NCAD maintains high standards of academic honesty and models clear standards of professional behavior for its students.
All members of the NCAD community are expected to exhibit strict honesty in their work, including papers, reports, quizzes, examinations, and art and design work. Materials submitted for grade or credit must be original work created for a specific assignment; resubmitting work created for previous or concurrent courses at NCAD or other institutions is not allowed.
NCAD addresses violations of this academic honesty policy on an individual basis. Academic honesty violations, including plagiarism and cheating, may be grounds for suspension or dismissal. This policy constitutes an official warning to each student.
All art, design, and written work must be original. Any quotations, paraphrases, or direct appropriation of imagery or ideas from source material must be properly cited according to college and/or instructor policy.
Any student who plagiarizes will receive an F for that assignment, with no opportunity to redo it. All plagiarism offenses will be reported to the director of education.
Cheating is accepting or giving aid to another during a written exam, for a written report, or for an individual visual project unless authorized by the instructor. This includes representing another person’s work as one’s own and illegally downloading, copying, buying, or selling written or visual work to be turned in for a class.
Cheating also includes dependence on sources other than those specifically authorized by the instructor; possession of tests or other materials before such materials have been distributed by the instructor, unless prior permission is granted; and failing to abide by the instructions of the instructor with respect to test-taking procedures.
Academic Review Board
This Board consists of the president or director of education, appointed faculty, and other individuals deemed appropriate for the situation. The president or director of education has the discretionary authority to handle each student’s academic situation in the best interest of all concerned.
Absences affect the student’s own academic achievement and detract from the value of the class for the instructor and for other students. The student should use mature judgment and consult with the instructor concerning unavoidable absences from class. Students are responsible for all work missed because of absence.
The college encourages and expects attendance in class for several reasons:
- Attendance and academic success are strongly correlated.
- Material may be available in class that is not in the textbook.
- Class time has been assigned to each student and that is their time to receive instructor assistance, which is important to the successful completion of the course requirements.
- Much learning takes place between faculty and students during class. This time is also a chance for students to think, question, and clarify ideas and information.
- Each individual is expected to make satisfactory progress in classes. Attendance is important so that faculty can assist the student in making satisfactory progress.
- Federal regulations require students to maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to receive financial aid. Attendance policies and practices serve to increase the probability that students will continue to receive financial aid.
Grade penalties for absences may be imposed only when an instructor includes that grading policy in the class syllabus.
Students are required to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. A strong attendance record demonstrates a professional attitude and a commitment to established goals.
Students are allowed to miss 20% of a 15-week class per semester for any reason. For example:
|Course Length||Maximum Absence Allowed|
|4-hour / 15-week course||12 hours|
|2 hour / 15-week course||6 hours|
These hours are considered excused absences. Although a student can miss this time for any reason, NCAD recommends students use the allowed absences for illness, health care appointments, family emergencies, and so on.
A student who exceeds the allowed absences will receive a failing (F) grade for that class. They will not be allowed to attend the class for the remainder of the semester and will be required to repeat the class at additional cost.
Arriving to class late and leaving class early are considered absences and count toward the allowed absence per class. At the instructor’s discretion, students may be marked absent if they attempt to attend classes without required books and supplies.
Students may be warned of attendance noncompliance by the instructor and/or registrar verbally or in writing after the second absence, and/or in writing after the third absence.
A student who is out of school for longer than six months will go into loan repayment.
If regularly scheduled classes are cancelled because of extreme conditions, lectures and demonstrations may be made up by the instructor in future class meetings.
Under certain extreme circumstances, students may request an attendance waiver form from the registrar. These waivers excuse absences above and beyond the maximum allowed absence.
Attendance waivers are only granted for the following documented reasons:
- Birth of a child (including pre- or post-birth maternity care)
- Death in the immediate family, immediate family being limited to:
- Parents and step-parents
- Grandparent and step-grandparents
- Children and step-children
- Aunts, uncles, and cousins
- Nephews and nieces
- Mother-, father-, sister-, or brother-in-laws
- Other special relationships that qualify for a waiver: boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, and domestic partner
- Emergency/medically necessary hospitalization (Documentation showing hospital admittance is required. Attendance waivers are not given for visits to urgent care or impromptu or regularly scheduled doctor’s visits.)
