AVTEC takes pride in its students' responsibility and the social and educational atmosphere of the school and the community of Seward. Embedded in the AVTEC mission and values (guiding principles) is the desire to create a supportive learning environment that is accountable, equitable, and professional; encouraging leadership through citizenship while preparing students with career and technical skills to succeed in the Alaska workforce.
The Student Code of Conduct sets out the standards of conduct expected of students enrolled in AVTEC training. AVTEC students are held responsible for their conduct at all times. The code shall apply to conduct that occurs on AVTEC premises, during AVTEC training courses, at AVTEC sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that involves or adversely affects AVTEC in the pursuit of its objectives. Any student who engages in misconduct is subject to disciplinary action.
Instructors or departments may have additional codes of conduct for training areas that reflect specific safety, behavior, or other standards. These codes of conduct may be stricter but never more lenient than those outlined within this handbook. All codes of conduct within this handbook and those in your respective training areas are required to be followed at all times. For example, the Alaska Maritime Training Center requires strict attendance guidelines to comply with all US Coast Guard regulations and those of other regulatory bodies/agencies.
An instructor may remove a student from class for violations of the code of conduct. Before allowing the student to return to class, the instructor, Department Head, and/or administrator will meet with the student and a counselor to establish the expectations to be met to continue training.
AVTEC is committed to community and academic excellence, which thrive through honesty, trust, and mutual respect. Cheating, plagiarism, and all forms of academic dishonesty are violations of this concept and can result in dismissal from training. This includes but is not limited to:
- Cheating on tests, assignments, or other work.
- Copying another students (past or present) work on tests, assignments or other work.
- Utilizing campus resources in a way determined by AVTEC as inappropriate academically.
Cases of behavioral misconduct usually fall into one of several general categories. The following are examples of misconduct subject to AVTEC discipline:
Actions against Persons.
Conduct that involves force, the threat of force, or intimidation directed at an individual or group of individuals may constitute an action against persons. Examples include:
- Assault includes but does not necessarily require unwanted physical contact, as well as fighting and physical altercations.
- Sexual misconduct detailed definitions and examples of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and Title IX violations can be found in Appendix B Campus Security Policy.
- Harassment, intimidation or bullying which includes acts of intimidation, stalking, confrontation, verbal slurs, insults or taunts, physical force or threat of physical force made with the intention of causing fear, intimidation, ridicule, humiliation, disparagement, disruption to the training environment, or damage to property. Such acts committed in person, by visual materials in residence halls and family housing apartments that can be viewed through open doors, windows, or vehicles parked on campus, by proxy, via telephone or cell phone, via text message, or any electronic means including social networking websites or platforms utilized by AVTEC for the purposes of digital learning are subject to discipline.
Actions against Property
Conduct that results in damage to property. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Damaging another person's property or AVTEC, willfully, or accidentally without stepping forward to let someone know.
- Unauthorized entrance into AVTEC facilities includes unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of AVTEC keys or cards, passwords or other means of access.
Dangerous or Disorderly conduct
Conduct that creates a disturbance or disrupts the ability of AVTEC to carry on its Mission, or which impacts others.
In accordance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, AVTEC is an alcohol and drug-free campus. Alcohol and illegal drugs (including containers and paraphernalia) are strictly prohibited on campus. Cannabis, in any form, is also prohibited in or on campus. Students (or their guests) who are found to be visibly impaired, intoxicated or under the influence are subject to this handbook’s disciplinary process.
AVTEC standards of conduct prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs, alcohol and cannabis by students and employees on AVTEC property or as part of any of its activities. The following is not all-inclusive, but provides examples:
- Possess, use, manufacture, grow, or distribute any scheduled drugs and narcotics, including cannabis in any of its forms.
- Alcohol policy violations: Include but is not limited to possession, consumption and/or intoxication on campus by persons in training and/or living in student housing regardless of age.
- Students aged 21 and older that knowingly provide alcohol to an underaged student will be reported to the authorities and dismissed.
- Tobacco policy: Under the laws of the State of Alaska and AVTEC policy, tobacco use is permitted in designated areas only. Students using tobacco or e-cigarettes in non-designated areas will be subject to fines and discipline up to and including dismissal from training.
- Possessing a weapon on campus: Possession of weapons of any kind on campus and at all AVTEC sponsored activities, whether on or off-campus, is prohibited. Exceptions are tools of training, such as culinary knife sets, and small personal pocket knives with a manually opened blade, not to exceed 3.5 inches in blade length. Hunters may not bring firearms or bows to campus.
- Disorderly conduct which is disruptive to normal operations, infringes on the freedom and activities of others, or which is considered harassing, obscene, lewd, or a nuisance.
Actions against the Institution
Conduct, which involves unauthorized access or alteration of documents and records controlled by AVTEC or improper use of AVTEC electronic and physical resources, may constitute an action against the institution. Examples of actions against the institution include:
- Unauthorized use or access to AVTEC property, forgery, furnishing false information, and theft or damage to AVTEC property.
