Student Policy Handbook
Admissions & Costs
The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration will evaluate previous Education and Training and when appropriate, hours may be granted.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration does not guarantee that clock hours earned in its programs will transfer to any other organization, unless there is a prior written agreement with that organization. The Rolf Institute will allow transfer of the following clock hours for our 600-hour Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing® Structural Integration program: Students must submit an official transcript that shows at least 47 hours of Anatomy, 21 hours of Physiology, 45 hours of Massage or other approved touch training, and 15 hours of Therapeutic Relationship.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration is an approved school by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services for attendance by non-immigrating international students. Upon acceptance to the training, The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration will provide you with an I-20M-N form. Please be sure to alert the administration about your needs. Students applying for visas must submit verification of funds sufficient to cover tuition and expenses. Please note: There will be an extra fee for expedited delivery of visa documents.
Applicants who wish to enroll in the Rolfing® Certification Training Program at The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration must be proficient in the English language, which includes the ability to read, write, understand and communicate in English prior to enrollment.
English is the language of instruction at The Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO. The Rolf Institute recognizes that students’ success in our training programs depends on the ability to be proficient in English in order to to participate and be successful in the Rolfing training learning process. One of the objectives in each program is to enhance students’ communication skills with the instructor, classmates, clients and the general public.
The Rolf Institute does not offer English-as-a-Second Language instruction nor provide any English language services. If the instructor determines that a student’s language skills are not adequate, he/she may be required to hire an interpreter at his/her own expense, or be asked to leave the program until skill level is improved.
Tuition and Fee information can be found on our website at www.rolf.org/become/tuition.
Students can reserve their space by sending a $300 deposit to The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration along with the completed Application form, Enrollment Agreement and $50 Application Fee. Application forms are included in the admissions packet which is downloadable.
Half of the tuition payment for all classes is due two weeks before the class begins. The remaining balance is due halfway through the class. Students will be assessed a late fee of $100 if payment is received after either due date. Students may not begin any class until the appropriate tuition has been paid. Late enrollment is occasionally permitted, depending upon space availability.
Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change. Candidates and students-in-training are given as much advance notice as possible of any changes.
Within the world of financial assistance, there are many different forms available to students. Scholarships are financial awards given to eligible students and do not need be repaid. Grants can be federal, state or privately issued and also do not require repayment. Loans are a form of low-interest debt that must eventually be repaid and are a good option for those who do not qualify for a grant.
The Rolf Institute administers two financial aid programs for students who qualify - Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Student Loans. Students receiving Title IV Financial Aid must maintain attendance and academic standards in order to remain eligible for continued participation.
Contact The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration's Admissions Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org, for up-to-date information about loan programs and how to see if you qualify.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration accepts major credit cards (MC, VISA, DISCOVER, AMEX), personal and traveler’s checks, and cash. (Do Not Mail Cash.)
All returned checks will be assessed a $50.00 returned check fee.
The Rolf Institute is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education and Training benefits. Please see Refund Policy for the refund policy pertaining to veterans.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration will retain 1/2 of a student's deposit or $150, whichever is less, for any class dropped within 90 days of its start date. A student shall be refunded tuition in the following manner in the event (and within 30 days of the date) that a student fails to enter a class, withdraws, or has been terminated at any time prior to completion:
- Refund full tuition and fees paid, including the Application Fee, if the applicant is not accepted by the school or does not sign an enrollment agreement.
- Refund full tuition and fees paid if the applicant withdraws within three days after signing the enrollment agreement or making an initial payment, provided the applicant has not commenced the course.
- Refund full tuition paid in the event that the school discontinues a class or program of education during the period of time within which a student could have reasonably completed same.
- If the school ceases to operate, the student will be entitled to a full refund of any prepaid unearned tuition and fees at the time of closure unless another instructional option is available and accepted by the student.
- Retention of a cancellation charge not to exceed $150 or 25% of the program price, whichever is less, if the applicant withdraws after three days of signing the enrollment agreement but before commencement of the program.
- Except for retention of a cancellation charge not to exceed $150 or 25% of the contract price, whichever is less, the policy for cancellation, settlement, and refund of tuition and fees provides for at least the following:
- A student terminating his/her enrollment within the first 10% (ten percent) of the class, the student shall be entitled to a refund of 90% (ninety percent) of the contract price of the class, exclusive of books, tools, and supplies.
- A student terminating his/her enrollment after 10% (ten percent), but within the first 25% (twenty-five percent) of his/her class, the student shall be entitled to a refund of 75% (seventy-five percent) of the contract price of the class, exclusive of books, tools, and supplies.
