New Students may enroll at any time. Classes start on rollover bases. Contact your Admissions Representative for the next class start date OR refer to Appendix B.
New Year Day*
* Last week of December for Christmas Holidays (Dates will be posted on the school notice board).
Holy Days of All religions are respected and allowed to instructors, staff & Students.
A holy day request from students will be considered on a case by case basis by the PDSO office and if authorized no make hours will be required to be completed by the student.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Office: Monday – Friday – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday – 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Class: Monday – Friday – 9.00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday – Sunday – 9:00 am to 6.00 pm
- Clock Hours: 60 minutes equal to 50 minutes of contact instruction.
- Child Care: A list of day care centers available in this area. Please contact: Plenum Institute Office.
Journal Square Bus and Path Station is located across the street from The Plenum Institute. Busand Path Line schedules for weekday and weekend runs can be obtained from the main office. If a student is interested in car-pooling, please submit your name to the director.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be admitted to Plenum Institute:
- Minimum 18 years of age
- High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) or Higher College Degree.If a student does not have a H.S. Diploma, GED or Higher College Degree, the student is required to take the ABLE test and score a passing grade.
(A foreign country education must be in English or translated into English) OR if foreign graduate student’s unable to produce their high school diploma may use sworn statement (PI form 115).
- Valid Photo ID
- Social Security Card (SSN)
- $ 100 Non Refundable Registration Fee.
Admission Requirements for Intensive English Program (ESL): ESL is a standalone program that is limited to the person who has occupational competencies in their field of interest but because of their lack in proficiency in English is not able to perform work effectively. If they could demonstrate adequate English language skills then this same person can be employable.
The school admits the students who need instruction in English to be able to use the knowledge and skills that they already acquired in their home country language in order to obtain employment.
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Proof of education/certification.
- Student needs to take an entrance exam (BEST) offered at the school before enrolling in the program. Based on student’s performance on the entrance exam, the student will be admitted to the level of English as a Second language program.
International Student Package:
Please follow the steps below if you would like to be an international student at Plenum Institute and need a student visa (F-1):
1. Submit an Application Form
2. Pay $100 Non Refundable registration fee.
3. Submit a copy of your passport (First/Last page and other stamped pages copy).
4. Submit Evidence that you or your sponsor has sufficient funds for all education & living expenses in the USA.
5. Submit a Affidavit of Support from your sponsor (If bank statement is not in Student’s name)
6. If you have a sponsor in the U.S. please fill Affidavit of Support form (I-134) and attach copy of Green Card / Citizenship and Driving License copy.
7. Submit $75 international express mailing fee. Your acceptance letter and I-20 will be mailed to your home country address.
8. Pay SEVIS I-901 fee: https://www.fmjfee.com/ Fee is $200. After you received your acceptance letter pay this fee before applying visa.
- Please follow the steps below if you are already an international student in the United States and would like to transfer to Plenum Institute:
1. Submit an Application Form.
2. Pay $100 Non refundable registration fee.
3. Submit a copy of your passport (First/Last page and other stamped pages copy).
4. Copy of Entry Visa from your passport (I 94 copy)
5. Copy of all your previous I-20s
6. Submit Evidence that you or your sponsor has sufficient funds for all education & living expenses in the USA.
7. Submit a Letter of Support from your sponsor (if bank statement is not in Student’s name)
8. If you have a sponsor in the U.S. please fill Affidavit of Support form (I-134) and attach copy of Green Card/
Citizenship and Driving License copy.
9. Sign and submit Transfer Verification Form to your current school’s International Student Advisor.
10. Pay $25 express domestic mailing fee if you want your I-20 to be mailed to your address in the U.S.
Note: It is advisable to register one week before your class starts date. Students are not permitted to enter existing classes after the first week of a session. If they register after the first week, they must wait until the next session to join. A new session starts every first Monday of the month to ensure availability of seats contact to student advisor.