- Violating the Internet Use Policy (See Appendix A Internet Use Policy). Violation of any part of the Internet Use Policy will result in being denied access to the network.
Attendance is a job training competency that is measured daily. Like going to work, students are expected to be in class every day, ready to work.
Total absences, unexcused and excused combined, cannot exceed 10% of the available training time per program, regardless of the length of training.
Students must contact or coordinate absences with the training area staff before the start of class time. Contact information will be provided during the instructor orientation with the class. Please note that some programs have a math class as part of their curriculum. If you are expected to participate, your participation in this class is reflected in overall attendance and is required.
Please contact your training program instructor for questions regarding attendance in math courses.
Students with three consecutive days of unexcused absences will be dismissed from training the morning of the fourth day. Additional evidence may be presented in an appeal of the dismissal. Students currently appealing a dismissal from training are expected to notify their instructor prior to the start of each training day they will be absent during the course of the appeal. Should the dismissal be overturned, notifying your instructor will generate excused absences during the process. Neglecting to notify your instructor each day will result in unexcused absences during the appeal process. Please note both will affect overall attendance.
Types of absences are as follows:
- Excused Absence: Absences reported to the instructor before the class start time are excused. Excused absences of longer than three days may require verification or other documented explanation of the absence.
- Unexcused Absence: Failure to notify the instructor of an absence (no call–no show), lateness or dismissal from class for any reason are unexcused absences. Outside of injury or illness, removal from class for any reason will be considered unexcused absences. Time spent in police custody will always be considered unexcused.
- Tardy: Arriving at training, without prior notice to the instructor, after the scheduled start time or/and from a break is a tardy and considered an unexcused absence. Tardiness accrues in 15-minute increments. The instructor will have the discretion to excuse a tardy on a case by case basis.
Leave of Absence
Students that need to be out of training for an extended period due to unforeseen circumstances may request a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the training instructor.
A Leave of Absence (LOA) is a period of time, formally agreed upon by the school and the student, in which the student has a break in training. An LOA is an interruption in training; it is not a period of excused absences. Training time missed during an LOA does not count against the student's attendance record; however, it may affect the Training Level of Achievement or Certificate level earned as determined by the program curriculum.
The Director or their designee must approve requests for an LOA greater than 60 days. An LOA must be longer than three days and may not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12–month period. The LOA request form can be obtained from a counselor or on the student portal.
An LOA must be:
- Requested by the student in writing, and
- Approved by their instructor before the leave occurring. An LOA will not be approved without a formal written request from the student and agreement by the instructor.
If unforeseen circumstances prevent the request from being submitted before the leave, the student may request an LOA, in writing, to the Department Head as soon as feasible.
If a student fails to return from an LOA, the last attendance date at AVTEC will be used as the withdrawal date.
Depending on the student's progress and amount of training missed, the training program Department Head may grant an extended enrollment for the student to complete certificate requirements.
Withdrawals and Transfers
Transferring Between AVTEC Programs.
Students may transfer between AVTEC programs only during the first week of training with approval from the instructors in both programs, in consultation with the financial aid officer, and with permission from the AVTEC director or designee. Students may obtain a Training Program Transfer Request form and assistance completing it from their counselor or instructor.
Withdrawal from training.
To officially withdraw from school, a student must submit a written, signed and dated statement of withdrawal indicating the reason and effective date of the withdrawal to a counselor or their instructor.
Students are instructed in the appropriate attire required for the training areas and professional appearance in the workplace and are expected to be appropriately dressed each day. Students wearing attire inappropriate for the classroom will be required to change clothes immediately. The time it takes to change clothes is unexcused time away from training.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (or SAP)
Students must continue to make satisfactory progress toward earning a certificate of completion, as documented in periodic or monthly progress reports. Failure to make progress will result in a warning and possible probation or dismissal from training.
Training Levels of Achievement (aka Grading Scale)
Training programs at AVTEC are designed to replicate what would be experienced on-the-job and with similar expectations. Training programs at AVTEC are competency-based, meaning that technical and employability skills are taught, and student learning is measured through the demonstration of the mastery of skills in the classroom, the performance on employability behaviors, and hands-on work in the labs.
Each program lists the skills students will master during their training on a Training Summary and progress toward mastery is tracked on a Monthly Progress Report, using the following rating system:
- Level 4 Skilled: Performed tasks independently; requires minimal supervision.
- Level 3 Moderately Skilled: Performed independently in a learning situation; may require initial supervision.
- Level 2 Limited Skills: Performed job during training; additional training is required.
- Level 1 Demonstration Only: No practice provided; further training required.
- Level 0 No Exposure: Student has no experience in the topic.
At any time during the training year, if a student is not making satisfactory progress toward mastery of the skills listed on the Training Summary, they could be subject to discipline up to dismissal from the training program.
Upon completion of the training year, a final Training Summary will be completed indicating the mastery of skills demonstrated by the student. An appropriate level of an AVTEC Certificate of Completion will be awarded.