School Policies

Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with this information. This document will answer the most frequently asked questions. Students are responsible for reviewing and understanding the following information. After you have had a chance to thoroughly review this document, please contact our School Staff if you have any additional questions.

IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THIS CLASS, STUDENTS MUST:

• Arrive on time: If you are more than 10 minutes late after the class begins it is considered a late arrival. If you are late more than 2 times during the course, you will be removed from the class. Students may transfer to a self-study program (if available) or the next upcoming class. A $25.00 course transfer fee will apply.
• Be prepared to provide a photo ID at class check-in.
• Sign the state required attendance sheet at every class session if instructed to do so. Instructor may opt to call role.
• If you sign the attendance sheet for any other student you will be dismissed from class and forfeit all tuitions paid
• If you ask someone to sign the attendance sheet for you or any other student, you will be dismissed from class and forfeit all tuitions paid.

ABOUT THE COURSE:

• Schedule a minimum of an hour of reading, reviewing and studying for every classroom hour spent with your Instructor.
• Complete required reading assignments, exercises, quizzes and/or exams, etc. as outlined by your instructor.
• Strive for a minimum score of 80% on all exams presented in class or in your course materials. Scoring less than 80% may indicate that you are not grasping the concepts.
• Dress appropriately. While allowing for comfortable attire, good taste is expected and required. Business casual is always appropriate.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES:

• All electronic devises must be SILENCED while class is in session. Students may not make phone calls; send emails; or send text messages while class is in session unless you have an emergency situation. In which case please alert your instructor.
• Taking notes on your laptop or tablet is permitted in class.
• Recording or photographic devices of any kind are not permitted in class.

SUPPLIES:

• Supplies needed include notepaper, calculator, pens, highlighters, etc. These supplies are not included with the course.

COURSE CONDUCT:

C.A.R. Leadership, School Management and Staff, in conjunction with your Instructor retain the right to dismiss a Student from a course for any of the following reasons. The following list is not all-inclusive and any behavior considered inappropriate, disruptive, non-cooperative or abusive is subject to disciplinary action. Students dismissed from a course forfeit their tuition and no repeat course is allowed.

• Failure to silence personal and/or business electronic devices (phones, laptops, etc.) as directed;
• Reading unrelated materials during class time including smart phones, blackberry or similar devices, etc;
• Talking during instructor lecture;
• Activities considered uncooperative, abusive, or otherwise disruptive in any way;
• Cheating on an exam; giving or receiving help during a required exam, or suspected of doing so;
• Attempting to record final exam questions or answers or suspected of doing so;
• Attempting to take the course for someone else or suspected of doing so;
• Harassing or abusive conduct (physical and/or verbal) to fellow Student(s), Instructor(s), Speakers, Association Staff, Association Members or Guests at any time, before, during or after a class.

COURSE PRESENTERS:

Your course Instructor is there to impart the information you came to learn and help you successfully pass your course. Follow these simple suggestions when evaluating your instructor:

• You are encouraged you to reach out to your instructor before or after class if you feel the least bit uncertain about any aspect of your class.
• Let your instructor know if you are having trouble with your studies. He/she can make recommendations to help you.
• Be respectful of your instructor’s time. They need breaks and lunch periods as well as you do to take care of their own personal needs.

SUBSTITUTE INSTRUCTORS:

As we all know, the unplanned happens from time to time. When it does, it is always preferable to find a substitute rather than cancel a class. As a school policy, we make no guarantee as to who an instructor will be.

COURSE TRANSFERS:

Students may transfer to another class prior to the start of a class. A $25.00 transfer fee will apply. Transferring to the online program is not permitted.

ATTENDANCE POLICY AND MISSED CLASS MAKE-UP SESSIONS:

For real estate licensing there are specific hours mandated by the state. Student may not enter and exit from these courses expect during announced breaks. We strictly adhere to IDFPR policies regarding class attendance, tardiness and missed classes. Students MUST understand that the rules regarding attendance are mandated by the Illinois license law and the IDFPR and are not negotiable. Students MUST be in class for all required class sessions in order to receive credit for a class. The following is an excerpt from the Illinois Real Estate License Law –Administrative Rules as it relates to required class attendance:

75 Hr. BROKER PRE LICENSING COURSES

– Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory; however a onetime only, excused absence not exceeding 7.5 hours may be made up by attending a make-up class. Absences in excess of 7.5 hours will result in an incomplete course; no exception. Note that in the accelerated 8 day class, missing one day will result in missing more than 7.5 hours.

30 Hr. MANAGING BROKER PRE LICENSING COURSES

– Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory; however a onetime only, excused absence not exceeding 3 hours may be made up by attending a make-up class. Absences in excess of 3 hours will result in an incomplete course; no exception.

15 Hr. BROKER/MANAGING BROKER PRE/POST LICENSING or LEASING AGENT COURSES

– Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory; however, credit for absences not to exceed 1.5 class hours of each 15 Hour Broker program may be made up by attendance at make-up class. Absences in excess of 1.5 hours will result in an incomplete course; no exceptions.

