Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

 

  1. Prospective and current students of the International Accelerator Program (“IAP”) at American University (“AU”) should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. If you are admitted to the IAP you will be bound by these terms for the duration of your Program. In addition to these terms and conditions, as a student at American University (AU), you will be bound by the rules and regulations governing AU, as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at: http://www.american.edu/policies/index.cfm.

  2. AU and IAP reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. By accepting these terms and conditions you acknowledge and agree to comply at all times with the then-current terms and conditions, found at: http://www.auaccelerator.com/.

  3. Application: Students may apply to the IAP (Extended, Academic, or Integrated), or to the Pre-Sessional English program (collectively the “Programs”). By submitting an application you agree to the terms and conditions of your respective program. Links to applications can be found here: http://www.auaccelerator.com/.

  4. Transfer Credits: Students applying to the IAP with post-secondary college credits are subject to additional requirements. You must disclose any post-secondary college credits at the time of application. If you have taken credit-bearing university-level courses after the completion of high school you must meet the current secondary school required GPA requirements of U.S. equivalent of a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for transfer consideration. AU may accept up to 75 transfer credits.  Vocational and ESL studies are not considered during the admissions review process. Transfer credits must be submitted to an accredited evaluation service (WES, SILNY) as soon as possible after acceptance into the IAP. Transfer credits are articulated after the completion of the IAP and will apply toward academic years 2, 3, and 4; under no circumstances will transfer credits apply to the IAP. You acknowledge that AU and IAP make no representations and cannot guarantee that post-secondary college credits will be accepted.

  5. Admission: If you are admitted to the IAP at American University, you will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer, paying the Program deposit and arriving on campus.

  6. Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on the IAP invoice by the following posted payment deadline of the Program and semester in which you will enroll:
       Spring 2017: December 27, 2016
       Summer 2017: May 3, 2017
       Fall 2017: August 5, 2017
    You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees. The IAP has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.

  7. Failure to Pay: Failure to pay by your applicable posted payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to campus housing and use of a meal plan, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. Pursuant to Section 21 of these terms and conditions, we will be required to report you to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) if you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees and you may lose immigration status.

  8. Cancellation, Change, Curtailment, or Withdrawal: You will only be eligible for a deposit refund if you submit documentation of visa denial with written notification to the IAP prior to the move-in date. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your Program move-in date (see table below for the move-in date applicable to you), you may request a full refund of your deposit, tuition and fees, less any non-refundable fees.

    After the start of the Program you may be eligible for the partial Program refunds listed in the table below. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of the Program are nonrefundable.

    Intake Semester Last day for Refund 100% Last day for Refund 50% and final grade of "W" Last day for Refund 25% and final grade of "W" Begin 0% Refund and final grade of "W"
    Spring 2017 January 31, 2017 February 6, 2017 February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017
    Fall 2017 September 11, 2017 September 18, 2017 September 25, 2017 September 26, 2017

    Summer Programs:
    Refunds for programs that start in the summer are calculated based on the percentage of the class the student attends prior to dropping the class, less any non-refundable fees. Students who attend more than 50% of any class may not drop the class without permission, will not receive a program refund, and will receive a final grade of “W.”
    Cancellations made prior to your Program start date but after your arrival to the U.S. on an AU-issued Form I-20 will be governed under the standard AU student immigration policies. Please refer to the table below for the Program start date applicable to you.

  9. Refunds: The IAP will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner in which the IAP was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of a written request.

  10. Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer service should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting http://www.auaccelerator.com/flight. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD). The IAP cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform the IAP staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.

  11. Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: You are required to commit to a reservation in approved IAP housing for the full duration of your program. Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date (see the table below for your applicable move-in date). Later notification or failure to notify the IAP may result in additional costs. If you are unable to live on campus you must submit a Housing Waiver Form to the IAP when you send your official acceptance to the IAP offer letter. The requirement to live in IAP housing will be waived only in extenuating circumstances. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations made 7 days after the move-in date of your Program. You must also purchase and enroll in a meal plan for the duration of your Program. The cost of a meal plan is nonrefundable.

