IOPS Academy encourages diversity and accepts applications from all minorities. IOPS does not discriminate against students or potential students on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. IOPS acknowledges that information pertaining an applicant’s disability is voluntary and confidential, and will be made on an individual basis. If this information is presented, IOPS will reasonably attempt to provide an accommodation to overcome the effects of the limitation of the qualified applicant. All inquiries about accommodations should be made to the Administrator upon registration of the program.

Code of Conduct

The following conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated:

  1. All forms of bias including race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, national origin, veteran status, and creed as demonstrated through verbal and/or written communication and/or physical acts.

  2. Sexual harassment including creating a hostile environment and coercing an individual to perform sexual favors in return for something.
  3. All types of proven dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forgery, and alteration or use of institution documents with intent to defraud.
  4. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, public meetings and programs, or other school activities.
  5. Theft or damage to the school premises or damage to the property of a member of the school community on the school premises.
  6. Student acts of criminal behavior that place any person in imminent danger are prohibited on all school grounds.
  7. Violation of the law on school premises. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of alcoholic beverages or controlled dangerous substances.
  8. Violation of published school policies.

Conditions for Dismissal

A participant who fails to comply with the attendance policy, violates safety regulations, interferes with other trainee’s learning, is convicted of a felony, is boisterous, vulgar or obscene, is under the influence of or abusing alcohol or drugs, uses the IOPS related service marks or logo inappropriately, or does not make timely tuition payments is subject to immediate termination.

The school director will notify the student in writing should it become necessary to dismiss the student. The dismissal letter will contain the date and the reason for dismissal. It is the responsibility of the dismissed student to notify the appropriate lending institution if the student has a student loan or is receiving financial aid. Prepaid tuition will be refunded according to the school’s refund policy.

Student Grievance-Complaint/Appeal Process

Nothing in this policy prevents the student from contacting the Workforce Board (the state licensing agency) at 360/709-4600 at any time with a concern or a complaint. Students who have a complaint or who would like to appeal a dismissal must request in writing an appointment for an interview with the school director. The written request should include the following information:

  1. Student’s full name and current address;
  2. A statement of the concern including dates, times, instructors, and if applicable, other students involved;
  3. Date of complaint letter and signature of the student;
  4. Three dates in which the student would be available for a meeting with the school director. These dates should be within 10 business days of the complaint.

The school director will notify the student in writing of the appointment date in which the concerns or appeal will be addressed. Every effort will be made to bring an amicable closure to the concern. Should it be necessary, a panel of instructors will hear the concerns and will be asked to assist in bringing a resolution to concerns and/or appeals.  The student will be notified in writing within five business days of the outcome of the meetings. Should the contract be canceled by either the student or the school, the last date of attendance will be used as the date to calculate any refund in accordance with the school’s refund policy.