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1.0 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

IPParalegal Institute ("The Institute") students assume responsibility for informing themselves of applicable policies, rules, requirements, and regulations set forth by The Institute. Registration as a student constitutes a commitment by the student to accept and abide by Institute policies, rules, requirements, and regulations, including (but not limited to) those concerning registration, academic performance, student conduct, online security, access to and the use of libraries and multimedia content, the payment of tuition, fees and assessments, and the protection of the Institute's intellectual property rights.

The Institute reserves the right to withhold registration privileges or to cancel the registration of any student who is not in compliance with its policies, rules, requirements, or regulations; or for reasons pertaining to academic performance, qualification to be a student, behavioral conduct, or violation of the Institute's intellectual property rights.

All students are responsible for upholding their required financial commitments, as well as maintaining the Institute's minimum progress requirements to continue enrollment if required.

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2.0 STUDENT CLASSIFICATIONS

For purposes of policy and procedure, there are three classifications of students at the IPParalegal Institute:

  • Professional Development students,
  • Specialized Studies students, and
  • Specialized Program students.

Professional Development students are enrolled in any course or class that confers a Certificate of Attendance for fully attending a course that has no minimum passing grade requirement.

Specialized Studies students are enrolled in any course that confers a Certificate of Specialized Study upon successfully completing a course that has a minimum passing grade requirement. Specialized Study students who fail to successfuly pass a program or course, but fully attended all classes, will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their efforts.

Specialized Program Students are enrolled in a series of focus courses called a Program Track that confers a Specialist Certificate upon successfully completing all Certificate of Specialized Study courses in that program track.

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3.0 Admissions

By applying for admission to the IPParalegal Institute, applicants certify that the registration information they provide is their own work and, to the best of their knowledge, is complete and accurate. The Institute reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under certain circumstances, including:

  • failure to satisfy a prerequisite or condition of admission,
  • if course requirements are not met,
  • if there has been a misrepresentation in, or a violation of, any of the terms of the application process; or
  • if the Institute learns that an applicant has engaged in behavior that indicates a serious lack of ethical judgment or integrity.

Similarly, the IPParalegal Institute confers certificates on the basis of successful completion of all defined requirements. In accordance with our own Code of Ethics, the Institute reserves the right to withhold any awards or certificates if any course or program requirements have not been so completed. This includes admission, attendance and successful completion requirements.

By admission to the Institute and enrolling in classes, each student accepts responsibility for paying all debts to the Institute, including tuition, fees and assessments, for which he or she is liable. An individual's registration as an IPParalegal Institute student constitutes his or her agreement to make timely payment of all amounts due. For all students, tuition payment in full is required at registration and is non-refundable.

    3.1 Admission: Professional Development Students

    Admission requirements for professional development students are relaxed as Professional Development Courses do not require achieving a minimum passing grade to successfully complete. Thus it is the student's responsibility to be accurate in their self assessment to determine whether or not a professional development course's technical severity is appropriate for their level of knowledge and experience.

    3.2 Admission: Specialized Studies Students

    Specialized Study courses list prerequisites that must be met for admission because they require achieving a minimum passing grade to successfully complete. The requirements for acceptance into a IPParalegal Institute Certificate of Specialized Study Course, are as follows: the student must meet their financial commitments, and the student must meet each course's knowledge prerequisites.

    3.3 Admission: Specialized Program Students

    Specialized Program students share admission prerequisite requirements with Specialized Studies students because their program track(s) are comprised of Specialized Studies courses that require achieving a minimum passing grade to successfully complete.

    3.4 Curriculum Vitaes

    A curriculum vitae is deemed as meeting acceptable Specialized Studies admission requirements when its contents are determined by the Institute to have met or exceeded the prerequisites of the course being enrolled in, and must include at least two reputable professional references. The student is ultimately responsible for their CV's accuracy. Consequently the Specialized Studies or Specialized Program student whose academic performance is markedly inferior to the knowledge and/or experience level indicated on their CV will be subject to Dismissal from the Course or Program.

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4.0 Course Progression

All online courses are engaged the same way. Once course admission has been approved and all financial commitments have been met, the student will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the course's first lesson, as well as a link to download a PDF copy of the lesson's content. After successfully completing each lesson links PDF of its content.