  12. Health Insurance: All international students studying at AU are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, District of Columbia, and AU requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.
    1. At the time of application, you are required to purchase coverage from an IAP-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
    2. You must have a completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningococcal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: http://www.american.edu/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=39852. You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses, and in order to live in IAP housing.
    3. The cost of health insurance is non-refundable.

  13. Academic Resources: All books and learning materials must be purchased upon arrival at AU through the AU bookstore or other recommended sources and are not included in the Program tuition and fees.

  14. Vacation, Holidays, and School Closures: IAP students must adhere to the AU Academic Calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be cancelled on public holidays. The AIP will not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to holidays, vacations, or school closures due to emergencies.

  15. Consecutive Semesters. You must complete your Program in consecutive semesters. Depending on your start date, a summer semester may be included in your Program and is therefore required.

  16. Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status and deportation. You will not receive a refund if you lose immigration status due to class absences.

  17. Academic Performance: Students are accepted to the IAP with the strict understanding that progression through the IAP and successful completion of any Program will require satisfactory attendance, successful attainment of specified progression criteria, and adherence to AU’s Academic Rules and Regulations, which can be found at: http://www.american.edu/provost/undergrad/undergrad-rules-and-regulations.cfm. To continue in the IAP, you must also be in compliance with the IAP academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at: american.edu/accelerator. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the criteria for successful completion of your Program. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from AU. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances to AU’s Designated School Official.

  18. Student Conduct: AU’s Student Conduct Code provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. You are responsible for complying with AU’s policies, rules, and regulations, which can be found at http://www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/upload/AU-Student-Conduct-Code.pdf.

  19. Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations: you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of AU’s or IAP's policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.

  20. Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints: You must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner by visiting http://www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/index.cfm.

  21. F-1 Status: In order to maintain proper F-1 status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. You will be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. We will be required to report you to the SEVIS database of the DHS for any violation of your F-1 status. Your personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by you of AU’s or the IAP’s policies may be shared with the DHS, AU and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and IAP staff and agents. If you intend to seek non-F-1 or L-2 visa status at any point during your anticipated tenure at AU, you must disclose such intent at the time of application. You will be dismissed from the Program if it is revealed that you intend to change your immigration status or if your status actually changes. No refunds will be given if you must leave the Program due to change or loss of F-1 or L-2 status.

  22. Photography, Filming, and Sound Recording: The IAP at American University or its representatives, affiliates, successors, and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.

  23. FERPA: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the undersigned student hereby permits AU and IAP to disclose personally identifiable information, including educational records, financial information, and attendance records to student's parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results, and attendance. These permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student's tenure in the IAP and at AU unless the student submits a written revocation of this permission to AU’s Office of the Registrar.

  24. Force majeure: AU and IAP will not be liable in cases where AU and/or IAP is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes, or any other reasons which are beyond AU's or IAP's control.

  25. Liability: The liability of the IAP at American University, its operator, Shorelight-Capitol, LLC, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract, or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to AU, IAP, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular Program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim, or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the District of Columbia without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action, or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.

Move-In and Program Start Dates:

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Move-In Date January 10, 2017 June 3, 2017 August 19, 2017
Program Start Date January 11, 2017 June 5, 2017 August 20, 2017

 

  1. Master’s Accelerator Program at American University (“MAP”) students should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. In addition to these terms and conditions, as students at American University (“AU”), all MAP students are bound by the rules and regulations governing AU, as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at (http://www.american.edu/ocl/studentguide/Student-Policies.cfm) and (http://www.american.edu/provost/grad/grad-rules-and-regulations-2015.cfm).
  2. AU and the MAP reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at their discretion. At all times, students will be required to comply with the then-current terms and conditions.
  3. Application: Students may apply to the MAP for a 1-term program, 2-term program, or to the English Language and Training Academy (graduate pre-sessional English), collectively referred to as the “Programs.” If you apply to any of these Programs, be sure to use the application that is specific to the Program you select. Each application contains terms & conditions governing the specific Program and students acknowledge that by submitting an application they agree to the terms and conditions of the respective Program. Links to corresponding applications and terms and conditions can be found here: auaccelerator.com/terms-and-conditions.
  4. Students who are admitted to the MAP at American University will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer, paying the program deposit, and arriving on campus.
  5. Tuition and Fees Payment: Following payment of the deposit, students must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on the MAP invoice by the following posted payment deadline: The student is responsible for paying the full invoice amount (including any bank and wire transfer fees). The MAP has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions or other events beyond its control.

