Student Policy Handbook
Payments & Refunds
Tuition and Fees
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non-refundable $50 Application Fee is due on starting the application process. Application forms are included in the admissions process. If a student is admitted to a training program, they reserve their space in all associated phases of the training by enrolling online and paying a deposit, $900 for Basic Certification in Boulder and $300 for the Regional Basic Certification and Advanced training programs.
Half of the tuition payment for all classes leading to a certification is due two weeks prior to the start of class. The remaining balance is due four weeks later for each of the Basic Certification classes. For the Regional and Advanced training programs, the number of installments will vary based on the total number of months. Invoices will be sent to students four weeks prior to due dates. Students may be assessed a late fee of $50 if payment is received after the due dates. All credit card payments can be made online.
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.
Payment Methods and Terms
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration accepts major credit cards (MC, VISA, DISCOVER, AMEX), personal and traveler’s checks, and money orders.
Returned Checks Policy
All returned checks will be assessed a $50.00 returned check fee.
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 to help cover tuition (fees are not included) for students who qualify – Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Student Loans. Students receiving Title IV Financial Aid must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to remain eligible for continued participation.
Contact The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s Financial Aid Department for more information about financial aid programs and how to see if you qualify.
Note: Only students attending the school in Boulder for the entire training are eligible for Title IV financial aid.
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.
Note: Only students attending the school in Boulder for the entire training are eligible for Veteran's Education Benefits.
The following refund and return to Title IV policies will be superseded if the Federal Pro-Rata refunds policy results in a refund that is more beneficial to the student. The date of withdrawal for refund purposes is the last date of attendance. Fees and charges paid to the school for goods and services, which have not been provided by the RISI and accepted by the student, shall be refunded. Any moneys paid to the Rolf Institute in excess of the sum due the school by the student who cancels, withdraws, or is discontinued will be refunded within forty-five (45) days of such action. The failure of a student to notify the Director of Admissions in writing of withdrawal may delay refund of tuition due pursuit to Section 5001 and 5002 of the Education Law.
A student who has not signed the RISI Enrollment Agreement or has not been accepted to the program may cancel at no penalty.
A student may cancel his or her RISI Enrollment Agreement at no penalty, with the exception of the application fee, within three days of signing the agreement, provided the student has not entered into instruction
After three days of signing the RISI Enrollment Agreement, students are responsible for the 50% of the initial Program Deposit and the Application Fee, provided the student has not entered into instruction.
If the student withdraws or is discontinued after instruction has begun, the school may retain not more than: the Application Fee, the full Program Deposit and any tuition and fee liability as of the student's last date of
Tuition and fee liability is divided by the number of days in the program. Total tuition and fee liability is limited to the Phase during which the student withdrew or was terminated.
For the Rolfing Certification programs, total tuition and fee liability is:
- 10% of the term's tuition and fees if the termination is during the first 10% of instruction; or
- 25% of the term's tuition and fees if the termination is between 10-25% of instruction; or
- 50% of the term's tuition and fees if the termination is between 25-50% of instruction; or
- 75% of the term's tuition and fees if the termination is between 50-75% of instruction; or
- 0% of the term’s tuition if the termination occurs thereafter.
In the event the program must be cancelled, students will receive a full refund or will be able to apply all remittances to another program.
In the unlikely event that the school closes, students will receive full refunds of all remittances.
Return of Title IV Funds
For Students Who Withdraw Before 60%
The institution must perform a drop calculation (R2T4) to determine the amount of earned aid through the 60% point in each Title IV payment period (before 366 clock hours, i.e., prior to the mid-point of the program). The institution will use the U.S. Department of Education prorate schedule to determine the amount of the Return to Title IV (R2T4) funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal.
For Students Who Withdraw After 60%
After the 60% point in the Title IV payment period (at 366 clock hour, i.e., mid-point of the program), a student has earned 100% of the Title IV, HEA funds he or she was scheduled to receive during this period. The institution must still perform a R2T4 to determine the amount of aid that the student has earned.
The Institute measures progress in clock hours and uses the Title IV payment period for the period of calculation.
