In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended), and other relevant laws, regulations, accreditation and licensing standards, IYRS provides this comprehensive centralized guide to publicly – disclosed consumer inforbrismation.

If an item of information is not available via this online Student Consumer Information page, or if you require assistance or have any questions regarding the information provided please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate at [email protected], or 401-848-5777. The Student and Academic Services Associate will direct you to the person who can best assist you.

Student Handbook

Download a Copy of the IYRS Student Handbook and Catalog

General Information

Notice of Availability of Institutional & Financial Aid Information
IYRS distributes annually to all enrolled students a notice of availability of the information that is required to be made available to students under the Family Education Right and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and as required by the Higher Education Act (as amended). For a copy of this notice, please contact Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information
For information please contact Jill Dubnansky, Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777 ext 223.

Privacy of Student Records

IYRS complies with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For specific questions contact: [email protected].

Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, student educational records may not be released without the student’s written permission, except to instructors and employees with a legitimate interest, or to organizations and individuals empowered by law to gain access. However, directory information (e.g., name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, program, and date of graduation) can be released upon request unless a student requests in writing that it be withheld.

IYRS only discloses personally identifiable information from a students 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 community members. IYRS complies with the changes made to FERPA as a result of the USA Patriot Act. For questions regarding FERPA please contact:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

Notice of Non-Discrimination

IYRS does not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, status as a protected veteran, pregnancy or marital status, or any other unlawful basis, in the administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school administered programs.

In accordance with Title IX, IYRS does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities or employment. Complaints should be made to IYRS’ Title IX Coordinator. The Student and Academic Services Associate serves as IYRS’ Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator’s office address is 449 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840. The Title IX Coordinator can be contacted at (401) 848-5777 x223 or at [email protected]. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring compliance with Title IX and other applicable laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination and harassment.

Inquiries may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at [email protected] or (800) 421-3481.

This Policy is in compliance with applicable legal requirements including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; relevant provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013; the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act; and other applicable federal and Rhode Island state laws.

Title IX

Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy

Title IX Coordinator

Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institutional Programs

IYRS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  IYRS is certified by the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Office of Higher Education.

IYRS is approved by the Rhode Island State Approving Agency for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. IYRS is authorized to accept and enroll M-1 nonimmigrant international students. For more information please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

Student Diversity

> Information about student diversity at IYRS.

Student Disability Services

Facilities & Services for Students with Disabilities

Questions regarding facilities & services for students with disabilities & accommodations should be directed to the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777. The Student and Academic Services Associate serves as IYRS’ Section 504 Coordinator. Inquiries about compliance with Federal disability laws may be directed to the Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109.

Complaints of discrimination or harassment based on a students actual or perceived disability should be directed to the Section 504 Coordinator. Complaints will be investigated in accordance with IYRS’ Code of Student Conduct and Student Grievance Process.

Price of Attendance

Current information regarding tuition & fees, other fees and program costs can be found here.

Federal Military and Veterans Education Benefits
For more information please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

State Grant Assistance
For more information about the availability of and eligibility for grant assistance from the state please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

Student Refunds

Refund Policy (Before School Begins)

Tuition, materials and exam fees will be refunded in full when a student requests the cancellation and/or refund within three (3) business days of signing the enrollment agreement, and before classes have begun. A student who has not visited the campus may cancel the enrollment agreement up to three (3) business days following orientation for a full refund of tuition, materials and exam fees paid.

Refund Policy (After School Begins)

After the program commences, if the student withdraws or is terminated by IYRS, tuition, materials and exam fees will be refunded based on a pro-rated percentage. If a student’s enrollment is terminated after 75% of the program term has taken place, there will be no tuition refund. The following formula will apply to refunds for students that cancel enrollment prior to completing more than 75% of program term delivery:

Boatbuilding & Restoration
Instructional Hours Remaining in Term / 665 X (Term’s Tuition & Fees) = Refund Due.

Marine Systems and Composites Technology
Instructional Hours Remaining in Term / 450 X (Term’s Tuition & Fees) = Refund Due.

