As members of the MTI community, students have both rights and responsibilities.
Students have the following rights:
The most essential student right is the right to competent instruction
under conditions conducive to learning. The most important
responsibilities are to respect the rights of other members of the
community and to conform to standards essential to the purposes and
processes of the Institute. The Institute should endeavor to provide
for students those privileges, opportunities, and protections which
best promote the learning process in all its aspects. The following
statement outlines those academic rights of students essential in
helping MTI fulfill this responsibility. These principles found are
designed to facilitate communication, foster academic integrity, and
defend freedoms of inquiry, discussion, and expression among members of
the MTI community. Such principles should safeguard and enhance
conditions conducive to learning, and will serve as a guide for
students, faculty, and administrators involved in programs of
instruction and classroom activities.
Mitchell Technical Institute is committed to serving a wide spectrum of
people. Access to the programs and services of the Institute should be
governed by the following principles: Within the limitations of its
facilities, resources, and personnel, the Institute should be open to
all persons who are qualified according to admissions standards.
Students should not be refused access to any course of study on the
grounds of their beliefs or the possible uses to which they may put the
knowledge to be gained in a course. Students are responsible for
representing themselves truthfully and accurately at all times.
Providing false or misleading information to gain admission to or
advancement in a program or course of study violates this
responsibility and may result in forfeiture of a student’s right to
access to an academic program.
Students have the right to exercise their full rights as citizens without interference or fear of Institute disciplinary action.
Students have the right to be free from discrimination in Institute programs and activities.
Policies designed to eliminate discriminatory practices have been instituted.
The Institute will not exclude any person from participating in its
programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin,
religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.
Students have the right to be free from sexual harassment on MTI
property or off school property during an Institute-related activity.
Students have the right to be free from racial harassment on MTI
property or off school property during an Institute-related activity.
Students have the right to have classes conducted under the following provisions:
Faculty will maintain clear connections between advance descriptions of courses and actual content.
Faculty will clearly state course goals, testing, and grading which should be intellectually justifiable.
Faculty will plan and regulate class time with an awareness of its
value for every student and will meet with classes regularly.
Faculty will be available to students and will announce and maintain liberal office hours convenient to students.
Faculty will model respect for each student as an individual,
regardless of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or
Faculty will strive to generate respect and understanding for
academic freedom by students and at the same time protect students from
irrelevant and trivial interruptions or diversions.
Faculty will insure students the right to raise relevant issues,
doubts, or alternative opinions during classroom discussion without
concern for academic sanctions.
Faculty will be sensitive to students’ personal or political beliefs
expressed in a private manner in connection with course-work.
Faculty will not disclose student grades or class standing in a
classroom situation without the student's permission.
Faculty will serve as academic advisers and will assist students with
registration, class schedules, graduation requirements, and will work
to assure academic progress with the assistance of the Special Needs
have the right to a clear statement of their basic rights. They have
the right to assist in formulating Institute policy by representation
on various committees. Students also have the right to be represented
by a student government. Other student rights outside the classroom
- Students may form, join, and participate in
groups which promote the common intellectual, social, economic,
political, recreational or cultural life of campus. MTI believes group
activities to be a positive educational vehicle and recognizes the
right of student groups to discuss, express opinions, to assemble,
write, and publish within state and federal constitutional guarantees
- A student group may be authorized to use MTI facilities
if its officers and a majority of its members are currently enrolled at
Mitchell Technical Institute.
Students who publish student publications have the right to be free
from censorship. However, students who publish such documents must
observe the recognized canons of responsible journalism, including the
avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on
personal integrity, and the techniques of harassment and innuendo.
Students have the right to have access to education records
maintained by MTI concerning the students. The students may review
their own records and challenge the accuracy of the records. Students
have the right to have the educational records maintained on a
confidential basis with only those employees with a legitimate need to
know having access to student educational records.
Students have the following responsibilities:
It is the student’s responsibility to comply with the provisions of the handbook and the operating policies of the Institute and the student’s Department.
