General Information at SFIT

Nondiscrimination

South Florida Institute of Technology abides by all federal and state laws against discrimination. SFIT offers training to all applicants on an equal basis regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, nationality, and ethnic origin.

Students with Disabilities

SFIT is committed to complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 by providing access to facilities and reasonable accommodations in programs, services and classroom activities. Students with disabilities are responsible for ensuring that the School is aware of disabilities that require accommodations by contacting the School Director.

Transfers Credits

Students are advised that transferability of credits to another institution is at the discretion of the accepting school. It is the student's responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another institution of the student's choice.

FERPA

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, an educational institution may not release information other than "directory information" regarding a student or graduate without the written consent of the student or graduate. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford a student the right to inspect and review his/her record within 45 days after submitting them to the registrar/officer with a request which identifies the record to be inspected. The student will be notified of the time and place to exercise that right or will be directed, if necessary, to the correct official to whom the request should be made. The student also has the right to request an amendment to his/her education record which may be inaccurate or misleading. A written request to the official responsible should identify the part of the record to be changed and specify the reason behind it. If the school decides not to amend the requested record and has notified the student in writing, the student has a right to a hearing, for which procedures will be provided at that time. Furthermore, a student has the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in his/her education record, except for disclosures authorized by FERPA. The latter pertains to a school official(s) and/or trustees(s), or a person or company contracted by the school, or a student on an official committee, all of whom must have a legitimate educational interest in such a review. Without consent, but only by request, the school will disclose education records to officials of others schools in which students seek or intend to enroll.

Note: FERPA requires an institution to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request, unless the institution states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.} Last, a student has a right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the offices that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency Operations Plan

I. PURPOSE

Any situation arising from natural disasters and/or the operations of the School facilities, which results in a threat to the safety of the students, staff, and public requires response by the South Florida Institute of Technology. School resources will be committed to reducing the impact on the expected level of safety and property. To accomplish this mission, state laws, county ordinances, and existing School policy and procedures will be applied.

This standard operating procedure is established and provides guidelines and responsibilities for the proper utilization and administration of the SFIT Emergency Operations Plan.

II. POLICY

To ensure the efficient operation and restoration of services in the event of an emergency, all SFIT personnel are mandated to perform the responsibilities assigned and delineated in this procedure.

SFIT personnel shall comply with the general guidelines, operational phases, notification procedures, logistics, and duties and responsibilities required to provide the appropriate response and level of service to the School.

I. GENERAL

A. Provisions

This plan provides for:

  1. Protection of students, staff, and public.
  2. Protection of property from damage and destruction.

B. Implementation

Implementation of any portion of this plan will depend upon the seriousness of a situation and notification to those concerned to execute any of the operational phases in the plan.

C. Emergency Alert and Emergency Standby

During the early stages of any possible emergency or condition, SFIT personnel must be informed and kept aware of the developing situation. Inherent in the SFIT function is a stated employee responsibility to protect School properties at all times. Therefore, every SFIT employee must be prepared and ready to report for duty whenever a condition develops that threatens the safety of the students, staff, and public, or a School property is exposed to possible damage and destruction.

1. SFIT is aware of and concerned to not imposing unnecessary restrictions on an employee's off-duty time; however, the contingencies of a potential emergency condition that indicates that SFIT resources may be committed to reduce the condition demands that measures be taken to facilitate the implementation of the plan.

2. Should circumstances warrant, SFIT personnel may be notified of a potential or developing emergency condition and placed on emergency alert or emergency stand by Circumstances other than natural disasters require specific procedures for immediate response to correct the developing or existing condition and restore the level of service for the School to provide the appropriate level of learning process in its mission statement.

a. Emergency Alert: Off-duty employees are notified that a potential emergency condition exists or is developing that may require reporting for duty, subject to later notification. Employees will provide contact capability via residence and alternate telephone number, another person, or by periodically consulting the alternate contact source every four hours. Personnel on approved vacation, sick, or extended leave will not be placed on emergency alert.

b. Emergency Standby: Off-duty employees are notified that a potential emergency exists or is developing and that a requirement to report for duty is imminent, subject to later notification. Employees will be personally available via residence or alternate telephone number. Personnel on approved vacation, sick, or extended leave will not be placed on emergency standby. The SFIT School Director will announce the readiness condition for this type of emergency prior to the implementation of any operational phase.

3. SFIT will maintain an emergency contact roster reflecting classification, name, telephone number, pager number, address of residence, and assignment for each employee. The roster will be prepared from a confidential database under the custody of the School Director Office and updated yearly. SFIT supervisory personnel assigned to main organizational elements will be issued a copy of the roster for the purpose of this plan.

4. Only the School President and/or the School Director may initiate an emergency alert or emergency standby prior to the implementation of any operational phase. Neither emergency alert nor emergency standby readiness condition will extend beyond eight hours without the approval of the President or the School Director.