Digital Modeling & Fabrication
Instructional Days Remaining in Term / 82 X (Term’s Tuition & Fees) = Refund Due

Tuition and fee payments made in advance for the following year will be refunded in full if a student withdraws or is terminated before beginning that year. Termination will be considered effective on the last day of attendance, if the student is terminated by the school. The effective date if a student withdraws will be the earliest of the following: 1) postmarked date of written notice from the student or 2) ten school days following the last day of attendance.

Refunds will be made within 30 days of the termination or withdrawal of a student.

For more information regarding the refund or return of Title IV funds, Veterans Administration funds, and loan or grant programs, please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate at 401-848-5777, ext. 223.

Return of Federal loan policy
The return of Title IV funds as prescribed in Section 48B of the HEA Amendments determines the amount of Title IV aid a student has earned at the time a student withdraws.  The amount of the Title IV aid a student has not earned is then returned to the Title IV programs.  It is a proportional calculation based on the date of withdrawal through 60 % of the payment period.  The formula in brief is as follows:

  • IYRS will determine the date of withdrawal and then determine the percentage of the payment period attended by the student.
  • IYRS will determine the amount of Title IV aid for which the student was eligible by the percentage of the time enrolled.
  • IYRS will compare the amount earned to the amount disbursed.  If the amount of aid disbursed exceeds the amount earned, this amount of Title IV aid must be returned.
  • IYRS allocates the responsibility for returned unearned aid between the school and the portion that could have been disbursed directly to the student once institutional charges were covered.
  • IYRS and/or the student must then distribute the unearned Title IV aid back to the Title IV programs.
  • All refunds are calculated on the last day of the attendance of the student.
  • In no case shall the amount returned exceed the amount remitted.
  • If the return of Title IV funds results in a student tuition balance, the student will be responsible for payment of the balance to IYRS.

 

If IYRS is required to return Title IV funds received, IYRS will return the unearned aid to the Title IV funds programs as follows:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  3. Federal Plus Loans
  4. Federal Pell Grants

For more information regarding the refund or return of Title IV funds, Veterans Administration funds, and other loan or grant programs, please contact the Manager, Student Affairs at 401-848-5777.

Academic Program

For  information about academic programs please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

College Navigator Website

US Department of Education online search tool for consumers:

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Net Price Calculator

http://www.iyrs.edu/financial-aid/net-price-calculator/

Textbook Information

For textbook information contact the Office of Admissions at 401-848-5777.

Education Program

Boatbuilding & Restoration Program

Marine Systems Program

Composites Technology Program

Instructional Facilities

Newport RI Facilities

Faculty

Boatbuilding & Restoration Program

Marine Systems Program

Composites Technology Program

Teacher Preparation
For more information about teacher preparation please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

To receive federal financial aid for attendance at IYRS, students are required to make academic progress toward completion of a certificate.  Satisfactory progress for a clock hour program is evaluated at the end of each payment period.  Below are the detailed requirements that must be met and a description of the consequences if they are not met.  This policy applies to all federal and state aid programs, including Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, and PLUS Loan.

A student must be meeting all of the following conditions:

Qualitative – A student must obtain a level of 2.0 or higher (based on the grading scale*.

Quantitative – Pace of Progress All students must successfully complete 95% of their cumulative attempted clock hours.

  • Attempted clock hours are the hours a student attends each payment period.
  • Excused absences must be made up

 

Maximum Time Frame
All students must complete their program requirements within 150% of the time it normally takes to complete the certificate program (as measured in clock hours).

Warning Period
A student who fails to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards outlined above will be placed on financial aid warning for the following semester. During the warning term, the student is still eligible to receive financial aid. At the end of the warning term, student progress will again be reviewed. Failure to meet academic progress standards at this time will result in financial aid suspension. Students who are suspended from receiving financial aid may appeal the decision.

Appeals
A student determined ineligible for aid may appeal this determination by writing to the Student and Academic Services Associate, stating the basis for the appeal. Exceptions may be made based on extenuating circumstances including, but not necessarily limited to, documented illness, or change of program. The Director or designee will inform the student in writing of the decision, specifying the conditions, if any, under which an exception has been made, or explaining the reason(s) for denying the appeal and detailing the actions necessary for the student to regain eligibility.