It is also a student’s responsibility to:
- Review and consider all information about the school's program before enrolling.
- Complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the appropriate office.
Students have the responsibility for selecting a major field of study,
for choosing an appropriate degree program within the discipline, for
planning class schedules, and ultimately for meeting the requirements
for his/her degree.
MTI will provide advisers to assist students in academic planning, but
students are responsible for obtaining copies of appropriate academic
bulletins and being thoroughly familiar with all academic requirements
that must be met for a degree. Students also have the responsibility to
take advantage of the educational opportunities presented by the
Institute, to participate in the learning process in a serious and
conscientious manner, and to respect the rights of other members of the
Students attending Mitchell Technical Institute are expected to abide
by the rules and regulations as set forth in this handbook and as
prescribed by individual departments. Additionally, students are
expected to uphold local, state, and federal laws.
Students may have their enrollment status suspended at MTI for academic
deficiencies (unsatisfactory progress), nonpayment of fees, and when
their presence in the Institute causes disruption in the
teaching/learning process or delivery of classes. The suspension
process includes the right to due process as outlined in the student
PAYMENT OF BILLS
Any student having unpaid bills at MTI will not be allowed to register
in any new term during the period in which that bill remains unsettled.
Indebtedness includes unpaid amounts for tuition, books, fees, locker
keys, library, parking, shop/laboratories, and any other charges
incurred by the student and owed to the Institute. Grades, transcripts,
diplomas, degrees, and certificates will not be issued until the
indebtedness is settled.
FINANCIAL AID REGULATIONS
Students should pay special attention to and accurately complete
applications for student financial aid. Errors can result in long
delays in receipt of financial aid. Intentional misreporting of
information on application forms for federal financial aid is a
violation of law and is considered a criminal offense subject to
penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code. Please pay particular attention
to the following:
- Return all additional documentation,
verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either
the financial aid office or the agency to which the application was
Read and understand all forms signed and keep copies of them.
Accept responsibility for all agreements signed.
If a student has a loan, the lender must be notified of changes in name, address, or school status.
Perform the work that is agreed upon in accepting a College Work Study award.
Know and comply with the deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
Know and comply with the school's refund procedures.
STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE
Mitchell Technical Institute recognizes the right of individuals to
select their own attire. However, the school also carries a
responsibility to the industries for which students are being educated.
Therefore, dress and appearance in classroom and laboratories will
conform to industry standards. This may require the wearing of uniforms
in some instances. Uniforms will be at the student's expense. Unsafe or
unsanitary dress will not be allowed.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION
Class breaks will be held in the cafeteria or commons area at specified
times during the day. Food and beverages should be consumed in the
cafeteria or commons area. Due to the nature of the technology located
in MTI classrooms and labs, students are strongly discouraged from
consuming food or beverages outside of the cafeteria. Cooperation in
keeping the cafeteria or commons area clean at all times is requested.
Cell phone use is inappropriate in classrooms and laboratories. Most
departments have policies regarding cell phones. Personal calls should
be made outside of classroom/lab areas. If possible, student calls are
to be placed with cell phones or at public telephones. Instructional
and administrative office telephones are not for student use. Emergency
phone calls will only be relayed to the student if the caller has
identified him/herself and the nature of the call. Messages will be
taken for students and posted on the electronic message board in the
cafeteria and/or passed on to the respective student’s department. It
is the student's responsibility to check the message board regularly.
LOST AND FOUND
Any items found in the school should be turned in to an administrative
office area. Lost articles may be reclaimed after proper identification.
It is strongly recommended that all students have health insurance. Health insurance must be purchased
directly from an insurance carrier.
Mitchell Technical Institute does not forward personal mail received at
the school. Please do not use MTI as a mailing address.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE
Address and telephone number changes must be filed with the Registrar.
A Change of Address form is available at the Reception Desk at the Main
Campus. Grade reports are sent to the permanent address supplied to MTI
by the student.
facilities of Mitchell Technical Institute are modern and up-to-date.
