Refunds and Cancellations
While Touchstone schedules every workshop with the best intentions, the organization reserves the right to cancel a workshop for any reason. If a workshop cancellation occurs, students will be able to (1) transfer to another class or (2) receive a full refund. Students who cancel a registration 30 or more days prior to the start of the workshop date will receive a refund of their paid deposits minus the non-refundable processing fee and a cancellation fee. Students who cancel within the 30 days prior to the start of the workshop date will not be entitled to any refund. In addition, no refunds will be given after the workshop begins. Touchstone is not responsible for non-refundable or prepaid travel arrangements.
- Processing Fee is $50.00: This non-refundable fee helps cover the operational costs associated with processing registration materials. While Touchstone is committed to keeping its tuition as affordable as possible, we also need to ensure that we have the staff and resources to provide an easy registration experience for all registrants. This fee is payable only once per student each season, regardless of the number of workshops taken.
- Youth Workshops (Ages 6-12) Processing Fee is $25.00.
- Returned Check Fee is $25.00.
- Workshop Transfer Fee is $20.00.
- Cancellation Fee is $75.00.
- Materials Fees: Materials fees will be charged to all students based on materials used in each class, and are in addition to tuition. In some cases, instructors might also require that you bring certain materials and tools with you. Materials fees are to be paid in full upon the last day of your workshop. Materials fees typically range from $15.00 to $115.00. It is possible for fees to be less or more than the range indicated depending on the workshop. Note: Materials fees for all Youth Workshops are included in the cost of tuition.
Student Safety Guidelines
By enrolling in a workshop, students assume the risk of working with equipment and materials provided by Touchstone. The faculty, staff and organization are not responsible for injuries incurred as a result of improper or irresponsible use of tools, equipment, and/or facilities.
The use of alcohol in studio settings prohibited. No one is permitted to work within a studio at any time after consuming alcohol – this includes drinking before or during a workshop and also drinking at meal services and attempting to work in the studio thereafter. Responsible consumption of alcohol by students of legal drinking age is permitted on Touchstone’s campus, however due to the increased potential for harm to all persons on campus, tools/equipment, facilities and property, we respectfully request that students keep alcohol out of the studios at all times.
The use and/or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated.Violation of this policy will force Touchstone to terminate the student agreement immediately without a refund and ask the individual(s) in question to vacate the campus immediately and permanently.
Touchstone reserves the right to dismiss immediately and permanently any student – without refund – for behavior considered unacceptable, including but not limited to the following:
- Any behavior which jeopardizes the safety of self or others
- Behavior which violates local, state, and/or federal laws
- Damage to, destruction, theft. or misuse of Touchstone property or the property of others
- Discriminatory conduct directed at a particular person based on race, gender, religion, sexual preference, age, national origin, or disability
- Disruption of the normal functioning of the Touchstone community, breaching the peace, disrupting the work of others, and/or violating the rights of others
- Hazing, physical abuse, physical violence, or threat of physical harm to others
- Hunting or any related activity is not permitted on Touchstone’s campus
- Possession of a deadly weapon on Touchstone’s premises
- Refusing to follow safety procedures for proper use of tools, equipment, and/or materials
- Refusing to participate in class if this adversely impacts the learning of others
- Sexual assault, abuse, harassment, or indecent exposure
- Unauthorized use of Touchstone’s studios, housing and/or other property
- Use of alcohol or intoxication in the studios, underage drinking, and/or providing alcohol to anyone on campus under the age of 21
- Use, possession, or sale of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
- Verbal abuse or harassment of others
In the event of any emergency, students should contact the nearest available staff member. In case of medical emergency or fire, contact 911. Basic first aid kits and fire extinguishers are located throughout campus; please be aware of their locations. In any situation, always get help first and do not put yourself in danger. Emergency procedures, phone numbers, and directions to Uniontown Hospital and MedExpress Urgent Care are located in each building. A phone is located in the dining hall for 24-hour emergency use.
Medical Conditions and Allergies
Students and instructors are asked to voluntarily provide a listing of any medical conditions or allergies that staff should be aware of in the event of an emergency on the student waiver, release and indemnity agreement. It is Touchstone’s policy to contact 911 in the event of a medical emergency. Touchstone does not supply or administer any form of injectable adrenaline (epinephrine). If you have a known allergy to foods, insect stings/bites, environmental items, and/or other products, we strongly encourage you to bring your own supply of allergy medicines or EpiPen for self-injection. If you should have an accident that requires medical attention, call 911 and/or notify a staff member immediately. The Uniontown Hospital and MedExpress Urgent Care center are both a 20-minute drive from Touchstone. If you have a nighttime emergency that cannot wait until morning, contact a designated staff member and/or check the emergency phone list posted in each building.
Children on Touchstone's Campus
Children ages 6 to 12 who are not lodging at Touchstone but are attending a youth workshop may check in at 8:30 AM on the start date of their workshop. Children will be supervised by Touchstone staff during their regularly scheduled workshop hours from 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday. Outside of workshop times, parents and guardians are solely responsible for the supervision and safety of their child(ren). Materials for all youth workshops are included in the cost of tuition.
Adult students who are attending a workshop that would like to bring a child who is not enrolled in a youth workshop must have another adult on campus to supervise their child. If you are in need of child care services, please refer to the listings below. These listings are provided only as a reference, are not affiliated with Touchstone, and should not be interpreted as recommendations from Touchstone.
Children ages 13 to 17 may enroll in a regular (adult) workshop with parent and Touchstone approval. Workshop content, potential safety issues, skill level and experience, and instructor preference are all part of determining whether a minor may enroll in an adult workshop. Please see our website or contact the office if you are unsure of the age restrictions for or appropriateness of workshops of interest. Tuition, materials, and other fees are priced the same for minors participating in an adult workshop
Students are not permitted to bring pets to Touchstone. The only exceptions are for service animals helping a person with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines service animals as animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets. For more information about service animals, visit http://www.ada.gov/svcanimb.htm
Touchstone is not responsible for the personal property of students, instructors, visitors, or staff and does not provide insurance covering such property. This includes vehicles and their contents as well as all personal belongings kept in studios, lodging or any other facility on campus.
Studio Clean Up
Studio clean up takes place on the last day of the session and is considered part of the instruction. All students are expected to participate in studio clean up. If you have made plans to checkout prior to the end of the regularly scheduled workshop, please check with your instructor or a staff member to see how you may help before you leave. See the workshop programming schedule below for detailed information on workshop hours.
Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.