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HOURS OF OPERATION

School Hours:

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Office Hours:

Library:

Monday to Friday

Saturday

Monday to Friday

Monday to Friday

9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

9:00 AM – 01:00 PM

9:00 AM – 05:00 PM

9:00 AM – 01:00 PM

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LICENSING

Okan International University is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee Florida 32399, License #5306. Additional information regarding the institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 1-888-224-6684 toll-free

SEMESTER SYSTEM

Okan International University operates on a semester system. The fall and spring semesters consist of 15 weeks of instruction and the summer semester consists of 8 weeks of instruction. Semesters begin in August, January, and May. Courses are offered during all three semesters, with individual courses being offered in accordance with course listings contained in this Catalog.

FACILITIES

Okan International University is located at 225 E Dania Beach Blvd Ste 201 Dania Beach, Florida 33004. The space consists of 5,000 square feet. The University facility is equipped to accommodate the needs of the University’s students, faculty and staff. Classrooms contain adequate seating and traditional educational equipment applicable to the specific educational area. In addition, several classrooms contain the latest in technological and audio-visual devices to provide students with an advanced educational experience. The University facility also includes labs and small classrooms, where faculty may hold smaller learning sessions. Students have access to the University library’s computer lab, which holds the latest in computer technology and high-speed Internet connections.

CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY

The university has the utmost concern for the safety of each student, faculty member, and staff. All students, employees, and visit should promptly report crimes in progress, accidents, and any other emergencies to local law enforcement by dialing 911.

MAJOR POLICY STATEMENTS

This section of the university catalog outlines policies and procedures relevant to students enrolled at Okan International University.

SAFETY

The university acknowledges that it is its duty to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of the students, staff, and anyone else who comes to the university. It is the policy of the university to provide and maintain, as far as reasonably practical, a working environment that is safe and without risk to health.

Consequently, the university will, when reasonably practical:

  • Provide and maintain safe and healthy environment;
  • Provide and maintain safe machinery;
  • Provide information, training and supervision to enable staff and students to perform their work safely;
  • Maintain high standards of health, safety and welfare in all University activities.

FREEDOM OF ACCESS/NON-DISCRIMINATION

Okan International University is open to all students who are qualified according to the published admission standards. The University encourages applications from qualified applicants of both sexes, from all cultural, racial, religious, and ethnic groups. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, veteran status, political affiliations or opinions.

All acts of discrimination must be documented in writing, specifying the basis for discrimination. The complainant must enumerate all types of discrimination in the statement, identify the offender, and turn in complaint to University Officers. In absence of a written complaint, the employee or faculty member who received the complaint must document it in a memorandum to be referred to Student Development or Human Resources, as appropriate. Unless complainant signs it, it will be an informal complaint. Okan International University will investigate all complaints. Investigations may include interviews, preparation of statements, reports with summary of the investigation, description of investigation process, findings and recommendations. Reports will be kept confidential.

The University may attempt conciliation between the parties involved. If conciliation is not achieved, the designated official from the university will issue a final report. Final reports shall be issued within 60 days of receiving the complaint. The alleged offender and complainant will be notified in writing of the outcomes, and procedures for appeal. Upon this final report, corrective action, including sanctions, will be considered and implemented.

Claims to be found frivolous will result in appropriate sanctions against complainant, as determined the University Officers. Possible sanctions may include, but are not limited to written reprimands on the student or employee’s record, restriction or loss of privileges, and suspension. Complaints may be withdrawn, but Okan International University reserves the right to continue investigating as it was made aware of a possible act of discrimination. Any attempt(s) at retaliation shall be treated as a separate allegation of discrimination.

By the time a determination of appropriate disciplinary action or resolution has been reached, all parties have been contacted and circumstances have been fully evaluated. However, individuals have five days to appeal determination of sanctions. Such appeals shall be directed to a higher university authority, which will re-evaluate the determination as deemed appropriate.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

Integrity is essential to an educational institution and to the entire educational experience. Individual students, faculty, and staff members must affirm this quality. The importance of integrity and ethics is an integral part of life at Okan International University.