- A student terminating his/her enrollment after 25% (twenty-five percent), but within the first 50% (fifty percent) of his/her class, the student shall be entitled to a refund of 50% (fifty percent) of the contract price of the class, exclusive of books, tools and supplies.
- A student terminating his/her enrollment after 50% (fifty percent), but within the first 75% (seventy-five percent) of his/her class, the student shall be entitled to a refund of 25% (twenty-five percent) of the contract price of the class, exclusive of books, tools and supplies.
- A student who has completed 75% (seventy-five percent) of his/her class and has entered the final 25% (twenty-five percent) of his/her program shall not be entitled to any refund and shall be obligated for the full price of the class, which constitutes the maximum obligation.
- Refunds will be calculated from the official date of dismissal, termination or withdrawal and calculated on the period of time designated on the current agreement executed with the student.
- The official date of dismissal, termination or withdrawal of a student shall be determined in the following manner and be referred to as the Last Date of Attendance (LDA):
- The date on which the school is noticed to be the student’s last date of actual attendance.
- The date on which the student violates published school policy which provides for termination.
- Should a student fail to return from any leave of absence, excused or unexcused, the effective date of termination is the earlier of either the date the school determines the student is not returning, or the day following the expected return date.
- The granting of credit for previous training shall not impact the refund policy.
Refund Policy for Veterans
Military students not accepted by the school and students who cancel the contract by notifying the school within three business days, are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid. Any students who withdraw after three business days, but before the commencement of classes, are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid including the registration fee in excess of $10.
In the case of military students withdrawing after commencement of classes, the school will retain a cancellation fee plus a percentage of tuition and fees, which is based on the percentage of contact hours, as described in the table below. The refund is based on the last date of recorded attendance.
Refund Table for Veterans
|Student entitled upon
|10% of program completed||90% Refunded|
|20% of program completed||80% Refunded|
|30% of program completed||70% Refunded|
|40% of program completed||60% Refunded|
|50% of program completed||50% Refunded|
|60% of program completed||40% Refunded|
|70% of program completed||30% Refunded|
|80% of program completed||20% Refunded|
|90% of program completed||10% Refunded|
Students who have been dismissed, terminated or have withdrawn from the program may have to refund their Title IV financial aid funds as determined by the last day of attendance. Depending on the Return of Title IV Funds calculation, students may be asked to return funds in excess of what they have received.
The law specifies how schools must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that you earn if you withdraw from school. The Title IV programs that are covered by this law are: Federal Pell Grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs), and Federal Perkins Loans.
When you withdraw during your payment period, the amount of Title IV program assistance that you have earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If you received (or your school or parent received on your behalf) less assistance than the amount that you earned, you may be able to receive those additional funds. If you received more assistance than you earned, the excess funds must be returned by the school and/or you. The amount of assistance that you have earned is determined on a pro rata basis based on the scheduled hours as of your date of withdrawal. For example, if you completed 30% of your payment period at the time you withdrew, you earn 30% of the assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. Once you have completed more than 60% of the payment period, you earn all the assistance that you were scheduled to receive for that period.
If you did not receive all of the funds that you earned, you may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. If the post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, the school must get your permission before it can disburse them. You may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so that you don't incur additional debt. The school may automatically use all or a portion of your post-withdrawal disbursement (including loan funds, if you accept them) for tuition, fees and books/supplies. For all other school charges, the school needs your permission to use the post-withdrawal disbursement. If you do not give your permission (which some schools ask for when you enroll), you will be offered the funds. However, it may be in your best interest to allow the school to keep the funds to reduce your debt at the school.
There are some Title IV funds that you were scheduled to receive that cannot be disbursed to you once you withdraw because of other eligibility requirements. For example, if you are a first-time, first-year undergraduate student and you have not completed the first 30 days of your program before you withdraw, you will not receive any Direct Loan funds that you would have received had you remained enrolled past the 30th day. If you receive (or the school or parent receives on your behalf) excess Title IV program funds that must be returned, the school must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of (1) Your institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of your funds, or (2) The entire amount of excess funds. The school must return this amount even if it didn’t keep this amount of your Title IV program funds. If the school is not required to return all of the excess funds, you must return the remaining amount. Any loan funds that you must return, you (or your parent for a PLUS Loan) repay in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. That is, you make scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time.
Any amount of unearned grant funds that you must return is called an overpayment. The maximum amount of a grant overpayment that you must repay is half of the grant funds you received or were scheduled to receive. You do not have to repay a grant overpayment if the original amount of the overpayment is $50 or less. You must make arrangements with the Rolf Institute or the Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds.
The requirements for Title IV program funds when you withdraw are separate from any refund policy that the school may have. Therefore, you may still owe funds to the school to cover unpaid institutional charges. The school may also charge you for any Title IV program funds that the school was required to return. A copy of the school’s refund policy is contained in the school catalog and on this webpage.
