Student Services Requirements

Advising and Counseling

  • Adequate student services and resources that support its students in maintaining
    • Satisfactory progress
    • Achieving successful education and student achievement outcomes (i.e., knowledge and skill attainment, retention, graduation, and employment
    • Making informed decisions concerning training and employment
  • Coordinated by an individual with appropriate professional and educational qualifications
    • Must minimally encompass relevant coping skills (e.g., life, career development, budget, and personal financial planning skills)
    • General development appropriate to high education students
    • Student retention strategies suited to the school’s programs
    • Academic advising
    • Testing and tutoring services
    • Supervision and monitoring of attendance records and leaves of absence
    • Graduate employment assistance
    • Information concerning housing, transportation, and childcare
  • School maintains comprehensive documentation of student advising sessions
    • School continually monitors and addresses the students’ needs for services as a means to assist students achieve successful educational and student achievement outcomes.

Student Records

  • School maintains a permanent educational record for all currently enrolled students that consists of all
    • Admissions,
    • Academic,
    • Financial records
    • Information upon which a student’s enrollment is based
    • Must be securely maintained and protected against damage or loss (e.g., fire, water, theft, tampering, etc.)
  • School maintains an official transcript for all formerly enrolled students (i.e., graduates and terminated or withdrawn students)
    • Transcript must include, at a minimum,
      • The program of study
      • The date of program entry
      • The date of graduation, termination or withdrawal
      • The clock or credit hours and grades earned
    • Must be made available to students upon request and in accordance with the school’s policies
    • This transcript (physical or electronic) must be securely maintained indefinitely and protected against damage or loss (e.g., fire, water, theft, tampering, etc.)
  • School maintains financial records related to…. For a minimum of 5 years (State or regulation or law may require these records to be maintained for a longer period of time)
    • Financial aid
    • Tuition and fee payments
    • Tuition refunds

Graduate Employment and Records

  • School makes graduate employment assistance available to students and the extent and nature of employment assistance services provided aligns with any claims made by the school with regard to those services
  • School maintains verifiable records of each graduate’s initial employment for 5 years
    • Any statement regarding the percentage of graduate employment, e.g., annual employment rates of grates, must be based upon these verifiable records

Student Complaints

  • School utilizes a policy and procedure for handling student complaints and inform students in writing of the policy and procedure
    • Complaint policy and procedure must be published in the school’s catalog
    • Include a reference to the school official(s) responsible for the complaint policy and procedure
  • Schools publishes in its catalog the ACCSC Student Complaint/Grievance Procedure contained in the ACCSC Complaint Review Process Form
  • School maintains a complete record of all written student complaints for at least the last five years.

Student Services Policies and Procedures Equal Educational Opportunity

River Valley School of Massage is committed to equal opportunity. It is our policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, religion, or handicap/disability to the extent of the law with regard to its students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment.

Privacy Rights to Students

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords the students the following rights: (1) to inspect and review his/her education records within 45 days of River Valley School of Massage’s receipt of request for access. A written request, identifying the records to be inspected and reviewed should be submitted to the school director. The Director of Education will arrange for access and notify the student of the time and place for record inspection and review; (2) to request an amendment of his/her education record(s) if the student believes the record(s) is inaccurate. If a record is believed to be inaccurate, students should submit a written statement to the school director that clearly identifies the part of the record in question and specifies why it is believed to be inaccurate. The student will be notified of decisions to either amend or not amend the record. Should River Valley School of Massage decide not to amend the record as requested by the student, the student will be informed of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment; (3) to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records. Exceptions that permit disclosure without student consent are to school officials (persons employed by River Valley School of Massage in administrative, academic, or support staff positions); officials designated by the Department of Education, auditors, and those deemed to have a legitimate educational interest in the educational records; (4) the right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by River Valley School of Massage to comply with the requirements of FERPA. At its discretion, River Valley School of Massage is legally permitted to disclose directory information without student’s prior written consent. River Valley School of Massage designates the following items as directory information: student’s name; date of birth; dates of attendance; address: local and email; telephone number; program of study; participation in officially recognized activities; enrollment status (i.e., enrolled, active, future enrolled student, reentry, leave of absence, etc.). The School may disclose any of these items without the student’s prior written consent. Students may request that River Valley School of Massage not disclose any or all of their directory information. Requests for non-disclosure must be filed in writing with the Director of Education.


