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REGULATION OF SCHOOLS AND SPECIALTY SCHOOLS
SPS 62.01 Required contents for school and specialty school catalogs.
SPS 62.02 Required contents for student contracts with schools and specialty schools.
SPS 62.03 Deceptive trade names prohibited.
SPS 62.04 Deceptive sales practices prohibited.
SPS 62.05 Admission of unqualified students prohibited.
SPS 62.06 Negotiability of promissory instruments.
SPS 62.07 Refund standards.
SPS 62.08 Disclosure of information to the department.
SPS 62.09 Inspection of facilities and records.
SPS 62.10 Specialty topic instruction privileges and requirements for schools of cosmetology.
SPS 62.11 Prohibited conduct and discipline.
SPS 62.12 Forfeitures to the department.
Ch. SPS 62 Note 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 SPS 62.01 Required contents for school and specialty school catalogs. A school or specialty school catalog or bulletin shall contain:
SPS 62.01(1) (1) Identifying data, including volume number, dates of publication and reprinting.
SPS 62.01(2) (2) Name of school or specialty school and its governing body and officials.
SPS 62.01(3) (3) A calendar showing dates of instruction for each course and vacation periods.
SPS 62.01(4) (4) The school or specialty school policy and regulations regarding specific entrance and graduation requirements for each course.
SPS 62.01(5) (5) 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.
SPS 62.01(6) (6) 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.
SPS 62.01(7) (7) The school or specialty school policy and regulations governing student conduct and conditions of dismissal for unsatisfactory conduct.
SPS 62.01(8) (8) 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.
SPS 62.01(9) (9) 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.
SPS 62.01(10) (10) A statement of the school or specialty school policy and regulations under which it will grant credit for hours of previous education and training.
SPS 62.01(11) (11) A description of the school or specialty school placement services and other resources made available to assist students.
SPS 62.01(12) (12) 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 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 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:
SPS 62.02(1) (1) 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.
SPS 62.02(2) (2) 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.
SPS 62.02(3) (3) A detailed statement of obligations of the school or specialty school to the student.
SPS 62.02(4) (4) 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.
SPS 62.02(5) (5) The anticipated starting and ending dates for the student's course of instruction.
SPS 62.02(6) (6) 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.
SPS 62.02(7) (7) 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.
SPS 62.02(8) (8) A clear statement of the refund policy used by the school or specialty school.
SPS 62.02(9) (9) 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.
SPS 62.02(10) (10) 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), Stats.
SPS 62.02(10)(a) (a) 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.
SPS 62.02(10)(b) (b) 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.
SPS 62.02(10)(c) (c) 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 History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90.
SPS 62.03 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.
SPS 62.03(1)(a) (a) 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.
SPS 62.03(1)(b) (b) 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 History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90.
SPS 62.04 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:
SPS 62.04(1)(a) (a) 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.
SPS 62.04(1)(b) (b) 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.
SPS 62.04(1)(c) (c) 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:
SPS 62.04(1)(c)1. 1. 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,
SPS 62.04(1)(c)2. 2. 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.
SPS 62.04(1)(d) (d) The making of false or deceptive statements or representations, or any statements or representations which have the tendency or capacity to mislead or deceive prospective students, students, or the public regarding any opportunities in any vocation or field of activity as a result of the completion of any given course of instruction or educational service.
SPS 62.04(1)(e) (e) The use of terms or titles such as "registrar", "counselor","advisor", or words of similar import to describe or refer to a school's or specialty school's salesmen, agents, representatives, or other employees in a manner which misrepresents the training, qualifications, experience, status, or position of the person to whom reference is made.
SPS 62.04(1)(f) (f) The use of any illustration in any catalog, sales literature, or otherwise which tends to convey a false impression of the size, importance, location, or facilities of a school or specialty school.
SPS 62.04(1)(g) (g) The making of any false or deceptive statement or representation which has the capacity or tendency to deceive or mislead any prospective student, student, or the public regarding the amount or nature or terms of a prospective student's or student's financial obligation to the school or specialty school or any third party as a result of any agreement between the prospective student or student, or on behalf of a prospective student or student, and the school or specialty school.
SPS 62.04 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90.
SPS 62.05 SPS 62.05 Admission of unqualified students prohibited. No school or specialty school may admit any applicant as a student who does not have a high school diploma or General Educational Development ("GED") certificate unless that applicant passes a nationally recognized, standardized, or industry developed test, subject to criteria developed by an appropriate accrediting association, measuring the applicant's aptitude to successfully complete the program for which the applicant has applied.