Visit the Director of Education or Enrollment Manager to learn the requirements and procedures for officially withdrawing from The Rolf Institute.
Foundations of Rolfing® Structural Integration and Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration classes have a Faculty:Student ratio no greater than 1:10.
Embodiment of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement® Integration and Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory classes have a Faculty:Student ratio no greater than 1:8.
Current class schedules, information, and dates for The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration programs, both domestic and international, are posted on The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration's Class Schedule webpage. Or call us at 1-800-803-1952.
If the Rolf Institute cancels an individual class day, it is the responsibility of the instructor to arrange for make-up of that time. If the Rolf Institute cancels an entire phase of the training, all students will receive a full refund of their tuition and deposit, or can choose to apply their deposit to a future scheduled Phase.
The nature of Rolfing SI requires a close client-practitioner relationship. The student's conduct while in class provides the opportunity for the instructor to observe and evaluate the student's professionalism and maturity. Any conduct or behavior by the student which might jeopardize The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration or the reputation of Rolfing SI will be cause for termination. Disruptive behavior displayed towards faculty or classmates that does not support the learning environment will not be tolerated. Students(s) displaying disruptive behavior may be asked to leave the class and may be terminated from the program. Attending classes under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or behavior disruptive to the class is cause for termination. Failure to pay tuition in a timely manner is also cause for termination.
The Rolf Institute prohibits sexual harassment of its students by any Institute employee or other student. Such conduct may result in disciplinary action up to and including discharge or removal from the training and/or The Rolf Institute. The policy covers all students enrolled for training, workshops, continuing education and advanced training. The Institute will not tolerate, condone or allow sexual harassment, whether engaged in by fellow students, employees, ssociates, clients or other non-employees who conduct business with the Institute. Students will receive prompt notification if termination is being considered.
Sexual harassment is any behavior that includes unwelcome sexual advances and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
• Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is used as the basis for grades, advancement and or training decisions;
• The conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual's education and training performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment.
Rolf Institute students, faculty and employees are entitled to work in an environment free from sexual harassment and a hostile or offensive working environment. The Institute recognizes sexual harassment as unlawful discrimination, just as conduct that belittles or demeans any individual on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, disability, or other similar characteristics or circumstances.
No faculty or staff shall threaten or imply that a student’s refusal to submit to sexual advances will adversely affect that students training, grades, employment, compensation, advancement, assigned duties, or any other term or condition of training or attending The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration for career training and development. Sexual joking, lewd pictures and any conduct that tends to make students, faculty and staff of one gender "sex objects" are prohibited.
Students who have complaints of sexual harassment should (and are encouraged to) report such complaints to a faculty member, the Director of Education or the Executive Director. If the Director of Education is the cause of the offending conduct, the employee may report this matter directly to the Executive Director. If the Executive Director is the cause of the offending conduct, the employee may report this matter directly to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Your complaint will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Confidentiality of reports and investigations of sexual harassment will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. Any faculty member, student, staff person, or employee who, after appropriate investigation, is found to have engaged in sexual harassment of another employee or student will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge or removal from the Institute.
If any party directly involved in a sexual harassment investigation is dissatisfied with the outcome or resolution, that individual has the right to appeal the decision. The dissatisfied party should submit his or her written comments to the Executive Director. The Institute will not in any way retaliate against any individual who makes a report of sexual harassment nor permit any student, faculty member, staff or employee to do so. Retaliation is a serious violation of this sexual harassment policy and should be reported immediately. Any person found to have retaliated against another individual for reporting sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
The process for students to report possible violations of discrimination, sexual harassment, grievance or deceptive trade to the administration is as follows:
- Report the incident to the lead instructor within 10 working days of the incident.
- If the violation occurring involves the lead instructor then the student should report the incident to the Compliance Officer/Executive Director.
- Any supporting documentation should be file with the Compliance Officer/Executive Director within 10 working days of the initial reporting of the possible allegation.
- The Compliance Officer/Executive Director will alert the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the allegation.
- The Compliance Officer/Executive Director will meet with those involved to investigate the possible allegation to determine the background and versions of the possible violation from those involved.
- The Compliance Officer/Executive Director will make a determination and notify those parties concerned in writing within 30 days, unless another time period is agreed upon by all parties, with a determination as to whether a allegation has occurred and the agreed upon settlement.
- This decision maybe appealed in writing to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors within 5 working days of the notification by the Compliance Officer/Executive Director. The decision of the Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall be final.
- Should any of the above involve the Executive Director, then the Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall assume the appropriate role in the reporting structure. The final appeal in this case shall rest with the RISI Board of Directors.
