Los Angeles Pacific College

Other Policies

Student Conduct Policies

Students are expected to conform to all the rules and regulations of the school. They are expected to observe basic standards of courtesy and to carry themselves in a professional manner at all times. Proper dress is also expected in order to promote a professional atmosphere.

Any behavior deemed improper or disruptive will be subject to disciplinary action resulting in suspension and termination.

Only current LAPC students may use the classrooms, labs, library, and other facilities. Students should check with the instructor or lab assistant prior to using any computer. Students are encouraged to check their personal CDs, DVDs, disks, or flash drives for viruses before using any school computer. Students should bring their textbooks, class materials, and assignments to every class.

The computer facilities may only be used for lecture and lab sessions. Playing computer games or navigating web and social networking sites outside the context of the course is not permitted. No student may illegally install, download, or delete any application from the school's hard drive.

All computers and peripherals in the classrooms are property of LAPC. No student may remove these items, nor duplicate copyrighted software from a removable disk, CD, DVD, network, or hard drive. Students should not attempt to make any technical repairs or adjustments. In the event of any problems, students must immediately notify the instructor or the lab assistant.

No student may smoke or bring food or drink to any computer labs. Classroom equipment must be used properly and not abused. At the end of the class session, students shall take all assignments and personal items, leaving the work area neat and clean. LAPC is not held accountable for any lost or stolen items belonging to a student. Each student is responsible for his/her own personal belongings.

Students must immediately leave a work station if asked to do so by a faculty member or administrative staff. In addition, faculty and/or administrative staff reserves the right to escort any student out of the classroom/lab facility should the student cause and/or exhibit a disruptive behavior toward other students, faculty, staff, or the general learning process.

Directions given by the faculty concerning student conduct must be observed. If the student feels that the problem should be pursued further, he/she should speak with his/her coordinator. If a satisfactory compromise is not achieved, an appointment may be made with the Student Services Director or the Academic Director.

Any violation of these Standards of Conduct constitutes cause for revocation of all classroom/lab privileges and will result in formal disciplinary action by LAPC.

All LAPC students are expected to observe the following school regulations at all times. There are no exceptions to the following rules of conduct*:

  1. Always be on time for class.
  2. Turn off or put in silent mode all cell phones, pagers, PDAs, and electronic devices during class sessions.
  3. Notify the Student Services Director or Instructor if you are unable to attend class. Three consecutive days of absence without a valid excuse or notification are grounds for attendance warning.
  4. Adhere to proper conduct and behavior in all school settings, including proper use of all school property and facilities.
  5. Comply with all instructor-mandated rules and policies at all times.
  6. Complete all assignments on time as required by the instructors.
  7. Maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout enrollment at LAPC.
  8. Never cheat, for any reason.
  9. Always come prepared by bringing all required course materials to class, such as pencils/pens, notebooks, textbooks, calculators, flash drives, etc. Instructors and Student Services are not obligated to provide or lend these items to students.
  10. Abide by the school's alcohol and drug policies.

*Note: Violations of the above rules may result in a warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal.

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Credit Recognition

An applicant demonstrating an adequate degree of knowledge and skill acquired previously may receive credit for prior training or experience. Individuals are tested and interviewed at the school to determine the level at which they may enter a program. Tuition is prorated accordingly.

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Transfer Of Credit Policy

Incoming Students Transfer of Credit and Experiential Learning Equivalency Credit

LAPC may accept transfer of credit from any eligible courses of a prospective student who seeks to enroll in one of LAPC's programs. An eligible course that shall be considered for transfer of credit must fulfill all the following criteria:

1) Course was issued from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation;
2) Course was taken within the last 5 years resulting in a grade of "C" or higher;
3) Course content is comparable and applicable to the LAPC program in which the student seeks to enroll.

To determine the eligibility of transfer of credit, the prospective student must first meet with the Admissions Department and submit a written request for transfer of credit accompanied by a course outline and the originating institution's catalog; a course syllabus may be required to make the final determination. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to provide LAPC with an official transcript from the originating institution to be received by LAPC as a sealed, signed and/or stamped official transcript. The prospective student may be asked to take the equivalent LAPC course's final exam to determine eligibility.

The maximum amount of transferred credits for all courses shall not exceed 25% of the total scheduled credits/clock hours of the LAPC program. The maximum credit amount of credit that can be applied towards prior experiential learning shall not exceed 25% of the total course requirements for the degree programs. LAPC policy requires a 30-unit residency for the Degree Program in Accounting. In other words, at least 50% in the area of concentration or major must be completed at LAPC.

Prospective students requesting to receive credits by prior experiential learning must first meet with the Academic Department and submit a written request to receive credit for prior experiential learning along with documentation of their resume and personal references. The prospective student may be asked to take the equivalent LAPC course's final exam to determine eligibility.

The Academic Department determines the acceptance or denial of credits. If the request for transfer of credits is denied, the student may submit a written request to appeal to the President within 14 consecutive days from the date of determination by the Academic Department. The President shall make the final determination on the acceptance or denial of transfer of credits.

