Standards of Progress

Student Handbook: Procedures and Policies

Standards of Progress

Grades are based on attendance, participation, completion of assignments, and test/quiz scores.  Students will be given a letter grade for each course based on the following scale:

A+   98-100     A   94-97     A-   90-93

B+   87-89       B   84-86     B-   80-83

C+   77-79       C   74-76      C-   70-73

D    69 or below is a failing grade


* Testing will consist of written and practical (hands-on) exams.

* Grade reports with written comments are given at the middle and end of each    semester

* Transcripts of coursework are given upon program completion.

* For certain technique courses related to the core curriculum, a designation of    satisfactory or unsatisfactory will be given based on demonstration of an    acceptable level of skill

* Students will receive an overall grade point average for the entire program. 


SATISFACTORY:  A STUDENT WHO  

* ADHERES TO ALL POLICIES AND RULES OF THE SCHOOL

* MAINTAINS AN OVERALL GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF "C" OR BETTER 

* MAINTAINS 95% ATTENDANCE IN ALL CLASSES

* HAS MISSED NO MORE THAN 28 HOURS TOTAL FOR THE PROGRAM

* COMPLETES ANY MAKE-UP WORK FOR TIME MISSED FORA NY REASON,    WITHIN ONE WEEK OF ABSENCE 

* IS CONSISTENTLY ON TIME FOR ALL CLASSES


UNSATISFACTORY: A STUDENT WHO

* FAILS TO MEET THE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS AS DESCRIBED IN    THE SECTION ABOVE

* IF A STUDENT IS HAVING DIFFICULTY MAINTAINING MINIMUM STANDARDS,    IT IS THAT STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR(s) FOR   ASSISTANCE, ADDITIONAL TUTORING, OR REFERRAL TO OTHER RESOURCES.

Graduation Requirements

A successful gradualte shall:

* Complete all coursework with a passing grade or designation of satisfactory,    where applicable.

* Have an overall grade average of "C" or above.

* Have an overall attendance record of 95%.

* Have completed all work required outside of class including massage practice,    papers, projects, and any make-up work.

* Return all library materials borrowed. If materials are not returned OR are    returned damaged, the student must pay the replacement cost of the item(s)    before being allowed to graduate.

* Pay all tuition and fees in full.


ADVISING

INSTRUCTORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT ADVISING ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS.  A MEETING CAN BE ARRANGED BY CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR IN PERSON OR BY PHONE

Attendance

  1. Attendance at all scheduled classes is mandatory
  2. For any time missed, for any reason, make-up work is required
  3. Sleeping in class is considered an absence

LATENESS

A student will be considered late if he/she arrives at class 10 minutes after roll is taken. Excessive tardiness will be considered violation of school conduct policy.


Absences, Excused/Unexcused

Absences are classified as excused or unexcused by the class instructor.  Time missed for any reason will require make-up work.

*IN ALL CASES, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR REGARDING MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS


EXCUSED ABSENCE:

An absence may be excused at the discretion of the instructor.  The following cases may apply: Emergency, Illness, or a legitimate confilict (absence arranged ahead of time).

* TO ARRANGE AN EXCUSED ABSENCE AHEAD OF TIME, SUBMIT THE DAY AND TIME YOU WILL BE GONE TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR IN WRITING PRIOR TO ABSENCE

* IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY YOU MAY CALL THE SCHOOL AT 605-321-8838


UNEXCUSED ABSENCE:

An unexcused absence means that a student did not attend class and did not contact the school.  Sleeping through class will be considered an unexcused absence.  Each unexcused absence will result in a drop of one-half a letter grade. No credit will be given for any assignment due that day and make-up work will be required.

Make-Up Work

  1. In the case of any absence, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor by the next scheduled class period to get any make-up work.  Any assignment that was due on the day missed must be turned in by the next scheduled class.
  2. If an absence is arranged ahead of time, any assignment due on the day to be missed must be turned in prior to the absence.  You may request the make-up assignment early as well
  3. For any time missed for any reason (absence, tardy, left early, emergencies, illnesses), make-up work may be required.  This work is separate from any class assignment.  The extra work assigned will be equivalent to and will make up for clock hours missed.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor regarding make-up work and to complete it by the due date assigned.
  4. Instructors do not hand out class lecture notes.  Class lecture notes must be obtained from a fellow student. 

