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Campus Safety and Security Report
In compliance with the student Right-To-Know and the Campus Security Act, Sunstate Academy has prepared this information on crime awareness and campus security for all students and employees, and applicant for enrollment or employment.
I. Campus policies regarding procedures for reporting criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus.
A. Student or employees witnessing or involved in any kind of criminal action
Or emergency on campus shall report this action to their Instructor or Program Manager. If the Instructor or the Program Manager is unavailable,
Then report to the Campus Director.
B. All such reports shall be given to the Campus Director who will take actions as necessary. This includes, but is not limited to:
(1) Calling emergency services as required
(2) Reports to the local authorities or jurisdiction
(3) Referral of student or employee to agencies to receive necessary assistance.
(4) Collecting and maintaining a file of all such reports.
II. Policies concerning security and access to campus facilities.
A. The campus area is accessible only during normal business hours. Responsible management personnel will be available on campus during all normal business hours to ensure timely reaction to any and all incidents reported.
B. Sunstate Academy does not own or control any housing, but all students and employees are advised to check with apartment managers and or local law enforcement agencies as to residence security.
Maintenance of campus facilities is considered to be of the highest
All campus facilities will be maintained in a manner to ensure a safe and secure workplace.
III. Policies concerning campus law enforcement.
A. Sunstate Academy campus law enforcement is enforced by local law enforcement agencies.
B. Students or employees who witness or are involved in any kind of criminal action or emergency and do not report the crime or emergency promptly may be subject to termination from enrollment or employment.
IV. An orientation is held with new students and employees to inform them about campus security procedures and practices, and to encourage them to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Instructors and the Administrative Staff will continue to remind students and employees of their need to remain security conscious throughout their enrollment or employment.
V. Sunstate Academy has a policy to inform students and employees about crime prevention and is a one on one Instructor to Student, Supervisor to employee communication and the need to be security conscious.
VI. Statistics concerning the occurrence on campus from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2010 of the following criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies:
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter – 0
Negligent manslaughter – 0
Sexual Offenses, forcible, non forcible – 0
Robbery – 0
Aggravated Assault – 0
Motor Vehicle Theft – 0
Burglary/Breaking and Entering – 0
Arson – 0
VII. Sunstate has no recognized off-campus student organizations.
VII. Statistics concerning the number of arrests for the following crimes
occurring on campus:
A. Liquor Law Violations—–0
B. Drug Abuse Violations—–0
C. Weapons Possessions——-0
VIII. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Programs available to students and Employees, as required by the Higher Education Act:
Available Rehabilitation and Treatment
Drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation referrals are available through the Director of Student Services, (727) 538-3827
In addition, help is also available through the following:
• Alcoholics Anonymous- (727) 530-01415
• Narcotics Anonymous- (727) 574-0444
• Telephone Counseling and Referral Service- (813) 503-5658
Off site counseling, mental health and other services for victims of sex offenders are available locally through Marriage and Family Counseling of Pinellas, 727-726-9408 and Safe Center Rape Crisis Counseling 727-530-7233.
IX. Any student or employee who is involved in the following will be subject to Disciplinary actions, up to and including suspension or termination from the institution:
A. Engages in vandalism or theft of school or student property
B. Acts in an obscene, vulgar or abusive manner
C. Attends school under the influence of or participates in the use or sale of a controlled, illegal or intoxicating substance.
XI. Should a sex offense occur, procedure will be followed, including who to
Contact, the importance of preserving evidence, options for the notification of
Local law enforcement officials, available counseling and any other services for
victims, procedures for disciplinary actions and possible sanctions. The sexual assault prevention program will be available.
XII. Should any crimes occur that are considered to represent a threat to Students
And/or employees, they will be reported to local law enforcement in a timely manner so as to protect the Safety of staff and students.
XIII. Emergency Response/Evacuation Procedures- In the event of an emergency, students, faculty and staff will be notified via text message. Sunstate Academy will perform an annual text of the emergency/evacuation text messaging system. All students are responsible for updating their telephone numbers with the Administrative Coordinators.
XIV. Registered Sexual Offenders- Individuals can find those individuals who are registered sex offenders from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website. http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/searchNeighborhood.do?actionPerformed=neighborhoodSearchMain
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is a taxonomic coding scheme for postsecondary instructional programs/fields of study that facilitates the organization, collection, and reporting of program data. The CIP was developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications and is used in a variety of education information surveys and databases.
