Verto Policies

Verto prioritizes creating positive learning and growth opportunities. To achieve our mission and purpose successfully, Verto has established policies outlined below to set clear expectations and commitments for all members of the Verto community.

Policies and their application are subject to regular review and will be updated on the website accordingly.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAAA) affords qualified participants with disabilities the opportunity to equally participate in Verto’s study abroad experiences. This is done by providing eligible and qualified participants with appropriate accommodation provisions and auxiliary aids necessary to facilitate the participant’s fullest possible participation in Verto’s first year abroad experiences.

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAAA) affords qualified participants with disabilities the opportunity to equally participate in Verto’s study abroad experiences. This is done by providing eligible and qualified participants with appropriate accommodation provisions and auxiliary aids necessary to facilitate the participant’s fullest possible participation in Verto’s first year abroad experiences.

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The purpose of these procedures is to ensure that the Verto Education complies with the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended (ADA), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 504) and that staff, participants, applicants, and visitors with disabilities are provided the means to seek recourse in the event a violation is perceived to have occurred.

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAAA) affords qualified participants with disabilities the opportunity to equally participate in Verto’s study abroad experiences. This is done by providing eligible and qualified participants with appropriate accommodation provisions and auxiliary aids necessary to facilitate the participant’s fullest possible participation in Verto’s first year abroad experiences.

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Participants who are in need of a reasonable change in the educational environment that enables an individual covered by this Policy to practice or otherwise observe a sincerely held religious practice or belief.

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAAA) affords qualified participants with disabilities the opportunity to equally participate in Verto’s study abroad experiences. This is done by providing eligible and qualified participants with appropriate accommodation provisions and auxiliary aids necessary to facilitate the participant’s fullest possible participation in Verto’s first year abroad experiences.

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At Verto, we believe all students should be academically prepared and #CollegeStrong! To achieve academic success, Verto prides itself on having caring faculty and staff who are committed to your learning.

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As led by our Academic Provider, this policy provides clear expectations and articulates consequences for violations which may include plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, collaboration or collusion, or facilitating academic dishonesty, among other violations.

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In partnership with our Academic Provider, academic integrity is a core value that ensures respect in teaching and learning for all Verto participants, staff, and community partners. Verto expects that participants conduct themselves in a manner that respects the intellectual work of others.

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For participants that wish to continue with Verto beyond their first semester, Verto Education and our Academic Partner, require an earned GPA of 2.0 or greater from their education prior to attending Verto.

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Verto subscribes to core pedagogical commitments that inform course development and implementation across all our courses and programs. The learning environment is specifically designed so that all students leave their Verto experience with the academic, social, and emotional skills required to not only thrive in college but to also make a positive and responsible impact in our wider diverse and global society.

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Students attain maximum academic benefit through regular class attendance, and attendance is of particular importance in education abroad. Verto has the responsibility to ensure compliance with regulations set forth by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven, NEASC accreditation, and immigration controls, which includes attendance tracking to ensure students meet requirements relevant to immigration status of the host country.

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Our Academic Provider’s policy on course changes before and after registration period.

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The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides participants with certain rights regarding their educational records. In addition, parents/guardians are not able to obtain information regarding their participant’s academic performance, as led by our Academic Provider, or standing without prior authorization of the participant. Participants are asked to sign our Academic Provider’s FERPA waiver as part of their onboarding paperwork, in order for staff to be able to engage parents/guardians in discussions around participants’ financial needs, performance, and success during the experience.

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Policy update coming soon.

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An Academic Provider is an accredited institution of higher education with whom Verto defaults all decisions regarding academic processes and policies that guide academic operations at all Verto locations. Further, an Academic Provider provides oversight, review, and assessment of the academic program including evaluating faculty qualifications and performance, reviewing syllabi, and approving course offerings.

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Participants must have a valid passport in order to participate in Verto’s abroad experiences. All passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program (12 months for the Spain location). If this is not the case, participant should renew their passport as soon as possible.

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Policy update coming soon.

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Verto aligns its COVID-19 policy to comply with local policy in the host country. If vaccination is required, participants must be able to provide proof of their CDC approved COVID-19 vaccination, and, must meet the vaccination status criteria as recognized by the governing authorities in the host country. Please read the policy below for details.

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Participants are insured through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). CISI offers world-class coverage while Vertoans are abroad, including through the MyCISI application.

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Participants are insured through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). CISI offers world-class coverage while Vertoans are abroad, including through the MyCISI application.

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The Involuntary Protective Withdrawal Policy (IPW) exists for rare circumstances in which a participants behavior create a real danger of substantial harm to self or the Verto Community.

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Verto Education reserves the right to cancel, alter, reschedule, or amend any or all abroad locations offered at any time. If a participant retracts their attendance more than 60 days before the start of the abroad experience, they will be entitled to full reimbursement of the tuition paid, not including the deposit. More details are available here.

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An extension from the Payment & Cancellations Policy, this reiterates withdrawal policies from 90 days to within 30 days of course start date and outlines the criteria and process for financial appeals.

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Includes expectations of conduct, expectations surrounding participant/staff communication, and technology policies.

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Expectations regarding living in community in each of Verto’s housing accommodations.

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Participants are required to be in possession of a working cell phone with the ability to make and receive voice calls, SMS, and internet data capability. Participants must be able to provide Verto with an up-to-date phone number upon arrival, and must update staff should their phone number change during the study abroad experience.

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Our Privacy Policy is designed to give you confidence as you visit our website and any other related services provided by Verto and our Academic Provider. This covers how we collect, use, store, and share your information. Our Privacy Policy is compliant with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Unless specifically authorized by Verto Education, no participant may create an “official” Verto Education presence on any form of website or social media now in existence, or created in the future, or represent themselves as a spokesperson or authorized representative of Verto Education. This includes the use of the Verto Education name or logos in any manner that suggests a connection or oversight. In addition, participants may not post photos or videos of other Verto participants or staff without their consent. A participant may face disciplinary consequences should they post photos or videos of another Verto participant in a compromising situation.

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These are the terms and conditions for participating in a Verto study abroad experience. By signing this agreement, you’ll grant Verto medical authorization in the event of emergency, the ability to provide insurance and housing, and more.

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