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MCPPO Policies

The following policies apply to the Office of the Inspector General's MCPPO program classes and trainings.

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MCPPO Online Program Terms of Use

The following statement is applicable for every MCPPO online class and must be accepted when you register for a class.

Please read these Terms of Use (“Terms”) carefully before accessing the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officials (MCPPO) online class materials.

Your access and use of the MCPPO online class materials is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with the Terms outlined here. By registering for a class, accessing or using the online class materials, you agree to be bound by these Terms and the mechanisms used to verify attendance and ensure the integrity of the credit-granting process.

Upon a determination by the Office of the Inspector General that a student has violated these Terms, the student shall have their access to MCPPO online class materials revoked, shall be unenrolled from the class, and shall not receive credit for any coursework completed. No refunds shall be provided to the student who is unenrolled under such circumstances. A student may appeal this determination in writing to the Office of the Inspector General.

  1. Access and Use

    Access and use of the MCPPO class material is restricted to students enrolled in the MCPPO class offered through the Office of the Inspector General. You, the enrolled student, are solely responsible for any activity which occurs on or through your account. You are prohibited from allowing other individuals to use your account to access online class material.

    You are solely responsible for ensuring the security of your account, including password protection.

  2. Completion and Submission of Assignments and Assessments

    Students must complete and submit their own assignments and assessments. Unless otherwise directed by MCPPO Program staff, students shall neither receive assistance from other people nor provide assistance to current or future class enrollees, including sharing test and quiz questions and answers, or other class assignments.

  3. Prohibited Conduct

    Students are prohibited from engaging in any conduct via the MCPPO class and online platform which is deemed inappropriate by the Office of the Inspector General. Such prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:

    • Sending public or private messages that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability;
    • Threatening, harassing, or otherwise abusing fellow students or instructors;
    • Posting images, video, or links to websites containing images or video of any nudity, pornography, violence, gore, or other inappropriate material;
    • Providing links to malicious or third-party websites; or
    • Engaging in or promoting criminal activity.

    The Office of the Inspector General, as well as its employees, agents, officers, contractors, consultants, and vendors shall not be liable for the actions or statements of any students taken on the online platform or otherwise in connection with the MCPPO online classes.

    The presence of content posted by students on the MCPPO online platform shall not constitute an endorsement of the content by the Office of the Inspector General or its employees, agents, officers, contractors, consultants, and vendors.  Nor shall failure by such parties to remove a student’s content be deemed an endorsement or approval of such content.

  4. Intellectual Property

    The Office of the Inspector General owns all rights, title, and interests (including copyrights and other intellectual property rights) in all MCPPO class materials, including all video, images, and written content. The Office of the Inspector General reserves all rights for its exclusive use and control over such materials.

    All materials and resources provided to students are to be used only for the purpose of completing the MCPPO class. Students shall not share or distribute any class materials for any reason. Reproduction or distribution of any material without express written permission of the Office of the Inspector General is prohibited.

  5. Consent to Recording

    The Blackboard Collaborate environment can record audio, video, chats and any other files, documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during a webinar session. By joining a webinar, you automatically consent to such recordings.

  6. Reservation of Rights

    The Office of the Inspector General reserves the right to amend these Terms from time to time.  Use of the online class materials constitutes acceptance and agreement to any adjustment to these Terms.

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact the MCPPO Program at Ask-the-OIG-Instructor@mass.gov.

Attendance and Refund Policy

If you cannot attend a class, you must notify the MCPPO Program within 48 hours of the start of the class.

Due to the limited number of seats available for each class, registrants must send a notice of non-attendance to the MA-IGO-Training@mass.gov at least two days (48 hours) before the start of a class to receive a refund, request a one-time transfer to another class or send another attendee in their place. This allows the Office to give other registrants an opportunity to attend the class when a seat becomes available due to non-attendance.

Registrants will no longer be charged a $100.00 fee for non-attendance. The Office will no longer “carry” payment credits for registrants to use at a later date. Refunds will not be made for failure to comply with this attendance policy.

  1. Notice: If you cannot attend a class, you must notify the MCPPO Program of non-attendance via email to MA-IGO-Training@mass.gov at least two days (48 hours) before the start of the class. Provided you give notice at least two days in advance, you have three options: (a) receive a full refund; (b) transfer to another class; or (c) transfer your registration to another person.
    If notice is not given at least two days (48 hours) before the start of class, no refund, transfer or alternate attendee will be granted.
    • Refund: With this option, you will receive a full refund.  Please indicate in your notice of non-attendance that you would like a refund.
    • Transfer to another comparable class:  With this option, you may transfer to another scheduled class of the same cost (if it is not at maximum capacity) one time within the same fiscal year.  If the transfer request cannot be accommodated, then a full refund will be issued.
      Note: If you cannot attend the class you transferred to, then you will receive a full refund if you provide written notice via email to MA-IGO-Training@mass.gov at least two days(48 hours) before the start of the class.
    • Transfer to alternate attendee: With this option, you may designate another individual in your jurisdiction to attend in your place.  If, after the transfer, the alternate attendee cannot attend the class, then you will receive a full refund provided you notify the MCPPO Program of non-attendance via email to MA-IGO-Training@mass.gov at least two days (48 hours) before the start of the class.  No additional transfers will be allowed.  If notice of non-attendance is not given at least two days (48 hours) before the class, no refund will be granted.
  2. Attendance You must attend all scheduled class dates, and may not miss more than 60 minutes of class time to receive a certificate of attendance and, if applicable, sit for an exam.
  3. Requests for refunds made by registrants receiving tuition funds from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including cancellations, withdrawals or terminations, may be made in writing to MA-IGO-Training@mass.gov or by way of U.S. mail and are subject to the separate MCPPO Program Refund Policy related to students funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) - GI Bill Assistance Program.

Accessibility and Nondiscrimination Policy

ACCESSIBILITY POLICY

Reasonable accommodations may be available upon request; if such accommodations are required to access or complete the online course materials, please contact the Office of the Inspector General to inquire, via phone at (617) 727-9140 or via email at MA-IGO-Training@mass.gov.  Please be advised that some accommodations may not be possible due to the limitations of the online platform, and you may be required to take the course in-person.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

The Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status in its employment or admission policies, or in the administration or operation of, or access to, its programs and policies. The Office of the Inspector General does not discriminate on the basis of disability; see Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries pertaining to the Office’s nondiscrimination policy relating to MCPPO programs may be addressed to the MCPPO Program, at (617) 727-9140.

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