All students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectable manner at all times. Misconduct such as fighting, use of illegal drugs or alcohol or carrying of weapons will not be tolerated. LWT strictly forbids the possession, use or sale of any alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs on all school property. Students and staff members should report any knowledge of such activities to the appropriate school personnel.
Any misconduct is cause for immediate suspension and possible termination. When appropriate, such instances will also be reported to the local authorities.
Personal property is the responsibility of the student. LWT is not held responsible if there is missing or damaged personal property.
Discrimination and Handicap Policy
LWT does not discriminate against any individual because of race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation or social status. The school does not discriminate on the basis of handicap provided the handicap does not interfere with student’s successful completion of the program or the ability of the individual to perform the job duties for which the training provides.
Complaint Policy and Procedures
If a student should have concerns or complaints against the school these are the steps that should be taken to resolve the issue:
- Discuss the matter with the instructor.
- Discuss with the School President.
- If it becomes necessary, the individual may contact:
ND Department of Career and Technical Education
State Capital, 15th Floor
600 East Boulevard Ave Dept 270
Bismarck ND 58505-0610
Students will be asked to provide the following information upon filing a complaint with the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education:
- Student name and contact information.
- School address and telephone.
- A copy of the student’s Enrollment Agreement.
- A copy of the school catalog in effect at the time of the student’s enrollment.
- A copy of the school’s student handbook, or document containing the schools’ policies in effect at the time of enrollment.
- A detailed description of the complaint, including any correspondence, notes or documents that further illustrate the circumstances surrounding the complaint.
- Any records documenting attempts by the student to resolve the complaint using the school’s complaint procedure. Include dates, names of applicable school officials, and other supporting documentation.
Complaints regarding LWT must be submitted within six months of the alleged violation.
If a student does not feel that the school has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the Accrediting Commission. All complaints reviewed by the Commission must be in written form and should grant permission for the Commission to forward a copy of the complaint to the school for a response. This can be accomplished by filing the ACCSC Complaint Form. 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 & Colleges
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
A copy of the ACCSC Complaint Form is available at the school and may be obtained by contacting a LWT staff member or online at www.accsc.org.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day LWT receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Admissions Department a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by LWT in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of LWT who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the LWT.Upon request, the school also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by LWT to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
See the list below of the disclosures that postsecondary institutions may make without consent.
FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student –
- To other school officials, including teachers, within LWT whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1)
- To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
- To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
- In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
- To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
- To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. ((§99.31(a)(7))
- To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
- To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10))
- Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))
- To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
- To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))
- To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))
LWT upholds the protection of student education records in accordance with FERPA. Other than directory information and specific exceptions outlined by FERPA, LWT will disclose student education records only with the written consent of the student.
While FERPA allows for the release of a wider range of directory information, LWT Admissions Office has adopted an internal policy to release only: Student’s Name, Addresses, including email, Telephone number, Date/place of birth, Name of course(s) taken, Dates of attendance, Certifications of Completion and Weld Qualification Documents, and Photographs.
Schedules and grades can also be released to parents and guardians of dependent students, as defined by the Financial Aid Department. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to request that this information not be released. By completing the Request to Opt Out of Directory Information form, a student may request that information not be released to non-LWT personnel or listed in the campus directory. Some of the effects of this decision to request confidential status will be that the student must make all address changes with a signed authorization or in person with a form of ID; friends or relatives trying to reach the student will be unable to do so through LWT; information that the student was enrolled will be suppressed, so that if a loan company, prospective employer, family member, etc., inquiring about the student will be informed that LWT has no record of the student’s attendance here.
Participants will be required to wear proper personal protective equipment, including safety footwear and safety glasses with side-shields while on LWT premises. Face Shields will be worn along with safety glasses and ear plugs when grinding.
Absolutely no work pants with holes, frays or cuts and no jewelry!
Note: Ankle high leather shoes with safety toes are required! Prescription safety glasses are required if applicant wears glasses.
Campus Security Polices and Procedures
The following information is provided and updated annually as directed by the U.S. Department of Education through Public Law 101-542, the “Criminal Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990”.