Calculate the percentage of Title IV, HEA aid earned for clock hour programs:
- Determine the percentage of the period completed: Divide the clock hours scheduled to have been completed as of the withdrawal date in the payment period by the total clock hours in the payment period.
HOURS SCHEDULED TO COMPLETE TOTAL HOURS IN THE PAYMENT PERIOD = % EARNED (Rounded to one significant digit to the right of the decimal point, ex. .4493 = 44.9%.)
The following guidance applies to calculations for clock hour and credit hour programs:
- If this percentage is greater than 60%, the student earns 100%.
- If this percent is less than or equal to 60%, proceeds with calculation.
- Percentage earned from (multiplied by) Total aid disbursed, or could have been disbursed = AMOUNT STUDENT EARNED.
- Subtract the Title IV aid earned from the total disbursed = AMOUNT TO BE RETURNED. 100% minus percent earned = UNEARNED PERCENT
- Unearned percent (multiplied by) total institutional charges for the period = AMOUNT DUE FROM THE SCHOOL
For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid Policies and Procedures Manual on the website, www.rolf.rog.
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, which is based on the percentage of contact hours, as described in the table above. Books and student fees used for tools and supplies are not refundable. The refund is based on the last date of recorded attendance.
Refund Table for Veterans
|Student entitled upon
- The student may cancel this contract at any time prior to close of the third business day after signing the enrollment agreement.
- The official date of termination for refund purposes is the last date of recorded attendance. All refunds will be made within 30 days from the date of termination.
- The student will receive a full refund of tuition and fees paid if the school discontinues a course/program within a period of time a student could have resonable completed it, except that this provision shall not apply in the event the school ceases operation.
- Complaints, which cannot be resolved by direct negotiation between the student and the school, may be filed with the Division of Private Occupational Schools of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The Division shall not consider any claim that is filed more than two years after the date the student discontinues his/her training at the school.
|10% of program completed
|20% of program completed
|30% of program completed
|40% of program completed
|50% of program completed
|60% of program completed
|70% of program completed
|80% of program completed
|90% of program completed
Please indicate the need for an I-20/M-1 Visa and submit your completed application, including a copy of your passport ID page and TOEFL scores, no later than 60 days prior to class start date.
Visas for Foreign Students
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-20/M-1 form. 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® 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. The Rolf Institute recognizes that students’ success in our training programs depends on the ability to be proficient in English in order 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.
If English is not the primary language, students are required to show proof they have taken and met ONE of the following standards for admission into our program:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least
- 475 on the paper/pencil exam,
- 153 on the computer based exam, or
- 53 on the Internet Based Test (IBT);
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher;
- Other approved exceptions (i.e. Completion of English-as-a-Second-Language programs).
The Rolf Institute does not offer English-as-a-Second Language instruction nor provide any English language services. If scores are below these thresholds, or if the instructor determines that a student’s language skills are not adequate, he/she is required to hire an interpreter at his/her own expense, or be asked to leave the program until skill level is improved.
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.
Calendar and Class Schedules
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 303-449-5903.
Clock Hour Definition
The program is measured in clock hours containing a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction in a 60 minute block of time. The Rolf Institute does not use credits or credit hours for the Basic Rolfing Training Program.
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 expulsion. Disruptive behavior displayed towards faculty or classmates that does not support the learning environment will not be tolerated. Students displaying disruptive behavior may be suspended, due to conduct, from the class and/or expelled from the program. Attending classes under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs, or exhibiting behavior disruptive to the class is cause for conduct suspension or expulsion. Failure to pay tuition in a timely manner can also be cause for action. If a student is expelled due to conduct, the Last Date of Attendance (LDA) is the last date the student was in class.
The authority granted by, the RISI Board of Directors has established regulations on student conduct and student discipline on the campus and off-site centers.
