For a student to be successful in achieving their academic goals, regular and punctual attendance is required. All programs function under a clock hour’s program. For students to fulfill the minimum requirements of TDLR for hours and services.
ETC College recognizes jury duty or required court appearances, documented illnesses, established and recognized religious holidays, or death of an immediate family member. Must have written documentation to prove you was not missing class intentionally.
*For VA eligible students, the attendance policy may not miss more than of the 20% of the total program and/or being absent five (5) consecutive days) will apply throughout the students stay in the school. All violations of the attendance policy will be reported to DVA on VA Form 22-1999b within 30 days of date of occurrence. Hours are reported weekly to the VA commission.
Attendance is calculated using a biometric time clock attendance system. If a student is going to be late or cannot attend school, they must contact the school and advise the instructors or office immediately. Students must call in by 7:45am. Request for time off needs to be seven days in advance. Full-time students are required to be in attendance a minimum 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Holidays will be set according to the calendar each year. Lunches and breaks are scheduled for all students. Full-time students will take a 30-minute lunch break between 11:30am and 1:00pm, if possible, according to their booking, and must clock out and back in every day. Students may not leave the school premises during regular hours without the permission of their instructor. If a student is on official business for the school that requires them to leave the property, they must clock out and sign in with their instructor for field trip hours as the state board requires. If the student does not clock out, it could result in permanent loss of the opportunity to be licensed in the state of Texas.
Leave of Absence Policy
An authorized leave of absence (LOA) is a temporary interruption in a student’s program of study. LOA refers to the specific time during a program when a student is not in attendance and approved for unforeseen, unavoidable, and severe situations, or a long-planned event such as a wedding, vacation, family reunion or similar situation. An LOA is not required if a student is not in attendance only for an institutionally scheduled break. However, a scheduled break may occur during an LOA. An LOA must meet certain conditions to be counted as a temporary interruption in a student’s education instead of being counted as a withdrawal requiring an institution to perform a refund calculation. For an LOA to qualify as an approved LOA, the student must follow the institution’s policy in requesting the LOA:
- Requests for leaves of absence must be requested in advance (unless a sudden event or unforeseen circumstances, such as a car accident prevents an advance request) in writing and include the student’s signature and reason for the request. Leaves of absence will be granted or denied at the sole option of the Director, provided there is a reasonable expectation the student will return to class at the end of the Leave of Absence.
- An LOA may be granted to a student who did not provide the request prior to the LOA due to unforeseen circumstances if the institution documents the reason for its decision and collects the request from the student at a later date. In this example, the beginning date of the approved LOA would be determined by the institution to be the first date the student was unable to attend the institution because of the unforeseen circumstances.
- There must be a reasonable expectation that the student will return from the LOA.
- Approval of the student’s request for an LOA is in accordance with this policy.
- No additional institutional charges will be assessed the student as a result of the LOA.
- The LOA together with any additional leaves of absence must not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12-month period.
- A student granted an LOA that meets these criteria is not considered to have withdrawn, and no refund calculation is required at that time.
- The institution must extend the student’s contract period and maximum time frame by the same number of days taken in the LOA. Changes to the contract period on the enrollment agreement must be initialed by all parties or an addendum must be signed and dated by all parties.
- A student will be withdrawn if the student takes an unapproved LOA or does not return by the expiration of an approved LOA and the withdrawal date for the purpose of calculating a refund is student’s last day of attendance.
- The student will return to class in the same status and grade situation as before the Leave of Absence started.
Grounds for Suspension or Termination
Violations of school policy and procedures will lead to suspension and/or termination.
Student files are maintained in a restricted area with access limited to appropriate personnel only. Students have access rights to his/her files and must sign a Release of Information to access files from the director. This document will also be signed by parents/guardians of dependent minor students.
No telephone inquiries about students’ attendance and grades will be acknowledged without the student’s explicit permission, apart from parents/guardians of dependent minor students.
Personal information and documents are kept private for the safety of the student.
Any specific medical needs must be made aware to instructors and administrators.
Files are protected and maintained in instructors’ and administration offices.
Access to protected files is limited to school employees, for example, a registration document involving personal information unrelated to ETC College’s form of education.
No original documents may be released from student’s files without explicit permission from director/owner of ETC College.
Students may inspect their files with reasonable notice. A signed ‘release of information’ must be signed, and student may review files while authorized staff member is present.