FERPA sets limits on the disclosure of personally identifiable information from school records, and defines the rights of the student to review the records and request a change to the records. Use the checklist below to ensure that your school meets the requirements outlined in the regulations:

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day River Valley School of Massage receives a request for access. A student should submit to the School Director or Director of Education, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the Director of Education, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s 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 provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by River Valley School of Massage in an administrative, academic, or support staff position. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of River Valley School of Massage who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for River Valley School of Massage.
Upon request, the school also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

RVSM notifies the students of their rights under FERPA in the school catalog. The student receives the school catalog during their admissions interview.

A sign in sheet is available in the students’ folder. This is for a school official to write the date someone is reviewing the folder, who is reviewing the folder and what legitimate interest the parties had in obtaining the information.

Student Complaint Procedure

Schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges must have a procedure and operational plan for handling student complaints. If a student does not feel that the school has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the Accrediting Commission. All complaints reviewed by the Commission must be in written form and should grant permission for the Commission to forward a copy of the complaint to the school for a response. This can be accomplished by filing the ACCSC Complaint Form. The complainant(s) will be kept informed as to the status of the complaint as well as the final resolution by the Commission. Please direct all inquiries to:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201

A copy of the ACCSC Complaint Form is available at the school and may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office or online at

Should a student develop a complaint concerning the massage program they will have the opportunity to express that complaint to those involved.  Students are encouraged to resolve their grievances on an individual basis when possible.  In addition, a variety of options are available for problem resolution:

The student may speak individually with the student(s) or staff member(s) involved;

The student may seek guidance with an advisory staff member.  This guidance is available on a regular basis at no cost to the student;

Should the student and advisor deem it necessary to meet with the affected parties, there may be a third party observer present to assist in facilitating discussion and clarifying issues;

Satisfactory Progress Policy

River Valley School of Massage offers a full-time and part-time enrollment to all students for the 600 hour massage therapy program.

Qualitative Standard – CGPA
Grades will be available weekly. All assignments are to be completed in a timely manner as determined by the instructor. Students will be evaluated on a monthly basis to determine his/her academic status. If the student is below 75% then they will be given an academic warning for a period of one month at a time. The student will be notified by the Director of Education of the student’s placement on academic warning and the student’s required actions. Grades will also be evaluated at the end of the payment period. Each payment period is when student completes 300 hours.

Passing grades for the massage therapy program are determined by the individual grades and are based on the curriculum laid out in the syllabus given to each student at the beginning of the course.

Quantitative Standard - Pace
In addition to the CGPA requirements, a student must successfully complete a minimum percentage of the clock hours and weeks attempted at specific points in the program to maintain satisfactory academic progress. These rates of progress are outlined, along with the CGPA requirements. As with the CGPA requirements, the quantitative standard (Pace) will be reviewed monthly and at the end of each payment period.

A student given an Attendance Warning must meet with the Director of Education and determine a schedule to get the student back on track to complete in the maximum time frame. The student has one month of probation to make satisfactory attendance progress.

All training must be completed in no more than 1.5 times the length of the program. For example:

600 hours = 24 hours/week= 25 weeks              At 12.5 weeks (halfway through the course) a student should be at 300 hours

600 hours = 17 hours/ week= 35 weeks             At 17.5 weeks (halfway through the course) a student should be at 300 hours

The student has 2 payment periods throughout the Massage Therapy Program. Should the student not meet SAP in the said time frame, the student will be ineligible for the second disbursement of financial aid. To make sure the student is eligible for the 2nd payment period, they must meet the SAP requirements for CGPA and attendance.

