STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY AND PROCEDURES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Student Conduct Policy

Professional conduct is the only level expected from students at Montana Barber Institute.  As a student being professional is on time, treats patrons, instructors, and fellow students with courtesy and respect. A professional always takes time to follow the rules of good grooming and sanitation. The following policy has been established for your benefit and the benefit of the institute to ensure a safe and proper training environment. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action from the institute. These rules reflect the level of conduct you will be expected to maintain throughout your career. The best way to begin your career is to adopt professional values.

 

Types of student misconduct will be addressed:

  • Scholastic Dishonesty: cheating, collusion, and plagiarism

  • Student Conduct: alcohol, drug violations, disturbances

  • Interpersonal Conflict Resolution: to include student-to-student and/or student-to-faculty/staff

Students who fail to meet the minimum standard of student conduct will be warned by Staff and/or Instructors via email, written, or verbally.

Our Conduct Policy is as follows:

  •  All students must be present by 9:00 am each day of the study period with their Theory Books and Student Kits available and ready. Students will be considered tardy if not present by 9:15 am. A student is subject to suspension for repeated offenses.

  • A student must sign in and clock in upon entering school for attendance.

  •  If a student is to be absent, he/she must notify the institute office by 8:45 am or earlier the day of the class.

  •  All students will clock in/out for lunch and all breaks.

  •  Students may not clock in or out for another student.

  •  Be courteous and civil to one another.

  •  Students are required to wear a clean and neat uniform and to be well-groomed at all times. No tank tops, bare feet, or sandals are permitted. This includes personal cleanliness, appropriate hairstyles and make-up, and proper uniform according to the institute's dress code and general appearance. School uniform includes red smock, beige khakis, completely white t-shirts with sleeves, and black shoes.

  •  Friday will be considered as a “dress down day.” This allows everyone (students and instructors) to wear any appropriate attire within the school's dress code.

  •  Dress PROFESSIONALLY (no saggy pants, or pants below the waist, no muscle shirts or spaghetti strap shirts, no shorts or short skirts). 

  • No shirts with vulgar language on them; socks must be worn at least above the ankle with shoes; no hats bandanas, or gang-affiliated apparel worn on school premises; no open-toed shoes

  •  Student SMOCK must be worn at all times along with their name tag.

  • No vulgar or foul language is permitted at any time. A student who is discourteous or disrespectful to an instructor, another student, or a patron will be subject to disciplinary action.

  •  No borrowing any student, or school property tools or equipment without the students or staff permission.

  •  Any student knowingly taking the property of another student instructor, colleague, or patron will be dismissed.

  • Student Must come to class prepared with textbooks, a notebook, and a pen/pencil.

  •  Students must sweep around their stations after each haircut. Do not leave hair on the floor. Sweep before taking your next customer.

  •  The Station area must be sanitized before leaving and checked by an instructor.

  •  Students must provide their locks for their assigned lockers. The school assumes no responsibility for student’s personal equipment and property.

  •  Students must provide their own Kit and Theory Books.

  •  Students are required to schedule and take their State Board Written Exam as soon as they complete their 1,000 clock hours in conjunction with school policy.

  • Students will be required to take the Texas Class A Barber Practical once complete with their 1,000 hours.

  • No student may take instruction or accrue hours for practical work unless he or she is equipped with the Student Kit.

  • The student is responsible for ensuring that the student’s portion of a student permit is on display at all times at or near the student’s workstation.

  • Students shall maintain a current mailing address on file with TDLR and must notify TDLR not later than 30 days following any change of mailing address.

  • Students are responsible for making sure that they receive credit from the Instructors for the practical services performed that day.

  • All unexcused absences must be made up at the end of the course of instruction to obtain full credit. The student will be charged extra tuition, on a pro-rated basis, for each hour required to be made up.

  • No cellphone use is allowed during school hours, students can use their cell phones during their lunch and break times and only in the break room and outside the school. Provide the school phone number to your family so you can be contacted in case of emergencies.  Cell phones will be confiscated for the day after 1 verbal warning.

  •  The student is responsible for being on time for scheduled practical and theory times.

  •  Students cannot interrupt other students when they are working with a client or practicing  (i.e. standing there making conversation with the other student).

  • No Eating or in the classroom and on the lab floor.

  • No profanity.

  • Socks must be worn above the ankle with shoes.

  •  No guns, knives, or any type of weapon on campus.

  •  No drugs are permitted on school premises unless prescribed by a physician.

  •  No consumption of marijuana may render the student impaired before or during school hours.

  •  No smoking is allowed in the institute by any student, instructor, or staff member including patrons at any time.

  •  Absolutely no destruction of school property.

  •  For unsatisfactory conduct, students will be given 1st a verbal warning, secondly written counseling which we would also notify the funding agency if required of the next level of our disciplinary process. The final step would be a suspension that would be appropriate for the offense.

  • The student is not allowed to facilitate any gathering of students that may initiate or incite illicit behavior by an individual or gathering student.

 

  • Students are not allowed to perform any services unless an instructor has given them permission.

  • Students must sanitize their area before leaving and be inspected by an instructor.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Montana Barber Institute is committed to providing a study environment that encourages mutual respect relationships between students and employees; and is free from all forms of harassment and bias by anyone. Harassment is expressly prohibited and will not be tolerated by the school.

Reported or suspected occurrences of harassment will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Following an investigation, any student or employee violating the policy will be subject to immediate termination.

 

The school will not permit or condone any acts of retaliation against anyone who files harassment complaints or cooperates in the investigation of a complaint.