Students must notify administrators of any change in documentation, such as marriage, divorce, or change of address.
Student Right of Access and Record Retention Policy
The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets a limit on the disclosure of personally identifiable information from school records and defines the rights of students to review and request changes to the records. FERPA generally gives post-secondary students the rights to:
- Review their education records.
- Seek to amend inaccurate information in their records.
- Provide consent for the disclosure of their records. Students (or parents/guardians if the student is a dependent minor) are guaranteed access to their school records with a staff member present within 45 days from the date of the request. Copies of all records can be released with notice and a service charge.
- All requests for release of information are maintained in the student’s file if the educational records themselves are kept. Student records are maintained for a minimum of 6 years for withdraw students.
General release of information except under the special conditions described in this policy, a student must provide written consent before the school may disclose personally identifiable information from the student’s educational records. The written consent must:
- State the purpose of the disclosure.
- Specify the records that may be disclosed.
- Identify the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure may be made.
- Be signed and dated.
FERPA disclosures to parents will transfer from a student’s parents to the student when the student attends a postsecondary institution. FERPA does permit a school to disclose a student’s education records to his or her parents if the student is a dependent minor under IRS rules. A school may disclose information from a student’s education records to parents in the case of health or safety emergency that involves the student. A school may let parents of students under age 21 know when the student has violated any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. A school official may share with parents, information that is based on that official’s personal knowledge or observation, but that is not based on information contained in an educational record.
Release of information to Regulatory Agencies Disclosures may be made to authorized representatives of the U.S. Department of Education for audit, evaluation, and enforcement purposes. ‘Authorized representatives’ include employees of the Department, such as employees of the Office of Federal Student Aid, the Office of Postsecondary Education, the Office for Civil Rights, and the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as firms under contract to the Department to perform certain administrative functions or studies, such as an accrediting agency (the school is currently a candidate for accreditation with NACCAS). The institutional records are maintained in accordance with state and federal law.
Disclosures in response to subpoenas or court orders, FERPA permits schools to disclose educational records without the student’s consent to comply with the lawfully issued subpoena or court order. In most cases, the school must make a reasonable effort to notify the student who is the subject of the subpoena or court order before complying, so the student may seek protective action.
Grievance Policy and Procedure
The school administrator will seek and maintain open communication between all parties associated within the facility. If any of the occupants are dissatisfied, they may take steps to resolve the problem.
A student, instructor, or any other interested party may file a written complaint against eh school; the written complaint must be clear and outline the allegations and or nature of the complaint. The school owners will meet with the complainant within 5 working days of the complaint.
If the complaint can still not be resolved internally, you may also forward any complaint to the regulatory agency:
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin Texas 78711
Sexual Harassment Policy
East Texas Cosmetology College is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment that provides for fair and equitable treatment, including freedom from sexual harassment. This policy covers anyone who engages in sexual harassment on school property or at school activities.
Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for favors, and other verbal and/or physical conduct of an unwelcome nature.
Submission to the conduct or communication is either explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s employment, work opportunity, education, or other benefit.
Submission to or rejection of the conduct or communications is used as a factor for employment decisions or other school-related decisions affecting an individual; and/or
Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or school environment.
Harassment can occur staff to student, student to staff, student to student, staff to staff, female to male, male to female, female to female, and male to male.
Sexual Harassment Procedure
Administration will take prompt, equitable, and remedial action on reports and complaints that come to the attention of school personnel, either formally or informally. Allegations of criminal misconduct will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Harassment may include but is not limited to: verbal harassment or abuse of a sexual nature, inappropriate or unwelcome touching, patting, or pinching of a sexual nature intentional nature, such as intentional brushing against a student’s or an employee’s body; use of hateful words or gender-degrading words or comments, verbal or written; spreading of rumors via social media of any kind, phone calls, gossiping to others, or any other engagement in harassment will result in appropriate discipline or other appropriate sanctions against offending students, staff, or contractors.
Anyone else engaging in harassment on school property or at school activities will have their access to school property and activities restricted or revoked, as appropriate. The school shall respect the confidentiality of the complainant and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed as much as possible, consistent with the school’s legal obligations and the necessity to investigate the allegations, as well as take disciplinary action when the conduct has occurred.
