Register October 2013 No. 694
Chapter SPS 62
REGULATION OF SCHOOLS AND SPECIALTY SCHOOLS
Required contents for school and specialty school catalogs.
Required contents for student contracts with schools and specialty schools.
Deceptive trade names prohibited.
Deceptive sales practices prohibited.
Admission of unqualified students prohibited.
Negotiability of promissory instruments.
Disclosure of information to the department.
Inspection of facilities and records.
Specialty topic instruction privileges and requirements for schools of cosmetology.
Prohibited conduct and discipline.
Forfeitures to the department.
Ch. SPS 62 Note
Chapter RL 62 was created as an emergency rule effective 5-26-89. Chapter RL 62 was renumbered chapter SPS 62 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671
SPS 62.01 Required contents for school and specialty school catalogs.
A school or specialty school catalog or bulletin shall contain:
Identifying data, including volume number, dates of publication and reprinting.
Name of school or specialty school and its governing body and officials.
A calendar showing dates of instruction for each course and vacation periods.
The school or specialty school policy and regulations regarding specific entrance and graduation requirements for each course.
The school or specialty school policy and regulations governing enrollment dates, leave, absences, tardiness, make-up work, and interruption or suspension for unsatisfactory work or attendance, and the conditions under which a student dismissed or suspended for unsatisfactory progress, conduct, or attendance may resume the course of instruction.
The school's or specialty school's policy and regulations governing standards of progress required of the student, the grading system of the school or specialty school, the minimum grades considered satisfactory, conditions for interruption for unsatisfactory grades or progress, and a description of the probationary period, if any, as well as a description of the student progress records kept by the school or specialty school and furnished to the students.
The school or specialty school policy and regulations governing student conduct and conditions of dismissal for unsatisfactory conduct.
A detailed description of charges for tuition and a schedule of fees for student activities, laboratory fees, rentals, deposits and all other charges which are referred to or included in the contract. The school's or specialty school's refund policy shall be fully described in the catalog or bulletin.
An outline for each course describing the subject of the course, the type of work or skill to be learned, the length of the course and the number of credits or clock hours to be earned towards licensing eligibility. In addition, the school or specialty school shall disclose any requirements imposed by the school or specialty school for graduation which exceed minimums required by the state to be eligible for the licensure examination. If graduation is required before a student is eligible to take the licensure examination, the catalog or bulletin shall so state.
A statement of the school or specialty school policy and regulations under which it will grant credit for hours of previous education and training.
A description of the school or specialty school placement services and other resources made available to assist students.
A description of the surety bond under s. SPS 61.06
and an explanation of how a student may make a claim on the bond.
SPS 62.01 History
Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408
, eff. 1-1-90; correction in (12) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671
SPS 62.02 Required contents for student contracts with schools and specialty schools.
A contract between a school or specialty school and a student shall contain:
Complete identifying information of both the school or specialty school and the student, including the address of the school or specialty school location and its administrative offices; and the name, local address and permanent address of the student. Other identifying information may be included.
A statement of the total cost and the unit costs of the contract for which the student will be responsible, including tuition, all fees, and the charges for books, materials, and equipment.
A detailed statement of obligations of the school or specialty school to the student.
A clear reference identifying the specific edition of the school's or specialty school's catalog or bulletin which was given to the student to provide the student with information about the school or specialty school prior to entering into the contract with the school or specialty school.
The anticipated starting and ending dates for the student's course of instruction.
A clear statement of the educational requirements for licensing in s. 454.06
, Stats., and any requirements for graduation from the school or specialty school which exceed the requirements for eligibility to take the state licensing examination, and whether graduation from the school or specialty school is required before the student will be allowed to take the state licensing examination.
A clear, simple description of the rules, policies, regulations and laws governing the rights and responsibilities of the school or specialty school and the student or enrollee in regard to any loans, financial aid, or credit extended to or on behalf of the student or enrollee by or through the school or specialty school. To the extent the details are known at the time the contract is signed, the description shall include the details of the amount of any loan, financial aid, or credit extended to or on behalf of the student or enrollee by or through the school or specialty school, and the nominal and effective interest rate, the payment terms, the default provisions, and the defenses to default, which are or may be applicable to the loan, financial aid or credit extended. When any details of an enrollee's financial aid package are not known at the time the contract is signed, the contract shall identify those details which remain to be determined, and what effect, if any, the final determination of those details will have on the enrollee's contract.
A clear statement of the refund policy used by the school or specialty school.
A clear statement of conditions the school or specialty school considers to be breach of the contract, and a description of the possible remedies to be pursued against the student.
Notice that an enrollee has the right to cancel the contract until midnight of the third business day following receipt by the enrollee of a notice of right to cancel. In this paragraph, “business day" has the meaning given under s. 421.301 (6)
The notice shall be printed in letters of not less than 12- point boldface type under the caption: “ENROLLEE'S RIGHT TO CANCEL"
and read as follows:
You may cancel this agreement by mailing or delivering a notice to (insert name and mailing address of agent of school or specialty school) before midnight of the third business day after you signed this agreement. “Business day" means any calendar day except Saturday and Sunday, and except the following business holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you wish, you may use this page as that written notice by writing “I hereby cancel" and adding your name and address. A duplicate of this page is provided to you by the school for your records.
If the principal language of the enrollee is other than English, the school or specialty school shall give the enrollee written notice of the right to cancel in English and in the principal language of the enrollee.
The school or specialty school shall deliver 2 copies of the notice of a right to cancel after the enrollee has signed the enrollment contract, but not before.
SPS 62.02 History
Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408
, eff. 1-1-90.
SPS 62.03 Deceptive trade names prohibited. SPS 62.03(1)(1)
No school or specialty school shall use a trade or business name, label, insignia, or designation which has the capacity and tendency or effect of misleading or deceiving prospective students with respect to the nature of the school or specialty school, its accreditation, programs of instruction or methods of teaching, or any other material fact.
A school or specialty school shall not falsely represent directly or by implication through the use of a trade or business name or in any other manner that it is part of or connected with a branch, bureau, or agency of the United States government, or any state or local government or civil service commission.
A school or specialty school shall not falsely represent directly or by implication through the use of a trade or business name or in any other manner that it is affiliated with or otherwise connected with a public or private religious or charitable organization, or any public or private college, university, or other institution of higher education.
SPS 62.03 History
Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408
, eff. 1-1-90.
SPS 62.04 Deceptive sales practices prohibited. SPS 62.04(1)(1)
No school or specialty school shall engage in any deceptive sales practices. The term “deceptive sales practice" includes, but is not limited to:
The use of “help wanted" or other employment columns in a newspaper or other publication to contact prospective students in such a manner as to lead such prospective students into the belief that a job is offered.
The use of “blind" advertisements or sales literature to attract prospective students when the advertisements or literature fails to set forth that courses of instruction or other educational services are being offered for sale.
The making of false or deceptive statements or representations or any statements or representations which have the tendency or capacity to mislead or deceive students, prospective students, or the public regarding actual or probable earnings or opportunities in any field or vocation. It is an unfair and deceptive sales practice to represent or imply in any way that persons employed in a particular field or position earn a stated income or that persons completing a training course will earn the stated income or “up to" the stated income unless:
The salary or income is equal to or less than the average salary or income of persons employed in the indicated field or position for less than 5 years and the advertisement or representation indicates the basis for calculation of the average salary or income; and,
The advertisement or representation also states clearly and conspicuously that no guarantee is made that a person who purchases the advertised services will earn the stated salary or income, unless the guarantee is actually offered by the school or specialty school.