SPS 62.05 Note Note: This testing requirement is drawn from the "ability to benefit" criteria of 20 USC 1091 (d).
SPS 62.05 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90.
SPS 62.06 SPS 62.06 Negotiability of promissory instruments.
SPS 62.06(1)(1) Every assignee of an enrollment agreement takes the enrollment agreement subject to all claims and defenses of the student or successors in interest under the enrollment agreement.
SPS 62.06(2) (2) No school or specialty school may enter into any enrollment agreement in which the student waives the right to assert against the school or specialty school or any assignee any claim or defense the student may have against the school or specialty school. Any provision in an enrollment agreement by which the student agrees to a waiver is void.
SPS 62.06(3)(a)(a) No school or specialty school may use a promissory note or instrument, other than a check, unless it bears the following statement in contrasting boldface type: This is an enrollment agreement instrument and is non-negotiable. Every holder takes the enrollment agreement subject to all other claims and defenses of the maker or obligor.
SPS 62.06(3)(b) (b) Compliance with requirements of federal and state statutes, regulations and rules governing the form of notice of preservation of consumers' claims and defenses shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of par. (a).
SPS 62.06 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90.
SPS 62.07 SPS 62.07 Refund standards.
SPS 62.07(1)(1)Full refund. A school's or specialty school's refund policy shall provide for a full refund of all money paid by a student, except for a non-refundable application fee of no more than $10, if:
SPS 62.07(1)(a) (a) The student cancels the enrollment agreement or enrollment application within 3 business days after receipt of notice of acceptance from the school or specialty school; or,
SPS 62.07(1)(b) (b) The student was accepted for enrollment but was unqualified for entrance; or,
SPS 62.07(1)(c) (c) The student's enrollment was procured as the result of any written or oral misrepresentations made by the school or specialty school or its agents.
SPS 62.07(2) (2)Partial refund.
SPS 62.07(2)(a)(a) In this subsection, "percentage of enrollment time" means the number of class days elapsed from the start of the student's attendance until the student's last date of attendance divided by the total number of class days required to complete the course of instruction.
SPS 62.07(2)(b) (b) If, for any reason, a student withdraws or is dismissed by the school or specialty school prior to the commencement of classes, the charge may not exceed 15% of the total cost of the course of instruction or $100, whichever is less.
SPS 62.07(2)(c) (c) If, for any reason, a student withdraws or is dismissed by the school or specialty school after the commencement of classes, the school's or specialty school's refund policy may not permit any charge to the student which exceeds $150 plus the amount shown on the "Partial Refund Chart," in Table 62.07 (2). In no case may the charge to the student exceed the total cost of the course of instruction.
TABLE 62.07 (2) PARTIAL REFUND CHART - See PDF for table PDF
SPS 62.07 Note Note: Schools and specialty schools are encouraged to adopt a policy wherein the refund to the student may exceed amounts set forth above when mitigating circumstances are in evidence.
SPS 62.07(3) (3)Equipment fees. A school or specialty school shall reimburse the cost of the unused equipment or supplies that a student was required to purchase as a condition of enrollment or continued participation in the course of instruction to a student who, for any reason, withdraws or is dismissed by the school or specialty school and who, within 15 days of withdrawal or dismissal, tenders for reimbursement the equipment and supplies in their original condition.
SPS 62.07(4) (4)School closing. If a school or specialty school closes or terminates a program and no longer offers instruction in a program in which a person is enrolled, the person shall be entitled to a pro rata refund of the total cost of the course of instruction. No such refund may defeat any person's claim to indemnification to which he or she is otherwise entitled under the bond required by s. SPS 61.06.
SPS 62.07(5) (5)Refund deadline. A school or specialty school shall make any refunds due to a student or enrollee within 30 days of the date the school or specialty school dismisses the student or enrollee or receives notice of withdrawal, or of the school or specialty school closing.
SPS 62.07 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90; correction in (4) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
SPS 62.08 SPS 62.08 Disclosure of information to the department. Within 10 days of any request by the department, a school or specialty school shall furnish the department with any information requested concerning the school's or specialty school's facilities, curricula, instructors, registration and enrollment policies, enrollment rosters, student training hours and contracts, financial records, tuition and other charges, refund policies and policies concerning the negotiability of promissory instruments received in payment of tuition and other charges.
SPS 62.08 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1989, No. 408, eff. 1-1-90.
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