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Student Policies

Non-Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation Policy

1. The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is committed to equal opportunity in its admission procedures and educational programs and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission process.

2. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments or modifications made to a school policy, or specific supports or services provided to a qualified student with a disability, to enable the student to participate in school programs provided that it does not jeopardize safety or pose an undue hardship to ICE. 

3. Under the Americans with Disability Act, an individual with a disability is a person who:  

• Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities 
• Has a record of such an impairment; or 
• Is regarded as having such an impairment

4. To be eligible to receive reasonable accommodations, a student with disabilities must:

• Self-identify to the Admissions Representative or the Director of Student Affairs at (212) 847-0796
• Provide documentation from an appropriate professional containing information sufficient to determine the nature of the disability and the impact of the disability on the student’s ability to participate in ICE classes and programs. Documentation must be provided in a timely manner, allowing for reasonable processing time.
• Have the ability to benefit from the program in which the student is enrolled and must have a reasonable chance of success in that program with reasonable accommodations

All students with disabilities must demonstrate (with reasonable accommodations) the ability to acquire the skills and knowledge required for successful completion of courses in which they are enrolled and must meet psycho-motor, intellectual, and general skill requirements appropriate for the program in which they are enrolled.

For the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts programs:


Psychomotor

Applicant must have sufficient physical abilities, manual dexterity and visual acuity to accomplish the following:

• Use knives to pare, slice and dice fruits and vegetables and produce and fabricate proteins
• Use other kitchen tools to manipulate ingredients
• Visually assess the appearance of a food item to determine whether it is cooked and plated properly
• Taste items and distinguish flavors
• Stand for 4 hours at a time without sitting
• Be able to move and lift pots, pans and other items weighing up to 30 lbs.
• Be able to walk, stoop, and bend while lifting items weighing up to 30 lbs.

Intellectual

Applicant must have sufficient intellectual ability to perform the following tasks:

• Process verbal and written instructions
• Communicate verbally and in writing
• Multiply or divide quantities in recipes as instructed
• Be able to multi-task (execute multiple tasks simultaneously)
• Be able to read the warning labels on kitchen equipment and adhere to instructions

General

Applicant must additionally be capable of doing the following:

• Work effectively independently; and in small and/or large groups as part of a team
• Take direction well from authority
• Accept criticism from authority and peers
• Handle a diverse array of personality types, often in close quarters, in an artistic environment
• Be in the presence of sharp instruments, knives, and equipment that may be construed as dangerous
• Be alert to one’s own food allergies, personal preference or prohibition to certain foods (i.e. religious beliefs)
• Be able to cook with alcohol and be in the presence of an abundance of alcohol and people consuming alcohol
• Be able to function and change clothing in semi-private, gender specific locker rooms

For the Culinary Management program:


Intellectual

Applicant must have sufficient intellectual ability to perform the following tasks:

• Process verbal and written instructions
• Communicate verbally and in writing
• Perform mathematical operations as required for purchasing and cost control and finance and accounting modules
• Think creatively to produce an original business plan

General

Applicant must additionally be capable of doing the following:

• Work effectively independently; and in small and/or large groups as part of a team
• Take direction well from authority
• Accept criticism from authority and peers

For the Hospitality Management program:


Intellectual

Applicant must have sufficient intellectual ability to perform the following tasks:

• Process verbal and written instructions

• Communicate verbally and in writing
• Perform basic mathematical operations
• Think both creatively and analytically to complete required assignments and projects

General

Applicant must additionally be capable of doing the following:

• Work effectively independently; and in small and/or large groups as part of a team
• Take direction well from authority
• Accept criticism from authority and peers

5. Strict confidentiality will be maintained concerning the student’s disability, except as required by law, as required by ICE officials to perform their duties, or where there is an imminent risk of harm to the student or others.

Admission of students with criminal convictions policy

The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is committed to equal opportunity in its admission procedures. In considering the admission of applicants with criminal convictions, ICE must weight the potential risk to the health and safety of its employees, students, visitors, and property, against the applicant’s relevant criminal history.

An applicant’s past criminal history may affect his/her admission to ICE and/or limit the number of suitable job placement sites. Applicant must disclose, in writing, all convictions and/or pending criminal charges for any felony or misdemeanor (other than minor traffic offenses). Signature on the application for admissions provides consent for ICE to run a criminal background check.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Satisfactory Academic Progress has two criteria:

• Qualitative - A student’s CGPA must be 2.0 or higher;
• Pace - The student’s rate of completion must assure graduation within 150% of the program’s length. The pace at which the student is progressing will be measured by dividing the cumulative number of hours the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours the student has attempted.