COURSE CANCELLATIONS AND CLASS CHANGES:

Last minute emergencies happen from time to time, which may necessitate a cancellation or change to your scheduled class session(s). We reserve the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule any number of class sessions, at any time, for any reason. We will make every effort to contact students as early as possible. We strongly suggest students check their email and voice mail prior to leaving for a class to see if they have received any class change notices.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:

It is our policy NOT to cancel classes due to inclement weather except in the most severe instances. All scheduled classes will go on as planned. If in doubt, check our emergency announcements. If you are unable to make it to your class contact our office the following day to set-up a make up class. If the majority of the students miss a class or an instructor is unable to get to a class, the instructor will work with the class at the next regularly scheduled session to coordinate a time to make-up the missed class.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Regular Office Hours

8:30 am – 5:00 pm, CAR Michigan Ave. Normally, C.A.R. Staff is not on hand during evening or weekend classes.

Washroom Facilities

At C.A.R. Michigan Ave, are located on this floor; Men’s room off the lobby and Women’s room off the classroom vending area; for all other locations check with the on-site staff.

Vending Machines

Vending machines at the Michigan Ave location can be found in the classroom hallway.

Lunch

Students are welcome to bring their lunch and eat in the classroom; however, no refrigeration or microwave services are available. Inexpensive fast food vendors are within a short walk or drive near each school location.

Parking

C.A.R. Michigan Ave; AMA Parking, 401 N State St
A discount is available with validation of parking ticket. The discount applies to any member, student or visitor parked for longer than 10 minutes. To receive the discount, sign out a discount card at the CAR downtown facility. Feed it into the parking ticket machine at the garage AFTER your parking ticket. For our West Towns office, there is plenty of on street parking available.

Top Ten Tips on Study Skills

Budget time to study; take good notes; minimize distractions; read everything assigned; organize your notes, use your notes as a study guide; consider forming a study group; do all assignments; find a good place to study and ask for help!

If there are any other questions we can help you with, please see our school staff or email tstepaniak@nullchicagorealtor.com. Thank you for choosing REALTORS® Real Estate School. We sincerely hope you enjoy your course and wish you every success in the future.

FINAL EXAMS:

Some courses require a final examination, some do not. If your course requires a final exam it will be administered at the end of the last class session. You must take the final exam at this session. If you cannot make the final exam your course is considered incomplete and the Incomplete Course Policy outlined earlier will apply. Students will have approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours for 25 question exams; 2 hours for 50 question exams and 3 ½ hours for 150 question exams. In most cases your final exam will be graded at the end of the exam session. However, we reserve the right to grade exams after the course has ended and notify students via US mail or email of their grade results.

CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION AND COURSE TRANSCRIPTS:

Some courses require us to provide students with either an Official State Transcript or Certificate of Course Completion. While we attempt to distribute these documents at final class sessions, we reserve the right to mail them after the class has ended. If transcripts/certificates are mailed, allow a minimum of 2 weeks for delivery. Duplicate copies of transcripts may be requested for a charge of $20.00 each. Keep these documents in a safe place you will need them when you apply for your state license and/or should you ever be audited by the Licensing Agency.

FINAL EXAM PASSING GRADES:

According to Illinois License Law, students must obtain the score shown below to pass the licensing and/or CE courses. However, in order to pass the state licensing examination, a minimum grade of 85% is strongly recommended. School faculty are free to set a higher pass rates for a class if they feel it is necessary and if they make the students aware AT THE FIRST CLASS SESSION as to why a higher pass rate will be required.

Pre-licensing courses for Leasing Agent, Broker, and Managing Broker is 75%.

FAILED FINAL EXAMS:

If you do not pass your final exam and elect to continue with your studies, you may choose ONE of the following options:

Broker Pre-Licensing:

• Take a re-take Final Exam within two weeks of your original final exam date. A $20.00 fee will apply. This exam will most likely not be the same exam. Final Exam Retake appointments are available by appointment only Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am – 1pm. Call 312 803-4900 to schedule your appointment.

OR

• Re-take the Course at 50% tuition within six (6) months from the original final exam date. No discount for books previously purchased will apply. In the event that a new book or new edition of the book is used for the class the student will be charged and additional book fee.

FAILED RE-TAKE EXAMS:

If you do not pass your re-take exam and elect to continue with your studies, you may choose ONE of the following options:

Broker Pre-Licensing:

• Take a re-take Final Exam within two weeks of your re-take exam date. A $30.00 fee re-take fee will apply. This exam will most likely not be the same exam as the original or the first re-take. Final Exam Retake appointments are available by appointment only Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am – 1pm. Call 312 803-4900 to schedule your appointment.

OR
• Re-take the Course at 50% tuition within six (6) months from the original final exam date. No discount for books previously purchased will apply. In the event that a new book or new edition of the book is used for the class the student will be charged and additional book fee.

STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE THE BROKER PRE-LICENSING FINAL EXAM MORE THAN 3 TIMES.

PROGRAM AND INSTRUCTOR EVALUATIONS:

Students will receive an evaluation form at the end of their class. We encourage you to share your insights with us…good or bad. Your comments positive or negative are very important to us so if you prefer to provide a private evaluation, please forward your comments to the Senior Director of Professional Development at tstepaniak@nullchicagorealtor.com.

REGISTERING FOR THE STATE LICENSING EXAM:

Broker Licensing students should not register for their state exam until they receive their official course transcript from RRES. The school will not be responsible for any fees incurred for missed state exam appointments or state exam cancellations. If a student successfully completes our course, but fails the state exam 4 times, they may re-take our course without charge within 30 days of the last failed state exam date. To receive this privilege, students must present a copy of the State Exam Fail Notice at the time of enrollment in the retake class. For more information on the state exam visit www.goamp.com

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