Consumer/Rates Disclosures

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Consumer/Rates Disclosures 2017-11-29T17:35:53+00:00

Accreditation and Licensing Information

TSCI is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, whose address is 3015 Colvin Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, and whose telephone number is (703) 600-7600.  The school is licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711 whose telephone number is (512) 463-6599.


NACCAS (January 1st through December 31st)

To determine the rates reported below, students are tracked through November 30th of the year following their contracted graduation date.  Placement rates reflect the percentage of graduates who obtained employment within the field that they completed their course of study.  Graduation rates are determined by the number of students who graduated out of the total number of students who enrolled in the program.  Licensure rates are calculated by taking the number of graduates who have taken and passed both elements of the Texas state licensure examination.


Placement Rate 2016; Overall 66%

Operator (Cosmetology) 75%
Manicure 27%
Esthetics 57%
Student Instructor 100%


Graduation Rate 2016; Overall 73%

Operator (Cosmetology) 67%
Manicure 73%
Esthetics 88%
Student Instructor 100%


Licensure Rate 2016; Overall 100%

Operator (Cosmetology) 100%
Manicure 100%
Esthetics 100%
Student Instructor 100%


IPEDS (September 1st through August 31st)

For information on retention rates, graduation rates and financial aid received, please visit our page on the College Navigator at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=Tri-State+Cosmetology+Institute&s=all&id=402800#general


Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute is committed to providing a work and school environment free of unlawful harassment or discrimination. In furtherance of this commitment, all students and employees are required to take our mandatory Sexual Harassment and Prevention Training at orientation and every year thereafter during their enrollment/employment at Tri-State.  School policy prohibits harassment or discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other basis protected by the federal, state or local law. Additionally, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Tri-State Cosmetology Institute prohibits discrimination based on sex, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, and TSCI has jurisdiction over Title IX complaints.

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute’s anti-harassment policy applies to all persons involved in the operation of the school, and prohibits unlawful harassment by any employee of the school, as well as students, customers, vendors or anyone who does business with the school. It further extends to prohibit unlawful harassment by or against students.  Any employee, student or contract worker who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.  To the extent a customer, vendor or other person with whom the school does business engages in unlawful harassment or discrimination, TSCI will take appropriate corrective action.

As part of TSCI’s commitment to providing a harassment-free working and learning environment, this policy shall be disseminated to the school community through publications, the school website, new employee orientations, student orientations, and other appropriate channels of communication.  TSCI provides training to key staff members to enable the school to handle any allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence promptly and effectively.  TSCI will respond quickly to all reports, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and if necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this policy.

Definitions

Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.  It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.  Sexual harassment is conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education or interferes with a person’s work or educational performance or creates an environment such that a reasonable person would find the conduct intimidating, hostile or offensive. 

Sexual Violence is defined as physical sexual acts engaged in without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity.  Sexual violence includes sexual assault, rape, battery, and sexual coercion; domestic violence; dating violence; and stalking.

Domestic Violence is defined as abuse committed against and adult or a minor who is a spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant, or someone with whom the abuser has a child, has an existing dating or engagement relationship, or has had a former dating or engagement relationship.

Dating Violence is defined as abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Sexual Assault occurs when a physical sexual activity is engaged in without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity.  The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, and taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication).

Stalking is behavior in which a person repeatedly engages in conduct directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear of his or her safety or the safety of others.

Consent is informed, voluntary and revocable.  Consent is an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.  It must be given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation.  Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time.  Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately.

Prohibited Conduct

This policy strictly prohibits sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination as well as sexual violence, as defined above.  Sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination includes any verbal, physical or visual conduct based on sex, race, age, national origin, disability or any other legally protected basis if:

i.      submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment;

ii.     submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for decisions concerning that individual’s education or employment; or

iii.    it creates a hostile or offensive work environment, which means the alleged conduct is sufficiently serious to limit or deny a student’s or ability to participate or benefit from the student’s education program.

Unlawful harassment or discrimination may include racial epithets, slurs and derogatory remarks, stereotypes, jokes, posters or cartoons based on race, national origin, age, disability, marital status or other legally protected categories.

Sexual harassment is conduct based on sex, whether directed towards a person of the opposite or same sex, and may include explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, sexually oriented “kidding” or “teasing”, practical jokes, jokes about or displays of obscene printed or visual material, questions about sexual fantasies, preferences or history, and physical contact such as patting, pinching, or intentionally brushing against another person’s body. Gender-based harassment, including acts of verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping are strictly prohibited, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Complaint/Grievance Procedure

If you believe that you have experienced or witnessed harassment or sexual violence, notify your instructor, supervisor, management, or the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible after the incident. Do not allow an inappropriate situation to continue by not reporting it, regardless of who is creating the situation. No employee, contract worker, student, vendor or other person who does business with TSCI is exempt from the prohibitions in this policy.  Supervisors will refer all harassment complaints to the Title IX Coordinator for student-related complaints and to management if the complaint involves an employee. In order to facilitate the investigation, your complaint should include details of the incident or incidents, names of the individuals involved and names of any witnesses.