Any transfer of credits that have been accepted by LAPC shall affect the tuition fees by proportionately reducing the fees based on the number of transferable credits; in addition, there shall be a reduction in the overall cost of books for the program. The Registration fee shall be due in full. LAPC does not access any additional fees for evaluation of transferability of credits, including any testing that may need to be administered.

LAPC Registered Student Transfer of Credit between Programs

LAPC registered students requesting a transfer of credits for eligible courses from one LAPC program to another must have a grade "C" or higher, meet with the Academic Department and submit a written request to transfer between programs.

Transfer between one LAPC program into another is considered on a case-by-case basis. The student must submit a "Request for Transfer to Another Program" form to the Academic Department. The Academic Director shall make the determination through:

1) review of student's academic progress and attendance record;
2) the compatibility of required courses between programs;
3) congruence of the semester or course start date for intended program of transfer;
4) any additional or relevant factors.

If the request to transfer between programs is denied, the student may submit a written request to appeal to the President within 14 consecutive days from the date of determination by the Academic Department. The President shall make the final determination on the acceptance or denial of transfer between programs.

External Transfer of Credit to Other Institutions

Currently, LAPC has no articulation or transfer agreements between any other colleges or universities.

The transferability of credits students earn at LAPC is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits, degree, diploma, or certificate in the program students completed at LAPC is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you seek to transfer. If the credits, degree, diploma, or certificate that students earn at LAPC are not accepted at the institution to which they seek to transfer, students may be required to repeat some or all of their coursework at that institution. For this reason, students should make certain that their attendance at LAPC will meet their educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which they may seek to transfer after attending LAPC to see if their credits, degree, diploma, or certificate will transfer.

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Instructor-Student Ratio

The recommended enrollment per class is 10 students. The maximum number of students per class is 15. The average instructor-student ratio is 1:10.

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Measure of Coursework

Hours of course work are converted into credit units according to the following scale:

1 semester credit unit=15 lecture hours=30 lab hours
One hour of lecture includes 50 minutes of instruction and a 10-minute break.

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Access to Student Records

Pursuant to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students at LAPC have the right to access any or all of their records regarding their enrollment in any of the institute's programs. To access one's files, a request must be made in writing to the registrar of the school.

All student records that are required by the Reform Act will be maintained at the primary administrative location in Los Angeles, California, for a minimum period of five years, and all student transcript records will be retained for fifty years.

LAPC will maintain written records and transcripts used in the admission decision, in the acceptance of transfer credits, student profile information, records of all enrollments and evidence of academic progress at the institution, documentation for independent study courses, if any, and verification of all refunds, academic progress warnings, and student complaints.

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Release of Information

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, LAPC ensures the privacy and confidentiality of all student records. No information regarding students at LAPC shall be released without the prior written consent of the student, unless it is required by those agencies or individuals authorized under the law.

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Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in any enclosed LAPC facilities.

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Drug, Alcohol, and Substance

ABUSE PREVENTION POLICY

No student or employee of LAPC may use, possess, sell or distribute alcohol or illegal controlled substances or paraphernalia on school grounds or at school-sponsored events, except drugs as prescribed by a physician. The phrase "drugs, alcohol, and other substances" shall refer to the use of all substances including, but not limited to, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, and any of those substances commonly referred to as "designer drugs." The inappropriate use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is also prohibited. Any person exhibiting behavior, conduct or personal or physical characteristics indicative of having used or consumed alcohol or other substances shall be prohibited from entering school grounds or school-sponsored events.

To the extent allowed by local, state, and federal laws, LAPC will impose disciplinary action against employees and students found to be in violation of this policy. Disciplinary action may include suspension, expulsion, and termination of employment, referral for prosecution and/or the required completion of an appropriate drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. In addition to institutional sanctions, students and employees convicted of the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol could also face local, state, and federal legal penalties, which include the loss of eligibility for federal financial aid, fines, imprisonment and the seizure of drug-related assets. The following local rehabilitation and treatment centers provide drug awareness programs, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and other related services necessary to those who have an alcohol or other substance abuse problem:

National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley, Inc. (NCADD)
6166 Vesper Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 997-0414 | www.ncadd-sfv.org

Plaza Community Center
4018 City Terrace Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90063-1242
(323) 267-9749 | www.plazacs.org

Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency
1245 E. Walnut St. #117
Pasadena CA 91106
(626) 795-9127 | Email: [email protected]

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Academic Freedoms

LAPC encourages its faculty to express their personal points of view during classroom discussions regardless of whether these viewpoints may or may not be shared by any other individual(s) or group(s) involved in any way with LAPC. LAPC takes pride in assuring teachers that they may espouse controversial positions without fear of any adverse action being taken. Furthermore, LAPC holds and conducts regular meetings between faculty and staff to ensure an open forum in which everyone is free to express any concerns or opinions regarding curricular and/or administrative issues.