    4.1 Lesson Access & Duration

    Lessons are approximately 1.5 to 2 hours in length, and their downloads are timestamped and tracked electronically. From the time a lesson has been initially downloaded, the student has between the end of the 3rd day and the end of the 7th day to successfully complete it.

    After successfully completing each session links to the next session's class recording and content will be provided via email. This will continue for each lesson until all lessons have been successfully completed.

      4.1.1 Lesson Time Extensions

      If access to a lesson for longer than 7 days is needed (scheduling conflicts, hardship, technical issues, homework issues, etc.) then it is the student's responsibiulity to contact their instructor and negotiate an extension of time for the lesson.

    4.2 Homework Assignments

    Homework assignments at the conclusion of each lesson are voluntary and used by the student to check their work against what was taught in the lesson it concludes. They are essentially lesson review exercises where the student puts into practice what the lesson taught, using the same software and online tools the student would use on the job.

      4.2.1 Professional Development Homework

      Homework assignments for Professional Development students are intended to be utilized as comprehension reinforcement and hands-on practice exercises.

      4.2.2 Specialized Studies Homework

      For Specialized Studies students homework assignments not only serve as the same comprehension reinforcement and hands-on practice exercises intended for Professional Development students, but they are also study references for the course's final exam. Specialized Studies students are encouraged to not only complete each lesson's homework assignments, but to contact their instructor should they have any questions related to them.

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5.0 COURSE Completion

Successful completion applies to all courses and programs, and is defined as having successfully fulfilled its completion criteria.

    5.1 Successful Completion - Professional Development

    As Professional Development courses do not have academic requirements to successfully complete them, their successful completion requires having downloaded and accessed all lessons in the course. The honus is on the Professional Development student to maximize their studies by physically engaging all lessons, practicing each lesson's exercises, and completing each lesson's homework assignments.

    A Certificate of Attendance for the course completed will be conferred to Professional Development students who successfully complete their course.

    5.2 Successful Completion - Specialized Studies

    Successful completion of Specialized Studies courses however will require both full lesson attendance and passing a final exam. Final exams are comprised of course-wide reading comprehension questions, as well as lesson practice and homework assignment problem solving exercises. All final exams are proctored live by an instructor who is available during the test should problems arise. Course finals are also full open book tests allowing students to use the same tools (printed or online) for the exam that they used in the lessons.

    Achieving a minimum score of 75 out of 100 on the final exam is required to pass a Specialized Studies course.

      5.2.1 Final Exam Retests

      In the event of a final exam failure (i.e. a final test grade of less than 75 is scored) then the test may be retaken. The student must register separately for the final exam retest, and is responsible for any additional Final Exam cost assessments. No two exams are alike, so final exam retests will be different from any exam which preceded it.

    A Certificate of Specialized Study for the course completed will be conferred to Specialized Study students who successfully complete their course.

    5.3 Successful Completion - Specialized Program

    Successfully completing Specialized Program Studies requires successful completion of all courses in its Program Track. A Program Specialist Paralegal Certificate will be conferred to Specialized Program students who successfully complete their Specialized Program Track.

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6.0 Changes To Enrollment

The following section provides guidelines which are used when a student's enrollment status changes; whether by temporary leave of absense, withdrawal, enrollment hold, or dismissal.

    6.1 Temoprary Leave of Absence

    The Institute understands that events outside of a student's control can adversely affect their commitment to their studies. In situations where time away from their studies is required, it is the student's responsibility to work with their instructor on scheduling their temporary leave of absence.

      6.1.1 Returning From A Temporary Leave Of Absence

      After successfully complying with the leave of absence schedule agreed upon with their instructor, a student returning from a scheduled temporary leave of absence is allowed to pick up their studies where they left off, without incurring any additional fees.

    6.2 Withdrawal from a Course

    Under the terms of the Institute's withdrawal policy, a student is considered withdrawn from a course if they (a) communicate to the Institute their intent to withdraw from a course, or (b) exceed their lesson completion deadline without communication. Students who withdraw from a course forfeit all access to the remaining course sessions and materials of the course being withdrawn from. Withdrawal from a course is subject to the Institute's Cancellation and Refund terms and conditions.

    Upon withdrawal, no certificate will be conferred.

