Regular attendance and punctuality will help students develop good attendance habits required for successful careers. Students are required to attend all class meetings, to arrive on time, and to stay for the duration of the class. Attendance is recorded on a daily basis. To maintain satisfactory attendance, students must be present at least 75 percent of classes during the program.
The school allows reasonable absences, such as personal illness, death in the family, court appointments, etc. These absences are considered as excused absences and the student will not be penalized for it. However, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the school if he/she is unable to attend classes. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending classes for an extended time period (e.g. hospitalization and recovery from a serious accident or illness), the student should notify the school to request a leave of absence.
If a student has more than three (3) consecutive unexcused absences, he/she may be called for an advising session. Eight (8) days of consecutive unexcused absence will result in automatic termination. Reinstatement will be left to the Director‘s discretion. 12 In all cases, whether a student has excused or unexcused absences, all missed work must be made up by the student. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor to make-up missed class work and tests.
When students have been absent all work is required to be made up. The student must make arrangements with the instructor to ensure that all work is made-up before the end of the course or module in which the work was missed. Arrangements to take a missed exam must be made with the instructor within two weeks of returning from an absence.
When an ―I‖ (incomplete) grade is given, the specific work to be completed and a completion date will be specified to the student. A student who receives an "I" (incomplete) has two weeks from the end of the course to make up any incomplete assignment or examination in order to receive a grade. ―I‖ will be changed to ―F‖ if not satisfactorily completed by the agreed upon date.
A leave of absence must be requested in writing by the student or guardian and approved by the School Director. Leave of Absence request may not exceed a total of 180 days in a 12 month period. This 12 month period begins with the first day of the first leave of absence. A student on an approved leave of absence will retain his/her in-school status, but Financial Aid will cease during the period the student is on an approved leave of absence and recommence once the student return to class. Students receiving Federal Financial Aid must understand and follow Federal Title IV leave of absence regulations.
A student who is granted a leave of absence while attending a course will be required to retake that course upon returning from the leave of absence. The returned date will be coordinated with the school Director to ensure that the returned date will fall at the beginning of a new course The student will not incur any additional charges for retaking the course. Expected graduation date will be adjusted according to the number of days the student was on an approved leave of absence. If a student who does not return when scheduled, he or she will be terminated from the school. The last day of actual attendance will be used for refund purposes.
A student arriving after attendance has been taken is considered late and will be marked absent unless the instructor considers the reason for tardiness legitimate. Continual tardiness to class will result in a determination by the administration as to the student‘s ability to continue the program.
The maximum time a student may take to complete his/her program of study, including externship, is one and one-half times the length of the program, e.g. course length = 12 weeks, maximum time frame = 18 weeks (12 x 1.5). If the student is unable to complete the program in this time, the student will be terminated and not allowed to graduate.
Satisfactory Progress of students is checked three (3) times during the program. Satisfactory progress is revised at 25% of the program length and the student must obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1.0 and completed 67% of the credits attempted in that time, and maintain satisfactory attendance. Another satisfactory progress is performed at the middle of the program and the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 1.5 and completed 67% of the credits attempted in that time and maintain satisfactory attendance. At the end of the program the student must have achieved a grade point average of at least 2.0 and completed 100% of the credits attempted in that program.
If the student is not maintaining satisfactory progress at the time it is checked, the student will be placed on a thirty day probationary period. After this time the student should have raised his/her grade point average to minimum standard, as specified above. The School Director will grant the probation and will notify the student in writing. Student meeting this requirement at the end of the probationary period will be removed from this status. If however, the student was unable to raise his/her GPA after the probationary period, he/she may be dismissed from school.
Students must behave in a manner that will enable the school to recommend them to prospective employers as courteous, considerate and well-mannered individuals. They must adhere to conduct that will not interfere with the learning process of the class in general. Entering the school or classrooms while under the influence of alcohol, unlawful drugs or narcotics of any kind are grounds for dismissal.
Smoking, eating, drinking (soda, coffee, etc.,) is not allowed in any of the classrooms or labs. Students will be responsible for all property destroyed or damaged, with or without intent when the student behavior is considered to be negligent. Intentional defacing or destruction of school property by any student will result in immediate dismissal. Students are required to keep their work areas clean and in an orderly manner. They must return all equipment and supplies to their proper storage area before they leave their classroom or lab.
A student may be dismissed from the school for failure to comply with the following school policies: Conduct, Attendance, Non-satisfactory academic progress, Tuition, Drug & alcohol use.
Before a student is dismissed he/she may be placed on a probationary period, no more than 30 days. If during this period the student has not overcome the situation, he/she may be a candidate for dismissal. A student may apply for readmission after a thirty day period. Refunds for the student, if any, will be made accordingly to the school refund policy.
A student that has been terminated from the school may appeal this determination by submitting a letter to the school Director describing in detail the extenuating circumstances for the reasons that caused the termination. The decision to reinstate the student will be left to the discretion of the school Director.
The school reserves the right to cancel a class start date due to insufficient enrollment. If this occurs, the student may request a full refund of all monies paid or apply all monies paid to the next scheduled class start date. The school also reserves the right to change program content, equipment, staff or materials as it deems necessary. Such changes may be necessary to keep pace with technological advances and to improve teaching methods or procedures. In no event will any such changes diminish the competency or content of any program or result in additional charges to the student.
InterAmerican Technical Institute offers training to all applicants on an equal basis regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, nationality, and ethnic origin.