Higher Education Opportunity Act
The International Institute for Restorative Practices, in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, provides current and prospective students and employees with information about the Institute's policies and statistics about our community.
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Affirmative Action StatementThe International Institute of Restorative Practices seeks to ensure fair and equal employment opportunity and conditions of employment. The Institute affirms its commitment to hiring and retaining women and minority candidates.
Average Time to Complete Graduate Program
Average Time to Complete Graduate Programs (AY 2014/15) Master of Science in Restorative Practices 32.2 months Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices 18.0 months
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Students and employees of the IIRP are members of the academic community. As members of the academic community, they are subject to the rights and obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership. Students and employees are expected to be honorable and ethical in every regard and to have consideration for the welfare of others as individuals and for the community as a whole.
In keeping with the Clery Act, as amended by the Campus SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination) Act in 2013, the IIRP does not suggest that witnesses (bystanders) to violent or potentially violent situations put themselves in jeopardy, but that they do take appropriate steps to keep members of the community safe. Reporting options are available for bystanders as well as victims. Calling the police is usually the best way to intervene if there is a question of safety for anyone. If there is no immediate danger, restorative processes may be utilized to address any concerns for members of the community.
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Copyright Infringement Policies
In the preparation of course, program or degree work, students are directed to comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title XVII, United States Code).
Students may not copy print or non-print media or download copyrighted files (including music) from the Internet beyond accepted norms. Consult with instructors concerning United States copyright policies on "fair use" for educational purposes.
Violations of copyright law and violations of regulations regarding the use of copyrighted material for educational purposes are violations of the Academic Integrity policy and are subject to disciplinary action.
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Credit Transfer Policy
Due to the specialized nature of the Institute’s programs, transfer credits will not be accepted, with the exception of IIRP coursework offered as ORLA 5340 and taught by IIRP faculty at the Summer Principals Academy 2016, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York.
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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
In support of the national strategy to combat illegal drug and alcohol abuse, Congress has enacted the Drug-Free Workplace and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments, which require that "...as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education or state/local educational agency must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees."
IIRP students and employees are both citizens and members of the academic community. As citizens, they enjoy the same rights and obligations that other citizens enjoy; and, as members of the academic community, they are subject to the rights and obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership. Students and employees are expected to be honorable and ethical in every regard and to have consideration for the welfare of others as individuals and for the community as a whole.
Standards Of Conduct
The unlawful manufacture, possession, use, misuse, abuse or distribution of drugs and alcohol on institutional property or off campus while conducting any officially sanctioned institutional activity by any student or employee of the institution is strictly prohibited. If found in violation of these standards, students and employees will be subject to disciplinary action and may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities.
Faculty and staff, as a condition of employment, must abide by the terms of this policy and report any convictions under criminal drug statutes for violations occurring on or off the premises while conducting business for the institution within five days of the conviction.
For students, sanctions imposed by the institution for violations of the above conditions may range from probation up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution. Sanctions for violation of any of the aforementioned standards imposed on employees may vary from mandatory participation in rehabilitation programs to termination of employment and referral for prosecution.
Counseling and Treatment
Students or employees who abuse controlled substances or alcohol are encouraged to seek assistance and referral through the office of the Director of Student Services. Many options are available in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas for employees and students in need of substance-abuse counseling. Some of these centers are noted below:
- Intake and referral: Northampton County Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit (610-997-5800)
- Support groups: Alcoholics Anonymous (610- 882-0558); Narcotics Anonymous (610-439-1998)
- Residential treatment: Caron Foundation, serves adolescents and adults (800-678-2332); Penn Foundation, adults only (215-257-9999 or 800-245-7366)
- Outpatient counseling: Confront (610-433-0148); Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (610-437-0801); St. Luke’s Intensive Outpatient Treatment Alternatives (610- 954-3650 or 610-866-0918); Recovery Center (610-776-0866); Crisis Intervention (610-252-9060 or 610-782-3127); Livengrin Center (610-264-5521); White Deer Run of Allentown (610-266-2550)
This is only a partial listing of the services and programs available in the greater Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. The appearance of a program or service on this list is not to be construed as the Institute’s endorsement of the identified agency.