Re-establishing Eligibility
A student who failed to make progress may re-establish his/her financial aid eligibility in either of the following ways:

  • Enroll at the student’s own expense until both the Quantitative and Qualitative SAP standards are met, while not exceeding the Maximum Time Frame.
  • Approval of their SAP appeal: the student will regain eligibility and is placed on financial aid probation for the following term.

 

Notification
Students will be sent written notification if their financial aid eligibility changes as a result of the SAP evaluation.

*Grading Scale

Credit for Experience

In the Boatbuilding & Restoration program, students may be granted credit for previous experience and/or training and may enter the program based on an established level of proficiency as a second year student. Proficiency levels will be established through examination, using the regular IYRS standards of progress. Tuition for students entering a program at the intermediate level will be pro-rated. (This does not apply to either the Marine Systems or Composites Technology programs.)

For more information about IYRS’ transfer of credit policies, please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate at [email protected], or 401-848-5777.

Articulation Agreements

More information about articulation agreements can be found here.

Graduation Requirements

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems or Composites Technology. To be eligible for graduation, a student must have satisfactorily completed all courses and met the evaluation criteria and attendance requirements. All financial obligations to the school must be fulfilled before receiving the certificate.

Transcript Request

Copies of transcripts are available to the student, upon written request to the Student and Academic Services Associate.

Career Placement Services

> See Career Placement Web Pages

Student Outcomes:
> Acceptance & Enrollment Rates
> Graduation & Retention Rates

Career Counseling and Placement
IYRS offers a range of services and programs to help students develop career plans, find internships and jobs: career counseling, job and internship listings, resume preparation, interviewing tips, and more. Holly Ashton, Director of Career Services & Experiential Education works with students before and after graduation through a series of seminars and events designed to inform, prepare and connect students to employers. Emphasis is placed on providing students with job seeking skills. In addition, over the course of the school year, a series of events including field trips, lectures and presentations are scheduled to provide students with opportunities to learn more about companies, current projects and work environments.

Students may gain access to information about national and international companies who enquire about our students and alumni by contacting the Director of Student and Industry Relations. Notices of potential employment and job listings submitted by employers are also posted in the password-protected alumni section of the IYRS web site, www.iyrs.edu.

Alumni Services
IYRS Alumni are able to access a number of the same services offered through Career Services.  The IYRS Alumni Association is an extension of the school’s resources and career services. The primary function of the association is to support career training, career networking opportunities, and promote communication across the group and in the industry.  All graduates from IYRS full-time programs are members of the IYRS Alumni Association.

Copyright Infringement

Click here to review the copyright infringement policy.

Student Activities

For more information about student activities offered by IYRS please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate at [email protected], or 401-848-5777.

Computer Use Policy

Click here to review the computer appropriate use policy.

Career & Placement Services

Information about Career Services at IYRS can be found here.

Student Financial Assistance and Information

Please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate at [email protected] or 401-848-5777 for information regarding all Federal, State, local, private and institutional student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at IYRS; need-based and non-need-based Federal financial aid that is available to students, the terms and conditions under which students receive Federal Direct Loans, the procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance, the criteria for selecting recipients from the group of eligible applicants; and the criteria for determining the amount of a students award.

Information can also be found at: http://iyrs.edu/financial-aid/

Federal Loan General Information
IYRS participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Under this low-interest program, the funds for your loan come directly from the federal government.

The Direct Loan Program offers the following types of loans:

  • Subsidized: for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal regulations. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods.
  • Unsubsidized: not based on financial need; interest is charged during all periods, even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods.

 

Accepting a Direct Loan
Following the processing of your FAFSA, IYRS will notify you of your loan amounts in an award letter that lists all of your proposed financial aid awards (your award package). You have the right to decline or lower your loan amount.

In the case of loans, keep in mind that whatever amount you borrow must be paid back with interest to the federal government. See repayment calculators and interest rates. http://www.direct.ed.gov/calc.html

Entrance Counseling (Required)
If you haven’t previously received a loan, you must complete entrance counseling before IYRS can make the first disbursement of your loan. This helps you to understand your responsibilities regarding your loan.