Reporting of Criminal Incidents: LWT strives to provide a safe and secure environment for all students and staff members. All students and staff members are to report any suspicious activities to any staff member immediately after witnessing, verbally and in writing. LWT will then take appropriate action based upon the information given by the student or staff member. Local law enforcement authorities will also be notified if necessary.
Crime Log: LWT has a crime log that is available upon request from the Admissions Department. The crime log is updated when there is a crime reported verbally and in writing to an LWT staff member.
Current Crime Statistics: A list of all criminal incidences reported during the prior three-year period can be obtained from the office and will be provided for students during orientation or print a paper copy here 2017 Fargo Campus Security, Drug & Crime Statistics or 2017 Bismarck Campus Security, Drug & Crime Statistics.
Early Warning: If there is an impending danger at the school where students need to be notified, LWT Admissions Department will send out a text message to all enrolled students from our student tracking system not to come to school until they get a text message stating it is safe to do so.
Timely Notification: If there is an incident or a crime that has occurred where students and staff need to be made aware, the Admissions Department will send out an email to all enrolled students and staff informing them of the incident that occurred, date, time, and location.
Welding School Property
Deliberate damage, theft or any vandalism to tools, equipment/facility will result in the termination of the student and legal charges will be filed, with no refund of tuition.
Lockers are available at the school for use during the length of the training program. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain their own locks for the lockers if they choose to secure their property in the locker, however they are not required.
First Aid / Medical Care / Insurance
Students are responsible for their own medical care and expenses. Students are not covered by LWT insurance or industrial compensation.
While visiting or attending classes at Lynnes Welding Training is held absolutely free from all claims for injury that may be sustained by students while on the premise.
In order to assist our students in becoming employed welders, we make every attempt to expose our students to employment opportunities in the local and regional market.
On a regular basis, LWT will bring in employers and employment agencies to address the students and let them know of the opportunities available in the marketplace for welders.
LWT will maintain a job board in the classroom for jobs that it is aware of for students to monitor and contract accordingly.
Further, when LWT becomes aware of welding jobs directly from employers making requests of LWT to help fill their employment positions, LWT will contact students to the extent that the student’s contact information is current and up to date.
Student computers are available for job searches and resume writing with access to printing. If a student is needing assistance with resume building or proofing, they can contact school administration for help and guidance.
LWT is available to our Alumni for job placement assistance indefinitely. Contact any office for more details.
We do not permit tobacco use inside LWT for the safety and health of other students and staff.
Smoking is prohibited within twenty feet of entrances, exits, operable windows, air intakes, and ventilation systems of enclosed areas in which smoking is prohibited. There is a designated area outside the building for smoking during breaks ONLY.
Students may park in the designated student parking areas.
No employment is guaranteed as a result of this education.
LWT may deem it necessary to close operations during inclement weather, or other such situations. Every effort will be made to announce a delayed start or closing. The LWT Fargo location will use the closing of NDSU and the Bismarck location will use the closing of University of Mary as a way to determine the closing of the schools in severe weather conditions.
Students attending LWT are not required to have any specific vaccinations to attend our school. We do encourage students to be current on their vaccinations.
Voter Registration Information
Students can obtain information on their states voting requirements from their local post office. You can also obtain downloadable versions of the Voter Registration Form on the US Election Assistance Commission website at www.eac.gov/voter/register.
Copyright and Peer to Peer Sharing
The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires institutions to help deter the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials and unauthorized peer-to peer distribution of intellectual property.
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act. These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. Civil penalties include actual or “statutory” damages from $750.00 to $30,000.00 per infringement. A court can also assess costs and attorney fees. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment up to five years and fines up to $250,000.00.
LWT incorporates a “deep freeze” software on the student computers which blocks those computers from downloading anything or sharing with other computers. Students are allowed to print material from the computer only after authorization of a staff member. LWT also responds to notices or letters of possible copyright infringement received from legitimate sources. We will cooperate fully with any investigation into a student or employee of the school.