Emergency Warnings and Notifications
The IIRP has a system in place to notify students and staff via a mass phone message in the event of a significant campus emergency or dangerous situation. Each student designates their preferred phone number for receiving emergency notifications in the personal information section of their Student Portal.
Equal Opportunity Statement
The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School admits students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, familial, marital or veteran status, HIV status or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The IIRP Graduate School admits students equally with regard to these categories.
Facilities Available to Students with Disabilities
IIRP adheres to the principles and mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the individual’s major life activities, even if the student uses a mitigating measure such as glasses, medication, prostheses, or a hearing aid. Major life activities are functions such as breathing, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, exercising cognitive abilities, sitting, standing, lifting, reaching and working.
IIRP will voluntarily provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to a student whose condition meets the legal definition of a disability under the ADA and who is considered otherwise qualified for IIRP admission.
Special classroom set-ups, alternate testing and other accommodations for students with documented disabilities are available on a case-by-case basis. The IIRP is not required by law to change the "fundamental nature or essential curricular components of its programs in order to accommodate the needs of disabled students." It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to identify themselves and request accommodations through the office of the Vice President for Administration well in advance of need in order to give the IIRP a reasonable amount of time to evaluate the request and, if possible, implement the accommodation.
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Information Technology Services
The primary purpose of the IIRP’s computing resources and other information technologies is to enhance and support the educational mission of the IIRP. These resources include workstations and multi-user computer systems, as well as local area networks and connections to other computer networks.All students, faculty and staff are responsible for using the IIRP’s computing resources in a safe, effective, ethical and lawful manner. Note: Logging onto or otherwise connecting to the campus network implies acceptance of this policy.
The intent of this statement is to give an overview of acceptable and unacceptable uses of computing resources without exhaustively enumerating all such uses and misuses. This statement is intended as an addition to existing policies concerning academic honesty and the use of facilities. The predominant goal of this policy is to promote honesty, respect for individuals and respect for both physical and intellectual property. All expectations regarding academic honesty and professional ethics extend to assignments completed in electronic form. It is never permitted to use another person’s computer authorization for any purpose or to provide your own authorization to another.
It is never permitted to access someone else’s work without explicit permission. It is not permitted to engage in any activity that would harass others or impede their work. All members of the campus community are required to adhere to all copyright laws. As part of the internet community, students connecting their computers to the IIRP’s must take reasonable precautions against viruses.
While the IIRP makes every effort to maintain the security of its systems, no guarantee of privacy can be made for electronically stored information or email. Users of institutional computing resources also should be aware that the IIRP reserves the right to inspect information stored on its systems when there is reasonable cause to suggest a violation of the institution’s policies.
Standards of ethics and behavior while using computing resources should follow such standards as outlined in IIRP handbooks and policy documents. Disciplinary procedures for violations will follow standard institutional procedures and may result in curtailment of network privileges.
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Internet Peer-To-Peer File-Sharing Policy
In recent years, internet peer-to-peer file-sharing programs have made it easy to download and share music, movies, and software files. This is a problem for IIRP and other institutions because it encourages behavior that violates copyright law and because it creates internet traffic congestion. In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act the IIRP will by policy and procedure:
- Ensure for all users adequate and equitable access to the internet for academic purposes and personal communications.
- Respect our community’s rights to privacy and confidentiality, freedom of speech and academic freedom while using the network.
- Educate the network-user community on the technical, legal, and ethical aspects of copyright and intellectual property.
- Uphold copyright law as spelled out in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act and elsewhere. The Act defines copyright and fair use in the digital age.
