Student Consumer Info

 PURPOSE

This Student Consumer Handbook is a publication of the Financial Aid Office of Unity Cosmetology College. Its purpose is to describe the services available to students through this office as well as provide important information about policies and procedures that may not be covered in the student catalog. In the case of conflicting information between this publication and the student catalog, the student catalog supersedes.

Although this handbook will answer most of your questions relating to financial aid, it is important that students are aware that federal regulations are subject to change which may impact policies and procedures stated in this publication. Students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office for the most current information. General questions can usually be answered on a walk-in basis, but more specific questions may require an appointment.

 STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

Unity Cosmetology College strives to provide students the necessary learning environment and instruction to allow them to develop the skill, attitude and knowledge necessary for their successful integration into the working world.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPAL

Unity Cosmetology College strives to seek out and provide the resources and support our students need in order to successfully attend school, graduate and find employment in a professional salon environment. We are committed to providing the resources and support which are in the best interest of our students.

Additional Information
Students or prospective students can obtain additional information about Unity Cosmetology College by directly contacting the school. Contact can be made in a variety of ways, and depending on the information needed may vary by department.

General Information
General information on the school can be obtained on the website at www.unitycosmetologycollege.com or by calling (815) 844-3100.  Administrative office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Financial Aid Information
Information relating to financial aid can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Administrator by phone at (815) 844-3100, and choosing the Financial Aid option when prompted or via email
financialaid@unitycosmetologycollege.com.  Office hours are Monday-Friday from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Admissions Information
Information relating to enrolling can be obtained by contacting our Admissions Career  Counselors. Admissions may be contacted by phone at (815) 844-3100 or by email at admissions@unitycosmetologycollege.com.Admissions office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

WHAT FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant.) Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.

Federal Direct Loan

Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) at participating schools.

Direct Stafford Loans include the following types of loans:
Direct Subsidized Loans—Direct Subsidized Loans are for students with financial need. Your school will review the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) and determine the amount you can borrow. You are not charged interest while you’re in school at least half-time and during grace periods and deferment periods.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans—You are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Like subsidized loans, your school will determine the amount you can borrow. Interest accrues (accumulates) on an unsubsidized loan from the time it’s first paid out. You can pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or you can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If you choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount you have to repay because you will be charged interest on a higher principal amount.

Additional loan types provided under the Direct Loan Program include Direct PLUS Loans (for parents and graduate and professional degree students) and Direct Consolidation Loans (to combine federal education loan debts into a single loan).

Master Promissory Note—When you receive a Stafford Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN). The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan and any accrued interest and fees to the Department. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan. In most cases, one MPN can be used for loans that you receive over several years of study. If you previously signed an MPN to receive a FFEL Program loan, you will need to sign a new MPN for a Direct Loan.

What are the current interest rates?

Direct Subsidized Loans:
Undergraduate students—If the first disbursement of your subsidized and unsubsidized loan is between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, the interest rate on your loan is fixed at 3.86%.
Direct PLUS Loans (Parent, Graduate and Professional Students), interest rate is fixed at 6.41%

Repayment Plans—The Direct Loan Program offers several repayment plans that are designed to meet the different needs of individual borrowers. Generally, you’ll have 10 to 25 years to repay your loan, depending on the repayment plan that you choose. You will receive more detailed information on your repayment options during entrance and exit counseling sessions at your school.

WHAT IS MY DEPENDENCY STATUS?

Definition of Independent student

A student who is at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, a veteran or on active duty in the military for other than training or state purposes, an orphan, a ward of the court, or who has legal dependents other than a spouse.

Dependency Overrides:

The Higher Education Act allows a financial aid administrator (FAA) to make dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for students with unusual circumstances. If the FAA determines that an override is appropriate, she must write a statement detailing the determination and must include the statement and supporting documentation in the student’s file. However, none of the conditions listed below, singly or in combination, qualify as unusual circumstances meriting a dependency override:

  1. Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education;
  2. Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification;
  3. Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes;
  4. Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.

 

WHAT WILL MY EDUCATION COST?

Current Cost of Attendance is located in the Utilities Menu in TEAM Program. (See attached Exhibit 1)

Example:

            Tuition and fees                                                                      $_________
            Books, supplies, and equipment                                          _________
            Room and Board                                                                      _________
            Misc. Expense/Transportation                                               _________
            Other (dependent care)                                                           _________
                                   
Total Cost of Attendance                               $_____________       

 

HOW IS ELIGIBILITY DETERMINED?

Eligibility for federal student aid is based on financial need and on several other factors. The financial aid administrator at the college or career school you plan to attend will determine your eligibility.
To receive aid from our programs, you must

  • demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as such under state law.  
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program..
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • have a valid Social Security Number. 
  • register with the Selective Service if required. You can use the paper or electronic FAFSASM to register, you can register at www.sss.gov, or you can call 1-847-688-6888. (TTY users can call 1-847-688-2567.)
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school.
  • certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

HOW ARE FUNDS DISBURSED?

You'll be paid through your school, generally in at least two installments. No installment may exceed one-half of your loan amounts. Your school will use your loan money first to pay for tuition and fees and other school charges. If any loan money remains, you'll receive the funds by check or other means, unless you give the school written authorization to hold the funds until later in the enrollment period.

Generally, if you're a first-year undergraduate student and a first-time borrower, your school cannot disburse your first loan payment until 30 days after the first day of your enrollment period.

HOW ARE REFUNDS PROCESSED?

Return of Unearned Title IV Funds
Federal regulations have been enacted which state the students may forfeit a portion of their federal student financial assistance if they fail to complete the program in which they were enrolled.  This policy affects students who: 1. received any Title IV federal financial aid and who withdrew or were terminated from the school during the first 60% of any payment period.
Accordingly, a required calculation will be performed to determine the portion of the unearned federal student aid that must be returned to the US Department of Education.  This calculation must be done before a tuition refund calculation is performed in accordance with the institutions’ refund policy.
In many cases, the return of unearned Title IV will result in the student owing tuition and fees to the school that otherwise would have been paid with federal student aid.  This policy may also result in the student owing a refund to the US Department of Education.
When a student gives written notice of cancellation, the school shall provide a refund in the amount of at least the following:
A.  Any applicant not accepted by the school will receive a refund of all tuition and fees paid.
B.  When written notice of cancellation is given within 5 days after the date of enrollment, all
      application and registration fees, tuition and any other charges shall be refunded to the   
      student.
C. When written notice of cancellation is given after 5 days following enrollment, but
      before the completion of the student’s first day of attendance, the school will retain  
      the application and registration fees, plus the cost of all books and materials provided
      by the school and retained by the student.
D.  When written cancellation is given after completion of the student’s first day of
      attendance but prior to the student’s completion of 5% of the course, the school may 
      retain the application and registration fee and an amount not to exceed 10% of the
      tuition and other instructional charges or $300, whichever is less, plus the cost of
      any books or materials which have been provided by the school.
E.  When a student has completed 5% or more of the course, the school may retain the
      application and registration fee and the cost of any books or materials which have   
      been provided by the school but shall refund a part of the tuition and other
      instructional charges in accordance with the following schedule:

        PERCENTAGE OF TIME TO TOTAL TIME OF COURSE/ AMOUNT OF TOTAL TUITION OWED TO THE SCHOOL

              .01%  -  4.9%                                                                        10%
              5.0%  -  9.9%                                                                        30%
             10.0% - 14.9%                                                                      40%
             15.0% - 24.9%                                                                      45%
             25.0% - 49.9%                                                                      70%
             50.0% AND OVER                                                             100%
F.   Enrollment time is defined as the time elapsed between the actual starting date and the date
      of the student’s last day of physical attendance.
G.  A student must give cancellation to the school in writing. An unexplained absence of a student
      from school for more than 15 consecutive calendar days will constitute notice of cancellation 
      to the school.  For purposes of cancellation, the cancellation date will be earlier of the last
      day of physical attendance, the date the student notifies the school of his/her withdrawal, the
      expiration of a leave of absence, or the date the student is expelled by the school.  The
      cancellation date will be determined by postmark on written notice or the date information is
      delivered to the school in person.
H.  If the school cancels or discontinues a course after the student begins classes, he/she will be
      entitled to receive from the school a pro-rata refund of the tuition, fees and other charges
      paid by the student or on behalf of the student.  If before classes begin, a full refund will be
      made. The school does not participate in any teach-out plans with other institutions.
I.   Application and registration fees shall be chargeable at initial enrollment and shall not exceed
      $100.00.  Deposits or down payments shall become part of the tuition.  There are no refunds
      on books and kit items once in possession of the student.  A withdrawal or dismissal fee of
      $100.00 will be assessed to the student ledger.

J.   All student refunds shall be made by the school within 45 calendar days after the date of
      notice of the student’s cancellation or the date that the school determines that the student has
      officially or unofficially withdrawn.  The school shall mail a written acknowledgement of a
      student’s cancellation or written withdrawal within 15 calendar days of the date of    
      notification.
K.  If a title IV financial aid recipient does not complete the program, a calculation for return of     
      Title IV funds will be completed and any applicable returns by the school shall be paid, as
      applicable, first to unsubsidized Direct Loan program, second to subsidized Direct Loan
      program, third to the Federal Pell Grant program, and last to the student.  After applicable
      returns to Title IV aid have been made, this refund policy will apply to determine the amount
      earned by the school and owed by the student.  If the student has received personal payments
      of Title IV aid, he/she may be required to refund the aid to the applicable program.

The Business Office does all institutional refund calculations (See attached example)
The Financial Aid Office does all Title IV calculations (See attached example)

Return of Unearned Title IV Funds Calculation Form from Gemcor is used. (See attached)

  • The funds are deposited into the Federal Funds account by the Business Office.
  • The return request is then reported to Gemcor by toggling through TEAM by the Financial Aid Office.

WITHDRAWAL AND LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY

WITHDRAWALS
Any student who withdraws from the school or fails to complete their training will have a notice placed in their file as to their progress at the point of withdrawal.

A student making satisfactory progress at the point of withdrawal may apply for re-enrollment in the school and will be considered to be making satisfactory progress at the point of re-entry.

A student failing to meet minimum satisfactory requirements at the point of withdrawal will be re-evaluated after 30 days of re-entry.  Transfer hours accepted are counted as both attempted and completed.

COURSE INCOMPLETES/REPETITIONS/NON-CREDIT REMEDIAL PROGRAM
Course incompletes/repetitions/non-credit remedial courses have no effect upon a student’s satisfactory progress status in this school.

WITHDRAWAL REQUIREMENTS
Students who withdraw from enrollment prior to course completion must:
            ∙ Complete all required exit paperwork and attend an exit interview
            ∙ Must withdraw in writing
            ∙ Make satisfactory arrangements for all debts owed to the school
            ∙ A $100.00 withdraw, drop or dismissal fee will be added to the student ledger

LEAVE OF ABSENCE
A student may be granted a leave of absence, with proper documentation, for circumstances beyond the control of the student.  Example: student accident, student (or immediate family) medical reasons, or death of an immediate family member.  An immediate family member is defined as spouse, child, parents/guardians, sibling or grandparent. 

The leave of absence must be requested and approved in writing prior to a leave of absence occurring.  At the time of request, the student is required to list the reason for the leave of absence, expected solution of issue by taking a leave, and include documentation.  Emergency leaves of absence, whereas the student is physically unable to sign leave request, may be granted without prior written request, provided the student completes the leave of absence request form and return it to the school via e-mail, fax, or in person.  The effective date of the leave will be when the leave request is delivered to the school. A leave of absence will extend the student’s contract period and maximum time frame by the same number of days in the actual leave of absence.

The maximum time frame for a leave of absence is ninety days.  However, in the case of extenuating circumstances, (pregnancy, health), a leave may be extended up to 180 days.  The school permits one leave of absence in a 12-month period.  Any unused days if a student returns prior to the requested leave cannot be used later.

WITHDRAWAL DETERMINATION DATE
A student must give cancellation to the school in writing. An unexplained absence of  a student
from school for more than 30 consecutive calendar days will constitute notice of cancellation to the school.  For purposes of cancellation, the cancellation date will be earlier of the last day of physical attendance, the date the student notifies the school of his/her withdrawal, the  expiration of a leave of absence, or the date the student is expelled by the school.  The cancellation date will be determined by postmark on written notice or the date information is delivered to the school in person.

WHERE CAN I GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL?

Additional information about Unity Cosmetology College is available through the student catalog, the schools website or by calling the school.  The student catalog can be obtained in the Admissions Office.

STUDENTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

I understand that I have a right to the following:

  • resources regarding financial aid
  • understand the different financial aid programs available
  • understand the schools refund policy
  • written information on my loan obligations and information on my rights and responsibilities as a

borrower

  • a grace period and an explanation of what this means
  • a disclosure statement, received before I begin to repay my loan, that includes information

about interest rates, fees, the balance I owe, and the number of payments

  • deferment of repayment for certain defined periods, if I qualify and if I request it
  • forbearance, if I qualify and if I request it
  • prepayment of my loan in whole or in part any time without an early-repayment penalty
  • a copy of my promissory note either before or at the time my loan is disbursed
  • documentation that my loan(s) are paid in full

I understand I am responsible for:

  • providing correct information., failure to do so can result in consequences
  • reading an understanding all forms you are asked to sign
  • accepting all responsibility for all agreements that you sign
  • be aware of schools refund policies
  • attending exit counseling before I leave school or drop below half-time enrollment
  • repaying my loan even if I do not complete my academic program (under certain circumstances),

I am dissatisfied with the education I received, or I am unable to find employment
after I graduate

  • notifying my school and the Direct Loan Servicing Center if I
  • move/change my address
  • change my name
  • withdraw from school or drop below half-time enrollment
  • transfer to another school
  • fail to enroll or reenroll in school for the period for which the loan was intended
  • change my expected date of graduation
  • graduate
  • making monthly payments on my loan(s) after I leave school, unless I have a deferment or a

forbearance

  • notifying the U.S. Department of Education’s Direct Loan Servicing Center of anything that

might alter my eligibility for an existing deferment

SATIFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY
Satisfactory progress in attendance and academic work is a requirement for all students enrolled at Unity Cosmetology College.
Students receiving funds under any Federal Title IV financial aid program must maintain satisfactory progress in order to continue eligibility for such funds.

ATTENDANCE PROGRESS
Maximum time: The maximum time a student has to complete is 150% of the program length.

Attendance: All students must maintain at least a 67% cumulative attendance average in order to be considered making satisfactory progress and to complete the program within the maximum time frame.

ACADEMIC PROGRESS
The following factors will be measured to determine academic progress:
Theory work
Practical work
Laboratory work
Sanitation work

Theory and practical work will be graded according to the following scale:

94-100             A         Excellent
88-93               B         Good
82-87               C        Satisfactory
76-81               D        Unsatisfactory
75, below        F         Failing

Students must maintain a “C” grade average (minimum of 82% in theory and practical work) in order to be considered making satisfactory progress.  Only students who maintain satisfactory progress are eligible to receive Title IV assistance.

DETERMINATION OF PROGRESS
Student progress will be reviewed by the institution on a monthly basis to identify students who may be at risk regarding satisfactory academic progress.  At risk students will be advised regarding efforts to improve progress.  Formal evaluations of satisfactory progress which determine continuing eligibility for federal student aid will be conducted at the end of each federal financial aid payment period, (Cosmetology course at 450, 900 and 1200 clock hours; 1000 hour Cosmetology Teacher course at 450 and 900 clock hours; 500 hour Cosmetology Teacher course at 250 clock hours; and Refresher course at 125 clock hours) when the student actually reaches the required clock hours, prior to requesting federal financial aid funds.  Students meeting minimum requirements at evaluation will be considered to be making satisfacto9ry progress until the next scheduled evaluation.  Students receive notification of satisfactory progress results.  These results are also placed in the students’ file.  Students will remain eligible for federal financial aid if they are making satisfactory progress, are in federal aid warning or have submitted a successful appeal to a determination of unsatisfactory progress.

FINANCIAL AID WARNING
Students failing to meet minimum progress requirements will be placed on financial aid warning until the next evaluation with the opportunity to meet requirements for the next evaluation period.  During financial aid warning students are considered to be making satisfactory progress and will have financial aid funds disbursed without an appeal. 
At the end of the financial aid warning period, the student’s progress will be re-evaluated.  If the student is meeting minimum requirements in both academics and attendance, he/she will be determined to be making satisfactory progress, the warning will be lifted, and financial aid funds will be disbursed to eligible students.  Any student who fails to meet minimum requirements at the end of their financial aid warning period is ineligible for further financial aid unless the student submits a written appeal in accordance with this policy and is granted probation or an academic plan by the school   If it is not mathematically possible for a student to raise their attendance or academic percentages during probation so they meet the schools cumulative standards at eh end of the probation, the appeal will not be granted and an academic plan may need to be developed, that if followed, will ensure that the student is able to meet SAP by a specific point within the maximum time frame established for the individual student.  In the event the student submits a successful appeal and is granted probation or academic plan, federal student aid eligibility will be reinstated for the subsequent period only.