5. Employees who are notified and have been placed on emergency alert or standby will maintain a state of readiness appropriate for the nature of the emergency. When called to report for duty, employees will report as expeditiously as possible, no later than two hours after personal notification. Compensation entitlement shall be in accordance with School policy and procedures.

II. OPERATIONS

In the event of any developing or existing emergency condition, the School Director may designate a center of operations at any other School location.

A. Operational Phases

SFIT has designed its operational phases to cope with situations in a manner befitting the seriousness and urgency. Upon implementation of any operational phase, affected departmental sections will ensure the appropriate logistics for which they are responsible.

B. Alert Notification

The School Director Office will maintain a current listing of all personnel by name, home or alternate telephone, and paging device. Employees shall report to their immediate supervisors any changes in the contact information immediately. The changes will be notified to the School Director Office and updates entered as received.

Updates to the emergency contact roster will be printed in hard copy and disseminated to the SFIT supervisory personnel and/or concerned sections. Each SFIT element is responsible for maintaining a current emergency contact roster.

Upon the implementation of any operational phase, the SFIT School Director will notify the affected supervisors, who will notify employees under his chain of command as required to have coverage during the operational phase under implementation. The alert notification stages are shown below.

C. After-Action Report

SFIT administrative and academic organizational elements participating in the operational phases will prepare and submit an after-action report to the SFIT School Director within 48 hours after the operational phases have been terminated. The SFIT School Director may, however, choose to prepare a comprehensive after action report covering the actions of each school branch and sections participating in the operational phases. When appropriate, the School Director Office will collect the individual reports and submit the School's report to the President within 48 hours after the operational phases have been terminated.

D. Training

The administrative and academic organizational elements shall identify training requirements as they relate to the plan. All training needs will be immediately forwarded to the SFIT School Director.

E. Plan Revisions

The SFIT School Director maintains liaison, and coordinates preparation and contents of the plan, with the School management and is responsible for plans for response to unusual occurrences and emergencies each year.

The School Management Team shall be responsible for conducting annual review of the plan each December and revising as necessary. Proposed changes to the plan will be submitted to the School Director no later than the first week of November each year. Any proposed revision to the plan will be staffed to the School Management Team. Plan revisions will be disseminated to all SFIT personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities

The SFIT School Director upon notification of an emergency affecting all or any of the School facilities will activate the appropriate operational phase and will notify the supervisory personnel responsible for the completion of the activation of the operational phase as previously shown in the Alert Notification section of this plan.

Emergency Procedures

I. GENERAL

These procedures establish responsibilities for all SFIT personnel to safeguard their lives as well as the lives and property of others and to provide protection for the School equipment and property.

A. Post Occurrence Duties

After the immediate emergency/natural disaster, many safety problems may still exist. Post occurrence duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Inspect all affected areas to ascertain conditions.
  2. Contact responsible persons for areas which have been damaged.
  3. Initiate property damage assessment.
  4. Restore service to appropriate areas affected by the emergency/natural disaster.
  5. Begin procedures established in the operational phases.
  6. Prepare after-action report.
  7. Any action deemed necessary by the SFIT School Director.

II. TORNADO ADVISORIES

A. Severe Weather Warning:

A formal National Weather Service message advising the possibility of severe weather in a specified area of School facilities, including severe thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rainfall, and the possibility of tornadoes.

B. Tornado Watch:

National Weather Service announces that atmospheric conditions might be conducive to tornado development during a specified period of time in the surroundings of any School branches.

C. Tornado Warnings:

Warnings issued when a tornado has actually been sighted in the area of School facilities or is indicated on radar.

III. RADIOLOGICAL INCIDENTS

During the imminent or actual radiation release from the Florida Power and Light Company, Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, appropriate response is necessary to safeguard life and property. SFIT must establish control to avoid confusion, which could result in injury or property damage. Coordination with the local Emergency Management authorities will serve to facilitate appropriate preparedness.

Upon the declaration of any unusual event or alert related to a radiological incident, including accidents that may occur in connection with the transportation or use of radioactive material, SFIT will make the necessary notifications according to established procedures. Contingent upon circumstances, SFIT will implement the required operational phase.

When the School determines that evacuation of designated areas is mandatory, supervisors shall ensure that all systems are shut down and SFIT personnel are aware and prepared to evacuate the designated School facilities. The objective is to provide maximum protection to SFIT personnel, which will permit the most effective performance consistent with the situation. Warnings and alert procedures received will be properly disseminated. During an evacuation, SFIT personnel will exercise care to prevent panic.

IV. HURRICANE OPERATIONS PLAN

A. Purpose

To establish procedures and areas of responsibility for the South Florida Institute of Technology in the event that a hurricane is approaching or hurricane conditions are considered imminent. The plan establishes operating status during these conditions and provides basic information to SFIT personnel for actions to be taken before and after a hurricane.

B. General

During hurricane conditions, appropriate response is necessary to safeguard the lives of students and personnel, as well as the School properties. Coordination with local Emergency Management authorities will serve to facilitate the appropriate hurricane preparedness.

