STANDARDS AND CODE OF ETHICS
FOR MEMBER SCHOOLS
The members of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) subscribe to the following Standards and Code of Ethics In working with the general public, business and industry, students, educational institutions, state licensing boards, state agencies, state legislature and federal agencies.
1. To maintain and encourage high ethical standards in all relationships, assuring that no school denies admission to any student on the basis of race, color, creed, sex or national origin.
2. To cooperate fully with business and industry in determining the needs of companies within its fields of education and to maintain high standards of education in order to provide well trained graduates for the ever-changing needs of business.
3. To adhere to ethical and truthful programs of advertising and public relations in gaining recognition for private schools as being vital and important forces in the community, state and nation.
4. To maintain high standards of conduct in dealing with students in all areas, with particular emphasis on all aspects of recruitment, education and placement assistance. Scholarships are not to be used as a recruiting enticement to enroll.
5. To not knowingly influence any student to leave another educational institution, nor encourage a person to change plans after signing an enrollment application of another school.
6. To not use the word “Accredited” unless it indicates by what agency it is so accredited. The accrediting agency must be recognized by the United States Office of Education.
7. To protect the image of the entire private school field by not discrediting other schools or imputing to them dishonorable conduct, inability to perform contracts, or make other negative representations concerning the character, nature, quality, value or scope of their courses of instructions.
8. To provide each student with a printed school catalog containing detailed course outlines and an enrollment agreement for diploma programs setting forth the terms and conditions of enrollment and the obligations of both the students and the school. The school will provide testing and counseling for students, as well as periodic grade reports. Each school must have a fair and equitable refund and cancellation policy.
9. To provide quality training which helps to prepare students for future employment, but to make no promise, claim or guarantee of employment.
10. To authorize the Board of Directors and Officers of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and colleges to make an investigation of any written complaint leveled against an institution or individual concerning alleged irregularities or unethical practices on the part of the institution or its representatives. As a last resort, such authorization extends to expulsion from membership in the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges providing all other appropriate remedies have failed.
11. To vigorously uphold the highest standards of ethics, competency and professionalism in dealing with the public, business and industry and all other educational institutions while always remembering that the student’s education and welfare are of paramount importance, above and beyond all other considerations.
12. To assure that the instructors and staff are of good character, are mature and possess a professional attitude, making sure that each applicant for enrollment is fully informed about the program desired and what the program can be expected to accomplish and that the applicant is reasonably qualified to enter the program.
13. To always strive to do more for the student than is stated or required by the school catalog or any agency or organization.