Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which will permit personal and educational growth for themselves and others, and to follow the HGAC Student Code of Conduct issued to each student at orientation.
Attendance and Tardiness
Attendance is the first priority in order to achieve success in the school and work environment; therefore, students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. No system of class cuts is recognized as an approved absence. An emergency absence is one due to personal illnes, illness or death in the immediate family, or other emergency circumstances which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Missed assignments must be made up. Tardiness of ten minutes or more will be counted as a full clock hour of absence.
All absences and tardiness are recorded by the instructor in each program. If an instructor determines that satisfactory progress is being impeded because of absences and/or tardiness, a program review conference with the counselor, student and instructor will be held. Taking into account the students academic and attendance history, the conference will result in a warning, probation or termination.
To be eligible for a Specialized Associate Degree or diploma, students must attent at least 90 percent of their scheduled classes.
Leave of Absence (LOA)
A leave of absence is granted to students who wish to temporarily interrupt their training for personal reasons. A request must be made 48 hours in advance and in writting. The period of the LOA may not begin until the student has submitted the request in writing and the school has approved a written and signed request for an approved LOA. A leave of absense period may not exceed 180 days within any 12 month period.
Time away from CTI will be considered an absence. CTI may grant more than one LOA in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise provided that the combined leaves of absence do not exceed 180 days within the 12 month period. If the student does not return following the leave of absence, CTI will terminate the student and apply the schools refund policy in accordance with CTI's refund policy.
Classroom work missed during an emergency absence can be made up through arrangements with the instructor. Students who have their training interrupted and want to return must make arrangements through the Counseling and Admissions Offices.
Reasons for Termination of Training
- Unsatisfactory progress
- Excessive absences
- Failure to comply with the provisions of the HGAC Student Code of Conduct
- Failure to fulfill outstanding financial or other obligations to CTI@HGAC
If a student is terminated from HGAC for disciplinary reasons, the student is also terminated from CTI.
Rights and Notices
State licensing requirements regarding advance notice to students, as well as licensing board approvals for program changes, will be followed. Students will be notified in advance of any changes that affect their program.
CTI@HGAC is released and relieved of all student claims that may arise as a result of the school's failure to perform hereunder as a result of acts of nature, strikes or other circumstances beyond its control and cannot assume responsibility for student property on or off the premises.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 provides students with the right to inspect educational records maintained about them by CTI@HGAC, the right to a hearing to challenge the contents and to make explanation for challenged information. The law also provides that CTI@HGAC will maintain confidentiality of student records except with respect to special cases as noted in the legislation. CTI@HGAC, at its discretion, may provide information in accordance with the provisions of the act. Students who request educational information after graduation must do so in writing.
CTI@HGAC, in compliance with existing federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate against or exclude from participation in any benefits or activities of any staff member or student, on the grounds of race, sex, religion, age, color, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or disability.
Individuals with AIDS or a positive HIV antibody test shall not be denied admission or continued enrollment at CTI@HGAC. This policy and implementation thereof is based upon current guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and American College Health Association.
Public Information Regarding Students
As required by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, CTI@HGAC has designed the following student information as public or "directory information." This information may be disclosed by CTI@HGAC at its discretion to individuals, agencies, and institutions for purposes relating to activities approved by and associated with CTI@HGAC: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, programs of study, dates of attendance and award(s) received.
Students currently enrolled have the right to withhold disclosure of all categories of public information. Written notification must be received in the Education Office prior to the end of the second week of the term in which the withholding of directory information is to take effect. Students are cautioned that withholding information can have adverse consequences when CTI@HGAC is unable to verify attendance, degrees or diplomas to agencies, insurance companies, or prospective employers. Former students and alumni are not covered under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and therefore, CTI@HGAC is not obligated to honor requests for nondisclosure of public information from former students.
Illegal Drug Use
HGAC maintains a drug-free school and workplace. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the school and all its auxiliary sites. There are opportunities to learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The school maintains a list of approved drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs, and they are available to all students and employes. Students and employes must read and sign the drug-free policy.
OVR's Nondiscrimination Policy
OVR prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, HIV/AIDS status and age.
Any applicant or customer of OVR who believes he or she is being discriminated against may contact OVR at the following address:
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Hiram G. Andrews Center
727 Goucher Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
Toll Free 800-762-4211