The term harassment includes harassment based on any category protected by federal, state, or local law relating to an individual’s race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, physical disability, mental disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender, medical condition, or genetic information.

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances or visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or any form of sexually offensive behavior including gender-based harassment of the same sex as the harasser, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

If you believe that this policy is being violated with respect to yourself you need to file a report immediately with the School Administrator.

Anti-Retaliation Policy 

Montana Barber Institute will not retaliate against anyone for filing a good-faith complaint or for participating in good faith in an investigation of alleged misconduct.  Likewise, the school will not tolerate retaliation by others against you on these grounds.  An employee or student who retaliates will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination from the school. 

  

 Any student who feels that he or she has been subject to retaliation in violation of this policy should report the matter immediately.  As noted, we suggest that a student make the complaint to an instructor first, but you may bring complaints to the office manager if desired.

Counseling

Confidential and private counseling is available to students who need assistance with their personal or school-related problems. The school can refer a student to professional counseling services by request, please see Director for more information.

Uniform Policy

Uniforms and maintenance costs are the responsibility of the students enrolled. All students shall provide and maintain the following uniform configurations:

  •   White Shirt with sleeves (no design)

  •   Beige Khakis Pants  (no jeans, all pants must cover the ankles, no jogger pants)

  •   Red smock

  •   Black shoes (no tennis shoes or sandals) must be completely closed

  •   Army uniforms and boots can be used under the smock.

* absolutely no Hoodies to be worn with uniform*

Saturday or Dress down Day:

  • No sweat pants 

  • No clothing displaying vulgar pictures or language

  • No open toe or wide vented shoes

  • No shorts, Capri shorts, and short skirts 

TOOLS

Montana Barber Institute provides the student with electrical tools that have been adjusted accordingly to protect the client from incurring injury during service. Students are not allowed to make any adjustments to the electrical tools. Student May take their tools home yet in the event they do so no adjustments are to be made to the electrical tools.

 

Student Responsibilities during lab time

  • Remove all hair from stations (top of the station, in station drawers, front of the station, sides of the station, and mirror).

  • Remove all hair from tools and implements (clippers, trimmers, clipper guards, combs, brushes, shears, spray cans, bottles, and any other items on the station).

  • Remove all hair from the barber chair and drapes.

  • Spray station with Quat solution or approved or disinfectant and wipe down to disinfect (inside drawers as well as top of station).

  • Clean mirror (with mirror cleaner).

  • Spray barber chair with Quat solution or approved disinfectant and wipe down to disinfect (always include chrome or metal areas as well as the base of chair).

  • Place combs and guards in Barbicide for a minimum of 10 minutes to disinfect. Include any items approved for submerging in Quat solution).

  • Place all dirty towels in prospective receptacles provided by the school.

  • Sweep up all hair from around the station on the floor.

  • The student is required to have an instructor inspect their station area before leaving the school premises.

 

 

Safety Requirements

In general, by using common sense and being alert, many accidents may be avoided.  Safety requirements for the barber profession are thoroughly explained in the TDLR book of Laws and Rules. Montana Barber Institute’s general safety requirements are as follows:   

  •  Maintain sanitation standards and the application of safety precautions in the workplace environment.

  •  Be observant and recognize safety hazards, especially in areas where electricity and water are in close proximity to one another or where chemicals are stored.

  •  Handle tools and implements with care to avoid unnecessary injuries.

 

  •  Assist clients who need help.

  •  Lower and lock the chair so that it does not spin before inviting the client to be seated or leave the chair. 

  •  Do not allow children to play, climb, or spin on hydraulic chairs.

  •  Read and follow the directions of all products as determined by the

         manufacturer. 

  •  Keep your area free of water and oil to prevent slipping and electrical hazards. 

  •  Always test the water temperature on the inside of your wrist before applying it to a client’s hair or scalp. 

  •  Never subject yourself or your client to the risks of faulty or broken equipment.

  •  Wear shoes that have non-skid rubber soles with good support.

Wheelchair Accessibility for Students/Clients

The campus is physically accessible although it is not "barrier-free." The buildings have at least one accessible main entrance and at least one accessible pair of restrooms.

Students who use wheelchairs or have other mobility limitations (including limited use of hands/arms as well as ambulatory difficulties) should be able to physically access all academic programs for which they are academically qualified.  Some academic programs may require certain physical abilities so it is recommended that a student with a disability that affects mobility check to see if any required activities will be problematic.  Students are expected to meet the same requirements as other students for admission and for graduation in any academic program.  If a student anticipates an accommodation may need to be made for a particular physical limitation, the student may need to negotiate what might and might not be accepted as an accommodation.

A student will be provided accommodation for any physical activity required to participate in a course as much as possible. If the activity is a fundamental requirement of the course and a student is unable to perform the activity, the student may be considered unqualified for the course. If the course is essential to a particular program of study, a substitution may be possible if approved by the academic program.  Waivers for particular courses or fundamental activities are not generally provided as accommodation.

 

Montana Barber Institute continually improves and enhances the level of physical access to the Institute. However, since the campus was originally designed many years ago, not all buildings and/or areas may be completely wheelchair-user friendly. 

The building used for classes are located on the campus and have an accessible path. For those buildings that are further from the center of campus, "disabled" parking is usually located near an accessible entrance.

It is strongly suggested to those who have mobility limitations to assess the physical layout and location of classes prior to the beginning of each semester to ensure an easy and convenient route is identified.