The objective is to ensure the effective and efficient operation and restoration of services by the South Florida Institute of Technology to students.

1. Definitions

a. Advisory: Weather advisory messages are issued by the National Hurricane Center concerning tropical storms and hurricanes. An advisory states details relative to the location, intensity, direction of travel, and speed of a tropical storm or hurricane.

b. Bulletin: A bulletin is a public release from the National Hurricane Center during periods between advisories, announcing the latest details on the tropical storm or hurricane.

c. Gale Warning: A warning of winds within the range of 39-54 mph (34-47 knots). Gale warnings may precede or accompany a hurricane watch.

d. Tropical Disturbance: A moving area of thunderstorms in the Tropics that maintains its identity for 24 hours or more.

e. Tropical Depression: A rotary circulation at surface with highest wind speeds of 38 mph (33 knots).

f. Tropical Storm: A distinct rotary circulation with constant wind speed within the range of 39-73 mph (34-63 knots).

g. Hurricane Watch: Advance statement issued by the National Hurricane Center. The Hurricane Watch is not a warning, but does indicate a hurricane is near and that attention should be given to subsequent advisories. It implies possibility of dangerous conditions within 24 to 48 hours. Precautionary action should be taken in case hurricane warnings are forthcoming.

h. Hurricane Warning: A warning that indicates that hurricane winds of 74 mph (64 knots) and higher or a combination of high water and rough seas are expected on a specified coastal area. When a hurricane warning is announced, hurricane conditions are considered imminent and may begin immediately or at least within the next 12 to 24 hours. When a warning is announced it is of utmost importance that all precautionary measures and actions be instituted for protection of life and property.

i. Storm Surge: The increase in water level due to the action of the wind on the ocean surface and the low barometric pressure of the storm system.

j. Hurricane: A violent storm originating over tropical waters, with winds near its center reaching 74 mph and higher. In size, the storm may range from 50 to 1,000 miles in diameter.

k. Hurricane Classifications: The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale based on the hurricane's present intensity. This is used to provide an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along coastal areas from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale.

Category Wind Velocity Storm Surge
1 74-95 mph 4-5 feet
2 96-110 mph 6-8 feet
3 111-130 mph 9-12 feet
4 131-155 mph 13-18 feet
5 Over 155 mph Over 18 feet

Category One Hurricane

No serious damages to building structures. Damages primarily to unanchored mobiles homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.

Category Two Hurricane

Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blow down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before the arrival of the hurricane center.

Category Three Hurricane

Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtain-wall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blow down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before the arrival of the hurricane center. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering of floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than five feet above mean sea level may be flooded inland eight miles or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences within several blocks of the shoreline may be required.

Category Four Hurricane

More extensive curtain-wall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs is blow down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 feet above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential as far inland as six miles.

Category Five Hurricane

Complete roof failures on many residences and commercial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive door and window damage. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 feet above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of areas on low ground within 5-10 miles of the shoreline may be required.

C. Hurricane Watch

1. General Instructions

When a hurricane watch is announced the following will be accomplished:

a. Personnel who are off duty will be placed on standby.

b. Existing conditions within a specific area of School facilities may require unilateral action by the concerned School Director.

c. The School President or designee will announce when personnel without hurricane assignments will be excused from duty. On-duty employees will be relieved to secure homes and families.

d. The SFIT School Director will activate hurricane operations

2. Computer System Procedures

Prior to personnel leaving their workplace because of a pending hurricane, the following will be accomplished:

a. Ensure that all data in the Shared Files server is backed up on a compact disc and stored in a cool, dry place. A duplicate copy of data is made for off-site storage.

b. Remove diskettes from floppy drives and compact discs from the CD-ROM disk drives.

c. Turn off personal computer (PC) system, including the central processing unit, monitor, printer and any uninterruptible power supply. Remove all electrical cables and plugs from electrical outlets. Disconnect and remove cables from all PC components.

d. Move all components away from windows and doors, or any location susceptible to wind and rain. Wrap heavy gauge plastic around all PC equipment.

e. All equipment should be picked up off the floor and placed on tables, chairs or cabinets, in case of flooding.

f. Upon returning to work, inspect all components for signs of wind or water damage. Contact the SFIT Network Services Section to report damage and for assistance to connect equipment.

g. Prior to powering up the equipment, make sure that all cables, plugs, and sockets are dry and clear of debris. Do not power up any equipment which has sustained water immersion or intrusion.

D. Hurricane Warning

Issuance of a hurricane warning indicates that a hurricane is imminent and precautionary measures should be completed. The following are placed in effect:

1. The School President or designee will make the decision when the School is to close.

2. All SFIT personnel and students are to report to work and classes unless ordered by the School Director not to report. Every employee is to contact his immediate supervisor for instructions.

3. Advance hurricane warning from the National Hurricane Center is the basis to allow sufficient lead time to install protective hurricane shutters in designated School buildings, if applicable. Shutters will be installed upon instructions received from the SFIT School Director.

