Aqua Vitae Institute Bartending School Policies



Attendance is recorded at the beginning of each class.  A student who arrives after attendance is taken is considered late and may be marked as an excused absence by the instructor.


Students must attend each class or lesson one time to receive their Certificate of Completion and be eligible for Job Placement Assistance. A student who is absent is responsible for making up the lesson under the instructor’s discretion. Absence from class may delay graduation.  

The Institute should be notified in advance when a student is unable to attend a class or the absence will be recorded as unexcused.

When the student accumulates four (4) unexcused absences occur during the course, a verbal warning will be given. After six (6) unexcused absences, the Institute reserves the right to terminate the enrollment of the student.


The student is allowed to make up an absence by attending a subsequent class, reviewing the lesson in their textbook with the instructor, and practicing behind the bar for the requisite four hours per absence.   


  1. A student may be excused from individual classes at the discretion of the Institute’s Director in the event of sudden illness, death in the family or similarly valid reason. Students must make up work missed within a three-week or they may have their enrollment in the course terminated at the sole discretion of the Institute Director.

  2. A student may be granted an extended leave of absence by the Institute Director, provided that a request for leave of absence is in writing with a specified expected date of return. If a student does not re-enter within the specified time, and does not notify the Institute, the student will be terminated from the course.


Students are expected to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner, as mature adults, at all times throughout the course. A student, who is disrespectful, intentionally disrupts or obstructs the presentation of the instructor or any other Institute activity will be considered for dismissal from the course. A first offense will receive a verbal reprimand from the Institute Director. A written reprimand will accompany a second offense. A third offense will automatically result in dismissal or termination from the class. There are no suspensions or probations involved with the course. The forms of misconduct listed below are considered to be in conflict with the educational objectives of the Institute and thus, subject to dismissal:

  1. Unacceptable and/or disruptive profanity.

  2. Any type of academic dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism & forgery.

  3. Physical or verbal abuse of any person on the Institute’s premises of functions sponsored or supervised the Institute.

  4. Theft or damage to the Institute’s premises or damage to the property of a member of the Institute’s staff on the premises

  5. Failure to comply with directions of Institute’s officials acting in the performance of their duties.

  6. Violation of the law on or around Institute’s premises in a way that affects the Institute's pursuit of its proper educational objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, use of alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances on the Institute premises.

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