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Student Handbook

Download a Copy of the 2016-2017 IYRS Student Handbook and Catalog

General Information

Privacy of Student Records

IYRS complies with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For specific questions contact: admissions@iyrs.edu

Non-Discrimination Policy: Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy

IYRS is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment free of any form of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based upon a person’s protected status. The school prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, 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 admission to, access to, treatment of, or employment in its programs and activities. Such conduct violates not only school policy, but may also violate federal and state laws.

Sexual misconduct is unlawful under both state and federal law, and it is not tolerated at IYRS. Unwelcome sexual advances of any kind, including physical touching, visual displays, vulgar remarks and suggestive comments or jokes are all considered forms of sexual harassment.  IYRS prohibits sexual assault and relationship violence, which may include dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual exploitation.

Any form of harassment or sexual misconduct shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including, dismissal.

Click here to read our full Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Accreditation and Approval

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. Contact the Manager, Student Affairs for more information

Student Diversity

> Information about student diversity at IYRS.

Policies and Procedures for Students with Disabilities

Students seeking accommodations for a disability are required to submit documentation to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disability documentation must adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability and detail the type of accommodations needed. Documentation should be submitted to the office of the Manager, Student Affairs at IYRS. All accommodations must be requested with reasonable advance notice. IYRS reserves the right to request more information if needed.

IYRS will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate for students with documented disabilities. Eligibilities for accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of the documentation. IYRS however, cannot make modifications that will substantially change the curriculum. All IYRS students are required to meet the evaluation standards.

Students who are not satisfied with the accommodations made by IYRS may file a complaint with the school President.

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.)

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 Manager, Student Affairs.

Career Placement Services

> See Career Placement Web Pages

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
It is against the law to copy commercial software that has not been placed in public domain or distributed as freeware. Software piracy injures all of us. Software piracy is morally wrong – indeed, it is ethically indistinguishable from shoplifting or theft.

Student Financial Assistance and Information

Tuition and Fees
> Current Tuition & Fees

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.

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.

Net Price Calculation
> Click here to access the IYRS net price calculator

Financial Information
> Financial aid web pages

Entrance Counseling
> Learn more about entrance counseling

Refund Policy (Before School Begins)
Tuition will be refunded in full when a student requests the cancellation of the enrollment agreement within three (3) business days from the date of signing. If the student withdraws in the period following three days but before classes begin, the student will owe the registration fee and will be refunded any tuition paid. A student who has not visited the campus before enrolling may cancel the enrollment agreement up to three (3) days following orientation for a full refund of tuition and materials fees paid.

Refund Policy (After School Begins)

After the program commences, if the student withdraws or is terminated by IYRS, tuition will be refunded based on a pro-rated percentage of tuition charged. If a student’s enrollment is terminated after 60% 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 60% of program term delivery:

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

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

Refunds will be made within 30 days of the termination or withdrawal of a student. Tuition 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 or withdrawal will be considered effective on the last day of attendance.

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, ext. 205.

Health and Safety

> Annual Security and Safety Report

Alcohol and Drugs Policy
Alcohol and other drug use and guidelines apply to all members of the school community including their visitors and guests. Discordant behavior from drinking, drugs or other prohibited substances while on campus or off campus during the school day will not be tolerated. No person under 21 years of age is allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in the State of Rhode Island. The use of illicit drugs by persons of any age is a violation of State law. Private or individual use of alcoholic beverage by students is not permitted in buildings or on grounds owned and operated by IYRS. Use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs or paraphernalia by students is prohibited both on IYRS property and in off-campus settings. Abuse of this policy may result in suspension or dismissal from the school and students may be referred to the State of Rhode Island for prosecution.

IYRS prohibits the possession or use of alcohol, illicit drugs or the abuse of prescriptive drugs while on the IYRS campus or while operating any IYRS machinery or equipment.  The school also prohibits reporting or returning to school after breaks under the influence of alcohol or any illicit drug.  Any student who violates this policy is subject to the following disciplinary action(s):

Disciplinary actions

  1. First Instance of Alcohol/Drug Usage – The student will receive a written warning that will be placed in their academic file and will be sent home immediately.  The student will not be allowed to drive him/herself home. The student will be required to make up the time missed at the earliest possible time.
  2. Second Instance of Alcohol/Drug Usage – The student will be placed on Administrative Probation and suspended from school/not permitted to attend class.   The student will be referred to Coastline EAP, a third-party student assistance provider, for counseling and will be allowed to return to school only upon written clearance and approval from Coastline. The student will be required to make up the time missed at the earliest possible time.
  3. Third Instance of Alcohol/Drug Usage – The student will be expelled from IYRS at the sole discretion of the school’s administration.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs

The use of tools and machinery may be dangerous while under the influence of certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Please notify IYRS of any medications being taken which may impair your ability to operate machinery.

 

Timely Warning

 

A timely warning is issued if a Clery Act crime occurs on the IYRS campus, If any Clery crime is committed on IYRS property, is reported to a local law enforcement agency, and is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students or employees, IYRS administration will issue a timely warning.

For purposes of this policy, “timely” means as soon as reasonably practicable after an incident has been reported. In order to determine if timely warning is required, and to determine the content of the warning, IYRS administration may consult with all relevant outside authorities. In determining whether to issue a Timely Warning, IYRS administration will consider any factors reflecting on whether the alleged crime represents a serious or continuing threat to the IYRS community, including, but not limited to, (a) the nature of the incident; (b) when and where the incident occurred; (c) when it was reported; (d) the continuing danger to the IYRS community.

Clery Act crimes include: Criminal homicide, Manslaughter, Sex offense: rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape, Aggravated assault, Burglary, Robbery, Motor vehicle theft, Arson, Domestic violence, Dating violence, Stalking, Hate crimes (based on race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, gender identity).

If there is insufficient information available to determine whether the incident represents a continuing threat to the IYRS community, the administration will issue a Timely Warning unless, based on the information available, it appears unlikely that there is an ongoing threat to the community, and will note in the content of the Timely Warning that, based on the information available, the administration does not have full information to evaluate the nature of the ongoing threat. The reasons that IYRS does or does not issue a Timely Warning for any Clery Crime reported will be documented and maintained for at least seven years in the Office of Student Services. When issuing a timely warning with respect to a crime or hate crime, IYRS will withhold as confidential the name and other personally identifying information or personal information about the victim, to the extent possible while balancing the need to ensure the safety of the IYRS community.

 

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.  

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

Articulation Agreements
> View IYRS agreements

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.

If you would like a copy of our annual Security Report, please contact Liz Enos at eenos@iyrs.edu

Statistics related to our annual security report can be found here:
> Click Here to View the 2015 Report

Updated: 6/28/2016

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