- Serious medical conditions and short-term outpatient or hospitalized medical treatment (e.g., chemotherapy or dialysis)
- Military obligation for inactive (nondeployed) reserves
No other reasons will be considered for a waiver. Appropriate support documentation will be required for any consideration of an attendance waiver.
Waivers are valid only for the period specified by them and must be submitted no more than 10 days after the student returns to school.
Students who receive a waiver must make up waived time that extends beyond any allowed absence on campus before the final week of the semester. If the student fails to complete this makeup time, they will be placed on attendance probation.
No financial aid will be released to a student on attendance probation until waived makeup time has been completed and the student is released from probation.
Requests for waivers and all makeup time must be submitted and completed prior to the last week of the semester. Students remain responsible for all assignments, lectures, and tests given in class.
If a student receives a waiver for the last two weeks of a semester and is unable to submit required final projects and assignments, they may be given an extended project deadline.
All extensions must be approved by the director of education and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Students should notify the administration of any guests planning to enter the campus. Approved guests are not allowed in courses, but may wait for the student in the college lounge. Guests are not allowed to use NCAD equipment or resources. Animals are not allowed on campus unless needed to assist individuals with disabilities.
NCAD strives to provide an educational environment that is pleasant, professional, and free from intimidation, hostility, and other offenses that might interfere with the educational process. Discrimination and harassment are strictly prohibited, and any indication of harassment (including sexual harassment) should be immediately reported to the administration.
Students will be required to make up all assignments, exams, or other work missed as a result of any absence at the instructor’s discretion. The instructor may assign additional outside makeup work if deemed necessary or lower a student’s grade due to absences.
NCAD is dedicated to maintaining a healthy work and learning environment.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, smoking and secondhand smoke exposure cause disease and premature death in children and adults.
As such, all known forms of smoking (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smoke-producing tobacco or marijuana products, and e-cigarettes [also known as “vape”]) by students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, and contractors is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by NCAD.
Smokeless tobacco and related herbal products (e.g., chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, tobacco snuff, herbal smokeless tobacco, herbal snuff, herbal dipping tobacco, etc.) are also prohibited.
The campus no-smoking policy includes all areas in and around all buildings, all campus grounds, and the parking lot.
This policy is in effect at all times, including before, during, and after classes during the scheduled semester and during breaks.
Any person found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the campus immediately for a period of one day for each instance of smoking violation. Students who violate this policy will not be permitted back on campus until their next regularly scheduled day of class. Each suspension from campus will be counted as one full day’s absence from whatever scheduled class or classes that the student will miss because of the violation.
Portfolio Reviews 1 (4th Semester) and 2 (6th Semester)
All fourth- and sixth-semester students must submit portfolios of their best work in the area of Visual Communication by the designated deadlines.
There are three possible outcomes of the Portfolio Review (1 and 2) process:
- Continuance: The student receives a positive assessment and is permitted to move forward in the program.
- Dismissal: The student receives a negative assessment for failure to meet satisfactory standards and is dismissed from the program at the end of the academic semester. The tuition refund policy will be used to determine any refund that may be due at that time.
- Probation: The student receives a marginal assessment that indicates that they are at risk of failure to meet satisfactory standards, and is permitted to remain in the program for a maximum of two or three additional semesters (until the next scheduled Portfolio Review — 2 or 3).
If a student is determined to be at risk for program dismissal (but not dismissed) at the time of Portfolio Review 1 or 2, they will receive a probationary warning letter from the director outlining areas of needed improvement prior to any future proposed termination.
Students who receive a probationary warning letter will have a maximum of the two (Review 1 probationary students) or three semesters (Review 2 probationary students) between scheduled Portfolio Reviews to address any identified areas of needed improvement. The student’s work will be reviewed again at the next scheduled Portfolio Review, and a new determination as to their continuance or dismissal will be made.
Portfolio Review 3 (9th Semester)
Portfolios must be submitted by the designated deadline during the ninth semester, and are evaluated based on whether they evidence the appropriate knowledge, skill, and creativity appropriate for graduates of our B.F.A. program.
