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Visa students who attend a course at ICOT College are obliged by law to have an attendance rate of greater than 85%. This can only be achieved by missing no more than 18 days throughout the course of 25 weeks. The College strongly encourages students to complete their full 25 weeks of study in one block. General English Book price is €35 and IELTS Book price is €50. Students are not allowed to attend the class without book.
Students who miss any 2 days or any 4 classes in any given week will be removed from the attendance list and sent a warning letter. Attendance will continue to decrease as long as a student is off the list and does not return.
When any student receives a warning letter, he/she must fill in the Request Form on the ICOT website (www.icot.ie – go to Student Life and choose Request Form) and apply for “Return to Class”. The student concerned will then be returned to the list and contacted to inform him/her of this, and must return to class on the appointed day.
Any student who does not fill in the Request Form within a week of being removed from the list will receive a second warning letter. Likewise, a second offence will result in a second warning letter.
After three warning letters have been received, the next offence will result in expulsion and the GNIB being contacted. Please note that ICOT College is not obliged to send three warning letters prior to expulsion. Students who are proved not to be genuine students, or who engage in abusive behaviour, may be expelled without notice.
The student has 5 working days to reply and resolve the issue. If there are mitigating circumstances, students may appeal their removal from the school register through the ICOT website and by requesting “Appeal against Expulsion”. The student will be called for a meeting attended by an ICOT College Senior Administration staff member. ICOT College will present the student with a copy of all recorded warnings and their Attendance Record. The student will have an opportunity to make their case, for example, an illness with the requisite doctor’s note or compassionate leave. Any judgment will be made in coherence with ICOT College’s stated principles regarding attendance and in strict accordance with the regulations from the GNIB regarding visa students. If in doubt, the College will contact the GNIB and seek clarification.
Further to this, ICOT is obliged to inform GNIB of any student whose attendance drops below 85% and prolonged low attendance will also result in warning letters being sent out. If the student does not improve, more warnings will be sent.
In case of sickness, students must contact the school on the first day and each subsequent day, and present a doctor’s certificate on returning to school. Without this proof, it will be classed as an unauthorised absence, and warnings will be sent. Medical certificates cannot and do not replace attendance, but are used to justify low attendance to the College and to GNIB.
European students and others not on student visas are also expected to attend fully, even though they are not bound by GNIB rules, and may be removed from the list or expelled for non-attendance. All students of ICOT College are treated alike. Non-attendance is disruptive to the class and to the learning process.
ICOT College Certificates are only given to students who satisfy the 85% attendance regulation and take the mandatory end-of-course exam. The price for the certificate is €15.
Students are expected to willingly and actively take part in any and all classroom activities, to speak English at all times, and to respect their teacher and classmates. Students who do not comply with these rules may be asked to leave the classroom with the loss of attendance for that half of class.
Any student found to be tampering with the attendance list on behalf of themselves or any other student may be expelled without prior warning.
No member of staff may accept or request money or gifts in exchange for falsifying attendance. Any such request should be reported to the management immediately.
It is forbidden for students to film or take pictures during class, without the permission of the teacher and the fellow students.
Any student whose name is not on the attendance list must go to the Reception office immediately and may not sign the list. In any circumstances, signing at the bottom of the attendance list is prohibited.
Students may not leave the classroom for significant lengths of time during the class. The teacher may remove his or her attendance for absences of more than 15 minutes.
The ICOT online platform allows teachers and students to interact in a dynamic way, so the teacher may ask you to turn on your microphone and camera to interact with him/her, answer questions displayed on the screen, follow a digital board to make examples, etc. Sharing your personal data/log-ins with individuals not enrolled at ICOT College is strictly prohibited. This may result in expulsion and no refund of fees will be given.
Students are allowed to take a holiday after studying for at least 8 weeks and with at least 80% attendance. Students can take up to 1/3 of the time that they have already studied. For example, after 9 weeks students can have 3 weeks holiday, and after 12 weeks, they can have 4 weeks holiday. Holidays must be booked at least 3 days in advance and will depend on their attendance.
Holidays may be granted outside these conditions in cases of extenuating circumstances. In that case students should provide proof.
This does not include Christmas holidays when the school shuts for 3 weeks and Easter holidays when the school is closed for 1 week.
Student holiday periods from 1st January 2015 – understanding the new rules
Changes coming in from January under a new government policy will standardise the holiday periods in which international students can work for all types of course – from English Language to PhD. Students on English programmes in particular have been used to very flexible holiday periods in the past and will need to consider what the changes will mean for them.
From 01 September 2016, non-EU/EEA International Students will be able to work full-time (up to 40 hours per week) during two periods of the year only – reflecting the traditional summer and winter college holidays:
At all other times, the current term-time limit of 20 working hours per week will apply.
It should be noted also that the hours specified are the maximum that a student can work in any given week and not an average over time. A student who is working for more than one employer remains subject to the overall limits (e.g. during the period when the 20 hour limit applies a student could not work 15 hours each for 2 employers). The permission to work ceases on the expiry of the students Stamp 2 immigration permission.
Students must have the book for the course. The school allows 5 working days (1 week) to be without a book.
If a student chooses to attend without the book, no attendance will be given, and no copies will be made.
It is mandatory to every student visa that the student takes an external exam at the end of each course. The College will register students for TIE (Test of Interactive English) and the student agrees to prepare for and take the exam on the date specified by the Director of Studies. Examination rules will be emailed to the students. TIE exam fee is €130. In certain circumstances it may be necessary for students to take TIE in the TIE examination centre on Leeson Street. In this event, directions will be provided with plenty of notice. In all other cases TIE will be held on the school premises.
Students may also opt to take FCE (First Certificate English), CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) or IELTS instead of TIE, but this preference must be communicated to the Director of Studies in good time.
Failure to attend the exam for which a student has been registered will require to pay the full exam fee again to facilitate rebooking.