Violations of the Student Conduct Code could result in a variety of disciplinary actions, including suspension or permanent dismissal from the Rolf Institute. Concerns regarding possible violations should be directed to:
The Director of Faculty and Student Services
The Rolf Institute
The Rolf Institute’s General Conduct Code
It is the policy of the Rolf Institute to support and promote each individual's right to express views and opinions, to associate freely with others, and to assemble peacefully. In order to assure those rights to all members of the Rolf Institute community, the General Conduct Code outlines prohibited conduct on the Rolf Institute campus, sites and identifies applicable disciplinary codes under which sanctions can be applied for violation of the stated rules
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that supports the mission and community of the Rolf Institute. Personal and professional integrity are essential. Students may be warned, placed on probation indefinitely, suspended, or dismissed for violations that include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Use, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs on school premises
- Attending classes or practicing Skillful Touch or Rolfing under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Rolfers
- Physical harm or threat of physical harm to anyone
- Harassment of any kind which goes beyond the boundaries of protected free speech and would likely cause violence or unrest
- Theft or damage of the school’s or another student’s property
- Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, cheating, or misrepresenting the work of others’ as one’s own
- Health issue that would interfere with the practice of Rolfing
- Possession or use of any weapon on school property
- Failure to maintain safety regulations and appropriate hygiene. We recommend that you limit or eliminate the use of cologne or perfume during classes and clinic.
- Sexual activity or advances in a Rolfing setting
- Poor academic performance
- Failure to fulfill tuition obligations
- Accepting any form of compensation for Rolfing services provided as a student (a violation of CO law)
- Violation of school draping/nudity policy or violation of appropriate touch, as taught in class
- Using profane language or exhibiting abusive behavior toward classmates and/or faculty/administration
- Threatening a fellow student, faculty, staff, or administrative person
- Any behavior that is deemed by the administrative staff to be inconsistent with the standards of the school and profession of Rolfing
- Violation of any of the terms of the Enrollment Agreement
- Respect all students, staff, associates, and clients regardless of their age, gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, body type, political affiliation, state of physical and mental health or personal habits
- Demonstrate respect by honoring each individual’s process, being present, listening, asking only pertinent questions, keeping agreements, being on time, draping properly during hands-on work, and maintaining professionalism
- Avoid gossip. Avoid diverting attention to yourself by talking about yourself, etc. Maintain confidentiality of information concerning all individuals
- Acknowledge the limitations of your skills. Whenever necessary, refer to qualified professionals
- In no way instigate or tolerate any kind of sexual advance while acting in the capacity of student, instructor, staff, client, or Rolfer
- Be appropriate physically, verbally and energetically in all circumstances
- Dress Code: A school dress code will apply for all classes, student, and community events. Students are requested to dress comfortable yet remain respectable. Clinic and Community Events: dress comfortable yet remain respectable
- Food: No food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Squeeze cups and bottles of water will be permitted.
Steps that will be taken when a violation occurs:
- Faculty will complete a written incident report describing the events and the identifying the specific “student conduct policy” violation.
- After reviewing the incident report, the faculty will issue a written warning to the student, and as needed a learning contract will be put in place in collaboration with the Director of Faculty and Student services.
- If there is a second incident, the student will be referred to the Director of Faculty and Student Services, where a determination will be made as to whether the student may remain in the class.If the student is allowed to remain in class a written “Learning contract” must be written and signed by the Director, the faculty member and the student.
- If there is a decision to remove the student from the classroom,the student may appeal this decision to the Chief Academic Officer, who will confer a small review committee including two faculty members. The decision of the review committee is final.
Note: Should just grounds be determined for the allegation, RISI reserves the right to turned over to local authorities all documentation for possible consideration for legal proceedings.
The Rolf Institute Student Sexual Harassment Policy
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, associates, clients or other non-employees who conduct business with the Institute. Students will receive prompt notification if expulsion 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
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 Services or the Executive Director. If the Director of Education Services 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 expulsion.
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.
