Hondros College of Business expects all students to submit coursework that represents a high standard of academic integrity. Coursework should reflect the student’s own understanding of the academic content. Academic dishonesty undermines the integrity of both the student and the program.

Hondros College of Business adheres to the American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing and requires all students to submit their work in this format. All incidents of academic dishonesty, whether intentional or unintentional, are unacceptable, and Hondros College of Business will address these issues immediately. Depending on the severity of the academic dishonesty, Hondros College of Business reserves the right to impose immediate academic dismissal from the College. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Plagiarizing
Plagiarism is taking the work of another, or another source, and passing it off as your own, intentionally or unintentionally. Plagiarizing may include any or all of the following:

  • Patch writing - Stringing together bits and pieces of original work(s) with your own thoughts or work to create new passages.
  • No quotation marks - Citing or attributing the work to the original author, using directly-quoted materials, but not acknowledging the direct passages with quotation marks.
  • Literary amnesia – Presenting material as original that is actually based on a hidden memory or past experience believed to be original, but actually previously heard or experienced through another source.
  • Self-plagiarism - The re-use and re-submission of one’s own previous work or parts of past work as new or original work without providing proper acknowledgement or credit.
  • Cutting and pasting - While the Internet is seemingly free due to its easy access and plethora of information, credit must still be given to information available through this resource.

Consequences of Plagiarism:
  1. First instance - Students will need to complete a coaching session and will have the opportunity to resubmit their assignment. The assignment will follow the late assignment policy on the course syllabi for a late submission of one week.
  2. Second instance - Zero on the assignment.
  3. Third instance - Failure of the course.
  4. Fourth instance – Immediate dismissal from the College and a notation on the student’s transcript.
Cheating
Cheating is intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Cheating may include any or all the following:
  • Copying someone else’s examination, homework, paper, or projects.
  • Obtaining copies of a text, quiz, etc. in advance of the assignment.
  • Purchasing papers/assignment and presenting them as your own.
  • Allowing another person to complete coursework on your behalf.
  • Using material or resources prohibit by the faculty.
  • Collaborating on an assignment/project without the permission of the faculty.
Falsification
Submitting falsified information or documentation to any department of the College.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
Assisting or attempting to assist another student to commit any form of academic dishonesty.

Consequences of Cheating, Falsification, and facilitating Academic Dishonesty:
  1. First instance - Zero on the assignment.
  2. Second instance - Failure of the course.
  3. Third instance - Immediate dismissal from the College and a notation on the student’s transcript.

Students are expected to be proficient in their use of technology at Hondros College of Business.
Students are required to have access to a computer and reliable internet to take and complete online classes.

  1. System Requirements:
    • Operating System: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7
    • Mac Operating System: Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Mac OS 8
    • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768
    • Color Quality: High Color (16 bit) or True Color (32 bit) for your monitor setting. Note: On Windows 7, or XP these settings are called Medium (16 bit) and Highest (32 bit).
    • A wireless card or built-in wireless networking.
    • PC/Web Camera or alternate video recording device for recording speech/presentations, synchronous learning activities with faculty & other students.
  2. Browser Requirements:
    • Microsoft Edge (Windows 10+), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version), or Safari 10 and 11
    • Cookies enabled or set to medium. See your operating system’s online help or your browser’s “Help” for how to set this.
    • Disabled Pop-up blocker
    • Flash Player Plug-in
  3. Connection Speed
    • Cable modem/(DSL connection recommended).
  4. Additional Software
    • Microsoft Office Home/Student or Office Professional, version 365 recommended (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Many assignments will require students to turn in work using these programs.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Javascript
    • Flash 9+
    • Virus Protection Software
In the event a user has a problem with accessing or usage of technologies required by the College, the following steps should be taken:
  1. First, review the “Support” section (in the footer of the Schoology web page) for basic issues and questions. Users can view links with user guides, video tutorials, and FAQs.
  2. If this does not address the issue, email hccobregistrar@hondros.com

Students’ satisfactory academic progress is measured for both qualitative and quantitative success.
A student must meet both the qualitative and quantitative elements of satisfactory academic progress while at Hondros College of Business to be considered in Good Academic Standing. The standards of satisfactory academic progress are applied to all students enrolled at Hondros College of Business and is evaluated at the end of each quarter by the Registrar. Students who fail to achieve Good Standing at the end of the quarter evaluation will be notified in writing of placement in Warning or Probation status and the subsequent requirements and/or consequences.

