mails, faxes, etc.) The completed assignment needs to be physically remitted or mailed with a postmark date no later than the due date. 

Should a student fail to complete the homework on time, they may purchase one 30-day extension for that assignment. Extensions are $50.00 per extension and there will be a 50% reduction in the proficiency rating for failing to complete the assignment on time. Failure to properly submit the completed assignment by the end of the 30 day extension will result in a proficiency rating of a 3 or less, depending upon other factors related that class such as written test score, attendance, etc. An overall performance rating of 4 or greater is required for a student to remain in the program and qualify for their diploma. Students who fall below a rating or 4 will be dismissed from the program and shall not be entitled to any tuition re-imbursement. 

 

Student Conduct

In order to preserve a harmonious learning environment, we have the following conduct policies:

Students are expected to practice common courtesy and be respectful of fellow students' boundaries. 

Students are required to practice proper hygiene.

No disruption of the class is acceptable. 

Soliciting of fellow students or clinical volunteers for products or services is not allowed. 

All cell phones must be turned off during class time. 

Students should refrain from drinking alcohol over the weekend of class and/or labs, clinical or internship hours; any student whose clothing or breath has remnants of alcohol or drug usage will be asked to leave. 

Students shall not bring alcohol or illegal drugs to class and/or internship settings. Students who bring illegal drugs into the Institute shall be immediately and permanently dismissed.

Students shall not bring weapons into the school. Students who bring weapons into the Institute shall be immediately and permanently dismissed.

Cheating on tests or solicitation of answers to directed studies from other students shall be grounds for immediate expulsion.

Due to personal privacy regulations, no form of electronic recording (voice, video, cameras, cell phones, etc.) of classes or intern work is allowed. Students who violate this policy will be given one written warning. Failure to cease and desist will result in dismissal from the program and all tuition will be forfeited. 

 

Grading

All written test scores are calculated using a percentage grading system (the number of correctly answered questions divided by the number of questions on the test). 81% or higher is required for passing.

Practical Testing is graded according to a checklist of areas to be performed or covered by the student. The student must be able to explain and/or perform, to the satisfaction of the examiner, at least 81% of the items on the checklist. Student may be provided with a copy of the checklist to study for these exams upon request.

Oral exams may consist of any of the areas covered in the courses for which the student participating. The examiner will ask questions and the student will answer to the best of his/her ability. The student must score at least a 81% in each of these areas in order to pass.

Directed studies are also part of the grading process.  They must be compete and submitted on time for full credit. (See policy regarding Directed Studies.)

Proficiency Assessments and Final transcripts will utilize the following overall assessment ranking:

1 = Unsatisfactory (below 65%)

2 = Needs Improvement (66% to 74%)

3 = Capable (75% to 80%)

4 = Professionally Competent (81% to 94%)

5 = Exceptionally Skilled (over 94%)

 

Notification of Grades

Students receive regular progress reports utilizing the 5 point ranking system.

Final grades are available one week following the student's completion of all testing/exams, internship/practical hours, and timely submission of all directed studies.

 

In Cases of Non-Passing Grades

If the non-passing grade is for an Individual Class (Non-Diploma Course student), there is a $50.00 retesting fee. The retest must be taken within 30 days of the class.

Only one retest is allowed for both Diploma Program classes and Non-Diploma courses. If the student does not pass the retest, they must take the class again. The retake fee of $50.00 applies.

Program students who fall below a 4.0 grade average (81% on testing, 90% attendance and 81% on directed studies) will be issued a warning letter with options for correcting the problem such as retaking a test, retaking the class, etc. Students who fail more than 50% of the classes and have utilized the retake option but are still unable to maintain a 4.0 average will be dismissed from the program. Tuition is non-refundable if a student is dismissed for failing grades.

90% attendance with satisfactory participation in each of the classes.

81% or better on every class test.

81% or better on each part of the final exam: written, oral, practical, etc.

Successful completion and submission by the due date of directed study assignments.

Completion of all program requirements within 36 months of the starting date.

Completion of all internship/clinical hours within 36 of the program starting date.

 

 

Requirements for Non Diploma Classes

Tuition per individual class (for NON-DIPLOMA students only) is $300, which includes course manual (when applicable), but no books or supplies. A course manual will be provided, if appropriate. Payment is preferred at least 14 days prior to the class date. Enrollment is on a first-come basis and a seat is guaranteed only after we received payment. Participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement, provided they have 90% attendance, good participation in the class, and at least 81% on the final test.

 

Retakes
Students may retake any class they have previously attended if they passed the test and the homework for that class has been completed. The retake fee is $50.00 per class.

 

Refunds

Diploma Programs
All tuition and fees paid by the applicant shall be refunded if requested within three business days after signing a contract with the school, or if the applicant is rejected by the school before enrollment. All refunds shall be returned within 30 days. An application fee of not more than $25.00 may be retained by the school if the application is denied. After the three day period has expired, all tuition and fees are non refundable and the above policies will apply. Once registered for a program, students have up to three years to complete the program before the original tuition payment expires.


If a student cannot attend a scheduled diploma class, a written notice must be given 14 days prior to the class date. At that time, the tuition will be moved forward to the next time the class is offered. If the notice is not received 14 days prior, then an additional $100 retake fee is required to attend the class the next time it is available.

There are no refunds for student who are dismissed from a diploma program due any violation(s) of the above policies.

Individual Classes (non diploma students)
Three days written cancellation notice is required prior to the class, upon which fees will be moved to the next time that exact class is available. After the three day period has expired, all tuition and fees are non refundable.

 

Students who wish to file a complaint may do so at www.michigansi.gov

 

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