Reasonable Accommodations Policy—Individuals with Disabilities
The Caribbean Infinity Institute does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of physical or mental disability and is fully committed to providing reasonable accommodations, including appropriate auxiliary aids and services, to qualified individuals with a disability, unless providing such accommodations would result in an undue burden or fundamentally alter the nature of the relevant program, benefit, or service provided by the Institute. To request an auxiliary aid or service please contact the Director of Education.
Individuals requesting an auxiliary aid or service will need to complete an Application for Auxiliary Aid. To enable the Institute to timely provide an auxiliary aid or service. The Institute requests that individuals complete and submit the Application for Auxiliary Aid six weeks before the first day of classes or as soon as practicable. Disagreements regarding an appropriate auxiliary aid and alleged violations of this policy may be raised pursuant to the Institute’s grievance procedures.
As a matter of policy, the Institute prohibits controlled substances and the possession or use of alcohol by students and employees during online classes or at the location of any internship program which it sponsors. Any violation of these policies will result in appropriate disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion in the case of students and termination in the case of employees, even for a first offense. Violations of the law will also be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. Students or employees may also be referred to abuse help centers. If such a referral is made, continued enrollment or employment will be subject to successful completion of any prescribed counseling or treatment program. Information on the school’s drug-free awareness program and drug and alcohol abuse prevention program may be obtained from the Principal.
Student Records Access and Release
The Institute has established a policy for the release of and access to records containing information about a student.
- Each student enrolled at The Institute shall have the right to inspect and review the contents of his/her education records, including grades, records of attendance and other information. Students are not entitled to inspect and review financial records of their parents where applicable. Parental access to a student’s records will be allowed without prior consent if the student is a dependent and is being financially sponsored by his/her parent.
- A student’s education records are defined as files, materials, or documents, including those in electronic format, that contain information directly related to the student and are maintained by the institution, except as provided by law. Access to a student’s education records is afforded to school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records, such as for purposes of recording grades, attendance, and advising.
- Students may request a review of their education records by submitting a written request to the Principal. The review will be allowed under appropriate supervision with a scheduled online meeting. Students may also obtain copies of their education records for a nominal charge of $10 BDS.
- Students may request that the institution amend any of their education records, if they believe the record contains information that is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of their privacy rights. The request for change must be made in writing and delivered to the Principal or Director of Education, with the reason for the requested change fully stated. Grades and course evaluations can be challenged only on the grounds that they are improperly computed or recorded. The instructor or staff member involved will review the request, if necessary meet with the student, and then determine whether to retain, change, or delete the disputed data giving the student an opportunity to present evidence relevant to the disputed issues. The student will be notified of the Principal’s decision, which will be the final decision of the school. Copies of student challenges and any written explanations regarding the contents of the student’s record will be retained as part of the student’s permanent record.
- Directory information is information on a student that the school may release to third parties without the consent of the student. The Institute has defined directory I’information as the student’s name, address(s), telephone number(s), e-mail address, birth date and place, program undertaken, dates of attendance, and credential awarded. If a student does, not want some or all of his or her directory information to be released to third parties without the student’s consent, the student must present such a request in writing to the Principal within 10 days after the date of the student’s initial enrollment or by such later date as the institution may specify.
- The written consent of the student is required before personally identifiable information from education records of that student may be released to a third party, except for those disclosures referenced above, disclosures to accrediting commissions and government agencies, and other disclosures permitted by law.
- A student who believes that the Institute has violated his or her rights concerning the release of or access to his or her records may file a complaint with the Barbados Accreditation Council or the Fair Trading Commission.
Unlawful Harassment Policy
The Caribbean Infinity Institute is committed to the policy that all members of the school’s community, including its faculty, students, and staff, have the right to be free from sexual harassment by any other member of the school’s community. Should a student feel that he/she has been sexually harassed the student should immediately inform the Principal and/or the Director of Education.
Sexual harassment refers to, among other things, sexual conduct that is unwelcome, offensive, or undesirable to the recipient, including unwanted sexual advances.
All students and employees must be allowed to work and study in an environment free from unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures and advances. Unlawful sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
Students are expected to be familiar with the information presented in this school catalog, in any supplements addenda to the catalog, and with all school policies. By enrolling in the Institute, students agree to accept and abide by the terms stated in this catalog and all school policies.