In cases where a student is not meeting SAP requirements, the student may be asked to withdraw from the course with appropriate tuition refund as described in the Return to Title IV Funds Policy.

Leave of Absence

The faculty of RVSM in its concern for the welfare and progress of each massage student has through careful thought and consideration, developed a leave of absence policy along with the following guidelines:

1. A leave of absence will be granted to students in good standing. (A student with a grade less than passing, with poor attendance, or unpaid tuition is not considered in good standing.)

2. The student must submit in writing, a leave of absence request form to include the reason for the request and be signed by the student, dated, and be approved and signed by the School Director or Director of Education, before the Leave of Absence can begin.

3. The first leave of absence may be approved for Medical, Personal, Family, Jury Duty, Military Leave, etc. Any consecutive leave of absences may only be approved for unforeseen circumstances in relation to Military Leave, Personal, and Medical Leave for student or immediate family, or Jury Duty.

4. A leave of absence extending for more than 10 days must be requested and approved by the School Director or Director of Education.

5. When a student has been granted a leave of absence they are required to make up the course work they missed.

6. A leave of absence should not exceed 60 consecutive school days or 180 accumulative days within 12 months.

7. If the student does not resume attendance at the school on or before the end of a leave of absence, the school treats the student as a withdrawal. The student understands that his/her withdrawal from the Massage Therapy program is effective the date the student failed to return to class and his/her partial refund to Title 4, if any, will be calculated based on the effective date and in accordance with the published refund schedule. The student may also be responsible for paying back any scholarship or paying any tuition that is owed.

Confidentiality of Student Records

Student records are confidential and are accessible only to the individual student, administrative and teaching staff, or to state or federal officials when appropriate. Release of records for any other purpose must be requested by the student in writing. Records of academic progress are permanently maintained by the school.

Credit for Previous Training/Transfer Credit Policy

Credits can be transferred with approval of the School Director and Director of Education. No more than 40 clock hours will be given per 3 college credit hours. This will only be approved if the college hours are part of RVSM curriculum and student has college transcript. River Valley School of Massage will accept anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, medical terminology, and some business classes. College credit hours must be passing with a minimum 75%. RVSM will also accept transferred credits from another massage therapy program if the student is in good standing with the transferred school (this includes all debt has been paid and the student has transcript and passing grades of 75% or above).
Candidates for transfer credit must provide documentation that includes: official transcripts, a copy of the diploma, and a school catalog or statement providing the course descriptions of each class completed. If credit is granted, training time may be shortened and tuition may be reduced proportionately.
Arkansas Department of Health has given permission for massage therapy schools to give credit hours for cosmetology and aesthetician hours into massage therapy hours.

Credit Transfer to another Institution

Transferability of credit earned at River Valley School of Massage is at the discretion of the accepting institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not another institution of the student’s choice will accept credit earned at River Valley School of Massage.
Each student leaving River Valley School of Massage, whether graduated or withdrew, will receive a transcript with the grades earned as well as the hours earned. Only one transcript will be provided for free to the student.

Test Retakes

If a student receives below a 75% on a test, that student has the option to retake the test. Each student has the option to retake 3 tests in each book if it is below 75%. The retake test score will be the one that is recorded on the student’s progress report.

Final Test

Students will be given a multiple choice final exam that is set up like the MBLEx.  It is worth 100 points.  If a student does not pass the final exam with a 75%, they will be required to retake it.  If a student does not pass the retake, they will be held until they are able to pass a retake with a 75%.  Once a student reaches 600 clocked in hours, every hour a student goes over to complete course work or pass the final test will cost the student $20/per hour per our 600 hour completion with unfinished course work policy.  Student diplomas will be held until all monies are paid. 