    Intake Date
    Payment Deadline
    FALL 2016August 5, 2016
    SPRING 2017December 27, 2016
    SUMMER 2017May 3, 2017
    Move-in Date
    FALL 2016August 19, 2016
    SPRING 2017January 10, 2017
    SUMMER 2017May 17, 2017
    Program Start Date
    FALL 2016August 20, 2016
    SPRING 2017January 11, 2017
    SUMMER 2017May 18, 2017
    Intake Date FALL 2016 SPRING 2017 SUMMER 2017
    Payment Deadline August 5, 2016 December 27, 2016 May 3, 2017
    Move-in Date August 19, 2016 January 10, 2017 May 17, 2017
    Program Start Date August 20, 2016 January 11, 2017 May 18, 2017

     

  6. Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: On-campus housing is not available for graduate/MAP students. MAP students needing accommodations may choose to live off-campus at The Berkshire Apartments or elsewhere at their discretion. Students who are interested in The Berkshire Apartments should contact the apartment rental staff directly (www.gables.com) for availability and costs. MAP students interested in purchasing a meal plan on campus should contact the office of Housing and Dining directly. Meal plan information can be found at http://www.american.edu/ocl/dining/mealplans.cfm.
  7. Health Insurance: All international students studying at AU are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, District of Columbia, and AU requirements. The cost of health insurance is nonrefundable. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services. a. At the time of application, students are required to purchase coverage from a MAP-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment. b. All students must have completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningoccocal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: http://www.american.edu/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=39852. Students must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration.
  8. Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer should be made at least two weeks in advance of arrival by visiting www.auaccelerator.com/flight. Airport transfers are available for the student’s initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD). The MAP cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than two weeks in advance; however, staff will make every attempt to accommodate late requests. In the event that a flight is canceled or delayed, students must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform the MAP staff of the new arrival date and time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.
  9. Cancellation, Change, Curtailment or Withdrawal: Students who cancel their enrollment prior to their Program’s move-in date may request a full refund of deposit, tuition, and fees, less nonrefundable fees.

    After the start of the Program you may be eligible for the partial Program refunds listed in the table below. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of the Program are nonrefundable. 


    Intake Date
    FALL 2016
    100% Refund
    (Less nonrefundable
    fees)
    September 12,
    2016
    50% Refund
    and final grade
    of “W”
    September 19,
    2016
    25% Refund
    and final grade
    of “W”
    September 26,
    2016
    No Program
    Refund and final
    grade of “W”
    September 27,
    2016
    SPRING 2017
    100% Refund
    (Less nonrefundable
    fees)
    January 30,
    2017
    50% Refund
    and final grade
    of “W”
    February 6,
    2017
    25% Refund
    and final grade
    of “W”
    February 13,
    2017
    No Program
    Refund and final
    grade of “W”
    February 14,
    2017
    Intake Date 100% Refund
    (Less nonrefundable
    fees)
    50% Refund
    and final grade
    of “W”
    25% Refund
    and final grade
    of “W”
    No Program
    Refund and final
    grade of “W”
    FALL 2016 September 12,
    2016
    September 19,
    2016
    September 26,
    2016
    September 27,
    2016
    SPRING 2017 January 30,
    2017
    February 6,
    2017
    February 13,
    2017
    February 14,
    2017


    Summer Programs: Refunds for programs that start in the summer are calculated based on the percentage of the class the student attends prior to dropping the class. Students who attend more than 50% of any class may not drop the class without permission, will not receive a program refund, and will receive a final grade of “W.”

