Rules and Regulations for Conduct
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner while in the classroom. Professional dress codes are expected at all times. Students will be held accountable for any damages or breakage to school properties, including equipment and furniture.
Students must report the reason for an absence to the instructor by the following day. Student absence of 3 or more continuous school days must bring in a doctor's note; otherwise there will be a 3 day suspension. Continued unexcused absences without calling will mean disciplinary measures will have to be imposed and could result in suspension from school.
If a student is considered excessively absent (more than 1 night per week); she/he will be placed on probation for the next evaluation period. If a student is absent seven days, they need to request a Leave of Absence in writing. Only one Leave of Absence is permitted per program cycle (15 months).
Student Grievance Policy
The goal of student grievances is to resolve conflict in an amicable manner. Most conflicts are best settled when the parties directly involved in the dispute communicate effectively and directly with one another. Students should follow "chain of command" when seeking resolution. A student should first speak with the faculty member involved. They should not seek counsel with another faculty member or the program director before communicating with the faculty member involved. They should not seek counsel with another faculty member or the program director before communicating with the faculty member involved. Should a student attempt to circumvent this process, they will be redirected back to the faculty member. If attempts at open cooperative dialogue are unsuccessful the student may proceed to the format procedure.
- Step 1 Student must initiate step one (1) within three (3) days of the informal dialogue. All involved parties will meet with the program director. The student will have the opportunity to verbally and informally present their complaint. The grievant will also have the opportunity to respond. The student will receive a statement of this informal proceeding from the program director stating if the parties involved have come to a mutually acceptable resolution or not.
- Step 2 If the matter is not resolved at Step 1 to the student's satisfaction, the student has seven (7) days from the date of step (1) hearing to formally submit written notice to the program director of their desire to proceed to step two (2). All pertinent information must be submitted at this time. The student will not be allowed to submit additional information or documents past this point. No other issues or allegations may be raised at this time. The program director will investigate the complaint, and respond to the student in writing within ten (10) days of receiving the written step two (2) requests from the student.
The program has candidacy with the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Any person who is not satisfied with the result of his or her grievance at an institutional level may contact the Council on Occupational Education. All comments should be made in writing to Dr. Gary Puckett, the Executive Director for the Council on Occupational Education (COE) located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, Georgia 30350. 1-800-917-2081 In addition, any persons may visit the Council website: www.council.org. Please be advised all persons making a comment must submit his or her name and mailing address.