E. Hurricane In-Progress

Caution

During the hurricane, it is difficult or impossible to secure outside assistance of any kind. All personnel on duty and students must be specifically instructed to avoid any action hazardous or potentially hazardous to themselves, other personnel, or equipment.

During the storm, SFIT personnel on duty should document operations details, coverage deficiencies, damage, and any operational problems. This documentation will be included in the after-action report, including any recommendations for improvement of future storm protection.

F. Post-Hurricane Operations

1. After-Action Report

After-action reports will be submitted to the SFIT School Director within 48 hours after cessation of hurricane conditions. The SFIT School Director will review the reports and submit a condensed document to the School President within three days.

2. Return to Work

Employees will return to work when the National Hurricane Center announces hurricane warnings are being lowered. If the hurricane warning is lowered at a time which would leave the employee less than half of a normal work period, the employee will return to work at the beginning of the next normal work period.

3. Assessment of Damage

The Maintenance Zone supervisors and assigned personnel will survey the School facilities, assess damages, and report conditions expeditiously to the SFIT School Director. SFIT personnel will restore normal equipment and building operations as quickly as possible. Damages will be repaired when weather permits and the appropriate safe conditions allow it. The exterior and grounds will be assessed for damage when weather permits and repairs commenced as quickly as possible.

V. Utility Interruptions and Other Emergencies

A. Purpose

To provide the earliest possible notice to all concerned personnel of planned or emergency interruption of any utility and equipment services provided by the South Florida Institute of Technology.

B. Definitions

Utility

Electrical, water, sewer, and air conditioning.

Scheduled Shutdown

Generally, any shutdown for preventive maintenance and ordinary or emergency repairs, which can be scheduled for the convenience of users.

Unscheduled Shutdown

Any unexpected shutdown due to equipment failure or failure of utilities provided by outside suppliers which could not be foreseen.

C. Policy

Whenever possible the shutdown of utility or equipment services will be at a time and in a manner which will cause the least amount of expense and inconvenience to all concerned School entities.

Water leaks and air conditioning problems shall be treated as emergencies because of their potential for disruption to academic operations of the School and damage to School property respectively. Designated SFIT personnel will respond immediately to these types of service interruptions/failures.

D. Procedure

1. Scheduled Interruptions

For a scheduled interruption to a building, a notification will be sent by the SFIT School Director or designee to the supervisor of the affected entity or school 48 hours prior to the scheduled shutdown. The notification will include dates and times, estimated downtime of the service/equipment, and contact numbers. The notified entities will ensure that all subordinate personnel are made aware of the scheduled shutdown. Requests for backup utilities will be coordinated with the SFIT School Director and approved whenever possible and reasonable.

2. Unscheduled Interruptions

Because of the nature of unforeseen, accidental utility/equipment interruptions, advance notification cannot be given. In these cases, the appropriate SFIT personnel will notify the interruption to the School Director as soon as it is possible. The SFIT School Director or designee will notify the entities within the affected areas of the estimated downtime. Requests for backup utilities will be coordinated with the SFIT School Director and approved whenever possible and reasonable.

Drug Free Policy

South Florida Institute of Theology does hereby declare its adoption of a drug-free work-place policy. Given the nature of our community, the School declares its conviction that drug use by any student or employee, whether or not in the work-place, is inappropriate and incompatible with the vocational calling of community members.

Pursuant to federal law, each employee is hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispersing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited by the School in any work-place. Violation of this prohibition may result in the following actions:

- Referral of the violator to any drug counseling, rehabilitation, or other assistance which are known to the School and for which the School's employees may be eligible.

- Reporting of the violation to law enforcement authorities for such action as they deem appropriate.

  • Termination of employment for misconduct.

Federal law requires that the School give each employee a copy of this statement and that, as a condition of employment, each employee agrees to:

- Abide by the terms of the statement, and

- Notify the school of any criminal drug statute conviction for violation occurring in the work place no later than five (5) days after such conviction.

Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Standards of Conduct Federal Laws Drug-Free School and Campuses Regulations:

34 CFR 668.14(c) and Public Contracts/Drug Ðfree Workplace : 41 US Code, Chapter 10 As a condition pf receiving funds or any other financial assistance under any federal program, institution of higher education shall certify that they have developed and implemented an Alcohol % Drug ÐFree Workplace & Campus Policy.

State Laws :

Florida Statue 561-.01: Sale of alcoholic beverages includes any admission charge, sale of cups, tickets, donation, etc.

Florida Statutes 562-.12: The sale of alcoholic beverages without a proper license is unlawful .

School Policies

In accordance with South Florida Institute of Technology policies, appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken regarding any employee who violates the school Alcohol & Drug-Free Workplace. Individual may be referred for criminal sanctions in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws.