If there is any conflict between any statement in this catalog and the Enrollment Agreement signed by a student, the provision in the Enrollment Agreement controls and is binding.
All students are expected to respect the rights of others and are held responsible for conforming to local laws, and for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the best interests of the School and of the student body online.
The Caribbean Infinity Institute reserves the right to dismiss a student for any of the following reasons: failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress, failure to pay school fees/or tuition by applicable deadlines, disruptive behavior, posing a danger to the health or welfare of students or other members of the Institute’s community, or failure to comply with the policies and procedures of the Institute. Any unpaid balance for tuition, fees and supplies becomes due and payable immediately upon a student’s dismissal from the School. The institution will also determine if any funds need to be returned.
Student Grievance Policy
The Institute has implemented the following procedures for handling student grievances or complaints:
- Grievances or complaints referencing an individual instructor or staff member should first be discussed with the individual involved. Grievances or complaints referencing a policy or class should first be discussed with the individual enforcing that policy or the class instructor.
- Should one-on-one discussion fail to result in a satisfactory resolution, a written grievance or complaint may be submitted to the Program Director/Director of Education.
- If the Director of Education fails to take action satisfactory to the student, the student may submit a written statement to the Principal, who will review the matter and render a decision.
Transfer of Credit to Other Schools
The Institute’s Education Department provides information on other schools, if any, that may accept credits for coursework completed at the Institute towards their programs. However, the Institute does not imply or guarantee that credits completed at the Institute will be accepted by or transferable to any other college, university, or institution, and it should not be assumed that any credits for any courses described in this catalog can be transferred to another institution. Each institution has its own policies governing the acceptance of credit from other institutions such as the Institute. Students seeking to transfer credits earned at The institute to another institution should contact the other institution to which they seek admission to inquire as to that institution’s policies on credit transfer.
Attendance and Absence Policy
Regular class attendance is essential to student success. Failure to maintain regular attendance can lead to a variety of negative consequences up to and including termination form the course or school. The school recognizes that unforeseen circumstances occasionally arise that may result in a student being absent from class. The Institute strongly discourages any student absences. The attendance and absence policies are as follows:
Attendance is determined by class and module. Attendance is measured by the half hour (30 minutes). Students attending late or leaving early will have their recorded attendance reduced by the number of minutes rounded up to the nearest half of an hour.
- Students who miss more than 10% of the hours in a course may be placed on attendance probation. Students on attendance probation are advised that employment potential is negatively impacted by a lack of a reliable attendance history. If conditions of the attendance probation are violated, a student may be terminated from the program.
- Students who exceed 20% absences in an individual course may be dropped from the course and will receive a grade of “W”. The course must be repeated in its entirety.
- Students should attend at least 80% of the on-online hours in order to graduate. Attendance rates for all students shall be calculated at the end of each course.
- Termination from the program may occur for any of the following attendance situations:
- Seven consecutive absences.
- Absences in excess of 20% of the “online class” hours
- Students may not be awarded a grade if they have been absent for more than 20% of scheduled hours for any course in which they are enrolled. However, the School allows students to complete makeup hours under certain circumstances. The decision whether to allow makeup hours must be made by an instructor, the Director of Education, or the Principal. Makeup days are scheduled for afternoons, Fridays and/or Saturdays, depending on the availability of instructors and resources. Makeup hours must be completed prior to the last week of a module in which a student has exceeded the allowable number of absences and a student may not complete more than four makeup hours on any day. Hours made up are not counted towards eligibility for perfect attendance awards.
The activities completed during the makeup days are structured with defined objectives and outcomes meant to allow students to gain and demonstrate the knowledge and skills that were taught, but not learned, as a result of a student’s absences. Students may not use makeup times to complete missed examinations or quizzes, but with an instructor’s approval, makeup time may be used to complete missed assignments. Assignments that are completed during these makeup timers are factored into a student’s final grade with no penalty.
The number of makeup hours may not exceed 10% of total scheduled hours for any course. Students who fail to satisfy the requisite number of hours to achieve an 80% attendance mark will receive a grade of “W” for the class, and the class will be counted as an attempt for maximum time frame and satisfactory academic progress purposes.