> Learn more about entrance counseling

Master Promissory Note (Required)
To take out a Direct Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN), a binding legal document that lists the conditions under which you’re borrowing and the terms under which you agree to repay your loan.

To complete an MPN online, you will be required to use your Department of Education-issued personal identification number (PIN). If need be, you may request a PIN from the official PIN site. We explain the MPN in more detail and take you through the process of filing electronically.

Processing Fees
There is a 1.072% processing fee, which is deducted from your loan amount before loan funds are sent from the federal government to IYRS.

Preferred Lender Arrangements

IYRS School of Technology & Trades does not have preferred lender arrangements.

Private Education Loans Overview

Private alternative education loans are offered by private lending institutions and are not subsidized by a government agency. Alternative education loans are not to be used as a substitution for federal financial aid loans. Alternative education loans are intended to provide additional funding for your education after all federal loan funds have been applied.

Code of Conduct for Education Loans
For information about the code of conduct please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

Preferred Lender Lists

IYRS School of Technology & Trades does not have a preferred lender listing.

Student Loan Exit Counseling Process

As a requirement of having student loans, after leaving a post-secondary institution, borrowers must complete a student loan exit interview.

Our students meet with the Student and Academic Services Associate, who covers the following topics during the exit meeting.

  • History of the student’s student loans including loan amounts, the loan servicer and contact information (which is also available at nslds.ed.gov.)
  • Payment deferral and forbearance information – including sample forms.
  • Detailed information about the student’s loan history.
  • The online Exit Counseling provides students with explanations, obligations and options for repayment, deferment, forbearance, discharge, consequences of default, explanation of your Master Promissory Note, sample loan repayment tables (please note that sample repayment charts typically show payments based on a ten year repayment program), debt management to facilitate repayments and consolidation of student loans, information on the federal government’s student loan ombudsman, an explanation of who’s who in the student loan process and a federal student loan refresher with plain language on the types of student loans
  • Information on various types of payment plans as well as loan forgiveness options is available at ibrinfo.org. There is also information on the new income-based repayment plan for federal student loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness

One of the main purposes of the Exit Interview Process is to keep students informed on their rights and responsibilities.

As a student loan borrower, you have the right to:

  • Receive written information on your loan obligations including your options for loan consolidation and refinancing
  • Receive a copy of your promissory note
  • Receive a repayment schedule and detailed information about interest rates, the balance you owe, and the repayment options available to you, prior to repayment
  • Receive written notification from your lender if your loan is sold or transferred
  • Repay all or part of your loan at any time without penalty
  • A grace period after you graduate or are enrolled less than half time and before you being repayment on a Stafford loan
  • Temporarily defer your monthly payment if you meet federal requirements
  • Receive a temporary period of suspended payments if you meet your loan holder’s forbearance criteria

As a student loan borrower, you have accepted the responsibility to:

  • Repay your loan(s) even if you do not complete your program, are unable to find employment after graduation, or are dissatisfied with or feel you did not receive the educational services you purchased from your school
  • Compete exit counseling before finalizing arrangements for graduation or withdrawal from school
  • Notify your loan holder promptly if you change your name, address, or phone number; graduate, transfer, or withdraw from school; or change your anticipated graduation date

Read and retain all of your financial aid and loan documents for future reference.

National Student Loan Data System
For more information about the National Student Loan Data System please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

Health and Safety

IYRS ALCOHOL AND DRUGS POLICY

IYRS complies with all federal and state regulations pertaining to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, including the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Accordingly, IYRS requires all employees, and all students (regardless of the length of the student’s program of study), to be aware of and comply with the following:

Standards of Conduct:

IYRS prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on IYRS’s property or as part of IYRS’s programs and activities. IYRS also prohibits any individual from being under the influence of any alcohol or drugs (regardless of whether the use is lawful) while in the shop or while operating any IYRS machinery or equipment.