TUITION AND METHOD OF PAYMENT:Details of the cost of tuition, materials/supplies and fees for each program of study are included in the school catalog. The School accepts all fees in terms of Cash, Certified Checks, Money Orders, Private/Government Vouchers, Private or Non Profit Grants, Approved Scholarships, and Debit/Credit Card(Master/Visa/Discover).
- 3% Convenience Fee will be charged on any payment made with Credit/ Debit Card OR PayPal.
- Any bounced check/ Dishonored payment is charged $35.
Financial Assistance Department will provide complete information on available funding and payment plan /schedule and options to the student.
TRANSFER CREDIT /ADVANCED STANDING:Plenum Instituteare committed by extending school time and weekend schedule to helping the student reach educational goals as quickly as possible. However equipment and technology changes so rapidly that what was learned in an earlier program may not be applicable at this time.
Transfer of credit within Institute:Transfer students from one program to another program are completely prohibited because of program content and duration. Students who have already commenced classes in a certain program of study will not be allowed to switch to a different program due to set time frame and differences between program curriculam.
Note: The use of the word “credit” does not apply to college credits, but rather to recognitionfor previous course work.
- College Credit – Disclaimer Statement: Licensed private careers schools offer curricula measured in clock hours, not credit hours. Certificate of Completion, i.e., school diplomas, are issued to students who meet clock hour requirements. The granting of any college credit to students who participated in and/ or completed a program at a licensed private careers school is solely at the discretion of the institution of higher education that the student may opt to subsequently attend.Attendance: Students are expected to be in the class for the proscribed number of hours for which they have enrolled. All students must bepresent for at least 80 % of scheduled hours in order to graduate. Absences for acceptable personal or medical reasons will not lead to termination although the student’s projecteddate of graduation may have to be revised. Excessive lateness and leaving early will be counted as absences. Keeping goodattendance in school will benefit you both in your training and in employment.(Note: Each instructional hour for any program is 50 minutes and 10 minutes break time.Make-Up Hours: Classroom hours missed because of an absence can be made up through an arrangement with the School Director. Make-up hours,however, does not remove an absence. Absences exceeding more than 20% of instructional hours must be made up in supervised work,documented by faculty, in order for the student to receive credit. Attendance at make-up sessions will be permanently recorded in an attendance register maintained by the instructor.Probation: A student will be placed on probation if they do not maintain minimum grade requirements and/or has excessive absence as described under the attendance section. A student will be placed on probation if at the end of any term the student’s cumulative G.P.A. has fallen below a 2.0 on a 4-point scale. The student will then have the following term to regain a 2.0 or higher cumulative G.P.A. If at the end of the second consecutive term the student’s G.P.A. is still below a 2.0 Institute has the right to dismiss the student for unsatisfactory progress. The only exceptions will be made for special circumstances with approval from the School Director.
Leave of Absence: The following conditions may be considered for leave of absence:
- Medical (including pregnancy),
- Family care (including unexpected loss of childcare and medical care of family member),
- Military duty and Jury duty.
- Any student who must take a leave of absence may do so by submitting a written application stating why the student needs to take a leave of absence, to the School Director. Also, when applicable, and as requested by the Director, the student willing to take the leave of absence must submit documented proof for said emergency with start and expected date of return in writing (If applicable). Upon meeting these requirements, the school director will then decide whether the student may or may not take a leave of absence. Both the director and student will document and sign all approvals, disapprovals or solutions. The student will receive a copy for their records as well. A Student will not be allowed to take a leave of absence for more than two consecutive or non-consecutive courses per curriculum length. A student who takes a leave of absence during any program/course where the grade of the program/course will be affected will receive an incomplete grade of “I” for such program/courses. Once a student retakes the program/ course, the new program/ course grade will replace the incomplete “I” grade. The total time requested off must not exceed 180 days (cumulative) in a calendar period. Leave of Absences will be honored within current calendar year. Should a request take the student beyond this contracted calendar they may be subject to enter a new agreement.If the student does not reenter within the calendar year and has not notified the school, the student’s agreement will be terminated and he/she will be granted a refund according to the Refund Policy of the bulletin.Note: Each individual situation will be handled privately. The school will make every effort to help students meet their educational goals. Because tuition costs and course syllabi may change with each new term, it will be necessary to meet with the Director / Counselor before returning to class.