Note: Should just grounds be determined for the allegation the files and supporting documentation may be turned over to local authorities for possible consideration for legal proceedings.
Colorado law requires that any complaint filed with the Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) must be filed within two years after the student’s last date of attendance. For complaints on deceptive practice, students must utilize the grievance procedure above prior to filing a complaint with DPOS. The Division’s website address is: highered.colorado.gov/dpos; the mailing address is: 1560 Broadway, Ste. 1600, Denver, C0 80202, and the phone number is 303-866-2723. Complaints may also be filed with The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20015.
The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy of student records. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and to limit disclosure of information for the records. Further details may be found on the FERPA page.
As part of FERPA, student have access to their student records as follows:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the School receives the request for access. Rolf Institute student should submit to the Director of Education a written request that identifies the record he/she wishes to inspect. The Director of Education will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the record may be inspected. If the record to be inspected is not maintained by the Director of Education, the student will be advised of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request amendment of the student’s educational records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. A student should write to the Director of Education responsible for the record; clearly identify the part of the record he/she wants amended, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the Rolf Institute decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the student will be notified of the decision and advised of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in a student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Disclosure without consent is granted to the Rolf Institute officials with legitimate educational interests. A Rolf Institute official is a person employed by the Rolf Institute in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position or a student assisting another Rolf Institute official in performing his/her tasks, i.e. a teaching assistant. A Rolf Institute official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review a record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by The Rolf Institute to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
The Rolf Institute adheres to Colorado Revised Statute 12-59-117. To view the full statute, please view Article 59 on the CO Department of Higher Ed website. Complaints of decptive trade must follow the student grievance procedure.
The Rolf Institute does not discriminate against race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status in admissions or in its education program or activities.
The Rolf Institute carefully screens applicants and monitors their progress as they go through training. While The Rolf Institute is the sole certifying body for Rolfing Practitioners, and requires that Rolfers adhere to Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, The Rolf Institute is not a regulatory agency, and therefore is not responsible for any actions or activities on the part of the Rolfer once he or she has graduated from the Rolfing Training.
Ability to Progress/Satisfactory Academic Progress
Note: Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout their training to be in compliance with institutional policy and to remain eligible for HEA, Title IV federal student financial assistance. Satisfactory academic progress is measured in both quantitative terms (attendance), as well as qualitative terms (academics/grades). Students must meet both the school’s attendance and academic standards on a cumulative basis (start date to evaluation date) to maintain eligibility for federal student financial assistance.
Because of the intensive and experiential nature of the Rolfing® Certification Program, one hundred percent punctual attendance is required of all students. One unexcused absence requires a consultation with the instructor. Three unexcused absences is cause for dismissal. Students are expected to be on time for all classes. Three unexcused tardies are the equivalent of one unexcused absence and require consultation with the instructor.
Daily attendance will be taken by the instructor and/or assistant with a copy of each student’s attendance record retained in his/her file at the completion of each class of study. An exception to this policy would be a death in one's family, acute illness, or other extreme emergency. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the instructor. In such cases, the instructor will determine how the work will be made up.
Postponement of a starting date, whether at the request of the school or the student, requires a written agreement signed by both the student and the school. The agreement must set forth:
- Whether the postponement is for the convenience of the school or the student, and,
- A deadline for the new start date, beyond which the start date will not be postponed.
If the course has not commenced, or if the student fails to attend by the new start date set forth in the agreement, the student will be entitled to an appropriate refund of the deposit as set forth in the agreement, and determined in accordance with the school's refund policy and all applicable laws and rules concerning the Private Occupational Act of 1981.
The minimum time frame for completing the program is approximately 12 months with the average time being 18 months. The program length is divided into classes of 2, 6 or 8 weeks. Satisfactory completion of each class must be met before progressing to the next class of study. There are three (3) classes of study to become a certified Rolfer™. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the program from the beginning Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration or Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration is 24 months or 2 years. The maximum allowable timeframe between classes is one (1) year.
Program extension in circumstances in which a student is unable to complete the program in the normal time frame (e.g., issuing of a learning agreement, repeating courses due to failure, leave of absences, voluntary withdrawal, etc.) the student must apply for a Exception to the Maximum Policy Period to the Director of Education, which will be reviewed and approved by the Student Evaluation Committee (SEC). Students granted program extensions must complete the program within an additional 6 months. Failure to complete the program within the maximum time frame will result in dismissal from the program.
When a student needs to repeat a course for any reason, an evaluation will be made by the Director of Education and the Student Evaluation Committee to determine if the repeated course hours will necessitate a program extension.
Note: repeating classes may affect the time to completion for the entire program. Students with repeating classes risk losing their federal student financial aid if the time to completion extends beyond the limits of Title IV and they do not appeal for an extension of financial aid.