Sanctions:

IYRS will impose sanctions on students and employees who violate the Standards of Conduct set forth in this Policy. Students and employees who are found responsible for violating the Standards of Conduct will be subject to sanctions up to and including dismissal from enrollment at IYRS, termination of employment, and/or referral for prosecution. Sanctions may also include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program. For more information regarding local and state criminal prosecution for the unlawful possession or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs and the criminal penalties related thereto, please see the State of Rhode Island General Laws Title 21, Chapter 21-28; Title 31, Chapter 31-27-2; Title 3, Chapter 3-8 and Title 31, Chapter 31-27, which can be found at: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/. For more information regarding legal sanction for violations of federal law, please see https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/21usc/ and https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml.

Prevention and Resources:

 

Health Risks:

The abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs can cause physical and mental injury, and some injury may be severe enough to cause death. The abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs can also negatively impact the body in many ways, including, but not limited to, creating an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, liver and kidney failure, hypertension, depression, immune and reproductive functions, and many other health problems.

 

If you have any questions about the information provided herein, need assistance or resources related to alcohol or illicit drugs, or for more information about drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available in the community, please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate at [email protected] or 401-848-5777.

Vaccinations

For more information about IYRS’ vaccination policy, please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.


 

Emergency Notification

Upon confirmation of an emergency affecting the IYRS community, the administration will determine the content of the notification and initiate the emergency notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of the designee, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Emergency notifications may be issued for fires, hazmat incidents and explosion emergencies, natural gas leaks, unplanned utility outages, bomb threats, weather emergencies or other situations requiring building evacuations; criminal or violent acts that may require building lockdowns or shelter-in-place instructions; and other situations requiring communications to the community, such as disease outbreaks.

Emergency Evacuation Newport (CLICK TO VIEW) 

Emergency Evacuation Bristol (CLICK TO VIEW)

Inclement Weather Policy

The intent of this policy is to ensure the safety of IYRS School of Technology & Trades’ (“IYRS”) students and ensure efficient operation of IYRS during severe/hazardous weather. In no cases should students travel to campus if the local weather conditions are unsafe.  Given the distances and local weather conditions, IYRS will accept personal judgment concerning the safety of travel.

In the event of inclement weather, IYRS generally follows the lead of the public school systems. Tune in to your local morning news or www.RIBroadcasters.com and listen for announcements for Newport and Bristol Public Schools regarding school delays or cancellations.  If the Newport Public Schools are closed or delayed due to weather the IYRS Newport campus may be closed or delayed accordingly. If the Bristol Public Schools are closed or delayed due to weather the IYRS Bristol campus may be closed or delayed accordingly.  All missed hours will be rescheduled.  

Annual Security Report Availability

IYRS’ annual security report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school.  The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years’ worth of statistics is included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the school.   As IYRS does not have any non-campus buildings or in-campus student housing therefore there are no statistics on these areas.  You may also request a copy from the student services office.

Click Here to View the 2017 Annual Security Report

Statistics related to our annual security report can be found here:
> Click Here to View the Statistics

Clery Geography

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Gainful Employment Disclosure Reports

The U.S. Education Department’s gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information to students and prospective students. Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”  Public institutions are required to report this information for all undergraduate and graduate programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards. Reporting is not required for undergraduate certificates and diplomas less than 16 credits and graduate certificates and specialist awards that are less than 8 credits. Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.

Gainful employment regulations require disclosure of the following information for each “gainful employment” program:

  • Information on occupations that the program prepares students to enter;
  • Program costs including tuition and fees and book and supplies;
  • Median federal and private loan debt of recent graduates;
  • On-time completion rate of recent graduates; and
  • Job placement rate of recent graduates.

Information for each of the “gainful employment” programs offered at IYRS School of Technology and Trades is linked below:

Boatbuilding & Restoration
Marine Systems
Composites Technology

Voter Registration

IYRS provides voter registration information to students. Any person who is a United States citizen and will be 18 years old as of the next election is eligible to register to vote. Voter registration forms can be downloaded at www.eac.gov/nvra.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day is held on September 17th of each year. Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the Constitution. For more information please contact the Student and Academic Services Associate, [email protected] or 401-848-5777.