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TAICS Code of Conduct

TAICS Member institutions agree:
Integrity

  1. To provide educational services according to standards of honesty and fairness and to render those services to students in a manner that, in the same circumstance, it would apply to or demand for itself.
  2. To provide recruiting materials that are clear, accurate and unambiguous as to content and purpose.
  3. To provide each prospective student with financial aid information concerning the total cost of their education and the repayment requirements of their student loans.
  4. To provide each prospective student with accurate information about educational programs and services a manner that:
    1. Provides clear information regarding institutional accreditation and programmatic accreditation if applicable;
    2. Provides information about the institution’s refund policies;
    3. Does not promise, guarantee, or mislead regarding transferability of credits to or from another institution; and
    4. That does not promise or guarantee employment or income level after graduation.

Accountability

  1. To safeguard the public trust by providing educational and related services in a manner that meets or exceeds minimum requirements under applicable federal and TN laws and regulations and accrediting agency standards.
  2. To provide a method for school employees to inform senior management of potential violations of laws, regulations, accrediting agency standards and the institution’s policies and procedures.

Excellence

  1. To provide a quality academic experience by:
    1. Maintaining strong, ethical leadership in management;
    2. Providing qualified faculty;
    3. Developing, structuring and offering outcomes-focused program curricula;
    4. Periodically reviewing faculty, curricula, facilities, equipment, programs and staff; and
    5. Providing appropriate resources to support the teaching and learning process.
  2. To assist graduates interested in finding full-time employment in jobs related to their program of study, without guaranteeing employment.

Enforcement

  1. The TAICS board of directors shall remove an institution from TAICS membership if:
    1. The institution has had its license to operate terminated or denied upon renewal by the state;
    2. The institution has had its accreditation terminated or denied upon renewal by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education; or
    3. The institution has had its eligibility to participate in Federal Title IV financial aid programs terminated or
      denied upon recertification by the U.S. Department of Education.