Prevention, Treatment and Assistance Resources

Switchboard of Miami, Inc. Miami Behavioral Health Center

701 S.W. 27th. Ave. Suite # 100 3850 West Flagler St.

Miami, FL. 33135 Miami, FL. 33134

Phone: 305-358-4357 Phone: 305-774-3300

Policy Statement

It is the purpose of South Florida Institute of Technology to help provide a safe and drug-free work environment for our students and our employees. With this goal in mind and because of the serious drug abuse problem in today's workplace, we are establishing the following policy for existing and future students and employees of the school. The goal of this policy is to balance our respect for an individual's right with the need to maintain a safe, productive, and drug environment. The intent of this policy is to send a clear message that illegal drugs and alcohol abuse are incompatible with studying or working at South Florida Institute of Technology, and to offer a helping hand to those who may need it.

South Florida Institute of Technology explicitly prohibits

- The use, possession, solicitation for, or sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication without a prescription on South Florida Institute of Technology premises or within a 200 foot perimeter of the school owned, leased, operated or controlled property.

- Being impaired or under the influence of legal or illegal drugs or alcohol away from the South Florida Institute of Technology or student premises, if such impairment or influence adversely affects the employee's work performance, the safety of the employee or students, or puts at risk the school 's reputation.

- Possession, use, solicitation for, or sale of legal or illegal drugs or alcohol away from school premises, if such activity or involvement adversely affects the employee's work performance, the safety of the employee or of others, or puts at risk the school's reputation.

- The presence of any detectable amount of prohibited substances in the employee's system while at work, while on the premises of South Florida Institute of Technology or its students, or while on company business. "Prohibited substances" include illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs not taken in accordance with a prescription given to the employee.

Violations if this policy by any student or employee of South Florida Institute of Technology shall constitute grounds for violation and/or treatment for drug/alcohol abuse, for disciplinary action and/or criminal sanction.

South Florida Institute of Technology

will conduct drug testing under any of the following circumstances:

- RANDOM TESTING: Employees may be selected at random for drug testing at any interval determined by the school.

  • FOR CAUSE TESTING: South Florida Institute of Technology may ask an employee to submit to a drug test at any time it feels that the employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, including, but not limited to, the following circumstances: evidence of drugs or alcohol on or about the employee's person or in the employee's vicinity, unusual conduct on the employee's part that suggests impairment or influence of drugs or alcohol, negative performance patterns, or excessive and unexplained absenteeism or tardiness.

- POST-ACCIDENT TESTING: Any employee involved in an on-the-job accident or injury under circumstances that suggest possible use or influence of drugs or alcohol in the accident or injury event may be asked to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test. "Involved in an on-the-job accident or injury" means not only the one who was injured, but also any employee who potentially contributed to the accident or injury event in any way.

If an employee is tested for drugs or alcohol outside of the employment context and the results indicate a violation of this policy, the employee may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and possibly including discharge from employment. In such a case, the employee will be given an opportunity to explain the circumstances prior to any final employment action becoming effective.

In compliance with Federal Drug-Free School and Campus Regulations, South Florida Institute of Technology shall provide annual notification to students and employees regarding this Policy and its alcohol and substance abuse awareness, prevention and rehabilitation programs.

Furthers, The SFIT shall conduct biennial reviews of such programs in order to assure their continued conformance with the stated goal and intent of this Policy and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations.

Drug Prevention

Drug prevention seems like a phrase only a school-kid might hear. However, drug prevention applies to everyone. People of all ages -- children, teens, adults and older people -- are all at risk for becoming addicted to one or more substances, whether cocaine or alcohol, heroin or prescription drugs.

The best and most feasible way to put an end to the nation's drug problem is to begin at the source, with drug prevention. If you are already abusing drugs, we urge you to seek help immediately. If you know someone who is at risk for becoming addicted to drugs, you may want to share this drug prevention resource with him or her.

Parents

Rates of substance use among young people are lower among those whose parents disapprove of substance use than among those whose parents do not disapprove. If you are a parent, make sure you talk with your children about drug prevention before the threat of drugs becomes a reality in your child's life.

Family

if you suspect that a family member might have a problem with drugs or alcohol, talk to him or her. Although drug prevention may not be possible if your family member is already abusing drugs, just by showing your support, you may be able to help the addict seek recovery.

Friends

it can be difficult to initiate a drug prevention conversation with friends. However, it isn't impossible. If your friendship is a new one, discuss your feelings about drugs at the outset, which may serve as drug prevention for a condition you don't even know about. If you suspect a long-time friend might have a problem with drug abuse, find a non-confrontational way of talking to him or her. In the end, he or she will undoubtedly thank you for your drug prevention efforts.

Community

If you suspect someone in your community -- a neighbor, co-worker, church friend, book, writing or playgroup member -- has a problem with drugs, direct intervention and proven drug prevention techniques may not be the best answers. Instead, offer greater community involvement to that person, in the form of invitations, committee work or other enjoyable tasks. The added trust and responsibility may serve as drug prevention, helping prevent further addiction.