Students must take proper care of equipment and respect the property of
others. Students will be required to pay for school property that they
have lost or damaged. Theft of property will be referred to the
Mitchell Technical Institute does not assume responsibility for loss of or damage to personal property of students.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
Alcohol is prohibited in all campus facilities and at all MTI-sponsored
events. MTI is a Drug-Free Workplace. It is the policy of the Mitchell
School District 17-2 that the unlawful manufacture, distribution,
dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance on property
of the District or while a student of the District is engaged in an
activity assigned as part of his/her involvement with the District is
prohibited. A description of applicable legal sanctions is listed in
Policy #1035. Financial aid may be affected if violations occur.
BOOKS, TOOLS, SUPPLIES
Books, tools, and supplies to be used in programs may be purchased from
the Bookstore. Students may purchase tools from sources other than the
school provided they meet the standards of the department. Students are
expected to have a complete set of tools available during all
Students who enroll need to
prepare for some initial expenses at the start of the term. Books,
supplies, and tools will be required for all classes. MTI and the MTI
Bookstore do not allow advances or charging of items from the Bookstore
(except with a credit card). Financial aid loans are not available to
first time borrowers until the 30th day of the term. Please budget
accordingly when making your school plans.
Students in some MTI programs are required to purchase approved laptop
computers. Any student who purchases a laptop computer through the MTI
laptop program must follow all guidelines of the signed purchase
STUDENT LAPTOP COMPUTERS ON CAMPUS
Required by Program – Full Access
Students who purchase computers from MTI for use in their programs will
have full use of the campus network services. This includes the
Internet and storage/work folders on MTI host servers. The laptops are
loaded, distributed and supported by the MTI Information Technology
Not Required by Program – Full Access
Students enrolled in programs that do not require laptops but would
like access to the full range of network services with their own
personal laptop are able to do so if the Institutes requirements for
network access are met. These requirements are as follows:
- The computer must be running a minimum of Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 with all of the current updates.
The computer must also have up to date virus protection.
The computer will be renamed by campus IT office for identification
on the network. MTI will also be able to support VISTA Business or
- Not Required by Program – Limited Access
Students who own computers that do not meet the Windows XP Pro
requirement can still use their personal computers to access the
Internet through any one of several WiFi hotspots established on MTI
campuses (Internet access only). Current hotspots are located at the
Main campus in the commons area and the Instructional Services Center.
There is also a hotspot located in the commons and foyer area at the
Technology Center Campus.
ILLNESS, ACCIDENTS, OR INJURIES
Accidents, injuries, or illnesses occurring during classroom or
laboratory time or during a school-sponsored activity must be reported
to an instructor or a school official. Each accident must be reported
in writing to the Vice-President of Administrative Services (located in
the Business office) within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.
Liability regarding accidents is not assumed by the school. Students
who are unsafe workers may be terminated from the program. MTI will
contact health care personnel when necessary. The expense will be borne
by the student.
Lockers provided for students' use on the main campus are the property
of the school. Each student will be issued a key or a combination. Keys
must be turned in when the student withdraws or at the end of the
school year. Replacement keys will be provided at a non-refundable cost
of $10.00 each.
Each student will be issued a photo identification card. Replacement cards are issued for $5.00.
STUDENT EMAIL ACCOUNTS
Each student will be issued an MTI email account for official
communication and personal use. Students will be charged $5.00 to
change lost or forgotten passwords.
LABORATORY AND CLASSROOM USE
Student use of classrooms and laboratories will only be allowed when a supervisor is present.
All bulletin board items, posters, etc., must be approved by the Student Services office prior to being posted.
MTI is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of entrances.
Meals are served on the main campus for a charge. Vending machines are
available at the Technology Center. All meals are to be consumed in the
cafeteria or designated area. Meal tickets are available in the
Business Office. Tickets may be used to purchase food on the cafeteria
line, at the short order window, or in the Oak Room.
Students are required to furnish their own transportation to and from
school. When training requires students to be off campus, students must
make their own transportation arrangements. Students wishing to car
pool should contact the Student Services office.