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Terms, Conditions & Policies

Registration and enrollment operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration Fees

  • For classes and workshops with tuition less than $500, your registration includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
  • For classes and workshops with tuition over $500, your registration includes a $100 non-refundable registration fee.

Tuition must be paid in full upon registration.

Minimum enrollment requirements for classes must be met for a class to run.

Participants will be notified in advance if the enrollment minimum has not been met. In that instance, participants will have the option to enroll in another class, availability permitting, or to have their payment refunded in full.

This refund will be issued in the form the payment was made, within 5-7 business days, from the date of the refund request.

Refund Policy

  • Full Refund, minus non-refundable registration fee – Withdrawal 14 or more days before the first day of class
  • 50% Refund, minus non-refundable registration fee – Withdrawal 13 or less days before the first day of class
  • No refund – On or after the first day of class

Participants wishing to withdraw from a class must email or otherwise supply our office with a written notice.

Our Administrative Office or the participant’s instructor must be notified of all projected absences. No refunds will be given for unattended classes, for any reason.

Participants are required to respect the policies of the Lyme Academy, as well as its instructors and the other participants in the Program.

Absences

If a participant is going to be absent, please contact info@lymeacademy.edu to notify us that he/she will not be attending that day. There are no refunds or makeup sessions if a participant misses a day of the program due to illnesses, special events, vacation, or any other personal commitments.

Policies and Procedures for Students Under 18

  • Students under 18 years of age may not leave a program activity without proper permission from the class instructor.
  • Students and their parents/guardians shall provide a medical exam form from the last three years and an immunization record
  • Medication Administration Record (MAR) and Authorization Form, if required. (See Youth Program Forms & General Information.)
  • In case of emergency, the Emergency Contact will be notified immediately of any emergency by the information provided.

Dismissals

If a youth participant is dismissed from a program session for a behavior problem/action, there will be No Refund for unattended days of the program.

Lyme Academy Studio Code of Conduct for Youth and Continuing Education Programs

Our policies and procedures below are created to foster a healthy and safe environment for our students, staff, models, faculty, and community. In addition to students, the Lyme Academy serves the general population, youth, and other artists. Be considerate of these members of our community while on campus and using the communal spaces.

The following conduct is strictly prohibited under the terms of this policy.  The below-defined conduct is not to be construed as an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of prohibited conduct. Conduct not specifically described below but which nonetheless implicates the purposes and application of this policy should be considered prohibited conduct for reporting purposes.

Violations of these policies by students, staff members, guests, models, or visitors should be reported immediately to the Artistic Director, Managing Director, or the Academy’s designated Title IX Coordinators.

To contact the Artistic Director, Jordan Sokol, please email:  jordan@lymeacademy.edu.

To contact the Managing Director, Wendy Bury, please email:  wendy@lymeacademy.edu.

To submit a concern or file a complaint to the Title IX Coordinators, please contact:  titleixcoordinator@lymeacademy.edu.

Non-Fraternization Policy

The Lyme Academy is committed to providing its students with an educational environment that is safe and conducive to learning. A non-fraternization policy has been established to promote the efficient and fair operation of the Academy, free from bias, conflict, or inequitable treatment, and to avoid misunderstandings, complaints of favoritism, morale problems, questions regarding academic achievement, and sexual harassment. The Academy holds its administrators, faculty, staff, and models to the highest ethical, moral, and professional standards of conduct. Staff, faculty, and models must establish and maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries with students and not engage in any behavior that could reasonably lead to even the appearance of impropriety.

All administrators, faculty, staff, and models are prohibited from unethical or inappropriate fraternization with students, including, but not limited to: dating, pursuing a date, and having or pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship with students. Staff, faculty, and models are prohibited to date or engage in any improper fraternization or undue familiarity with students, regardless of the student’s age and/or whether the student may have “consented” to such conduct. Consensual sexual relationships are prohibited between a student and faculty or staff member who is in a position to exercise power or authority over that student (except in cases where the relationship precedes the student’s matriculation).

All students and members of the Lyme Academy community have an obligation to report known fraternization, or advances, to the Managing Director or Artistic Director. Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension without pay, or termination of employment or association with the Academy.

Alcohol and Drug Policy 

Students, faculty, staff, and models, as well as visitors and guests on school property, are prohibited from engaging in the consumption of alcohol with the exception of designated events. In addition, students, faculty, staff, and models, as well as visitors and guests on school property, are prohibited from engaging in the use of recreational drugs. The penalties for violations will include the ejection of the violator from school property and, in the case of a student violator, their probation or expulsion.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is committed to equal opportunity and equal treatment of every individual. It is the policy of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts not to discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital and civil partnership, pregnancy, age, religion or belief, national origin, or disability in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, employment practices, scholarship programs, and other Academy-related activities.

Retaliation against anyone for making a good faith report of alleged violation of this policy is prohibited. The Academy will evaluate reports of conduct prohibited by this policy on a case-by-case basis.

Violence Policy

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts disapproves of and will not tolerate threats, violent behavior, or acts of intimidation of any kind by any member of the Academy community upon any other staff member, faculty, student, model, or visitor. The penalties for violations will include the ejection of the violator from school property and, in the case of a student violator, their probation or expulsion.

It is each person’s responsibility to report all threats, acts of intimidation, harassment, violence (physical or verbal), and any other unacceptable behavior immediately. All reports will be investigated.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Threatening telephone calls and written messages

  • Vandalism of personal or company property

  • Following or stalking other associates or guests

  • Threats of retaliation or “getting even” with another associate

Physical and Emotional Abuse Policy 

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts does not tolerate physically abusive behavior. The Academy also does not tolerate verbal or other emotionally abusive behavior, including, but not limited to: harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or past or present physical or mental disability.

Stalking Policy

Stalking is defined as a course of conduct involving more than one instance of unwelcome conduct that causes a person to fear for their personal safety or to experience substantial emotional distress. Acts that together constitute stalking may include direct actions or actions communicated to or by a third party, or other means of communication. Substantial emotional distress is defined as significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Stalking includes the concept of cyberstalking, a particular form of stalking in which electronic media such as the Internet, social networks, blogs, cell phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact are used to pursue, harass, or make unwelcome contact with another person in an unsolicited fashion.

Examples of stalking may include, but are not limited to:

  • unwelcome and repeated visual or physical proximity to a person;

  • repeated oral or written threats;

  • extortion of money or valuables;

  • unwelcome/unsolicited written communication, including letters, cards, emails, instant messages, and messages on online bulletin boards;

  • unwelcome/unsolicited communications to or about a person, their family, friends, or co-workers; or

  • sending/posting unwelcome/unsolicited messages with an assumed identity; or

  • explicitly or implicitly threatening physical contact; or

  • any combination of these behaviors directed toward an individual person.

Lost and Found

Any items that are either lost or found during a program session will be kept at the reception desk. All items will be logged with a date and description of the item. To help ensure the return of possible lost or found items, we strongly encourage participants to label all personal items with their last name. Email info@lymeacademy.edu for information on lost items.