Disability Services

Students with an intellectual disability can receive funds from the Pell Grant program. They must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by River Valley School of Massage for this program.
The disability of a student must be documented on their application. River Valley School of Massage will reasonably accommodate applicants and students with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Advising Services

If a student has personal concerns that are affecting his or her participation in our massage school program he or she is encouraged to speak directly with the faculty or staff member most directly involved. If the concern is not resolved, the student should request a meeting with the Director of Education, who is responsible for seeing that each student’s concern is heard and acted upon. Referrals for psychological or counseling services are available when personal challenges are affecting performance.

Housing/Child Care Arrangements

River Valley School of Massage does not provide dormitories or housing facilities and students commute daily to school. A list of available places to rent or realty companies is available from the Financial Aid Director. Child care arrangements are the responsibility of each parent enrolled in River Valley School of Massage since we do not maintain child care facilities. The Financial Aid Director can give a list of day care facilities that are available in the area.

Educational Records

River Valley School of Massage maintains student records in a fireproof filing cabinet located in a secure area. These records are confidential and are kept permanently on a flash drive and physically for 5 years. A student’s records are available to the student for review during regular business hours. Student records are not made available to any third party without express written permission from the student, except under rare extenuating circumstances, such as the existence of a public safety risk, or a legal order. River Valley school of Massage may also give permission to Arkansas Department of Health Massage Therapy Section, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), U.S. Department of Education, and Veterans Affairs (veterans’ files only) without prior consent from the student. Each student is provided with one official student transcript free of charge when they receive their certificate upon successful completion of the massage therapy program. Additional official transcripts are available to a student upon receipt of a written request and a $15.00 transcript fee. A student may receive a duplicate certificate by submitting a written request to the school with a $10.00 fee. Again, records are confidential and will not be released to a third party without written permission from the student except under rare extenuating circumstances mandated by law.

Tutoring Services

Both peer and professional tutoring programs are available at $35.00 per hour. In order to truly benefit from this type of assistance, students must have a genuine desire to become competent massage therapists, and must apply themselves diligently to their course work and clinical experience.


River Valley School of Massage maintains a modest reading, video, and audio library for use by students and faculty. Library hours vary depending on student and faculty needs.

Graduation and Job Placement

A list of employers will be posted on the RVSM bulletin board as they are available. Although these services are available we do not guarantee employment or salary. We will strive to help students with job placement.
If a student needs a job while they are attending the Massage Therapy Program, RVSM staff and faculty will do their best to help the student find employment not related to the educational objective.


River Valley School of Massage’s bookstore stocks:

  • Textbooks
  • Massage oils and lotions
  • Clothing
  • Anatomical charts and
  • Other supplies important to the profession

Bookstore hours are from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and can be extended upon request. Massage tables and chairs can be ordered by RVSM from the school’s vendors for discounted prices.

Textbook Information

River Valley School of Massage requires the following textbooks:

Trail Guide to the Body 6th Edition-Andrew Biel. ISBN: 978-0-9987850-6-6
Trail Guide to the Body Workbook 6th Editions-Andrew Biel. ISBN: 978-0-9914666-7-2
Massage Therapy Principles and Practice 6th Edition-Susan Salvo. ISBN: 978-0-323-58128-8
Textbooks may be purchased through the school or a student may purchase on their own. If a student wishes to purchase their own books, the school requires the workbook not be used. All students will receive their textbooks on the first day of class. Information about the textbooks, in case the student wishes to purchase them on their own, is provided.


River Valley School of Massage requires students to have a current Tuberculosis Test (TB test) and a current physical from a medical doctor. This is a requirement from the Arkansas Department of Health Massage Therapy Section. The Rules and Regulations states, “Any student to be considered eligible for clinical practice must have completed the following requirements: a. one hundred (100) hours of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and contraindications for massage therapy, and one hundred (100) hours of technical training, and all portions of the school’s curriculum pertaining to personal hygiene, sanitation, ethics, and professional standards; b. received and filed with the school a recently issued statement by a physician declaring them to be in good health and negative for tuberculosis; and c. provide proof of student liability insurance.

The Law states, “Schools shall require a physical examination by a medical doctor that the student poses no health risk to give and receive massage. (2) The school shall be required to maintain proof of the examination and furnish additional information and documents as may be required by the department or its appointee during the inspection.” about the physical from the doctor.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy

It is not the intention of River Valley School of Massage to dictate anyone’s lifestyle or interfere with anyone’s freedom of choice. It is our belief that entering into a therapeutic relationship with someone under the influence of mind-altering substances is a breach of trust and compromises the learning experience for students in the role of both therapist and client.
River Valley School of Massage is committed to providing an environment free of the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. River Valley School of Massage has adopted and implemented programs that seek to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by River Valley School of Massage community members.
Standard of Conduct: The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol is prohibited on property owned and controlled by River Valley School of Massage. No employee or student is to report to work or class while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
River Valley School of Massage provides a separate clear and conspicuous written notice within a timely manner that notifies the student of the loss of eligibility and advises the student of the ways in which to regain eligibility.
RVSM is committed to the maintenance of a drug and alcohol-free workplace and the encouragement of a standard of conduct for employees and students that discourages the unlawful possession, use or distribution of controlled substances and alcohol on its property or as a part of any of its activities. Therefore, the unauthorized or unlawful possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances or alcohol on school property or as a part of any of the school’s activities is expressly prohibited, unless designated otherwise by the School Director. Off campus activities sponsored by recognized student organizations must abide by all local and state laws.

Statement of Disciplinary Action

Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance- 1st conviction: Up to 1-year imprisonment and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000 or bother. After 1 prior conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 or both. After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and a fine of at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000 or both. Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine are mandatory 5 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; both if (a) 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams, (b) 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams (c) 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram. Personal and real property used to possess or facilitate possession of a controlled substance may be forfeited if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. Vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance may also be forfeited. Additional sanctions include civil fines of up to $10,000; denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses; and ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm. Other sanctions vested within the authorities of individual federal agencies are revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits such as pilot licenses and public housing.

State of Arkansas Sanctions and Penalties
  • Underage DUI Law- The State of Arkansas; “Underage DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Law” (863) makes it an offense for a person under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher (approximately one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one drink of hard liquor) to operate a motorized vehicle. Penalties for the first offense can result in (1) suspension of driver’s license for not less than 90 days, (2) a fine of no less than $100 nor more than $500, (3) assignment to public service work, and/or (4) completion of an alcohol and driving education program.
  • Driving While Intoxicated- A person who drives a motorized vehicle while influenced or affected by the ingestion of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any intoxicant commits the offense of driving while intoxicated. Penalties for such an offense may include (1) suspension of license for 6 months for the first offense with a blood alcohol content of at least .08, suspension of 180 days for the first offense with a blood alcohol content of .15 or more, one year for the first offense (with additional imprisonment for subsequent offense); (3) fines of no less than $150 and no more than $1,000 for the first offense (with stiffer fines for subsequent offenses); (4) as an inability to pay fines will result in court-ordered public service work; and (5) a requirement to complete an alcohol education program as prescribed and approved by a contractor with the Division of Behavioral Health Services, or an alcoholism treatment program licensed by the Division of Behavioral Health Services. A blood alcohol level in excess of .04 may be considered with other competent evidence in determining guilt or innocence. A blood alcohol level of .08 or more shall give rise to a presumption of intoxication.
  • Public Intoxication- A person commits the offense of “Public Intoxication” if (1) he appears in a public manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the degree that he is likely to endanger himself or other persons or property, or (2) he unreasonable annoys persons in his vicinity. Public intoxication is a Class A misdemeanor, and can result in a fine of up to $2,500, and/or imprisonment in the county jail (or other authorized institution) for up to 30 days.
  • Drinking in Public- A person commits the offense of “Drinking in Public” if that person consumes alcohol in any public place. This includes consumption while in a vehicle on a street or highway. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days. Possession of any alcoholic beverages on RVSM campus is prohibited.
  • Possession of or Purchasing Alcohol by a Minor- It is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to possess/purchase alcohol. Penalties include a fine of up to $500, probation under the direction of the court, driver’s license suspensions for a period of up to one year, and writing themes or essays on intoxicating liquors, wine, or beer.
  • Knowingly Furnishing to a Minor- A person commits the offense of “Knowingly Furnishing to a Minor” if, being an adult, he or she knowingly gives, procures, or otherwise furnishes alcoholic beverage to a minor. Such an offense is a Class A misdemeanor, and can result in (1) a fine of up to $2,500 and/or (2) imprisonment in the county jail (or other authorized institution) for up to one full year.
  • Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance- It is unlawful for any person to manufacture or delivery, a controlled substance. Penalties for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance can range from three (3) years to life in prison, and fines up to $250,000 depending on the quantity and type of drug. In addition, real and personal property used in the manufacture, delivery, or importing of controlled substances may be forfeited to the government.
  • Manufacture or Delivery of a Counterfeit Substance- It is unlawful for any person to create, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver a counterfeit substance purporting to be a controlled substance. Penalties for the creating and/or delivery of a counterfeit substance can range from 1 to 20 years in prison, and fines up to $15,000 depending on the type of drug being counterfeited.
  • Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance- It is unlawful for any person to possess a controlled substance or counterfeit substance. Penalties for possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance can range from 1 to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000, depending on the type of drug (or counterfeit) possessed.
Counseling and Treatment Programs