All complaints involving a student will be referred to the campus’s Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is listed below and has the responsibility of overseeing all Title IX complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. 

Title IX Coordinator:

Sarah Arno, Vice President of Finance

1120 Vista de Oro

El Paso, TX 79935

915.533.8274

sarah@tristatecos.edu

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute ensures that its employee designated to serve as Title IX Coordinator has adequate training on what constitutes sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and that they understand how TSCI’s grievance procedures operate. The Title IX Coordinator has also received training on how to investigate and conduct hearings in a manner that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.  Because complaints can also be filed with an employee’s supervisor or management, these employees also receive training on TSCI’s grievance procedures and any other procedures used for investigating reports of sexual harassment.

Investigation of Complaints

In response to all complaints, TSCI promises prompt and equitable resolution through a reliable and impartial investigation of complaints, including the opportunity for both parties to present witnesses or other evidence.  Both parties are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present, including but not limited to an advisor of their choice, during any institutional investigative and/or disciplinary proceeding.  The time necessary to conduct an investigation will vary based on complexity but will generally be completed within sixty (60) days of receipt of the complaint.  TSCI shall maintain confidentiality for all parties to the extent possible, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. In cases where a student does not give consent for an investigation, TSCI will weigh the student’s request for confidentiality against the impact on school safety to determine whether an investigation must proceed. Complainants should be aware that in a formal investigation due process generally requires that the identity of the charging party and the substance of the complaint be revealed to the person charged with the alleged harassment.

The preponderance of the evidence standard will apply to investigations, meaning the school will evaluate whether it is more likely than not that the alleged conduct occurred.  Both parties will receive written notice of the outcome of the complaint simultaneously.

During the investigation, TSCI will provide interim measures, as necessary, to protect the safety and wellbeing of students and/or employees involved. 

If TSCI determines that unlawful harassment or sexual violence has occurred, immediate appropriate corrective action will be taken in accordance with the circumstances involved, and the school will take steps to prevent the recurrence of any harassment or discrimination. Any employee determined by the school to be responsible for unlawful harassment or discrimination will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination.  Remedies for student-related claims may include, but are not limited to, an order to stay away, suspension or expulsion.

To initiate a criminal investigation, reports of sexual violence should be made to “911” or local law enforcement.  The criminal process is separate from TSCI’s disciplinary process.  To the extent that an employee or contract worker is not satisfied with TSCI’s handling of a harassment or discrimination complaint, he or she may also contact the appropriate state or federal enforcement agency for legal relief. 

Retaliation Prohibited

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint, and will not tolerate retaliation by students or employees. If you believe you have been retaliated against, you should promptly notify your supervisor, management or the Title IX Coordinator.

Reporting Requirements

 Victims of sexual misconduct should be aware that TSCI administrators must issue timely warnings for incidents reported to them that pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to other members of the campus community.  TSCI will make every effort to ensure that a victim’s name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.  TSCI reserves the right to notify parents/guardians of dependent students regarding any health or safety risk, or a change in student status.

Additional Information

Employees should contact management for more information or any questions related to this policy.  Students may contact the Title IX Coordinator with any questions related to this policy.  In addition, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) investigates complaints of unlawful harassment of students in educational programs or activities.  This agency may serve as a neutral fact finder and will attempt to facilitate the voluntary resolution of disputes with the parties.  For more information, visit the OCR website at: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/.

Counseling and Support Services

Please see Appendix A at the end of your student catalog for local support options including the Center Against Family and Domestic Violence, STARS Rape Crisis Center and Victims of Crime.


Privacy of Student Information; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents of dependent minors certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;

  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;

  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

  • Accrediting organizations;

  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.

Privacy of Student Information (FERPA Rules)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets limits on the disclosure of personally identifiable information from school records, and defines the rights of the student to review the records and request a change to the records.

With exceptions such as those noted in this section, FERPA generally gives postsecondary students the right

  • to review their education records,

  • to seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and

  • to provide consent for the disclosure of their records.

These rules apply to all education records the school keeps, including admissions records (only if the student was admitted) and academic records as well as any financial aid records pertaining to the student. Therefore, the financial aid office is not usually the office that develops the school’s FERPA policy or the notification to students and parents, although it may have some input.

Student’s & parents’ rights to review educational records

A school must provide a student with an opportunity to review his or her education records within 45 days of the receipt of a request. A school is required to provide the student with copies of education records, or make other arrangements to provide the student access to the records, if a failure to do so would effectively prevent the student from obtaining access to the records. While the school may not charge a fee for retrieving the records, it may charge a reasonable fee for providing copies of the records, provided that the fee would not prevent access to student records.

While the rights under FERPA have transferred 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 student under IRS laws.  Note that the IRS definition of a dependent is quite different from that of a dependent student for FSA purposes. For IRS purposes, students are dependent if they are listed as dependents on their parent’s income tax returns. (If the student is a dependent as defined by the IRS, disclosure may be made to either parent, regardless of which parent claims the student as a dependent.)