Items selected should represent one’s highest level of achievement in regard to particular knowledge or skills.
There are two possible outcomes of the Portfolio Review (3) process:
- Continuance: The student receives a positive assessment and is permitted to complete the program. The graduate portfolio should be well designed and present a coherent and compelling case of achievement. It should also demonstrate strong entry-level placement potential in the area of visual communication.
- Dismissal: The student receives a negative assessment for failure to meet satisfactory standards and demonstrate a high degree of understanding, knowledge, and/or performance in the area of visual communication.
Final acceptance of the graduate portfolio hinges upon the judgment of the director of education, acting on behalf of the college. Students who do not pass the portfolio review are dismissed from the program at the end of the ninth semester and do not qualify to graduate.
Right of Appeal
Any student dismissed from the program for failing to meet NCAD standards as part of Portfolio Reviews 1, 2, or 3 may appeal that decision within 10 business days of being notified.
The appeal must be in written form and addressed to the director of education of the college. The director of education shall form a Portfolio Review Board consisting of three NCAD instructors.
The director of education shall not be a member of the Portfolio Review Board. The Board shall convene within 10 days of notification of the appeal to review the decision to dismiss the student, and its decision shall be final.
Should the decision to dismiss the student from the program be upheld, the tuition refund policy will be used to determine any refund that may be due.
NCAD Portfolio Review Assessment Criteria
The mission of NCAD’s B.F.A. in Visual Communication Program is to prepare students to succeed in a one of several professional fields of art or design.
Graduates of the program develop entry-level professional skills with fine art aesthetics, visual problem-solving, traditional and digital media as evidenced in their portfolios, and an understanding of both historic and contemporary artistic trends and masters. Students gain these attributes through classroom instruction, work production, exposure to working professionals, and internships.
During Portfolio Reviews 1 through 3, the NCAD Director of Education will officially review whether their work to date meets the standards of an NCAD education. Their work will be assessed in the following areas:
Critical & Creative Thinking Skills:
- Demonstrate in their portfolio both the resourcefulness and flexibility of critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills necessary to conceive effective visual communication solutions.
- Demonstrate in their portfolio their ability to develop visual communication solutions for specific problems.
- Demonstrate in their portfolio their ability to create visual communications that are audience-appropriate and that function within a defined context.
- Demonstrate in their portfolio their ability to create visual communications utilizing formal design skills based upon established design principles.
- Demonstrate in their portfolio their ability to create visual communications demonstrating formal design skills based upon aesthetics.
- Demonstrate in their portfolio their ability to utilize appropriate traditional and/or digital media, materials, tools, technology, platforms, and techniques to create effective, successful visual communication solutions.
Professional Practices Skills:
- Demonstrate in their portfolio a basic understanding of the nature of professional work in the field of visual communication through the development, selection, and presentation of a relevant body of visual work.
- Demonstrate in their portfolio the skills necessary to assist in the development and advancement of their careers, normally including the development of competencies in communication, presentation, and business skills necessary to engage in professional practice in the field of visual communication.
Students wishing to return to NCAD after having previously withdrawn may apply at any time for readmission to the program, providing all previous financial obligations to the college have been met.
Returning students seeking readmission must reapply following the normal admissions process. A readmission fee of $50 and tuition deposit of $200 are required. Current tuition and fees will apply.
Returning students have the option of beginning their enrollment in the winter, spring, or fall semester based on their last completed semester of prior enrollment at NCAD.
Readmission is granted at the discretion of the college. Factors determining eligibility for readmission include but are not limited to previous academic achievement, length of absence, space availability in the student’s previous major, program changes since the student’s withdrawal, and any prior disciplinary actions.
Students must comply with cumulative minimum academic standards at the end of each semester in order to maintain federal financial aid eligibility. Failure to meet the following minimum standard requirements may result in denial of federal aid.
Minimum Academic Standards
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 and a program completion rate of 67% of the cumulative attempted credit hours at the end of each semester to remain in good standing. The completion rate is equal to a student’s cumulative number of hours completed divided by the cumulative number of hours attempted. (Transfer credit hours are counted toward a student’s cumulative attempted hours and completed hours.)
An evaluation period is equal to one semester. Students are evaluated after the completion of each semester.