After beginning the program, students may not advance register or place a deposit for any future classes. Following the completion of a final evaluation during the last week, students must meet with their instructor and the Enrollment Manager/Financial Aid Officer.
The factors that affect enrollment for the next required class of training are determined by the following:
1. The fulfillment of all requirements and a passing grade in the prior class.
2. Instructor approval to advance to the next class.
3. Issuance of a Learning Agreement that may affect interim requirements or completion.
4. Your specific choice of class.
5. Availability of seats in an upcoming class.
By the midterm of the course, any student, who presents issues that may require an interim period longer than the minimum three months, will be informed and will receive feedback about the areas that they need to develop.
All students enrolled in Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration, Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration and Embodiment of Rolfing SI & Rolf Movement® Integration will be required to attend a registration meeting some time after their midterm evaluations. The purpose of this registration meeting will be to review all requirements for the next course in the training and to complete administrative contracts for registration. This will be a time to go over details, answer questions and make sure that all requirements are complete.
Students who are approved to register may make a class selection at the registration meeting or participate in the random drawing for seats in upcoming classes that have a wait list.
Registration is defined as reserving a seat for an upcoming class prior to the completion of the required class in progress. Enrollment becomes official when the student passes and completes all requirements for the upcoming class.
Note: Registration in a class does not become enrollment until the student fully passes a required course and there is evidence that all other requirements are completed.
Any student who receives a Pass at midterm, but manifests learning needs that require a Learning Agreement during the second half of a class, will be automatically removed from the roster in any class that may interfere with the requirements of the Learning Agreement. Based on the requirements of the Learning Agreement, the student can register for another course with a clear understanding that they must complete the Learning Agreement prior to the class.
If there is an undersupply of seats in an upcoming class, students who are eligible to register for that class may participate in a random drawing.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration defines an instructional clock hour as 60 minutes with appropriate breaks. The Rolf Institute does not use credits or credit hours for the Basic Rolfing Training Program.
To ensure that coursework is completed in a manner consistent with a student's ability to complete the program within the maximum allowable timeframe, students must meet minimum clock hour progress requirements for each class.
Clock hours are awarded for every course that a student satisfactorily completes. In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, each student must have accumulated the required clock hours per class.
Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration: 218 hours
Accelerated Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration: 87 hours
Embodiment of Rolfing Structural Integration and Rolf Movement® Integration: 244 hours
Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory: 269 hours
Student progress is measured and evaluated by the instructors. Midpoint and final interviews are part of each class. During these interviews, students receive oral and written feedback from their instructors and have the opportunity to discuss their class work. These evaluations also determine continued eligibility for federal student aid. Copies of written evaluations that result from these interviews become part of each student's file.
If a student is in danger of failing, he/she will be notified as soon as this is evident and a learning agreement will be developed with the instructors. The instructors’ concerns will be documented in writing. The student will then have weekly meetings with the instructors, followed by written evaluations, until the instructors believe the situation or condition has improved. Until the coursework improves, he/she will be considered on academic probation and as not meeting satisfactory academic progress. If the situation warrants, the student's training may be dismissed or terminated.
In the case of academic probation evaluated at regular intervals, additional work may be assigned, and a date for re-evaluation will be determined. Instructors may require the student to have additional supervised practice outside of class, longer study intervals between classes of the training, or repeat a particular class of the training. Any additional work assigned, including repetition of a class of the Rolfing Certification Program, is at the student's expense and may impact the time to completion. All such requirements will have a due date for completion. If the work is not satisfactorily completed by the due date, the student's enrollment will be terminated. While on academic probation, the student will be considered as not meeting satisfactory academic progress.
Students put on academic probation are not meeting satisfactory academic progress and are at risk of losing their federal student financial aid if they do not rectify their status back to making satisfactory academic progress.
Students must maintain an academic average of at least 70% or higher on a cumulative basis as of the evaluation date to meet the academic standards of this policy and be considered as making satisfactory academic progress.
Grades are assigned at the end of each class of training. The grading system is
Pass, Probationary Pass, Fail, Incomplete, or Withdrawal.
Pass (P) indicates that all work has been completed in a satisfactory manner with a cumulative grade of 70-100%.
Probationary Pass (PP) indicates that continuing in the program is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of additional work as assigned by the instructor by means of a Learning Agreement. Written copies of such requirements are provided to the student and include specific tasks that must be completed along with deadlines for their completion.
When a student does not complete all the coursework for a given course (i.e., assignments, practicum, tests, or exams) by the conclusion of that course, or has disciplinary issues that must be rectified, the student is issued a Learning Agreement and will receive a temporary grade of 'PP'. That student must complete all outstanding coursework or rectify the disciplinary issue within the timeframe outlined in the Learning Agreement.