Copyright Material and Infringement
Network Usage- The network is to be used in accordance with the mission of Sunstate Academy as a tool to enhance education and is not available for unrestricted use for other purposes. The following policies address the proper use of Sunstate Academy’s network. These policies are subject to change.
DISCLAIMER From time to time this Technology Systems Usage Policy and related policies may be revised. The latest official copy of this policy is available from the Information Technology Services.
As most students know by now, record and motion picture companies are suing college students across the country for downloading and sharing music and movie files without the copyright holder’s permission.
So what does this mean, exactly?
It means that when you download music and movie files from the internet, unless you know for sure that the file isn’t copyrighted, or receive permission from the copyright holder, you are taking a big chance, and can safely assume you are committing copyright infringement.
Downloading or distributing copyrighted material without the express permission of the copyright owner is copyright infringement, and is against the law. Unless you receive actual express permission from the copyright owner, assume you do not have permission to download or share the file.
If you illegally download or share copyrighted material such as music or movie files, you could face legal action from the owner of the copyright for the work, which could mean many thousands of dollars in fines, as well as college disciplinary action.
Does it matter that you didn’t know you were “sharing” the file?
No, it doesn’t. Copyright infringement under federal law does not require intent, or even knowledge, on the part of the alleged infringer. Also, keep in mind that simply downloading a music or movie file without permission, whether it’s shared, or not, is illegal. And again, if you share such a file without permission, whether you knew or intended to share it, or not, you can be held liable for copyright infringement under federal copyright law.
Because programs such as Limewire, BitTorrent and Grokster are designed to allow for the sharing of files pretty much automatically-that’s why they’re called “peer-to-peer” programs-whenever you download a file using their software, it’s probably going to be stored so that it can be accessed by anyone else having that software.
Many of the files found on such sites are made available for downloading and sharing without the copyright holder’s permission. To protect themselves from liability, Limewire and other such peer-to-peer programs include a disclaimer stating that they do not condone copyright infringement, and disclaiming any liability for downloading and sharing of files in violation of copyright law. In other words, they are making such files available to their users, but disclaim any copyright infringement liability which might result from files being downloaded and shared without the copyright holder’s permission.
Again, by downloading and sharing a file you should assume you are committing copyright infringement, unless you have clear and express permission from the copyright holder.
How do people get caught, and why are colleges being targeted?
The Recording Industry of America (RIAA), a trade group made up of record labels such as Sony and RCA, is leading the charge in targeting university and college students in an attempt to curb what it deems to be illegal file sharing.
The RIAA and other copyright holders use automated methods to identify infringements, and even small amounts of sharing can be detected and tracked to students’ IP addresses.
The IP (Internet Protocol) address is assigned to each user by the ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Sunstate Academy and other colleges and universities across the country are easy targets for the detection of illegal file sharing. Why? First, university and college ISP’s tend to provide internet access at very high speeds, which facilitates quick and easy downloading and sharing of files. Second, college students are the demographic most likely to take advantage of free downloading and sharing of files.
The bottom line is that if you download music and movie files, you’re probably breaking the law and setting yourself up for, at best, a costly settlement and, at worst, a very costly civil lawsuit.
How costly will it be if you’re caught committing copyright infringement?
Currently, the RIAA is seeking $750.00 per illegally downloaded file in cases that don’t settle before a complaint is filed in federal court. Thus, if you download only ten songs, you may be responsible for $7,500.00.
Then there is the settlement process, which isn’t cheap either.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Statement on the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol
The Sunstate Academy standard of conduct is that no student or employee will report to Sunstate Academy under the influence of or unlawfully possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs and alcohol on campus property or as part of any Sunstate activities.
State law prohibits the possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21, punishable for the first offense by a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days and/or a $500 fine, and for a subsequent offense by a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year and a fine of $1,000. It is similarly prohibited and punishable to distribute alcohol to minors.
State law makes it a crime for any person to possess or distribute illicit drugs (controlled substances as described in Section 893.03, Florida Statutes) under Section 893.13, Florida Statutes. Law provides certain limited exceptions. The crimes range from second-degree misdemeanors (up to 60 days imprisonment and up to a $500 fine) to first-degree felonies (up to 30 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 fine).
Trafficking (distributing specified large quantities of various controlled substances under Section 893.03, Florida Statutes) under Section 893.135, Florida Statutes is punishable, depending on the particular illicit drug, quantity involved and location, by a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 to 30 years and a fine of $25,000 to $500,000.
Federal trafficking penalties for first offenses, depending upon the illicit drug involved, range from not more than 1 year imprisonment and a fine of not more than $100,000 for an individual to 40 years to life imprisonment and a fine of not more than $200,000 for an individual to not less than life imprisonment and a fine of not more than 8 million dollars for an individual.
Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including murder, rape, armed robbery, vandalism, spouse and child abuse, and drunk driving. Moderate to high doses of alcohol can cause marked impairment in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Heavy use may cause chronic depression and suicide, and is also greatly associated with the abuse of other drugs. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects described. The use of even small amounts of alcohol by pregnant women can damage their fetus.
Long term heavy alcohol use can cause digestive disorders, cirrhosis of the liver, circulatory system disorders and impairment of the central nervous system, all of which may lead to an early death.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence, particularly in persons with one or more parents or grandparents who were problem drinkers. At least 15-20% of heavy users will eventually become problem drinkers or alcoholics if they continue drinking. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions, which can be life threatening.
All illicit drugs are health threatening. Examples include: cannabis – impairment of short-term memory and comprehension and ability to perform tasks requiring concentration, lung damage, paranoia and possible psychosis; narcotics, depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens – nervous system disorders with possible death the result of an overdose. Illicit inhalants can cause liver damage. Dependence and addiction are a constant threat to users. AIDS is widely spread among intravenous drug users.
Available Rehabilitation and Treatment
Drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation referrals are available through the Director of Student Services, (727) 538-3827
In addition, help is also available through the following:
Telephone Counseling and Referral Service
The unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of any drugs and/or alcohol is strictly prohibited by Sunstate Academy. Any drug statute conviction from a violation occurring at Sunstate Academy or during any school related activities will result in immediate termination from the academy. Sunstate Academy will enforce a drug free school and workplace and will have the right to act in any or all, but not limited to, the following manners: conference with student or employee verbally, notify student/employee or treatment centers, suspension/termination, referral for prosecution to local/state law enforcement.
It will be determined how any such case will be handled on a case-by-case basis. A disciplinary committee, led by the Campus Director, will determine at which point each action will be enforced.
By signing this statement, I acknowledge that I understand the policy of Sunstate Academy and the consequences of violating that policy. Furthermore, I acknowledge receipt of drug and alcohol prevention material as well as information regarding local/state/federal sanctions, health risks associated with alcohol and drug use, and counseling and treatment programs. I understand Sunstate may impose aforementioned sanctions according to school policy.
Emergency Response/Evacuation Procedures
In the event of an emergency, students, faculty and staff will be notified via text message. Sunstate Academy will perform an annual text of the emergency/evacuation text messaging system. All students are responsible for updating their telephone numbers with the Administrative Coordinators.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In compliance with Public Law 93-380, “The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act” (FERPA), the Academy has adopted policies and procedures which give students the opportunity to view their educational records upon request. Educational records mean those files, documents, and other material that contains information directly related to a student. Educational records do not include working papers concerning students, such as informal notes and other temporary notes of a similar nature that are in the sole possession of the faculty or staff and are not accessible or revealed to any other person. The College will not permit access to, or the release of, confidential information to any individual or agency without the express written consent of the student except as follows:
necessary to determine eligibility for aid, determine amount of aid, determine
conditions for the aid, enforce the terms and the conditions of the aid
All disclosures of information will be recorded in the file and will include parties receiving information and the legitimate interests of the parties for inspection of the records.
Personally identifiable information which is designated as directory information includes a student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, degrees and awards received and the most recent previous educational agency of institution attended.
Such Directory Information may be disclosed by the Academy for any purpose, at its discretion. Currently enrolled students may withhold the disclosure of any category of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Campus Director’s office prior to the end of the second week in which the student begins classes.
Sunstate Academy assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of Directory Information indicates individual approval for disclosure. For additional information regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, please contact the
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue
Washington, D.C 20202-5901
Students may request to inspect and review his or her education records in writing to the Campus Director. They may also request, in writing to the Campus Director, if they are seeking amendments of their student records.
Graduation Rates (On-time Graduation Rates)
On-time Graduation Rate
The on-time graduation rate is calculated by the following methodology:
In calculating on-time graduation rate, students who completed their program on-time completed their program in 12 months for the day schedule and 15 months for the night schedule, for the period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.
Day Schedule: 97%
28 graduated on-time out of 29 total graduates
On-time graduation= 5 months.
Night Schedule: 89%
17 graduated on-time out of 19 total graduates.