A written report of grades will be given to students at the end of each completed semester. Grades are assessed by each instructor according to criteria outlined in their course syllabus.
A+ = 4.25
A = 4.00
A- = 3.75
B+ = 3.25
B = 3.00
B- = 2.75
C+ = 2.25
C = 2.00
C- = 1.75
D+ = 1.25
D = 1.00
D- = 0.75
F = 0.00
(W) Withdrawal indicates that a student has dropped or discontinued a course during a scheduled semester. Courses failed due to academics or attendance are not eligible for a (W) grade. Courses designated with a (W) code are assigned no credit and must be repeated for a student to graduate.
(P) Indicates a passing-level grade in a course that does not use letter grades.
(T) Indicates a course in which credits have been transferred from another college or university.
Students should make every reasonable effort to pass all courses within the program in their first attempt.
Failing one or more courses within the program will increase the overall cost of the program for the affected student. Failing one or more courses within the program can and often does result in an increase in program time for the affected student.
Courses are normally scheduled to occur once per calendar year, and course repeats are typically scheduled for the next available regularly scheduled session of the course. Alternatively, a special session of the class may be scheduled for the affected student (or students).
A special session of the class will be considered and scheduled if the required repeat course’s regularly scheduled session conflicts with other regularly scheduled course sessions on the affected student’s program schedule during their typical length of program, or if the next regularly scheduled course is not scheduled to be offered while the student is continuously enrolled (i.e., there would be a gap in attendance for one or more semesters prior to the next regularly scheduled session of the course).
If a student fails a course or multiple courses, they are expected to pay an additional fee equal to or greater than the original cost of the course(s).
The cost of retaking a course will be dependent upon whether it is taken in its normal sequence when it is next typically scheduled to occur (the least costly option being based on a per credit cost and the number of credits students are scheduled to take during that semester) or if it is taken out of its normal sequence in the form of a special session of the course (with the cost being based on the established per-credit cost of running a special session of the course).
A special session of a course will cost more than a regularly scheduled class.
The NCAD “C-” Rule
Among technical/occupational concentration courses (typically offered during the semesters five through nine), a grade of C- or below is considered unsatisfactory and will be reflected on the student’s transcript as an F.
An unsatisfactory grade in a required technical/occupational concentration course must be repeated to earn a grade of C or better.
When the course is repeated, the original grade remains on the student’s transcript, and the student’s cumulative GPA will reflect both the first attempt and the grade of any additional attempts.
Maximum Time Frame for Program Completion
A student enrolled in the BFA program is allowed to take a maximum of 201 attempted credit hours to graduate from the program. A student enrolled in one of the AOS programs is allowed to take a maximum of 93 attempted credit hours to graduate from the program.
This is equal to 150% of the program’s credit length. Students who are unable to graduate within this time frame are ineligible for financial aid and are also terminated from the program.
Furthermore, a student becomes ineligible for financial aid as soon as it has been determined that they will not graduate within this maximum period.
Course Repetitions, Incompletes, and Withdrawals
When a student repeats a course, both grades received will be used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Each course will be included as an attempted course. Incomplete or “I” grades are recorded only at the midterm and only if the student has done satisfactory work in a course and cannot complete all assignments before the midterm because of illness or other serious problems beyond the student’s control. NCAD does not record incomplete grades for final semester grades. The student must complete all required work by the end of the semester in order to receive a letter grade.
If the required work is not completed by the end of the semester, a failing grade of “F” will replace the “I” grade.
A student may withdraw from a course during the first four weeks of a semester only if they are not currently failing the course (either academically or from lack of required attendance).
If the student has failed a course, that failure will be recorded on the transcript. Refund policies apply when a student has withdrawn from the entire program. Students who withdraw from a course or courses will not be given a refund or credit after an enrollment agreement has been signed and courses have commenced. Students who withdraw from a course or courses may increase their program length or have to take additional credits above the full-time semester load.
A “P” grade is for a course that does not receive a letter grade but has been successfully completed. A grade of “F” is for a course that has not been completed successfully.