The Academic Integrity Policy requires that all members of the University conduct themselves honestly in all endeavors. Therefore, cheating, plagiarism and other acts contrary to academic integrity are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Okan International University. The University will take severe action against dishonest students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Self-expression is also an essential component to a rewarding and fulfilling educational experience. A university setting is an ideal forum for self-expression, voicing disagreement and challenging accepted traditions. However, while the goal of the University is to educate and encourage, it also must curtail behavior that adversely affects others. As such, Okan International University’s policies require that such self – expression, although encouraged, must be delivered in a civil manner, exhibiting respect for others at all times.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE

Okan International University as an institution of higher education is dedicated to the well being of all members of the University students, faculty, employees, and administrators. In demonstration of its concern with the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, it is the policy of Okan International University to prevent substance abuse through education and prevention. The University recognizes alcoholism and drug abuse as an illness or treatable disorder, and it is the University’s policy to work with members of the University community to provide channels of education and assistance. However, it is the responsibility of the individual to seek assistance. The university also recognizes that the possession and/or use of certain substances are illegal, and the university is obligated to comply with local, state, and federal laws.

Okan International University’s alcohol and drug policies are as follows:

While on campus or engaged in any University related-activity, members of the University community must be in a fit condition to perform appropriately. Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is prohibited and may subject the individual to disciplinary action, including the possibility of dismissal.

TOBACCO USE POLICY

The University wants to promote a healthful and clean work environment for students, employees, staff and visitors. In accordance with Florida’s Clean Air Act (FCIAA), smoking is prohibited in all University buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, any classroom, laboratory, library, faculty office, administrative offices, dining facility, or any other facility owned or controlled by the University. University administrators may subject students to disciplinary action as deems necessary students, found in violation of this policy appropriate.

POLICY AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT

It is the intent of Okan International University to protect the environment of the school from sexual harassment. Not only is sexual harassment a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it also undermines the integrity of the employment and academic environment, debilitates morale, and interferes with the effectiveness of employees and students.

At Okan International University, sexual harassment is defined:

  • Unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances. This includes unwelcome physical contact or sexual advances considered unacceptable by another individual;
  • Requests or demands for sexual favors. This includes subtle or blatant pressures or requests for any type of sexual favor, accompanied by an implied or stated promise of preferential treatment or negative consequence concerning one’s student status;
  • Verbal abuse that is sexually oriented or considered unacceptable by another individual, as well as sexually derogatory comments. This includes commenting about an individual’s body or appearance when such comments go or other tasteless sexually-oriented comments or innuendoes or actions that offend others;
  • Engaging in any type of sexually oriented conduct that would unreasonably interfere with another’s performance.
  • Creating a environment that is intimidating, hostile, or offensive because of unwelcome or unwanted sexually oriented conversations, suggestions, requests, demands, physical contacts, or attentions.

Normal, non-coercive interaction that is acceptable to both parties is not considered to be sexual harassment. At Okan International University, sexual harassment by employees of students is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made to appear to be a term or condition of enrollment, attendance, or participation in a class;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct affects academic decisions;
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment;
  • Unwelcome physical contact, including but not limited to, patting, pinching, or touching; or
  • Offensive or demeaning sexual remarks, jokes, or gestures.

Students aggrieved by a violation of this policy may file a grievance by reporting the conduct to any University Administrator. All allegations of sexual harassment of or by a student, faculty member, or any other University personnel will be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the University Officers.

Okan International University recognizes sexual harassment as an insidious practice and will not tolerate sexual harassment in any manner or form. Persons sexually harassing others will be dealt with swiftly and vigorously. Any individual who violates any portion of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

POLICY AGAINST HAZING

In compliance with Florida law, Okan International University defines hazing as any act whether physical, mental, emotional or psychological, which subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass, or intimidate him or her, or which may in any fashion compromise his/her inherent dignity as a person. Hazing is inherently in conflict with the purpose and goals of Okan International University. Therefore, such conduct will not be tolerated. Every effort will be made by Okan International University to guarantee that hazing will not victimize students.

