Procedures for Victims of Sexual Assault
The Institution encourages all students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Please report any known criminal offenses occurring on campus to the school administration.
In the event a sex offense should occur on campus; the victim should take the following steps:
Campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual assault will be based on the findings of the law enforcement agency investigating the facts pertaining to the crime and other mitigating circumstances.
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Violence Against Women VAWA
On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) (Pub. Law 113-4). The HEA defines the new crime categories of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in accordance with section 40002(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 as follows:
Domestic violence” means a “felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by—
A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim,
A person with whom the victim shares a child in common,
A person who is co-habitating with or has co-habitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner,
A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies [under the VAWA],
Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction”
Dating violence” means “violence committed by a person –
Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
Where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
The length of the relationship;
The type of the relationship; and
The frequency of interactions between the people involved in the relationship.”
Stalking” means “engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to –
Fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
Suffer substantial emotional distress.”
Sexual Assault” means “any sexual act directed against another person without consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent
Consent” means “voluntary positive agreement between participants to engage in specific activity:
Consent to sexual activity can be communicated in a variety of ways, but one should presume that consent has not been given in the absence of clear, positive agreement.
While verbal consent is not an absolute requirement for consensual sexual activity, verbal communication prior to engaging in sex helps clarify consent. Communicating verbally before engaging in sexual activity is imperative. However potentially awkward as it may seem, talking about your own and your partner’s sexual desires, needs, and limitations provide a basis for a positive experience
Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant at every stage of a sexual encounter. The absence of “no” should not be understood to mean there is consent.
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
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 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;
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 use the Federal Relay Service.
Or you may contact us at the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
To update your FERPA form please download the form here and submit it to the administrative office at LBCI.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy applies to all students enrolled in a Council on Occupational Education and Louisiana Board of Regents approved program whether receiving Federal Title IV, HEA funds.
Satisfactory Progress in attendance and academic work is a requirement. Academic work is evaluated on a cumulative basis. Students must maintain SAP to continue eligibility for Title IV, HEA funding. To determine SAP, all students are evaluated in academics and attendance at the evaluation points listed below. Students are advised of their academic and attendance status via a progress report.
Satisfactory progress in academic performance and attendance is required to continue as a student in good standing. A diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of requirements of the program
The academic grading system is as follows:
A = 90-100 B =80-89 C = 70-79 D = 60-69 F = 68 or below
Students are graded according to the results of written and Practical examinations. Practical evaluations take into consideration performance and production. These grades are recorded on progress reports which are computed monthly.To remain in good academic standing, a student must maintain a least a 70% average and complete the course in the designated time frame. Students who fall below a 70% average may be placed on Academic Probation.
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Schools in most states and the District of Columbia must make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to their students. (Schools in Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are exempt from this requirement.)
The school must make the voter registration forms widely available to its students. It must individually distribute the forms to its degree- or certificate-seeking (FSA-eligible) students. The school can mail paper copies, or, alternatively, it may distribute voter registration forms by electronically transmitting to each student a message containing an acceptable voter registration form or an Internet address where that form can be downloaded.
The electronic message must be devoted exclusively to voter registration. In states where this condition applies, schools must request voter registration forms from the state 120 days prior to the state’s deadline for registering to vote. This provision applies to general and special elections for federal office and to the elections of governors and other chief executives within a state. If a school does not receive the forms within 60 days prior to the deadline for registering to vote in the state, it is not liable for failing to meet the requirement during that election year.
The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information
The school is committed to protecting the safety, health and well-being of its employees and students and recognizing that abuse of alcohol and other drugs compromises this dedication. This drug policy is designed to assist staff and students to benefit from an alcohol/drug free lifestyle.
A school that participates in the FSA programs must provide drug and alcohol- prevention information to its students, faculty, and employees each year.
In addition, a school that participates in the Campus-Based programs must have a drug-free awareness program for its employees that include a notice to its employees of unlawful activities and the actions the school will take against an employee who violates these prohibitions.
STUDENT RIGHT TO KNOW AND CAMPUS SECURITY ACT INFORMATION
In accordance with the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, below is a list of consumer information. Should you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact The Learning Bridge Career Institute's Administrative Office at 985-262-4685
Financial Assistance Information
Below you will find links to financial assistance information, including Federal Aid Programs. To retrieve the information, please click on the underlined link of the applicable subject heading. Financial assistance information, including which Federal Student Aid Programs are available to LBCI's students at in the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program, can be retrieved by clicking on the "Apply for Financial Aid" tab under the campus headings above Additionally, the Student Finance Department is available to provide information and answer any questions you may have about financing your education.
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Complaints and Grievance Procedure
The steps below are to be used when reporting complaints and grievances:
Complete the grievance form prior to your appointment with the Administrator.
Submit the original form to the LBCI and keep a copy for your records.
Schedule an appointment with the LBCI Administrator
If you are still dissatisfied, please write:
Louisiana Board of Regents, Division of Planning, Research, and Performance,
Proprietary Schools Section, P.O. Box 3677,
Baton Rouge, LA, 70821, 225-342-7084
and or to
Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300 Suite 325,
Atlanta, GA 30350
This step should be taken only after the student has unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the matter with the school, and having first filed a written and signed a complaint form with the Campus Director and or to Administrator.
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Campus Security Report
The following provides information required under Public Law, 34, CFR Part 668, Student Assistance General Provisions, and Campus Safety.
Should you need to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus please report this directly to the Director of Learning Bridge Career Institute. If the Director is unavailable, please report to the instructor in charge. The fire report is included in this report. A paper copy of this report can be retrieved upon request from the administrative office.
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Students with Disabilities
The Learning Bridge Career Institute (LBCI) does not discriminate against students and applicants on the basis of disability, in the administration of its educational and other programs. LBCI reasonably accommodates qualified students (including applicants) with disabilities as defined by applicable law, if the individual is otherwise qualified to meet the fundamental requirements and aspects of the program of LBCI, without undue hardship to the LBCI. For purposes of reasonable accommodation, a student or applicant with a disability is a person who has a learning, physical or psychological impairment which limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, speaking, learning, or working).
To be eligible to continue at LBCI, the student or applicant must meet the qualifications and requirements expected generally of its students, and must also be able to perform the requirements of the individual major or program in which she is enrolled.
A qualified student or applicant is an individual with a disability as defined by this policy and applicable law who meets the academic and technical standards. Accommodations are such modifications to the course, program or educational requirements as are necessary and effective for the individual, if reasonable to provide at LBCI and do not alter the fundamental nature of programs. Accommodations do not include exemption from academic evaluation standards or from the code of student conduct.
If you are a student with a disability, you will give sufficient notice of your need for assistance preferably prior to enrollment. Upon receiving a request for assistance as well as submitting appropriate documentation, the Dean of Education considers the student’s need for assistance as it relates to the documented disability. The following list is an example of the types of reasonable accommodations and services that LBCI may provide, on a case-by-case basis, to assure equal access:
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