     

  10. Refunds: The MAP will only make refunds in U.S. dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner in which the MAP was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of written notice.
  11. MAP students should adhere to the AU Academic Calendar for holidays, study breaks, etc., as AU classes will not be held on public holidays (https://www.american.edu/provost/registrar/schedule/upload/Prelim-Acad-Calendar-16-17-IncWCL-6-17-14.pdf).
  12. Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements as specified by the Programs and individual course syllabi may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status and deportation. Any student who exceeds permitted absences during the Program or loses immigration status due to absences will not be eligible for a refund.
  13. Academic Performance: Students are accepted into the MAP with the strict understanding that progression through the MAP and successful completion of any Program will require satisfactory attendance, successful attainment of specified progression criteria, adherence to the Academic Integrity Code (http://www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/upload/AU-Student-Conduct-Code.pdf) and University Academic Regulations (http://www.american.edu/provost/grad/grad-rules-and-regulations-2015.cfm). Students who do not meet the criteria for successful completion will not be allowed to proceed to their intended degree seeking program. To continue in the MAP, students must also be in compliance with the MAP academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at: american.edu/accelerator. Students may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses, program withdrawal, or may be dismissed from American University. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and accommodation fees which may require additional proof of finances for new immigration documents. Any student who commits a violation of the policies, rules, or regulations may be subject to suspension or expulsion, which may result in revocation of immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.
  14. Academic Resources: All books and learning materials need to be purchased by MAP students upon arrival at AU through the AU Campus Bookstore or other recommended sources.
  15. Student Conduct: AU’s Student Conduct Code provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. All MAP students are required to follow AU’s policies, rules, and regulations. Students are responsible for understanding and complying with these policies: http://www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/upload/AU-Student-Conduct-Code.pdf. Any student who commits a violation of the policies, rules, or regulations may be subject to suspension or expulsion, which may result in revocation of immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.
  16. Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints: Students must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner by visiting http://www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/index.cfm. Enrolled MAP students should consult their assigned MAP advisor for questions relating to these processes.
  17. Photography, Filming, and Sound Recording: The MAP at American University or its representatives, affiliates, successors, and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. Any student who does not wish to participate should advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.
  18. Force Majeure: AU and the MAP will not be liable in cases where AU and/or the MAP is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes, or any other reasons which are beyond AU’s or the MAP’s control.
  19. F-1 Student Status in the US: In order to maintain proper F-1 status, students must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the United States, including pursuit of a full course of study. Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress are in jeopardy of losing immigration status. Any violation of F1 student status will be reported in the SEVIS database of the Department of Homeland Security. Personally identifiable information on students, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by the student of any AU or MAP policies may be shared with the Department of Homeland Security, AU and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, students’ parents, and MAP staff and agents.
  20. Cancellation: “Cancellation Period” refers to the period up to the start date of the first course you are attending. Program start dates are listed in section 5. Cancellations must be made in writing during the Cancellation Period, and, provided the student never attends any Program courses, 100% of the program fees will be refunded (less any nonrecoupable charges). Please see the table in section 9 for refund information for cancellations after the Cancellation Period. Cancellations made prior to the course start date but after arrival in the United States on an AU-issued Form I-20 will be governed under standard AU tuition, fees, and accommodation cancellation policy
  21. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the undersigned student hereby permits AU and the MAP at American University to disclose personally identifiable information, including educational records, financial information, and attendance records to the MAP, its operator, Shorelight-Capitol, LLC, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies (the “Operator”). The undersigned hereby also grants AU and the MAP Operator permission to provide the student’s parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results, and attendance. These permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student’s tenure in the MAP and AU.
  22. Liability: The liability of the MAP at American University, its Operator, and its group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract, or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to AU, the MAP, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular Program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim, or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the District of Columbia without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action, or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.
  23. Students must be 16 years old by the move-in date in order to participate in a Program. Students who are over the age of 16 but under the age of 18 will be required to obtain the signature and consent of a parent or guardian on their application before they are able to participate in the Program.