The Financial Aid Department measures both Qualitative SAP and Pace at the end of each Title IV financial aid payment period. The Director of Financial Aid will place a student who fails to achieve SAP on Financial Aid Probation and Department staff will notify the student within 48 hours.

Financial Aid Probation

Students who are placed on Financial Aid Probation may continue to receive Title IV financial aid during the probationary payment period.

Appeals from Probation

A student who has been placed on Financial Aid Probation may appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the Director of Financial Aid within 14 days. The appeal must assert a serious reason for the inability to meet SAP including student injury or illness, death of relative or other special circumstances and explain what has changed that will allow the student to achieve SAP at the next evaluation. In deciding the appeal, the Director will consult with the Dean of Students. If the appeal is granted, the Director of Financial Aid will reinstate the student’s Title IV aid for one payment period. The student will be notified by the Financial Aid department within 48 hours of the decision.

Academic Plan

Any student that is put on SAP Probation and does not file an Appeal with the Director of Financial Aid or whose Appeal is denied will meet with the OSA to work out an Academic Plan. This Academic Plan will follow the same procedures as the School’s Academic Support Program in which the OSA works closely with at-risk students. Students whose CGPA is below 2.0 or other students whose grades indicate difficulty with the course work, will be scheduled for a conference with the OSA to determine the nature of the problem and arrive at an academic improvement plan. This may include practical tutorials which will give a student an opportunity to repeat techniques that the student has not mastered. The number of sessions required and subject matter to be covered will be determined by the OSA, with input from the Chef-Instructor and the student. Necessarily, these tutorials will be offered outside of class time.

Policy on vaccinations

The Institute of Culinary Education does not have an in-school vaccination program or provide students with vaccinations and does not require proof of vaccination as a condition of admission or continued attendance. We expect that all students are in good general health and are current with anyvaccinations that are necessary to maintain good health. Students wishing to be vaccinated should consult with a qualified health care professional.

Academic honesty and copyright infringement policy

Academic honesty, integrity, and ethics are required of all students and employees of ICE. ICE will not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of dishonesty.

1. ICE defines cheating as including but not limited to the following:

• Using unauthorized materials such as books, notes, cell phone or PDA accessories or crib sheets to answer examination questions;
• Taking advantage of information considered unauthorized by one's instructor regarding examination questions;
• Copying another student's homework, written assignments, examination answers, electronic media, or other data;
• Assisting or allowing someone else to cheat; or
• Failure to report cheating to an academic official of the school.

2. ICE defines plagiarism as including but not limited to the following:

• Representing the ideas, expressions, or materials of another without due credit;
• Paraphrasing or condensing ideas from another person's work without proper citation; or
• Failing to document direct quotations and paraphrases with proper citation.

3. ICE defines other forms of academic dishonesty as including but not limited to the following:

• Fraud, deception, and the alteration of grades or official records;
• Changing examination solutions after the fact, inventing, changing or falsifying laboratory data or research;
• Purchasing and submitting written assignments, homework, or examinations or passing off the work of others as your own;
• Reproducing or duplicating images, designs, or Web pages without giving credit to the developer, artist, or designer;
• Submitting work created for another course without instructor approval;
• Misrepresenting oneself or one's circumstance to gain an unfair advantage
• Collaborating with another person(s) without instructor approval; or
• Selling or providing term papers, course work, or assignments to other students.

4. ICE students may not make unauthorized copies of copyrighted material on or using ICE computer systems, networks or storage media. ICE students may not store unauthorized copies of copyrighted works using ICE systems, networks and/or storage media. ICE students may not download, upload, transmit, make available or otherwise distribute copyrighted material without authorization using ICE computer systems, networks, Internet access or storage media, and may not use peer-to-peer file services that would promote copyright infringement. ICE reserves the right to monitor its computer systems, networks and storage media for compliance with this policy, at any time, without notice, and with or without cause. Additionally, ICE reserves the right to delete from its computer systems and storage media, or restrict access to, any seemingly unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials it may find, at any time and without notice. ICE also reserves the right to restrict access to its computer systems, networks and storage media at any time for any reason.

There are four possible consequences for violating the academic honesty and copyright infringement policy:

• Failure of the assignment
• Failure of the course
• Expulsion from the school
• Rescinding a diploma or certificate

It is entirely within the discretion of ICE to determine the appropriate consequence for any violation of this policy.