Student Access to Records
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 Services a written request that identifies the record he/she wishes to inspect. The Director of Education Services 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 Services, 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 Services 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
Learning Resources/Disability Policy
The Rolf Institute is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities by reason of her or his disability, not be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program offered by the Institute. The Rolf Institute is a Private school authorized under the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS). As a private school, The Rolf Institute meets the 1992, Americans with Disability Act, including requirements for 504 plans.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration prohibits the denial of admissions or enrollment on specified discriminatory grounds. RISI does not impose eligibility criteria for participation in its programs, services, or activities that either screen out or tend to screen out persons with disabilities.
Once a student is admitted, The Rolf Institute requires appropriate documentation of a the student’s disability in order to develop an either an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for students with learning disabilities, or a 504 Plan for students with physical disabilities. RISI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations that support and ensure each student’s academic progress and success in meeting all requirements of the program.
The Rolf Institute does not provide additional services for individuals with disabilities that are not provided for individuals without disabilities. The Rolf Institute is not required to take any action that would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the service, program, or activity offered or to undergo any undue financial and administrative burdens.
RISI is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are not excluded from services, programs, and activities because buildings are inaccessible. RISI has removed barriers in the building, provides an elevator, ensures an accessible entrance, and reasonable maneuverability within the building and classrooms.
RISI aims to ensure that Individuals with disabilities be integrated to the maximum extent appropriate in order to receive the same opportunities as any student in the programs. RISI is committed to basic principle that individuals with disabilities be provided an equally effective opportunity to participate in or benefit from training at the Institute.
The Director of Education Services, in collaboration with the Director of Financial Aid and faculty, will develop an IEP that identifies any specialized academic modifications to the learning environment for students with disabilities. In general, The Rolf Institute will work with students to provide a variety of services that will accommodate their specific needs.
Accommodations may include:
Extended Test Time
A student who is eligible for extended test time will be accommodated on the day of the entrance exam by being given additional time beyond the normal three hour time limit.
Distraction Free Testing
The Rolf Institute has a conference room that can be used to eliminate distractions that might occur in a regular classroom. During distraction free testing, the test taker will be alone in the room with a staff member being near.
The Rolf Institute does allow another student to serve as a test reader during the exam as needed and requested.
Alternative Format Testing
Accommodations can be made for the testing environment to be modified or for the exam to be given orally if necessary.
All students who attend The Rolf Institute have access to the Director of Financial Aid and Director of Education Services for advising as needed. Faculty members also serve as advisors to help students stay on the right track to obtain their certificate.
The student may hire a note-taker, at their expense, to assist in note taking during a class. This is usually a student from another class not in session as they are better able to accommodate and understand the language of the instructor and this allows for less disruption to the class flow.
Some adaptive technologies are available to support students with physical disabilities. Students should contact the Director of Educational Services to discuss specific needs and the accommodations that are available through the Institute
The student may hire an interpreter, at their expense if they do not clearly understand the English language since all of our classes are taught in English. This is usually a student from another class not in session or Rolfer™ as they are better able to accommodate and understand the language of the instructor and this allows for less disruption to the class flow.
Deceptive Trade or Sales Policy
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 deceptive trade must follow the student grievance procedure.
The Rolf Institute does not discriminate against race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, gender, age, disability or veteran status in admissions or in its education program or activities.
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration carefully screens applicants and monitors their progress as they go through our programs. While The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration is the sole certifying body for Rolfing Practitioners, and requires that Rolfers™ adhere to Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration 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 Certification Program.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration offers two certification programs in Rolfing Structural Integration. Each program has three phases, which must successfully be completed for certification. The Basic Rolfing Certification program (“Basic”) is designed for students with no experience in bodywork and requires 731 clock hours or a total of 22 weeks of instructional time in the classroom. The Regional Basic Rolfing Certification program (“Regional”) is designed for students with a license and/or extensive experience in bodywork and requires 600 clock hours or a total of 18 weeks of instructional time in the classroom.