The IIRP prohibits the use of its systems or networks to copy, store, display, or distribute copyrighted material in any medium, or to prepare derivative works of such material, without the express permission of the copyright owner, except as otherwise allowed under copyright law. In addition to sanctions by the institution, copyright violators could be subject to felony charges under state and federal law and may be sued by the copyright holder.
Under copyright law, unless you have express permission from the copyright holder to engage in the copying, downloading and sharing of files, you are in violation of the law. Peer-to-peer programs have no provision to acquire permission. In practice, therefore, their use for downloading music and movies may put you in violation of the IIRP’s policy and the law.
Peer-to-peer file-sharing programs have legitimate uses for sharing information over the internet. In addition, the internet has allowed the democratization of the music industry, allowing musicians to distribute their works and gain audiences not possible before the internet. However compelling they are, however, these arguments in no way absolve file-sharing users from the need to follow copyright law and respect intellectual property ownership.
The technology department at the IIRP does not intend to block peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, nor does it monitor the content of network traffic. However, the IIRP does monitor traffic patterns in order to guarantee acceptable network performance for all users. If the technology department becomes aware of policy violations or illegal activities in the course of investigating network congestion or determining problems, it will investigate by inspecting content stored or shared on its network.
The IIRP’s acceptable use policy also prohibits activities that interfere with the ability of others to use the IIRP’s computing resources or other network-connected services effectively. This may apply to peer-to-peer file-sharing programs irrespective of copyright violations, as these programs consume huge amounts of network resources.
The Graduate School library specializes in books and other resources related to restorative practices.
The lIRP offers its graduate students online access to relevant databases, such as its collection of conference papers and abstracts, ERIC, SocINDEX, NCJRS and Restorative Justice Online.
IIRP graduate students are expected to utilize the holdings of regional college and university libraries. For example, Temple University (Philadelphia), Lafayette College (Easton), Moravian College (Bethlehem) and Lehigh University (Bethlehem) permit students to purchase library cards with full borrowing privileges for fees ranging from $40 to $140 per year.
Hours for the library will be posted on the library webpage.
The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) does not discriminate against any person based on actual or perceived race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, familial status, marital status, age, veteran status, HIV status, mental or physical disability – or any other basis – in administration of its educational policies, employment policies, scholarship or loan programs or other education related programs administered by the Institute.
Consistent with its name and mission, ideally concerns would first be addressed informally, through informal discussions or a restorative circle. If a solution is reached it should be put in writing, signed and dated by both parties, and copied to the Vice President for Administration. However, persons choosing not to participate in a restorative process so should report the incident in writing to the Vice President for Administration.
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and its amendments are federal law that affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. IIRP will maintain the confidentiality of student education records in accordance with the provisions of the Act and will accord all rights under the Act to current and former students of IIRP who are declared independent.
The act also limits who outside IIRP may have access to a student’s academic records. Academic records may not be transmitted to individuals or agencies outside of the institution without the student’s written consent, except as provided by law. Therefore, students must give written permission when requesting the institution to forward records to off-campus persons, agencies or institutions, and to pay a fee of $5.00. The law permits IIRP to release without permission such information as a student’s name, telephone number, enrollment status, dates of attendance, major field and degrees and awards received.
If you do not want the IIRP to disclose directory information from your education records, you must complete the “Request to Opt Out of Directory Information” form. Please contact the Office of the Director of Student Services at 610-807-9221 to obtain the form.
Upon receipt of the completed form, your request will remain in effect until such time as you inform us in writing that you no longer wish to keep your information private. Prior to completing this form, please consider all the effects of this decision. For example, if you tell us not to disclose your directory information to third parties, we will not share your information with anyone (except persons who have a right to see your information under the law), including persons or agencies offering jobs and educational benefits such as scholarships or agencies regarding loan deferments. Also, note that if you have requested that we not disclose your directory information but you would like to have your name appear in the commencement program, you must provide your signed written consent no later than March 1 for the June commencement.