If someone you know is at risk for drug abuse, attempt some form of drug prevention or intervention. While your help may not be appreciated initially, the addict may heed your words if you -- or other members of his or her circle -- say them frequently enough. Remember to be non-confrontational and non-aggressive, chose your words carefully and recommend the person seek treatment immediately.

Treatment Referral provides referrals to rehabs that effectively treat alcohol, drug and substance abuse beyond the initial cleansing of the system.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse, please contact Treatment Referral today to find out more about your drug abuse treatment options. Call 800.886.4986

Additional Information

Treatment Monitoring, Sanctions and Consequences

The Florida Drug Treatment Initiative offers court-supervised treatment to people arrested for or convicted of drug possession or use. Because people enter treatment through the criminal justice system, there is an ever-present threat that a person in treatment under the initiative will face the ultimate consequence for violating the terms of the treatment program Ñ removal from treatment and jail or prison time.

The length of the treatment program required of each offender will be determined by a treatment professional that has evaluated the person's history of substance abuse and has recommended a course of treatment. Studies indicate that three to 12 months' worth of treatment yields the best results, but a person may be required to attend up to 18 months' worth of treatment under the terms of the initiative.

How will drug offenders in treatment be monitored?

At the same time a qualified treatment professional recommends a treatment plan for each individual, he or she must recommend "methods of monitoring the individual's progress while in treatment" [Initiative section (c)]. Typically this will include regular drug testing, progress reports by counselors, and other kinds of evaluations. The judge sentencing the offender may also impose conditions of probation, and may require regular court appearances to check up on the individual.

Type of sanctions can be imposed by a judge when an offender slips up in treatment

A wide range of sanctions is available to a judge supervising a drug offender in treatment. Typically in court-supervised treatment today, an offender who tests positive for drug use or fails to attend required sessions can have the frequency of drug tests increased, can be required to perform community service or come to court more regularly, or may be transferred to a new, more intensive treatment program, including a residential program. All of these sanctions, and others, will be available to judges supervising drug offenders in treatment after passage of the initiative.

A person can also be transferred to a new treatment program if there are problems in the initial program, including violations of treatment program rules [initiative section (d)]. Often the court will order such a person to complete a more intensive program in response to the violation or violations.

Consequence for failure in treatment

After a judge has tried two or more treatment programs for a drug offender, violations of the program can result in removal from treatment and a jail or prison sentence. The court determines when it is necessary to take such a step. Section (d) of the initiative states: "Any É individual removed from appropriate treatment who has been convicted of the drug possession offense may be sentenced for the offenseÉ. without regard to this section."

In other words, pre-existing criminal laws of Florida may be used to sentence the person to a term in jail or prison. Depending on the nature of the offense and any prior record, a person facing drug possession charges could be sentenced to up to five years behind bars after failing treatment.

When does treatment end if the person does not fail?

Most people ordered into treatment under the Florida Drug Treatment Initiative will be required to complete between three and 12 months in a program. Treatment ends when the court receives notice that the person has reached "successful completion" of the prescribed course of treatment. At that point, the court will dismiss proceedings against the person and he or she will be released from all obligations imposed by the court.

Campus Crime

Annual Security Report

Campus Security and Crime Reporting Policy and Statistics - 2012 Calendar Year

It is the goal of South Florida Institute of Technology to offer educational training in a secure and crime-free environment. The following policies and procedures have been implemented to ensure a safe environment for students and employees, and to give all personnel standard procedures to follow in the reporting of emergencies and crimes.

Prospective students receive this report, which contain information on the availability of the Campus Security and Crime Report at the time they schedule an on-site visit. The complete policy is distributed to and discussed with new students during student orientation the day before classes begin. Continuing students receive a copy of the policy from the Admission Department at the time admission packaging for the subsequent academic year is completed.

Prospective employees, and current faculty and staff are notified verbally of the availability of the Campus Security Report, given a summary of its contents, and given the opportunity to request a copy or obtain the report online. Summary information is also mailed. New employees receive the complete policy during orientation.

Faculty, staff, student and prospective employees and students receive this information annually on or before October 1st. Campus Security and Crime Reporting Policies and Statistics are applicable at Main School or operated by South Florida Institute of Technology including:

Administrative and training facilities at: 720 N.W. 27th. Ave. 2nd. Floor, Miami, FL. 33125

Campus Security Authority

South Florida Institute of Technology does not have a campus law enforcement unit. However, the institution does employ campus security personnel.

In addition to campus security personnel, the Dean(s) of Education, The Financial Aid Officer, The Admission Director, the Job placement Director are also designated campus security authorities. In general, students should report education or school-related emergencies or criminal incidents to the Dean(s) of Education or criminal incidents to campus security,

South Florida Institute has the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at South Florida Institute of Technology. Safety and Security offices do not possess attest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Safety and Security Office at South Florida Institute of Technology maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Miami Dade Police Department. All crime victims and witness are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to campus Safety and Security Office and the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics,

Employees should report all emergency and criminal occurrences to the school Director. The School Director is responsible for the collection and annual publication of data contained in the Crime Statistics Report.