Qualitative Measure: Cumulative Grade Point Average – Qualitative Measure
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 70% for a “C” or (2.0 GPA). This standard will be evaluated at the end of each quarter. Students who fail to meet the required minimum cumulative GPA will be considered as not making satisfactory academic progress and will be placed on Academic Warning status.

Quantitative Measure: Pace of Progression/Maximum Program Length
Students must successfully complete 67% of all attempted credit hours. This standard will be evaluated at the end of each quarter. Pace of progression is calculated by dividing the cumulative total earned credit hours by the cumulative total attempted credit hours. All transfer credits, prior learning experience credit, and advanced standing credit/credit by examination awarded, will be considered as both attempted credits and earned credits.
Attempted credit hours include the following grades, A, B, C, D, F, W, P, TR. Earned credit hours will only include the following grades, A, B, C, D, P, TR.
Students who fail to meet the minimum pace of progression requirement will be considered as not making satisfactory academic progress and will be placed on Academic Warning status.

Pace of Progression Chart

Attempted Credit Hours Minimum Pace of Progression Required Earned Credit Hours
6 6 x .67 4.5
9 9 x .67 6.5
12 12 x .67 8.5
15 15 x .67 10.5
24 24 x .67 16.5

Letter Grade Percent Range/Description Quality Points Per Credit Hour
A 90-100 4.00
B 80-89 3.00
C 70-79 2.00
D 60-69 1.00
F 59-below 0.00
I Incomplete 0.00
TR Transfer Credit 0.00
W Withdrawal 0.00
P Prior Learning Experience Credit 0.00

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age.)

These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day Hondros College of Business receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
    A student who wishes to ask Hondros College of Business to amend a record should submit a written request to the Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
    If Hondros College of Business decides not to amend the record as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  3. The right to provide written consent before Hondros College of Business discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
    Hondros College of Business discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official typically includes a person employed by Hondros College of Business in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Hondros College of Business who performs an institutional service of function for which Hondros College of Business would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Hondros College of Business to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202
For full disclosure of FERPA, visit http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

The Student Grievance Procedure provides a formal process to address issues that require investigations or resolution. Students are encouraged to first make contact by email with the faculty or staff involved to attempt resolution through informal discussions. If the grievance is not resolved through informal discussions, the student is asked to follow the outlined steps.

  1. Submit in writing, within five (5) business days of the grievance, a detail of the grievance and a recommendation of resolution to the Vice President of Degree Programs. The Vice President of Degree Programs will conduct a review of the grievance and convene with administration and other necessary parties to determine a resolution. The Vice President of Degree Programs will formally respond in writing to the student within five (5) business days.

  2. Within two (2) business days if the student feels the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, he or she may submit in writing a detail of the grievance and a recommendation of resolution to the College President. The College President will formally respond in writing to the student within five (5) business days.

  3. Within an additional two (2) business days if the student feels the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, he or she may submit in writing a detail of the grievance and a recommendation of resolution to the CEO. The CEO will formally respond in writing to the student within five (5) business days.

  4. If the student is still not satisfied, the student may contact the Executive Director of the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, 30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, OH 43215, 877-275-4219 to state the grievance.

  5. If the student again is not satisfied, the students should then contact the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, D.C. 20002 or call 202-336-6780.

Hondros College of Business is not authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services to issue student visas. Hondros College of Business does not admit ability–to-benefit students. An applicant to Hondros College of Business is accepted based on the following conditions:

  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and/or beyond the age of compulsory school attendance.

  2. Admissions interview must be conducted in person or by telephone with an Enrollment Specialist prior to program acceptance.

  3. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Applicants must provide copies of required government-issued documentation (proof of citizenship, driver's license, state ID, passport, or permanent residency, if not a U.S. citizen).

  4. Applicants must complete the application and pay the $25 application fee.

  5. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Official high school transcripts or other official verification of high school graduation provided by the high school or public-school district, must be received by the College before the student is permitted to start classes.
    • If high school transcript is in a foreign language, applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by a qualified third-party agency. The applicant is responsible for paying all fees associated with translation and verification, as well as ensuring the results are submitted to Hondros College of Business.
    • Third-party evaluators must be a member of one of the following:
      • National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
      • Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).
  6. If English is not the native language, the applicant must demonstrate college level proficiency in English through one of the following:
    • Provide a high school transcript completed at an accredited/recognized high school where the language of instruction is English.
    • Successfully complete one of the following English proficiency tests with the minimum score listed below:
      • TOEFL Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT): 500
      • TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT): 61
      • International English Language Test (IELTS): 6.0
      • Pearson Test of English Academic: 44

  7. Once the applicant has met all the admissions requirements and been accepted into the College, applicant must complete the enrollment agreement, and all other required paperwork. Applicant must pay the $100 enrollment fee.

The following is the approved refund policy for a registered school in Ohio and is applicable to each course:

  1. A student who starts class and withdraws during the first calendar week of the academic term shall be obligated for twenty-five (25%) percent of the tuition and refundable fees for each course in that academic term plus the registration fee.
  2. A student who withdraws during the second full calendar week of the academic term shall be obligated for fifty (50%) percent of the tuition and refundable fees for each course in that academic term plus the registration fee.
  3. A student who withdraws during the third full calendar week of the academic term shall be obligated for seventy-five (75%) percent of the tuition and refundable fees for each course in that academic term plus the registration fee.
  4. A student who withdraws beginning the fourth full calendar week will not be entitled to a refund.
Refund Calculation
Class Tuition x Student Obligation % (determined by the Last Date of Activity) = Adjusted Student’s Tuition.
1st Week:    $285 x .25 =    $71.25
2nd Week:    $285 x .5 =    $142.50
3rd Week:    $285 x .75 =    $213.75
4th Week:    $285 x 1.0 =    $285.00

The last date of attendance is determined by the last day of attendance for a ground class, or the last submitted assignment or activity in an online course. The last date of attendance is used to determine the amount of a student refund based on the refund policy.

Student Right to Cancel Policy
A newly-enrolled student may cancel his or her enrollment at any time up through the end of the second calendar week of his or her first quarter and will receive a refund of any tuition paid to the school.

Course Add/Drop/and Course Withdrawal
Students should email the Registrar at hcobregistrar@hondros.com for any course add, drop, or course withdrawal request.
A student may add or drop a course(s) through the end of week 1 (one) of the quarter. Courses dropped by the end of week one will not be recorded on the student’s transcript. Students should reference the refund policy contained within this catalog to determine eligibility of tuition refunds for dropped courses.
A student may withdraw from a course(s) from week two (2) through the end of week six (6). Course withdrawals will receive a grade of “W” on their transcript. A grade of “W” is not calculated in the cumulative grade point average; however, it does count toward hours attempted in the program. Students who fail to attend all registered courses for two consecutive weeks prior to week 7 (seven), will be withdrawn with a grade of “W” from the course(s). Students should reference the refund policy contained within this catalog to determine eligibility of tuition refunds for dropped courses.