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Discrimination Policy
East Texas Cosmetology College is committed to maintaining a working and learning environment that provides for fair and equitable treatment, including freedom from bullying, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination of any kind. This policy includes anyone who engages in such behavior on school property, at school activities, or an electronic act using cell phones, computers, personal communication devices, or other electronic gaming device.
Harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination may take many forms including verbal aggression, physical aggression, relational aggression, graphic and written statements (which may include the use of cell phones, computers, or gaming systems), physically threatening behavior, or humiliation tactics. Harassment, intimidation, bullying, and intimidation create a hostile environment and will not be tolerated at ETC College.
Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or school performance and creates intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or school environment. Harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination can interfere and limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by ETC College.
Administration will take prompt, equitable, and remedial action on all reports and complaints that come to the attention of school personnel, either formally or informally.
Allegations of criminal misconduct will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Engaging in harassment, intimidation, bullying, or discrimination behavior(s) will result in appropriate discipline or other appropriate sanctions against offending students, staff, or contractors. Anyone engaging in these behaviors on school property or at school activities will have their access to school property and activities restricted or revoked, as appropriate.
Campus Security Survey
In accordance with the Crime Awareness School and Campus Security Act of 1990, East Texas Cosmetology College has not had any criminal history since their opining in September of 2016. As a new cosmetology school, we need to make you aware of our findings.
There are two FERPA provisions concerning the release of records relating to a crime of violence. One concerns the release to the victim of any outcome involving an alleged crime of violence. The other permits a school to disclose to anyone the final results of any disciplinary hearing against an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence where that student was found in violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to such crime or offence.
TDLR Law: Notice of Potential Ineligibility for License: Section 53.152
Texas law restricts issuance of occupational license based on a license applicant’s criminal history and authorizes TDLR, in some cases, to consider a person convicted, even though the person was only on probation or community supervision without a conviction. As an applicant in the educational program, we must notify you and make you aware of the acknowledgement of the state Criminal History Evaluation Form. For more details, please visit www.tdlr.texas.gov/crimhistory.htm
ETC College will celebrate Constitution Day on or near September 17 of each year. For more information, please visit: www.constitutionday.com
Emergency Evacuation Plan
Maps and information will be given for emergency exits. In case of fire emergency, leave everything; do not try to gather supplies or personal belongings. Exit calmly, quietly, and swiftly to the area-designated exit. Instructors are responsible for assisting any handicap person. Instructors have a roll call list to ensure all is out of the building. Fire exits will be posted above doors.
In the event of a tornado, all students will go into the hallway as a protective area and place their knees on the floor. Heads should face the interior walls, placing hands over heads. Avoid large open rooms and windows and listen to instructors without panicking. The weather channel may issue a Tornado Watch or Warning. A watch indicates conditions are favorable for a tornado, while a warning indicates a tornado has been sighted.
In certain critical situations, it may be determined that the safest place for a student, staff, or other occupants is inside the building. It will be secured by use of the Lockdown Plan and will commence until it is reasonably believed that immediate danger has been addressed and it is safe for the school community to resume normal activities.
Fire Emergency Escape Plan
In the event of a building fire, the instructors and staff will activate the alarm system and the building will be evacuated in accordance with established emergency evacuation plans. Fire drills are conducted regularly throughout the year. Students, faculty, and staff are required to move at least 50 feet from the building to allow emergency responders access to the building.
We use Angelina College as a guideline for closing our school during conditions of severe weather. Follow local television and radio media for that information. If a student cannot attend due to weather conditions, we adjust the end date with the right paperwork.
Communication Guidelines and Professional Conduct
Visitors are allowed in the reception area only, and are not allowed in the classrooms, break room, or clinic floor area. Cell phone usage is only permitted in the break room, classrooms, hallways, clinic floor area and lobby with permission from the instructor. Cell phones should be put away unless instructors give permission. Students may not visit with another student who is servicing a client. Students may not gather around the reception desk, the reception area, or the officers. Food and drinks are allowed only in the break room. Smoking is allowed in designated outside areas only. Stealing personal property belonging to the school or another student is unacceptable and is grounds for immediate termination.
ETC College does not require a student to have any immunizations or vaccinations to enroll in our school currently.
Operations are following the state guidelines for health and safety protocols in accordance with TEA, CDC, and TDLR. Cleaning and disinfecting are an important part of our curriculum. Washing hands and wearing a face covering. Everyone has a role in making sure our facility is safe as possible.