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Student Body Diversity
Gender / Ethnicity (optional
AY 2014/15 M W American Indian / Alaska Native 2 3 Asian 0 0 Black or African American 8 12 Hispanic/Latino 0 3 Two or more races 0 0 Non-Resident Alien 0 0 Other 0 0 White 19 60 Unknown 5 12 TOTAL 34 90
Student Support Services
Students who are having difficulty with mathematics, statistics, computer skills or writing are encouraged to speak with their course professor or with their student advisor, the professor to whom they have been assigned for overall advising. Our faculty is involved and interested in the development of each student and willing to help students if they can. IIRP faculty will help the student assess the problem and may, on a limited basis, provide assistance. Information about advisors can be found in your Student Portal.
For intensive remediation we have tutors available on an hourly fee basis. These tutors are either professionals in the field or peer tutors. The peer tutors will be students recommended by the faculty who are able to coach other students in the necessary areas.
The library also has resources available to assist students in a variety of skills.
Textbook Cost Containment
The IIRP Graduate School has a system in place to assist faculty in identifying and locating textbooks for their courses, to collect the required information and make it available in course reading lists.
- Prior to the start of each course, the librarian of the IIRP Graduate School is available to assist faculty at their request in identifying possible textbooks, including publishers, editions and costs. Faculty request examination copies if needed.
- At least eight weeks prior to the start of each course, the librarian forwards the latest available version of the reading list to faculty for review within two weeks.
- After receiving changes, the librarian reviews and proofreads course reading lists and verifies any additional information needed.
- At least 30 days prior to the start of each course, the librarian returns a final version of the reading list to faculty for use on their Moodle course module.
- The IIRP provides a list of required textbooks and recommended readings in course syllabi to students 30 days prior to the start of classes each term. The campus does not have a physical bookstore facility; therefore, the IIRP does not control or influence textbook costs. Students are responsible for obtaining their own textbooks.
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Tuition Refund Policy
Your class registration commits you to attend and complete the class for which you have paid.
Withdrawal prior to the start of a class. For any class, you may withdraw at least one working day before the class begins by submitting the course withdrawal form through the Student Portal at http://www.iirp.edu/student/withdraw_course.php. Select the term. Then mark the radio button for the appropriate course, enter a reason for withdrawing, and click Submit. Your request for withdrawal will be sent to the Director of Student Services to be processed. We will refund the tuition you have paid for that course, minus a $50 withdrawal fee. No refunds will be given for registration materials.
Once classes begin, however, the following policies apply:
Three-credit traditional or hybrid courses. If you submit the course withdrawal form through your student portal before the third class day, you will receive a refund of 50% of the tuition you have paid and an official grade of W. On or after the third day, you cannot receive a refund if you withdraw. If you notify us of your withdrawal before the last day of class, you will receive an official grade of W. If you do not notify us officially of your withdrawal during the time the course is being conducted, you will receive an official grade of F. No refunds will be given for registration materials.
Note: If this is taken as a professional development event and then applied to graduate credit and if you submit the course withdrawal form through your student portal before the 3rd day from the start of the online component, you will receive a refund of 50% of the tuition you have paid and an official grade of W. If you withdraw on or after the date that is three days from the online component, your tuition will not be refunded and you will receive an official grade of W. If you do not notify us of your withdrawal prior to the scheduled online end date you will receive a grade of F. No refunds will be given for registration materials.
Three-credit/fully online courses. If you submit the course withdrawal form through your student portal before the 14th day from the start of a fully online class you will receive a refund of 50% of the tuition you have paid and an official grade of W. If you withdraw on or after the date that is 14 days from the start date of an online class your tuition will not be refunded and you will receive an official grade of W. If you do not notify us of your withdrawal prior to the scheduled online end date you will receive a grade of F. No refunds will be given for registration materials.
Only withdrawal requests submitted through the student portal will be honored.
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Withdrawal from Program
Students who intend to withdraw from an IIRP master’s program are to call the Director of Student Services.
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