LIBRARY USE POLICY

The library’s policy regarding student borrowing and return of items is posted in the library. Students are allowed and encouraged to borrow materials from the library’s general collection. Students are allowed to borrow materials for up to one month. These materials may also be renewed for a period of one month. The recent inclusion of the library’s collection in an online catalog will permit computerized circulation procedures in the future. Fines and late fees are assessed for late items at the rate of 25 cents per book per day. Students are charged replacement value up to a cost of $25 for any item that is lost. These fees are collected before the student is allowed to register for the next semester’s classes. Reference, periodical, and special collection items may not normally be circulated to students without special permission; however, the librarian on occasion may grant permission for reference materials where necessary and appropriate.

COMPUTER USE POLICY

Okan International University’s computing facilities are provided for the use of registered users. All computer users are responsible for using the facilities in an effective, efficient, ethical and lawful manner. The University views the use of computer facilities as a privilege, not a right, and seeks to protect legitimate computer users by imposing sanctions on those who abuse the privilege.

This policy provides guidelines for the appropriate and inappropriate use of the computing resources of Okan International University. It applies to all users of the University’s computing resources, including students, faculty, employees, alumni and guests of the University. Computing resources include all computers, related equipment, software, data and local area networks for which the University is responsible.

The computing resources of Okan International University are intended for the legitimate business of the University. All users must have proper authorization for the use of the University’s computing resources. Users are responsible for seeing that these computing resources are used in an effective, ethical and legal manner. Users must apply standards of acceptable academic and professional ethics and considerate conduct to their use of the University’s computing resources. Users must be aware of the legal and moral responsibility for ethical conduct in the use of computing resources. Users have a responsibility not to abuse the network and resources and to respect the privacy, copyrights and intellectual property rights of others.

Computer hardware and software is the property of Okan International University and the student is responsible for taking precautions against importing computer viruses or doing other harm to the computer. It is prohibited to copy university-purchased or leased software.

EMAIL AND INTERNET USE POLICY

All email communications sent or received at the university should be considered official university correspondence. Such correspondence is subject to standards of good taste, propriety, courtesy and consideration. The university under certain circumstances, such as an internal investigation, may retrieve emails, as they are subject to subpoena and discovery in legal proceedings. Respect for others’ privacy dictates that students should not try to access another individual’s messages without the individual’s permission.

Most computers at Okan International University have access to the Internet. It is expected that all individuals using Okan International University’s computers will use good judgment in determining the sites visited and the amount of time spent using the Internet.

RULES REGARDING THE USE OF COMPUTERS

The following rules apply to all users of the Okan International University’s computers. Violations of any of these rules may be possibly unlawful. An individual’s computer use privileges may be suspended immediately upon the discovery of a possible violation of these rules:

  1. Computer users agree to use facilities and accounts for University related activities only.
  2. Accounts are considered the property of Okan International University.
  3. An Okan International University Officer must approve all access to central computer systems, including the issuing of passwords.
  4. Authorization for the use of the accounts is given for specific academic purposes.
  5. Attempts to use accounts without authorization or to use accounts for other than their intended purposes are all violations of the University’s rules.
  6. Electronic communications facilities, such as E-MAIL are for Okan International University related activities only. Fraudulent, harassing or obscene messages and/or materials are not to be sent or stored.
  7. Computer users agree to the proprietary rights of software. Computer software protected by copyright is not to be copied from, into, or by using Okan International University computers.
  8. Computers users are required to abide by federal copyright laws and Okan International University’s policy regarding the use of all digital materials, including peer-to-peer file sharing.

The appropriate agents will address inappropriate conduct and violations of this policy. In cases where a user violates any of the terms of this policy, the University may, in addition to other remedies, temporarily or permanently deny access to any and all Okan International University’s computing resources and appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken.