General Information & Policies

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Student Handbook

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Equal Opportunity Statement

CPI is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for employment and achievement without discrimination because of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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Safe School Environment

To assist in providing a safe school environment, a security camera system is installed and operational in school hallways and at all building access doors. The security camera system is functional 24 hours a day and is monitored during school hours.

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Severe Weather Alert

The Severe Weather Alert Alarm will be used to warn occupants of the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology facility of approaching tornados, hurricanes, or high winds.

When the audio buzzer sounds for one continuous minute, students and their instructors should immediately go the designated ’safe area’ for their particular class. Students are asked to walk to the safe areas in an orderly manner and remain alert for announcements updating them on the emergency situation. When the emergency threat has passed, an all-clear announcement will be made and four short blasts of the audio buzzer will be sounded.

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School Cancellations

On occasion, we may be required to cancel classes due to inclement weather. If the school is closed for the day due to weather conditions, the Adult & Continuing Education classes will also be canceled for the day. In the school closes early due to weather, the Adult & Continuing Educations classes are canceled.

If you are unsure if classes are in session, please call the Adult & Continuing Education Office at (814) 359-2793 or 1-877-YOUR-FUTURE (1-877-968-7388).

School closings are available on most lost television and radio stations, as well as 3WZ.com and 3WZ’s cable Channel 4.

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Fire Drill Instructions

  1. EVERYONE must leave the building.
  2. ABSOLUTE SILENCE is essential so that emergency directions may be heard if given by a teacher or the P.A. system.
  3. ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS MUST BE CLOSED and lights and machines turned off. Keep all doors closed. Students working near shop windows and outside doors should be instructed to inspect and close. The teacher should check the room or shop and close the fire door exit.
  4. MOVE RAPIDLY to designated exits when the signal sounds. In the event the regular exit is blocked, students will be directed to alternate routes through neighboring shop or laboratory. In case of only one exit, do not allow students to crash through obstructions; wait for fireperson to create an exit.
  5. KEEP ALL ROADS AND DRIVEWAYS CLEAR. Students must cross and be clear of all roadways.
  6. TEACHERS MUST take their class roll book or students checklist with them and take attendance after assembling outside. In case of a real emergency, this would be the only quick check on students in attendance for the day.
  7. FOUR short blasts of the audio buzzer will signal return to the building.

Any signal not heard by the teacher or the group in a room/shop should be reported to the office.

Teachers should check all fire extinguishers weekly.

Any student who is hearing impaired should notify the teacher immediately. When the fire alarm rings the teacher is responsible to see that hearing impaired students are assisted. Other students will be assigned to notify the hearing impaired student in case of a drill or emergency situation.

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Accident Report

In case of an accident, or injury, no matter how minor, the student must complete an accident report form with the instructor to record the nature of the injury, equipment in use, and conditions causing the injury. All injuries, no matter how small, must be reported to the teacher immediately. No personal first aid treatment will be performed by the student. An accident report for each occurrence must be completed and signed by the instructor and the student.

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Possession or Use of Tobacco

The School Tobacco Control Act 145 of 1996 prohibits students from possessing or using tobacco in a school building or on school property. Any student who commits an offense under this act shall be subject to prosecution by the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology.

Definition of Terms:

  1. Smoking shall include the possession of lighted cigarette, cigar, and pipe, or other lighted equipment, as well as the actual act of smoking.
  2. Tobacco use shall include smoking as defined above, as well as, the use of smokeless tobacco in any form.
  3. Possession shall include having any one or more of the items listed in numbers 1 and 2 above on one’s person, in any carrying apparatus (book bag, gym bag, etc.), or in one’s school locker.
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Weapons Policy

To provide a safe school environment and to comply with the provisions of Act 26 of 1995, CPI prohibits the possession of and dangerous weapons or replica of any dangerous weapons on school property, in school vehicles, in student vehicles on school property, and at school sponsored activities on or at school property.

Dangerous weapons refer to any weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, animate or inanimate, which under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious injury.