On-time graduation= 6 months.
High School Diploma-Determining the Validity
For admittance in accordance with our accrediting commission, ACCSC, Sunstate Academy requires all students to provide evidence that the applicant possesses one of the following: a High School Diploma, a GED equivalent, a home-study certificate or transcript from a home-study program that is equivalent to high school level and is recognized by the student’s home state or demonstrates the ability to benefit with passing scores on the Wonderlic Basic Skills examination. An applicant to any program who has not yet obtained a GED or who cannot provide proof of graduation may obtain GED testing information from the Admissions Department.
In the event that the validity of a high school diploma is questioned, these guidelines should be followed to help determine whether Sunstate Academy may accept the diploma or if the student must take the Wonderlic test to satisfy this requirement or the student may successfully complete 225 clock hours of instruction in his/her program at his or her own expense.
‘Diploma Mill’ is a term that refers to any entity that offers, for a fee, degrees, diplomas, or certificates, that may be used to represent to the general public that the individual possessing such a degree, diploma, or certificate has completed a program of education or training; and requires such individual to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain such degree, diploma , or certificate; and lacks accreditation by an accrediting agency or association that is recognized as an accrediting agency.
Sunstate Academy keeps a record of any institutions known to be diploma mills and partners with Hart Investigations to ensure its practices result in fair and impartial assessments. If a high school’s validity is in question either by the Secretary of Education or the institution, Sunstate Academy will consider the following factors:
The determination of the validity of a high school diploma is a collective effort based on a variety of factors. The Campus Director and the Director of Compliance & Oversight will make the final decision after taking into account the results of the research, including the use of outside agencies
The Institutional Refund Policy:
a) Applicants requesting a refund after three business days or before class-starting date shall receive a refund of all monies paid.
b) Each student has a two week add/drop period. During this time if student has started school but completed less than 2 weeks the school refunds 100% of tuition and student service fee. The student is still responsible for paying for the student kit.
c) If student’s scheduled hours LDA is greater than 2 weeks and less than 10% of the term length the school refunds 80% of tuition. The student is still responsible for paying for the student kit and student service fee.
d) If student’s scheduled hours LDA is 11%-20% of the term the school refunds 70% of tuition. The student is still responsible for paying for the student kit and student service fee.
e) If student’s scheduled hours LDA is 21%-30% of the term the school refunds 60% of tuition. The student is still responsible for paying for the student kit and student service fee.
f) If student’s scheduled hours LDA is 31%-49% of the term the school refunds 50% of tuition. The student is still responsible for paying for the student kit and student service fee.
g) If the student’s scheduled hours LDA is 50% or greater there is no refund.
Special Cases: In case of prolonged illness or accident, death in the family, or other circumstances, which make it impractical to complete the program, the school shall make a settlement, which is reasonable and fair to both parties.
All refunds, either to financial assistance programs (if applicable) or to the student, will be made within 30 days of the date the student officially withdraws or is terminated or within 30 days of the date the institution has determined that the student withdrew.
Job Placement Rate
Job Placement Rate: 86%
30 total graduates placed out of 35 graduates.
Job Placement Rate: 87%
13 total graduates placed out of 15 graduates.
The job placement rate is calculated using the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges’ requirements for reporting placements annually.
The above rate was calculated by the following methodology:
The number of graduates that started their program between September 2009 and August 2010 that are/were working in an industry related position divided by the total number of graduates in this time frame.
The number of graduates that started their program between July 2009 and June 2010 that are/were working in an industry related position divided by the total number of graduates in this time frame.
Median Loan Debt
All Cosmetology graduates between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 were used when calculating the median loan debt categories listed below. .