APPEAL PROCESS
Students who have been designated as not making satisfactory progress may appeal this determination with the institution based on mitigating circumstances. The student must submit a written appeal within 10 days  to the Financial Director, along with supporting documentation, reasons why the decision to terminate should be reversed, and why the student failed to make SAP and what has changed in their situation that would result to allow achievement of SAP.   A student may file an appeal for the following conditions: family death, injury or illness of student or dependent, or other extenuating circumstances.  Should the student fail to appeal within ten days, the decision will stand.

A decision on the student’s appeal will be made within three business days by the Financial Director and will be communicated to the student in writing.  This decision will be final.

Should a student prevail on his or her appeal and be determined as making satisfactory progress, the student will be granted probation for one payment period, automatically re-entered in the course, and financial aid funds will be reinstated to eligible students.  Should the appeal be denied, all federal financial aid will be terminated.  The student’s appeal and letter of determination will be placed in the student’s file.

LEAVES OF ABSENCE
A student may be granted a leave of absence, with proper documentation, for circumstances beyond the control of the student.  Example: student accident, student (or immediate family) medical reasons, or death of an immediate family member.  An immediate family member is defined as spouse, child, parents/guardians, sibling or grandparent. 

The leave of absence must be requested and approved in writing prior to a leave of absence occurring.  At the time of request, the student is required to list the reason for the leave of absence, expected solution of issue by taking a leave, and include documentation.  Emergency leaves of absence, whereas the student is physically unable to sign leave request, may be granted without prior written request, provided the student completes the leave of absence request form and return it to the school via e-mail, fax, or in person.  The effective date of the leave will be when the leave request is delivered to the school. A leave of absence will extend the student’s contract period and maximum time frame by the same number of days in the actual leave of absence.

The maximum time frame for a leave of absence is ninety days.  However, in the case of extenuating circumstances, (pregnancy, health), a leave may be extended up to 180 days.  The school permits one leave of absence in a 12-month period.  Any unused days if a student returns prior to the requested leave cannot be used later.

WITHDRAWALS/RETURNING/TRANSFER HOURS
Any student who withdraws from the school or fails to complete their training will have a notice placed in their file as to their progress at the point of withdrawal, the student will re-enter in the same progress status as when they left.  A student making satisfactory progress at the point of withdrawal may apply for re-enrollment in the school and will be considered to be making satisfactory progress at the point of re-entry. A student failing to meet minimum satisfactory requirements at the point of withdrawal will be re-evaluated for satisfactory progress after 30 days of re-entry.  Transfer hours accepted are counted as both attempted and completed.

COURSE INCOMPLETES/REPETITIONS/NON-CREDIT REMEDIAL PROGRAM
Course incompletes/repetitions/non-credit remedial courses have no effect upon a student’s satisfactory progress status in this school.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT POLICY

Unity Cosmetology College will accept up to 500 clock hours from a transferring cosmetology student.  In addition, transfer students must meet all regular entrance and registration requirements.  Transferring students are required to take and pass a theory and practical test, thus determining how many hours will transfer and placement in curriculum.  The school expects all students to attend all classes offered by the school.  If approved for enrollment, tuition will be charged at the current hourly rate for number of hours needing to complete the program, plus the $100.00 registration fee.  In addition, they need to submit an official transcript of hours and grades from the previous school.  They must also purchase books and equipment (if different from what they have) as listed on supply checklist.

GENERAL VERIFICATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Documents required  for verification:
Dependent Student: You and your parents must complete and sign Verification Worksheet form, and submit to school with copies of your and your parent’s signed U.S. Income Tax Return, if your returns were required to be filed, in order to receive any federal student financial assistance.
Independent Student: You (and your spouse) must complete and sign Verification Worksheet form, and submit to school with copies of your (and your spouses’) signed U.S. Income Tax Return, if your returns were required to be filed, in order to receive any federal student financial assistance. 
*If you need to make corrections to your information, you may either make them online at www.fafsa.ed.gov , or by using your SAR.  You must use your Federal Student Aid PIN to access your record online.  If you need additional help with your SAR, contact your school’s financial aid office or the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).  If your mailing address or e-mail address changes, you can make the correction online, send in the correction on your SAR, or call 1-800-4-FED-AID and ask customer service representative to make the changes for you.
The Financial Aid office will then contact the student as soon as verification is cleared and no other documents are needed.