RVSM’s Student Services department has a list of local treatment centers that may be able to help with drug and alcohol abuse. Some centers may include:

Potential Health Risks
  • Alcohol – Can cause short term effects such as loss of concentration and judgment; slowed reflexes; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents and problem behavior; long term effects include risk of liver and heart damage, malnutrition, cancer and other illnesses; can be highly addictive to some persons.
  • Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish) – Can cause short term effects such as slow reflexes; increase in forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance; aggravate pre-existing heart and/or mental health problems; long term health effects include permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; Can interfere with physical, psychological, social development of young users.
  • Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, ecstasy, dextromethorphan)- Can cause extreme distortions of what’s seen and hear; induces sudden changes in behavior, loss of concentration and memory; increases risk of birth defects in user’s children; overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma and death. Frequent and long term use can cause permanent loss of mental function.
  • Cocaine/Crack – Can cause short term effects such as impaired judgement; increased breathing, heart rate, heart palpitations; anxiety, restlessness, hostility, paranoia, confusion; long term effects may include damage to respiratory and immune systems; malnutrition, seizures and loss of brain function; highly addictive.
  • Amphetamines – Can cause short term effects such as rushed, careless behavior and pushing beyond your physical capacity, leading to exhaustion; tolerance increases rapidly; long term effects include physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal can result in depression and suicide; continued high doses can cause heart problems, infections, malnutrition and death.
  • Designer Drugs/ Synthetic Cannabinoids (bath salts, K2, spice)- Can cause short term effects such as elevated heart rate, blood pressure and chest pain; hallucinations, seizures, violent behavior and paranoia; may lead to lack of appetite, vomiting and tremor; long-term use may result in kidney/liver failure, increased risk of suicide and death.
  • Inhalants (nitrous oxide, amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, chlorohydrocarbons, hydrocarbons)- Can cause short term effects such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue, slurred speech, hallucinations or delusions; may lead to rapid and irregular heart rhythms, heart failure and death; long-term use may result in loss of feeling, hearing and vision; can result in permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.
  • Opiates/Narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, oxycodone, china white)-Can cause physical and psychological dependence; overdose can cause coma, convulsions, respiratory arrest and death; long term use leads to malnutrition, infection and hepatitis; sharing needles is a leading cause of the spread of HIV and hepatitis; highly addictive, tolerance increases rapidly.
  • Sedatives- Can cause reduced reaction time and confusion; overdose can cause coma, respiratory arrest, convulsions and death; withdrawal can be dangerous; in combination with other controlled substances can quickly cause coma and death; long term use can produce physical and psychological dependence; tolerance can increase rapidly.
  • Tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco)- Can cause diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular smoking being a major risk factor for a myocardial infarction (heart attack), diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema, and cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and mouth; nicotine is highly addictive.
Distribution of Materials