Dangerous weapons shall include but not limited to: firearms, knives, metal knuckles, straight razors, explosives, noxious, irritating or poisonous gases, poisons, drugs, or other items fashioned with the intent to use, sell, harm, threaten or harass students, administration, faculty, staff members, parents, and patrons.

As mandated in section 1317-2 of the Act of 1995, students who violate this policy could be expelled from school for a minimum of one year from the date the student was found guilty. Special needs students found guilty of violating this policy will be disciplined in accordance with the provision of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Basic Education Circular (BEC) 1-95. The Executive Director and Joint Operating Committee of CPI will review each alleged violation of this policy and will exercise discretion for expulsion on a case-by-case basis.

All acts of violence and possession of weapons as defined in this policy shall be reported to parents of the violator, the appropriate law enforcement agency, and the Office of Safe Schools, PA Department of Education. Such reporting requirement to the PA Department of Education will be made twice annually as mandated in Section 1303-A of Act 26 of 1995.

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Refund Policy for Short-Term Courses

  1. Request to withdraw before the first session - 100% of tuition is refunded.
  2. Request to withdraw after the first session but before the second session - 80% of tuition is refunded.
  3. NO REFUNDS are available for withdrawals after the second session.
  4. All requests to withdraw must be made in writing and received in the Adult & Continuing Education Office prior to the second session date in order to qualify for a refund of any kind.
  5. In the event of an emergency, each case will be handled on an individual basis.
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Refund Policy for Long-Term Courses

Student tuition refunds are based on payment period costs and are calculated based upon a percentage of total training hours received. One hundred percent (100%) of tuition will be refunded if a student withdraws prior to the first day of class. After classes begin, refunds will be prorated in 10% increments (all calculations are rounded up to the nearest 10 percent of completed hours). For example, if a student has attended (or was scheduled to attend) forty two percent (42%) of the program hours, the student is entitled to a 50% refund of tuition. After sixty percent (60%) of the program period is completed, no refund is given. Textbook payments are not subject to a prorated refund policy; textbook costs are due upon receipt of the book from CPI and are not refundable once distributed.

CPI considers a student officially terminated or withdrawn from a program when the school receives notice in writing. Verbal notification of withdrawal is not acceptable for refund purposes. Once CPI receives notice from the student regarding termination or withdrawal from a program, any refund due will be calculated according to the last date of attendance.

NOTE: Students who withdraw before program completion may owe tuition or book costs based on the difference between federal aid required to be returned and the school's refund policy.

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Post-Secondary Admissions Policy

The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) is essentially an "open door" institution serving the educational needs of all who apply for admission. This does not mean, however, that there are no entrance requirements. Certain programs of study make various prerequisites a necessity. Most CPI training programs are credentialed by a nationally accredited organization (such as NLNAC, NCCER, NHA, AAMA, etc.). For programs with specific program accreditation, incoming students will be required to meet enrollment requirements of both the accrediting/credentialing organization as well as CPI’s enrollment requirements.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants for admission to career training programs (diploma or certificate programs in excess of 400 clock hours) must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.

Career training programs have program-specific application forms. Students can obtain a program specific application by contacting CPI’s Adult Education Office. Students must provide a non-refundable application fee of seventy five dollars ($75.00) with their application.

A student’s tuition account must be satisfied and complete prior to the student’s completion of their training program. Failure to pay the tuition by the program’s end date may result in CPI holding the student’s diploma or credential until the tuition account is satisfied. If the student is being sponsored by an agency or funding source, CPI requires that the sponsoring agency or funding source provide Adult Education with verification of sponsorship/funding prior to enrollment in the program.

Advanced Placement

CPI does not participate in the Advanced Placement Program. This program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. There are no comparable courses with those offered at CPI.

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Refund Distribution Policy

All refunds will be made to lenders and Title IV within forty five (45) days and to students within sixty (60) days of withdrawal or termination. If a refund is due to a student under the institution's refund policy and the student has received any Title IV aid as part of the student's aid package, the refund will be distributed in the following manner:

  • Refunds will be first made to the lender of a Title IV Loan to reduce the loan principal.
  • Second, (if applicable) the refund will be applied to reduce any Title IV grant amounts received.
  • Third, (if applicable) the refund will be made to the sponsoring agency, student, or parent.