Practicum (Clinical Practice)

  1. Student will need to provide their own space for massage practice outside the school.
  2. Practicum can be set up by students by setting appointments with the school or by providing written documentation to instructor.  School property may be used to work on fellow students and during student clinic. 
  3. Equipment and supplies for work outside of school must be supplied by the student.  It is recommended that each student purchase a massage table as early as possible in the program.  Information about purchase of a table may be obtained from the school. 
  4. A student may work on one or more people in obtaining practicum hours
  5. As of July 1st, 2005, South Dakota became a licensed state. If residing in a state other than South Dakota, it is the student's responsibililty to become informed about and adhere to all local and state laws governing the practice of massage therapy.  Students working out of their homes may be subject to zoning laws.
  6. Students are expected to represent themselves clearly as to their level of training to anyone they work for, or with, outside of school during the course of this program.
  7. All massage techniques will be taught according to class schedule.  Training cannot be provided out of sequence, or on an individual basis to meet the wishes of an individual student.
  8. A total of 50 hours of out-of-class practice via internship or student clinic are required.

Conduct and Discipline

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Student Conduct Policies

The South Dakota School of Massage Therapy reserves the right to dismiss a student for violations of school policy.  The school reserves the right to vary or revise disciplinary procedures at its discretion.  Students will be treated in a reasonable and fair manner and will be given a fair and sincere opportunity to be heard.  A student has the right to request a reevaluation of disciplinary measures.


GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL

X     The student is found to be under the influence, or is suspected of using drugs or alcohol before or during school hours. The student will be terminated immediately.

X     Behavior which does not reflect positively upon the reputation of the school or the massage therapy profession.

X     Behavior which is disruptive to a positive learning environment, or is interfering with other students' rights.

X     The student is not maintaining the minimum acceptable academic standards of progress.

X     The student does not pay tuition and/or fees on time.


TERMINATION POLICY:  MISCONDUCT PROCESS FOR DISMISSAL

FIRST TIME OFFENSE: 

The student will get a verbal warning


SECOND OFFENSE:

 The student will get a written notice placing the student under a two week probation.  During this time, the student must show reasonable effort to improve the situation and abide by the conditions set forth for the probationary period.


THIRD OFFENSE:

 The student will get a written withdrawal form dismissing the student from the program.  In the case of dismissal, refund policy does NOT apply.


THE STUDENT WILL BE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY IF THE STUDENT IS FOUND TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE , OR IS SUSPECTED OF USING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL BEFORE OR DURING SCHOOL HOURS.


APPEALS:  COMPLAINTS OR REEVALUATION OF DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

Complaints or requests for reevaluation of disciplinary measures must be presented in writing to the School Director.  Each situation will be evaluated by the Director and Faculty, and a response will be given withing ten days of receipt of the complaint.


A Student may also make an appointment with a faculty or staff member to express his/her concerns.  Any discussion will be considered confidential.

Voluntary Program Withdrawal

If a student chooses to leave the program prior to graduation, the following will apply:

  1.  The student must send WRITTEN NOTIFCATION OF WITHDRAWAL BY U.S. MAIL, REGISTERED OR CERTIFIED, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED TO: REBECCA HERRMANN C/O SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MASSAGE THERAPY, INC, 902 W. 22ND ST, SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, 57105
  2. A meeting must be arranged with the School Director to discuss the student's reason(s) for leaving.  At this time, an official withdrawal form will be filed with the school.
  3. Program Withdrawal and Refund Policy will apply.
  4. If a student simply quits attending classes without notifying the school of his/her intention to withdraw, he/she will be considered enrolled and absent (unexcused) from class.  In this case, Program Withdrawal and Refund Policy do not apply unless the student officially requests withdrawal according to the policies stated in the catalog.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence due to an emergency or illness may be arranged and must not exceed two weeks during any semester.  Upon returning to class, all missed hours and work must be made up prior to graduation.  If circumstances require a longer leave of absence, the student may be required to withdraw and repeat the semester during the next available class within one year.  If the student is required to repeat a semester, he/she will owe full tuition for that semester regardless of previous tuition paid.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by base basis. 

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REFUND POLICY

Returning to the program

For any student wishing o return to the program, the following rules apply:

  1. The school reserves the right to refuse readmission to any student.
  2. A student who was dismissed by the school for violation of school policy will not be readmitted.
  3. A student must reapply, be accepted and must begin the program over.  The student will be responsible for the full cost of tuition and will not be credited for any previous tuition paid.

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The South Dakota School of Massage Therapy supports affirmative action in all of its activities, including the recruitment of students and staff.  The school does not discriminate based on gender, race, creed or religion.