FINANCIAL AID CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY

Student financial aid records are considered to be confidential and are only available to authorized financial aid personnel for the purpose of making and maintaining financial aid awards.

All student financial aid files are kept in a lockable fire-proof cabinet.

CAMPUS SECURITY & AWARENESS REPORT

The following information is provided and updated annually by October 1st as directed by the U. S. Department of Education through Public Law 101-542, the “Criminal Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990”.  The official title under this act is the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act {20 U.S.C. 1092(f)}.

Timely warning and emergency notification

The school does not maintain any special relationship with State and local police and does not have an agreement with those police agencies (such as written memoranda of understanding) to investigate alleged crimes. This school encourages students to complete a timely reporting of all crimes to the staff, police and appropriate law enforcement agencies. This school encourages students to immediately report an incident where an emergency evacuation be needed. All students should familiarize with the evacuation procedures posted in several key places around the school. This school does not provide on-campus housing. Please note that any emergency that requires immediate attentio nshould not wait to report to the school’s staff but rather should contact the appropriate agency by calling (911).

Reporting of Criminal Incidence

The school strives to provide a safe and secure campus for all students.  All students are encouraged to report any and all suspicious activity immediately upon witnessing the occurrence.  Students should report any knowledge of a criminal or suspicious nature to the Unity Cosmetology College staff.

The school will then take appropriate action based upon the information given by the staff member.  When deemed appropriate, Local Law enforcement authorities will also be notified.

 
Campus Security Programs

All students are briefed on security procedures at orientation.

Students are encouraged to be responsible for their own security and the security of those around them by reporting any incidents to staff when they occur.
Campus Policy Regarding Illegal Substances

The school has certified to the U.S. Department of Education that it operates a drug free school. Students will not use, sell or distribute illegal drugs or substances while enrolled at Unity Cosmetology College.  Doing so will result in disciplinary action including termination and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.  Information on counseling, prevention, treatment, rehab, and health risks will be given to each student, employee, and faculty member on or before their first day of school.                 

 Current Campus Crime Statistics

RIGHT-TO-KNOW AND CAMPUS SECURITY ACT

The student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act requires all schools receiving certain federal funds to disclose campus crime statistics to employers, students and potential students.  Unity Cosmetology College continues to experience a significant absence of crime as illustrated by the following statistics:

Type of Occurrence
Murder                                     0
Sexual Assault                        0
Forcible Sex Offences           0
Robbery                                   0
Aggravated Assault                0
Motor Vehicle Theft                0
Hate Crimes                           0
Arson                                       0
Burglary                                   0
Retail Theft                             0
Liquor Law Violations           0
Drug Abuse Violation            0
Weapons Possession          0

*Pontiac Police Department Reports 01/13 through 07/13 within plaza perimeters.

PRIVACY AND ACCESS POLICY- FERPA

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, Unity Cosmetology College does not release information pertaining to student’s cumulative records without written consent from the student or parent/guardian if the student is a minor.  The school guarantees the rights of students and parents (if applicable) to have access to the cumulative records and have proper supervision and interpretation of those records when they are being reviewed.  Access to records must be arranged in advance and a staff member must be present while the records are being reviewed.  Copies of file documents may be obtained at a cost of fifteen cents per copy.
Cumulative education records are maintained for five years or more after graduation or dismissal. Agencies requiring information from school records must file a written request which will become a part of the student’s permanent file.  The school must make its student files available to accrediting, regulatory and other governing agency representatives who have the legal right to examine such files for compliance review.
No portion of a file may be removed or reproduced without the permission of the owner(s) of the school, as all material and records contain therein are property of Unity Cosmetology College. 