Application of Standards
These satisfactory progress standards apply to all part-time and full-time students. Readmission and change of curriculum students who have been dismissed for lack of satisfactory progress may apply to be readmitted to the college in the same curriculum. Readmitted students will be enrolled for a probationary period upon reentry. With respect to financial aid, a student must complete that evaluation period with at least a C (2.0) average before financial aid awards will be made. This procedure applies only to dismissals caused by lack of satisfactory progress and only when a student is reentering the same curriculum. It does not apply to voluntary withdrawals. If the student fails to complete the evaluation period with at least a “C” (2.0) average, the student will be terminated from the program. A student who changes his/her educational objectives by entering a new curriculum will have only the grades for those courses credited to the new curriculum considered in the cumulative average.
For purposes of determining whether the student has completed a course in the maximum allowable time frame, the time spent in the previous program will not be considered.
A readmission fee of $50 and a tuition deposit of $200.00 is required. Reentering students will be charged at the current tuition rates being charged newly entering students.
Financial Aid Warning
A student that fails to meet eligibility standards at the time of evaluation is placed on academic warning. A student on academic warning may continue to receive federal aid for one semester. The student is expected to meet the minimum academic standards at the end of the semester of warning. A student that does not meet or exceed the minimum academic standards at the end of the semester of warning will be placed on academic probation, be notified in writing, and become ineligible for federal aid.
Reinstatement of Federal Aid Eligibility
A student that fails to return to good standing at the end of the semester of warning may apply for a redetermination of eligibility through the financial aid appeal process.
The appeal process requires a written letter explaining the mitigating circumstances (the reason the student failed to meet minimum standard requirements) and what has changed in the student’s situation that will help the student meet minimum SAP requirements at the next semester end.
The student is encouraged to supply any supporting documentation.
A successful appeal will result in one semester of financial aid probation, in which federal aid will continue. During the semester of probation, the student will have to meet the requirements set forth in the academic plan assigned by the director of education.
An appeal in which return to good standing is not feasible within one probationary semester requires a learning plan. A learning plan is a clearly articulated plan with measurable steps to return to good academic standing in a reasonable time frame. The learning plan will qualify the student for one semester of financial aid.
A learning plan that extends beyond one semester requires a new successful appeal at the beginning of each semester and may require an adjustment to the steps required to return to good standing.
All grievances must comply with the following. Students who do not follow these steps will be considered in violation of school rules and regulations:
- Students must represent themselves and should not rely on others to speak for them or take the right of self-representation away from others. Grievances must be in the name of the individual involved and not part of others’ grievances or a “petition” of grievances. The language used should be professional and respectful.
- The student should deliver a complete NCAD grievance form to the director of education. Forms are available in the administration office. A grievance will be reviewed and a response forwarded to the student in a timely manner. The director of education may request a meeting to review the grievance and invite others to be present at the meeting if necessary. The director of education’s decision/resolution in the matter is final.
- If a student still does not feel that the school has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, they may consider the following:
- Schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) must have a procedure and operational plan for handling student complaints. If a student completes the above action and does not feel that the school has adequately addressed the complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the ACCSC. All complaints considered by the Commission must be in written form, with permission from the complainant(s) for the Commission to forward a copy to the school for a response. The complainant(s) will be kept informed as to the status of the complaint as well as the final resolution by the Commission.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, Virginia 22201
A copy of the Commission’s complaint form is available at the school and may be obtained by contacting the registrar or online at www.accsc.org.
Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) Complaint Procedure
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit the WSAC website (http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints) for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.
The following is a list of behaviors that violate the student conduct policy. Students who violate these policies may be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to warning, probation, suspension, dismissal, restitution, and/or discretionary discipline (as described below) in accordance with the seriousness of the act.