The campus security authorities are responsible for timely response to all reported emergency and criminal actions. The Campus Security Authority will work with local, state and federal law enforcement officials, as necessary, for the safety of the school's students and staff.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the school or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the school director can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the school can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.

Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosures of Crime Statistics

South Florida Institute of Technology prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be located on our web site at www.sf-institute.com this report is prepared in cooperation with the local enforcement agencies surrounding our main school and alternative sites. These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or business and is not required by law. Each year a notification is made to all enrolled student to provide the access to this report. Faculty and staff receive similar notification with their paycheck. Copies of this report may also be obtained at the Admission Department of the school.

FERPA

Records created and maintained by the campus security authority, for the purpose of law enforcement, are not education records and are not protected from disclosure by FERPA. Information reported to the campus security authority may be classified as protected from non-consensual disclosure under FERPA regulations. However, FERPA does not prohibit the disclosure of statistical, non-personally identifiable information.

Campus Security Policy

In addition to the campus security personnel employed by South Florida Institute of Technology, school faculty and staff are to take whatever measures are required to protect themselves employees are encouraged to become aware and responsible for their personal safety and that of others.

Building Access

South Florida Institute of Technology's administrative offices and training facility is located at 720 N.W. 27th. Ave. 2nd. Floors are accessible to students and staff from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

During business hours, the school will be open to student, parents, employees, contracts, guest and invitees. During non-business hours access to all school facilities is by key, if issued, or by admittance via the School Director. In the case of period of extended closing, the school will admit only those with prior written approval to all facilities.

Individuals who are not students are not permitted on campus unless accompanied by a staff member or a student, with permission from an appropriate school employee.

Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules. Areas that are revealed as problematic have security surveys conducted of them. Administrator from the Dean's office Physical Plant and other concern areas review these results. These surveys examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting, and communications. Additionally, during the academic year, the School Director, Campus Safety, and Maintenance meet bi-weekly to discuss issues of processing concern.

Personal Belongings

Students and staff should store all personal belongings in a secure location. South Florida Institute of Technology cannot be held responsible for the theft or loss of belongings while at school.

Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons

The unlawful possession, use or sale of alcohol or any illegal drugs is strictly forbidden on school property, in school housing, or at any activity sanctioned by the school, whether on or off site. To assist in the enforcement of drug and underage drinking laws, South Florida Institute of Technology may notify local and state policing agencies when any such activity occurs. All students and staff receive the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy, and are expected to comply fully. Any student or employee in violation of this Policy may be dismissed from school or employment immediately.

Weapons

The unauthorized possession and/or use of any weapon are strictly prohibited on school property and are cause for immediate dismissal. Weapons may include such items as firearms, explosives, unauthorized possession of a knife, etc.

Crime Reporting Procedures

It is the policy of South Florida Institute of Technology that any incident which constitutes a crime under local, state or federal law may be reported to the police at the discretion of the Campus Security Authority. Any activity which would constitute a felony crime MUST be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Such crimes include, but are not limited to: Murder, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson and motor vehicle theft.

In case of an emergency or criminal action, students and staff are authorized to call 911. The appropriate Campus Security Authority should be notified immediately whenever emergency assistance has been summoned.

Sex Offenses

Students and employees should immediately report all alleged sex offenses to the appropriate Campus Security Authority. Physical evidence is crucial for the successful prosecution of sex offenders and therefore should be preserved for proof of a criminal offense. Students and employees will be informed of their option to contact the local police. Institute personnel will assist the student or employee in notifying police authorities, if desired.

Victims of sexual offenses will be referred to professional counselors as necessary or desired by the victim. The following off-campus counseling centers are available for professional counseling services:

Switchboard of Miami, Inc.
701 S.W. 27th. Ave. # 1000
Miami, FL. 33135
(305) 358-1640
Attn: Lisa Romero

Miami Behavior Health Center
3850 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL. 33134
(305) 774-3300

The members of the Campus Security Authority will conduct, either alone or in conjunction with appointees to a disciplinary committee, a hearing for accusations of on campus sex offenses between members of the institution's staff and/or student body.

South Florida Institute of Technology has established the following procedures for campus disciplinary proceedings: 1.) both the accuser and accused are entitled to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding; 2.) both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense. The Institute's final determination will be limited to the alleged sex offense and any sanction imposed against the accused.

South Florida Institute of Technology may impose any of the following sanctions as a result of a disciplinary proceeding regarding rape, acquaintance rape, or other forcible and no forcible sex offenses:

  1. Require the accused to provide proof professional counseling is being received.
  2. Administratively dismiss the accused student or employee.
  3. Suspend the student or employee disciplinary hearing pending the completion of legal proceedings.
  4. Dismiss the accuser's accusations as unfounded, if appropriate.