When completed to satisfaction within the timeframe, a final grade of ‘P’ and the appropriate credit hours for the course will be awarded. If the student does not complete the agreement within the timeframe indicated or to the satisfaction of the instructor, the student will be assigned an ‘F’. The student has the option of asking for an extension or appealing the grade per the process described in “Appealing Denial of Continuance.”
Academic probation may affect the time to completion for the entire program. Students put on academic probation are not meeting satisfactory academic progress and are at risk of losing their federal student financial aid if they do not rectify their status back to making satisfactory academic progress.
Fail (F) indicates that a student has not successfully completed that class of the program, having received a cumulative grade of 0-69%. The instructor will stipulate whether the student's enrollment should be dismissed, terminated, or if the class may be repeated. The student can appeal the grade per the process described in “Appealing Denial of Continuance.”
Incomplete (I) indicates that a student has not completed a class of the program, but has not officially withdrawn from the program nor been assigned a Learning Agreement under academic probation.
Under special circumstances, arrangements for an extension to complete the course may be allowed under written appeal to the Director of Education and the Student Evaluation Committee. Students with a temporary grade of 'I' are still subject to all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. If the incomplete course is a prerequisite for the subsequent course, the student will not be allowed to continue until the prerequisite course has been successfully completed. The grade for a course in which a student has received a temporary ‘I’ will not appear on student transcript until a final grade is awarded. Clock hours for a course, in which a student has received a temporary ‘I’, are not awarded until the course is successfully completed.
Incomplete classes may affect the time to completion for the entire program. Students with incomplete classes risk losing their federal student financial aid if they do not rectify their status back to making satisfactory academic progress.
Withdrawal (W) indicates that a student has chosen to voluntarily withdraw from a specific class within the Rolfing Certification Program without being put on Academic Probation or receiving a Learning Agreement. Receiving the grade ‘W’ does not indicate Withdrawal from the Rolfing Training Program.
The official date of withdrawal shall be determined in the following manner:
a) The date on which the school is noticed to be the student’s Last Date of Attendance (LDA).
b) The date on which the student violates published school policy which provides for termination.
c) Should a student fail to return from any leave of absence, excused or unexcused, the effective date of termination is the earlier of either the date the school determines the student is not returning, or the day following the expected return date.
Students who withdraw from a specific class in order to attend the class at a later date risk losing their federal student financial aid if they do not rectify their status back to making satisfactory academic progress including appealing for an extension of financial aid should the time to completion extend beyond the limits of Title IV.
Admission to the Rolfing® Certification Program is not a guarantee of final certification as a Rolfer™. In order to be certified as a Rolfer, students must receive a grade of “Pass” in both Embodiment of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement® Integration and Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory.
If the student has a “Probationary Pass” following Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory, he/she may be granted PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION until his/her requirements are fulfilled. If the student does not fulfill these requirements by the expiration date on his/her provisional certification, such certification may be revoked.
Make-up may be allowed depending on the circumstances and in discussion with the faculty member and the student. Make-up for a missed class will be agreed upon by the instructor and the student. A written learning agreement will be developed and signed by both the student and the instructor outlining the work assigned to complete the make-up with an appropriate deadline for the completion.
From time to time as students progress through The Rolf Institute’s Program of Study the teaching faculty may determine that a student is not prepared, may need further skill development and/or more clinical practice to progress to the next level of their education program. In this case a learning agreement may be issued to the student.
At times the above reference learning agreement my require that the student repeat a class of study over in order to gain the necessary skill level to be prepared for the work and to progress to the next class in their program of study.
The student will be responsible for the full tuition for repeating a class in order to bring skill levels up to meet Rolf Institute standards or for the completion of stated Learning Agreement, unless a lesser amount is decided upon by the Director of Education in collaboration with the Director of Education using the following criteria.
The determination of a lesser amount will be up to the decision of the Director of Education in collaboration with the Executive Director taking into account the following aspects:
- The recommendation of the faculty in which the Learning Agreement is issued.
- Input from the student being affected.
- The length of the learning agreement between classes.
- The impact of repeating the class on faculty, staff, equipment, scheduling and enrollment availability.
- Other factors that the Director of Education deems pertinent to use in determination of the stated above percentages for consideration.
Rolf Movement Training and Advanced Training are exempt from this policy and should the need occur to repeat these trainings they will occur at the 100% tuition level.
The student has the right to appeal the decision to the Director of Education according to the process described in “Appealing Denial of Continuance.”