- Violation of any NCAD policies, rules, or regulations
- Violation of federal, state, or local laws on college property, or at any college-sponsored event or function
- Assault, battery, or any other form of physical abuse of a student or NCAD employee
- Acts of discrimination, disrespect, excessive anger, overly aggressive behavior, verbal abuse, or harassment toward a student or NCA employee
- Coercion or intimidation of a student or NCAD employee
- Threats to a student or NCAD employee by any means of communication
- Fighting and/or endangering any person or any college property
- Violation of college safety regulations, including but not limited to tampering with fire safety and/or fire fighting equipment, tampering with security equipment, setting fires, failure to exit during a fire drill, and turning in false fire alarm or bomb threats
- Possession, sale, distribution, or use of illegal or controlled substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia on college property or at any college-sponsored event or function
- Possession, sale, distribution, or use of alcohol on college property or at any college-sponsored event or function
- Possession, sale, or distribution of guns, knives, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or any other instrument used with the intent to harm on college property or at any college-sponsored event or function
- Unauthorized entry or use of college facilities
- Excessive absence, excused or unexcused
- Written or visual plagiarism, cheating, and tests or artwork submitted that are falsely credited
- Altering, defacing, or destruction of school property or personal property of others
- Abuse of technology, including but not limited to:
- Unauthorized downloading and illegal use of copyrighted materials in violation of law
- Theft or abuse of computer, software, or email information
- Unauthorized entry into a file for any purpose
- Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the college’s computing system
- Unprofessional appearance or attire
- Solicitation of other students, including but not limited to handing out inappropriate material and leaving or posting information without prior approval
- Disruption of classes, lectures, critiques, college assemblies, or other related college activities
If a student is charged with a violation of federal, state, or local laws or regulations occurring away from the college, disciplinary action may be instituted when the college has a reasonable belief that the health, safety, or welfare of any NCAD student or employee is threatened.
Any member of the NCAD community may file charges against any student for violation of provisions of this code. Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the director of education of NCAD. Any charges should be submitted as soon as reasonably possible after the event takes place, preferably within five academic days. The student may be placed on suspension pending commencement of disciplinary action.
Any student charged with a violation will be informed of the charges and of the time, date, and place of a hearing between them and the director of education. If the director of education is unavailable, the president will take their place. The notice shall be sent to the student’s last known address shown on college records, which is the student’s responsibility to update.
After a review of the evidence and interview with the student(s) involved in the case, the director of education may take any of the following actions:
- Terminate the proceeding, exonerating the student or student(s).
- Dismiss the case.
- Impose disciplinary actions.
The student will be notified in writing of the director of education’s determination within 10 business days of the proceedings. The student involved may make appeals contesting any disciplinary action (see Right of Appeal).
NCAD is dedicated to a professional and orderly educational process and will uphold and protect a positive learning atmosphere. The following disciplinary actions may be imposed, depending upon the seriousness of the violation(s) of the student code of conduct outlined above. This list is considered a general guideline. Some sanctions may be omitted, and other sanctions not listed may be used. The college reserves the right to impose the most severe sanction if circumstances warrant it.
- Warning: A written advising form outlining that the violation will be placed in the student’s academic file.
- Probation: Used for repeated violations or a specific violation of a serious nature. The director of education shall decide the terms of probation. If the director of education is unavailable, the president will take their place.
- Suspension: The student will be denied access to the college for a predetermined period of time. The student may not attend courses, participate in college functions, use college facilities, or enter the college campus. The student may be able to return to school once specified conditions for readmission are met. The director of education shall decide the length of the suspension and the conditions for return. If the director of education is unavailable, the president will take their place. In the event of a suspension, the college will not be held responsible for the remaining portion of the course of instruction. If necessary, the college will institute the appropriate refund policy based on the terminated student’s last date of attendance.
- Dismissal: The student will be dismissed from NCAD immediately. The student will not be allowed to continue their education and may not return to the college for any reason. In the event of dismissal, the college will not be held responsible for the remaining portion of the course of instruction. The college will institute the appropriate refund policy based on the terminated student’s last date of attendance.
- Restitution: Compensation for loss or damage to property leased, owned, or controlled by the college.
- Discretionary Discipline: The student will be required to attend counseling, complete an educational service, or have restricted privileges.
Right of Appeal
Any student who has been suspended or terminated has the right to appeal within 10 NCAD business days. The appeal must be in written form and addressed to the director of education of the college. The director of education shall form an Academic Review Board consisting of one instructor (not directly involved in the suspension or termination action), one staff member, and the director of education, who shall act as chairperson of the appeal panel. The panel shall convene within 30 days of notification of the appeal and the decision of the panel shall be final.
Should the decision be to terminate the student from courses, the tuition refund policy will be used to determine any refund that may be due.