- School records the daily attendance of each student in accordance with NJDOE guidelines. Records of student attendance will be kept on file and are available for student review. Unexcused absenteeism for more than 20 percent of the total course time can result in dismissal of student.
- Graduation requirements stipulate that the student must be present at least 80 % of the instructional time.
- A student will be placed on probation if at the end of any term he or she has completed less than 80 % of their scheduled hours within their academic program. Once on probation, a student will have the following term to improve their attendance above 80 % of the scheduled hours. If at the end of the second consecutive term a student is still below the 80 % threshold, Institute has the right to dismiss the student for unsatisfactory progress.
- The student will be responsible for all fees, unless the Director has noted justifying circumstances and approves a waiver of program/ course fees. Reasons for absences, methods of correction, and extenuating circumstances will be documented and signed by both the student and the Director. When applicable, documented proof may be requested. The school reserves the right to authenticate such documents when necessary.
- Excused absences are permitted for illness or any unavoidable circumstance. Please notify the School Administrator in writing or by phone call in case of emergency by 9:00 a.m. or call 24/7 at (551) 222 – 4461 and leave a message if you will be absent from class. Unexcused absences are absences where the student has neglected to notify the school and/or extend beyond the 20 percent allowance without arranging for an official leave of absence.
- Students are required to complete 100% of their clinical hours. Students will not be considered to have completed their clinical externships until the site supervisor has certified all required attendance hours. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the school with a timesheet signed by the clinical site supervisor documenting clinical hours completed for a week no later than Monday of the following week.
The Student is required to be present for a minimum of 80 % in the classroomand maintain 2.0 GPA in order to graduate.
Class Cut: Each instructional day is about 4.0 – 7.0 hours in length. Hours lost due to cutting class will be recorded as unexcused absences.Therefore, the student is responsible for making up time lost, class work and assignments; Time and lessons missed must be made up in order to meet the minimal attendance and graduation requirements. Students will need to meet with the Director/Program Director before returning to class.
Withdrawal and Dismissal: The school reserves the right to terminate a student for any of the following reasons beyond control:
- Unsatisfactory progress and attendance
- Noncompliance with rules & regulations of the school
- Tuition Delinquency
- Missing more than 20 percent of instruction time that is recorded as unexcused absence.Not maintaining the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)
In such an event, Plenum Institute will inform the student in writing of the effective date of expulsion. Tuition that results inan overpayment will be refunded within 30 days. If a student withdraws before a module ends without appropriate documentation, then all work done during that module is lost. Course credit and grades are given for completed modules only. The failure of a student to notify the director in writing of a withdrawal may delay refund of tuition due pursuant to NJDOE regulations.
Tardiness: Lateness to class disrupts the learning process, is unfair to the instructor and those students who arrive on time, and will not be tolerated. Students demonstrating a pattern of lateness will be asked to discuss this situation with the Program Director in an effort to solve this problem. Continued lateness may result in the student’s probation or suspension.
School requires all students to be on time for their classes. Students will be considered LATE if they arrive 15 minutes after the class start time unless there is a severe weather condition or the student has a personal emergency. If a student arrives 30 minutes after the class starts, the student will be considered absent for the day and will not be allowed into class until after the break to avoid distraction. Four times late equals one absence.
Early Dismissal: Any student desiring early dismissal from class must have a valid reason and make his or her request in writing to the School Director. Early dismissal from class is granted at the sole discretion of the school’s management.