South Florida Institute of Technology will make every reasonable effort to change a victim's academic and living situation after an alleged sex offense, if requested by the victim.

Timely Warning Provision

South Florida Institute of Technology will make timely reports to the campus community on crimes reported to the Campus Security Authority that are considered a threat to other students and employees. Timely reporting to the campus community for this purpose will be decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding an alleged crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Depending on the particular circumstance of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the School Director is responsible for the timely warning and they will be issued to students verbally in class, and manually posted on bulletins, providing the school with more immediate notification. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the School Director.

Incident Reporting Procedures

The administration of South Florida Institute of Technology has developed policies and reporting forms to encourage and ensure the proper recording of criminal actions or emergencies on campus.

Incident Report Forms can be obtained from the school director. In the instance of a crime or emergency at 720 N.W. 27th Ave. 2nd Floor, students are instructed to report the incident to a faculty or staff member and the proper authorities, including police, fire, and/or other emergency units.

All faculty and staff must report crime and emergency situations to ensure proper record keeping and follow up for each incident. Incident Report Forms should be completed and filed with the School Director within 48 hours of the incident.

Safety and Security Programming

Crime prevention and personal safety are issues that concern all staff, faculty, and students at South Florida Institute of Technology. For students, these issues are initially addressed during new student orientation, and annually thereafter when the policy is distributed. For staff and faculty, these issues are discussed during new employee orientation, and annually thereafter during performance evaluations.

South Florida Institute of Technology schedules several educational awareness programs throughout the year for its students and employees. Programming includes topics that promote an awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, personal safety, self-defense, crime prevention, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Institutional staff or guest speakers including the local police, rape crisis intervention experts, and other social service personnel make presentations.

Sex offense programming provides information to students and employees regarding procedures to follow when reporting such an offense, the available options of notifying law enforcement officials, the possible sanctions for committing such offenses and the availability of counseling services.

Students are made aware of safety and security programming via notices posted to student bulletin boards and in the school newsletter.

Registered Sex Offenders

Members of the campus community can obtain information about registered sex offenders who may be present on campus by accessing the Dade County Police Department. If you require additional information you may contact the Dade County Policy Department.

South Florida Institute of Technology Campus Crime Statistics

South Florida Institute of Technology is an eight-year, private, post-secondary school offering programs in Refrigeration & A.C. Repair Technician, Computer Business Application, Computer Graphics Design, Medical Assistant, and Electrical Construction Technician.

The school employs over 16 employees including faculty and staff located at the school as well as Admissions Personnel and Presenters located off campus. Federal regulations require all institutions to report crime statistics on the occurrence of the crimes and unlawful activities listed below. The Campus Crime Statistics represent data reported for on main location, in or on a non-campus building or property, on public property.

Offenses

  • Forcible and Non Forcible
  • Criminal Homicide: Murder, Negligent and No negligent Manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor-Vehicle Theft
  • Arson
  • Liquor Law Violations
  • Drug-Abuse Violations
  • Illegal Weapons Possessions
  • Sex Offence-Forcible-no-forcible
  • Drug abuse violations
  • Liquor law violations

South Florida Institute of Technology

720 NW 27th Ave. 2nd. Floors Miami, Fl. 33125

Annual Crime Report

Based upon Calendar year January 1, 20012 thru December 31, 2012

Total occurrences On Campus

Offense 2010 2011 2012
Sex Offenses
Forcible and Non-Forcible 0 0 0
Criminal Homicide
Murder, Non negligent and Negligent 0 0 0
Manslaughter
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Motor-Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson
Liquor Law Violation 0 0 0
Drug Law Violation 0 0 0
Illegal Weapons Possession 0 0 0

Register to vote

As part of the requirement for our institution to participate in the Federal Student Aid programs, we are required by federal law to provide each student with the state's voter registration form in paper, or by an electronic method. In order to register to vote, please visit www.vote411.org/bystate.php. Find and select your state to view eligibility requirements, registration deadlines and a link to visit your state election department web page and obtain your state's voter registration form. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Vaccinations

Good health practices are encouraged for all students. However, the school does not require any specific vaccinations beyond those required by state and other laws as a condition for admission. Some programs may have specific requirements. Review the admissions requirements section of the catalog to determine whether this impacts the student's particular program. Students are encouraged to consult with their health care professional to discuss obtaining or updating vaccinations.

SFIT Facility

South Florida Institute of Technology currently has two locations:

The Main school is located in the Miami cosmopolitan area near downtown. The Additional school is located on 49th Street; this is the main street of the City of Hialeah. They are both within the Miami-Dade County in the State of Florida. The Main and Additional school's facilities are modern and each occupies approximately 13, 000 Sq/ft under air conditioning. They both house large classrooms, up-to-date computers and, Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Refrigeration and A.C., Electrical, Construction and Plumbing laboratories. Each of them has a library and a large supervised parking area. In addition, both schools have Job Placement, Registrar, Financial Aid, Admission, Counselor, and Executive Offices to satisfy the students' needs.

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