All information on program costs and refund policies is made available to all applicants and is distributed prior to enrollment.

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CPI Title IV Return of Funds Policy

The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term. For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there are no unearned funds. However, a school must still complete a Return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.

The calculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

Percentage of payment period or term completed = the number of hours completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total hours in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:

Aid to be returned = (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student's withdrawal. The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student's withdrawal.

Refunds are allocated in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans (other than PLUS loans)
  • Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants for which a Return of funds is required
  • Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a Return of funds is required
  • Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of funds is required (e.g. LEAP)

Questions about the Title IV return of fund amounts should be directed to CPI's Financial Aid Office, phone: (814) 359-2793 x 262.

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CPI Accreditations, Certifications, Credentials

Institutional Accreditation by:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education

Program Accreditations, Certifications, Credentials

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Additional PDF Information Packets

Campus Security Plan

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Grade Level Advancement and Academic Year Definition

Post-Secondary Excused Absence Policy

Financial Aid Verification Policy

CPI Student Lending Code of Conduct

Disclosures

Bullying policy

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Provisions

The following outline FERPA provisions as practiced at CPI:

Right To Access

With a few exceptions as provided by law, student may see their educational records upon request. Access will be granted upon written request to the program office. In some cases, students are also entitled to copies (at their expense) of all records to which they have rightful access. Students have the right, under established procedures, to challenge the factual accuracy of the records and to enter their viewpoints in the records.

Students may waive their right of access to recommendations and evaluations in the case of applications for employment and applications to other schools and universities which have been placed in your educational records.

Listing of Educational Records

At CPI, the permanent record and official file for each student is maintained by the specific program area and/or the Adult & Continuing Education Office. The file contains copies of documents relating to the student. It may also include information supplied to the school, copies of transcripts for academic work completed, and copies of letter related to academic or disciplinary action taken against the student.

Other offices may hold such information as is necessary to provide services or assistance to students, or information necessary for the administration of various programs. Incidental and/or official files may also be kept by academic instructors or other staff members.

Disclosure of Student Records

With several exceptions identified in the following paragraph, CPI cannot release information concerning students to prospective employers, government agencies, credit bureaus, or other third parties without the written consent of the eligible student. Students and alumni applying for jobs, credit, graduate school, etc., must provide CPI with signed and dated written consents to release their records, specifying the records that may be disclosed, the purpose of the disclosure, and the party or class of parties to whom disclosure may be made.

CPI has designated the following categories of information as "directory information" which, at CPI's discretion, may be released without consent of the student: student's name, degree program and major area of study, dates of attendance, and degrees and awards received.

Students may request that directory information not be released without their written consent. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the program Coordinator and must include their name, address, student identification number, date, and signature.

CPI accords to its students all rights under this law. No one outside the institution shall have access to students' educational records, nor will CPI disclose any information from these records without the written consent of students except, in accordance with the Act, (1) to personnel within the institution or appropriate officials of the school in which the student seeks to enroll, (2) to persons or organizations providing student financial aid, (3) to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, (4) to persons in compliance with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena (provided that CPI will first make a reasonable attempt to notify the student), (5) to organizations conducting studies to develop, validate, and administer predictive tests, to administer student aid programs, or to improve instruction, (6) to authorized representatives of federal or state government agencies for the purpose of audit and evaluation of government programs, and (7) to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons.

All of these exceptions are permitted under the Act. Information will be released only on the condition that the party to whom the information is released will not disclose it to subsequent parties without the written consent of the student. Furthermore, CPI will maintain records of any access provided without the express consent of the student, and these records will be made available to the student on request.

Further Notice

This notice is not intended to be fully explanatory of students' rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Copies of CPI’s Compliance Policy and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act are available from the Adult Education Office of CPI.

Right To File A Complaint

Inquiries and complaints may be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.


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CPI, 540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 - Telephone: 814-359-2793 1-877-968-7388    (Disclosures)