An Annual Notification is provided to all students, faculty, and staff. Literature on binge drinking, drink sizes, blood alcohol level, decision-making, drinking facts, drinking and STD, drinking and violence, drinking and sex, and drinking and driving are distributed throughout the year by the Student Services Office. All new students or faculty are offered a copy of materials when they begin employment or sign the Enrollment Agreement.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program Biennial Review 2015-2017

The program we have in place seems to be effective. The students are made aware of the policies for Alcohol and Drugs. The students sign the Enrollment Agreement before they begin classes which explains that use of drug or alcohol can result in dismissal from the program.

Below is a table of the number of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that occur on River Valley School of Massage's campus or as part of RVSM's activities. The Financial Aid office discussed these violations with the School Director and the Director of Education.

Incident ReportsOn-campusSchool ActivitiesOutcomes
Drug Law arrest00N/A
Drug Law Violations referred for disciplinary action00N/A
Alcohol arrest00N/A
Alcohol Violations referred for disciplinary action00N/A

Veterans Disability Services

Total and Permanent Disability Discharge and Veterans Disability Discharge

The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) has one contact point, the Nelnet Total and Permanent Disability Servicer, for loan holders seeking assistance with all total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge questions.

Phone: 888-303-7818

Fax: 303-696-5250


Office Hours: 8:00 A.M – 3:30 P.M (ET), Monday through Sunday

Web site:

Mailing Address:

U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 87130
Lincoln, NE 68501

For overnight delivery:

U.S. Department of Education
121 South 13th Street, Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68508

River Valley School of Massage

Veterans Standards of Progress

Students falling below a “C” average on class work will be put on academic probation for one month. At the end of the month, the VA will be notified to terminate benefits if the student has not attained a “C” average.

River Valley School of Massage

Veterans Attendance Policy

Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances only. Excused absences will be substantiated by entries in a student’s file. Early departures, class cuts, tardiness, etc., for any portion of an hour will be counted as a full hour of absence. Students exceeding three days unexcused absences in a calendar month will be terminated for unsatisfactory attendance.

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Veterans Reentrance Policy

After one month’s time, students who have been dismissed for unsatisfactory progress may be reinstated only after an interview with an administrator. Reinstatement is up to the discretion of the administration.

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Veterans Refund Policy

The refund of the unused portion of tuition, fees, and other charges for veterans or the eligible persons who fail to enter a program, or withdraw or discontinue prior to completion, will be made for all amounts paid which exceed the pro rate portion of the total charges for the length of the program. The proration will be determined on the ratio of the number of days or hours of instruction completed by the student to the total number of instructional days or hours in the program.

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Veterans Tuition Policy

River Valley School of Massage does not charge Active duty military more than the total tuition. Active duty military, spouses and dependents will pay the same tuition as every other student attending River Valley School of Massage.

If a student has been dismissed from River Valley School of Massage due to military service, may be reinstated with documentation. Such documentation must consist of oral or written notice of military service as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. This notice does not have to state the student’s intent to return to the school. When the student wants to return to the school, he/she must submit an attestation of military service that necessitated the student’s absence from the school. No notice is required if precluded by military necessity, such as service in operations that are classified or would be compromised by such notice.

The intent to return to school must be oral or written notice within three years after the completion of the period of service. A student who is hospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or injury incurred or aggravated during the performance of service must notify the school within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery from the illness or injury. A student who fails to apply for readmission within these periods does not automatically forfeit eligibility for readmission but is subject to the school’s established leave of absence policy and general practices. The student must contact the admissions office to provide notification of service and notification of intent to return.