Title IV Loan Debt: $4,142.50
Private Educational Loan Debt: $0
Institutional Financing Plans Debt: $0
Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy
For each Title IV aid recipient who terminates/withdraws, the school must calculate the amount of Title IV assistance the student has earned which is determined on a prorata basis. The amount of aid that was disbursed or could have been disbursed for the payment period (or the period of enrollment) is multiplied by the percentage of scheduled clock hours up to the last date of attendance (date of withdrawal) divided by the clock hours in the payment period or period of enrollment. Once the student has completed 60 percent of the payment period or period of enrollment, the student has earned 100 percent of the assistance. If the amount earned is greater than the amount disbursed or could have been disbursed, the student may be eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement. If a student is eligible for a post-withdraw disbursement, the school will confirm with the student or parent in the case of a PLUS loan, that they want a portion or all of the post-withdraw disbursement of the loan. If the amount earned is less than the amount disbursed or could have been disbursed, then the school and perhaps the student will be required to return Title IV funds back to the federal account(s). If the student is required to return loan funds (or the parent, in the case of a PLUS Loan), the student/parent must repay any unearned funds that the school did not return in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Master Promissory Note. If the student is required to return grant funds, he/she must return any grant funds that are in excess of 50 percent of the amount of grant(s) received. Federal regulations require the return of Title IV funds in the following order, as applicable:
If any funds remain after repaying all loan amounts, those remaining funds must be credited in the following order:
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible for Title IV funds and to be enrolled at Sunstate Academy. In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress a student must maintain a specified grade average and proceed through the program of study at a specified minimum pace. Satisfactory academic progress (qualitative and quantitative) will be checked at the end of each payment period for all students, including those who do not participate in financial aid programs, and is determined by the following criteria:
An cumulative grade average of 75% must be maintained. If a student misses an exam, the student will receive a zero and has to retest until a passing grade is achieved. If a student receives a failing grade on a theory exam, the student is required to retest until a passing grade is achieved. The passing grade takes the place of the failing grade. Students must receive a passing grade prior to the satisfactory academic progress checkpoint to assure they are maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
A cumulative attendance average of 67 % of scheduled hours must be maintained.
INCOMPLETE /WITHDRAW GRADES AND REMEDIAL COURSES
Sunstate Academy does not assign incomplete or withdrawal grades nor does it offer or recognize remedial course work.
TRANSFER CLOCK HOURS
A student, who has been awarded transfer clock hours from another institution or from a previous enrollment at Sunstate Academy, will receive the transfer hours as both scheduled and actual clock hours.
MAXIMUM TIME FRAME
Students must complete their program within a specified period. Upon enrollment, each student will be informed of his or her maximum time frame to complete the program. The maximum time frame shall not exceed 1.5 times the number of clock hours required to complete the program. In the event a student must change his/her contracted schedule, the student’s maximum time frame will be adjusted accordingly. Students approved for Veterans training must complete the program within the VA approved time frame.
FINANCIAL AID WARNING
Students not meeting either the qualitative or quantitative standards described above when satisfactory academic progress is measured at the end of each payment period, will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. During the Financial Aid Warning status, the student is eligible for Title IV funding for the next payment period. Failure to achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average and/or the cumulative attendance average at the end of the Financial Aid Warning period will lose financial aid eligibility and will be terminated from Sunstate Academy. The student may follow the procedure outlined below if they wish to appeal to loss of eligibility and termination from the institution.
A student who is not meeting Satisfactory Academy Progress will be notified of his/her status in writing. The notification will be given to the student in person, when possible, and mailed to his/her home address when it is not possible to be delivered in person.
A student who loses financial aid eligibility and is terminated from Sunstate Academy due to lack of satisfactory academic progress following the period of Financial Aid Warning, may appeal the decision. The basis on which to appeal must be due to mitigating circumstances that the student feels deserve further consideration, i.e., death of a relative, injury or illness or other special circumstances.
The student who wishes to appeal must submit a letter, along with documentation to the Campus Director describing the mitigating circumstances and what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation. The student has five (7) business days to submit the appeal documentation to the Campus Director to be reviewed for consideration.
An appeal decision will be made by the institution wit in ten (10) business days of the submission of the appeal. The student will be notified in writing of the decision of the appeal. A student who is allowed to return must achieve and maintain satisfactory progress as described above. The circumstances concerning a student’s appeal are considered on an individual basis.
REESTABLISHING SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
To reestablish satisfactory academic progress, the student must bring his/her cumulative grade point average and/or attendance percentage levels up to the satisfactory academic standards by the end of the payment period or the student will lose financial aid eligibility and will be terminated from Sunstate Academy.
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
The Massage Therapy program at Sunstate Academy prepares graduates for entry level careers as Massage Therapists.
U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Massage Therapists-31-90011.00
Transfer of Hours
Our programs are designed with a single terminal objective–preparation for entry-level employment in the field of training. A student who desires to further his education after completing training at Sunstate Academy is advised that acceptance of transfer hours is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Prospective students are advised to obtain information from all institutions they expect to attend in order to understand each institution’s transfer acceptance policies. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not hours will be accepted by another school of the student’s choice. An institution’s accreditation does not guarantee credits earned at that institution will be accepted for transfer.
Tuition, Fees and Books
Student Service Fee: $400.00