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Grievance Procedure

LAPC encourages students to voice any complaints they may have in order to avoid any uncomfortable situations. Students may lodge a complaint by communicating orally or in writing to any teacher, administrator, admissions personnel, or counselor. The recipient of the complaint then transmits it as soon as possible to the President. If a student orally delivers the complaint and the complaint is not resolved either within a reasonable period or before the student again complains about the same matter, the student is advised to submit it in writing, using the Student Suggestions/Complaints Form. If the student complains in writing, LAPC will provide the student, within 10 days of receiving the complaint, a written response, including a summary of the institution's investigation and disposition of it. If the complaint or relief requested by the student is rejected, the reasons for the rejection will be provided. If a satisfactory solution cannot be found, a student may make an appointment with the director. Any further unresolved complaints may be directed to the agency below. Any member of the public may also file a complaint about LAPC to the agencies below.

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
Mailing AddressP.O. BOX 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Physical Address2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento California, 95833
Telephone(888) 370-7589
Fax(916) 263-1897
Webwww.bppe.ca.gov
Council for Occupational Education (COE)
Address7840 Roswell Road, Building 300
Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone(800) 917-2081
Fax(770) 396-3790
Webwww.council.org
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)
Address801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402A Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone(703) 665-3400
Fax(703) 519-2071
Webwww.cea-accredit.org

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Institutional Security Policies & Crime Statistics

Federal regulations require every school to publish and distribute an annual security report that contains prescribed information relative to campus security policies and crime statistics. The school must disclose the number of instances in which certain specific types of crimes have occurred in any building or on any property owned or controlled by this institution which is used for activities related to the educational purpose of the institution and /or any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by this institution. Los Angeles Pacific College has designated the President as the appropriate individual to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus. Any student witnessing, or being the victim of any criminal offenses on campus are to report those actions to the President immediately. Prompt reporting of offenses is required to ensure the preservation of evidence as proof of a criminal offense and for the purpose of making timely reports.

The campus of LAPC is open every weekday at 8:30 a.m. and is locked at 10:30 p.m. The facilities are accessible during normal business hours. Security of the campus is under the supervision of the local police, the City of Los Angeles Police Department. The school does not employ security personnel with the authority to arrest individuals. However, the school encourages both its students and employees to immediately report suspected criminal activity or other emergencies to the nearest available school official and/or directly contact law enforcement or other emergency response agencies by dialing 911. The school assists in notifying authorities of crimes.

The school requires all criminal offenses that occur on campus be reported to the President immediately, but not later than 48 hours after the incident. The school is required to assist in notifying authorities if the incident involves a victim who requests assistance. Anyone needing to report a crime should complete a Campus Crime Report at the office of the President, to ensure accurate and prompt reporting. The President will take a statement from the claimant and contact the appropriate authorities. A copy of the report may be filed with the local authorities. The report will be reviewed for administrative action at the next staff meeting or at an emergency meeting, if necessary. The school will determine if action by the school is necessary to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident. If institutional action is necessary, notification of students will take place via the bulletin board and by a general notice distribution in the reception area.

Although this school does not offer regularly scheduled crime awareness or prevention programs, this policy is designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

The school does not offer regularly scheduled programs to prevent sex offenses, or educational programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses. However, LAPC has developed policies and procedures to follow if a sex offense occurs. The school has designated the President as the appropriate individual to report any sex offense or other emergencies occurring on campus. Any student witnessing or being the victim of any criminal offenses on campus are to report those actions to the President immediately. Prompt reporting of offenses is required to ensure the preservation of evidence for the proof of a criminal offense and for the purpose of making timely reports. The victim has the option whether to contact the local law enforcement authorities or not. The institutional personnel will assist the student in notifying these authorities if the student requests the assistance of these personnel.

The school offers no on-campus counseling for victims of sex offenses. However, off-campus-counseling options such as crisis intervention, mental health, or other services for victims of sex offenses are available to students and staff by contacting:

Community Center Rape and Sexual Assault Hot Line
(310) 545-1230 or (310) 410-7066

The following statistics reflect activity of the school for the following calendar years.
Classification of Offense 2013 2014 2015
Murder 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor-vehicle theft 0 0 0
Sex Offenses
Forcible 0 0 0
Non-forcible 0 0 0
Arrests
Liquor Law Violation 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violation 0 0 0
Weapons Possession 0 0 0

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Copyright Infringement Policies

Pursuant to Section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code), copyright infringement is defined as the act of exercising without permission or legal authority one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner. Under the Copyright Act, these rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing environment, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Persons violating the Copyright Act may face appropriate civil and criminal penalties; they may be ordered to pay either actual damages or statutory damages amounting to not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per infringed item. For intentional infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per infringed item. A court may exercise its discretion in determining the costs and legal expenses. More information can be found in Title 17, Sections 504 and 505 of the United States Code. Additionally, those committing intentional copyright infringement may face criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines up to $250,000 per offense.

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