AbsenceStudents are required to attend all 72 hours of program instruction. Missed classes must be made up by making arrangements with teacher or school director. Absences from more than 12 hours, a minimum 85% rate of attendance, will cause dismissal from the program. There is no attendance probation. Each student attendance record will be evaluated bi-weekly. We recognize that emergencies occur. Should there be extraordinary circumstances, students are requested to speak with the School Director who will arrange ways to make up the sections that were missed. Often this is accomplished by completing the missed section no later than the next time the program is offered.
Lateness or cutting classes/Makeup WorkLate arrival or early departure in a class beyond 30 minutes will be treated as an absence from that class. Missed classes are to be made up by conferring with the instructor. There is no charge for makeup work.
Student Progress EvaluationStudents are given 3 quizzes prior to the mid term. A mid-term is in the 8th class. After each exam is graded the student will be advised by the instructor of attainment of satisfactory/unsatisfactory progress in the program. The student will be given a written "Student Progress Report", a copy of which will be placed in the student permanent file. Should a student receive a grade of less than 75% s/he will be notified. Ways to raise the grade will be determined with the school director and/or instructor. If the student is not able to raise the grade point average, after the next quiz in sequence, above 75% s/he will be requested to withdraw and return at a another time if there is demonstration of the ability to succeed. The tuition to be refunded will follow the published refund policy.
Re-enrollment/Leave of AbsenceStudents may have to suspend their training due to extenuating circumstances. Should this occur the student may request re-admission from the school director for future date. If satisfactory arrangements have been made, no additional tuition is charged. All training must be completed within a twelve month period from the original start date.
GradingA minimum average grade of 75% is required in order to satisfactorily complete the program. Class work is graded as follows:
|Good||80-89||Lab work is graded on a pass/fail basis.|
Graduation RequirementsStudents will receive a diploma upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements. Students must receive:
- a minimum passing grade average of 75%.
- achieve a "Pass" on all Lab work.
- attend all 84 clock hours of the program with no more than 12 hours missed and made up, and,
- no outstanding balances owed to the school.
RecordsStudent records, including grades and attendance, maintained by the school are available upon written request. No records will be made available to employers, prospective employers, or other schools unless a written request has been made. Student records are maintained permanently by the school in fire-proof safe. Computer records are backed up regularly. All records are maintained with the same security and confidence as patients' dental records. A set of records is maintained by the corporate offices.
HousingTypically students attend a school near their home. Therefore no housing arrangements are available.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.DATS of Virginia, LLC complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of the 1974 Buckley Amendment, Public Law 93-380, Section 438. All student's records are confidential.
CounselingStudents may request counseling and career information from the school director, student services personnel, or instructor. Referrals will be made to community resources for personal counseling.
LibraryThe use of a library is not required to complete any training programs. Dental journals are available for student use on site.
PlacementEmployment skills are integrated throughout the program. During the last session time is spent on resume writing, job search skills and interview techniques. These are presented by a dental professional aware of staff needs in a dental office. The regional office contacts area dentists and maintains a bank of job openings. A representative is present at the last session to provide this information. The representative follows up graduates to determine where they are working and to assist with placement. The placement service and list is available to both students and grads. All DATS schools offer placement assistance but do not guarantee employment.
Rules of ConductIt is expected that students will conduct themselves in a professional manner and demonstrate respect for their instructors and fellow classmates. DATS of Virginia, LLC administration reserves the right to terminate a student on any of the following grounds.
- Not complying with DATS rules and regulations.
- Unprofessional conduct.
- Unsatisfactory academic progress.
- Excessive absence or lateness.
- Failure to pay fees when due.
- Falsifying records.
- Breach of enrollment agreement.
- Entering school site while under the influence or effects of alcohol, drugs, or narcotics of any kind.
- Carrying a concealed or potentially dangerous weapon.
- Sexual harassment.
- Harassment of any kind including intimidation and discrimination
DressStudents are provided with scrubs, which they are expected to wear during each class session. Students are expected to wear gloves, masks, and protective glasses that are provided for all sessions.
Drug free school and workplaceDATS of Virginia, LLC. has a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. No student, instructor, or employee may be on school premises under the influence of any substance. As a drug and alcohol free environment, individuals under the influence may be subject to immediate dismissal/ removal. Students may request counseling for substance abuse and will be referred to community resources.
No smokingThere is no smoking within anyplace in the dental office or training rooms. Smokers may smoke outside during a break.
Sexual harassment and anti hazing policyThe administration of DATS takes the issue of sexual harassment very seriously. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances or offensive comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature between and/or among students and staff. Sexual harassment or harassment because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability, will not be tolerated. This includes any kind of intimidation or discrimination. Investigation of such concerns will be undertaken promptly and handled confidentially. Behavior that denigrates the integrity of another student (hazing) will not be tolerated. If a student or employee feels that he or she has suffered a form of discrimination or harassment, the individual should immediately contact a supervisor or school director. Students or staff involved may be subject to termination.
Unresolved disputes/Grievance PolicyStudents are expected to address any disagreements or conflict directly with the individual involved in person with a written document outlining the complaint and communication. After this, if there is no satisfactory resolution, the student may set an appointment by phone to see the school director. All communications regarding the complaint must be in writing and all meetings and communications will be documented in the student file. Every attempt at a satisfactory resolution will be made. If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, or the student believes the problem has still not satisfactorily been resolved, then s/he may contact the
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
James Monroe Building
101 North Fourteenth Street
Richmond, VA 23219