SANS Technology Institute (STI), a graduate program, expects a greater level of commitment and responsibility from its graduate students than might be expected in an undergraduate program.
STI has the right to dismiss a student who is:
If a student is unresponsive after STI has made reasonable efforts to contact the student, then STI can provide the student with notice that the student may be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible to reapply if the student does not contact STI within 30 days with an explanation.
- If the student submits a response within that time, then STI will review the student's explanation and make a determination. The student will be notified within 30 days after STI receives the explanation from the student. The notice will state either that the explanation is acceptable; or that the student is dismissed, the effective date of dismissal, and that the student has 30 days to appeal the dismissal.
- If the student does not provide a response within that time, then STI will send a notice to the student that the student is dismissed, the effective date of dismissal, and that the student has 30 days to appeal the dismissal
Reasonable effortsin this section is defined as: at least two emails to student and at least one phone call to student.
(2) Not Making Reasonable Progress Through Requirements
To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, students must successfully complete a minimum of 8 credit hours per year. Falling below 8 credit hours per year will result in a student being place on academic probation. If a student does not work with STI staff to develop a plan to remove themselves from academic probation, they may be subject to dismissal from the program. Further information on Satisfactory Academic Progress can be found in the Student Handbook.
(3) Engaging in Illegal/Unacceptable Behavior
Engaging in illegal, or other unacceptable behavior as described in the student codes of conduct page and the Student Handbook. STI will notify the student of the accusation, and the student will be given a reasonable time to respond in writing to the accusation. After reviewing the accusation and the response, STI will render a decision regarding the violation(s). In some cases, it will be deemed to merit a dismissal. If so, STI will notify the student of the dismissal, the effective date of the dismissal, and that the student has 30 days to appeal the dismissal.
Notice to Students Regarding Dismissal
In the field of information security, email communication is the standard method of notice. Notices to students will be sent to the student's email address. If it is clear to STI that the student is no longer at that email address, then STI will send the notice by certified mail. The notice will be sent by the Director of Enrollment Management, or the Department Chair, or the President.
- If it is possible for the student to correct the situation, then he/she will be given a statement about what must be done within a certain time to resolve the problem. If the student does not meet the requirements within that time, then he/she can be dismissed from the degree program; in which case the student will be given notification of the dismissal. That notice will state when the effective date of the dismissal, and that the student has 30 days to appeal the dismissal.
- If the situation is not subject to correction, the student will be notified of the dismissal, the effective date of the dismissal will be effective, and that the student has 30 days to appeal the dismissal.
No Refund of Fees: The application fee is NOT refundable. In general, there would be no fees to refund since students pay only for each course/cert attempt that the student undertakes, as opposed to paying for several courses up-front.
Appeal of Dismissal: Students may appeal their dismissal within 30 days of the notice of dismissal that is provided by STI to the student. The student should send a notice of appeal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The following are the persons or entities authorized to make a final decision on an appeal regarding dismissal: the STI President or the STI full-time faculty committee. The President or the STI full-time faculty committee will render a decision within 30 days of receiving student's notice. That decision will be final.
Other types of appeals: The above applies when the nature of the grievance is an appeal regarding dismissal. There are other appeal methods depending on the nature of the grievance. For those other types of grievances/appeals, see the appeals and grievances page.