Attendance Policy

  • To achieve success, students are expected to attend all classes and complete all class assignments and activities.

  • If you must miss a class, inform your instructors call your school and leave a message. Excessive absences result in dismissal from the program. Instructor will share the best way to contact them when classes begin.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence will only be issued under extreme circumstances. A spot will be held only if leave of absence does not extend into a new semester.

Late Policy

  • Learners must come to class on time, and stay until the end of class.

  • Please schedule appointments outside of class time.

  • 3 late arrivals/early departures count as one absence.

Add/Drop Period

The first week of class is an “orientation” period. During this time, necessary paperwork including goal-setting, assessment, review of handbook & policies, collection fees, etc. is completed. Students who miss this period must complete the paperwork outside of class time. (This section not applicable to workforce classes.)

Assessment

Students achievement is regularly evaluated. Students are evaluated through CASAS test scores, goal-setting and follow-up, class assignments and activities, and teacher observation.

Post-Testing

By enrolling in a Genesis Center program, students agree to complete CASAS post-tests after every 40-60 hours of instruction, and at the end of a session or before leaving the program.

Severe Weather

Genesis Center may close in case of severe weather. If Genesis Center closes for bad weather, it will be reported on Channel 10 News, www.turntoten.com, and the Genesis Center Facebook page.

Holidays and Closures 2019/2020*

Monday, August 12, 2019 Victory Day

Monday, September 2, 2019 Labor Day

Monday, October 14, 2019 Columbus Day

Monday, November 11, 2019 Veteran’s Day

November 28/29, 2019 Thanksgiving

December 24-January 1, 2020 Winter Recess

Monday, January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Day

Monday, February 17, 2020 Presidents’ Day

Friday, April 10, 2020 Good Friday

Monday, May 25, 2020 Memorial Day

Other Important Dates 2019/2020*

September 30 - October 1, 2019 - No daytime ESOL classes (all other programs remain in session)

October 8 - October 9, 2019 - No daytime ESOL classes (all other programs remain in session)

November 27, 2019 - No evening ESOL classes (all other programs remain in session)

February 18, 2020 - No daytime ESOL classes (all other programs remain in session)

April 13-17, 2020 - No daytime ESOL classes (all other programs remain in session)

June 26, 2020 - Early Learning Center closed

*Please check website for other days classes may not be in session. www.gencenter.org

Dress Code

Student attire and grooming must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any member of the Genesis Community.

  • All members of the Genesis Community are encouraged to be cognizant of cultural diversities and the beliefs and practices of dress of those around them.

  • All members of the Genesis Community must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example dresses, leggings, or shorts) and shoes.

  • Clothing must cover the chest, torso, and lower extremities.

  • Clothing must cover undergarments.

  • Clothing must not be see-through.

  • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities, including mock interviews and visits from members of the community, as well s field trips, to the best of a student’s ability.

If you feel you are unable to meet these dress code standards, please speak to any member of the staff to direct you towards assistance.

Transportation

Genesis staff and volunteers may plan off-site activities, including internships or class trips. Genesis Center does not provide transportation to Genesis students. Students must arrange their own transportation to and from school trips. If a Genesis student accepts transportation from a staff member, volunteer, or another student to or from a school event, the driver is not responsible for loss, damage, or injury.

Notes of Filming and Photography

When you enter Genesis Center (or an event or program) you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

By entering the premises, you consent to interview(s), photog- raphy, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclu- sion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Genesis Center and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar Genesis Center events/classes in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of Genesis Center. You release Genesis Center, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer imag- es, video and/or sound recordings.

By entering the event or class premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recordings taken by Genesis Center or the person or entity designated to do so by Genesis Center.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering a class, event, or program at Gene- sis Center.

If you wish to opt out of filming and photography at Genesis Center locations, please inform a staff member and they will direct you in completing an opt-out form.

Personal Photos and Recording

Individuals may not be aware who has completed an opt-out form for photography and filming. When you are in the building, on the premises, or at a Genesis Center affiliated event, please obtain consent before capturing anyone in any video, audio, or photographic recording for your personal social media sites.

Personal Technology

Please turn off and put away your cell phone during class. No calls or texts shall be taken in the classroom during class time. Do not disturb the teacher or other students during class time. It is the teacher’s right to modify these rules within their own class- room.

Personal Items

Genesis Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please keep your personal belongings in a safe place.

Disability Policy

The Genesis Center complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Any student who feels that they may need extra help or accommodations should speak privately with their teacher as soon as possible to arrange a plan.

Discrimination Policy

Genesis Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orien- tation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of ser- vices. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

If you have a complaint regarding disability or discrimination, please contact:
Bonnie Taylor—401-781-6110—btaylor@gencenter.org

Student Conduct Policy

Genesis Center provides a safe, respectful environment for our students, staff, and volunteers.

We reserve the right to dismiss, at any time, a student whose conduct is dangerous to himself/herself, fellow students, and/or the integrity of the agency.

Substance abuse

Students of The Genesis Center may not possess, distrib- ute, use or be under the influence of any illegal drug or alcohol during their stay in class or at any Genesis Center events.

Weapons

Weapons of any kind, including those sold in toy or de- partment stores, are not permitted. (Weapons are de- fined as any and all instruments of offensive or defensive combat, or anything used in destroying, defeating or in- juring any person or any property.

Conduct Review Team:

Following a conduct incident, the Genesis Center Conduct Review Team (a team of staff and students) will follow these pro- cedures:

1. All students involved may be dismissed from the Center until the end of the conduct review process.

2. The conduct review team will investigate the incident to gather as much information as is available. This includes discussion with students involved, witnesses, and Genesis staff.

3. Based on the information gathered, the conduct review team will determine an appropriate response to the incident. Responses may range from a verbal warning or a student contract to suspension or dismissal from the program.

Offenses which could result in dismissal from the program include (but are not limited to):

Violence/Fighting

An act of violence toward a student, staff member, or vol- unteer whether on- or off-site.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of anyone at Genesis Center (student, faculty, volunteers and/or staff) will not be tolerated. Sex- ual harassment is defined as any conduct of a sexual na- ture which is unwelcome and causes harm to the victim.

Disrespect/Intolerance

We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior or comments toward a student, staff member or volunteer as a result of their race, ethnic background, religion, sexual orienta- tion, or gender expression. We do not tolerate vulgar statements, gestures or swearing in any language.

Threats

Verbal or written threats made in person or over com- puter, voice mail, telephone or mail.

Student Grievance Policy

Genesis Center is committed to providing its students with a safe environment where the rights of all students are respected. These procedures ensure student concerns can be resolved in a timely manner.

Staff will try to resolve the complaint informally by listening and/or facilitating conversation between the students and other people involved. Students are encouraged to attempt to resolve their grievance with the involved people before submitting a formal grievance.

Students may submit a formal grievance in writing to Genesis Center’s Case Manager in Room 10 when they feel their rights have been violated by a member of The Center’s staff. The Genesis Center case manager is a resource for students, and all formal written complaints will be submitted to the ADA coordinator.

Genesis Center complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).