Program Withdrawal
A student may request withdrawal from the College by notification to the Vice President of Degree Programs. Students requesting withdrawal on or before the end of week 6 (six) of an enrolled quarter will be withdrawn from all courses with the grade of “W” for each class in that quarter. Students who request withdrawal after the end of week 6 (six) of an enrolled quarter will be withdrawn with the grade of “F” for each course in that quarter.
Students who do not attend class for two consecutive quarters will be withdrawn by the College.

Program Dismissal
Students may be dismissed from the College for the following reasons: 1) students do not return to good academic standing at the end of their quarter on academic warning and/or probation (see Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy); 2) students are not meeting the maximum program length requirements of the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy (see Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy); or. 3) students are in violation of the Student Conduct or Academic Integrity Policy, depending on the severity.
Students are notified in writing of dismissal.

All requests for transfer credit must be accompanied by an official transcript issued by the academic institution directly to Hondros College of Business. Transcripts must come from an accredited academic institution whose accreditor is recognized by the United States Department of Education. International credits are not transferable. An official transcript is defined as a being received in a sealed envelope from the original institution or sent electronically through a certified credentialing agency (e.g. Parchment) or the institution. Questions concerning transfer credit should be emailed to the Registrar at hcobregistrar@hondros.com. A maximum of 45 credit hours can be awarded through transfer credit and/or prior learning experience.
To award transfer credit, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Courses being evaluated for transfer credit must have been completed within the past 10 years.
  2. Courses being evaluated for transfer credit must have a letter grade of “C-” (70%) or better including grades with a letter grade of a “P” (Pass).
  3. Course content equivalency.
Transfer Credits are not calculated in the cumulative GPA. These credit hours are counted as credit hours earned and as credit hours attempted. Transfer credit awarded will be transcribed as “TR” on the transcript.

Prior Learning Experience (PLE)
Prior Learning Experience is defined as an experience outside of activity at the college whereby credit can be awarded to a student beyond transfer credit from another institution. There are 2 ways a student can be awarded PLE credit which are:
  1. Advanced Standing Credit
  2. Credit by Examination
Advanced Standing Credit
Students may receive Advanced Standing Credit of 12 hours for holding an active, unencumbered Ohio Real Estate salesperson’s license. Students who qualify for Advanced Standing Credit will receive a total of 12 credit hours for the following courses only: Real Estate Principles and Practice, Real Estate Law, Real Estate Finance, and Real Estate Appraisal. Advanced Standing Credits are not calculated in the cumulative GPA. These credit hours are counted as credit hours earned and as credit hours attempted. Advanced Standing Credit awarded will be transcribed as “P” on the transcript.

Credit by Examination
A student may be eligible to test out of certain core, general education, or elective classes, using the College Board’s College Level Examination Program or DANTES examination. Students must provide evidence of successful completion of the exam(s). Courses awarded credit by Credit by Examination are not calculated in the cumulative GPA. These credit hours are counted as credit hours earned and as credit hours attempted. Credit by Examination awarded will be transcribed as “P” on the transcript.

Transferability of Credits
Transfer Credit is always determined by the receiving educational institution. Hondros College of Business cannot guarantee the transferability of credits earned at Hondros College of Business. If a student or graduate of Hondros College of Business is interested in transferring credits to another institution, transcripts will be issued upon request. It is advised that students keep their Hondros College of Business catalogs and course syllabi from their tenure in their program to provide to other colleges for review of the courses. If there is any financial hold on a student’s account, transcripts will not be released until the hold is resolved.

Hondros College of Business declares and affirms a policy of equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity, and non-discrimination, where applicable, in the provisions of educational services to the public. No individual is excluded from participation in or denied benefits of programs and employment-related opportunities at Hondros College of Business on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, physical or mental handicap, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran or military status. Hondros College of Business complies with all laws and regulations to guarantee equal opportunities. Persons who believe that they have not been afforded equal treatment in accordance with this policy should contact the VP, Degree Programs. All complaints of unequal treatment will be fully investigated, and corrective action will be taken where required.


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