INTERNAL SCHOOL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE  
           
A student or interested party may file a complaint against the school.  This complaint must be in writing addressed to the school.  It must outline the allegation or nature of the complaint with information or documentation backing up the complaint.  A school representative will meet with the complainant within 10 calendar days of the received written complaint.  If after careful evaluation, the problem cannot be resolved through discussion, the complainant will be referred to the school’s complaint committee.  The school will document the meeting between the school representative and complainant in writing.  The complainant will receive a copy of this written record.  The committee will meet within 21 calendar days of the received written complaint and review the allegations.  Should the committee need additional information from the complainant, a letter will be written outlining the additional information needed.  If no additional information is needed, the complaint committee will send a written letter within 15 calendar days to the complainant stating the steps that need to be taken to resolve the problem, or information to show that the allegations were not warranted or based on fact.  A complainant is required to try to resolve the problems through the schools complaint process prior to filing a complaint with the schools state licensing agency.  The complainant may pursue the matter further through the school’s accrediting agency after going through the school’s complaint process.  They may contact the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences at 4401 Ford Ave. Suite 1300 Alexandria, VA  22303-1432 or by phoning 703-600-7600.

DRUG/ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION

Unity Cosmetology College fully supports the prevention of drug abuse.  The school has certified to the U.S. Department of Education that it operates a drug free school. Students will not use, sell or distribute illegal drugs or substances while enrolled at Unity Cosmetology College.  Doing so will result in disciplinary action including termination and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.  Information on counseling, prevention, treatment, rehab, and health risks will be given to each student, employee, and faculty member on or before their first day of school.

 

A:  FEDERAL PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS FOR ILLEGAL
      POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

21. U. S. C. 884(a)
1st conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000.00, but not more than $100,000.00 or both.

After 1 prior drug conviction:  At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and fined $2,500.00, but not more than $250,000.00 or both.

After 2 or more prior drug convictions:  At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at least $5,000.00, but not more than $250,000.00 or both.

Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine; Mandatory at least 5 years       in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined up to $250,000.00 or both.

  • 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams
  • 2nd conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams
  • 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram

22. U. S. S. 853(a)(2) and 881(a)(7)
Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possessions of a controlled substance, that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions re: crack).
             
21. U. S. C. 881(a)(4)
Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.

21. U. S. C. 884a
            Civil fine of up to $10,000.00 (pending adoption of final regulations).

21. U. S. C. 853a
            Denial of Federal benefits such as student loans, grants, contracts and professional and commercial licenses,  up to 1 year for 1st offense, up to 5 years for 2nd and subsequent offenses.

 18. U. C. 933(g)
            Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.

           
Miscellaneous:  Revocation of certain Federal licensees and benefits, e.g. pilot license, public housing tenancy, etc., are vested within the authorities of individual Federal Agencies.

***NOTE:       These are only Federal penalties and sanctions.  Additional State penalties and       sanctions do apply.

B:  HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL 

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior.  Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required in driving a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in a car accident.  Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increases the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse.  Moderate to high doses of alcohol caused marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. 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 just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence.  Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions.  Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening.  Long term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

As described in What Works: Schools Without Drugs (1989 Edition, Department of Education).

JOB PLACEMENT RATE/ EMPLOYMENT STATS

84% of all passing graduates are working in the field

COMPLETION RATE /RETENTION RATE

Completion rate- 76%
Licensure rate- 94%

EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES

In the event of an emergency or snow days, listen to 93.7 FM or 104.1 FM for notice of school closure or call the school for pre-recorded updates. Instructors will follow tornado safety procedures of gathering students, staff, and clients in the designated area of the school. Fire evacuation guidelines will be enforced at the nearest exit.  Upon exiting the building, students will meet immediately in front of the school, so all students are accounted for. Any other emergencies will be explained as needed.

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF COPYRIGHT LAWS
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq

OCCUPATIONS WE TRAIN
Cosmetologist/Cosmetologist General- CIP Code 12.0401
Cosmetology Instructor- CIP Code 12.0413

COST OF ATTENDING SCHOOL-
2007-2008 Cost of attendance off-campus (not with family) $25,599
2007-2008 Cost of attendance off-campus (with family) $20,099
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MEDIAN DEBT FOR GRADS-  2007  $9,699


Unity Cosmetology College
24 Vermillion Plaza
Pontiac, Il. 61764
(815) 844-3100
admissions@unitycosmetologycollege.com

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It is our mission to provide a higher level of education in the field of cosmetology. Our goal is to prepare our students by our example, our leadership, and our encouragement for a lifelong career, not just another job.

*Accredited by National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences

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Unity Cosmetology College
24 Vermillion Plaza
Pontiac, IL 61764
admissions@unitycosmetologycollege.com
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