      6.2.1 Re-Instatement to a Course After Withdrawal

      Students who withdraw from a course and opt to re-engage the course at a later date must re-register for the course and pay the course's full tuition again at re-registration.

    6.3 Enrollment Hold

    An enrollment hold is represented by the suspension of a student from their studies. The student subjects themselves to enrollment hold by:

    • having unmet financial obligations to the Institute; or
    • failing to satisfy minimum progress requirements, including attendance requirements.

    Under the terms of the Institute's enrollment hold, the student is disallowed access to all class sessions as well as all course and program materials. Furthermore the student is suspended from class session library access and other privileges. A student may not attend any other courses while their enrollment is being held.

      6.3.1 Re-Instatement to a Course After Enrollment Hold

      Students who incur an enrollment hold must rectify their enrollment hold infraction(s) to the Institute's satisfaction before being reinstated. A student returning from Enrollment Hold is allowed to pick up their studies where they left off, without incurring any additional fees.

    6.4 Dismissal from the Institute

    Consideration for dismissal from the IPParalegal Institute or any of the Institute's programs, courses or classes typically results from a serious or egregious transgression. Examples of such transgressions include, but are not limited to:

    • refusal to meet financial obligations to the Institute;
    • plagiarism;
    • abusive or disruptive behavior;
    • falsified records;
    • intellectual property theft or infringement;
    • non-compliance with the Institute's Code of Ethics;
    • flagrant non-compliance with the Institute's policies;
    • defiance of the Institute's Successful Completion requirements; or
    • attacks levied against the Institute, its faculty, staff or students.
      6.4.1 Investigation

      When a student is under consideration for dismissal from the Institute, the instructor shall notify the student, in writing, that a case for their formal dismissal is being investigated; and the case will be forwarded to the committee for review. During this investigation period the student's enrollment will enter Enrollment Hold until a preliminary ruling is reached by the committee.

      6.4.2 Preliminary Ruling

      After full discussion at the committee meeting, the committee, without the student present, shall review the case and vote on the issue of student dismissal from the course. The student shall be sent a written summary of the committee's decision and the reasons for it. Findings by the committee will determine whether or not dismissal from the Institute is merited, as well as whether or not legal action is to be considered. If the student is found to merit dismissal from the Institute, then the student shall be notified, in writing, of the committee's decision. If the student is found to merit investigation by legal authorities, then the student may or may not be notified by the committee. The Institute will handle situations of this nature based on directives given the Institute by legal authorities. If the student is found to not merit dismissal from the Institute, and is also found to not merit investigation by legal authorities, then consideration for the student's dismissal from the Institute will be officially withdrawn, their enrollment Hold shall be lifted and their active enrollment status shall be immediately reinstated.

      6.4.3 Appeal

      In matters of dismissal from the Institute where intervention by legal authorities is not required, upon receipt of the committee's decision regarding dismissal from the Institute, the student may submit a request for reconsideration in writing to the committee. In situations where the student is being investigation by legal authorities, an appeal to the Institute is not possible. Regardless, if the student submits a request for reconsideration in writing to the committee, then the committee shall respond to the student's request for reconsideration in writing as soon as is practicable.

      6.4.4 Final Determination

      If the committee considers the student's request for reconsideration, then the student shall be sent a written summary of the committee's discussion, including the committee's decision and the reasons for it. This decision constitutes the committee's final determination. The committee reserves the right to decline reconsideration of its decision. If the committee exercises its right to decline reconsideration of its initial decision, then its Preliminary Ruling shall constitute the final determination.

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7.0 NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

The IPParalegal Institute admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity; all of whom possess equal rights and privileges, and access to the programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the Institute prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the Institute's programs and activities.

The IPParalegal Institute also prohibits unlawful harassment, including harassment based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity; and sexual violence.

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8.0 CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

Course tuition, less a $25.00 handling charge per registration, will be refunded upon WRITTEN CANCELLATION received prior to the "sent" timestamp of the Institute's initial email containing the first session's playback link; or in the case of live classes, within 7 days of the first live session. Cancellations received after this time will not be considered, and no refunds will be given. Attendee substitution for the course is permitted, though the new student will be required to register in full themselves and must meet all prerequisites within 30 days of cancellation.

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