Repeating classes may affect the time to completion for the entire program. Students repeating classes risk losing their federal student financial aid if they do not rectify their status back to making satisfactory academic progress including appealing for an extension of financial aid should the time to completion extend beyond the limits of Title IV.
Good Standing: Any currently enrolled student who is attending class, current with all payments and has no disciplinary warnings on his or her record.
Suspension: Normal suspension is for one class period but may be extended at the discretion of the Director of Education. Suspended classes may not be made up through regular class attendance, and will require additional work outside class in addition to standard make-up fees. Any further violations of any Rolf Institute policy will result in termination.
Academic Probation: A student is considered on academic probation when they have received a Probationary Pass (PP) grade, which indicates that continuing in the program is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of additional work as assigned by the instructor and agreed upon through a Learning Agreement. The deadline for the probationary period will vary based on the conditions set by the instructor. The date will be clearly established by the instructor and recorded on the Learning Agreement.
If a student cannot complete the requirements of the agreement by the deadline, they may appeal for an extension according to the process described in “Appealing Denial of Continuance.”
Leave of Absence: Students may not take more than 12 months between their classes unless they are granted a leave of absence from the program. This leave of absence shall be reviewed and approved by the Student Evaluation Committee. Leaves shall be considered for the following reasons: (1) Financial (2) Family needs or (3) Personal and professional reasons.
In cases of extreme hardship students may petition the Student Evaluation Committee for a leave of absence. Such a leave of absence will not be unreasonably withheld. At no time will a leave of absence be granted for more than a period of one year. Upon return to RISI, the student's academic and practical skills will be evaluated and, if necessary, remedial work, including repeating program components, may be required for re-admission at the student's expense. The student must also schedule an advising session to develop a graduation plan. An inactive student may not re-enroll until all past tuition and any fees are paid, and a new Enrollment Agreement must be signed.
Voluntary Withdrawal: If a student wishes to withdraw from the training program, he/she may do so with a written statement submitted to the Director of Education. Withdrawing students will be refunded their fees according to the Refund Policy based on the Last Date of Attendance (LDA). Withdrawing students wishing to return to the Rolf Institute must re-apply as new students and pay any associated costs.
Dismissal: Students can be dismissed from the training program for:
- Failure to fulfill the school's academic requirements
- Failure to fulfill the school's financial requirements
- Failure to fulfill the school's attendance requirements
- Confirmation by the Director of Education and Faculty that the student has violated the Student Code of Conduct
The Director of Education will notify the student in writing of the dismissal including reasons and date of dismissal. Students who are dismissed may re-apply as a new student to begin training again.
Termination: Students may be terminated from the program for disciplinary reasons or any combination of violations. This may apply at any point in the program. They include:
- Failure to fulfill the school's academic requirements
- Failure to fulfill the school's financial requirements
- Failure to fulfill the school's attendance requirements
- Confirmation by the Director of Education and Faculty that the student has violated the Student Code of Conduct
The Director of Education will notify the student in writing of the termination including reasons and date of termination. Students who are terminated will not be eligible for re-enrollment. Credit for contact hours completed will be granted only if all tuition and fees are paid in full. Terminated students may not re-enroll.
Appealing Academic Probation or Denial of Continuance
A student who
• has been designated as not making satisfactory academic progress,
• has not been accepted for a subsequent phase of the Rolfing Certification Program, or
• has been refused certification
may appeal the decision of the instructors.
This appeal must be in writing and submitted to the Student Evaluation Chairperson, c/o the Director of Education, within ten (10) working days of the decision in question.
The student’s appeal must document the unusual or mitigating circumstances that caused the student to fail to meet the standards, as well provide information regarding what conditions have changed that would demonstrate what the student could do to remedy their situation. Following the advice of the Student Evaluation Chairperson, the Director of Education will review the student’s appeal and related documentation, and the resulting decision will be final.
Appealing Termination or Dismissal
- A decision reached by the Director of Education (or his or her designee) may be appealed by the accused student(s) within ten (10) working days, excluding Saturday and Sunday, of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Executive Director (or his or her designee).
- An appeal shall be limited to a review of the verbatim record of the Director of Education hearing and supporting documents for one (or more) of the following reasons only:
• A material deviation from written procedures that jeopardized the fairness of the process.
• New information, that was unavailable at the time of the hearing, would have resulted in a different outcome.
• A demonstrable bias by a member(s) of the staff.
• A sanction that is substantially disproportionate to the severity of the violation.
- If an appeal is approved by the Executive Director (or his or her designee), the matter shall be returned to the Director of Education, who will take into consideration the suggestions made by the Executive Director (or his or her designee) in addition to the facts that were originally presented. The decision of the Executive Director shall be final.