In addition to required instructional clock hours in the classroom, both programs include scheduled breaks between each phase when students are expected to study, practice, and integrate specific skills. Basic students, not in the Regional program, are expected to log a total of 50 hours of Skillful Touch between Phases I and II. Additionally, both programs require students to write an essay and to submit the completed work to their Phase II teacher. Between Phase II and III, students in both the Basic and Regional programs are expected to write a paper and to develop a draft of their business plan and to submit the completed work to their Phase III teacher. Failure to complete these requirements with a passing grade (70%) will affect the final grade for the phase in which the requirements are due, and may affect the student’s overall Satisfactory Academic Progress in the program.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy applies to all students enrolled in any structural integration certification program at the Rolf Institute. Students receiving financial aid are held to the same requirements as any other student for meeting SAP standards, and may be reviewed at additional times for SAP compliance prior to a financial award disbursement being made.
Summary of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements to Remain Eligible for Financial Aid
To remain eligible for all types of financial aid, students enrolled in either of the Rolfing Certification programs must meet the requirements below:
- Be enrolled as a full-time student in each of the three phases of the program. (Note: The Basic and Regional Programs do not allow for part-time enrollment in either Program.)
- Finish the program within the Maximum Time Framework of no more than 150% of normal program clock hours required for each program.
- Have successfully completed at least 67% of the cumulative clock hours of scheduled attendance at the end of each payment period.
- Maintain a minimum C average (no less than 70%) by the final of Phase I (218 clock hours), and a cumulative C average (no less than 70%) by the midterm of Phase II (366 hours) and by the final of Phase III (731 hours).
Timetable for Measuring Satisfactory Academic Progress
All enrolled students are evaluated for Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of Phase I and at the mid-point of the program as follows.
Clock hour schedule for Financial Aid Activities
731 Clock Hour Program:
Payment Period One:
0-365.5 Clock hours
Payment Period Two:
365.5-731 Clock hours
218 Hours Phase I Cumulative Score
366 Hours Phase II Midterm Cumulative Score
600 Clock Hour Program:
Payment Period One:
0-300 Clock hours
Payment Period Two:
300-600 Clock hours
87 Hours Phase I Cumulative Score
300 hours Phase II Midterm Cumulative Score
Payment Periods and Satisfactory Academic Progress
Disbursements are made in two payment periods as follows, depending on when the student is awarded aid, or decides to receive their first payment:
Phase I and II Disbursement Payment Periods:
The first disbursement is issued during Phase I, thirty days after the start date for the program for any student. The second disbursement is issued at the midpoint of the program, during Phase II, after satisfactory completion of 366 clock hours for the Basic Program or satisfactory completion of 300 clock hours for the Regional Program.
Phase II and III Disbursement Payment Period:
For students who do not elect to start financial aid in Phase I, they may request financial aid starting in Phase II and will be eligible for the full amount of aid available for the whole program. In these cases, the first disbursement is issued after the start date of the Phase II, if the student has met all SAP requirements for the completion of Phase I. The second disbursement is issued at the midpoint of the program, during Phase II after successful completion of 366 clock hours for the Basic Program and 300 clock hours for the Regional program.
Maximum Time Framework
In order to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, students must be on pace to meet all SAP requirements for graduation by successfully completing no less than 2/3 or 67% of the total cumulative weeks/clock hours of instructional time attempted.
Pace = Cumulative number of weeks/clock
hours for each phase that you have successfully completed Cumulative number of weeks/clock hours for each phase that you have attempted.
All program requirements must be completed within a maximum time frame of 150% times the normal program length as measured in the total number of calendar weeks and clock hours the student is in class. The Basic Rolfing Certification normal program length is 22 weeks or 731 clock hours and therefore, must be completed within the maximum time framework of 33 weeks or 1096.5 clock hours of class time; the Regional Basic Rolfing Certification normal program length is 18 weeks or 600 clock hours and therefore must be completed within the maximum time framework of 27 weeks or 900 clock hours of instructional class time.
So as not to exceed the maximum time framework for meeting the progress and pacing standards for program completion, no student shall be allowed to repeat more than one Phase in the total program; each repeated Phase is factored into the Maximum Time Framework allowable for completing the program.
Time spent on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) or a scheduled break is not counted against the maximum time framework.
Repeat of Phases
Students may be required to repeat up to one Phase of the program, if for any reason, they are placed on academic probation due to failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. However, students may repeat no more than one Phase of the program.
Any student, who repeats a Phase, must re-enroll in the next appropriate and available Phase offered, or the student will be required formally to withdraw from the program. The student may be reinstated to the program if and only if he or she re-enrolls in the required Phase that needs to be repeated within no more than 180 days from the last day of attendance.
Students who withdraw from the program will receive a grade of 0% in each Phase interrupted by the withdrawal. Any interrupted Phase must be repeated upon reinstatement to the institution. Regardless of the reason for a withdrawal, the sum of all attempted clock hours will count toward a student’s allowable Maximum
Students who repeat a Phase, and are not on pace to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress at the point where they will complete a total of 67% (or 2/3) of maximum allowable hours, will be placed on financial aid suspension and administratively withdrawn. Students on financial aid suspension may not receive further financial aid.
Due to the intensive and experiential nature of the Rolfing® Certification Program, punctual attendance is required of all students. One unexcused absence requires a consultation with the instructor. Three unexcused absences may result in a student needing to repeat that phase. Note, no more than one phase may be repeated. Three unexcused tardies is the equivalent of one unexcused absence and will require a consultation with an instructor.
The student’s academic average is reviewed to determine qualitative progress. The minimum requirement to meet SAP is a C average (no less than 70%) at the conclusion of each Phase and a cumulative C average (no less than 70%) for the program.
The Grading Scale is as follows:
90-100% = A
80-90% = B
70-80% = C
60-70% = D
Below 60% = F
Because of the difficulty of students completing work outside of class, or entering any phase after it has begun, no grade of “Incomplete” is issued for any phase of the Basic or Regional programs and therefore have no effect on SAP.
Leave of Absence
In the event a student finds it necessary to be absent from school for an extended period of time, he/she may request an official Leave of Absence from the institution. Generally only one Leave of Absence will be permitted per student request. The term of the Leave of Absence cannot exceed 90 days or three months, in addition to RISI scheduled breaks.
There are two types of leave: Planned and Unplanned.
Planned Leave of Absence: Medical, Military, And Personal reasons.
Unplanned Leaves: Under extreme circumstances a leave of absence from an academic program may be granted for medical conditions, military deployments, or a national emergency.
Except in unusual cases involving unforeseen circumstances, a student’s request for a leave of absence must be made in advance. Students may request official leaves of absence subject to the following U.S. Department of Education limitations:
No more than 180 combined days of leaves of absence are permitted in a twelve-month period. No more than three months (90 days), in addition to scheduled break time, will be granted for an initial Leave of Absence to any student.
The twelve-month period referenced in these provisions starts on the first day of the first leave.
A student’s request for a leave of absence must be submitted in writing, must state the reason for which the leave of absence is being requested, and must be approved by the Director of Education Services to be considered an official leave of absence.
The Rolf Institution will only approve leaves of absence in cases where there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return to the program as scheduled.
Students will not incur additional charges from the institution for any absences during an official leave of absence period.
Students who fail to return to school as scheduled from an official leave of absence will be considered to have withdrawn from the institution. Failure to return may result in a drop calculation being completed, which may result in Title IV funds being returned to the Department of Education. Funds can be reinstated upon a student’s return to RISI at the student’s request, as long as the total combined days of absence will not exceed 180 in an annual, twelve-month period.
The student’s withdrawal date for refund calculation purposes will be the last date of attendance at the institution. If a student fails to return from and approved leave of absence, a portion or the entire student’s grace period associated with any federal student loans may be forfeited resulting in the obligation to immediately begin loan repayment.
Transfer of Credits
RISI may accept transfer credit hours for phases completed in other International Rolfing Schools. However, RISI may only issue a COMTA “accredited” Certificate to students who have completed all credit hours in the U.S. RISI program in Boulder, CO. All other students, who transfer from a Rolfing International school will receive a “non-accredited” Certificate. Students who transfer from RISI to any international school will need to formally “withdraw” from the US RISI program and be enrolled in the Rolfing International Program. Students with financial aid who withdraw from the RISI program to enroll in a Rolfing International program will be responsible for any Title IV funds that are required to be returned or repaid based on the last date of attendance at the Rolf Institute. RISI does not accept any transfer of credits from any other Structural Integration Program, certification or degree program. All components of the RISI Basic and Regional programs must be completed for certification through the Rolf Institute or one of its affiliated international schools.
Failure to make Satisfactory Academic Progress
Financial Aid/SAP Warning
If a student fails to meet any of the quantitative or qualitative standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress, he or she will be placed on warning for the next evaluation period. The student is eligible for financial aid while on warning during the payment period in which the warning was issued.
Students will be notified in writing when they are placed on academic warning and the steps necessary to be removed from warning status. Students will also receive attendance or academic counseling from the Director of Education Services or faculty as appropriate, when they are placed on warning.
The written warning will outline the steps needed to complete the program including the quantitative and qualitative SAP requirements that must be met by the student. Written warnings may include a requirement that a student repeat a Phase for which they fail to maintain a C average (70%), or in borderline cases, complete a specific number of mentoring hours during a scheduled break. Any additional requirements such as repeat of a Phase or the student at their own expense will complete mentoring hours.
Financial Aid Suspension Status
Failure to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress, including all progress, pacing and academic requirements stipulated in the Academic Plan, at the end of the Financial Aid Warning period will result in student being placed on Financial Aid Suspension and/or administrative withdraw. The institution will notify a student by certified mail if he or she is being administratively withdrawn for unsatisfactory academic progress.
A student on Financial Aid Suspension status will not receive federal or institutional financial aid. A student who has been placed on Financial Aid Suspension may appeal this status.
Financial Aid Appeal Process
The student may submit a written appeal of his/her dismissal within five calendar days of their receipt of the dismissal notice. The appeal must be accompanied by documentation of the mitigating circumstances that have prevented the student from attaining satisfactory academic progress and evidence that changes have occurred to allow the student to now meet standards of satisfactory academic progress.
The Director of Education Services, will assess all appeals, and determine whether the student may be permitted to continue in school on a warning status, despite not meeting the satisfactory progress requirements or being administratively withdrawn from the program. The student will be sent the written decision within ten days of the Institute’s receipt of the appeal. The decision of the Administration, in collaboration with faculty, is final. All students who continue on probationary status will have a written academic plan that outlines the standards that must be met to be removed from probation.
Financial Aid Reinstatement and Probationary Status
Students reinstated upon appeal are on a probationary status for the next evaluation period, during which time they must meet the terms and conditions set out in the Director of Education Services’ letter granting the appeal. At the end of the evaluation period, and at the end of every evaluation period thereafter, the student’s academic status will be reviewed. The student may continue on probation as long as he or she meets the terms of the academic plan approved at the time the student’s appeal was granted, until such time as Satisfactory Academic Progress is regained. Any student reinstated after dismissal and appeal is not eligible for financial aid until he or she regains satisfactory progress status by meeting the minimum SAP standards, in addition to meeting all requirements for any financial aid loans previously issued.
Housing & Transportation
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.
Student Records & Transcripts
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 program. By affiliating with Membership Services, they become 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.
Supplies and Equipment
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 Institute'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. Resources are for use only at the Rolf Institute. Students are encouraged to utilize these sources to enhance their learning experience and aid in their career goals.
In order to maintain and improve program effectiveness, the Rolf Institute monitors and reports completion, placement and licensure exam rates on an annual basis. Collected information includes name and contact information of employers, as well as other verification; and/or self-employment client logs, marketing materials, business permits and tax documents.
Information from Rolfers who want to share their practices or about possible job opportunities may be available on the Rolf Institute bulletin board or in a member newsletter.
Massage Laws and Licensing in States and Municipalities
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 are responsible for checking the licensing requirements in the states and cities in which they wish to practice.
In Colorado, Rolfers are exempt from having to practice under a massage license. 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.
Calendar & Holidays
Please check the schedule as posted on the class calendar 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.
|January 1 (New Years Day)
|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
|Winter Break (last two weeks of December)