At the midpoint of the training, students receiving Federal financial aid will be evaluated by the Enrollment Manager/Financial Aid Officer to determine if they meet satisfactory academic progress. If a student is considered not making satisfactory academic progress (on academic probation), he/she will be issued a warning stating that unless the student improves the deficiencies, the student may risk having to refund aid already disbursed.
Since a student will not be allowed to continue to the next phase of the training program until he/she has met satisfactory academic progress and been taken off academic probation, the student may also not be eligible to receive or keep the final disbursement depending on when the academic probation began and if it has affected the length of time to completion.
Those who successfully complete the three phases required of Rolfing Training will receive a certification of completion upon graduation from their final class – Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory. The following requirements must be completed prior to graduation in order to receive your diploma:
- Completion of all coursework with a grade of ‘P’.
- Payment in full of all tuition and fees.
A graduation ceremony is held for students passing the Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory class. Information regarding the time and place of the ceremony will be announced to the class by the instructor.
During their stay in Boulder, students typically rent rooms in the community at a reasonable cost of $400 - $600 per month. A local, private referral list is available to students upon request. This housing referral list includes pertinent contact information, along with details on location and distance from The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. Many of the living situations are within walking distance or a short bike ride or drive to The Rolf Institute. The bus system throughout Boulder and Denver is quite convenient. A local bus drops students off just a block away from the school. For bus schedule please check the RTD website at: www.rtd-denver.com. The Rolf Institute is not affiliated with or responsible for any housing options on this list.
Class information is sent to all students prior to the beginning of each class. This includes specific information about class schedules and the various services provided by The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration's administrative staff.
All student records are permanently on file in the school’s administrative office. Please review Student Access to Records for FERPA rules on access and disclosure. Any student who wishes to see his/her records may do so by appointment during regular office hours. Student records are available to The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration administration, the Student Evaluation Committee, and the faculty of classes in which the student has been enrolled. Records are not available to other parties without the written consent of the student.
Transcripts are available upon request. Official transcripts may be sent to a third party only at the specific request of the student.
Students receive certificates documenting their successful completion of their course. Only upon successful completion of Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory will students receive their certification as a Certified Rolfer. The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration also provides certificates for Rolf Movement® Integration Certification, Advanced Rolfing Certification and all The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration CE courses or cosponsored workshops in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration provides students with all the necessary supplies for classroom instruction. These supplies include Rolfing tables, Rolfing benches, linens, audiovisual equipment, digital camera system, orthopedic skeletons, handouts and anatomical charts. Students are expected to purchase their own books and personal supplies.
The Rolf Insitute’s Thorm Droge Memorial Library contains a wide variety of books, Journals, research articles and educational videos on Rolfing, Structural Integration and some allied health topics. Students may also sign out videos and books for at-home study. Students are encouraged to utilize these sources to enhance their learning experience and aid in their career goals.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration does not have a Placement Office or offer placement services. Rolfers are typically self-employed in private practice. Information about Rolfers who want to share their practices or possible job opportunities may check the Rolf Institute bulletin board or contact Membership Services regarding information.
Certification as a Rolfer does not guarantee a license to practice massage or bodywork in a particular state or city. State and local licensing regulations vary. The Rolf Institute's educational program and courses leading to certification as a Rolfer may not prepare students for licensure in their respective states and municipalities. State and municipal licensing laws vary in their content, hour requirement and testing requirements, and in some cases, municipal ordinances may apply in the absence of state law. Students should check to see what the course hours, tests and continuing education requirements are for licensure in the states and city that they wish to practice. For assistance on locating up to date information on licensing in states, contact the The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration Enrollment Manager.
For a list of state licensure requirements, please visit the ABMP at www.massagetherapy.com/_content/careers/MTreg.pdf
or the AMTA at www.amtamassage.org/regulation/stateRegulations.html.
Please check the schedule as posted on class.rolf.org or contact the Education Department for current class schedules.
Administrative holidays and the academic schedule do not always coincide. Due to the intensive nature of the training, classes may be in session during hours and days when the administrative offices are closed. Schedules for specific classes may also differ from the dates and times listed in the schedule. Instructors will distribute the class schedule to students during the first week of class.
Administrative Offices are closed on the following dates.
Holidays and dates when classes are in session are indicated.
|Administrative Holidays||Class Holidays|
|January 1 (New Years Day)||School Closed|
|Martin Luther King Day (January)||Classes in Session|
|Memorial Day (May)||Classes in Session|
|July 4 (Independence Day)||Classes in Session|
|Labor Day (September)||Classes in Session|
|Thanksgiving + Friday after||No Classes Thanksgiving week|
|December 24 (Christmas Eve)||No Classes|
|December 25 (Christmas Day)||No Classes|
|December 26-31 (Winter Break)||No Classes|